Historical Romance

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Duke of Pleasure

Amazingly, we’ve reached the eleventh of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane books, and the author shows no sign of running out of steam!  Duke of Pleasure is another strong addition to the series, a beautifully-written, well-paced story that achieves just the right balance between romance and action; ...

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The Governess's Secret Baby

One thing you can say about Harlequin Historicals – What You See is generally What You Get when it comes to titles, and The Governess’s Secret Baby is pretty much exactly what it says on the cover.  This is the final book of The Governess Tales, a set of four books written by four different aut ...

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The Dare and the Doctor

This third book in Kate Noble’s Winner Takes All series is another beautifully written romance featuring likeable central characters, a very well-drawn secondary cast and dilemmas that feel realistic while also being problematic enough to provide the necessary degree of conflict.  The Dare and th ...

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The Danger of Desire

The Danger of Desire is the third release in Sabrina Jeffries’ Sinful Suitors series and it definitely feels like a mid-series book.  The storyline is recognizable and includes some of my favorite romantic devices but it never really packs the emotional wallop to push it from a good story into a ...

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The Salt Hendon Collection

Narrated by Alex Wyndham I first listened to Lucinda Brant’s Salt Bride and Salt Redux a few years back, when they were most ably narrated by Marian Hussey. This new edition of both books (plus the novella, Salt Angel, originally published in A Timeless Romance Anthology: Silver Bells Collectio ...

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The Untouchable Earl

Amy Sandas’ The Untouchable Earl starts with one of the most interesting prologues I’ve ever read. A young gentleman meets the madam of a brothel to confess a personal issue—he’s never touched a woman and can’t bear being touched in turn, yet he has to mingle in society, and no one must su ...

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The Duke of Deception

Darcy Burke’s The Duke of Deception is the third book in her current Untouchables series – the gentlemen so named by their ladies because their difference in social station puts the men well above their touch.  The hero of this book is not a duke at all, however – the moniker is chosen merely ...

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His Christmas Countess

His Christmas Countess is book two in Louise Allen’s most recent series, The Four Disgraces, in which the heroes are a group of young men who earned that sobriquet as a result of their daring exploits at school and university.  For some reason, I read the first, third and fourth books when they c ...

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One Summer of Surrender

Through the first two books of her Seasons series Jess Michaels has been building towards the reconciliation of the Earl of Stenfax and his first love, Lady Elise.  Their romance was one of deep emotion that was ripped apart by what was seen as the ultimate betrayal and neither character was the sa ...

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Someone to Love

Mary Balogh's latest novel, Someone to Love has divided opinion among AAR staffers.  Caz Owens loved it while Kristen Donnelly and Keira Soleore were less than impressed.  Here are their thoughts on the book. In Someone to Love, an orphan discovers she’s actually not one and a duke reali ...