I love a good forbidden romance, especially one where the hero is far beneath the heroine in social standing. And this is a good… forbidden… romance. Lady Rose is sister to the Duke of Huntford. Charles is the stable master. Their relationship started as an innocent friendship, but their feelings grew to something more. They never acted on their attraction, but it was, no doubt, the reason Charles left suddenly one day, without saying a word. [Read more…]
The younger sister in love with her brother’s best friend is a popular trope in historical romance, and while this one doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, I did find it to be an engaging and entertaining read. It plays out much how you would expect, but I enjoyed the journey, thanks primarily to the fact that Anne Barton crafted two very likeable leads and set up a romance between them that was easy to root for. [Read more…]
This Regency novel has a great hook: Ben, the Earl of Foxburn, meets a woman at a dinner party and recognizes that she is the model for a semi-nude, highly inappropriate portrait that is hanging in his study. Daphne posed for two such paintings a few years ago at the request of an artist friend, and her income paid for rent and medicine for her ailing mother. In the previous book (which I haven’t read), Daphne’s sister married a Duke, and so now Daphne is thrust into high society.
Ben doesn’t waste any time confronting Daphne because he believes that she is a harlot and would be ill-suited to marry his friend. Daphne agrees to back off if Ben agrees to help her track down the other painting and destroy it before her reputation is ruined. [Read more…]