working class historical

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Unfit to Print

K.J. Charles always finds fresh, new angles to pursue in her stories and peoples them with characters in unusual walks of life - and her new novella, Unfit to Print, is no exception.  Set in late Victorian London, one of the protagonists is a purveyor of naughty books and has a shop in Holywell Str ...

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A Daring Venture

Fabulous historical tales can be hard to come by which is why I treasure the work of Elizabeth Camden. Able to combine real history with sweet romance, she is a master of her craft. Her latest novel, A Daring Venture, continues the story of the history of clean water in New York begun in A Dangerous ...

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A Dangerous Invitation

Erica Monroe's début historical romance, A Dangerous Invitation, takes us into the back alleys of London in an engrossing tale of betrayal, redemption and second chances. Kate Morgan has been forced into the rookeries through the bankruptcy of her father's company, which happened as a direct result ...

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All Or Nothing

Ms. Lerner’s romances are set far from the glittering ton, her main characters are often working class men and women, not every character is wealthy, explicit depictions and conversations about sex are common, and sexuality isn’t limited to m/f. I like her books for those reasons, but mostly bec ...

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Duty and Desire

Duty and Desire is the second book in the author’s Hearts of Honour series, but can be read as a standalone. The two protagonists are both gentry fallen on hard times – so no dukes or debutantes – and the slow-burn romance between them is really well-developed and the problems they face feel q ...

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North and South

Audiobook narrated by Juliet Stevenson This review is somewhat of a triple threat. I read the book, listened to the audiobook, and watched the BBC miniseries all together and all contributed to my enjoyment in their own way. First of all, let me gush. I loved this book. I adored this book. I want ...

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The Jade Temptress

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Jeannie Lin’s historical novels set during the Tang Dynasty in China. This is often considered a golden era of Chinese culture and that is beautifully captured in these novels, from the intricacies of the scholar system to the delicacies of the tea ritual. In this latest ...

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The Sword Dancer

The best historical romances are those that draw you into another world and make you see, smell and touch what is going on, sharing the emotions and the mindset of characters who are thousands of miles and hundreds of years removed from your own experience. This is what happened to me when I read (i ...

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Winterblaze

This book took me a while to pick up. I had read the previous in the Darkest London series and was holding a serious grudge against the hero. Though that eventually wore off, Winterblaze took the series into turns that I am not sure I liked, though in the end I did enjoy seeing the leads in the inst ...

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An Infamous Marriage

With all the dukes populating the Romancelandia district of Regency England, I am always predisposed to like any Regency romance that features ordinary people. Susanna Fraser’s An Infamous Marriage, is about a recently knighted army general and his wife, a former poor relation to no one noble at a ...