cross-class lovers

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The Landowner's Secret

Set in New South Wales, Australia in 1885, The Landowner’s Secret provides a slow-moving but captivating tale of a marriage of convenience between classes. Alice Ryan is awakened in the night by intruders lurking outside her modest cabin. Her parents are dead and her brother, currently absent, ...

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An Unconventional Heiress

Circa 1810, Sydney society is in transition. The new governor Lachlan Macquarie is raising the status of freed convicts (‘emancipists’), much to the wrath of exclusives who arrived from the United Kingdom freely and, often, temporarily. Sarah Langley, wealthy gentlewoman newly arrived in the cit ...

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Against the Wall

Jill Sorenson’s Against the Wall might be my favorite of Ms. Sorenson’s books. Many of her most memorable characters are genuinely hampered by their life choices, often to the point that there really isn’t a scott-free HEA in their future. This is definitely true for Eric Hernandez, the her ...

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Flowers From the Storm (#6 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on April 07, 1999  If you want to read a book that comes as close to perfection as any historical romance, then pick up Flowers from the Storm. The story, the language, the emotional intensity: this book has everything. It's Laura Kinsale at the ...

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Badlands

I cut my teeth on historicals and romantic suspense, so I always enjoy an excuse to dive back into either of these subgenres.  I’d read all but one of the books in Jill Sorenson’s Aftershock series and inexplicably the one I’d neglected was the one that intrigued me most. Badlands reunites ...

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Dirty for Me

Dirty For Me is the first story in Jackie Ashenden's new Motor City Royals series, set on the gritty streets of Detroit. Zee escaped from his corrupt father, adopted his current name, and set out to support himself by picking up the mechanics trade. He works at a garage now with colleagues he calls ...

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Earls Just Want to Have Fun

Shana Galen’s new Covent Garden Cubs series gets off to a terrific start with Earls Just Want to Have Fun which is – fortunately – a book with much more emotional depth than it’s overly cutesy title would seem to suggest. The story is, at first glance, a simple cross-class romance with a ...

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What a Lady Needs for Christmas

Grace Burrowes has gotten some great buzz here, which led me to request her book for review. I’m happy to say that I agree with previous reviewers - she’s a great author, and her characters and their relationships are interesting and well developed. A few things hold this book back, but this cro ...

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Badlands

Anthony Brandt said “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” It’s true that family can have the most profound effect on our lives. In this novel, family is a tie that binds, in both good ways and bad. Penny Sandoval has a complicated family life. On the one ...

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Flowers from the Storm

Narrated by Nicholas Boulton One of the first books I read when I got back into reading romance a few years ago was Flowers From the Storm. I remember being caught up in heart pounding fear for Jervaulx as he was mistreated in the asylum; of feeling rage on his behalf. I remember being so captiva ...