Historical Romance

B
The Duke's Unexpected Bride

Although I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, not very much about how the two principals in The Duke’s Unexpected Bride come to find themselves betrothed felt appropriate to their stations in life and/or the historical setting of the book.  Ladies didn’t run amok unchaperoned in London, and dukes d ...

B
Rumors at Court

Rumors at Court is the third volume in a series about ladies of influence at royal courts in the high middle ages who know far too much for their own good. The book features a solidly researched, emotionally gripping tale of a traumatized widow and a physically scarred warrior who come together over ...

B
Duchesses in Disguise

Duchesses in Disguise contains three very different stories that all spring from one small accident.  Three noble ladies traveling incognito are stranded after their carriage is damaged in a storm.  When a local gentleman and his two companions come upon the accident, they immediately offer their ...

B+
Enchanting the Earl

Lily Maxton gets her new series The Townsends off to a great start with the first book, Enchanting the Earl, a sweetly sensual character-driven romance set in a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands in 1812. It’s a short but charming enemies-to-lovers story in which the author skilfully balances ...

B+
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

I can always count on Julia Quinn!  Her books are full of likeable characters, amusing tête-à-têtes and she skillfully uses romantic plot devices, making them feel so believable that a character’s illogical behavior easily becomes relatable.  In her newest release The Girl with the Make-Belie ...

B+
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

In The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband, Cecilia Harcourt has found herself on an unexpected adventure. After receiving a letter that her brother, Thomas - who had been in the colonies fighting Washington’s rebels - has gone missing, she summons all her gumption, spends all her cash, and boards ...

B-
A Warriner to Protect Her

In this first volume of Virginia Heath’s four book Wild Warriners series, a desperate heroine meets a stubborn hero in the aftermath of a great drama and sparks fly in a tale that ultimately has its ups and downs. The orphaned tea heiress Violet “Letty” Dunston has been through some horribl ...

A-
Marry in Haste

I will admit that I was a little apprehensive about picking up Marry in Haste, the first in Anne Gracie’s new Marriage of Convenience series, having been rather disappointed with the last couple of books in her Chance Sisters quartet.  But the premise of a hastily arranged marriage of convenience ...

C+
Hard-Hearted Highlander

I’ve enjoyed the previous two books in Julia London’s Highland Grooms series in spite of my general aversion to Scottish/Highland set romances; both books are strongly character driven with, in the case of the first book, Wild Wicked Scot, a dash of politics and intrigue thrown in to add an extr ...

D
Blame it on the Duke

Blame It on the Duke is the third book of Lenora Bell’s Disgraceful Dukes series and it’s fitting that I’m the third reviewer here at All About Romance to give her a try.  It’s always down to a roll of the dice as to whether  a new author will produce a story that knocks your socks off or ...