Historical Romance

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Last Gentleman Standing

Originally titled Bluestocking, Jane Ashford's Last Gentleman Standing has been unavailable to readers for over twenty-five years, but it's coming back into print in early September. Since I'm a fan of British historicals, I was eager to give it a try. Unfortunately, it was not an enjoyable experien ...

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Highland Flame

One of my Goodreads friends commented on an update I made while reading this book and asked me:  “Why do you carry on doing Scottish books to yourself?”  I responded to the effect that, in my eternal optimism, I pick up a Scottish-set historical every so often in the hope that I’ll find a go ...

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When the Scoundrel Sins

I’ll say straight off that When the Scoundrel Sins, the second in Anna Harrington’s Capturing the Carlisles series is a better book than the last one of hers I read, How I Married a Marquess.  Mind you, I gave that a D+, so in a sense saying that this one is an improvement might not be saying m ...

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Secret Lessons with the Rake

One of the things I have particularly enjoyed about the books in the Hadley’s Hellions series is the way the author has woven some of the political issues of the day throughout the principal love stories in each of the books.  The four Hellions are gentlemen who met at Oxford and have continued t ...

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Pursued for the Viscount's Vengeance

I’m going to start this review by saying the first thing that came into my head when I sat down to write it, which is this: don’t let the somewhat hackneyed title put you off reading this book.  Pursued for the Viscount’s Vengeance is a much better story than the title might indicate, and aut ...

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A Convenient Bride for the Soldier

Christine Merrill joins forces with three other Harlequin Historical authors to bring us a new series of four books under the title The Society of Wicked Gentlemen.  The gentlemen in question are a group of friends of differing backgrounds who met at university and who now jointly own a rather scan ...

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My Fair Lover

In My Fair Lover, family matchmaker Lady Katherine Wilde gets a second chance with her personal one-who-got-away. In this reverse-Pygmalion story, American Brandon Deverill needs Katherine’s help to give him the polish he needs in order to gain his inheritance. Of course, Katherine is also his one ...

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The Laird Takes a Bride

Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty series continues with The Laird Takes a Bride, a rather hard to love little volume about a spinster and a disreputable laird with a long past behind him. Fiona Douglass is, at twenty-seven, still a spinster.  The only one of the four Douglass girls to remain unwe ...

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Traitor in Her Arms

I should have loved Traitor in Her Arms.   I was sure the combination of spies, an enemies-to-lovers romance and the Scarlet Pimpernel was destined to be wonderful, and I’m so disappointed to tell you it wasn't.  The principals are unappealing, the plot contrived and ridiculous, the secondary c ...

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A Rake's Guide to Seduction

Caroline Linden’s A Rake’s Guide to Seduction is one of her earliest published titles, having originally appeared in 2008.  It’s now being reissued with a rather fetching new cover (in paperback), and as it’s a book I haven’t yet read, this gave me a good excuse reason to add it to my pil ...