The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley

Having read and enjoyed the previous books in the Dukes of War series, I was excited to get my hands on the latest release, The Pirate’s Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley. This instalment tells the story of Mrs Clara Halton, who is the mother of one of the previous protagonists, Grace. Having sent her daughter back to England in the hopes of finding a better future, Clara has remained in America with her health steadily declining. Her neighbours refuse to call on her, believing her to have consumption, leaving her…

A Talent for Trickery by Alissa Johnson

A clever historical romance with a penchant for crime, A Talent for Trickery by Alissa Johnson definitely took me by surprise. Set in Victorian England, the opening of the book sees police detective turned private investigator, Owen Renderwell, make the journey to seek out Charlotte Walker – now Charlotte Bales. Daughter of the notorious criminal, William Walker, Charlotte and her family moved away from the city after his death in an attempt to build a new life and escape from his old foes. Owen has kept his distance from Charlotte…

The Brigadier's Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley

Having read the previous books in this historical romance series, I was looking forward to reading The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley when it came up on NetGalley. It helps that we have already met the heroine of this book, Sarah Fairfax, in previous instalments, although this doesn’t mean that the book can’t be read as a standalone. Of course, the thing that made Sarah stand out in previous books was the fact that she is pregnant, with the father of her child believed to have died on the…

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,…

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