Historical Romance

B
Duty and Desire

Duty and Desire is the second book in the author’s Hearts of Honour series, but can be read as a standalone. The two protagonists are both gentry fallen on hard times – so no dukes or debutantes – and the slow-burn romance between them is really well-developed and the problems they face feel ...

C-
Secrets Behind Locked Doors

Laura Martin’s Secrets Behind Locked Doors sounded as though it would be an angsty but ultimately uplifting read that sees both protagonists overcome adversity and deal with a lot of emotional baggage before getting their HEA. Unfortunately however, the author has simply tried to pack in too much ...

B-
Too Dangerous for a Lady

If Jo Beverley’s Company of Rogues series isn’t the longest running series in historical romance, then it’s certainly one of them, and it’s to Ms Beverley’s credit that she doesn’t appear to have run out of ideas yet! The central character in Too Dangerous for a Lady is – in the autho ...

B-
My Seductive Innocent

My Seductive Innocent tells the story of an emotionally walled-off duke and the tavern maid he marries in order to prevent her scumbag of a father from abusing her and selling her into prostitution. Cross-class romance in historicals is always difficult to pull off because of the very strict social ...

B
A Lady for Lord Randall

This is one of a trilogy of books written by three different authors to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Collectively, they are the Brides of Waterloo series, and the other two books, A Mistress for Major Bartlett and A Rose for Major Flint are by Annie Burrowes and Loui ...

B
The Dark Affair

The Dark Affair is the third book in Ms. Claremont’s Mad Passions series, and features James Stanhope, Viscount Powers, who was an intriguing secondary character in the previous book in the series, Lady in Red. In fact, I found him so intriguing, that I was far more interested in him than in the ...

A-
Dearest Rogue

While I’ve enjoyed all the books in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, Dearest Rogue has been the one I’ve most eagerly anticipated. In fact, it’s one of my most highly anticipated books of 2015. Perhaps that’s a little unusual, considering this is the eighth book in a long-running ser ...

B+
All's Fair in Love and Scandal

All’s Fair in Love and Scandal is a novella in Caroline Linden’s current Scandalous series. It sits between books two and three, and features Douglas Bennet, the brother of Joan, who was the heroine of the first book, Love and Other Scandals. In that story, Douglas was introduced as a bit of a ...

B+
The Duke and the Lady in Red

I’ve read and enjoyed the previous books in this trilogy – When the Duke Was Wicked and Once More My Darling Rogue, finding both to be enjoyable with strongly written central characters and well developed romances. My favourite by a nose is the first, which is a really emotional read that deliv ...

B+
Love in the Time of Scandal

Having thoroughly enjoyed the two previous books in this series, Love and Other Scandals and It Takes a Scandal, I’ve been eagerly looking forward to this latest instalment, which features Penelope Weston and Benedict Lennox, both of whom appeared as secondary characters in the last book. While I ...