Regency Romance

C+
The Persistent Earl

The Persistent Earl is Major John Allen Jameson, the Earl of Devenham. He has come to the home of his friend, Sir Edward Allington, to recuperate from his war wounds. Devenham has a notorious reputation, and Edward's wife Judith isn't at all sure she wants him in her home, especially since her widow ...

C
Lord of Illusions

Oh, those tormented heroes and heroines. Life is just so darn hard for many of them that it takes a whole book to end the torment. Even one lead character spending the entire book in deep mental anguish is frustrating for me as a reader – but both, well, let’s just say that I’m not a very happ ...

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Mayhem and Miranda

Wow, was this a tough rating to give. Carola Dunn has written some of my favorite Regencies - gentle books full of humor about people and situations that are just a bit extraordinary, no vicious back stabbing, no hurtful or domineering heroes or wimpy, overly giving heroines. In short, she writes bo ...

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The Lady's Companion

Regency romance. Lords and Ladies. Elegance, glitter and the haute ton. Been there, read that. Not if it's a Carla Kelly Regency you haven't. The Lady's Companion flouts the conventions of a regency romance and tells a wonderful story in the process. Susan Hampton is waking up in a bare, cold hou ...

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With This Ring

Since Mary Balogh is no longer going to write traditional regency novels, Carla Kelly is now the regency author whose books I am going to prowl the stores for. Whenever I hear anyone sat that romance novels are nothing but tripe, I feel like giving them a copy of With This Ring and saying, "Read thi ...

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The Vicar's Daughter

Delightful, simply delightful! This charming tale is what Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice would have been like if Miss Lizzy and Mr. Darcy had decided to defy convention and touch each other, alllll over. The storyline is a favorite: A stuffed-shirt gentleman fights falling for a nice, but poor, c ...

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The Rake and the Reformer

To paraphrase a famous country song, Mary Jo Putney was writing tortured heroes when tortured heroes weren’t cool. When I first came across this gem about seven years ago I was knocked off my chair by its brilliant characterizations. To call Reggie Davenport a "rake" is almost an understatem ...

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The Famous Heroine

Mary Balogh's The Famous Heroine is an amusingly lighthearted Regency romance. The author manages to imbue her witty writing with some surprising and moving emotional intensity and has written wonderfully well-rounded characters to boot. The author gives the hero and heroine elbow r ...