Regency Romance

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Sweet Enemy

Sweet Enemy is a sensual romantic suspense with characters that have brains and passion, and are not afraid to put both to good use. Unlike so many other Regencies, almost everything from the setting to the characters to the suspense comes with a twist and never feels clichéd. This in itself made t ...

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She Tempts the Duke

The beautiful and unexpectedly brainy — in the early 1940’s, she designed and patented a sophisticated weapons system, technology is still in use today - actress Hedy Lamarr once said, “I can excuse everything but boredom.” Ms. Lamarr would not have excused Ms. Heath’s latest, the dull She ...

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The Sandalwood Princess

The Amazon synopsis for this 1990 book quotes the Library Journal review, which made me laugh: “This book is only for hardcore romance readers.” Presumably this means that the only thing this book has to offer is a tear-inducing, heart-tugging, sprawling yarn with a shipboard romance, deceit and ...

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The Captain's Forbidden Miss

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Of the many romances featuring the Napoleonic war, I can't recall reading a single one set on the French side of the conflict. This skewed perspective in The Captain's Forbidden Miss serves as an interesting backdrop for a tale of treachery, distrust, and the forbidden love between a celebrated Capt ...

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A Regency Christmas Carol

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It's rare that I find a historical romance that has a premise that seems custom made just for me. But a tale about a mill owner who had pulled himself up by his boot straps and a lady who involves herself in workers' affairs would definitely be right up my alley. Throw in a tie to that greatest of a ...

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Marian's Christmas Wish

The best part of the holiday season is, for me, the holiday books. I do lots of baking, wrapping, decorating, and cooking but that is not really for me. It's for the family. But the holiday novels are my little treat during the season. They warm my heart and keep me going, reminding me of just why t ...

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A Cousinly Connexion

I often think of the old Regencies with nostalgia. But I also remember that it was pretty hard to sort the good Regencies from the mediocre, just from the sheer volume of authors and publishers. We remember the ones who made it big; the no-longer-publishing gems often remain hidden. Which is why I ...

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Innocent in the Sheikh's Harem

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I love going to different destinations via a good romance. Something about exotic locales just seems to blend so well with love and adventure. It is especially exciting when it combines a new place with a previous time. The mixing of the past with the foreign evokes for me what lush romance is all a ...

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Lady Elizabeth's Comet

Heroines with a scientific bent seem a dime a dozen in historical romance at the moment; some of them are credible, others less so. One of the earliest and most convincing heroines of this kind that I know of is Lady Elizabeth Conway in Sheila Simonson’s Lady Elizabeth’s Comet, which was first p ...

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One Night is Never Enough

Anne Mallory’s One Night is Never Enough is as close to perfect as any love story I’ve read in recent memory. I bet it’s the best historical romance I’ll read this year and, yes, I know it’s only March. Ms. Mallory gets better and better with each novel she pens. Her last work, The Seve ...