Historical Romance

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Claiming Mister Kemp

Authors who create homosexual partnerships in an historical setting have to walk a very fine line between expressing a deep love between same sex characters while keeping in mind just how dangerous their relationship could be.  Emily Larkin manages that tightrope with ease in her novella Claiming M ...

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The Wagered Widow

Although I’ve been aware of Patricia Veryan for a number of years, up until recently, her books were out of print and the only way to obtain them was to find rather tatty second-hand paperbacks. Fortunately, many of her novels have now been made available digitally, meaning that I was able to make ...

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A Lady Without a Lord

This third book in Bliss Bennet’s series about the Pennington siblings turns its attention to the eldest, Theodosius (Theo), who became Viscount Saybrook on the death of his father just over a year earlier.  On the surface, it’s a simple story about childhood friends coming together after a num ...

C+
From London With Love

This third book in Diana Quincy’s Rebellious Brides series is an enjoyable read featuring a central couple who have known each other for years and were actually supposed to marry five years earlier - until the groom cried off on the morning of the wedding for reasons he never discussed with his be ...

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The Lawrence Browne Affair

Writing is a very personal endeavor, and every author leaves pieces of herself on the pages of her books. An exceptional novel will make you believe you’ve met its author, and I feel like I know Cat Sebastian a little after reading The Lawrence Browne Affair. There’s an emotional depth and compl ...

B
Someone to Hold

Mary Balogh’s Westcott series revolves around an earl’s family discovering upon his death that he was a bigamist with a wife and child kept hidden from everyone.  When the truth comes out there are devastating ramifications for the family left behind.  Someone to Hold is the second book of the ...

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To Tame a Wild Lady

I had high hopes for To Tame a Wild Lady, especially considering that the first of the series, To Lure a Proper Lady,  was one of my favourite books of 2016.  That book’s charm was found in its unexpectedly droll but deserving hero finding love with a similarly intelligent woman.  In this, the ...

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The Duke

The eponymous duke in this fourth book in Kerrigan Byrne’s Victorian Rebels series is Collin Talmage, Duke of Trenwyth.  We met him briefly in the previous book, The Highlander, where we learned that he is a formidable soldier, rumoured to have been both a spy and an assassin. Fans of Ms. Byrne ...

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Stealing the Rogue's Heart

One of the things that long-time readers of historical romance frequently discuss is the fact that the genre is awash in heroes and heroines from the aristocracy and that we’d really like to see more historicals featuring lower and middle class characters.  I think anyone who has been around roma ...

C
Loving the Lost Duke

Loving the Lost Duke is a charming historical romance that is interesting but a little bland, so it didn’t truly capture my attention or draw me into its story. This is the first book in Louise Allen’s new series Dangerous Deceptions and my first time reading any of her novels. While Loving the ...