Historical Romance

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A Dangerous Kind of Lady

While A Dangerous Kind of Lady is the third published book in Mia Vincy’s Longhope Abbey series, it’s actually the second in the series chronologically .  If you’ve read the author’s début, A Wicked Kind of Husband, (which is chronologically book three) you’ll already have met Arabella a ...

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To Catch an Earl

Kate Bateman’s To Catch an Earl is complicated by a simple fact; its plot hangs on the loosest of logic threads.  One tug and it all comes apart.  Oh well, at least the banter is decently witty until we get there. Emmy Danvers – formerly Emmeline Louise d’Anvers  -  is the daughter of E ...

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About a Rogue

I love the premise of this series - an ailing duke suddenly without a successor, the search for potential heirs on a sparse family tree and the challenge to the heirs from the elderly duchess to start acting like ‘duke material’. In book one of the series, About a Rogue, Maximilian St. James ...

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The Scoundrel's Bartered Bride

The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride, while still better than many of the historical romances released in the past few years, struggles somewhat with plot and character development and so earns only a mild recommendation from me. Ten years earlier Lady Lydia Barton fell hard for a stable boy on her e ...

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The Duke, the Lady, and a Baby

So, A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby walk into a bar… (I couldn’t resist opening with a classic bar joke.) A Duke, the Lady, and A Baby, the first novel in Vanessa Riley’s Rogues and Remarkable Women series of Regency romances, is a one-stop reading experience. It delivers extraordinary storyte ...

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Daring and the Duke

Before I kick off anything else, this is absolutely a “your mileage may vary” kind of book. As the third one in a series, the emotional weight of this work is going to depend on your engagement with the other works. I think I read the previous two - I’m sure I did, actually, but they’ve fall ...

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The Devil of Downtown

The Devil of Downtown is hot little slice of Gilded Age New York City.  Watching the last Greene sister fall in lust, admiration and love while fighting the cruelties of the world provided me with yet another wonderful treat. Justine Greene (sister Florence and Mamie, heroines of books one and t ...

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Two Rogues Make a Right

The third Sedgwick brother, Will, has his story told in Two Rogues Make a Right (and look at that lovely cover!), the latest instalment in Cat Sebastian’s Seducing the Sedgwicks series.  It’s a charming, funny, friends-to-lovers romance that had me sighing happily, melting inwardly and thinking ...

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Octavius and the Perfect Governess

Emily Larkin is a favourite author and I’ve reviewed and awarded high grades to several of her historical romances.  She’s a gifted storyteller with the ability to create interesting, three-dimensional characters, intriguing plots and sensual, well-developed romances, so I approached her new no ...

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The Footman

I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading The Footman, and truthfully, I had my doubts after the first chapter.  A young and handsome footman, on his first day of work, is unable to curb his tongue after the daughter of the house, Lady Elinor Yarmouth, accidentally barrels into him and ...