Historical Romance

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Will's True Wish

Whatever stories I read, I like to find a character I can relate to. It could be the smallest trait that will resonate with me and from that point they are the character I read the book for. In Grace Burrowes’ latest Will’s True Wish I very quickly found common ground with Lady Susannah Haddon ...

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The Hunter

Kerrigan Byrne certainly knows how to open a book with a bang! The prologue to The Hunter (second book in her Victorian Rebels series) is one of the most gripping and emotionally draining things I’ve read in some time. In it, we are introduced to the hero of the novel, Christopher Argent, as a you ...

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My American Duchess

The repartée at the beginning of My American Duchess is some of the most witty and snappy dialogue I have ever read in a historical romance. So much so, it may have been hard for the author to go anywhere but down from there. As I settled into the middle of the book there was just the slightest let ...

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Duke of My Heart

I greatly enjoyed Kelly Bowen’s début Dukes of Worth series. She has a knack for creating interesting female characters who live and work outside of the normal roles society would have them play. Her new book Duke of My Heart takes some the best traits from her earlier heroines and wraps them all ...

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Dancing in the Duke's Arms

Anthology
The most interesting thing about this anthology, to me, was discovering that the Dukeries—an area in Nottinghamshire containing several ducal estates—truly exists. Knowing this, it comes as no surprise that an enterprising group of romance novel authors should get together and use this as inspir ...

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Viscountess of Vice

This third novel in Jenny Holiday’s Regency Reformers series is chronologically the first, as it takes place around a year before the events of the first published book, The Miss Mirren Mission. As in the other books, Ms Holiday has taken a slightly different approach to the Regency Romance and t ...

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Rumours that Ruined a Lady

Marguerite Kaye is someone I know can always be relied upon to deliver a well-written, character-driven romance that plays out against an interesting and well-researched historical background. The fact that she can do all that so very well in under three hundred pages never ceases to amaze me; and t ...

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The Stolen Mackenzie Bride

Jennifer Ashley first made it onto my radar with her book The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, which remains one of my favorite stories to this day. Since then I’ve read more of her work and found it all to be fairly enjoyable, if not quite up to the level of Lord Ian’s book. The Stolen Mackenzie ...

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The Highwayman

Dashing rogues are a staple of the romance genre. They come in all shapes, sizes, and time periods, appearing frequently as pirates, dukes, or Navy SEALs. In this case our hero, one John Nevinson, appears as a notorious highwayman. His hijinks—as reported in the newspapers—capture the interest o ...

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Highlander Redeemed

I have far too many books languishing around my house. Do you? Do you have piles upon piles stacked on shelving units in the corners of rooms—some being beloved classics and others random stories that, while good, you have no need to read again? I have trouble giving up any books at all, which is ...