Historical Romance Posts

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

13424032by: Sarah MacLean
Pages: 373
Published: January 29th 2013 by Avon
ISBN: 9780062068538
From Goodreads: Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she’s never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London’s most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.

Like any good scientist, Pippa’s done her research and Cross’s reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion—the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it’s more than tempting . . . and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts—and giving the lady precisely what she wants.

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If you know my reading style, you’ll know that I always bite off a little more than I can chew and go crazy when I find a new list of books. I always want to read them all. I found a list of the best historical romance authors out there and added them all to by TBR list. I had read the first book in this series as part of an internship I did. Sarah MacLean’s agent was who I was working with, so I figured I’d read one of her books. I remember loving it and not being able to put it down. Historical romances are like chocolate to me. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally pick this one up, but I’m so glad I finally did. I was immediately drawn in by the idea of this book, a lady wanting to find out the details of what happens between a man and a woman before she takes her vows. She’s a scientist with a curious mind and is looking at it as a science experiment. She picks the owner of a notorious gaming establishment, which is somewhere no lady should find herself. This premise was so cute to me and I loved watching all of the mayhem unfold. Sarah MacLean is a wonderful and witty author. If you’re looking for a fun historical romance to sink your teeth into, then I’d recommend this. The first book in the series was just as much fun, but you aren’t missing anything really if you start here. You’ll be able to follow along just fine. 🙂

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Reading the free books I get on my Kindle #1

19175629The Trouble with Being Wicked
by: Emma Locke
Pages: 326
Published: December 9th 2012 by Intrepid Reads
From Goodreads: HE PUT HER ON A PEDESTAL
When Celeste Gray arrives in the sleepy village of Brixcombe-on-the-Bay, she thinks she’s one step closer to leaving her notorious past behind. She even suspects the deliciously handsome—if somewhat stuffy—viscount next door is developing a tendre for her. That is, until the day Ashlin Lancester learns she’s not the unassuming spinster she’s pretending to be.

NOW SHE HAS FARTHER TO FALL
After a decade of proving he is nothing like his profligate father, Ash is horrified to have given his heart to a Cyprian. He launches a campaign to prove his attraction is nothing more than a sordid reaction he can’t control. But he soon learns that unlike his father, he can’t find comfort in the arms of just any woman. He needs Celeste. When he takes her as his mistress, he’s still not satisfied, and the many late nights in her arms only make him want more…

So every once in a while I go on a mini shopping spree of free books from Kindle. This is the first book I decided to read from one of those sprees and I was pleasantly surprised. I’m never sure what I’m going to get from free books. I love a good historical romance, especially one where the heroine isn’t your standard lady of the ton that follows the rules. Celeste is tough and a ton of fun. She’s strong in the face of a man who isn’t sure how to handle her. Maybe I love heroines so much like that because in an ideal world I would be that awesome. This was a great book to help me escape from the real world around me. Ashlin was a pretty good hero. I can’t say he was my favorite book boyfriend. He was a little bit too goody goody and had more trouble adapting and accepting the situation in front of him than I would have liked, but I guess maybe if he’d accepted too easily there wouldn’t be as much of a story. Regardless of that I thought this book was a ton of fun and a great free read. If you’re a historical romance fan like me, I’d recommend picking this up! I even picked up the next couple. I was willing to spend money to spend more time in this world so that should tell you how much I enjoyed this book!

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The Unlikely Lady

22929513Pages: 352

Published: May 5th, 2015 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781250042095

From Goodreads: Miss Jane Lowndes is a confirmed bluestocking. She’s convinced that if she can wait out her parents’ demand that she marry, someday she can be a confirmed spinster and hold intellectual salons, her fondest dream. No man wants a bluestocking for a wife, after all. And that’s exactly the way Jane likes it. In fact, she’s invented a fictitious chaperone to help her achieve that purpose.

Lord Garrett Upton is a devil-may-care confirmed bachelor. He’s lived through the war, and now that he’s back in London, he intends to enjoy life to the fullest. Marriage is certainly not a part of that plan. He’s known Miss Lowndes for years, and the two of them have long engaged in a war of words. Jane’s latest scheme to pretend she has a fake chaperone is none of his business . . . until her desire to involve herself in a scandal becomes all too personal.

When Garrett and Jane mistakenly kiss at a wedding party masquerade, their well-documented dislike for each other is turned on its ear. And when a devious widow, who will stop at nothing to have Garrett, plots to keep them apart, will their desire for each other overcome their dreams of remaining unattached?

 

I got this book from the author in exchange for an early review and let me just say…. wow! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world! This book exceeded my expectations and they were already pretty high. Jane is definitely someone I would want to be or at least be best friends with. I don’t want to be a spinster, but I definitely agree with her about books being the best company. Also, can I just say that Garrett is my favorite hero of all time? He really is. I don’t want to give too much away with this review, but let me just say if you’re a die hard bookworm like I am, you’re going to adore him as well. He’s dreamy and wonderful and everything we could hope for in a guy.

I read the first two books in this series and I absolutely loved them! I loved this one even more! This one was definitely my favorite. So if you’ve read the first two, you’ll want to pick this one up in May because it’s everything you’ve loved about the first two and more. If you haven’t read any of this books, then pick one up, especially this one, because you’re in for a treat! I’ve devoured all three and they’re a wonderful and funny escape from reality. The writing is quick and clever and just so much fun. Inside this book you’ll find characters you care about and relate to and a romance that feel real and genuine. It’s so hard for me to find romances where I feel like the hero and heroine have an actual connection. I felt it in this book so much and I wish that I had more books like this one to devour. Seriously, if you’re looking for a fun escape and something great to read look no further!

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I’ll add a link to Amazon once the book is released!

Convicted of Love

8037654by: Josephine Templeton

Published: Feb 1st 2007 by Whiskey Creek Press

ISBN: 1593747322

From Amazon: Convicted of theft and kidnapping, three Victorian girls must come to terms with the men they fall in love with, despite the obstacles society places on them. Unjustly convicted of jewelry theft, Camille is sent to work on a Louisiana plantation. To her surprise, the man who gave her the jewelry is the plantation owner’s son. Will she ever forgive him for refusing to step up and clear her name? Under charges of kidnapping, Emily is consigned to care for the infant son of a plantation owner. She loses her heart to him. However, he can’t let go of his deceased wife. Will she have to bury her love for him? Having served her year for kidnapping, Maggie re-enters New Orleans’ harsh society. Under her cousin’s shadow, she meets the love of her life. Unfortunately, Cousin Penelope has set her eyes on him as well. Will Maggie step out of her shell before she loses him forever?

 

I loved that this was three different stories woven together. I didn’t realize that’s how it was going to be when I started reading it. (I avoid almost all descriptions and reviews of a book before I read it.) It was a nice surprise to get to experience three different love stories. The situations that these girls found themselves in are very different from any others that I’ve read in historical romances. These are women that could potentially be “ruined.” I’ve read books where the threat of that happening was there, but not one where the girl was actually placed in a situation where this would definitely be the case. My favorite heroine in this novel was Maggie. I felt for her situation and thought that her character was the most fun. I also thought her chemistry with the love of her life was the strongest and it’s always important to me that I feel the chemistry when I’m reading. I would definitely recommend this book to any historical romance fans. It’s a very quick and refreshing read. It’s different than other historical romances you’re going to pick up and it’s going to give you an entertaining read and cheer you up. 🙂

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