Historical Romance

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Bedding the Baron

With the exception of a moment I’ll mention later, Bedding the Baron, first in Alexandra Ivy’s Illegitimate Bachelors trilogy, was the most predictable book I’ve ever read. Warning : spoilers ahead. It starts with an intriguing situation. Fredrick Smith, the bastard son of a baron, meets wi ...

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A Perfect Match

Rachel Knowles is a widely acknowledged authority on Georgian and Regency history, and her blogs are always an informational read. Her expertise is clearly evident in the tiniest of details in A Perfect Match, and I delighted in the authenticity of the story. This is a low-angst tale that proceeds a ...

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The Heiress's Deception

Christi Caldwell’s engaging series about a group of young pickpockets who form a lifelong bond, open a gambling hell and marry into the upper strata of English society continues apace with the The Heiress's Deception, a story featuring the Hell and Sin Club’s second in command. Lady Eve Pruit ...

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It Takes Two to Tumble

It Takes Two to Tumble is the first book in a new series from Cat Sebastian entitled Seducing the Sedgwicks, which features a group of siblings who had a most unconventional, bohemian upbringing in a household comprising their father, his wife, his mistress and various itinerant hangers-on.  This f ...

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The Lady in Red

After years of reviewing romance novels, you become jaded about certain things. For myself, I’ve come to have somewhat low expectations of novellas. I love these bite-size stories, but I’ve found that often, the shortened timeline can take a toll on the romance. I’m thrilled to say that proble ...

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The Duke Knows Best

Jane Ashford adds a middling chapter to her Duke’s Sons series with The Duke Knows Best, the story of a  lordling vicar and the improper young lady who falls in love with him. Often called the handsomest of the Duke of Langford’s six sons, Lord Randolph Gresham is between parishes taking a h ...

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To the Duke, With Love

To the Duke, With Love is the second book in Amelia Grey’s Rakes of St. James series and is both my first - and probably last - book by this author.  This is wallpaper historical romance by numbers, and I suppose the alarm bells should really have started ringing when I realised that the hero – ...

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Once Upon a Christmas Eve

Elizabeth Hoyt celebrates the holidays with the final entry in her delightful Maiden Lane series, this time in a novella about the curmudgeonly Adam and the somewhat stiff-necked Sarah. Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque, hates Christmas, which often serves to remind him of his dysfunctional child ...

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The Chase

When one reads a lot of books, one learns to take book blurbs with a pinch of salt.  Those that give a basic outline of the plot are fine, but those that proudly proclaim how ‘exciting’, or ‘unforgettable’ or ‘unique’ a story is always see me raising a sceptical eyebrow and thinking, ...

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A Hope Divided

In A Hope Divided, we meet Marlie Lynch - a spy for the Union living in North Carolina - and Ewan McCall, an escaped prisoner with a dark past. They’re both brilliant, strong, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to stop the Confederacy from winning the war. As they have to flee Marlie ...