Historical Romance

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A Taste of Seduction

Bronwen Evans' A Taste of Seduction has everything needed to make an excellent second chance romance. Young lovers fall madly in love but are cruelly tricked into ending their relationship leaving them both heartbroken. Years later they reunite, heal and reclaim their love. But where the story falls ...

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The Scoundrel & I

A delightful twist on the Cinderella fairytale (with a nod to My Fair Lady), The Scoundrel & I is the story of down on her luck Gabrielle Flood and the dashing (and handsome) Captain Anthony Masinter.  The novella works as a standalone, but features characters from both the Falcon Club and Pri ...

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Tangled

This 1991 title by Mary Balogh has engendered very mixed reactions over the years, and although I can understand why, I enjoyed it, principally because the author is so skilled at portraying the emotional lives of her characters in a way that makes them feel very real to the reader. The book op ...

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His Scandalous Kiss

His Scandalous Kiss is the third book in Sophie Barnes' Secrets of Thorncliff Manor series and tells the story of a disfigured and masked war hero who is hiding in life's shadows when he unexpectedly finds love after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman at a masquerade. Sound vaguely familia ...

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Shanna

I’m aghast at my temerity in attempting to comment on a Woodiwiss novel, particularly since this is the first one I’ve read. Scads of lines have been written by readers, bloggers, fans, and academic scholars on Woodiwiss’s stories, characters, themes, and her place in the evolution of the roma ...

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His Wicked Wish

The fifth chapter of Olivia Drake’s ongoing Cinderella Sisterhood series, His Wicked Wish focuses on Nate Atwood, a tradesman and reluctant second son who returns to his native England when he receives word that his father has died and Maddy Swann, a former actress looking to escape a stalker. ...

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A Scandalous Adventure

This third book in Lillian Marek’s Victorian Adventures series takes place in the small – fictitious – German state of Sigmaringen and is basically a gender-swapped version of Anthony Hope’s classic, The Prisoner of Zenda (which the author acknowledges as her inspiration). In that book, an E ...

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A Season of Ruin

I enjoyed Anna Bradley’s début, A Wicked Way to Win an Earl last year, and in my review said: “Her writing is deft and intelligent with a nice touch of humour, and she has taken a well-used plotline and made good use of it by peopling it with distinctive characters and strongly-written relatio ...

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Bella and the Beast

My reaction to the RITA nominated Bella and the Beast just goes to show just how subjective readers’ tastes can be.  Obviously the book was highly regarded by the RWA and I suppose some people are comfortable ignoring the triggers that I thought slightly distasteful.  Unfortunately I found mysel ...

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The American Earl

Julia Marshall is the daughter of the Earl of Althorpe. One morning, she was taking a walk in the garden when she discovered her father’s body with his face blown off. What a horrible thing for a young girl of eighteen to see! She now had the burden of the house and the impoverished estate of Stov ...