European Historical Romance

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Earls Just Want to Have Fun

Shana Galen’s new Covent Garden Cubs series gets off to a terrific start with Earls Just Want to Have Fun which is – fortunately – a book with much more emotional depth than it’s overly cutesy title would seem to suggest. The story is, at first glance, a simple cross-class romance with a ...

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The Duke's Disaster

When Grace Burrowes decided to delve into the contemporary romance field, I was afraid that there might be a sabbatical from her historical romances as a result. Never fear, this prolific writer is still producing the historical romance novels that we love. While The Duke’s Disaster will not make ...

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I Adored a Lord

Once upon a time there were three little girls whose parents sent them on a ship from the West Indies to England. What happened to their parents, no one knows, but the girls first found themselves in a foundling home and then adopted by a sweet, if absent-minded vicar. Among the Gypsies who camped n ...

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The Player

The Player is the third book in Ms. Riley’s Rockcliffe series, but it is not necessary to read the previous books to enjoy or understand this book. While the book is set in 1776, it has a regency feel in terms of subtle sexuality that readers who dislike too much erotic displays will enjoy. ...

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His Wicked Reputation

This is the first in a new series from Ms Hunter featuring three ducal sons, two of whom are legitimate and a third who is not – and this is his book. It’s an entertaining story; the central characters are likeable and intelligent, and there is an intriguing secondary plot surrounding the possib ...

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Wicked My Love

Wicked My Love is the second book in Ms Ives’ Wicked Little Secrets series - although there are no characters from the previous book involved, so it works perfectly well as a stand-alone. The author sets her romance against the backdrop of the world of banking and finance in the mid-19th century, ...

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The Spanish Bride

Narrated by David Collins Although Georgette Heyer is principally known for writing a large number of sparkling Regency Romances and Comedies of Manners, she also wrote a number of mysteries and several books of historical fiction based on real events. One of the best known of these is An Infamou ...

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A Sinful Deception

I was intrigued by the blurb for this, the second in the author’s Breconridge Brothers series, because the heroine, Lady Serena Carew, is described as being “a noble-born heiress raised in India”, which is a little out of the ordinary for the genre. I will admit to having been slightly underwh ...

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If the Viscount Falls

If the Viscount Falls is a decent book about decent people who have some basic communication issues. There’s a little bit of a mystery in it, which is nice, but overall it felt like the bland sort of book you’d be happy to pick up when you’re bored. I didn’t dislike it, but I wasn’t overco ...

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In Bed With a Spy

I haven’t (yet) got around to reading Alyssa Alexander’s début novel, The Smuggler Wore Silk, but having heard good things about it from friends whose opinions I trust, I was keen to read her latest book, In Bed With a Spy. I was very impressed with the author’s ability to create a fast-paced ...