A gorgeous but impoverished lady and a scandalous earl meet at a ball where a theft of the French Bleu Diamond (formerly part of the French Crown Jewels) occurs. He must protect her but when the game becomes dangerous how will they protect their hearts as well as their lives?
If one were to judge by the number of books of this type, it is an apparently common fantasy to awaken in Jane Austen’s time in a story like one of her novels. Would that work for you? Lack of bathrooms, ready to wear and body odor would do me in. What about you?
by fangswandsfairy • Book Review Fiction, Historical Romance • Tags: arranged marriage, Avon, Candover, Duke, George IV of the United Kingdom, HarperCollins, heirs, Marriage, Prince Regent, Prinny, Regency Romance, Royal Entourage, Sophia Nash
The Prince of Wales needs his entourage to get married to quell disquiet amongst his subjects over their unruly and extravagant behavior. Prinny knows best, right? Which Duke should marry which lady? Only Prinny knows.
by fangswandsfairy • Book Review Fiction, Historical Romance • Tags: based on a play, diplomacy, entail, estate, Foreign Office, Gambling Hell, intelligence, Lady Windermere, Lady Windermere's Fan, London, Miranda Neville, Oscar Wilde, philanthropy, Politics, Spittafields, Wilde, Windermere
A diplomat returns to London to discover what looks like a tryst between his wife and his former friend. He married her for financial reasons but now finds her much more interesting. She has some big secrets too and is not the girl he left behind; she is more sophisticated.
by fangswandsfairy • 2014 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, Book Review Fiction, Historical Romance • Tags: Avon, Brides of Redemption, Chaperone, Duke, Gayle Callen, guilt, HarperCollins, India, London, Protector, Raj, Third Son, Victorian Period, women's rights
As the third son, Adam Chamberlin never thought he would inherit his father’s title but he did. Faith never thought she would find a better lot in life and had accepted her own. His feelings of guilt bring them together but will his arrogance keep them apart?
by fangswandsfairy • Book Review Fiction, Historical Romance • Tags: Africa, Avon, crimes against women, England, exploration, HarperCollins, Laura Lee Guhrke, London, missionaries, Savoy Hotel, science, Scientific method, Victorian era
Suffering from trauma and subsequent ruination Edie goes to England to find a husband, hoping to find one who will look past her ruin to her deep purse. And, she needs to find a man who will make no demands on her as a wife. Stuart needs a wife who can solve all his financial problems and who won’t mind him spending most of his time exploring Africa. When he is forced to return home and wants a real marriage can the marriage of convenience become a love match?
by fangswandsfairy • 2014 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, Book Review Fiction, Historical Romance • Tags: aristocracy, Avon, collaboration, Count, Duke, Earl, eligible, HarperCollins, Horses, house party, Lady, Lord, Marriage, matchmaker, officer, Regency, Season, the ton
I just love the Regency house party. Where house parties set in the Edwardian period are almost always murder mysteries, the Regency house party novel is a frothy chance for mischief and matchmaking.
Every girl wonders whether the boy who wants her first kiss REALLY loves her. When her entire life, her chance for love depends on judging whether it’s true or if he loves her Pounds Sterling, Grace needs a little more than pretty words and bouquets.
by fangswandsfairy • Book Review Fiction, Historical Romance • Tags: Accidental Duchess, blackmail, Cards, Duke, Fairbourne Quartet, French, Gaming, Georgian, Jove, Madeline Hunter, Penguin, the ton, treason
A young woman of means is blackmailed via an adolescent experiment. If compromised she could be ruined and only one man can save her as she struggles to solve the problem on her own through her uncanny luck at the gaming tables.
Princess Luisa loses her husband, her father and her crown and is forced to hide incognito from the revolutionaries who would finish off her family. Can her uncle and his espionage colleagues save the day when so many have betrayed them?
Isabelle runs away on a quest to save her family from a mysterious threat but must be rescued by Gervase, a French Duke. Which of them will save the other from the traumatic plots that await them?
by fangswandsfairy • Book Review Fiction, Historical Romance • Tags: Avon, Britain, dowry, gentleman, HarperCollins, JANE EYRE, mental illness, merchant, Napoleon, nobility, nouveau riche, Sebastian, Sebastian Vane, Spain, war wounds
A wounded veteran, nearly bankrupt and with the specter of scandal hanging about, meets his beautiful, independent neighbor. Romance and an ancient folly on the property make a heck of a romance!
When her father loses all their money Suzette decides to sacrifice herself on the altar of marriage but all is, as usual, not as it seems and hijinks ensue.
A fugitive Highland Warrior and a Young Widow are enemies but have to learn to trust each other when survival is at stake.
by fangswandsfairy • Book Review Fiction, Historical Romance • Tags: Addiction, aristocracy, British, England, English, Fenian, hunger, Ireland, Irish, Irish diaspora, mental illness, Potato Famine, Saint Patrick, Victorian, Victorian era
An addicted British aristocrat is treated by an Irish nurse, a lady herself, with her own troubles. They both discover themselves as they find each other. Looks at addiction, the potato famine and the complicated relationship between the Irish and the British.