Books by Elizabeth Essex

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After the Scandal

Elizabeth Essex is the best historical romance author you’re not reading. Fix that! Tanner Evans, the Duke of Fenmore, has led a colorful life. His father, a younger son, was cut off from the family, and when both parents and the uncle died, Tanner and his sister Meggs spent years on the street ...

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Almost a Scandal

Sally Kent’s brother Richard lets the family tradition down when instead of joining the Navy, he escapes to the clergy. So it’s Sally, who’s got the family saltwater blood, who dons midshipman’s blues and sets sail on the Audacious just before Trafalgar. She finds herself under the supervisi ...

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Mad About the Marquess

This is the first full-length novel in Elizabeth Essex’s Highland Brides series, and takes place some two years after the events of the prequel novella, Mad for Love which I reviewed here. Some of the elements I particularly enjoyed about the novella are present here – the sprightliness of the ...

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Mad for Love

I was pleased to learn that Elizabeth Essex would be publishing a new series of historical romances, as I’ve enjoyed her work in the past and have missed seeing her name on lists of forthcoming releases. Her new, Highland Brides series kicks off with Mad for Love which is either a short novel or a ...

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Scandal in the Night

This is the first book by Elizabeth Essex I’ve read, and on the strength of it, will certainly be searching out more of her work. Scandal in the Night is part of a series, but works incredibly well as a standalone; and in it, Ms Essex has combined a sweeping and poignant romance with a thriller an ...

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Almost a Scandal

Every so often I have a hankering for a good sea romance. No hint of the ton. No bloody muslin. Just crusty sea air, crusty sailors, crusty-feeling hair – okay, maybe not that, but at least it feels real, and Darlene Marshall has been a true find in this regard. Elizabeth Essex’s previous bo ...

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The Danger of Desire

I can tell you what’s in a book, what I think works, and what doesn’t. It’s much harder to convey the experience of reading that same book. So let me say Elizabeth Essex’s The Danger of Desire has its strengths and flaws. It is also a transcendently pleasurable book to read. There is somethi ...

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A Sense of Sin

As I read Ms. Essex’s new historical romance, A Sense of Sin, I thought of words by Angel (he of the iconic show Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as he contemplates his intricate feelings for Buffy. He muses, “Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping...waiting...and though unwanted...unbidden...it will ...

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The Pursuit of Pleasure

The Pursuit of Pleasure is an interesting historical romance. Its author, Ms. Essex, who has an undergraduate degree in Classical Studies and Art History and a Masters degree in Nautical Archaeology, writes with such clear sense of place that her setting, pre-Regency Dartmouth England, leaps from th ...