Historical Romance

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The Marquis She's Been Waiting For

In The Marquis She’s Been Waiting For, Alexander, the new Marquis of Exeter, returns home from his Grand Tour to find his recently widowed mother has just run off with their land steward, leaving his younger sisters in London with their governess. Not only does Alex need to learn his new role, he ...

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To Wed a Wild Scot

Lately, if the word “Scot” appears in the title of a romance novel, I run the other way. It usually means loads of stereotypes, brawniness, and not much else. Luckily, To Wed a Wild Scot is an exception. Anna Bradley’s second book in the Besotted Scots series features an English lady in desper ...

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How to Love a Duke in Ten Days

Lady Alexandra Lane is a woman of secrets. Not only did she survive a horrific rape when she was a teenager, but she's now being blackmailed by a mysterious stranger who claims to know about the assault. Obviously, Alexandra doesn't want society as a whole to know what happened, so she has been payi ...

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Captivated by Her Convenient Husband

I’ve always been fascinated by Sommersby-esque stories, where a husband returns from war a changed man, but that gives rise to doubts about who he is. Bronwyn Scott’s Captivated by her Convenient Husband is just such a romance, and while I liked the risk it takes plot-wise, the resolution didn ...

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The Spice King

There is no sweeter joy than finding an author who consistently publishes great romance, and for me, one such author is Elizabeth Camden. I love the way I never know what to expect from her books – mystery, adventure, heartwarming family stories, or journeys of self-discovery – and yet I know ex ...

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The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After

This should have been my favorite summer read. Good girls and rakes are my favorite thing and Victoria Alexander’s The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After promised precisely that. I was entirely prepared to be delighted and happily rave about my new favorite read. Instead, I found myself mo ...

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Bringing Down the Duke

Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke is the first book in the A League of Extraordinary Women series, and is a very strong début from someone who promises to add a much-needed fresh voice to historical romance.  The writing is sharp and clear, and displays a really good sense of time and place; ...

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Dalliances and Devotion

Dear readers: I loved this book.  The witty, sexy and sometimes pulse-pounding Dalliances and Devotion joined the ranks of my all-time favorite romance novels with such breathless ease I sat in happy amazement for a moment when I finished the last page of this story of a heiress and beauty columnis ...

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When a Lady Kisses a Scot

Tara Kingston’s books tend to have a lot of fun playing with romance conventions, so I wasn’t surprised that When a Lady Kisses a Scot wasn’t a straight-up historical romance.  While When a Lady Deceives was a historical noir, this one’s a gothic horror piece, complete with murderous cults, ...

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Waiting for a Rogue

Oh yeah – you’ve definitely read this formula before.  Man hates women because of his past – until heroine.  Heroine hates men because of her past – until hero.  The romance in Waiting for a Rogue features two people falling in love as they aid the dementia-stricken great aunt of the hero ...