Historical Romance

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An Inconvenient Match

There’s one big problem with An Inconvenient Match: it’s not a romance novel.  It’s a decent comedy of manners, a good portrait of life in Regency England, but a romance?  Nope.  But it might have worked as an erotic short story, if it weren’t as cold as a corpse on an autopsy table. H ...

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Least Likely to Marry a Duke

Louise Allen’s Least Likely to Marry a Duke features my favorite type of hero - buttoned-up, bound by duty and convention but with a sense of humor and ease just waiting to be unbuttoned by the right woman. Will Calthorpe, the Duke of Aylsham, was raised by his grandfather to be the perfect heir. ...

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The Brooding Duke of Danforth

You know that feeling when, after finishing a book, you sit and wonder what on earth you just read?  That’s me after finishing Christine Merrill’s The Brooding Duke of Danforth.  It had the potential to be an engaging second-chance romance/courtship story played out against a look at the way g ...

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A Wife Worth Investing in

I know when I pick up a book by Marguerite Kaye that it’s going to be something different and A Wife Worth Investing In - the second book in her Penniless Brides of Convenience Series – is no exception.  It can be read as a stand-alone but I know I am definitely going to go back and read book o ...

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A Runaway Bride for the Highlander

Sometimes there’s nothing better for the soul than a good, sweet romance about two people asserting their right to be in love and battling back the demons that threaten to keep them from being so.  Elisabeth Hobbes’ A Runaway Bride for the Highlander is the third book in the multi-author, cross ...

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The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh

The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh is a delightful read that took me back to Lauren’s earliest, subtle Regencies, with the added fillip of strong, sensual protagonists that her readers have come to expect in recent years.  Something else that I enjoyed - learning about the titular ‘pursuits’ ...

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The Demure Miss Manning

I’ve been reading Amanda McCabe for years. Her stories tend to be comfort reads for me, and I appreciate that she’s one of the few authors out there who employs a fairly wide variety of historical settings in her books.  The Demure Miss Manning is set during the Napoleonic War, and follows a di ...

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Unlaced by the Highland Duke

Craving some historical romance comfort food?  Then look no further.  Unlaced by the Highland Duke, the second book in The Lochmore Legacy linked series of novels, features a widowed pair resigned to a lonely future without love or passion, suddenly surprised to discover their soulmate is someone ...

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Proper English

Proper English is the latest offering from K.J. Charles. It's a standalone novel with a loose connection to her earlier Think of England via its main protagonists, who were first introduced in that story. I have yet to read any of Ms. Charles' other books, but Think of England is one I definitely pl ...

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Lord Bredon and the Bachelor's Bible

In Mia Marlowe’s Lord Bredon and the Bachelor’s Bible, Edward Lovell, Lord Bredon, owns an estate in dire need of money. Fortunately for him, he discovers The Bachelor’s Bible, which reveals the dowries of eligible girls, so he decides to marry Miss Martha Finch’s eighty thousand pounds. ...