Historical Romance

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The Determined Lord Hadleigh

As there is an overarching plotline running through this series, there are spoilers for the earlier books in this review. This final book in Virginia Heath’s enjoyable King’s Elite series shifts focus somewhat and concerns itself mostly with the aftermath of the unmasking and apprehension (i ...

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The Madness of Miss Grey

When we first meet our hero and heroine, there is a distinct power imbalance between them. Miss Helen Grey, the titular heroine, is a patient at Blackwell, an old manor home converted to an asylum for 'insane' women of the late 19th century in Yorkshire, England. William Carter, our hero, is her doc ...

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The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics opens with the wedding of Lucy Muchelney’s ex-lover, Priscilla Carmichael. Still struggling to come to terms with the death, six months earlier, of her beloved father - to whom Lucy had been an unacknowledged apprentice - this latest abandonment is too muc ...

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The Rake's Enticing Proposal

This second instalment of Lara Temple’s three-book Sinful Sinclairs series focuses on Charles – known as Chase – Sinclair, whom readers met briefly in the first book, The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge. Rather like his older brother Lucas, Chase is handsome, witty and charmingly self-deprecat ...

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The Silver Rose

While forced marriage generally isn’t my thing, I do often like Jane Feather’s novels and I love that she has often chosen less commonly used settings for her tales. Her 1997 novel, The Silver Rose, takes place in England during the reign of Queen Anne. The spirit of the time, and the lingering ...

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The Devil You Know

The “historical” prompt in the TBR Challenge always used to be something of a busman’s holiday for yours truly, because in the past, I read historical romance almost exclusively.  But the scarcity of really good HR on offer over the past couple of years has seen a bit of a change in my readin ...

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One Night of Passion

One Night of Passion by Erica Ridley is a delightful read. Our hero, Thaddeus Middleton is a true romantic, a friend to everyone and an all-around good guy. And he is unapologetically looking for love: Surely he’d recognize love when he saw it. Love was impossible to miss. Love felt like the sing ...

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Some Like It Scandalous

I flew through Duchess by Design, the first book in Maya Rodale's Gilded Age Girls' Club series, a couple of months ago, and was super excited to pick up this second installment. Some Like it Scandalous is a delightful enemies-to-lovers romance, filled with all the sparkling wit and sizzling chemist ...

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The Earl Next Door

The Earl Next Door is the first in a new series, First Comes Love, by Amelia Grey. I liked the sound of the story of a widow exercising her new-found freedom after living under the thumb of a jealous, oppressive husband, but sadly, that was just about all I liked.  The romance is of the insta-lust ...

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Sugar Pie Guy

Are you tired of the same old historical settings? Then how about 1970s Cleveland? Can you fall in love with a mustachioed hero named Randy Manucci who likes to do the hustle? Want to read about a savvy black businesswoman and community representative heroine who looks superfly in silver Lurex? Then ...