Regency Romance

D+
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 ...

B-
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. ...

D
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 ...

B-
Mrs. McVinnie's London Season

Originally published in 1990, Mrs McVinnie’s London Season tells the story of a young, Scottish war widow who, rather like a Regency Mary Poppins, joins the household of a troubled family and, with her very individual blend of kindness, practicality and backbone, improves the lot of each of its me ...

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 ...