Historical Romance

B
The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel

The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel is your basic rake-meets-wallflower story, and while that’s a very oft-used trope, Jennifer McQuiston has done an excellent job of creating a readable, light-hearted romp that has just enough depth to keep it from feeling insubstantial.  There’s an element of mys ...

B+
Do You Want to Start a Scandal?

It feels like I’m committing the ultimate Romancelandia faux-pas when I say that Tessa Dare’s last couple of books haven’t really worked for me.  So much so, in fact, that I couldn’t rate When a Scot Ties the Knot above a C+; the characterisation was inconsistent, the humour felt forced and ...

B
A Reluctant Betrothal

Unlike the heroines of the other books in Amanda Weaver’s Grantham Girls series, the heroine of A Reluctant Betrothal is not an heiress.   Grace Godwyn is the daughter of a viscount who gambled away his estate and fortune and who, following the death of her mother then she was four, spent her li ...

C-
One Eyed Dukes Are Wild

This review has taken me an absurdly long time to write, most likely because this book took me an absurdly long time to read. For the most part, I read books in two or three sittings - even when I don’t like them I Must. Keep. Reading. One would think a book about a wild, one-eyed duke would be a ...

A-
The Soldier's Scoundrel

Cat Sebastian’s début historical romance, The Soldier's Scoundrel is a thoroughly enjoyable, extremely accomplished piece of work that sees a prickly former-thief-turned-investigator working with the son of an earl to establish the identity of a blackmailer and falling in love along the way. This ...

B
Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night

I love older heroines and second-chance-at-love stories - and I adore Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson, to which this story's title alludes; and so I was delighted to be assigned Kate Noble's novella Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night. Although it did not quite live up to my expectation ...

D-
If I Only Had a Duke

If only If I Only Had a Duke had actually been about marrying a duke! Unfortunately, there are plots, subplots, tangents, overly complicated lead characters - he’s a hybrid secret vigilante/rake hero, she’s a timid and shy (but not really) heroine; supporting characters who are overly familiar a ...

B+
The Earl Next Door

The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels has everything I love and expect in a well written regency romance but feels fresh and original. Immediately after finishing the book, I searched for other works by Ms. Michaels and was surprised and impressed to discover that this is her début novel. It is a s ...

D+
The Chevalier

The Chevalier is the third book in Ms. Lodge’s Châteaux and Shadows series, which is set in late seventeenth century France at the time of the reign of Louis XIV.  In my review of the previous book, The Honorable Officer, I wrote that I had primarily selected it because there is a dearth of hist ...

B
Discovery of Desire

Susanne Lord impressed me last year with her début novel, In Search of Scandal, in which she crafted a strongly characterised, well-developed and angsty romance between a couple who were just a bit out of the ordinary.  I have therefore been eagerly awaiting her follow-up novel, in which one of th ...