I’m going to work really hard to contain my exclamation points in this post, but it will not be an easy task. Carolyn Jewel’s Scandal, a 2010 RITA finalist for Best Regency Historical is free right now.
And it’s amazing (which I shall elaborate on in great, great detail). (more…)
My introduction to Caroline Linden’s writing was the first book in her Scandals series, Love and Other Scandals, featuring the fiesty and fierce Joan Bennet (and of course, the dashing Tristan, Lord Burke). Joan’s brother Douglas was an ancillary character, but his presence was a wonderful complication to Joan and Tristan’s my-best-friend’s-sister romance. All’s Fair in Love and Scandal marks the return of Douglas Bennet as the hero of his own happily ever after. It’s a great novella with a fantastic heroine who’s making her way to the top of my Awesome Ladies of Historical Romance list. (more…)
When I have a book hangover the night after a marathon reading session, you can be sure the book in question in a keeper. Thank you, The Elusive Lord Everhart, for leaving me bleary-eyed, puffy-faced, and crabby on a Wednesday morning. Despite the mass quantities of caffeinated beverages I’ve just consumed I still want to crawl under a blanket with a nice cup of tea and read the next installment in this fantastic new series by Vivienne Lorret. Today’s stop on the Tasty Virtual Book Tour features a review in which I detail every reason you will want a Lord Everhart of your very own and a giveaway of Lorret’s previous novels (which I want to win as badly as a single gal fights for the bridal bouquet throwaway at a wedding). (more…)
A few weeks ago I wrote about Season for Temptation, Theresa Romain’s fantastically witty debut. Despite it’s obvious charm and desperately romantic story, it hit upon a romance trope that always turns me off: the groom-to-be in love with his fiance’s sister. I admitted to stopping the book half-way through just to make absolutely certain that the jilted fiance got her own HEA. The result: I tore through Louisa’s story, Season for Surrender, in about 2 days.
In the second book in her Holiday Pleasures series, Romain manages to hit upon one of my absolute favorite romance novel tropes OF ALL TIME: the bookish bluestocking and the rake fall in love. Bonus: It’s a Christmas romance. Not only do I get a storyline set up to appeal to my little librarian heart, but I get snow, mistletoe, and mulled wine in paperback form! It’s a WIN-WIN, folks. (more…)
There’s nothing like a charming rake to make a historical romance instantly likable. In this witty novella, Tessa Dare introduces the swoon-inducing Mr. Harry Wright, heir to a dukedom and all-around notorious bad boy. Miss Eliza Cade has the amazingly good (mis?)fortune of continuously finding herself alone with Harry. Thanks to a silly adolescent indiscretion, Eliza is doomed to wait for her coming out in society until all three of her older sisters are married, but that doesn’t stop a delightful romance from growing between her and this loveable rake. (more…)
I’m going to dive right in with the spoilers folks so don’t read on unless you want to know what’s what.
In The Suffragette Scandal we’re introduced to the lone male writer at the Women’s Free Press, one Stephen Shaughnessy, author of the outrageously hilarious satirical advice column, Ask a Man. Despite the small part he plays in that fabulous novel, it’s clear he’s just waiting for his own romance to begin. Given Stephen’s charm, wit and genuinely warm personality, I was curious to discover what sort of woman Milan had in store for him. (more…)
I must confess that I find stepbrother-stepsister and first cousin romances a bit squicky, so I started reading Sophie Jordan’s latest prepared to fling my paperback at the first sign of awkward we-shouldn’t-be-doing-this love-making. Fortunately, Jordan knows how to make a keeping-it-in-family romance work!
Rosalie Hughes has been summarily dumped on her stepbrother’s doorstep after overstaying her welcome at finishing school for 2 years and never hearing a word from her philandering mother (who’s likely touring Europe with a string of young lovers). Declan, the Duke of Banbury, is livin’ it up in London as only a rake can and has no interest in sheltering a stepsister he hasn’t seen in 10 years. To get rid of her as quickly as possible he gives her a ridiculously large dowry and the social guidance of his aunt and cousin. (more…)