Historical Romance

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Tempted by the Viscount

Tempted by the Viscount is the second installment in Sofie Darling's Shadows and Silk series. I picked this one up without having read the previous book, and it stands quite well on its own. There are a few references to things I assume took place in book one, but the story made sense aside from tha ...

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One for the Rogue

One for the Rogue is the fourth and final installment in Manda Collins' Studies In Scandal series, which features a group of four gifted young woman chosen by the enigmatic Celeste Beauchamp to live in her house for a year after her death and perfect their fields of study. This is the story of geolo ...

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The Master of Grex

A new book by Joan Wolf is a cause for celebration. Wolf has an incredible backlist - read one of her books and it won’t be your last. Let’s deconstruct the plot of her recent book, The Master of Grex. Daniel Dereham’s entrance into London society is curiously reminiscent of Alexandre Dumas ...

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Bed of Flowers

In Bed of Flowers, author Erin Satie has produced an interesting, and magic-free, fairy tale retelling. Young and beautiful Bonny Reed is the prettiest girl in town, and possibly the sweetest as well. Unfortunately, after a terrible fire some years before, her family has been through hard times. ...

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Dangerous

There’s been a shortage of really good historical romance so far this year.  I can count the number of DIKs I’ve given  on the fingers of one hand, and sadly, the lists of upcoming releases for the second half of the year don’t look to be offering much to shout about either.  But a shortage ...

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Desperately Seeking Scandal

Desperately Seeking Scandal is a charming fake-relationship story that originally appeared in the novella duo, The Duke’s Bridal Path. I have a sneaking fondness for the faux-couple trope, and Ms. Romain makes very good use of it here, creating a believable emotional connection between her princip ...

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Keeper of the Swans

I read the wonderful Prospero’s Daughter by Nancy Butler for a reading challenge prompt a few years back, and at the time, lamented that none of the author’s books were available digitally.  So I was delighted last year to discover that the situation is gradually being remedied; a handful of h ...

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The Lady Becomes a Governess

In this latest offering from Diane Gaston, two women from very different stations in life swap roles and, as promised by the book’s title, The Lady Becomes a Governess . The premise intrigued me, but misgivings set in early on when the two ladies, Lady Rebecca Pierce and Miss Claire Tilson, who me ...

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Wicked and the Wallflower

I was predisposed to like Wicked and the Wallflower:  I love a great wallflower, especially if she’s also smart, feisty, curious and passionate and wicked, anti-heroes are my romance catnip - the naughtier the better.  Do your worst romance authors, I’ll love him anyway; and, I’m a fan of Ms ...

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No Dukes Allowed

In No Dukes Allowed, three widowed duchesses travel together to Brighton hoping to escape the petty gossip and claustrophobia of London.  Although each woman has personal reasons for wanting to get away, each quickly realizes the problems that plagued them in Town have followed them to their seasid ...