cross-dressing

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Almost a Scandal

Sally Kent’s brother Richard lets the family tradition down when instead of joining the Navy, he escapes to the clergy. So it’s Sally, who’s got the family saltwater blood, who dons midshipman’s blues and sets sail on the Audacious just before Trafalgar. She finds herself under the supervisi ...

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Duke of Pleasure

Amazingly, we’ve reached the eleventh of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane books, and the author shows no sign of running out of steam!  Duke of Pleasure is another strong addition to the series, a beautifully-written, well-paced story that achieves just the right balance between romance and action; ...

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The Corinthian

One of the best things about listening to new audio versions of older books is becoming reacquainted with stories I read many more years ago than I care to count! Georgette Heyer’s The Corinthian is not a title I’ve re-read over the years, so coming back to it in audio was almost like experienci ...

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Untamed

Untamed is one of those rare books that I suspect most readers, after having read it, will not forget anytime soon. After all, how often does one encounter a cross-dressing duke as a hero? This book has burned itself pretty far into my memory, but I still found it wickedly hard to grade. On the one ...

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Silk and Secrets

The romance genre is a funny thing. It is the only genre that I know of whereby, of the three narrative components (plot, setting, and character), reader expectations limit and predicate two: Plot and character. The plot limitation is, of course, the Happily-Ever-After. But the character limitation ...

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Duchess By Night

Duchess by Night is the third installment of James’s Desperate Duchesses series. It features a simple country duchess who crashes a scandalous house party dressed as a man. I enjoyed settling down with this charming historical and I hope to see much more of James’s witty style. <!-- var ...

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My Lady Notorious

Jo Beverley's classic Malloren series is one that I’m slowly working my way through...completely out of order. My Lady Notorious, the first in the series, is a road romance set in a delightful time period in which the author excels featuring two ladies in distress and the soldier who comes to the ...

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Lady of the Knight

Medieval Romances have been very thin on the ground in recent years, so I was excited to see a first-time author published in this genre, and an author who takes great risks in the creation of her hero and heroine. While I applaud the author's willingness to venture into new territory, the book, tak ...

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Almost a Gentleman

Much as I loved Almost a Gentleman, I was almost afraid to sit down and write the review. Pam Rosenthal's romance debut is a masterful mix of bold and subtle writing elements. Knowing that, I knew anything I write will hardly do the book justice. But since this is a review site and I've offered to r ...

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Silk and Secrets

Linda Madl's Silk and Secrets is a flawed but fun Victorian romance with a very old-fashioned feel to it and strong Gothic overtones. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID = 4; var browDateTime = (new Date()).getTime(); if (browName=='Netscape') { documen ...