Historical Romance

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To Tame a Wild Lady

I had high hopes for To Tame a Wild Lady, especially considering that the first of the series, To Lure a Proper Lady,  was one of my favourite books of 2016.  That book’s charm was found in its unexpectedly droll but deserving hero finding love with a similarly intelligent woman.  In this, the ...

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The Duke

The eponymous duke in this fourth book in Kerrigan Byrne’s Victorian Rebels series is Collin Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth.  We met him briefly in the previous book, The Highlander, where we learned that he is a formidable soldier, rumoured to have been both a spy and an assassin. Fans of Ms. Byrne ...

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Stealing the Rogue's Heart

One of the things that long-time readers of historical romance frequently discuss is the fact that the genre is awash in heroes and heroines from the aristocracy and that we’d really like to see more historicals featuring lower and middle class characters.  I think anyone who has been around roma ...

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Loving the Lost Duke

Loving the Lost Duke is a charming historical romance that is interesting but a little bland, so it didn’t truly capture my attention or draw me into its story. This is the first book in Louise Allen’s new series Dangerous Deceptions and my first time reading any of her novels. While Loving the ...

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Mogul

I’ve read and enjoyed all the books in Joanna Shupe’s Knickerbocker Club series, so I was eagerly looking forward to Mogul, the last book in the set.  I like second-chance romances and the pairing of the self-made media mogul and the society beauty who were married but quickly separated intrigu ...

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Schooling the Viscount

Maggie Robinson’s new Cotswold Confidential series is set in the sleepy, picturesque village of Puddling-on-the-Wold which, for the past seventy-odd years, has provided a rather unusual service for the members of the nobility by taking in its wayward sons and daughters and, through a strict and pe ...

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Between the Devil and the Duke

Kelly Bowen is one of the best of the bunch of new authors of historical romance to have emerged in the last couple of years, and she continues to show herself more than deserving of the praise her novels have received.  I’ve reviewed a few and rated them highly, impressed by her ability to craft ...

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Wild Wicked Scot

I love "second chance at love" stories and most books revolving around troubled marriages are near cousins to these. In Wild Wicked Scot, our protagonists weren't head over heels in love the first time around, so the dynamic is a little different. However, since the characters are layered and worth ...

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Seven Minutes in Heaven

Seven Minutes in Heaven is the third in Eloisa James’  Desperate Duchess by the Numbers series which is a kind of Desperate Duchesses TNG – the heroes and heroines featured in these books appeared as children in some of the earlier stories and are now grown up and getting their own.  This mean ...

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Miss Bradshaw's Bought Betrothal

Miss Bradshaw's Bought Betrothal offers a fresh take on the classic Cinderella fairy tale.  By giving the heroine a fuller backstory, providing her with the means to secure her own happiness with or without a prince, and allowing her to subvert the influence of her evil stepmother (and stepsisters) ...