Historical Romance

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Reclaimed by Her Rebel Knight

I picked up Jenni Fletcher's Reclaimed by Her Rebel Knight because of the setting (1215, amidst the uprisings by the barons to force King John into signing the Magna Carta). Ultimately, while there are some absolutely wonderful and refreshing rejections of tropes in this book, the setting itself - a ...

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Maid of Honor

Paula Marshall’s Harlequin Historicals backlist has become my new go-to for historicals with  unusual settings. In Maid of Honor, it’s 1558, Queen Elizabeth is on the verge of coronation and Penelope Jermaine and Oliver Woodville are fresh arrivals at court, as maid of honor to the Queen and ge ...

C
Marry in Secret

I enjoyed the first two books in Anne Gracie’s Marriage of Convenience series – in fact, the first, Marry in Haste, was a DIK – but this third book proved to be something of a disappointment.  The premise – a young woman about to make an advantageous, but loveless, marriage is unexpectedly ...

B
Brazen and the Beast

Brazen and the Beast is vintage Sarah MacLean.  Which is, for me, a good thing.  I was completely absorbed in the romance, which is perfectly paced and gets off to a good start, but unfortunately, not everything else is as good and the villains (except one, who features in the next book) are under ...

B+
Hither, Page

Cat Sebastian has become known for her queer historical romances set in the nineteenth century, so Hither, Page is a bit of a departure in that it is set in Post-WW2 England. The sleepy Cotswold village of Wychcomb St. Mary is the sort of place where everyone knows everyone else, is in each other’ ...

B
Secrets of a Highland Warrior

Secrets of a Highland Warrior is the fourth and final book in the Lochmore Legacy series, in which each instalment has been written by a different author and is set in a different time period.  Interestingly, the story began in the Victorian era (with His Convenient Highland Wedding) and then moved ...

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How to Best a Marquess

How to Best a Marquess possesses an interesting storyline and the writing is good, but sadly, the main characters never grabbed my interest and the central conflict could have been resolved with one good conversation. Instead of falling in love along with the hero and heroine, I fell in frustration. ...

D
Letter from a Rake

In Sasha Cottman’s Letter from a Rake, Millicent Ashton and her family have recently arrived in London. Her brother is the heir to a viscount and it’s time for twenty-year-old Millie to take her place in Society. However, Millie grew up in India, and as a result, London is foreign to her. Worse, ...

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Mrs. Sommersby's Second Chance

Since we ran our feature on Seasoned Romances a few weeks back, I’ve been keeping an eye out for romances featuring more mature heroines, who seem to crop up less frequently in historical romances than in other sub-genres.  I was pleased to learn that Laurie Benson’s Mrs. Sommersby – eponymou ...

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A Debutante in Disguise

History has shown time and again that women have adopted male personae to answer a deep-rooted calling to be doctors, soldiers, priests, and other such jobs strictly restricted to men. Women were meant for house and hearth and babies, not to be striding out into the world dealing with problems and s ...