Historical Romance

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Bound by a Scandalous Secret

Bound by a Scandalous Secret is the third book in Diane Gaston’s current series, The Scandalous Summerfields. I haven’t read either of the previous entries, but this one works perfectly well as a standalone.  The Summerfield siblings –  three sisters and their half-brother – have been tain ...

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Roger's Bride

I am not usually one for medieval romances, so I was shocked when I liked Roger’s Bride as much as I did. Kathryn of Mandeville is the daughter of an abusive tyrant and has vowed never to marry so she will not be controlled by a man ever again. She knows that her family needs an alliance with Angl ...

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The Lady Who Drew Me In

The Lady Who Drew Me In is the third book in Thomasine Rappold’s Soul Survivor series, which mixes historical romance and mystery with a little dash of the paranormal.  I haven’t read the previous two novels, but I gather from reading the synopses, that the heroines, like Daisy Lansing - the he ...

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The Trouble with Dukes

Grace Burrowes’ The Trouble with Dukes sees her returning to the extended Windham family, who were the subject of her first published works.  The Windham Brides series introduces the four nieces of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland while also reacquainting readers with the various other family mem ...

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Unlocked

Stephen King once said that publishers disliked novellas because they "they were too long to be short and too short to be really long." And it's not just publishers, is it? Read through reviews of novella after novella here at AAR and you'll read of similar dissatisfactions. I can think of no one ...

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A Match Made in Mistletoe

Fans of Anna Campbell’s have been treated to a regular diet of new stories from her over the last year or so in the form of a series of novellas (Dashing Widows) and a couple of standalones.  Her writing is extremely assured, warm and intelligent; and she has the knack of creating the most delici ...

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To Tempt an Heiress

I read the first book in Susanna Craig’s Runaway Desires series earlier this year and though I didn’t love it, I thought it showed promise.  My thoughts ran in a similar fashion while reading To Tempt an Heiress.  This book also has good ideas and likeable characters, but unfortunately, the wr ...

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Resisting Miss Merryweather

Sir Barnaby Ware was introduced in Unmasking Miss Appleby as the other man in an affair that broke up a marriage and destroyed a life-long friendship.  He could have been easy to dislike, but his deep remorse showed there was much more to him.  It’s a rare thing when a secondary character can st ...

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One for the Rogue

I enjoyed the previous book in Charis Michaels’ Bachelor Lords of London series (The Virgin and the Viscount) and was impressed with the author’s ability to craft a strong story and create sympathetic  characters.  I was less impressed with the fact that the story went off the rails in the las ...

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How to Train Your Highlander

Mary Elizabeth Waters lives up to her nickname, The Hellion of Hyde Park. A Scottish lass sent to mix with polite company at the insistence of her English mother, Mary Elizabeth has no time for the social constraints of polite society.  She mixes with everyone regardless of class; she rides like a ...