Books by Diane Gaston

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Bound by Their Secret Passion

Bound by Their Secret Passion is the fourth and final book in Diane Gaston’s series of stories about The Scandalous Summerfields, three sisters and one half-brother whose name became a byword for scandal when their mother ran off with her lover and their father, a libertine and drunkard, gambled a ...

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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 ...