Rosie’s #Bookreview of #RegencyRomance THE EARL AND THE SECRET PAST by Janice Preston

The Earl With The Secret Past (Mills & Boon Historical)The Earl With The Secret Past by Janice Preston

3.5 stars

The Earl And The Secret Past is a Regency style historical romance and opens with a prologue. Adam is an apprentice architect who has fallen in love with Kitty, the daughter of a peer, but they are too far apart socially for a serious relationship to be permitted, so Adam makes a decision that leaves Kitty broken-hearted.

Fifteen years later Adam is shocked to discover that he is the long lost son of an Earl. In London he meets Kitty again; she is now a widow and Adam wants to re-ignite their relationship, but a lot has happened in those lost years.

I have read quite a few books by this author and I usually like her style of writing, however, with this story I struggled to connect to the characters, which was a shame because the overall story arc worked well. There were a few occasions where very little happened and some of the detail felt a little repetitive.  Also I found Adam’s Scottish dialogue rather annoying; there was too much of it for my taste. So overall, an okay story in this genre, but it wasn’t my favourite novel from this author.

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An unexpected inheritance

An explosive reunion

Hardworking architect Adam Monroe’s world is shaken when he inherits an Earldom! Thrust into the ton, he bumps into widow, Kitty Fenton – his lost love. Years before, he’d refused to elope with Kitty to save her from ruin, and was heartbroken she’d married so soon after he left. Perhaps fate has given him a chance to discover the truth – after all beneath the hurt the sparks of attraction are as strong as ever…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #RegencyRomance THE SCOUNDREL’S BARTERED BRIDE by @VirginiaHeath_

The Scoundrel's Bartered BrideThe Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride by Virginia Heath

4.5 stars

The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride is a Regency style historical romance. Lady Lydia Barton’s family are desperate; they plan a marriage contract for Lydia to pay off their multiple debts. Their only choice is an odious lecher – the Marquess of Kelvedon would certainly have enough money to clear the family debts and, sadly, Lydia’s family care little that he would be a dreadful husband for her.

Owen Wolfe spent seven years in a penal colony for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he owns a high end gambling hall in London, but he began life as a stable-hand. Lydia Barton’s impending nuptials interest him, enough for him to put his own offer of marriage on the table. Now there is a choice: an old man with bad breath and a wandering eye, or an ex-convict.

I liked the dark brooding and mysterious Owen Wolfe; his years spent in the Antipodes were an unusual theme for this genre. I also enjoyed the sub-characters who were part of his ‘new family’; they were a fun and lively mix.

Lydia and Owen’s relationship had several expected highs and lows, but they still managed to add a fresh feel to the story arc with their surprising responses to situations. I liked this and read almost all of it in one sitting; a very easy book with which to escape for a few hours.

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Marriage…to the highest bidder!

Lady Lydia Barton cannot seem to avoid Owen Wolfe since he’s returned after being wrongly transported for stealing her family’s jewels! But Lydia has more pressing problems, like her impending arranged marriage. Until Owen makes her father a counteroffer for her hand. Is Owen purely after her society connections, or dare Lydia hope that the charming stable boy she once loved is still within her ruthless, wealthy new husband?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #RegencyRomance BEAUTY AND THE BROODING LORD by @SarahMRomance

Beauty and the Brooding Lord (Saved from Disgrace #2)Beauty and the Brooding Lord by Sarah Mallory

4 stars

Beauty And The Brooding Lord is a Regency romance. Serena is fast approaching spinsterhood unless she can find a husband. However, she doesn’t want to marry someone stable and conventional; she is drawn to men of rakish behaviour, although she knows that they may be too much of a risk. What she would really like to do is ‘sample the goods’ before choosing.

Serena arranges an unchaperoned visit to the Vauxhall pleasure gardens with Sir Timothy, but events take a sinister turn. Luckily, Lord Rufus Quinn, known for his rudeness and cold-heart, uses his sense of honour to make a daring rescue and save Serena’s reputation.

I enjoyed the story of Serena and Quinn and how their relationship grew. My only regret was that the ending felt rushed and a little unconvincing, which was a shame as the rest of the story suited the genre well.

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Ruined by a rake

Rescued by the reclusive baron!

Following the death of his fiancée, Lord Quinn swore off all matters of the heart.

But when he happens upon an innocent lady being assaulted, his sense of honor insists he step in and rescue her…even if that means marriage to protect Serena’s reputation!

But his new wife remains distant, a stranger to his bed. Can Quinn help Serena fight her demons, and finally defeat his own?

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#NewRelease Rosie’s #Bookreview of Historical #Romance Daring To Love The Duke’s Heir by @JaniceGPreston

Daring To Love The Duke's Heir (The Beauchamp Heirs, #2)Daring To Love The Duke’s Heir by Janice Preston

4 stars

Daring To Love The Duke’s Heir is an historical romance. It can be read as a stand-alone or as part of the Beauchamp Heirs series.

Liberty Lovejoy is in London for the annual social season, where her family hope to secure husbands for Liberty and her sisters. Liberty’s twin brother Gideon has recently been given the title of Earl through an inheritance. Unfortunately it has gone to his head and Liberty fears he will squander all their money in the gaming halls while under the influence of Alexander Beauchamp. To this end, Liberty breaks etiquette and visits the home of the Duke of Beauchamp (Alexander’s father) to ask for help.

In an identity mix-up Liberty confides in Dominic Beauchamp, the Duke’s eldest son, who reluctantly agrees to look into the matter. However, he is currently preoccupied with his own search for a suitable wife; someone who will one day be a Duchess. Liberty worries that Dominic won’t take her concerns seriously.

The bold choice of name for Liberty Lovejoy sets the scene for this story, with Liberty growing in character throughout the narrative to fill out my expectations. I especially enjoyed her relationship with Dominic. Readers know there will be a happy-ever-after ending with this genre, but the journey to that end it is what this reading experience is all about. A lovely edition to the series.

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She’s totally unsuitable…

…to be his Duchess!

Part of The Beauchamp Heirs: Dominic Beauchamp, Lord Avon, is a powerful duke’s heir and it’s his duty to marry well. His bride must have impeccable breeding, manners and grace. But can anyone meet his exacting standards? Certainly not the irrepressible Liberty Lovejoy, who’s been thrust into society after years of being a provincial nobody. She’s too bold, too bubbly…so why is she the only lady he’s thinking about?

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Rosie’s #Bookreview #HistoricalRomance A Runaway Bride For The Highlander by @ElisabethHobbes #TuesdayBookBlog

A Runaway Bride for the Highlander (The Lochmore Legacy, #3)A Runaway Bride for the Highlander by Elisabeth Hobbes

4 stars

A Runaway Bride For The Highlander is book three of The Lochmore Legacy historical romances.

A set of four books, each steps back into history as clues to a mystery are revealed. Book one began in the Victorian era, book two is set during the Regency years, book three in Tudor times, and the final book is set in the medieval period.

So far we have been introduced to a mystical brooch, an empty crypt and a long standing family feud between two clans.

Book three is set in 1513. Scotland has just been defeated at the Battle Of Flodden. The title of Earl of Glenarris has now come to Ewan Lockmore. Scotland’s noblemen gather in Stirling for the  crowning of the new king and the re-portioning of lands. Lockmore is granted more lands, but it stirs up old feuds with the neighbouring McCrieff clan.

Marguerite Vallon is engaged to Duncan McCrieff, but she fears a future with him. She’d rather take her chances with his rival Lockmore. Stealing the future bride of a man is underhand, but taking the bride of your enemy will surely open old wounds.

This book reveals a little more of the mystery theme which runs through this series and I’m interested to read the last book to get the whole story. The romance works well and this book could easily be read as a stand-alone as well as in sequence.

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Lost in the Highlands

Found by the laird! 

Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Far from her home in France, Marguerite Vallon escapes her arranged marriage to a man she despises. Stowing away in a stranger’s cart, she finds herself headed deep into the Highlands with Ewan Lochmore, the new Earl of Glenarris! Ewan vows to protect her. But maybe the freedom Marguerite has been searching for can be found with this rugged warrior…

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#NewRelease Rosie’s #Bookreview of #Histfic #Romance The Disgraceful Lord Gray by @VirginiaHeath_

The Disgraceful Lord Gray (The King's Elite #3)The Disgraceful Lord Gray by Virginia Heath

4 stars

The Disgraceful Lord Grey is an historical romance and part of the King’s Elite series. It takes place in Suffolk in 1820.

The King’s Elite are on the trail of The Boss, a notorious leader of a smuggling gang. Lord Graham Chadwick (Gray) and his superior Lord Fennimore have set themselves up as neighbours of Viscount Gislingham, who may just be the elusive Boss.

Whilst swimming in a stream, Gray meets Gisingham’s niece Thea. He uses the chance meeting to secure an introduction to her uncle, but the man he meets seems unlikely to fit the role of a gang leader. Instead the charming Gislingham encourages Gray to pursue his niece.

Romancing Thea might be easy for Gray because he likes her, but he has a scandalous past; one which left him penniless. However Thea is not an easy catch, and Gray finds that he must juggle his job as spy against Thea’s suspicious nature.

I would suggest reading all the books in this series to get the full benefit of the storylines. This book focused heavily on the romance between Gray and Thea more than the smuggling, although I didn’t guess the surprising denouement.

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A spy on a mission…

Until he meets this heiress!

Part of The King’s Elite. Miss Theodora Cranford’s learned to keep her impetuous nature locked away. She won’t be deceived by another man who can’t see past her fortune. She wants an honourable, sensible sort – not a self-assured scoundrel like her new neighbour, Lord Gray. Although she’s sure there’s more to him than meets the eye… But after that first captivating kiss, she’s certainly left wanting more!

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of Victorian Romantic #Mystery His Convenient Highland Wedding by @janicegpreston #TuesdayBookBlog

His Convenient Highland Wedding (The Lochmore Legacy, #1)His Convenient Highland Wedding by Janice Preston

4 stars

His Convenient Highland Wedding is a Victorian romantic mystery and book one of The Lochmore Legacy collection. A set of four books, each steps back into history as clues to the secrets are recovered. Book two is set in the Regency era, book three in Tudor times, and the final book is set in the medieval period.

The story opens with a young Flora McCrieff discovering a skeleton with a silver brooch in a forbidden castle tower.

Seven years later, Flora is about to marry a man she has never met. Lachlan McNeill, a self-made businessman, hopes to use Flora’s aristocratic connections to help him sell his new whisky. While Flora’s father agreed to the marriage for financial gain, it left Flora feeling as if she had been sold at a market.

At Lochmore Castle, Flora is lonely while Lachlan deals with his business, and her sheltered upbringing has left her fearful to express her unhappy feelings. Lachlan, in turn, believes that Flora will reject him if she finds out about his past life secrets. The pair must learn to like and trust each other if they want their marriage to work.

I did enjoy the mystery surrounding the silver brooch. My love of Flora and Lachlan grew as their relationship bloomed. I also liked some of Flora’s friends and family, especially those who refused to conform to social conventions. I’m eager to see where the Lochmore Legacy takes us in book two.

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Bought by her husband…

Bound by secrets of their past!

The start of The Lochmore Legacy – A Scottish castle through the ages! Earl’s daughter Flora McCrieff brought shame on her family once, now she discovers she must wed impossibly rich but low born Lachlan McNeill. He’s undeniably handsome, but a man of few words. Despite the attraction that burns between them, can she reach beyond his impeccable clothing to find the emotions he’s locked away for so long…?

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#Historical #Romance Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight by @ElisabethHobbes #TuesdayBookBlog

Beguiled by the Forbidden KnightBeguiled by the Forbidden Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes

4 stars

Beguiled By The Forbidden Knight is an historical romance set in Yorkshire, a few years after the Norman Conquest. King William has decreed that England shall be held and secured through marriages to create alliances. To this effect, Gilbert du Rospez has been sent to Haxby to meet his betrothed, Sigrun.  Alas, she is not there, because she was sent to a priory for safety while Yorkist rebels tried to hold out against William’s armies.

In truth Gilbert would prefer to be off hunting and admiring horses than chasing after a bride he doesn’t want. So he asks his friend, Gui, to take his place. Shrewdly, he promises Gui a place of his own, once he returns with his bride-to-be.

There follows a complex and entertaining web of mistaken identity, escape, and conflicting emotions.  This is a delightful easy read romance, the reader can guess the probable outcome quite early, but the pleasure is in the tantalising build to the final denouement. Not a book for those who prefer their romance hot and spicy; I’d say this one sits among the slower simmer style storylines.

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He’s her enemy…

…and she must not fall for him!

When her mistress is claimed as an enemy knight’s betrothed, handmaiden Aelfhild knows it would be too dangerous for her lady; she must go in her place. But there’s more to the scarred knight than she first thought—she isn’t expecting to fall for him! As the line between friend and enemy blurs, Aelfhild realizes she might be protecting her mistress, but not her heart…

About the author

I grew up in York where I spent most of my teenage years wandering around the city looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep me off my feet. Sadly it never happened but I developed a love of the past and went on to read History and Art History at university before venturing into the world of teaching. These days I hold down jobs as a teacher and mum. I live in Cheshire with my husband, two young children and two cats with ridiculous names.
I love historical fiction and have a fondness for dark haired, bearded heroes. When I’m not writing, I spend a lot of my spare time reading and have become something of a pro at cooking one-handed while holding a book!

Elisabeth Hobbes

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