Historical Romance

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A Lady's Code of Misconduct

Meredith Duran is one of the finest historical romance authors writing today. Given any storyline or any romance trope, she makes it fresh and new and interesting. The characters’ reactions are never commonplace, the plots are never tired and predictable, and the writing is always to the point and ...

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Sinful Scottish Laird

Julia London returns to the Scottish Highlands in the region of Balhaire for Sinful Scottish Laird, the second book in her Highland Grooms series.  Like the previous book, Wild Wicked Scot, the story takes place during a time of great unrest, with the Jacobites who are loyal to the deposed Stuart k ...

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My Fair Duchess

Megan Frampton has a talent for writing entertaining stories laced with subtle humor and featuring endearing characters, which is exactly what she delivers in My Fair Duchess - the fifth stand-alone book in her Dukes Behaving Badly series. Most readers will thoroughly enjoy this nod to My Fair Lady, ...

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To the Farthest Shore

Growing up, I read a lot of historical novels; among my favorites were the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Margaret Leighton and M.M. Kaye. I loved the rich detail in all of these ladies’ books and I adored how they could transport me to another time and place. Among present day writers few do that ...

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Convenient Proposal to the Lady

Convenient Proposal to the Lady is the third book in Julia Justiss’ series featuring Hadley’s Hellions, four young men who forged strong friendships at school and university and who are now united in their dedication to bringing about political reform.  While the romance in each book is most de ...

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An Unseen Attraction

K.J. Charles announced a while back that her new Sins of the Cities series of historical romances would feature stories in the mould of Victorian Sensation Fiction: “... channelling my love for Wilkie Collins, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Dickens in his wilder moods, and the other glorious writers of ...

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A Lady's Code of Misconduct

I find that when we speak of romance, it's easy to fall into judging a book based on whether or not we think the main characters are nice people with whom we would actually want to spend time. I've long admired Meredith Duran's writing for challenging me on this. She is one of those authors who cons ...

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The Gentleman's Madness

The Gentleman’s Madness has an incredibly gripping hook. One of the heroes is in a mental asylum because he’s gay, and the other is an attendant there. I don’t usually read ebooks, but I bought this one (and downloaded the software to access it) because after reading the synopsis, I had to fin ...

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Devil in Spring

There’s always a risk when reading a book by one of your favorite authors, particularly when that book involves the child of a favorite couple from a beloved novel. The tie in to the earlier fantastic story raises the stakes, creating high expectations for the new tale. The hero of Devil in Spring ...

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Fair, Bright and Terrible

Fair, Bright, and Terrible is a companion to The King’s Man, the first of Elizabeth Kingston’s Welsh Blades books. It’s not absolutely necessary to have read that book first, although I found it helpful  and would certainly suggest doing so to anyone interested in reading this one. Fair, Brig ...