Historical Romance

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The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

During the unstable Period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties in China (484 AD by the Western calendar), Hua Mulan’s much-awaited duel with her family’s rival is called off because both Mulan and her opponent, Yuan Kai, have been called up to a different fight. The emperor anticipates an inv ...

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An Infamous Marriage

Susanna Fraser's An Infamous Marriage has a not-unusual marriage of convenience premise, but what I really liked about this book was that at least a third of it is taken up with showing us what life is like for the protagonists after they have made a go of their marriage and admitted their love for ...

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Bringing Down the Duke

Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke is the first book in the A League of Extraordinary Women series, and is a very strong début from someone who promises to add a much-needed fresh voice to historical romance.  The writing is sharp and clear, and displays a really good sense of time and place; ...

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Dalliances and Devotion

Dear readers: I loved this book.  The witty, sexy and sometimes pulse-pounding Dalliances and Devotion joined the ranks of my all-time favorite romance novels with such breathless ease I sat in happy amazement for a moment when I finished the last page of this story of a heiress and beauty columnis ...

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When a Lady Kisses a Scot

Tara Kingston’s books tend to have a lot of fun playing with romance conventions, so I wasn’t surprised that When a Lady Kisses a Scot wasn’t a straight-up historical romance.  While When a Lady Deceives was a historical noir, this one’s a gothic horror piece, complete with murderous cults, ...

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Waiting for a Rogue

Oh yeah – you’ve definitely read this formula before.  Man hates women because of his past – until heroine.  Heroine hates men because of her past – until hero.  The romance in Waiting for a Rogue features two people falling in love as they aid the dementia-stricken great aunt of the hero ...

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The Duke is But a Dream

The Duke is But a Dream is wholeheartedly cheesy and appealingly silly. Its romance is cute but moves far too quickly, and while its characters aren’t that switched-on in the brains department, they’re good people.  Thus, I must confess that as nonsensical, ahistorical and ridiculous as it was, ...

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Star Dust

With the recent fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, it was about time that I caught up on the Fly Me To The Moon series, which fictionalizes the astronauts, techs, and families of 1960s NASA into the imaginary American Space Department (or ASD). I’m completely thrilled that I did. In ...

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The Wallflower Wager

Lady Penelope – Penny - Campion has a new neighbor. Penny has been living in London for years, kept company by one deaf old housekeeper and a menagerie of pets. She has a few friends in the area but no man in her life. That is, until her pet parrot flies into the house next door. Gabriel Duke ...

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The Duchess in His Bed

A Duchess in His Bed, the fourth installment in Lorraine Heath’s Sins for all Seasons series, features a recently widowed Duchess planning a great deception to save her family’s status within the ton. Selena Sheffield, the Duchess of Lushing, has to make a quick decision - can she get herself wi ...