Historical Romance

B+
A Fallen Lady

This second book from new author Elizabeth Kingston is miles away – both chronologically and geographically – from her first one - The King’s Man - which was set in medieval Wales. A Fallen Lady is a Regency set in a quiet English village, and I am pleased to say that Ms Kingston is as much at ...

B-
Wild Bells to the Wild Sky

It’s been a long time since I’ve read any romances published in the 1980s. The purple prose that seems to have been so abundant in 80s historicals gets on my ever-loving last nerve. Luckily for me, Wild Bells to the Wild Sky is definitely not a bodice-ripper, nor is it like your typical 80s roma ...

C-
The Infamous Heir

I’m really torn about The Infamous Heir, guys. Really torn. One one hand, Ms Michaels writes well, and her handling of mystery and angst is really satisfying. On the other hand, I absolutely hated the heroine for the first half of the book, and kept wondering if our hero, a pugilist, had taken a f ...

C
The Bride Behind the Curtain

The Bride Behind the Curtain is the first of three short novels by Darcie Wilde in a series collectively entitled Regency Makeover and which are being published one a month in March, April and May respectively. Each book is slightly longer than a novella but shorter than the average category romance ...

B-
I Kissed a Rogue

Shana Galen’s Covent Garden Cubs series has highlighted many people and places we rarely see in a romance, such as the slums of Seven Dials or the gangs of thieves who know all the tricks to separate a lofty peer of his valuables. Along the way Sir Brook Derring has worked as an investigator, usi ...

C+
Tempting Mr Townsend

Tempting Mr Townsend is the second novella in Anna Campbell’s series of stories about three Dashing Widows, friends who decide to shake things up a bit and live a little following their mourning periods. The heroine of this story is Lady Fenella Deerham, whose husband, Henry, was killed at Waterlo ...

C+
The Unsuitable Secretary

The Unsuitable Secretary, the fourth book in Maggie Robinson’s Ladies Unlaced series set in Edwardian England is a light-hearted, character-driven romance between two people from disparate backgrounds that is often funny and rather sweet; but which, while enjoyable, is ultimately an insubstantial ...

B
The Matchmaker's Match

The Matchmaker’s Match is an engaging story and just enough different from the average Regency to linger in my mind. The heroine, Lady Amelia Baxley, craves independence. Not in the “I’m never going to marry, but just toss my curls and be rebellious forever!” sense, but more in the sense of ...

B
Happily Bedded Bliss

I’ve been eagerly awaiting Happily Bedded Bliss since I read the first book in Tracy Anne Warren’s Rakes of Cavendish Square (The Bedding Proposal) last year. That book was a compelling read that was quite dark in places, given the treatment doled out to the divorced heroine, both by her ex-husb ...

A-
The Rogue

Although The Rogue is the first in a new series by Katharine Ashe, it is also a continuation of her earlier Falcon Club series, which featured a group of former spies as they attempted to adjust to new, “normal” lives. Three of the five members of the Club are happily settled, and now it’s the ...