Historical Romance

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Lords of Misrule

Stella Riley’s Roundheads and Cavaliers series of books set during the English Civil Wars is an absolute treat for those who enjoy well-researched historical fiction AND historical romance. Each book in the series is grounded strongly in historical fact and the stories Ms Riley layers atop her cho ...

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The Master of Strathburn

The Master of Strathburn starts off with a very interesting event in Scottish history, the last Jacobite Rebellion of 1746. Unfortunately, other than serving as a plot device to provide the hero with a backstory, the historical background barely factors into the rest of the book. The result is a wal ...

B+
The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match

Juliana Gray neatly bridges the gap between her recent Princesses in Hiding series and her forthcoming one in this novella featuring the Machiavellian Duke of Olympia. In the earlier books, readers were introduced to this distinguished, powerful, older man as he pulled strings behind the scenes in o ...

B+
Magnate

I read and enjoyed Joanna Shupe’s first historical romance, The Courtesan Duchess, and in my review, said that while it wasn’t without flaws, it was one of the strongest débuts I’d read in a while. I read or listened to the two books that followed it (The Harlot Countess and The Lady Hellion, ...

B
Kill or Be Kilt

Did you have a teenage crush? Especially on an older man? It’s the kind of thing that’s a bit embarrassing to look back on, but is a rite of passage for many. In Kill or be Kilt, the third book in Victoria Roberts’ Highland Spies series, we finally get to see what comes out of young Elizabeth ...

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The Wicked Duke

I fell in love with Madeline Hunter’s prose in her first book, By Possession and I have been faithfully following her ever since. That lyrical and persuasive style is in evidence in the latest by this author and once again she does not disappoint. Her plotting is also excellent as is her developme ...

B+
Only Beloved

Only Beloved is the seventh and final book in Mary Balogh’s Survivor’s Club series about a group of people – six men and one woman – who sustained injuries and trauma, both physical and mental, as a result of the Napoleonic Wars. I’ve enjoyed all the books and think it’s been one of the ...

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How the Duke Was Won

I was only a few pages into reading this début novel from Lenora Bell when I had to ask myself why I’d requested a review copy in the first place. It’s part of the book reviewer’s job to give new authors a try, but I think that probably the alarm bells should have started ringing the minute I ...

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Temptations of a Wallflower

Having featured a female newspaper editor (Forever Your Earl) and a female playwright (Scandal Takes the Stage), this final book in Eva Leigh’s Wicked Quills of London, takes as its heroine the author of a number of highly successful erotic novels. Each of the books in this series has explored wha ...

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Behind a Lady's Smile

I feel like maybe I missed something. After reading this book and working on the review, I looked around a bit, wondering what other people thought. Most of them loved it. And although I didn’t hate it, I certainly wouldn’t say it is my new favorite. While I enjoyed the author’s writing and th ...