Historical Romance

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Last Night with the Duke

Amelia Grey doesn’t really get her new Rakes of St. James series off to a good start.  Last Night with the Duke has all of the romantic elements of a fairly average story but what brings its rating down is the listless way everything unfolds.  It’s romance without the romanticism and a love af ...

B+
My Dearest Enemy

Connie Brockway’s My Dearest Enemy combines two of my favourite things - an enemies-to-lovers romance and a story in which letters play an important part (I do love an epistolary novel!).  It’s a gloriously romantic, character-driven story set at the end of the 19th century, in which our hero ...

B-
When the Marquess Falls

I knew, when I picked up this coda novella to Lorraine Heath’s Hellions of Havisham series, that I was going to be reduced to a quivering wreck by the end of it.  I suppose that’s a considerable achievement on the part of the author – zero-to-sobbing in under 100 pages! If you’ve read t ...

A
A Dangerous Invitation

Erica Monroe's début historical romance, A Dangerous Invitation, takes us into the back alleys of London in an engrossing tale of betrayal, redemption and second chances. Kate Morgan has been forced into the rookeries through the bankruptcy of her father's company, which happened as a direct result ...

B-
Bedchamber Games

This final book in the Rakes of Cavendish Square trilogy features Lord Lawrence Byron, the twin brother of Lord Leo whose story was told in the first instalment, The Bedding Proposal.  I enjoyed both that and the previous book (Happily Bedded Bliss) enough to want to read this final one, even thoug ...

C
To Covet a Lady's Heart

Ingrid Hahn is a new-to-me author, and because I like to try new writers and the premise of To Covet a Lady’s Heart sounded intriguing - with the hero attempting to blackmail the heroine and her blackmailing him right back – I decided to give it a whirl.  The book proved to be a bit of a mixed ...

C-
The Scoundrel's Honor

I hadn’t read any of Christi Caldwell’s romances before I tried The Scoundrel’s Honor, and although it’s only the second book in the Sinful Brides series, initially I felt like a stranger at the party. The novel begins with several references to the scandalous romances of the heroine’s thr ...

A
Love Beyond Measure

I hadn’t read any of Elizabeth Boyce’s romances before I picked up Love Beyond Measure, fourth in her The Honorables series. Normally I’d avoid getting into the middle of a series, but this works as a standalone for the most part, plus the heroine of this story is half-Thai, and I like diverse ...

B+
Passion Favors the Bold

Passion Favors the Bold is the sequel to Theresa Romain’s thoroughly enjoyable romance-cum-treasure hunt, Fortune Favors the Wicked, wherein a blind former naval officer teams up with a former courtesan to locate the six missing crates of gold sovereigns that have been stolen from the Royal Mint ...

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Surrender to the Marquess

Surrender to the Marquess is the third book in Louise Allen’s series about the Herriard family which began in Forbidden Jewel of India. That book told the story of Major Nicholas Herriard and Anusha Laurens, the Anglo-Indian daughter of an East India Company merchant and a high-born Indian lady. A ...