The Original Marriage of Convenience: The Convenient Marriage

After a complex book exchange (and some trading) at a meeting of romance writers, one of my gifts was a copy of Georgette Heyer's The Convenient Marriage. At first glance, it appeared to be a standard Regency romance. The Earl of Rule is obligated to marry, and has selected Lady Elizabeth to be his bride. …

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Cheap, Cheerful, and Chaste – Regencies from Joyce Alec

Although my eReader of choice is Kobo, I have the Kindle app on my phone. I have my phone with me when busing (and ferrying) about town, so I do most of my reading on that. When I finish a book, suggestions for something similar are right there. Buy Now With 1-click is a terrible …

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It’s all taken care of: The Marriage Pact

The Marriage Pact, Wendy Sotis, 2018 Several years ago, Sotis started writing Austen fan fiction, and has published many variations of Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship, with more promised, but The Marriage Pact is an original Regency romance. James and Celia have been friends for years, due to connections between their families, and as the story …

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A Breathless Race: Chasing the Heiress

Chasing the Heiress is a 2016 historical romance  from Rachel Miles. This is from Zebra books, specifically their Shout Fresh New Romance line. Not sure what that all means. The story is in a series called Muses Salon, but in this book the titular salon is just an idea occasionally mentioned. It's been a while …

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My Lady’s Honour

My Lady's Honor, by Julia Justiss, is a 2002 Historical Romance from Harlequin. My copy was originally printed in England, so titled My Lady's Honour and sold by Mills and Boon. I wrote about the book's history in The Well-traveled Book. I can't decide if this story is charming or annoying. Gwennor's father has died, and …

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One Unashamed Night

One Unashamed Night, by Sophia James, is a Harlequin historical, first published in 2010. The cover includes the tagline "The Undoing of a Lady," but this is selling the sizzle. The story open in the English countryside, on a dark and snow stormy night, in 1826. Lord Taris Wellingham, suffering from failing eyesight, is traveling …

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Heartless

Heartless, by Kat Martin, is a 2001 release from St. Martin's, though still in print. Having just finished the sombre and low stakes When He Was Wicked, I wasn't sure about tackling another regency era romance. Heartless has a much different tone, with action and threats aplenty. Ariel is the teenage daughter of a tenant …

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Seduced at Sunset

Seduced at Sunset, by Julianne MacLean, is a 2013 release, and the sixth of the Pembroke Palace series, a mix of novels, novellas, and shorts. Some, including this one, are self-published, but others are published by Avon. I haven't read any others. This one was a freebie I picked up from the Romance Writers of …

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