Historical Romance

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Merely a Marriage

Merely a Marriage by Jo Beverley is not merely a book: It is the final book by a beloved, iconic author of the genre. I’m happy to say that this swan song is a fitting closure to an illustrious career. In the custom of so many historical romance novel heroines, Lady Ariana Boxstall doesn’t wa ...

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A Counterfeit Heart

When I saw that Ms. Bateman had a new book out in her Secrets and Spies series, I was anxious to get my hands on it - but wary as well.  I loved the first book in the series, To Steal A Heart, but I was much less fond of the second, A Raven’s Heart.  Fortunately, when I picked up A Counterfeit H ...

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The Wicked Cousin

The Wicked Cousin starts off on a high note with a superb prologue that’s both gripping and moving, and introduces us to the book’s eponymous hero, Sebastian Audley. The story loses steam somewhat after the principals fall in love, but fortunately, Ms. Riley’s terrific writing elevates this ra ...

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From Duke Till Dawn

From Duke Till Dawn changes the perspective usually seen in historical romance.  Most times the story is told through the viewpoint of the rich, where the mansions, ballrooms and men’s clubs of London are standard fare.  Author Eva Leigh takes all of that glamour and turns it on its ear to show ...

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The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen

The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen might well win an award for being the longest title in historical romance! The first book in Victoria Alexander’s new Lady Travelers Guide series, it’s a light-hearted romantic comedy, set mostly in Paris around the time of the Great E ...

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The Mistress of Normandy (aka The Lily and the Leopard)

Everyone who reads historical romance has a favorite period that they love time-warping back to again and again.  Mine happens to be the medieval period. I have a good handful of keepers that I always go back to when I want to revisit the era.  Some are well-worn (the entirety of the Rosalynde ...

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Lord of Chance

Erica Ridley’s Lord of Chance is the first in a new series from the author entitled Rogues to Riches. Our rogue this time out is one Mister (not Lord - so what's with the title?) Anthony Fairfax, a charming but rather rackety young man whose appetite for gaming has seen him run up such large de ...

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A Stranger at Fellsworth

Reading historical romance presents history fans with a conundrum. I’ve heard it said that much of the history presented in these novels is “Heyer” history or “Austen” history, meaning that the facts placed in historical romances are influenced more by what these fiction authors wrote than ...

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The Bad Luck Bride

The first twenty-five percent or so of Janna MacGregor’s début novel, The Bad Luck Bride, had me eagerly turning the pages, so thoroughly drawn was I into the story of a man who was so bent on revenge upon the former friend he held responsible for the death of his sister, that he would go to any ...

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The Secret Marriage Pact

Georgie Lee continues her Business of Marriage series with The Secret Marriage Pact, a friends-to-lovers story which reunites two childhood friends after almost a decade apart.  Jane Rathbone and Jasper Charton were almost inseparable as children, but the nine years Jasper has spent in America have ...