Historical Romance

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How to Impress a Marquess

One of the things I’ve appreciated most about the books I’ve read by Susanna Ives has been her ability to create relatable, multi-layered characters and storylines which are just a little different to those normally found in an historical romance.  In her latest book, How to Impress a Marquess, ...

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Unmasking Miss Appleby

It’s no secret that my least favourite trope is the one in which the heroine passes herself off as a man.  I find it too difficult to believe that nobody would notice she wasn’t one, even within the idealised setting of a romantic novel.  That’s not to say that some authors haven’t managed ...

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Someone to Love

I don’t know where the time is going, but it seems hardly any has elapsed between turning the last page of Only Beloved, the final novel in Mary Balogh’s Survivor’s Club series – and reading Someone to Love, the first story in her new, eight-part Westcott series.  The story revolves around ...

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Marian

“A girl can do plenty of things besides get married and pop out babies.” “Of course she can,” Marian said. “And if you don’t want to have a husband, you shouldn’t.” One of the aspects I love most about this lesbian retelling of Robin Hood is its refreshing view on women and gender ...

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The Legendary Lord

It was apparent from the first chapter of Valerie Bowman's The Legendary Lord that this Historical Romance was not going to be historically accurate and that the characters would find themselves in implausible situations considering its setting of 1816. At this point, I made the conscious choice to ...

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When a Laird Finds a Lass

In this (very loose) retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, the MacDonald clan is currently going through a leadership change, as their laird recently passed. The new laird, Malcolm MacDonald, has limited interest in being either a highlander or a laird, and wishes to return to his ...

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While the Duke Was Sleeping

AAR staffers Emily Wittmann and Sara Elliott were excited to discuss and share their thoughts on Sophie Jordan's While the Duke Was Sleeping, the first in her new Rogue Files series.  If you've read it, then we'd love to know what you thought of the book, too! Poppy Fairchurch is in love wit ...

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A Date at the Altar

If you know nothing else about me, you should know I very rarely read books out of sequence.  When I’m assigned a book to review and it’s number two or three in a series, whenever possible, I seek out earlier books and read them in advance.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to re ...

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Tempting the Earl

Tempting the Earl is the third book in Rachael Miles’ Muses Salon series, and even though I was a little disappointed in the previous one (Chasing the Heiress)  I wanted to read this because it makes use of one of my favourite tropes – the estranged couple who has to learn how to be married aga ...

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The Earl

Readers of Katharine Ashe’s Falcon Club series will be well aware of the frequent, public, and bitingly sarcastic correspondence that has gone on between the club’s secretary, Peregrine, and the anonymous Lady Justice, pamphleteer, moral crusader and regular denouncer of the abuses and injustice ...