Historical Romance

D+
Only a Mistress Will Do

It can be tempting, when you read hundreds of books a year, to confine yourself to picking up titles by authors whose work you know you are going to enjoy.  But when it comes to reviewing,  I make a point of sampling books by some of the newer names in historical romance, and sometimes I’m lucky ...

B-
Proud Mary

I’m fairly new to Lucinda Brant’s books though I’ve quickly discovered what I like best about her writing - exquisite period detail, slow burn romances, and principals who are both engaging and appealing.  Proud Mary, the fifth book in the Roxton Family Saga is romantic, charming, low on angs ...

B-
To Seduce a Stranger

A kindly old duke married Charlotte Blakemore, but his death has left his son refusing to execute a will leaving Charlotte a significant independence. Charlotte runs away and finds herself in the company of Edward Cary, heir to the Earl of Beckley, who himself ran away two decades ago in the hopes o ...

D
Foolish Bride

I’ve seen A.S Fenichel’s name around and am aware of her as an author of historical romance, but haven’t yet got around to reading any of her books, so I nabbed a copy Foolish Bride to see if I might find myself another new(ish) author to trust.  But, and to quote Han Solo – “Sometimes, I ...

C+
The Wallflower Duchess

The Wallflower Duchess is a character driven romance that takes its time to develop its love story between old friends.  While the underlying story of a hero in pursuit of the woman he wants is quite appealing, I can’t say that I was completely engaged by the way events unfolded. Ever since he ...

C
You May Kiss the Bride

In this début novel from new author Lisa Berne, Gabriel Penhallow has to get married. He does not have to enjoy it, but it has to happen and all is set for his marriage to a biddable society bride. The problem is that he accidentally kisses Livia Stuart, who is as far from biddable as one can hope ...

A
Imagine

Imagine is the story of a wide variety of characters, all bottlenecked onto an island thanks to a shipwreck just before the turn of the 19th century.  First of all there’s our hero and heroine – Margaret “Smitty” Smith, a hard-working attorney who was hoping to take a refreshing cruise in t ...

F
Night Storm

Oh, Catherine Coulter.  I have a complicated relationship with this author, in that while she was one of the first romance novelists I’d ever read, I’ve come to realize something’s lacking in her prose.  Now, as I look at what were once DIKs... I'm sorry, sixteen year old me, but it’s time ...

B+
The Duke of Desire

The Duke of Desire, the fourth book in Darcy Burke’s series, The Untouchables, is quite possibly my favourite of them all so far.  I will admit that when I read the blurb, I was doubtful.  After all, the idea that the eponymous duke is a kind of Regency Era sex-therapist who helps couples to liv ...

B
The English Duke

I hesitate to describe Karen Ranney’s latest offering, The English Duke as being part of a series, because really, it’s a standalone novel that doesn’t feature any characters or continue any plotlines from the author’s last book, The Scottish Duke.  The titles are similar, of course (the fo ...