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…

A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella Bradford cover

Kicking off a new historical romance series is A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella Bradford, the first in the Breconridge Brothers series. As the eldest son of a duke, Harry Fitzroy is expected to marry well and start producing heirs – sooner rather than later. He thinks he has found his match in Julia Wetherby, the most beautiful girl of the season and the ideal catch for an amorous duke. However, when he visits her at her country home intending to propose, a simple horse riding expedition turns disastrous. Harry falls…

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean cover

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is the third instalment in Sarah MacLean’s excellent historical romance series, Rules of Scoundrels. Set loosely around the notorious gaming hell, the Fallen Angel, this time the plot focuses on Temple, known as the Killer Duke and the Angel’s unbeatable fighter. For the men who lose everything at the casino, they can wager their debt in a fight with Temple to redeem their selves and regain some of their honour. However, no one has bested Temple for twelve years, since his ducal reputation was ruined…

To have and to hold

A historical, western romance, To Have and To Hold tells the story of an entire town that chooses to uproots and relocate to the West. The book is their journey as well as a love story between the hero and heroine. As the story unfolds, we realise there is more to the relocation than meets the eye as our heroine Naomi is plagued by dreadful nightmares. As well as being a romance, the story focuses on the harsh realities of life in the West. I found the realities of this…

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