Historical Romance

C+
The Earl Takes a Fancy

The Earl Takes a Fancy is book five in Lorraine Heath’s Sins For All Seasons series, which features the six Trewlove siblings, all but one of them by-blows of members of the nobility who were handed over to baby farmer Ettie Trewlove who, instead of neglecting them (as was, sadly, the most common ...

A-
Master Wolf

Master Wolf is the eagerly awaited second instalment of Joanna Chambers’ Capital Wolves duet and concludes the story begun in Gentleman Wolf, which introduced readers to the beautiful, elegant, devil-may-care Lindsay Sommerville and Drew Nichol, the rather dour architect with whom he falls head-ov ...

B+
Redeeming the Reclusive Earl

Redeeming the Reclusive Earl is an enjoyable read from an author who knows her audience (me!), and delivers what I like to call ‘comfort food,’ novels.  Virginia Heath is reliably good, and sometimes exceptional (see:  The Wild Warriners, and His Mistletoe Wager).  In this book, I liked the p ...

A
An Heiress to Remember

Life is pretty scary right now, and diversions can feel few and far between, but don't despair! Maya Rodale's An Heiress to Remember, the third installment in her Gilded Age Girls' Club series, made me smile pretty much from start to finish. On the surface, it's a light-hearted love story, but if yo ...

D+
The Earl Not Taken

I’d been missing historical romance, so I decided to try a new-to-me author. I’m not familiar with A. S. Fenichel’s work, but I can see that she has a growing backlist. The Earl Not Taken is first in a new series and frankly, I have to say it's just not worth my time or yours. Poppy is one ...

B+
The Last Kiss

Sally Malcolm’s latest novel is something of a departure for anyone familiar with her excellent New Milton series. The Last Kiss is an historical romance set in England immediately after World War One, and it features two characters for whom the class divide is as insurmountable an obstacle to the ...

C+
Duke Darcy's Castle

Syrie James’ Duke Darcy’s Castle combines some interesting ideas with some poor or clichéd ones.  Ultimately the book scores just below the level of recommendation because of them. Kathryn Atherton, a college-educated architectural student and assistant, who is also an heiress, has experien ...

C+
The Lady is Trouble

A scandalous miss and a proper lord – both of whom have formidable psychic powers – meet and clash in Tracy Sumner’s The Lady is Trouble.  But the book’s exploration of those powers never gels properly with an anachronistically portrayed London, and the heroine’s seriously immature behavi ...

B
An Inconveniend Duke

A grieving soldier-turned-duke meets a lively crusader in this well-written novel by Anna Harrington. This was the first book of hers I’d read, but it turned out well enough to have me looking for more. Marcus Braddock is not having an easy time as the newly anointed Duke of Hampton. The former ...

B
The Tempting of the Governess

I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for master/governess romances – probably a result of my long-time love for Jane Eyre – so the synopsis of Julia Justiss’ The Temptation of the Governess caught my eye. It proved to be a charming, character-driven romance featuring two likeable characters forced ...