Historical Romance

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The Runaway Duchess

It’s sometimes hard to turn your antagonist into a protagonist. I have to give Joanna Lowell credit for not drastically changing the character of her heroine here, but there’s only one thing wrong with The Runaway Duchess - and it’s the heroine.  I know, this book is all about a girl growing ...

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Marriage or Ruin for the Heiress

Lauri Robinson’s Marriage or Ruin for the Heiress is the first in her new miniseries The Osterlund Saga.  This book is set in Chicago during the Great Depression and features a hero and heroine who are both determined never to fall in love.  This is a delightful and easy read, with the tiniest b ...

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The Siren of Sussex

Mimi Matthews tops herself with the first novel in what appears to be a fresh and brilliant new series with The Siren of Sussex, the tale of an independent horsewoman and the tailor who vows to make her the most talked about equestrienne in all of England – both of whom suddenly discover love in t ...

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Improper Series Bundle

Juliana Ross’s set of interconnected Victorian erotic stories starts out a bit shaky but gets better with each tale. Improper Relations Grade: B- Hannah witnesses her late husband’s cousin Leo in an encounter with a maid and falls into sexual education with him. There are a lot of tropes ...

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The Redemption of Philip Thane

The Redemption of Philip Thane is Groundhog Day meets historical romance, and brings a supernatural element to the established Penhallow series. Philip Thane is your average rake. He’s an unrepentant gambler, drinker, and wencher, with no money to call his own. In the past, Philip has called up ...

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Better Off Wed

Susanna Craig’s Better off Wed is delightful if slightly imperfect. With a smart and strong heroine and a stiff-spined hero, it’s warm and strongly written, and the best book in the Love and Let Spy series thus far. Impoverished spy, codebreaker and ex-army Captain Jeremy Addison, Viscount St ...

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Burning Season

I’ve categorised Rachel Ember’s Burning Season as an historical romance – although it feels utterly weird to use the word ‘historical’ to describe a story that takes place during my lifetime!  Set in 1972 (when I was eight!) it’s the third published book in the author’s Wild Ones seri ...

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Regency Christmas Liaisons

  Regency Christmas Liaisons is an anthology featuring novellas from Christine Merrill, Sophia James, and Marguerite Kaye.  Each is a new-to-me author, and I enjoyed all three stories, although Merrill’s was my favorite of the three. Unwrapped Under the Mistletoe by Christine Merrill ...

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After Dark With the Duke

Julie Anne Long is one of my favorite romance authors, and books like this are exactly why. After Dark with the Duke is a classic Long - she has paired two interesting, disparate characters, added loads of chemistry and just enough conflict to keep things interesting but not outrageous. As another s ...

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Someone Perfect

Someone Perfect is the ninth novel in Ms. Balogh’s Westcott series. Characters from the previous volumes are spoken of and a few make appearances in this tale, especially the hero and heroine of Someone to Care. While you don’t have to have read those other works to enjoy this one, purists may w ...