Historical Romance

B+
An Unseen Attraction

K.J. Charles announced a while back that her new Sins of the Cities series of historical romances would feature stories in the mould of Victorian Sensation Fiction: “... channelling my love for Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Dickens in his wilder moods, and the other glorious writers of ...

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A Lady's Code of Misconduct

I find that when we speak of romance, it's easy to fall into judging a book based on whether or not we think the main characters are nice people with whom we would actually want to spend time. I've long admired Meredith Duran's writing for challenging me on this. She is one of those authors who cons ...

B+
The Gentleman's Madness

The Gentleman’s Madness has an incredibly gripping hook. One of the heroes is in a mental asylum because he’s gay, and the other is an attendant there. I don’t usually read ebooks, but I bought this one (and downloaded the software to access it) because after reading the synopsis, I had to fin ...

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Devil in Spring

There’s always a risk when reading a book by one of your favorite authors, particularly when that book involves the child of a favorite couple from a beloved novel. The tie in to the earlier fantastic story raises the stakes, creating high expectations for the new tale. The hero of Devil in Spring ...

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Fair, Bright and Terrible

Fair, Bright, and Terrible is a companion to The King’s Man, the first of Elizabeth Kingston’s Welsh Blades books. It’s not absolutely necessary to have read that book first, although I found it helpful  and would certainly suggest doing so to anyone interested in reading this one. Fair, Brig ...

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Claiming Mister Kemp

Authors who create homosexual partnerships in an historical setting have to walk a very fine line between expressing a deep love between same sex characters while keeping in mind just how dangerous their relationship could be.  Emily Larkin manages that tightrope with ease in her novella Claiming M ...

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The Wagered Widow

Although I’ve been aware of Patricia Veryan for a number of years, up until recently, her books were out of print and the only way to obtain them was to find rather tatty second-hand paperbacks. Fortunately, many of her novels have now been made available digitally, meaning that I was able to make ...

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A Lady Without a Lord

This third book in Bliss Bennet’s series about the Pennington siblings turns its attention to the eldest, Theodosius (Theo), who became Viscount Saybrook on the death of his father just over a year earlier.  On the surface, it’s a simple story about childhood friends coming together after a num ...

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From London With Love

This third book in Diana Quincy’s Rebellious Brides series is an enjoyable read featuring a central couple who have known each other for years and were actually supposed to marry five years earlier - until the groom cried off on the morning of the wedding for reasons he never discussed with his be ...

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The Lawrence Browne Affair

Writing is a very personal endeavor, and every author leaves pieces of herself on the pages of her books. An exceptional novel will make you believe you’ve met its author, and I feel like I know Cat Sebastian a little after reading The Lawrence Browne Affair. There’s an emotional depth and compl ...