Historical Romance

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Tempt Me at Twilight

Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale. And this is the heart of Tempt Me at Twilight. Poppy Hathaway wants a commonplace, gentle life in the countryside, yet she finds herself in a marriage to a driven man and living in a hotel in London. How is she to r ...

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The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo

What an amuse bouche of a story! In the just ninety pages that comprise The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo, Zen Cho builds a larger than life portrayal of Jade Yeo, her motivations and her shortcomings. The powerful message of this story is that love is accepting and love is kind. Even if you make a mist ...

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Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor

Lady Eleanor’s Seventh Suitor harkens back to a time in romance where heroes had a dark side and were willing to be cruel or manipulative in order to get what they wanted. Camden West has plans to marry Lady Eleanor Sutherland and has plotted meticulously to reach that endgame. That his bride-to-b ...

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An Offer From a Gentleman (#84 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 8, 2001   I've said it before: I'm a sucker for Cinderella stories. An Offer From a Gentleman definitely takes its inspiration from Cinderella. Sophie Beckett is the bastard daughter of the Earl of Penwood. She knows it, and she lives ...

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A Taste of Honey

I remember Robert Moon, the owner of the confectionery and patisserie in Lively St. Lemeston, as the shy but rather appealing young man who attempted to woo the heroine of the first book of the series, Sweet Disorder.  His patroness, Lady Tassell, encouraged his courtship by offering him the money ...

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My Fair Baron

My Fair Baron, the first book in the Romance Remade series, is the début novel by Licie Laine. It's a delightful romp featuring a couple in a pretty unusual situation. Lady Claire leads a most unconventional life. For the past couple of years, the twenty-year-old has been living on her own, maki ...

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An Inconvenient Beauty

One of the most famous lines in literature is the opening sentence of Gone with the Wind: Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm. I felt that way as I read through Kristi Ann Hunter’s An Inconvenient Beauty; this novel had some problems but I barel ...

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Last Gentleman Standing

Originally titled Bluestocking, Jane Ashford's Last Gentleman Standing has been unavailable to readers for over twenty-five years, but it's coming back into print in early September. Since I'm a fan of British historicals, I was eager to give it a try. Unfortunately, it was not an enjoyable experien ...

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Highland Flame

One of my Goodreads friends commented on an update I made while reading this book and asked me:  “Why do you carry on doing Scottish books to yourself?”  I responded to the effect that, in my eternal optimism, I pick up a Scottish-set historical every so often in the hope that I’ll find a go ...

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When the Scoundrel Sins

I’ll say straight off that When the Scoundrel Sins, the second in Anna Harrington’s Capturing the Carlisles series is a better book than the last one of hers I read, How I Married a Marquess.  Mind you, I gave that a D+, so in a sense saying that this one is an improvement might not be saying m ...