Historical Romance

B
Primrose and the Dreadful Duke

While I did enjoy Primrose and the Dreadful Duke, it seemed the author couldn’t decide what kind of novel she was writing, a light and fluffy romance or a dark mystery.  Ms. Larkin tries to do both, but the levity of the principal relationship - a light-hearted, often silly and mostly lovely frie ...

B
A Sinner Without a Saint

I’ve been looking forward to reading A Sinner Without a Saint, the fourth book in Bliss Bennet’s series about the Pennington family.  It features the remaining unwed sibling, Benedict, and Viscount Dulcie, a long-standing family friend and former schoolmate of Benedict’s, with whom he appears ...

D-
Brave New Earl

In Brave New Earl, the kick off to a new series, Jane Ashford introduces us to Benjamin Romilly, the Earl of Furness, and Miss Jean Saunders. Benjamin is a widower who has reacted to his wife’s death by cutting himself off entirely from others - definitely emotionally and very nearly physically. T ...

C+
A Marriage Made in Scandal

This ninth book in Elisa Braden’s Rescued from Ruin takes place around six years after book seven, (Confessions of a Dangerous Lord), and revisits the members of the Huxley family.  A number of events that took place in that book are referenced here – principally the crimes committed by the her ...

B-
Mistress Spy

I'm always up for a book about someone being forced to go undercover for one reason or another, and if the book in question happens to be a historical novel, I consider that icing on the cake. So, when I read the blurb for Mistress Spy by Pamela Mingle, I was quite eager to give it a try. Madelei ...

B-
The Matrimonial Advertisement

Author Mimi Matthews has been on my radar ever since the release of her début novel, The Lost Letter in 2017, but this is the first time I’ve read one of her books.  The Matrimonial Advertisement is the first in her Parish Orphans of Devon series, and as the title suggests, the story is a variat ...

A-
Drawn to the Marquess

Drawn to the Marquess is a unique book with a couple of old-fashioned problems that nonetheless provides proper spice and chemistry between our hero and heroine. Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clevedon, is nothing more than means to an end for Lady Penelope Fisherton.  She is well aware of his ...

B+
A Lady in Need of an Heir

A Lady in Need of an Heir sees author Louise Allen skilfully gender-flipping the frequently used trope of a man needing to marry in order to produce an heir.  In this story, a successful, independent businesswoman, whose family has been making wine and port in the Douro Valley for generations, is u ...

B
Lady Olivia and the Infamous Rake

Janice Preston’s Beauchamp Betrothals series delivered happy endings for the three Beauchamp siblings – the Duke of Cheriton and his brother and sister.  Lady Olivia and the Infamous Rake kicks off a spin-off series that focuses on the younger generation of Beauchamps, the Beauchamp Heirs; and ...

C
The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo

He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who find ...