Reviews by Jessica Grogan

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Marriage or Ruin for the Heiress

Lauri Robinson’s Marriage or Ruin for the Heiress is the first in her new miniseries The Osterlund Saga.  This book is set in Chicago during the Great Depression and features a hero and heroine who are both determined never to fall in love.  This is a delightful and easy read, with the tiniest b ...

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Regency Christmas Liaisons

 Regency Christmas Liaisons is an anthology featuring novellas from Christine Merrill, Sophia James, and Marguerite Kaye.  Each is a new-to-me author, and I enjoyed all three stories, although Merrill’s was my favorite of the three.Unwrapped Under the Mistletoe by Christine Merrill ...

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The Devil's Own Duke

The Devil’s Own Duke is the second book in Lenora Bell’s Wallflowers vs. Rogues series. It features Lady Henrietta Prince, a woman determined to save her family’s vineyards, and Ash Ellis, a man claiming to be next-in-line to her father’s title. When the two are forced to marry, a battle of ...

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The Duchess Hunt

The Duchess Hunt is the second in Lorraine Heath’s Once Upon a Dukedom series, and it features Hugh Brinsley-Norton, the Duke of Kingsland, and Penelope Pettypeace, his secretary. Penelope has worked for King for eight years and has been in love with him for most of it. He, however, is just beginn ...

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The Duke Goes Down

The Duke Goes Down is the first in Sophie Jordan’s The Duke Hunt series. In it, Imogen Bates, local vicar’s daughter, uses rumors to keep her childhood bully, Peregrine Butler, the Duke of Penning before finding out he is illegitimate, from successfully courting an heiress.  I generally enjo ...

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The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall

The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall is Lotte R. James’ debut romance for Harlequin Historical, and it has more than a touch of the gothic about it.  Rebecca Merrickson becomes the much needed housekeeper for Thornhallow Hall, an estate without a master… until William Reid, Earl of Thornhallow, ...

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The Wrong Marquess

The Wrong Marquess is the third book in Vivienne Lorret’s The Mating Habits of Scoundrels series. It features Miss Elodie Parrish, a woman who has waited her whole life for her next door neighbor to propose to her, and London’s Most Elusive Bachelor, Brandon, Marquess of Hullworth. Brandon is ...

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Flirting with His Forbidden Lady

Flirting with His Forbidden Lady is the first in Laura Martin’s Ashburton Reuinion series. It’s the tale of the romance between Mr. Joshua Ashburton and his brother’s intended, Lady Elizabeth Hummingford, The forbidden love element adds much of the tension in their story, with a small myster ...

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A Wicked Bargain for the Duke

Megan Frampton’s A Wicked Bargain for the Duke is the third title in her Hazards of Dukes series and features Thaddeus Dutton, the new Duke of Hasford, a man determined to marry the perfect duchess, and Lady Lavinia Capel, who is determined to keep Thaddeus from marrying her sister. With a uni ...

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Caught in a Cornish Scandal

Caught in a Cornish Scandal is a standalone Regency era historical love story set in Cornwall and London, and is a mixture of action, romance, and mystery. It features Millicent Lansdowne, a young woman forced to turn to smuggling to save her family, and Sam Garrett, a man unable to remember how he ...