Displaying items by tag: historical
Thursday, 15 September 2011 14:23
“Lord and Lady Spy” by Shana Galen (historical, Sourcebooks, September 2011, $6.99, 384pp)
The spy theme seems to permeate historical romances these days. While I’m not over this theme, I am careful about reading these books. Yet, I was quite intrigued by Shana Galen’s take on this subject when I read the description of “Lord and Lady Spy.” Two married spies who are unaware of their spouse’s activities? I jumped at the chance to get a review copy. And did it live up to my lofty expectations? Absolutely! Galen crafts a wonderfully tender romance filled with emotional angst and lots of spy-type action and adventure.
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 19:42
“Never Been Bit” by Lydia Dare (paranormal, historical, Sourcebooks, September 2011, $7.99, 384pp)
Finally, it is time for Sir Alec MacQuarrie to get his happily ever after in Lydia Dare’s vampyre/Lycan series. Over the course of several books, Alec has watched the woman he loved marry a Lycan, been betrayed by his best friend and been mortally wounded – to then be turned into a vampyre. His transformation sent him down a dark path filled with blood lust, depravity and self-hatred. He is only brought out of his self-pitying fog when he runs across the witch, Sorcha Ferguson, who seems determined to ruin her life by tying herself to one of the hated Lycans for the rest of her life.
Monday, 05 September 2011 09:13
"A Night to Surrender" by Tessa Dare (historical, Avon, September 2011, $7.99, 400pp)
"A Night to Surrender" is part of Avon K.I.S.S. and Teal campaign for National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Avon is donating 25 cents for each book sold (up to $25,000).
Welcome to Spindle Cove, the setting of Tessa Dare's new historical romance series. Spindle Cove is a unique, small community whose population is predominately female – enough so that the community is often referred to as Spinsters Cove. When a militia comes to town, it sets the scene for a fun and light-hearted battle of the sexes.
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 18:07
“Romancing the Countess” by Ashley March (historical, Signet Eclipse, September 2011, $7.99, 320pp)
“Romancing the Countess” is Ashley March’s second book following last years’ debut, “Seducing the Duchess.” In both books, March pits her heroes and heroines against each other ratcheting up the sexual tension and the emotional conflict to deliver books worth reading. March ups the ante this time around with a story that truly captured my imagination.
Sunday, 28 August 2011 13:53
“Ripe for Scandal” by Isobel Carr (historical, Grand Central, September 2011, $7.99, 352pp) (2nd book in League of Second Sons’ series): Lady Boudicea “Beau” Vaughn is the youngest daughter of a powerful English duke. She lusts after her brother’s friend Gareth Sandison. The problem is that Gareth is a younger son, one that isn’t supposed to weaken his family’s coffers my marrying. But fate and Beau force his hand with a very public scandal when Beau is kidnapped.
Gareth happens upon Beau after a humiliated and defeated ex-suitor grabs her in order to force her ruination. Realizing that her reputation is beyond repair and that her family will be exasperated by her latest escapade, whether it is her fault or not, Beau convinces Gareth that they should marry. Rather than head home after Beau escapes the kidnapper, the two head for Scotland to elope. Of course, Beau’s family does catch up with them first, endangering their plans.
Thursday, 25 August 2011 17:50
“In Bed with the Highlander” by Maya Banks (historical, Ballantine, September 2011, $7.99, 368pp)
I was only a couple of pages into “In Bed with the Highlander” before I knew that I was reading a book that was destined to become one of my all-time favorites. The strange part is that my ARC of it had been sitting around for a while, and I wasn’t sure about whether or not I would read it. Maya Banks has been one of my favorite authors for years, but that opinion was based upon her contemporaries, erotic contemporaries and romantic suspense stories. I was unsure about her switch to historical romance. When a copy of the second book in the trilogy arrived on my doorstop, I went and found my copy of “In Bed with a Highlander” figuring that I needed to give Banks the benefit of the doubt.
Thursday, 11 August 2011 19:24
“The Many Sins of Lord Cameron” by Jennifer Ashley (historical, Berkley, August 2011, $7.99, 320pp)
Jennifer Ashley continues her Mackenzie brothers’ series with “The Many Sins of Lord Cameron,” the third installment. The story features the crafty Ainsley Douglas, who is at the beck and call of the queen often being called upon to solve difficult problems for the royal, and Cameron Mackenzie, a hardened and bitter rake extraordinaire. We first meet Ainsley when she searches Cameron’s bedroom for an incriminating letter the queen once wrote to a lover, which was stolen by Mrs. Phyllida Chase. Ainsley happened to see Mrs. Chase slip the letter into Cam’s pocket for safekeeping. But Ainsley’s search is interrupted by Cameon, and the sly Mrs. Chase, when the amorous couple seeks Cam’s bedchamber for some privacy.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 19:50
“Romancing Lady Cecily” by Ashley March (historical, Signet eSpecial, August 2011, $2.99, 15,000 words): Lady Cecily Bishop is just your average London debutante, enjoying her season until her arranged marriage takes place - to a man whose identity is kept secret from her. Her betrothed invested in her father’s business venture in order to gain Cecily as his wife, but demanded she not be told his name. While the unknown man has been pushing back the wedding for the past two years, another man, Baron Sedgwick used that time to seduce our heroine. Ok, so maybe Cecily isn’t really a typical debutante.
Monday, 08 August 2011 20:15
“The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie” by Jennifer Ashley (historical, Berkley, August 2011 (reprint), $7.99, 336pp)
Lord Ian Mackenzie was born different – and no one really understood him. As a child, he had uncontrollable rages, problems with language, and he tended to get distracted easily. When Ian witnessed his father kill his mother, he was immediately confined to an asylum where he was subjected to unspeakable tortures that were disguised as treatments. Fortunately, his older brother was able to free Ian when their father died. Yet, the stigma of madness remained.
Sunday, 07 August 2011 19:45
“Confessions of an Improper Bride” by Jennifer Haymore (historical, Grand Central, August 2011, $7.99, 384pp): Ruined, devastated by the loss of her identical twin sister and facing poverty, Serena Donovan agrees to travel from her home in the West Indies to London posing as her deceased sister Meg and marry the man that Meg loved. But London, the place of her ruination, is the home of Jonathan Dane, now Earl of Stratford, the man who repudiated Serena after being caught in a compromising position with her at a London ball.
A younger Jonathan Dane caved to pressure from his older brother and father regarding the lower-born Serena. However, when told of Serena’s death (Serena’s mother told everyone that it was her ruined daughter who died rather than Meg), Jonathan was devastated and turned to a life of dissipation. When he unexpectedly inherited the title, he swore never to marry and tried to gamble the family's fortune away. But the man Meg loved, Captain Langley, helped pull Jonathan back to the land of the living.