Historical Romance

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The Mad Countess

The Mad Countess by Erica Monroe is billed as an edgy, atmospheric Gothic Regency Romance that’s not for the faint of heart.  Sadly, however, it was about as edgy as a bowl of cold rice pudding, and seemed to be suffering from an identity crisis. The romance is a friends-to-lovers affair, the ...

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My Darling Duke

You know a novel’s in trouble when you’re rolling your eyes at the premise four pages into it. Stacy Reid’s My Darling Duke has decent characters, but it well earns its low grade because its characters do not practice the fine art of logic.  Only some adept writing and a really interesting he ...

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The Rogue to Ruin

Vivienne Lorret’s The Rogue to Ruin is the last in her Adventures in Matchmaking trilogy, but doesn’t suffer too much from sequelitis and can be read without any knowledge of the previous books. It focuses on the owner of a matrimonial agency and her rivalry/romance with the owner of a gaming he ...

C+
Forever My Duke

Forever My Duke is one of those ‘just okay’ romances, one that has its sweet points but whose joints creek alarmingly. Hadrian Ames, Eighth Duke of Clayton, is on his way to dinner with his family and his prospective bride when he’s waylaid at a taproom by an ice storm.  He has not seen hi ...

C+
His Countess for a Week

Sarah Mallory’s His Countess for a Week is a mix of mystery and romance featuring an appealing hero who, when the book opens, has just returned to England after having been pardoned of the crime for which he was transported to Australia six years earlier. Randolph Kirkster, the new Earl of Westray ...

B+
The Inconvenient Elmswood Marriage

When I read The Earl’s Countess of Convenience, the first book in Marguerite Kaye’s Penniless Brides of Convenience series, I was instantly intrigued by the character of Kate, Lady Elmswood, guardian to the three young women – her nieces by marriage - who were the heroines of the other novels ...

B+
This Wicked Gift

This Wicked Gift is, I believe, Courtney Milan's first published work, and is an introductory novella to her Carhart books. In it, Miss Lavinia Spencer is caring for her sick father and her younger brother as well as running their family business, a circulating library. Money is incredibly tight, bu ...

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The Princess Plan

I’ve read and enjoyed a number of Julia London’s books in the past, so I thought I’d give her latest title a try.  The Princess Plan is billed as a mixture of mystery and romance, in which a visiting prince teams up with a lively spinster to solve a murder and falls in love along the way.  I ...

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Night of the Scoundrel

Happy sigh - that’s how I finished Night of the Scoundrel.  Ms. Bowen’s readers have been calling for a story about the intriguing King ever since he was first introduced in her Season for Scandal series. King showed up again in Bowen’s last Devils of Dover book, A Rogue in the Night, leaving ...

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Miss Amelia's Mistletoe Marquess

Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquess is a quick, uneven read with a heroine who sometimes tilts a little too close to TSTL. But those who enjoy the notion of a grumpy hero being defrosted by a wide-eyed proper miss who yearns to be ‘bad’ will enjoy this one. Amelia (Millie) Fairclough is a woma ...