Regency Romance

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The Secret Pearl (#85 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 15, 2000 The Secret Pearl is a book that grips you by the throat from the very first scene, and never lets you go until the end. The first chapter of this book is utterly shocking. A man we have barely met hires a prostitute we know nothing abo ...

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Miss Truelove Beckons

A DIKlassic Review originally published on June 14, 2001 Donna Simpson is showing every sign of becoming one of the best of the new crop of Regency Romance writers. Her new book, Miss Truelove Beckons is the story of a wounded soldier who finds healing and love in the company of the titular heroin ...

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Imprudent Lady

Many authors have had books likened to those of Georgette Heyer, and while that is a comparison that’s always going to draw my eye, I’ve been disappointed on many an occasion.  Not so here.  Imprudent Lady is an utterly delightful rake-meets-bluestocking story full to the brim with sparkling d ...

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I Thee Wed

I Thee Wed is the fourth book in Celeste Bradley’s The Wicked Worthington series.  I have not read any of the previous novels in this series and was able to follow along fairly well as the characters were introduced.  While it is not necessary to have read the earlier stories to understand this ...

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The Soldier’s Dark Secret

Whenever I pick up a book by Marguerite Kaye, I know I’m going to get a well-crafted, character driven story with a slightly different focus to that found in the average historical romance - and The Soldier’s Dark Secret is exactly that. Touching and very readable, the story focuses on two emo ...

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The Viscount's Christmas Temptation

The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation Is an entertaining novella/short story which is the prequel to Ms Ridley’s forthcoming Dukes of War series. Lady Amelia Pembroke , sister of the Duke of Ravenwood, has run her family’s grand household since her teens and is now, at the gran ...

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Her Christmas Earl

If the set-up of this Christmas novella seems familiar, it’s because Anna Campbell originally wrote the opening pages of this story back in 2012 in response to a prompt by a blogger, which was - “A Wardrobe Malfunction on Christmas Eve”. She says she “immediately fell in love with the charac ...

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The Unexpected Earl

Historicals are very much my poison of choice when it comes to romance reading, so rather than genre-hopping when I select review books, I tend to scout around for books by unknown or less familiar authors. Perhaps it’s overly optimistic of me, because I think that it happens more often than not t ...

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The Gentleman Rogue

Margaret McPhee packs a surprising emotional punch into the pages of The Gentleman Rogue, the story of a young, well-born woman whose fortunes have taken a downward turn and a self-made man who, despite his wealth is still relegated to the outskirts of the society to which the heroine once belonged. ...

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The Duke's Obsession

I picked up this category-length novel because I was intrigued by the idea of the heroine’s character having a “penchant for numbers”. I’ve come across quite a few books lately where the hero is some sort of mathematical or scientific whizz-kid, but it’s less common to find a heroine where ...