Regency Romance

D
Miss Winbolt and the Fortune Hunter

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Sometimes a book doesn’t work because the plot is so outlandish that you can’t possibly believe it could ever occur. Miss Winbolt and the Fortune Hunter has the opposite problem. I could well believe that the hero and heroine’s annoying conflict and pedestrian arguments could happen. Doubtless ...

A
Sylvester

Allow me to begin by saying I have not read a single Georgette Heyer book in print. I have, however, listened to three of her audiobooks and, although I’m far from being proficient in all things Heyer, I can lay claim to the opinion that you can’t read just one. I’m slowly exploring the audio ...

B+
Emily and the Dark Angel

Comfort reads occupy an unusually clear-cut place on a reading shelf. These are the books of unconditional love. They may or may not be the best romances ever written, and I can count several comfort reads that do not qualify as such. But every year, or even more often, I go back to them for the com ...

B-
Regency Christmas Proposals

Anthology
Ah, Christmas anthology season. Give me some mistletoe, maybe the odd yule log, and I’m happy. Regency Christmas Proposals is a nice addition to the holiday subgenre. With two solidly good stories - and one guilty pleasure - it’s just the sort of read I look forward to this time of year. ...

D+
The Viscount and the Virgin

The Viscount and the Virgin had a very old-fashioned feel to it. Not so much in the purple prose sense, but in the too many exclamation points and ridiculous misunderstandings sense. The title doesn’t help either. Imogen Hebden doesn’t really have a lot going for her. Her mother ...

A-
Marrying the Royal Marine

What is special about historical romance is that in the hands of the right author it can transport you to love in another time, another place. Carla Kelly is exactly that type of writer, able to bring the Regency Era to life and people it with honorable, amazing characters that make you fall in love ...

A
Friday's Child

Of all her novels, Friday’s Child was Georgette Heyer’s favorite and I can certainly see why. The dialogue is delicious, the characters are loveable, and the plot is fast and funny. I fell in love with the book before I turned the first page. Anthony Verelst, Viscount Sheringham is not at all ...

B+
Improper Relations

Improper Relations is a delightful book, one I enjoyed from start to finish. Told from the first person point of view - of both the hero and the heroine, alternately - it has a plot that is familiar enough. The hero and heroine are caught in a compromising position and forced to marry, and eventuall ...

C+
Miss Winthorpe's Elopement

I found Miss Winthorpe's Elopement somewhat tough to grade. It's an original story with flawed, memorable characters, and much of the time it worked for me. Perhaps that's why when I got to the end and discovered a common but unwelcome plot device, I was disappointed. Penelope Wint ...

C
A Christmas Promise

I picked up my copy of A Christmas Promise at a library book sale a couple of months ago for a dime. My experience in the past with Mary Balogh has been spotty, but I thought there was a chance this might have resale value and my initial investment was hardly steep, so decision made. When this book ...