What to Read – Historical Romance

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Still adding to my TBR pile!

Here are some of my historical picks from fellow Austinites.

 

The Luckiest Lady in London - Historical romance book by Sherry ThomasTHE LUCKIEST LADY IN LONDON

by Sherry Thomas

Right after I joined my local chapter of RWA Sherry Thomas’s first book was released.    I wanted to get to know my chapter-mates and figured reading their books was the best place to start.  Sherry’s first book, Private Arrangements, had just been released and sounded interesting. Since it was her first release, I figured she was sort of a ‘newbie’ like me.  Hey, it was her first book.  Probably not that great, right?

After reading I almost stopped writing.  Seriously.  I was completely intimidated.  I still think if I can ever get one-tenth the amount of emotional impact in one of my own stories that Sherry packs into an opening paragraph I’ll die happy.

If you haven’t figured it out, that puts Sherry’s latest release at the top of my historical TBR pile.

Blurb:

Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want to be and all women want to possess. Even Felix himself almost believes this golden image. But underneath is a damaged soul soothed only by public adulation.

Louisa Cantwell needs to marry well to support her sisters. She does not, however, want Lord Wrenworth—though he seems inexplicably interested in her. She mistrusts his outward perfection, and the praise he garners everywhere he goes. Still, when he is the only man to propose at the end of the London season, she reluctantly accepts.

Louisa does not understand her husband’s mysterious purposes, but she cannot deny the pleasure her body takes in his touch. Nor can she deny the pull this magnetic man exerts upon her. But does she dare to fall in love with a man so full of dark secrets, any one of which could devastate her, if she were to get any closer?

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Vivien Jackson’s Regency novella A Christmas Caroline also falls into this category – but I mentioned that in my last post.

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Forbidden Love Trilogy - Historical Romance by Robyn DeHart

FORBIDDEN LOVE SERIES BUNDLE

by Robyn DeHart

Okay, so the stories weren’t originally released this past two months, but this fantastic new bundle was.  Three books for one low price!  You get A Little Bit Wicked, A Little Bit Sinful and A Little Bit Scandalous.  I call that a little bit awesome!

Blurb

Three unconventional women determined to live life on their own terms and the three men determined to possess them.

Set against the glittering backdrop of Victorian Society come three stories of forbidden love. Roguish Marcus Kincaid is hell-bent on seducing Vivian March, but what will he do when he discovers she’s a fallen woman? Prim and proper Clarissa Kincaid fancies herself in love with the perfect candidate for marriage, but then why does she keep falling into the wicked embrace of gaming hell owner, Justin Rodale? Mathematics prodigy Caroline Jellico uses her skills to best all the men in London, but when it comes to her guardian, Monroe Grisham, she just might lose her heart.

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New Re-Releases from April Kihlstrom:

I’m a sucker for Regencies.  The Scholar’s Daughter and Miss Redmond’s Folly were originally released in 1988 and 1989 and are now available again after being out of print for some time.

Miss Redmonds Folly - Historical Regency Romance by April KihlstromMISS REDMOND’S FOLLY

by April Kihlstrom
Waterloo, Wellington, what happens in France AFTER Waterloo, all of these play a role in Miss Redmond’s Folly.

Eleanor’s only fault is loving too easily. Taken in by the notorious Comte de Beauvais, Eleanor finds herself on the way to Brussels, taken under the wing of the kind Mrs. Milford and her brother Mr. Frederick Leverton. In the shadow of the Battle of Waterloo and travel from Brussels to Paris after Wellington’s victory, Eleanor must decide whether to continue to guard her heart from Mr. Leverton or to take the safest route of never loving again.

Originally published as a Signet Regency in 1988.

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The Scholars Daughter - Historical Regency Romance by April KihlstromTHE SCHOLAR’S DAUGHTER

by April Kihlstrom

Calista’s father, in life, never wished to dispense with her services as his assistant. In death, however, he has contrived a plan to force her into marriage as quickly as possible. His will not only thus tries to dispose of her future, but Mr. Frederick Leverton’s as well. Unfortunately for his scheme, Mr. Leverton is already married but his friend, John Witton is not. When Mr. Witton agrees to accompany his friend to visit Leverton’s new wards, he has no notion he will fall in love with one of the daughters of the house. But is Calista the sweet young woman she seems or is she as scheming and manipulative as the woman he and Leverton both once loved?

Originally released as a Signet Regency in 1989

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