Historical Romance

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A Dance with Seduction

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen a new novel from Alyssa Alexander, so I eagerly pounced on A Dance with Seduction, which, while released by a different publisher, is a continuation of her A Spy in the Ton series. I enjoyed her last book, a tightly written, sexy historical thriller and look ...

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Lady Be Bad

In Lady Be Bad, the kick-off to Megan Frampton’s newest series, Lady Eleanor Howlett is carrying the burden of resurrecting her family’s reputation after her younger sister ran off with a dance instructor (the horror!). Thus, she must marry the man chosen for her, one Lord Carson. Lord Carson, i ...

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Marrying His Cinderella Countess

Louise Allen is an author I can rely on to deliver a well-developed, strongly characterised romance within the restraints imposed by the Category format, and true to form, she’s done just that. In Marrying his Cinderella Countess, she uses the well-worn trope of an impoverished young woman marryin ...

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A Momentary Marriage

A Momentary Marriage is the sequel to Candace Camp’s A Perfect Gentleman, which is where we were introduced to Sir James de Vere and Miss Laura Hinsdale as secondary characters with no love lost between them.  The prospect of a marriage of convenience between these two antagonists was an enticing ...

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The Scandal of It All

Sophie Jordan’s The Scandal of It All takes a steamy, well-written if flawed peek into the life of a duchess who yearns for passion and the duke who desires her above all. Graciela – Ela - Duchess of Autenberry, has been a widow for the last ten years and, at the age of thirty-five, is stuck ...

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Three Weeks with a Princess

The fact that King George III’s sons were promiscuous and known to have fathered numerous illegitimate children comes in handy when you want to write a series of historical romances featuring a group of protagonists with royal connections.  Following on the heels of her Royal Renegades, featuring ...

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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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Beauty Like the Night

Beauty Like the Night, the eagerly awaited sixth book in Joanna Bourne’s widely acclaimed Spymasters series, tells the story of Séverine de Cabrillac, whom we first met as a very young child caught up in the revolutionary terror of late eighteenth century Paris in The Forbidden Rose.  Ten years ...

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The Black Madonna

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Stella Riley’s work, so anyone reading this review could be forgiven for thinking that the DIK rating was a foregone conclusion.  And perhaps it was – I’ve always found her writing, characterisation and storytelling to be of consistently high quality, ...

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The Temporary Wife / A Promise of Spring

The Temporary Wife is one of those perfect romances, where the emphasis is on romance rather than a lot of extracurricular activity. And within the scope of the category-sized story, Balogh delivers a master class on how to write a Marriage of Convenience plot. Anthony Earheart, the Marquess of S ...