Historical Romance

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Barbarous

He could be her ruin Hugh Redvers is supposed to be dead. So the appearance of the sun-bronzed giant with the piratical black eye patch is deeply disturbing to Lady Daphne Davenport. And her instant attraction to the notorious privateer is not only wildly inappropriate for a proper widow but pote ...

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Beauty and the Brooding Lord

I enjoyed Sarah Mallory’s last book, The Ton’s Most Notorious Rake, and looked forward to reading its loosely linked follow-up.  Beauty and the Brooding Lord is similarly charming and romantic, featuring an appealing pair of principal characters - opposites who bring out the best in each other ...

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A Bride Unveiled

When I finished reading Jillian Hunter’s A Bride Unveiled, I decided to write a review at once. Unfortunately, this wasn’t because the book had been so enjoyable that I needed to share the news; it was because any delay might lead to my forgetting what I’d read. Miss Violet Knowlton first m ...

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Duchess by Design

Maya Rodale opens up her new series set in Gilded Age New York with Duchess by Design. Brandon Alexander Fiennes, the brand-new Duke of Kingston, has inherited an impoverished estate and has no idea what to do about it.  He desperately wants to restore Lyon House to its former glory, but with h ...

B
Summer of Scandal

Syrie James’ Dare to Defy series continues with its second volume, Summer of Scandal. American Madeline Atherton is determined to marry for love, not money.  A college graduate, she dreams of writing novels, but instead, her shipping magnate father has endowed her with a million dollar dowry a ...

B
Band Sinister

Welcome to the latest work from K.J. Charles and as ever, we have historical accuracy, fantastic writing, and the occasional naughty bits. Band Sinister centres around Sir Philip Rookwood and his ‘hellfire club’ known just as ‘The Murder’. These hellfire clubs did exist around the eightee ...

D+
The Lady is Daring

The Lady Is Daring is the third book in Megan Frampton’s Duke’s Daughters series, which features the romantic adventures of the daughters of the Howlett family. Bennett, Lord Carson, is being pressured by his spendthrift father to marry an heiress – any heiress – and settle down.  But Be ...

B+
A Most Unsuitable Match

Julia Justiss opens her new Sisters of Scandal series with A Most Unsuitable Match, in which a young lady tainted by a scandal not of her own making strives to obey every strict rule of society and to make herself into a pattern-card of propriety in an attempt to free herself from the unkind gossip ...

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A Match Made in Bed

We’ve all read historicals where the heroine is an heiress, ones where the leads share a past, ones with a misunderstanding resulting in the heroine being ruined. It’s a fairly common trope. And yet as familiar as everything is in A Match Made in Bed, it was such a fun, fast read that I enjoyed ...

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Three Nights with the Princess

(NOTE: This book was previously published in 1993 as The Princess and the Barbarian) It’s interesting how a person’s keeper shelf can change over time.  When I was fourteen, Betina Krahn’s The Princess and the Barbarian was one of my favorite tales, kept alongside Johanna Lindsay and Cath ...