Tag : Historical romance

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A Gentleman Never TellsTitle:  A Gentleman Never Tells
Series:  The Wetherby Brides (Book 1)
Author:  Jerrica Knight-Catania
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  January 11, 2012 (original 2009)
Publisher:  Smashwords
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  Amazon Free, owned
Synopsis:

Benjamin Wetherby, Earl of Glastonbury and heir to the Marquisate of Eastleigh, has just received an urgent letter from home. His father is dying and he must return to England at once. Benjamin is a man bound by honor and duty, to both his country and his family. So, despite his reservations, he leaves his life in New York City behind so he may find a wife and assume his role as the Marquess of Eastleigh.

Miss Phoebe Blake is finally out of mourning for her father, and just in time. She and her mother could be days away from being carted off to debtors prison, so Phoebe returns to society with the intent and determination to secure a rich husband.
Sparks fly when Benjamin and Phoebe meet, and it appears they have both found just what they are looking for. But will a dark secret keep them from finding their happily ever after?

This was last week’s Monday Free Pick Feature.  Read on for my thoughts.  No true spoilers, promise.

Poppy's DilemmaTitle:  Poppy’s Dilemma
Series:
Author:  Nancy Carson
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 30, 2015
Publisher:  HarperCollins, Maze
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

From the newest name in saga writing comes a tale of one girl’s brave escape from a world of poverty in her search for true love.

Poppy Silk is the daughter of a railroad worker in the Midlands. The world around her is violent, immoral and poverty stricken. But despite being penniless and unschooled, Poppy is determined to escape the squalor, and a future cleaning up after a husband she doesn’t love.

Robert Crawford, a handsome engineer she encounters one day, is like no one she’s ever met. As he teaches her to read, feelings blossom. But life is not kind to Poppy. Robert is promised to another and Poppy can’t afford the luxury of hope. At a heartbreaking cross-roads, she must decide…is true love worth risking everything for?

Read on for my thoughts on Poppy’s Dilemma.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Courtesan Duchess

Title:  The Courtesan Duchess
Series:  Wicked Deceptions (Book 1)
Author:  Joanna Shupe
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 31, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Publishing Corp.
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

 

Cover Blurb:

How to seduce an estranged husband—and banish debt!—in four wickedly improper, shockingly pleasurable steps…

1. Learn the most intimate secrets of London’s leading courtesan.
2. Pretend to be a courtesan yourself, using the name Juliet Leighton.
3. Travel to Venice and locate said husband.
4. Seduce husband, conceive an heir, and voilà, your future is secure!

For Julia, the Duchess of Colton, such a ruse promises to be foolproof. After all, her husband has not bothered to lay eyes on her in eight years, since their hasty wedding day when she was only sixteen. But what begins as a tempestuous flirtation escalates into full-blown passion—and the feeling is mutual. Could the man the Courtesan Duchess married actually turn out to be the love of her life?

Read on for my thoughts on The Courtesan Duchess.  No true spoilers, promise.

A Touch of Passion lgTitle:  A Touch of Passion
Series:  Disgraced Lords
Author:  Bronwen Evans
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 24, 2015
Publisher:  Random House – Loveswept
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Cover blurb:

In the latest Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, a vivacious thrill seeker clashes with her dutiful defender—causing irresistible sparks to fly.

Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.

After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.

Read on for my thoughts on A Touch of Passion.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Memory of Your KissTitle:  The Memory of Your Kiss
Series:
Author:  Wilma Counts
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  March 17, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

When her father falls gravely ill, eighteen-year-old Sydney Isabella Waverly dutifully agrees to marry the earl whose estate borders her family’s modest country home. But on a trip to Bath before she weds, Sydney meets the enigmatic, heroic Captain Zachary Quentin, with whom she feels an unmistakable mutual attraction.

Still, they have no choice but to part ways, regretting what might have been. Sydney cannot know that one day they will meet again under vastly changed circumstances, that Zachary will play an unexpected role in her life—and that the man she never forgot still ignites her heart. All that will remain is to find out if he feels the same way…

Read on for my thoughts on The Memory of Your Kiss.  No true spoilers, promise.

Married To A Perfect StrangerTitle:  Married To A Perfect Stranger
Series:
Author:  Jane Ashford
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  March 3, 2015
My Rating: 4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Mary Fleming and John Bexley are the “white sheep’ of their large families, written off as hapless, boring—and thus suitable for each other. But they’re no sooner married than John is sent off on a two-year diplomatic mission.

Upon his return, John and Mary find that everything they thought they knew about each other is wrong. They’ve changed radically during the long separation. They have to start all over. It’s surprising, irritating—and somehow very exciting…

Read on for my thoughts on Married To A Perfect Stranger.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Captain's Bluestocking MistressTitle:  The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress
Series:  The Dukes of War (book 2)
Author:  Erica Ridley
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  March 2, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Captain Xavier Grey’s body is back amongst the beau monde, but his mind cannot break free from the horrors of war. His friends try to help him find peace. He knows he doesn’t deserve it. Just like he doesn’t deserve the attentions of the sultry bluestocking intent on seducing him into bed…

Spinster Jane Downing wants off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man. Specifically, the dark and dangerous Captain Grey. She may not be destined to be his wife, but nothing will stop her from being his mistress. She could quote classical Greek by the age of four. How hard can it be to learn the language of love?

Read on for my thoughts on The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Viscount's Christmas TemptationTitle:  The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation
Series:  Dukes of War
Author:  Erica Ridley
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  October 21, 2014
Source:  personal collection, owned

Story Blurb:

Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fête of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time—he needs her!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family’s annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia’s guerrilla tactics, he’s up to his cravat with tinsel . . . and tumbling head over heels in love.

Read on for my thoughts on The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation.  No true spoilers, promise.

Scandalously YoursTitle:  Scandalously Yours
Series:  The Hellions of High Street (book 1)
Author:  Cara Elliott
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  January 7, 2014
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only thing they are encouraged to pursue is an eligible bachelor. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .

SCANDALOUSLY YOURS

The eldest of the three Sloane sisters, Olivia is unafraid to question the boundaries of Society-even if it does frequently land her in trouble. Disdaining the glittery world of balls and courtship, Olivia prefers to spend her time writing fiery political essays under a pseudonym for London’s leading newspaper. But when her columns attract the attention of the oh-so-proper Earl of Wrexham, Olivia suddenly finds herself dancing on the razor’s edge of scandal. With the help of her sisters, she tries to stay one step ahead of trouble . . .

However, after a series of madcap misadventures, Wrexham, a former military hero who is fighting for social reform in Parliament, discovers Olivia’s secret. To her surprise, he proposes a temporary alliance to help win passage of his bill. Passion flares between them, but when a political enemy kidnaps the earl’s young son, they must make some dangerous decisions . . . and trust that love will conquer all.

Read on for my thoughts on Scandalously Yours.  No true spoilers, promise.

Miss Truelove BeckonsTitle:  Miss Truelove Beckons
Series:
Author:  Donna Lea Simpson
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  February 9, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

When Truelove Becket’s betrothed went missing in a naval battle, she vowed never to marry unless she found someone she loved as much. In the seven years since then, the quiet vicar’s daughter has lived a simple and contented life helping the poor people of her village. But now another man has asked for her hand in marriage and, unsure if she is ready to commit to him, she agrees to accompany her beautiful cousin Arabella on a trip to visit friends so she can take time to think it over.

Viscount Drake cut a dashing figure when he returned from war to a hero’s welcome, but the Battle of Waterloo left him a shattered and haunted man. As his dreams are invaded by the terrors of war he becomes a sleepless shell of a man, and as his torment grows he begins to wonder if marriage to the lovely Arabella will help restore him again. But as Arabella coquettishly flirts to secure Drake’s hand and his riches, it is the pretty and practical True he turns to for solace.

With the weight of her marriage proposal bearing down on her, True finds herself irresistibly attracted to Drake’s quiet dignity and genuine distress, just as he finds himself drawn to her honest nature and soothing compassion. When a spark of passion ignites between these two who have both lost so much to war, they will have to confront their biggest fears—and everyone else’s plans for their futures—to discover if love can truly cure all ills.

Read on for my thoughts on Miss Truelove Beckons.  No true spoilers, promise.

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