Historical Romance

B
Desperate Measures

Set in 1810, Desperate Measures is a romance that takes place during one evening at a ball. Young Lydia Bettridge is suffering from the pangs of unrequited love. She’s desperate to have her brother’s friend, the Golden God, Geoffrey Danforth, notice her, so she and another of her brother’s fri ...

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A Dangerous Deceit

I am at a loss to understand why Alissa Johnson doesn’t seem to get the same kind of attention afforded to the ‘big-name’ authors of historical romance.  Every book of hers I’ve read has been superbly written, featuring well-drawn, three-dimensional characters, a well-constructed plot, subt ...

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Scandal of the Season

Scandal of the Season is a standalone friends-to-lovers historical romance in which the twelve-year age gap between the principals means that the hero has been something of an older brother and mentor figure to the heroine for most of their lives. The premise attracted me  – one of my favourite b ...

C
Nothing Like a Duke

Nothing Like a Duke has an old-fashioned feel to it, and for those who enjoy the rhythms of quiet romances, there could be a lot to like here as we follow Robert and Flora on their journey from academic foils to committed spouses enjoying a happily ever after. However, I do not count myself among th ...

D+
An Affair with a Notorious Heiress

If you’re a fan of historical romance, you’re probably also a fan of Lorraine Heath.  I’m both, but I didn’t like this book.  The characters are clichéd, the dialogue is wooden, and the writing - well, if the cover didn’t say Ms. Heath wrote it, I wouldn’t have believed it.  In An Af ...

C
An Unexpected Countess

By the time I was a quarter of the way through Laurie Benson’s An Unexpected Countess, I regretted offering to review it. It was turning out to be a death-of-a-thousand-cuts book, not one with a major stumbling block, but instead one that provides a fresh small annoyance on every page. I’d even ...

A
An Unnatural Vice

Spoiler alert:  If you haven’t read the first book in the Sins of the Cities trilogy, An Unseen Attraction, this review may contain spoilers. I thought the first book in the Sins of the Cities trilogy was terrific, but this one is even better.  Each book in the trilogy features a different co ...

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Ruining Miss Wrotham

This fifth instalment in Emily Larkin’s Baleful Godmother series is a charming and beautifully romantic road-trip story that pairs up a most unlikely couple.  As she has demonstrated in all the books in this series, Ms. Larkin is a fabulous storyteller with the ability to create memorable, likeab ...

B
The Most Dangerous Duke in London

Madeline Hunter begins her Decadent Dukes Society series with an engaging, slow-burn romance.  The Most Dangerous Duke in London takes its time building a relationship between the main characters while drawing the reader deeper into rivalries and intrigues simmering between two influential London f ...

C+
The Convenient Felstone Marriage

The Convenient Felstone Marriage is Jenni Fletcher’s second historical romance for Harlequin, and is set in and around the port of Whitby in Yorkshire in the mid-Victorian era.  It’s a nice change to read an historical romance set outside London, and the fact that the plot centres on a marriage ...