Regency Romance

B
A Matchmaker's Christmas

What's better than a house party book? A Christmas house party book, of course. Members of the Regency list I hang out on know that my ears perk up with the mention of the words "house party," and nothing seems to suit a house party better than snow storms and mistletoe. Donna Simpson's latest book ...

B
Kindred Spirits

Like Carla Kelly, Allison Lane's Regencies are dark forays into human drama. But where Kelly explores class boundaries and moral dilemmas, Lane primarily stays within the human psyche, exposing society's seamy underbelly and celebrating those who remain true to themselves. Kindred Spirits is an extr ...

B-
The Rake's Mistake

When I first started The Rake's Mistake, I wasn't sure I was going to like it at all. It begins with one of my least favorite premises - the hero who sees an attractive woman, hears rumors about her, and decides she'll make a great mistress. As I read the opening pages, I thought I could see the plo ...

B+
The Storybook Hero

It is a rare Regency Romance indeed that can tackle adult issues while still maintaining the usual light, spirited Regency tone. With only a few caveats, The Storybook Hero does just that, giving me another author to add to my glom list. Octavia Hadley is penniless, and rather th ...

D+
The Captain's Secret

The Captain's Secret is smoothly written, and the characters are nice enough, but reading it was like looking through the pages of La Belle Assemblee - pretty, but oh so lifeless. When Susannah Lacey was 16, she met Captain Winston Jeffries. She did not know him long, but immedia ...

C-
Second Thoughts

Second Thoughts is a well-written story with unbelievable plot elements. Given that the book is a paranormal/gothic Regency, that is fine, except that these unbelievable plot elements are really unbelievable. But with that said, I liked the hero and heroine and the secondary characters were also sur ...

B-
A Regency Christmas

Anthology
Every year Signet offers Regency readers a Christmas present in the form of an anthology of short stories by some of the line’s most popular authors. You’re not going to find the literary equivalent of coal or onions here, but none of the stories gives quite the thrill that, say, a gift out of t ...

B-
Seducing Mr. Heywood

Jo Manning's first traditional Regency was titled The Reluctant Guardian and involved, you guessed it, a ward/guardian plot - familiar territory to most Regency readers. With her second novel she's expanded her (and our) horizons and written the book so many of us wish for. The result is chock full ...

C
Cupid's Choice

The gradual awakening of the heroine, a girl who makes a doormat seem uppity, is the most interesting aspect of Cupid's Choice. Less interesting are the other characters and the plot. Guineveve Holland is a twin whose brother has just become an Earl. She, her brother and her moth ...

F
Lord Nick's Folly

This past summer has brought a favorite aphorism of mine to mind: "Just because you can get it on, doesn't mean it fits." Another dictum on that theme might be: "Just because you can string some sentences together doesn't make you a writer." Lord Nick's Folly is proof of that. It is a terrible book, ...