Historical Romance

C
Mistaken for a Lady

I used to read a lot of medieval romances, but haven’t picked up so many lately, which is one of the reasons I decided to read Carol Townend’s Mistaken for a Lady the fifth book in her ongoing Knights of Champagne series.  Another is that it’s set in and around Brittany and I’m a sucker fo ...

C+
An Uncommon Duke

An Uncommon Duke makes use of one of my favourite romance tropes – the married, but estranged couple who have to overcome their differences and past hurts in order find their way back to each other.   New-to-me author Laurie Benson does a good job in the first part of this book of setting up the ...

B+
Good Earls Don't Lie

Sometimes I start a book, and I just know I'm going to be enchanted. That's how Good Earls Don't Lie started for me. Even though the opening events feel a tad unlikely, there's something likable about the characters and I just enjoyed the mood that Willingham creates in her story. There are a few wo ...

B
The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel

The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel is your basic rake-meets-wallflower story, and while that’s a very oft-used trope, Jennifer McQuiston has done an excellent job of creating a readable, light-hearted romp that has just enough depth to keep it from feeling insubstantial.  There’s an element of mys ...

B+
Do You Want to Start a Scandal?

It feels like I’m committing the ultimate Romancelandia faux-pas when I say that Tessa Dare’s last couple of books haven’t really worked for me.  So much so, in fact, that I couldn’t rate When a Scot Ties the Knot above a C+; the characterisation was inconsistent, the humour felt forced and ...

B
A Reluctant Betrothal

Unlike the heroines of the other books in Amanda Weaver’s Grantham Girls series, the heroine of A Reluctant Betrothal is not an heiress.   Grace Godwyn is the daughter of a viscount who gambled away his estate and fortune and who, following the death of her mother then she was four, spent her li ...

C-
One Eyed Dukes Are Wild

This review has taken me an absurdly long time to write, most likely because this book took me an absurdly long time to read. For the most part, I read books in two or three sittings - even when I don’t like them I Must. Keep. Reading. One would think a book about a wild, one-eyed duke would be a ...

A-
The Soldier's Scoundrel

Cat Sebastian’s début historical romance, The Soldier's Scoundrel is a thoroughly enjoyable, extremely accomplished piece of work that sees a prickly former-thief-turned-investigator working with the son of an earl to establish the identity of a blackmailer and falling in love along the way. This ...

B
Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night

I love older heroines and second-chance-at-love stories - and I adore Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson, to which this story's title alludes; and so I was delighted to be assigned Kate Noble's novella Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night. Although it did not quite live up to my expectation ...

D-
If I Only Had a Duke

If only If I Only Had a Duke had actually been about marrying a duke! Unfortunately, there are plots, subplots, tangents, overly complicated lead characters - he’s a hybrid secret vigilante/rake hero, she’s a timid and shy (but not really) heroine; supporting characters who are overly familiar a ...