Finding Gabriel by Rachel L Demeter

Set in 1815 in Paris, Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter caught my eye on NetGalley because of its slightly unusual setting, not having read many historical romances set in this French era. The novel opens with catastrophe, as Colonel Gabriel de Laurent has decided that he can no longer handle life without his beloved daughter and holds a pistol in his mouth. Pulling the trigger, this is a man prepared to die for the horrors he has seen and the tragedies that have befallen him, fully intending never to…

Masquerade by Joanna Taylor

Described as a Victorian Pretty Woman, Masquerade by Joanna Taylor caught my eye on NetGalley with the promise of turning a low-born prostitute into a lady. The book begins by introducing us to Elizabeth Ward, known as Lizzy to her friends, and her tiny lodgings in London’s Piccadilly. She shares her room with a fellow prostitute who learned her trade alongside Lizzy at Mrs Wilkes’, with both sharing the ambition of becoming a rich man’s courtesan and earning enough to keep her own lodging. Unlike the other working girls, Elizabeth…

The Major's Faux Fiancée by Erica Ridley

A series that continues to grow better with each book, The Major’s Faux Fiancée by Erica Ridley is the next instalment to take a haunted returnee from the war and show him the love of a strong woman. I loved the premise of this book when I read the description on NetGalley, as this book sees Daphne Vaughn in need of a knight in shining armour to rescue her from the dastardly intentions of her new guardian. Since the recent death of her father, she has been under the guardianship…

The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress by Erica Ridley

Having read the first book in The Dukes of War series, I was keen to get stuck into the second book, The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress by Erica Ridley. This time around we are treated to the story of Miss Jane Downing, who was introduced briefly in the previous book. She is a bluestocking, having resigned herself to the world she finds in books as a result of being ignored in society. We see a glimpse of this when she has to frequently introduce herself to people she has already met,…

The Earl's Defiant Wallflower by Erica Ridley

The beginning of a new historical romance series that deals with returning war heroes, The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower by Erica Ridley kicks off by dealing with the story of an Earl and his unlikely suitor. As many historical romances do, this novel begins at a ball for the upper classes of society, where newcomer Grace Halton is determined to find a match. She has migrated from America, where she has temporarily left her sick mother in the hopes of finding a wealthy husband that can pay for her mother’s treatment….

The lady risks all

I haven’t read a 19th Century romance in years and unfortunately The Lady Risks All reminded me why that is the case. Set in London in 1823, we follow the lives of two people who while coming from the same social standing, couldn’t be more different from each other. This is the story of Neville Roscoe, the man who gave up everything to save his family and Miranda Clifford, an unmarried woman trying to find her place in the rigid upper class society. We follow them through what could have…

Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

No doubt taking influence from the success of Hilary Mantel’s Tudor-based historical series, Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss transforms the Tudor world into one of sexual wantonness and lust-filled matches. Eloise is one of Queen Anne Boleyn’s ladies-in-waiting, and permitted access to her private chambers and the dalliances that occur with suitors such as Sir Thomas Wyatt. Although refusing to believe ill of her queen, Eloise goes about her duties with discretion and poise, seeking comfort in the arms of Simon Thetford. Simon is her friend and love interest at…

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