Reviews by Jessica Grogan

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Wagering on the Wallflower

Wagering on the Wallflower is the first book in Eva Shepherd’s Young Victorian Ladies series. In it, Hazel Springfield, a highly intelligent but incredibly awkward young woman, is asked to dance by Mr. Lucas Darkwood, one of the wealthiest men in England and known among the ton as a womanizer. ...

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The Earl's Lady Geologist

The Earl’s Lady Geologist is the first in Alissa Baxter’s The Linfield Ladies series.  It features Cassandra Linfield, an amateur geologist who writes papers under a male pen name, and Edward, Lord Rothbury, her cousin by marriage.  Cassy happily spends her days digging for fossils along the b ...

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The Rags-to-Riches Governess

The Rags-to-Riches Governess is the first in Janice Preston’s Lady Tregowan’s Will series. Miss Leah Thame is summoned to a solicitor’s office with the promise she will miss the opportunity of a lifetime if she doesn’t show up at the appointed time. Two other women arrive shortly after Le ...

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The Duke Heist

The Duke Heist is the first novel in Erica Ridley’s The Wild Wynchesters series. It’s a light-hearted but sometimes silly tale featuring the adopted daughter of a baron who happens to fall in love with the duke she kidnaps! Chloe Wynchester is one of six orphans adopted by Baron Vanderbea ...

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Portrait of a Forbidden Love

Bronwyn Scott’s Portrait of a Forbidden Love is the first in her The Rebellious Sisterhood series, and it begins with artist Artemisia Stansfield in front of the board of the Royal Academy waiting to learn if her late father’s nomination and recommendation for her admittance is to be granted ...

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The Bachelor Earl

The Bachelor Earl is the prequel novella to Darcy Burke’s The Untouchables series.  I have not read that series yet, but did not find it difficult to follow the story in this novella. Eugenia Aldwick, the Dowager Duchess of Kendal, decides to slowly re-enter society following two years of m ...

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One Snowy Night with Lord Hauxton

One Snowy Night with Lord Hauxton is the follow up to Laura Martin’s Her Best Friend, the Duke in which the hero and heroine of this title are featured.  In this book, Lord Hauxton and Henrietta Harvey find their HEA with each other. Thomas, Lord Hauxton, has left London to visit Hailsham Hall ...

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One Night With a Duke

One Night with a Duke is the tenth book in Erica Ridley’s 12 Dukes of Christmas series set in the village of Cressmouth, more commonly known as Christmas because they celebrate the holiday year round. The series features full time villagers and tourists, and in this instalment, our heroine is A ...

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Her Night with the Duke

Her Night with the Duke is book one in Diana Quincy’s new Clandestine Affairs series of historical romances, in which a young widow and a handsome duke share a night of incredible passion only to discover that their lives are about to become entangled in a way neither of them had expected. It’s ...

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The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea

For a novel featuring a romance that has been hyped up over four other books, The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea was a big letdown. The last in a series about the Embraced, people born with special abilities, this story follows Maeve and Brody as they continue the fight against the villainous Circle ...