Historical Romance

B-
The Companion

E.E. Ottoman’s The Companion is the most ‘no plot, just vibes’ book I’ve read lately. I loved the vibes, but the lack of plot really holds the book back. Madeline Slaughter has given up on being accepted by the New York literary establishment. Burned out, she travels upstate, where the be ...

B
Never Rescue a Rogue

Virginia Heath is a massively talented author who knows banter like I know the back of my hand, but snappy dialogue isn’t enough to disguise the fact that the plot points in this second book in her Merriwell Sisters series are somewhat stale. Giles Sinclair, the newly-minted Duke of Harpenden, ...

B
Under the Mistletoe

Marguerite Kaye and Bronwyn Scott are two of the most elegant writers on Harlequin Historical’s roster, so it’s not surprising that their holiday twofer, Under the Mistletoe, is both pretty and just the thing to get you in the mood for holiday celebrations. The Lady’s Yuletide Wish by Mar ...

C-
The Duke in Question

Spycraft, derring-do and hot-blooded love comprise The Duke in Question, the latest chapter of Amelie Howard’s Daring Dukes series. The romance that ensues is wallpapery, illogical, and a bit silly, but it’s a reasonably fun little ride that’s not the worst thing I’ve ever read. Lady Bron ...

C+
My Dearest Duke

My Dearest Duke feels like an old skool romance without the old skool sex. Its gothic-but-realistic for the era treatment of mental illness, and its dramatic spy-related plot would feel right at home in Ye Olden Days. That is not an insult to the book’s quality. But the end result is just all righ ...

B
The Captain's Christmas Homecoming

Lauri Robinson has been reviewed several times at AAR and received wildly divergent grades. The Captain’s Christmas Homecoming falls somewhere in the middle of our rankings. Emma Leigh (Emily) Ellis has placed herself in a precarious position. After inadvertently introducing her engaged cousin ...

A-
The Belle of Belgrave Square

Mimi Matthews’ excellent The Belle of Belgrave Square is a romantic, well-researched and intriguing novel that adds a feather to the writer’s cap. Book-loving horsewoman Julia Wychwood prefers her solitude and horse riding to gossip and tea dates. Suffering from social anxiety which leaves he ...

B-
How the Wallflower Was Won

The previous novel in Eva Leigh’s Last Chance Scoundrels series was a delightfully spicy romp, and the spice is most definitely evident in book two How the Wallflower Was Won. But the use of a disappointing and unnecessary third act break-up pulls the final grade down a bit.  Now that Kieran ...

B-
Salior's Delight

I’ve read and positively reviewed several of Rose Lerner’s historical romances here, so I was excited when I saw that she had a new m/m historical coming out and eagerly snapped up a review copy. Sailor’s Delight is loosely linked by character to The Woman in the Attic, but it doesn’t share ...

D+
The Shy Duchess

In Amanda McCabe’s The Shy Duchess, Lady Emily Carroll is expected to marry well because her parents have run out of money. Naturally, Emily is completely uninterested in social events because she doesn’t waste time on frivolities. So she hurries off during a ball and this happens : Emily lost ...