Review: A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Reviewed by Caitlin

I’m not sure who my favorite romance novelist is, but Meredith Duran is definitely top three. She writes novels that are so vivid, that make me think, and that seem so realistic even as they deal with subjects that don’t always pop up in other historical romances (the Mutiny of 1857 in India or a genuine reflection on the lower classes of London.) She’s a page turner. I can’t ever put her down.

And this might be my favorite of all her novels.

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Review: At His Lady’s Command by Nicola Davidson

Reviewed by Caitlin

I have been waiting for the story of the 38-year-old sexually-experienced domme and her very muscular, very masculine submissive lover. Life got in the way a bit – new job, moved to a new place, etc – but when I finally had time to sit down and read this novella, I was thrilled to find it was worth the wait.

Lady Portia Butler is the founder of the Surrey Sexual Freedom Society (or Surrey SFS) and has enjoyed a life of relative freedom for a women in the Regency era. But her brother has the title now, and he is not nearly as open-minded about a woman’s place in Society as their father was. He insists she marry a peer or lose her income. And she will most definitely lose her bodyguard, Captain Randall Denham.

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Review: The Infamous Duchess by Sophie Barnes

Reviewed by Jen

This is the fourth book in Sophie Barnes’ Diamonds in the Rough series and it centers on Viola Cartright, the mysterious patroness of St. Agatha’s hospital. Though we have met her several times over the course of the series, if you jump in here, you will be fine reading this as a standalone.

Viola is a young widow trying to keep a low profile. The ton kind of gives her the side-eye because she married a man old enough to be her father, or maybe even her grandfather, and he left her everything when he died the very next day. All she wants to do is run her hospital and make a difference, but when her grown son-in-law comes home and wants to fight her for his father’s fortune, everything starts to fall apart.

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Review: A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant

Reviewed by Caitlin

Martha Russell is nearly 21 years old and recently widowed. Intelligent, practical, and virtuous, Martha finds her late husband has spent most of her funds on alcohol. Worse, his heir is a degenerate who has a reputation for raping the women on staff. Martha may be pious, but she is also moral – she’ll do whatever it takes to keep the women under her employ safe.

Theophilus Mirkwood, heir to a baronetcy, has been a carefree rake for most of his 26 years. He’s a good man who is a little too prone to affection, but he has never taken anything seriously. His father sends him to Sussex as a last resort, so Theo can learn to settle down a bit. When Martha realizes she needs to conceive another heir, she offers Theo money to essentially be a stud. Sex every day for a month in the hopes they conceive.

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Review: Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve really struggled with how to write this review. Embarrassingly, this is my first read from Beverly Jenkins, who is a much beloved and prolific author of African-American romance. And I absolutely love how she has created such a wide backlist of love stories, all focused on men and women of color.

It is awesome to see such an underrepresented culture explored in historical romance. Specifically, this book takes us to California in the late 1800s. The heroine, Maria, is a light-skinned black woman who is escaping a terrible life and abusive mother in Philadelphia. The hero is a black man who runs a successful ranch with his Spanish stepmother. The book is filled with fascinating tidbits of information about historical figures and I really got a taste of what life was like in the California of this time.

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Review: Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan

Reviewed by Olive

Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure, a novella in Milan’s Worth Saga series, tells the story of the seventy-three years young widow Bertrice Martin, the bad behaviour of her Terrible Nephew, and how she finally decided to do something about it & him. She’s inspired to take action by Violetta Beauchamps, the manager of the boarding house where Terrible Nephew has his rooms.

Violetta is looking for a little boost to her financials, now that she’s been forcibly retired, and she’s not above a little fraud to get it. Cut off without her promised pension, exhausted at the idea of looking for more work at sixty-nine, and fed up with the Terrible Nephew and the two years of arrears he owes, she’s determined to get the needed funds from Mrs. Martin.

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Review: Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

Reviewed by Sara

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I love Historical Romances. The majority of the Historicals I read and have read are set in Western Europe. In the past, I’ve found North American Historicals, which, let’s be honest, are more often than not Westerns, to be problematic or even a complete whitewash of history, emphasis on the “white.” However, when I saw a sale on the much esteemed Beverly Jenkins’  highly praised novel Tempest, it seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.

This the third book in Jenkins’ Old West Series, follows Regan Carmichael as she arrives in Wyoming Territory to be the mail order bride to town doctor and widower Colton Lee. Regan is excited for an opportunity for adventure as much as she is the prospect of marriage and family. However, her first first impression leaves something to be desired. Thinking Dr. Lee is a bandit, her first interaction with the doctor comes through the barrel of her Winchester in the form of a bullet to the shoulder.

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Review: Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

Reviewed by Sara

Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite Historical Romance authors. I’m a huge fan of her Wallflower series and have also enjoyed her Ravenels series. Now she’s combining them and I am thrilled beyond belief.

Phoebe, Lady Clare is the daughter of notorious (former) rake Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent and Evangeline (Evie) Jenner (the heroes of Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Winter). She was raised in a house full of love and affection and found her husband at a young age in her best-friend, Henry. When Henry dies of a lifelong illness, she is left alone with her two young sons and a lifetime of memories. One of these memories is of the extreme bullying that Henry endured as a child away at boarding school at the hands of West Ravenel.

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Review: An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Jen

Wow. What an engrossing and powerful book. This is the third installment in Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League series, but the first for me. And it holds up completely as a standalone.

If you’ve read even a handful of my reviews, you know I am a sucker for a tortured hero, and my gosh, Daniel Cumberland is certainly tortured. He was a black man born free who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. He spent months being subjugated and abused, until the day he was rescued and delivered to the Loyal League. Their mission: to help take down the Confederacy. Daniel joins their cause, but he does it more for vengeance then altruism.

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Review: The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath

Reviewed by Jen

This latest installment in Lorraine Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series was such a hit for me. It was full of angst and heartbreak and I could not help but root for this couple to reconcile, from the beginning of the book to the end.

This is a second chance at love story, centering on Finn Trewlove and Lady Lavinia Kent. Lavinia was the woman who was supposed to marry the hero of the last book, but ran away before they could tie the knot. She bailed because she saw Finn at his brother’s wedding, and it reminded her of how it felt to have a relationship based on love rather than duty.

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