Historical Romance

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It Only Takes a Kiss

I can’t remember why I checked out Wilma Counts’ It Only Takes a Kiss, unless it’s because it’s an historical romance and I’ve been trying to read as many of those as possible lately. I may have to rethink that plan. This book just gave me the impression of an author going through the moti ...

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The Landowner's Secret

Set in New South Wales, Australia in 1885, The Landowner’s Secret provides a slow-moving but captivating tale of a marriage of convenience between classes. Alice Ryan is awakened in the night by intruders lurking outside her modest cabin. Her parents are dead and her brother, currently absent, ...

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The Marquis She's Been Waiting For

In The Marquis She’s Been Waiting For, Alexander, the new Marquis of Exeter, returns home from his Grand Tour to find his recently widowed mother has just run off with their land steward, leaving his younger sisters in London with their governess. Not only does Alex need to learn his new role, he ...

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The Broken Wing

For this month’s Kicking it Old School prompt, I went back to Mary Burchell’s Warrender Saga, a series of thirteen novels set in the world of classical music that were originally published by Mills & Boon in the 1960s and 70s.  I read the first book, A Song Begins for a TBR Challenge prompt ...

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To Sin With a Scoundrel

(Read for the TBR Challenge prompt of "Kicking It Old School", September 2019) I have a lot of older romances in my stash, so normally the “read a book at least ten years old” prompt is easy-peasy. I must be feeling a little contrary this year because everything I’m REALLY wanting to read s ...

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To Wed a Wild Scot

Lately, if the word “Scot” appears in the title of a romance novel, I run the other way. It usually means loads of stereotypes, brawniness, and not much else. Luckily, To Wed a Wild Scot is an exception. Anna Bradley’s second book in the Besotted Scots series features an English lady in desper ...

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How to Love a Duke in Ten Days

Lady Alexandra Lane is a woman of secrets. Not only did she survive a horrific rape when she was a teenager, but she's now being blackmailed by a mysterious stranger who claims to know about the assault. Obviously, Alexandra doesn't want society as a whole to know what happened, so she has been payi ...

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Captivated by Her Convenient Husband

I’ve always been fascinated by Sommersby-esque stories, where a husband returns from war a changed man, but that gives rise to doubts about who he is. Bronwyn Scott’s Captivated by her Convenient Husband is just such a romance, and while I liked the risk it takes plot-wise, the resolution didn ...

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The Spice King

There is no sweeter joy than finding an author who consistently publishes great romance, and for me, one such author is Elizabeth Camden. I love the way I never know what to expect from her books – mystery, adventure, heartwarming family stories, or journeys of self-discovery – and yet I know ex ...

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The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After

This should have been my favorite summer read. Good girls and rakes are my favorite thing and Victoria Alexander’s The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After promised precisely that. I was entirely prepared to be delighted and happily rave about my new favorite read. Instead, I found myself mo ...