Regency Romance

B+
Best Laid Schemes

Best Laid Schemes has everything you'd expect in a Regency. There are interesting characters, witty dialogue, and a fun house-party setting. It also has some things you wouldn't necessarily expect, like a mischievous (and incontinent) monkey. It's not a book that will change the world, but it's a go ...

C-
The Rakehell's Reform

The Rakehell's Reform has an extremely melancholy air about it, one which never goes away, even when good things happen. The sadness in the lives of Rakehell Jack Ramsay and bourgeoisie Selina Preston permeate every page of the book, so that there is never a sense of joy to be felt, and that include ...

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 ...

B
An Inconvenient Wife

I've only read a few Regencies, but I've long since had a mental block against them. The picture I always get in my mind comes from a classic I Love Lucy episode where Ricky has refused to star in a play set in Cuba, so Lucy re-writes the play, setting it in England, for Ethel, Fred, and Lucy to sta ...

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 ...

D
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 ...

A
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 ...

A
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 ...

A
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 ...

A
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 ...