Regency Romance

C+
The Fall of a Saint

I should alert anyone thinking of reading this book that it opens onto a situation which many may find off-putting, unpleasant or just plain unacceptable. The story of The Fall of a Saint hinges around the fact that the heroine, a respectable governess, is pregnant as the result of a sexual encounte ...

B
Unlacing Lady Thea

Unlacing Lady Thea is a truly charming road-trip story featuring two well-drawn and engaging protagonists who had known each other as children, but drifted apart following the hero’s aborted wedding. Long-standing friends who fall for each other is a trope I particularly enjoy, which obviously pre ...

A-
Lady in Blue

There are more and more older titles being put back into circulation as authors and publishers republish their back catalogues electronically, and I certainly enjoy being able to access such titles easily and without having to search used-book shops for dog-eared copies or pay a fortune in postage f ...

C
Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard

Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard is the first full-length novel in Ms Kelly’s new Renegade Royals Series, in which the heroes are the illegitimate – and fictitious - sons of English princes. I suppose the best way to describe the book overall is that it’s a Regency romp with a dash of sk ...

C
Her Grace in Disgrace

This traditional Regency from first-time author Claudia Harbaugh shows a lot of promise. Her writing style is restrained and displays an elegance reminiscent of Heyer, although sadly without so much of the wit and sharply observed social comment. The story concerns Isobel Kenilworth, Duchess of Waw ...

B-
The Rake to Ruin Her

On the surface, The Rake to Ruin Her is a fairly run-of-the-mill marriage of convenience story, and as such, it’s well-written. I found the two principals to be engaging and fairly well-rounded given the smallish page-count allowed by the average Harlequin Historical. Caro Denby ...

C+
Never Trust a Rake

Never Trust a Rake is a typical regency romance. Country girl with little town bronze meets unrepentant rake and the country girl is not impressed. The story flows well. The writing is witty at times, yet the entire package just seemed to fall a little flat.         Miss Henrietta Gibs ...

B+
Marriage of Mercy

At times reviewing books is like a little kid eating vegetables. You avoid a book as long as possible and then read it in unpalatable hunks just trying to finish, choking and grimacing all the while. Following that same analogy, Carla Kelly's latest Marriage of Mercy is the dessert, sweet and fulfil ...

C+
Lady Folbroke's Delicious Deception

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Are you familiar with the Jimmy Buffett song "If You Like Pina Coladas"? I've always thought it was a fun song, especially since I do like pina coladas. I'm not that fond of what the song is about, though. Looking for another lover and finding your perfect love in the one you have creeps me out more ...

B+
If I Fall

Thisclose. That’s how close this extraordinary book came to DIK status. Sarah Forrester is beautifully flawed and wonderfully real; there were times I wanted to pull her ears, and times I wanted to hug her and tell her I’d still be her friend. I’ve complained about cookie-cutter, annoyingly pe ...