Historical Romance

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Shades of Milk and Honey

Shades of Milk and Honey is billed as “the fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written,” and for once, the marketing is right on the money. Jane Ellsworth is the plain sister, but also the talented one. Whereas younger sister Melody has genuine beauty, Jane has the gift of gl ...

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The Highlander's Excellent Adventure

Shana Galen’s The Highlander’s Excellent Adventure is more of a lighthearted romp than usual, but the book is still graced with her typical sense of emotion and drama, although the first half of the plot is creaky, with plot choices and character beats that feel less fresh than they ought. A ...

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The Silk Merchant's Convenient Wife

The Silk Merchant’s Convenient Wife is both a step in the right direction and a step down from the consistently creative Elisabeth Hobbes. This Harlequin Historical is rather more traditional than what I expect from her in light of the dozens of books she’s released which rebel joyfully against ...

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A Forbidden Liaison with Miss Grant

Marguerite Kaye is one of my favourite authors and is someone I know can be relied upon to create interesting characters and situations that are firmly grounded in their historical settings, while also crafting a compelling and emotional romance between her hero and heroine.  Readers – like me ...

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A Rogue of One's Own

Evie Dunmore emerged onto the historical romance scene last year with Bringing Down the Duke, a tightly written, strongly characterised story which clearly marked the appearance of a fresh voice in the genre.  So – with that runaway success under her belt, the question fans of the genre were aski ...

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From Cinderella to Countess

Annie Burrows’ From Cinderella to Countess is an average read complicated by its overtly silly characters and stock plot choices.  Burrows’ style raises the grade enough to take it above a D, but there are fresher historicals out there which I’d recommend before this one. The impoverished ...

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The Earl With the Secret Past

The Earl with the Secret Past by Janice Preston is a pretty standard second chance romance but it also features an element of a mystery and I enjoyed that part quite a bit. Kitty, an earl’s daughter, begs architect apprentice Adam Monroe to run away with her and get her away from her father, ...

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Someone to Romance

I have thoroughly enjoyed Mary Balogh’s Westcott series and Someone to Romance is no exception. This is book eight of the series and our Wescott heroine this time is Lady Jessica Archer. Lady Jessica is now twenty-five years old. Eight years earlier, when it was discovered that her best friend ...

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The Sugared Game

Note: The Will Darling Adventures is a trilogy with overarching storylines and in which character and relationship development takes place throughout, so it’s advisable to read the books in order.  There are spoilers for book one, Slippery Creatures, in this review. K.J. Charles’ trilogy of ...

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Duke Looks Like a Groomsman

Duke Looks Like a Groomsman is the second title in Valerie Bowman’s The Footmen’s Club series. I liked this story well enough, but preferred book one, The Footman and I. Rhys Sheffield, Duke of Worthington, was once well on his way to falling in love with Lady Julianna Montgomery until he ...