Romancing the Countess by Ashley March

Romancing the Countess

Setting: Victorian 1849

Summary:

Sebastian Madinger, the Earl of Wriothesly, thought he’d married the perfect woman-until a fatal accident revealed her betrayal with his best friend. After their deaths, Sebastian is determined to avoid a scandal for the sake of his son. But his best friend’s widow is just as determined to cast her mourning veil aside by hosting a party that will surely destroy both their reputations and expose all of his carefully kept secrets…

Leah George has carried the painful knowledge of her husband’s affair for almost a year. All she wants now is to enjoy her independence and make a new life for herself-even if that means being ostracized by the Society whose rules she was raised to obey. Now that the rumors are flying, there’s only one thing left for Sebastian to do: silence the scandal by enticing the improper widow into becoming a proper wife. But when it comes to matters of the heart, neither Sebastian nor Leah is prepared for the passion they discover in each other’s arms…

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Review:

My first book by this author and while it wasn’t bad, it fell quite short of my expectations, sadly. The premise was very intriguing but the plot fell short in my opinion and failed to provide anything fresh and exciting.

I had heard about Ashley March as the latest star in historical romance so I decided to give her a shot. I really loved the sound of this romance and it was unique considering both main characters’ spouses cheated with each other. I was looking forward to a deeply emotional romance but seriously could not stand the heroine much at all.

We are told Leah just wants to have fun after her husband’s death but she really breaks alot of the rules and quite carelessly too. I get she’s trying to be independent but she really had a selfish disregard for other people, especially considering that her actions could hurt an innocent child-AND she still continues to act that way after being told that! D:

The hero was likable though and I would rather have seen him with someone who was kinder but the heroine does improve towards the middle. Nothing special in the course of their romance though I did enjoy the initial sparks and tension between them. At times it was quite touching, though the writing style wasn’t anything too special. I love romances with children and this one was well done in drawing up a realistic picture of a family growing to love each other.

All in all, not a bad romance but not an amazing one either. Perhaps new romance readers would enjoy this more than a veteran reader of romances.

Sensuality Rating: Pretty sensual (3/5)

Verdict: Just ok

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Confessions From an Arranged Marriage by Miranda Neville

Confessions From An Arranged Marriage

Setting: Regency 1822

*Book 4 in Burgundy Club series*

Summary:

They couldn’t be more different—but there’s one thing they agree on…

In London after a two-year exile, Lord Blakeney plans to cut a swathe through the bedchambers of the demimonde. Marriage is not on his agenda, especially to an annoying chit like Minerva Montrose, with her superior attitude and a tendency to get into trouble. And certainly thelast man Minerva wants is Blake, a careless wastrel without a thought in his handsome head. 

The heat and noise of her debutante ball give Minerva a migraine. Surely a moment’s rest could do no harm . . . until Blake mistakes her for another lady, leaving Minerva’s guests to catch them in a very compromising position. To her horror, the scandal will force them to do the unthinkable: marry. Their mutual loathing blazes into unexpected passion but Blake remains distant, desperate to hide a shameful secret. Minerva’s never been a woman to take things lying down, and she’ll let nothing stop her from winning his trust . . . and his heart.

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Review: 

You know those romances that feature intriguing secondary characters from previous romances? Well, this is one of those books which takes two characters we love from previous books and gives them their own romance. Surprisingly, I wasn’t even looking forward to this one because the premise didn’t stand out much to me and I thought the hero and heroine were ill matched but I ended up loving it! This one was a surprise success!

What do you get when you put an intelligent, outspoken bluestocking and a titled, seemingly dumb hero together? Alot of sparks-both good and bad! Fans of her last books know the hero and heroine as constantly arguing with each other and generally not getting along! They seem like they have nothing in common so it was quite surprising to see them paired up in this book and I had doubts whether they would make a good match.

But Miranda does an amazing job of revealing deeper layers to both characters and showing us just how well they suit each other. The hero has a surprising secret that will endear him to readers who previously disliked him and Minerva is delightful with her bold, daring character even though she can be quite immature and impulsive at times. Their romance is full of unexpected sparks that remind one of Lizzy and Darcy type romance.

The writing is wonderful-warm, fast-paced with just a sprinkle of wit and humor thrown in. The plot may seem basic enough-guy compromises girl accidentally and they end up in an arranged marriage and of course end up falling in love but Miranda makes her characters so entertaining and real, that it becomes a joy to read! Fans will enjoy revisiting the other couples from the last books and new readers will need to pick up the rest of this wonderful series!

Another wonderful romance from the very talented Miranda Neville! Can’t wait to read her next!

Sensuality Rating: Pretty sensual (3/5)

Verdict: Wonderful opposites attract romance!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Lords of Vice Book 6

Dusk with a Dangerous Duke

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RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 26, 2013

Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell

Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed

Setting: Late Regency 1826

*Book 1 in Sons of Sin series*

Summary:

Will a week of seduction…

Desperate to save her sister’s life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic-even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.

…Spark a lifetime of passionate surrender?

Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?

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Review:

Always love Anna Campbell’s dark, intensely riveting romances! Sadly, this isn’t a favourite of mine mainly due to the unoriginal premise and the lack of a addictive plotline. This one, while not one of her best still has all the hallmarks of a classic Anna Campbell romance.

I think my main problem with this book was the premise-it seemed too 1980’s big, bad hero and innocent, pure virgin sacrifice stuck in a castle with him kind of story. The kind of thing a beginner romance writer would come up with. And the premise was set up with the idea that there was going to be ALOT of sex. I mean seven nights?? Ok…

But because it was Anna Campbell, I gave it a shot and thought she would be able to make it fresh and entertaining with a couple of new twists thrown in there. Sadly, even her brilliant writing couldn’t make up for a sorely lacking plot and I had a very hard time suspending my disbelief that Sidonie could even consider selling her body in the first place. Surely there could have been another way or she could have gone to ask if there could be another bargain to make. Not just throw herself (literally) into the lion’s den and all to save a sister who really wasn’t worth saving in my opinion. She could simply have grabbed her sister and run!

The story is supposed to based of Beauty and the Beast but at least with that fairytale, Belle didn’t just decide the only thing she had to give was her body and Sidonie went in without a fight. Just seemed too cliche to me.

And the characters were standard cutout romance archetypes-the hero was your typical all bark, no bite guy with a secret heart of gold (that’s obvious from the very start) and Sidonie is just a little too perfect with her sense of honor to a sister that really doesn’t treat her well at all. There weren’t many other characters beside the two of them so it did drag a little at parts.

The romance was alright but not particularly hooking or exciting. The tension wasn’t bad though, and I did enjoy how Sidonie resisted giving into Jonas for so long. I still love the way Anna writes and that more than anything kept me reading through to the end.

All in all, not a standout from Anna but still a passable read. If you want a better update of Beauty and the Beast, try When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James.

Sensuality Rating: SUPER HOT! 😉 (Caution: Very erotic scenes)

Verdict: Just passable

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Romances Coming in March 2013!

Lots of great romances to enjoy! 😀

1) Out March 5 *DEBUT AUTHOR!*

For the Love of a Soldier

Summary:

Captain Garrett Sinclair, the Earl of Kendall, has returned to England a changed man. As a survivor of the legendary Charge of the Light Brigade, he has spent months as a remorseless rake and dissolute inebriate to forget it. But Garrett also has also made powerful enemies who want him dead…

Desperate and down to her last pound, Lady Alexandra Langdon has disguised herself as a man for a place at the gaming tables. But when a hard-eyed, handsome man wins the pot, he surprises her by refusing her money. Indebted, she reveals to him an overheard plot against him, and promises to help him find his foes—for a price.

But even as Alexandra fights her growing desire to reveal herself—and her heart—to the determined Garrett, she cannot shed the fear that the cost of her alliance with the earl may be a price too dear…her own secret betrayal.

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2) Out March 5 *Book 2 in Duchess of Love series*

Surprising Lord Jack

Summary:

Frances Hadley has managed her family’s estate for years. So why can’t she request her own dowry? She’ll have to go to London herself and knock some sense into the men interfering in her life. With the nonsense she’s dealt with lately, though, there’s no way she’s going as a woman. A pair of breeches and a quick chop of her red curls, and she’ll have much less to worry about…

Jack Valentine, third son of the famous Duchess of Love, is through being pursued by pushy young ladies. One particularly determined miss has run him out of his own house party. Luckily the inn has one bed left. Jack just has to share with a rather entertaining red-headed youth. Perhaps the two of them should ride to London together. It will make a pleasant escape from his mother’s matchmaking melodrama!  

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3) Out March 5 *Book 2 in Whispers of Scandal series*

A Most Improper Rumor

Summary:

Once the toast of the ton, Lady Angelina DeBrooke is no longer known just for her exquisite beauty, but more for her notorious marriages. Dubbed the Dark Angel, she has fallen in love for the first time and wishes to marry, but fears finding herself a widow for the third time. With two poisoned husbands and a cloud of suspicion hanging over her head, she turns to the only man in England who might help her…

Benjamin Wallace, Lord Heathton, isn’t interested in playing detective again, but when Lady DeBrooke approaches him in a quest to clear her name, he finds the challenge irresistible. Her second husband was an old friend, and when he takes a closer look, he catches the scent of a foe he has hunted before—and knows this is his chance to finally trap the elusive prey…

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4) Out March 5 *Book 13 in Boscastle series*

The Mistress Memoirs

Summary:

Disgraced by her past employer, young governess Kate Walcott owes her loyalty to the only woman willing to hire her—the sought-after courtesan Mrs. Georgette Lawson. Georgette entrusts Kate with the care of her unruly children—and the writing of her shocking memoirs, which detail her affairs with famous gentlemen, including the rakehell who promised to marry her, then ruined her.

Sir Colin Boscastle intended to keep his promise to Georgette–until his father was murdered. Thirteen years of chasing vengeance pass before he returns to find Georgette sleeping in his enemy’s bed. Revenge has destroyed their romance, but the two former lovers agree to set a trap to restore Colin’s honor.

Caught in this deadly game, Kate struggles to resist Colin’s virile charm. She knows he is a born heartbreaker and unreliable rogue. Should she believe him when he whispers that, for her, he will change his sinful ways?

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5) Out March 5 *Book 2 in Jewel of the Ton series*

If You Give a Rake a Ruby

Summary:

Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She’s adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.

Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he’s putting his life on the line . . .

To Warrick’s shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she’s keeping are exactly what make her his heart’s desire . . .

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6) Out March 7 *E-book Re-issue*

Notorious Deception

Summary:

At the center of that darkness stand the powerful mage Houses, but the brutal murderer Ellie and Cam are hunting seems to be affiliated with none of them.

When nothing is as it seems, and danger meets desire head on, sex can be an act of war. For Ellie, ensnared between the man she loves and the one she must destroy, the battle is about to begin…

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7) Out March 19

A Man for Glory

Summary:

True love…under false pretenses?With her husband hanged for his secret criminal past, bewildered widow Glory Clark is left all alone to run the farm and care for her stepchildren. Then handsome stranger Cade McAllister shows up on her doorstep, bringing hope and tender feelings Glory has never experienced before in her young life.

As a detective in search of the missing fortune Glory’s husband stole, Cade has a hidden agenda. An arranged marriage is merely a stepping stone to getting what he wants…. But when what he wants becomes Glory, plain and simple, will their newfound bond withstand his deception?

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8) Out March 19 *Book 2 in The Ransleigh Rogues series*

The Rake to Redeem Her

Summary:

Known as “Magnificent Max,” diplomat Max Ransleigh was famed for his lethal charm until a political betrayal left him exiled from government and his reputation in tatters. He seems a very unlikely savior for a well-bred young lady.

Except that Miss Caroline Denby doesn’t want to be saved…she wants to be ruined! To Caroline, getting married is tantamount to a death sentence, and meeting the rakish Max at a house party seems the answer to her prayers…. Surely this rogue won’t hesitate to put his bad reputation to good use?

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9) Out March 19

The Dissolute Duke

Summary:

The rumor is up and the banns are read: The Dissolute Duke has finally wed!

With a name synonymous with sin and debauchery so shocking it is spoken of only in whispers, Taylen Ellesmere, Duke of Alderworth, is more surprised than anyone when he finds himself forced to marry! Before the ink is dry on the register, he turns his back on this sham of a marriage and leaves.

Three years later, having barely survived the scandal, Lady Lucinda has placed one delicately shod foot back in the hallowed halls of the ton when her husband returns. He has an offer she can’t refuse. And in exchange? Their wedding night!

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10) Out March 26 *Book 2 in Rhymes With Love series*

And the Miss Ran Away

Summary:

Miss Daphne Dale isn’t looking for love, but when she reads an advertisement looking for a “sensible lady,” she can’t resist.

The tender dialogue with the mysterious “Mr. Dishforth” is a welcome respite from the time she must spend with Lord Henry Seldon, an infuriating rogue she can’t stop thinking about.

Which one will capture her heart?

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11) Out March 26 *Book 2 in Secret Brides Trilogy*

Secrets of a Runaway Bride

Summary:

THE THRILL OF ESCAPE

Miss Annie Andrews is finally free to marry the man she loves. With her overprotective sister out of the country on her honeymoon, nothing can prevent her flight to Gretna Greene—nothing, that is, but an abduction by the wrong gentleman.

THE SWEETNESS OF SURRENDER

When Jordan Holloway, the Earl of Ashbourne, promised to look after his best friend’s sister-in-law, he didn’t realize she would prove so difficult. But when he spirits her away to his country house to prevent her elopement, he discovers that the tempting beauty knows how to put up a fight. To make matters worse, he’s stuck playing the role of honorable protector…when what he really wants is to run away with her himself.

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12) Out March 26 *Book 4 in Scandalous Brides series*

The Handbook

Summary:

Emily Portsman has a secret, and three years ago she decided the best way to keep it would be to work at the Tantalus Club, a notorious gaming establishment for gentlemen. It’s not the sort of work a beautiful, well-bred governess would ever consider—unless she’s hiding from her past and a man who wants to destroy her present…

Nate Stokes, Earl of Westfall, is a supremely accomplished former spy more at home on London’s seedy streets than in any glittery ballroom. His peers know him only as a bookish fellow who can find anything—or anyone. When the Marquis of Ebberling hires him to find a murderess, Nate’s search leads him to the Tantalus Club and Emily Portsman. In a game where no one is who they seem and when every conversation is a deadly dance of trust and desire, the only thing Nate knows for sure is that once he gets Emily in his arms, he will never let go…

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13) Out March 26 *Book 2 in Sinners Trio series*

Sins of a Ruthless Rogue

Summary:

Revenge never tasted so sweet…

When Clayton Campbell shows up on her doorstep, Olivia Swift is stunned. For long ago, Clayton was the boy who stole her heart. He’s also the man her betrayal had sent to the gallows.

A man she believed dead, now standing before her, looking leaner, harder, more powerful than ever, his haunted eyes filled with a lust she had never seen—for vengeance….

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14) Out March 26 *Book 1 of Cynster Sisters Duo*

And Then She Fell

Summary:

Set in Regency England, London’s Henrietta Cynster, known as “The Matchbreaker” has a special talent for making sure that bad marriages never happen. After breaking up one ill-suited couple, Henrietta is obligated to find the perfect bride for the debonair James Glossup. 

The assignment proves to be a challenging one for the single-minded Henrietta, who believes that finding love isn’t in her own stars. But Henrietta discovers—in spite of her personal denials of love—that both she and James are indisputably drawn to each other.

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15) Out March 26 *Re-issue*

The Emperor's New Clothes

Summary:

When con artist and actress Ophelia Kendrake and her sister visit the town of Dead End, she is mistaken for the Countess of Bridgewater, and sees an opportunity to fleece the community. But she’s stopped in her tracks when she meets Tyler, Dead End’s handsome mayor.

Tyler’s ambition is to buy a ranch and find a wife, until he spies Ophelia. As he becomes acquainted with the charming actress he falls in love—but there’s the question of trust. Tyler vows he will find Ophelia’s secret and teach her a lesson that love and integrity are what matters most.

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16) Out March 26 *2 in 1 Anthology*

As You Wish

Summary:

With This Kiss

Lady Grace Ryburn is in love with a dashing young lieutenant, Colin Barry, but she turns away, thinking that Colin is in love with her sister.

Should Colin throw propriety to the wind, imitate his pirate father, and simply take what he most desires?

Seduced By a Pirate

After years at sea, Sir Griffin Barry comes home to claim his wife. But is Phoebe his wife if their marriage was never consummated?

As an infamous pirate, Griffin claimed and kept gold and jewels . . . but this is one treasure that will not be so easy to capture.

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HAPPY MONTH OF READING! 😀

Sarah MacLean New Book Cover Revealed!

Ahh! Simply stunning! 😀

No Good Duke

And it’s now available for pre-order too!

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Summary:

In NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED, the mysterious Temple is at best an inveterate womanizer who ruined his father’s future duchess, and at worst, a cold-blooded killer who murdered his future stepmother. 

No one has seen Mara Lowe since she disappeared from her bedchamber on the morning of her wedding twelve years ago—leaving behind a drunken Temple. Despite vehement claims of innocence, Temple was exiled from society, stripped of his funds and left to survive on his own. 

He is the brawn behind the Fallen Angel club, and has given up on ever returning to society, until the missing Mara shows up and begs for his help.

RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 27, 2013

Can’t wait to hear more about this book! 😀

The Mysterious Historical Romance Virgin Hero

Sometimes, you can get tired of reading of all these dashing men who are, without fail, amazing in bed. Then every so often a book comes along where the hero isn’t what you expect. I personally love these heroes and find them more exciting then the rakes because they are so much rarer and really hard to get right.

You have to make sure that despite the hero’s inexperience, he is still undeniably masculine and everything a reader would desire in a romance hero. Secondly, make sure there’s a good reason for him still being a virgin. An older guy who just can’t laid is just sad and not swoon-worthy at all!

My reasons why Virgin Heroes make great heroes:

1) His first is also his last

The heroine is the first woman he gets bed and once he falls madly in love with her, she’ll be his only for life. Something extra romantic about that, exp for a man.

2) That great mix of masculinity and vulnerability

Most likely our hero won’t know what he’s doing in the sack and that sense of vulnerability is all the more attractive, especially if you have a very dominant, masculine hero who’s confident in everything else 😉

3) That extra sexual tension

Think about it: a guy who’s a virgin probably will try and resist giving it up to just anyone which makes for some great tension 😉 Yes he wants her so bad but won’t give in 😉 Plus all the awkwardness that comes with the first time.

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If you want to try some books with virgin heroes, here are my top recommendations:

1) Unclaimed by Courtney Milan

unclaimed

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What’s better than a hero who’s being chaste out of a sense of protecting women from becoming ruined and children from being born bastards? Pair him up with an honest courtesan trying to escape her old life… (by seducing him) and you have one steamy and delicious romance 😉

2) Untouched by Anna Campbell

Untouched

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A thoroughly delicious hero who has been trapped on an estate his whole life and proclaimed as insane meets a woman given to him as a sex slave. how long can he resist her? Only one way to find out!

3) The Dangerous Viscount by Miranda Neville

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A bookish, awkward virgin hero who becomes smoking hot over night thanks to a makeover from his friends and tries to win the love of his life. Definite streaks of vulnerability and masculinity all mixed together for a great read!

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Know of any other virgin hero romances? Share them below!

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Top Ten Historical Romance Authors

My Recommendations

Of course there are a host of other great authors I feel sorry I could not add here but these ten are the most read and most critically acclaimed. There is also a wide variety of authors with different styles to suit any reader.

1) Mary Balogh

Regency Romance

Mary Balogh

The person most commonly associated with historical romance mainly due to her more traditional style Regency romances and her witty, subdued style reminiscent of Jane Austen.

She’s been around since the 1980’s and continues to go strong wow-ing her large fanbase with her emotionally stirring, character-driven romances. She has several series to her name including the famous Slightly series and more recently the Huxtable series.

TRY IF YOU LIKE:

Less sexual romances, Jane Austen style conservative romances, and don’t mind romances with little action

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2) Sarah MacLean

Regency Romance

Sarah MacLean

New on the scene just 2 years ago, MacLean has already become one of  the genre’s leading stars-who can forget her phenomenal debut Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake?

MacLean has a unique fast paced style that draws the reader in and her romances take traditional plots and turn them on their heads; her romances always feel fresh.

TRY IF YOU LIKE:

Sensual, spicy, tension filled romances that are fast-paced and slightly nontraditional.

Read her reviews on this site

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3) Loretta Chase

Regency and Victorian Romance

Loretta Chase

Another historical romance veteran, Loretta has been entertaining readers with her quick witted heroes and heroines and her fast paced, sensual, slightly nontraditional plots. Her books are also brilliant because of all the historical facts and situations she bases her plots on.

TRY IF YOU LIKE:

Witty characters, lots of yummy sexual tension, and some proper history thrown in!

Read her reviews on this site

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4) Celeste Bradley

Regency Romance

Celeste Bradley

Celeste first burst on the scene with her debut novel Fallen which she wrote without having any previous writing practice! She had since then gone on to write 4 more series and is still going strong.

She offers something unusual in her writing style and has a way of drawing you in until you almost become the characters. I love her ability to create romances that are brimming with great sexual tension but realistically you can see how perfect they are for each other. She’s also wickedly funny and her humor hinges alot on the naughty.

Her Runaway Brides series is highly recommended.

TRY IF YOU LIKE:

Naughty and witty humor, emotionally charged romances, fast-paced reads, very nontraditional romances.

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5) Julia Quinn

Regency Romance

Julia Quinn

Another very well known name in historical romance-she is considered by many to be the modern day queen of Regency romances and a modern day Jane Austen, thanks to her clever and witty writing style. Not as traditional as Mary Balogh but not too risque either.

Best well known for her Bridgerton series which launched her into fame.

TRY IF YOU LIKE:

Jane Austen’s wit, funny, light frothy reads

Read her reviews on this site

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6) Eloisa James

Georgian and Regency Romance

Eloisa James

Another historical romance favourite, Eloisa James writes romance that are witty and funny just like Julia Quinn but slightly darker and more poignant. Her Georgian series Desperate Duchesses has won alot of awards and offers a great glimpse into this surprisingly naughty time. Her Fairy Tale adaptations are also highly recommended.

She also writes a great column monthly for Barnes and Noble reviewing new romances. Check that out here.

TRY IF YOU LIKE:

Witty, funny romances that touch you deeply emotionally

Read her reviews on this site

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7) Anna Campbell

Late Regency Romance

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If dark, tortured heroes are your thing, than Anna Campbell is for you. Known as the queen of ‘Regency Noir’ Anna writes dark, gloomy romances where the road to true love is never easy but it often ends up being the salvation of the romantic leads. Anna writes with such exquisite detail you can almost taste the air the characters are breathing!

Sensuality wise, her books are very steamy and erotic and are definitely not for the timid readers. Untouched and Captive of Sin are recommended.

TRY IF YOU LIKE:

More erotic romances, darker romances, lots of angst

Read her reviews on this site

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8) Anne Gracie

Regency Romance

Anne Gracie

Those who love romances where there is slow but tension filled development of romance between characters will love Anne Gracie’s deeply emotional books. She has the remarkable ability to take a classic romantic trope and give it a fresh twist with her lovable characters and her well developed romances. You can’t help but fall in love with their love story and there’s no better achievement for a romance writer.

Try the Devil Riders series-you won’t resist these dashing heroes!

TRY IF YOU LIKE:

Great emotional connection development between hero and heroine, subtly witty plots, well rounded realistic characters

Read her reviews on this site

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9) Delilah Marvelle

Late Regency Romance

Delilah Marvelle

I loved Delilah since her very first book was published years ago and she just keeps getting better! Delilah loves finding obscure interesting historical details and adding them into into her novels to make for fresh and sexy reads! Be warned, her books are very steamy and her characters are quite advanced in terms of sexual thinking 😉 She also has a wickedly funny sense of humor! But they are also wonderfully romantic and just have a way of drawing you into her world.

She also has a brilliant blog (A Bit O’ Muslin) on little known facts about sex throughout history, posted on the first day of every month. Learn the origins of the dildo, how the vibrator was invented, and how the clitoris was discovered. Lots of fun to read! Click here to view!

TRY IF YOU LIKE:

Discovering new historical facts, steamy reads

Read her reviews on this site

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10) Tessa Dare

Regency Romance

Tessa Dare

Similar in style to Julia Quinn, Tessa is another writer who writes funny, witty novels which are sure to put the reader in a great,warm mood and to liven up a gloomy afternoon. Her characters are so well rounded and her plots always sure to bring a chuckle or two. Don’t start one her books at night! They are so addictive you may read till morning!

And her three series are all highly recommended! Her funny, witty writing style is simply a joy to read!

TRY IF YOU LIKE:

Witty humor, funny plots, great tension

Read her reviews on this site

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Hope you enjoyed this list! Bear in mind there are load of other great authors out there to explore and I’ve just given a teaser of what you can expect to read in this brilliant genre! 😉

Other great names to research:

Courtney Milan

Julie Anne Long

Gaelen Foley

Katharine Ashe

Lorraine Heath

Elizabeth Hoyt

Stephanie Laurens

Sophia Nash

Maya Rodale

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Sneak Peek of Tessa Dare’s New Romance!

Who doesn’t love Tessa Dare and her great series about a secret place just for women in the world of Regency England? Her new book revolves around a rakish duke and a lowly serving girl he chooses to marry in order to spite his parents.

Book 4 in Spindle Cove series

Any Duchess Will Do

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Summary:

What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?

RELEASE DATE: MAY 28, 2013

And here’s a little teaser from the book itself to wet your appetite…

Link to The Ballroom Blog

Big apologies!

Sorry for not paying as much attention as I should to my blog–life has been very busy lately! Putting things in order for my new life in Perth and haven’t had time to sit down and blog. There are a lot of book reviews that will soon come out and expect some exciting new posts. Thanks for still looking me up and reading my blog! I love you all!

-Historical Romance Addicts

Published in: on February 18, 2013 at 12:34 AM  Comments (1)  
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