Historical Romance

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Blame it on the Duke

Blame It on the Duke is the third book of Lenora Bell’s Disgraceful Dukes series and it’s fitting that I’m the third reviewer here at All About Romance to give her a try.  It’s always down to a roll of the dice as to whether  a new author will produce a story that knocks your socks off or ...

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The Vicar's Daughter

The Vicar’s Daughter is a cautionary tale in which a young woman who is frustrated with her lot in life tries to engineer her way to a better situation and ends up causing pain and heartache for herself and those closest to her.  Cassandra Wilton discovers that the road to hell really is paved wi ...

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The Return of the Earl

The author of The Return of the Earl was once told, “You'll never be able to compete with native speakers of English.” This is the first romance I have read by Sandra Schwab and not only can she compete, but her use of language is superior to the majority of romantic novels I have read by so cal ...

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A Gathering Storm

Joanna Chambers’ A Gathering Storm is the sole historical entry in the Porthkennack series of queer romances written by five different award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ+ romance authors. All the books – the others are by Charlie Cochrane, J.L. Merrow, Alex Beecroft and Garrett Leigh – ...

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Once a Courtesan

Once a Courtesan, the second in Liana LeFey’s Once Wicked series, is a novel I wanted to enjoy more than I actually did. Some aspects of it worked very well, but others fell flat. It’s one of those books with a great deal of potential and I admired the heroine immensely, but it’s not a romance ...

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Only a Mistress Will Do

It can be tempting, when you read hundreds of books a year, to confine yourself to picking up titles by authors whose work you know you are going to enjoy.  But when it comes to reviewing,  I make a point of sampling books by some of the newer names in historical romance, and sometimes I’m lucky ...

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Proud Mary

I’m fairly new to Lucinda Brant’s books though I’ve quickly discovered what I like best about her writing - exquisite period detail, slow burn romances, and principals who are both engaging and appealing.  Proud Mary, the fifth book in the Roxton Family Saga is romantic, charming, low on angs ...

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To Seduce a Stranger

A kindly old duke married Charlotte Blakemore, but his death has left his son refusing to execute a will leaving Charlotte a significant independence. Charlotte runs away and finds herself in the company of Edward Cary, heir to the Earl of Beckley, who himself ran away two decades ago in the hopes o ...

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Foolish Bride

I’ve seen A.S Fenichel’s name around and am aware of her as an author of historical romance, but haven’t yet got around to reading any of her books, so I nabbed a copy Foolish Bride to see if I might find myself another new(ish) author to trust.  But, and to quote Han Solo – “Sometimes, I ...

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The Wallflower Duchess

The Wallflower Duchess is a character driven romance that takes its time to develop its love story between old friends.  While the underlying story of a hero in pursuit of the woman he wants is quite appealing, I can’t say that I was completely engaged by the way events unfolded. Ever since he ...