Historical Romance

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Claiming His Desert Princess

Claiming His Desert Princess is the final book in Marguerite Kaye’s Hot Arabian Nights quartet of historical romances set in Arabia in the early 1800s.  Contemporary romances abound with gorgeous sheikh heroes, but they’re not so often found in historicals, and neither are there that many regen ...

B+
King's Warrior*

I’m a big fan of medieval romances and have enjoyed all of Kris Kennedy’s full-length stories. She has a great grasp of the medieval psyche and behaviors, and she backs it up with meticulous research. Her stories are fast-paced and peopled with alpha heroes in tender romances; and while there is ...

B
The Secret of My Seduction

One of the things linking together the books in Caroline Linden’s recent Scandals series was Fifty Ways to Sin, the series of erotic pamphlets featuring the amorous adventures of the anonymous Lady Constance, a woman whose uninhibited pursuit of sexual pleasure captured the imagination of thousand ...

C+
Wenna

I initially picked this book up because of its unusual setting.  While Wenna provides a vivid picture of life in colonial Australia, I often found myself frustrated with both the hero and heroine. The book is well written, and definitely has some strong scenes, but much of the tension comes from a ...

D
Last Night with the Duke

Amelia Grey doesn’t really get her new Rakes of St. James series off to a good start.  Last Night with the Duke has all of the romantic elements of a fairly average story but what brings its rating down is the listless way everything unfolds.  It’s romance without the romanticism and a love af ...

B+
My Dearest Enemy

Connie Brockway’s My Dearest Enemy combines two of my favourite things - an enemies-to-lovers romance and a story in which letters play an important part (I do love an epistolary novel!).  It’s a gloriously romantic, character-driven story set at the end of the 19th century, in which our hero ...

B-
When the Marquess Falls

I knew, when I picked up this coda novella to Lorraine Heath’s Hellions of Havisham series, that I was going to be reduced to a quivering wreck by the end of it.  I suppose that’s a considerable achievement on the part of the author – zero-to-sobbing in under 100 pages! If you’ve read t ...

A
A Dangerous Invitation

Erica Monroe's début historical romance, A Dangerous Invitation, takes us into the back alleys of London in an engrossing tale of betrayal, redemption and second chances. Kate Morgan has been forced into the rookeries through the bankruptcy of her father's company, which happened as a direct result ...

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Bedchamber Games

This final book in the Rakes of Cavendish Square trilogy features Lord Lawrence Byron, the twin brother of Lord Leo whose story was told in the first instalment, The Bedding Proposal.  I enjoyed both that and the previous book (Happily Bedded Bliss) enough to want to read this final one, even thoug ...

C
To Covet a Lady's Heart

Ingrid Hahn is a new-to-me author, and because I like to try new writers and the premise of To Covet a Lady’s Heart sounded intriguing - with the hero attempting to blackmail the heroine and her blackmailing him right back – I decided to give it a whirl.  The book proved to be a bit of a mixed ...