Historical Romance

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Deirdre and Don Juan

Deirdre and Don Juan (available only in the Lovers and Ladies set in the USA) won the RITA for Best Regency Romance in 1994, and is an utterly delightful take on the “rake-meets-plain-jane” trope, in which both hero and heroine have some growing up to do. The gorgeous, charming and very rakish ...

B+
The Many Sins of Cris de Feaux

Crispin de Feaux, Marquess of Avenmore is one of the four Lords of Disgrace, who were introduced to readers in His Housekeeper’s Christmas Wish; although by the sound of it, he’s probably the least deserving of being called a ‘disgrace’ of all of them. I’m also not sure what his “many si ...

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The Summer Bride

The Summer Bride is the final book in Anne Gracie’s Chance Sisters quartet which began with The Autumn Bride and then progressed through Winter and Spring as the “sisters” (who aren’t actual sisters, but who regard themselves as being “sisters of the heart”) found love. This instalment i ...

B+
A Gift for Guile

A Gift for Guile is the second book in Alissa Johnson’s Thief Takers series set in Victorian England. It isn’t absolutely necessary to have read book one (A Talent for Trickery), as there is plenty here to flesh out the backstories of the central characters, but I think it offers some useful ins ...

B
Once Upon a Moonlit Night

I love the Maiden Lane series, though I thought Sweetest Scoundrel was a bit of a misfire. But then came Duke of Sin. Easily my favorite of the series, I tore through it in one evening. So when I heard Ms. Hoyt was releasing a novella to tie up loose ends from Duke of Sin, I couldn’t wait to read ...

B
The Unexpected Marriage of Gabriel Stone

I've enjoyed books by Louise Allen since way back, when I first read The Earl's Intended Wife, which was partly set on Malta! She has a knack for inserting the unusual into the rather well-trodden paths of the regency romance genre, and she does not disappoint in The Unexpected Marriage of Gabriel S ...

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The Daredevil Snared

The Daredevil Snared is the third book in Stephanie Laurens’ The Adventurers Quartet. Going in, I knew I was starting the book mid series; but what I didn’t know is that the books are not self-contained. I was able to catch on pretty quickly; but interested readers may want to start with The Lad ...

D+
The Reluctant Widow

This book is the clear low point of my Heyer binge. Reading it was a chore, like trying to jog in thigh-deep water while someone kept promising it would get better a little further on. The premise - the heroine, Elinor, marries the hero Lord Carlyon's dying cousin in order to ensure Lord Carlyon doe ...

D
The Governess Comforts the Disconsolate Duke

I looked forward to reading this Regency novella about a hero recovering from the horrors of war. Unfortunately, it read more like a textbook for show versus tell and often reads like an outline rather than an actual story. The hero and heroine don't have a real encounter until about 20% into the b ...

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The De Burgh Bride

Elene Fitzhugh is a termagant, well-versed in the use of sharpened daggers and a sharper tongue. With her long thick red hair hanging matted in front of her face, a shrieking cursing voice, and a reputation for having killed her first husband, men tend to stay as far away from her as possible, inclu ...