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The Trouser Game

The Trouser Game is an enjoyable romp with plenty of clever banter between the hero and heroine. The premise of the story is fresh, with a New Woman heroine who has just returned to England from university studies in the United States. Unbe...

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A Curious Beginning - A Veronica Speedwell Mystery, #1

In A CURIOUS BEGINNING, Deanna Raybourn gives readers Veronica Speedwell, one of the most engaging and intriguing characters I’ve met in a book in a long time. She’s fiercely independent, as competent in her profession of international butt...

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Generous Fire

It is a naughty and thoroughly pleasurable experience to watch proper Latin teacher Miss Caroline Tisdale come undone and give into her secret attraction to her equally repressed headmaster Mr. Topper in Olivia Waite's erotic novella Genero...

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The Secret Life of Anna Blanc

Jennifer Kincheloe’s THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC is a wonderful debut historical mystery with an amateur sleuth protagonist who is completely unforgettable. Anna is a rebellious turn of the century woman who will appeal to the modern read...

4 Stars

Lady Bridget's Diary - Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #1

When Lady Bridget Cavendish’s brother inherits a dukedom, her family must leave their beloved American home and learn to navigate the daunting rules of London society. She’s determined to pull it off with aplomb, but with Bridget, nothing g...

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An Improper Arrangement - The Little Season

AN IMPROPER ARRANGMENT is the first Kasey Michaels book I’ve read, and I was immediately impressed by her enormous talent for dialogue and humor. This novel moves quickly because of the dialogue, and it’s not just that the characters talk a...

4 Stars

The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn - Order of the M.U.S.E.

Mia Marlowe’s THE LOST SOUL OF LORD BADEWYN is a completely unique and enchanting historical romance with plentiful paranormal elements. Though I usually read traditional historical romance, my favorite parts of this novel were all the bits...

4 Stars

White Colander Crime - A Vintage Kitchen Mystery, #5

Victoria Hamilton’s WHITE COLANDER CRIME is a thoroughly enjoyable contemporary cozy mystery. It’s the fifth entry in the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. I haven’t read the others, but I felt the novel worked fine on its own. This one had a...

4 Stars

In Search of Scandal - London Explorers, #1

I simply adored Susanne Lord’s IN SEARCH OF SCANDAL. To say her writing is fresh feels like too trite a description. Her voice is more than fresh. Lord’s characters come alive on the page. They are funny, complicated, flawed, and utterly ch...

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Floral Depravity - A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery, #3

When Audrey Bloom is commissioned to provide flowers for a medieval-themed wedding, she finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery when the father of the groom drops dead. With her knowledge of plants, she quickly identifies the murder wea...

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Murder, Plainly Read - An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery, #4

When Ohio quilt shop owner Angie Braddock agrees to help with her local library’s annual book sale, she ends up working alongside outspoken librarian, Austina Shaker. After an Amish bishop who clashed with Austina ends up dead, Angie search...

4 Stars

In the Dark Places - Inspector Banks Novels, #22

When two young men disappear, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his fellow investigators struggle to untangle a variety of clues, find connections between multiple crimes, and shine a light on dark mysteries in rural North Yorkshire,...

4 Stars

A Talent for Trickery - The Thief-takers, #1

A TALENT FOR TRICKERY took me completely by surprise. I knew I'd enjoy the Victorian era setting, and the book's description sounded intriguing, but Alissa Johnson's fresh, fun, and utterly enchanting writing style has converted me into a f...

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In Like Flynn - Molly Murphy Mysteries, #4

Rhys Bowen’s IN LIKE FLYNN is the fourth in her Molly Murphy mystery series, and it reaffirmed to me why this series has become so well loved. Molly is a fun character—smart, plain speaking, bold, and unflappable. It would be enjoyable to f...

4 Stars

What Happens Under the Mistletoe

WHAT HAPPENS UNDER THE MISTLETOE, a collection of holiday-themed historical romance stories, is like a gift-wrapped confection. The four bite-sized novellas are written by some of the most talented authors writing historical romance today....

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  • Authors: Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp, Meredith Duran
  • Review by: Christy Carlyle
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Collections & Anthologies, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: Pocket Books

Luck Be a Lady - Rules for the Reckless, #4

Meredith Duran writes books that stick in my head long after I’ve closed the covers or turned off my e-reader. Now, after just finishing LUCK BE A LADY, Nick and Catherine, who he lovingly calls Kitty, are still fresh in my mind, and I only...

5 Stars

A Gilded Grave - Newport Gilded Age, #1

Shelley Freydont’s A GILDED GRAVE is one of my favorite historical mysteries of 2015. In Deanna Randolph, Freydont gives readers a youthful, intriguing heroine and amateur sleuth, but, for me, her setting of Gilded Age Newport, playground f...

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Some Like it Scot - Scandalous Highlanders, #4

SOME LIKE IT SCOT is the fourth in Suzanne Enoch’s Scandalous Highlanders series, and features one of the most likable heroes in the series. Sexy Munro “Bear” MacLawry may have earned his nickname because of his size, but he’s also one of t...

4 Stars

Her Protector's Pleasure - Mayhem in Mayfair #3

There were so many things to love about Grace Callaway's HER PROTECTOR'S PLEASURE. I always enjoy historical romance that features characters from diverse backgrounds, not just the usual aristocrats. In this story, Callaway mixes it up, fea...

4 Stars

Highlander Undone

In HIGHLANDER UNDONE, Connie Brockway proves her mastery in the historical romance genre. In just a few paragraphs, she had me emotionally invested in the story and brought the Victorian era to life. She wields words the way an artist wield...

4 Stars

Must Love Chainmail - Must Love #2

I loved Angela Quarles’s MUST LOVE BREECHES, and in this follow-up time travel romance, MUST LOVE CHAINMAIL, she doesn’t disappoint. In fact, I think she’s upped the ante. While Regency England is fairly familiar territory for historical ro...

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A Study in Death - A Lady Darby Mystery

A STUDY IN DEATH is the first of Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby mysteries I’ve read, and now I cannot wait to get my hands on the first three books in the series. A STUDY IN DEATH is everything I crave in a historical mystery. It features an i...

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The Likelihood of Lucy - Regency Reformers

Jenny Holiday’s THE LIKLIEHOOD OF LUCY is an engaging historical romance with a wonderfully atypical hero and heroine, and an intriguing suspense subplot that kept me eagerly turning the pages until the end. To be honest, the first mention...

4 Stars

Bodice of Evidence - Perfect Proposals Mystery, #2

It seems odd to call a book with a murder mystery at its center a fun and amusing read, but that’s exactly what Nancy J. Parra’s BODICE OF EVIDENCE is, and it’s exactly why the book succeeds so well as a cozy mystery. Although a murder kick...

4 Stars

Lady Be Good - Rules for the Reckless, #3

Meredith Duran is the kind of writer I like to suggest to friends who are willing to give historical romance a try and ask for recommendations. Her writing is bold and complex, completely enthralling, and she creates such dynamic characters...

5 Stars

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid - A Scandalous Highlanders Novel, #3

Suzanne Enoch has one of the most engaging voices in historical romance. Her stories flow so easily that I lose track of time and don’t want to put her books down. MAD, BAD, AND DANGEROUS IN PLAID is a charming, lovable story of a childhood...

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Passionately Yours - The Hellions of High Street, #3

Cara Elliott’s PASSIONATELY YOURS is a fun, sweet Regency romance with a feisty, lovable heroine and sexy hero with secrets and past wounds aplenty. I enjoyed that Elliott was able to strike a balance between aspects of traditional Regency...

4 Stars

Sweet Disorder - Lively St. Lemeston, #1

Rose Lerner's SWEET DISORDER is the best historical romance I've read this year. In fact, it's the best historical romance I've read in a long while. From the fresh plot, to the jump-off-page complex characters, to Lerner's skillful handlin...

5 Stars

Kiss the Earl - Geek Girls, #3

Gina Lamm’s KISS THE EARL is a fresh and fun time travel romance. Lamm writes with a contemporary voice, which makes her present-day heroine, Ella Briley, extremely relatable, though it also infuses the historical-set scenes in the book wit...

4 Stars

Mistletoe Menage

Molly Ann Wishdale's MISTLETOE MENAGE is a well-written erotic historical romance that did a great job of transporting me to Regency England and introducing me to an interesting trio of characters—the wealthy widow, Anne Blackburn, artist G...

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A Noble Dilemma

A Noble Dilemma by Susanne Marie Knight is a traditional Regency with a sweet romance and some interesting historical details. In the story, a young woman, Bethany Branston, who has experienced little in the Northumberland village where she...

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It Started With a Scandal - Pennyroyal Green Series, #10

It Started With a Scandal by Julie Anne Long is another story in her always delightful Pennyroyal Green series, though the novel can certainly stand on its own. This novel was one of the best historical romances I’ve read so far this year....

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An Appetite for Violets

Martine Bailey’s AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS is a fascinating and enjoyable literary adventure that involves mystery, passion, and culinary details that make the story even richer. Though the novel features a colorful cast of characters and the...

4 Stars

A Fine Summer's Day - Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries, #17

Charles Todd's A FINE SUMMER'S DAY has a cinematic quality that made me wish I could see it as a historical mystery film or television series. Todd's writing is so adept that it was easy to envision the places and characters he describes, e...

4 Stars

What a Devilish Duke Desires - The Sinful Scoundrels, #3

Vicky Dreiling's WHAT A DEVILISH DUKE DESIRES is a fun, fresh Regency historical romance with a heroine who managed to take me by surprise. Lucy Longmore isn't the usual Regency romance heroine. She must work for a living to support herself...

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A Woman Unknown - A Kate Shackleton Mystery, #4

Frances Brody's A WOMAN UNKNOWN is an enjoyable and complexly plotted mystery that I especially enjoyed for its fantastic post-WWI era setting. The plot involved a long list of characters, and at times the tension waned, but overall I enjoy...

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How to Beguile a Duke

Ally Broadfield's HOW TO BEGUILE A DUKE features an extremely likable hero and heroine, and a plot that forces the two to work together. I enjoy stories like this one that draw the opposing couple together as a reluctant team, forcing them...

4 Stars

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

I knew within the first few pages of the first chapter of THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY that this—Julia Quinn’s 24th romance novel—was going to be something special. She pulled me in with her signature humor, her quirky and lovable c...

5 Stars

Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat - A Conan Flagg Mystery

Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat was originally written in the early 1970s and so the story and plot have an appealing vintage vibe. I also have to admit to being lured by the notion of a cat as a character or at least a sidekick to the sleuth...

3 Stars

I, Claudia - A Claudia Seferius Mystery, #1

Marilyn Todd's I, CLAUDIA is an enjoyable mystery read that transported me to ancient Rome and introduced fascinating, unusual main characters that sometimes left me with mixed feelings, yet always intrigued me. I loved the details about Ro...

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The Millionaire Rogue - The Hope Diamond Trilogy, #2

The best part about Jessica Peterson's THE MILLIONAIRE ROGUE for a lover of historical romance is that it's based in part on a real historical object—the infamous Hope Diamond, the enormous blue diamond some believe carries a deadly curse....

4 Stars

I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm - The Lords of Worth, #1

Kelly Bowen's I'VE GOT MY DUKE TO KEEP ME WARM is a delightful historical romance with compelling, clever characters and plenty of conflict to keep the story rushing along. The dialogue between the hero and heroine, Gisele and Jamie, is cri...

4 Stars

The Love Match - Sisters of Scandal, #3

Wow! This is my first Lily Maxton read, but it most definitely won't be my last. Engaging, funny, sweet, and so so readable. I love shorter reads and I could not put this one down until I had enjoyed every single moment of William and Olivi...

5 Stars

His Wicked Seduction - League of Rogues, #2

Lauren Smith's His Wicked Seduction is an enjoyable historical romance, particularly for those who love the Regency era, rakes who believe they can't be redeemed, and the allure of a longtime affection that finally gets a chance to bloom. S...

4 Stars

A Rake by Any Other Name

A Rake by Any Other Name is the first Mia Marlowe historical romance I have ever read, but it certainly won't be the last. This one's a keeper! Marlowe writes with a unique voice and I particularly loved that she featured the point of view...

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Vertigo 42 - A Richard Jury Mystery

You know you've found an author of extraordinary skill and talent when you still hear their characters’ voices in your head long after you've put one of their books down. Martha Grimes is one of those authors. Her characters don’t just come...

5 Stars

Harbor Island - Sharpe & Donovan

Carla Neggers writes top notch romantic suspense, and Harbor Island is no exception. The story is intense, ratcheting the tension from the very first page, and the characters, though well established in this installment of the Sharpe & Dono...

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Marked Down for Murder - Good Buy Girls Mystery #4

Marked Down for Murder by Josie Belle is an enjoyable cozy mystery with a likable cast of characters. The mystery kept me guessing, but it also added a unique twist of complication to the plot. The fact that the woman accused of murder is s...

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Must Love Breeches - Must Love, #1

Angela Quarles's Must Love Breeches is clever, original, and so good that you want more as soon as you put it down. It's a delicious mash up with something for time travel romance lovers, Jane Austen devotees, and those who simply enjoy a f...

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The Duplicitous Debutante - Cotillion Ball, #6

Becky Lower's The Duplicitous Debutante is an enjoyable historical romance, with a writer heroine and a forward-thinking (for the time period) hero. Lower has an exceptional voice for historical romance, layering in colorful historical deta...

4 Stars

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