Regency Romance

B
An Inconvenient Heir

There are lots of different elements in this book: mistaken identity, road romance, suspense, political intrigue, and family secrets. They all work pretty well, and the book would've been a real winner for me if the hero had been drawn as strongly as the heroine. As it is, I can still recommend it w ...

A-
Almost a Princess

I've read Elizabeth Thornton before, but I've never read an Elizabeth Thornton quite like this one. Frankly, before reading this book, I rated her as an author I enjoyed when persuaded by reviews and message board buzz to check out her latest release, but definitely not as an autobuy. All tha ...

B+
The Golden Feather

Traditional Regencies, as all familiar with the sub-genre know, usually limit the characters' sexual interaction to "kisses;" any more than that would be contrary to the period, and traditional Regencies are nothing if not accurate to their time. That said, however, a lot of Regency authors make the ...

C
Untameable

Anthology
All the stories in this anthology involve taming a Regency Rogue. Taming a rogue is a great fantasy, and the plot of many a wonderful romance novel. The rogues in these stories are not really all that roguish, but one of them is a nice tortured hero. His story is the best of the bunch. ...

B+
The Vampire Viscount

The Vampire Viscount manages to be a number of interesting things in a brief 224-page space. This is a book that may sneak its way onto a number of AAR’s Special Title Listings. It’s a vampire story, which is unique enough for a Regency. It’s also a redemption story, an arranged marriage roman ...

B-
The Dashing Debutante

Many novels, no matter what the genre, feature a story with a lot of action, but whose main characters (in romance, the hero and heroine) do not change as a result of that action. Even though the action is resolved by the end of the book, it somehow seems more satisfactory if the characters actually ...

B-
The Girl with the Persian Shawl

The Girl with the Persian Shawl is not a showy, angst-filled book full of deep emotions and action galore. Rather, it's of the quiet, drawing-room drama variety; it's full of normal people who happen to be living in the Regency. No one is larger than life. At first the book just seemed mildly pleasa ...

D
A Spinster's Luck

Even when it fails miserably, there's something admirable about an author taking risks when she writes, especially if it's within the constraints of a fairly strict genre. Rhonda Woodward's A Spinster's Luck takes absolutely no risks at all, resulting in a competently-written but absolutely dull Reg ...

F
The Riddle Of The Deplorable Dandy

Patricia Veryan is lauded as one of the grande dames of Regency writers, and has long been in my TBR pile. It seems, however, that with the Georgian romance The Riddle Of The Deplorable Dandy, this experienced writer has fallen prey to the most simple of writer edicts: show, don't tell. Not to menti ...

B+
The Wedding Journey

The Wedding Journey is a rather whimsical title for a book that so clearly juxtaposes humanity's potential for both great good and terrible evil. A more accurate, if less appealing, title would be Retreat Into Hell. That would better convey what these characters have to confront and overcome. Eli ...