Books by Diane Gaston

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Bound by a Scandalous Secret

Bound by a Scandalous Secret is the third book in Diane Gaston’s current series, The Scandalous Summerfields. I haven’t read either of the previous entries, but this one works perfectly well as a standalone.  The Summerfield siblings –  three sisters and their half-brother – have been tain ...

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A Marriage of Notoriety

Diane Gaston’s latest work turns the Beauty and the Beast trope on its head. In A Marriage of Notoriety, the hero is the beauty and the heroine is the beast. It is a decent read by one of my go-to authors, and I am glad I read it, but it nonetheless fell just a little flat in the relationship dep ...

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A Reputation for Notoriety

A Reputation for Notoriety was an enjoyable, quick read that was tightly plotted and well written. The hero and heroine were both pleasantly less stereotypical than your usual gorgeous alpha-male and widow-fallen-on-hard-times, and I felt that the emotional connection between them seemed honest and ...

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Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady

On page 115, the hero asks the heroine's opinion of his sketch. She gazes at it and says, "It is good. For a sketch….but it has no emotion." I could not have summed it up better myself. It has been two years since Jack Vernon returned from the Battle of Badajoz, and his art ...

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Scandalizing the Ton

Scandalizing the Ton is the third book in series of intertwining characters. It was the first Diane Gaston book I have read and I was pleasantly surprised. The story was well written and I was drawn into it quickly. I did raise an eyebrow having the first sex scene on page 17 but it turned out to ...

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The Vanishing Viscountess

On board a packet ship returning to England from a visit to Ireland, Adam Vickery, the Marquess of Tannerton, observes a woman who is prisoner to a Bow Street Runner. The ship founders, and the Runner callously takes the last place in the boat, leaving the woman to die. Tanner has guilt issues; he f ...

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Innocence and Impropriety

Have you ever wanted to read a version of Pride and Prejudice with Lydia as the heroine? Me neither. But with its Austen-esque title and amazingly oblivious heroine, that’s precisely what Innocence and Impropriety calls to mind. Since I’ve read and enjoyed other books by this author in the past, ...

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The Mysterious Miss M

This book tied to win as Best Series Novel in AAR's 2005 reader poll, and got much buzz last year, so I looked forward to reading it. But it's much the same fare as found in most historical romances, even if the set-up is more novel. The story starts out with Madeleine, a very young heroine, meeting ...

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The Wagering Widow

I ended 2005 in a bit of a reading slump, but this novel pulled me right out of it. Gaston's tale of a marriage in trouble and a plain but honorable heroine coming into her own pulled me in from the very beginning. Likable characters and the author's gift for creating a believable world made th ...

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The Mysterious Miss M

Like many new writers, Diane Gaston suffered years of rejection before Harlequin's Mills & Boon published her first novel, The Mysterious Miss M, for the U.K. market in 2004. What is remarkable about that is Gaston isn’t a British romance writer; she’s an American living in Virginia (who now wr ...