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The Earl Should Never Desire Lara Temple 5*#Review @laratemple1 @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonHistorical #HistoricalRomance #BookReview #RegencyRomance @rararesources #TheEarlShouldNeverDesire

This very handsome earl…Is the one man she cannot fall for…
War widow Lily Walsh has left her aristocratic family behind, but she can’t deny her younger sister’s request to come to London to meet her fiancé. Though not a love match, Lord Sherborne is kind, amusing and ideal for her sister on paper. But as Lily gets to know him, she’s finding him alarmingly attractive! And the forbidden look in the earl’s eye shows the feeling is mutual…

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My Thoughts…

Lily is a war widow scarred from the war. She teaches veterans and their families in Birmingham. She is devoted to her younger siblings, and when her sister, the toast of society despite the family’s lack of wealth, asks her to London to meet her future husband, she cannot refuse. Marcus promised his mother that he would marry. Anne is beautiful and will make a good mother. A marriage of convenience is fine until he meets Lily.

I enjoyed this Regency romance full of wit and sizzling desire tempered by honour. A sparkling forbidden attraction between Lily and Marcus remains unrequited because of her love for her sister and his sense of integrity. The plot is simple but effective, and the reader hopes for a happy ending but is never sure it will be until the emotional and romantic conclusion.

Lara Temple

Lara Temple writes strong and sensual Regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion.
She lives with her husband, two children, and one very fluffy dog and they are all very understanding about her taking over the kitchen table so she can look out over the garden as she writes and dreams up her Happy Ever Afters.

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The Marquess Meets His Match Laura Martin 4*#Review @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #HarlequinHistorical #MillsandBoonHistorical #Romance #Regency #BookReview #TheMarquessMeetsHisMatch #MillsandBoonInsiders #MatchmadeMarriages

Farmer’s daughter Charlotte Greenacre regrets attending a matchmaker’s party when she has to spend it avoiding her enemy, Lord Robert Overby! Until she learns the handsome widower is not the villain she thought — and after his unhappy marriage he doesn’t want a new wife. That should mean she can relax in his company — if it weren’t for the irritating flare of attraction between them!

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My Thoughts…

Charlotte finds herself at a house party of a benevolent lady determined to help young debutantes have the season they deserve. Charlotte doesn’t see marriage on her horizon but running the family farm after her father’s sudden death. Charlotte is a quirky and likeable character. Robert has a scandalous unhappy marriage in his past and is not looking to find another wife. He is attracted to independently spirited Charlotte, and despite misunderstandings and misconceptions about each other, they cannot deny their mutual attraction.

I enjoyed this Regency romance that reflects the society of the time and the developing romance between Charlotte and Robert. A vividly described setting full of pertinent historical detail and a believable cast of supporting characters make this an engaging, humorous and romantic escapist story,

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The People’s Princess Flora Harding 5*#Review #Audiobook #Review #Narrator Julie Teal #ThePeoplesPrincess #HistFic #HistoricalFiction

Step behind the palace doors in this gripping historical novel that is a must read for fans of The Crown and Princess Diana!

Buckingham Palace, 1981

Her engagement to Prince Charles is a dream come true for Lady Diana Spencer but marrying the heir to the throne is not all that it seems. Alone and bored in the palace, she resents the stuffy courtiers who are intent on instructing her about her new role as Princess of Wales…

But when she discovers a diary written in the 1800s by Princess Charlotte of Wales, a young woman born into a gilded cage so like herself, Diana is drawn into the story of Charlotte’s reckless love affairs and fraught relationship with her father, the Prince Regent.

As she reads the diary, Diana can see many parallels with her own life and future as Princess of Wales.

The story allows a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in the palace, the tensions in Diana’s relationship with the royal family during the engagement, and the wedding itself.

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My Thoughts…

The People’s Princess is a dual timeline historical fiction audiobook inspired by Diana and Charlotte, Princesses of Wales. The narrator makes the characters authentic and easy to visualise. The listener quickly develops empathy with Charlotte and Diana.

Charlotte’s viewpoint stems from a personal journal found by a historian and given to the fictional Diana character before her wedding. The book portrays the Regency period as severe rather than romantic for Princess Charlotte. Diana’s story reflects the public perception of the time before her marriage that later emerged through the media. Her story is one of coming of age, disillusionment and poignancy. Parallels between the two teased out in this historical fiction make it compelling listening.

I enjoyed the creative sensory imagery that brought Regency England and London in 1981 vividly to life, immersing the listener in the two different worlds. It is an emotional story with believably flawed characters and pertinent historical details that make this is an engaging audiobook.

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The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes Eva Leigh 5*#Review @Zoe_Archer #EvaLeighAuthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #TheGoodGirlsGuidetoRakes #LastChanceScoundrels #HistoricalRomance #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #MillsandBoonHistorical #HarlequinHistorical

A society darling
A rake never far from scandal
A deal that will change everything…

When Kieran Ransome’s latest antics result in scandal, his father issues an ultimatum: find a respectable wife or inherit nothing. But as one of London’s most notorious scoundrels, Kieran doesn’t know any ladies who fit the bill…or does he?

Celeste Kilburn is a society darling, beloved by influential members of the ton. But keeping a spotless reputation leaves little room for adventure and she longs to escape her gilded cage. When Kieran, her brother’s best friend, begs for her help Celeste makes a deal: she will introduce him to the right social circles if he’ll show her the scandalous side of London!

Amongst ‘proper’ garden parties and, equally enthralling, wild fêtes and sensual art salons an initial attraction builds to a more tempting desire. But when their midnight exploits are discovered, Celeste’s freedom and reputation are at risk and Kieran must save the woman he loves…respectable or not.

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My Thoughts…

Celeste, the female protagonist, wants to explore every aspect of her life. She is determined to defy the bounds of the male-dominated Regency society. Kieran, a dissolute Regency rake with hidden emotional depths, has to find an acceptable wife and enlists Celeste’s help to enter polite society. She agrees, but only if he promises to show her his world. I like how this story explores the inequalities of this historical world and how difficult it was for women to have independence in any aspect of their lives.

Celeste is not a complete innocent. She experienced depravity and poverty in her early life, making her willingness to explore Keiran’s world believable. In keeping with Celeste’s journey of self-realisation, sensual romance defines this story. Celeste and Keiran are likeable characters. I enjoyed their uncensored dialogue, which makes the story authentic and engaging to read.

I enjoyed this delightful escapist read interwoven with insightful thoughts on the double standards of Regency society.

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Lady Ludmilla’s Accidental Letter Sofi Laporte 4*#Review @Sofi_Laporte @rararesources #LadyLudmillasAccidentalLetter #RegencyRomance #mystery #humour #BlogTour #BookReview #MondayBlogs

A resolute spinster. An irresistible rake. One accidental letter… Can love triumph over this hopeless muddle in the middle of the London season?

Lady Ludmilla is mortified. Though the spinster extraordinaire knows it is foolish, she has fallen head-over-heels for the amiable man with whom she’s been secretly corresponding, and that cannot be. When she sets out to uncover his identity, her world shatters. For her best friend Addy turns out to be none other but London’s worst rogue—the man who has ruined her engagement to someone else ten years earlier.

Lord St.Addington is perturbed. The wicked Viscount is developing a marked tendre for a spinster, and that cannot be. She might be mistaking him for someone he is not, or, what is worse, know precisely who he is. As London’s worst hell rake, he has a role to maintain, a charade to play. A depraved heart like his surely can’t be falling in love…least of all with a plain, outspoken spinster.

Determined to discover the truth behind the man she loves, Lu does what she does best: she sits down and writes a letter…

If you crave a humorous romp with witty banter and surprising twists, you will love Sofi Laporte’s charming masquerade.

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My Thoughts…

I enjoyed reading this lovely, lighthearted Regency romance with humour, mystery and a cast of entertaining characters. The well-paced plot has surprising twists. Vividly portrayed characters and a setting described with rich historical detail bring this story to life. Gentle humour and romance keep the reader engaged, and the ending is happy.

Sofi Laporte

Sofi was born in Vienna, grew up in Seoul, studied Comparative Literature in Maryland, U.S.A., and lived in Quito with her Ecuadorian husband. When not writing, she likes to scramble about the countryside exploring medieval castle ruins. She currently lives with her husband, 3 trilingual children, a sassy cat and a cheeky dog in Austria.

Sofi writes sweetly simmering Regency Romance with mischievous, witty banter and heart-throbbing happily-ever-after.


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The Earl’s Inconvenient Houseguest 5*#Review #AVeryVillageScandal @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #Romance @rararesources #MillsandBoonHistorical #HarlequinHistorical #BlogBlitz #BookReview #TheEarlsInconvenientHouseguest

The earl she loved to hate…until she stayed in his mansion!

Sophie Gilbert has thwarted the standoffish new earl’s plans to sell his country estate and the quaint village which forms part of it. But when disaster strikes and he offers her refuge, she must reconsider everything about this vexing, determined man. After the heartbreak in her past, it’s a revelation to feel her pulse racing and her body yearning for his touch…

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My Thoughts…

The first book in the ‘A Very Village Scandal’ series is the story of a reluctant earl and a determined villager. Rafe inherits an earldom after his cousin’s demise. He decides to sell so he can live the life he wants, but the villagers have other ideas. After being cast out by her father, Sophie lives at her aunt’s house. She is determined to help the village she loves and leads the opposition to the sale of the village.

Sophie and Rafe have cleverly crafted characters with past hurts that define their present selves and make them wary of love. The chemistry between intensifies with proximity and as they get to know each other. Their exchanges are often humorous, but their romantic road is conflicted.

The supporting characters are integral to the story and add vivacity.

Great characters, humour, poignancy and gentle romance make this an engaging read.

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace insomnia and start writing them down. Twenty books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Game of Hearts (Sampler) Katy Moran 5*#Review #KatyMoran @HoZ_Books #HistoricalFiction #HistoricalRomance #AlternativeHistory #NineteenthCentury #Cornwall #London #MiniReview #GameofHearts

Thrilling Regency romance, set in a Bridgerton-style world.

1817 Cornwall and London

Heir to an aristocratic family scorched by scandal and scarred by war, the Earl of Lamorna (known to friends as Crow) is as dangerous as he is self-destructive. As a spy, he treads a fine line between loyalty and treachery, with a haunting secret in his past that threatens to destroy not only Crow himself but those he loves. It’s only going to take a single spark to set his world aflame. So when Crow’s wild and impetuous young brother catches him in flagrante with their widowed stepmother, a lethal chain of events is set in motion.

Heiress Hester Harewood has problems of her own, on the run from the men who shot her father. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a complicated aristocrat, even if he does offer her his unconditional protection. But who is more dangerous? Those she is running from? Or Crow himself: charismatic, unpredictable, and yet with the capacity for such tenderness that Hester’s heart is in just as much danger as her life.

Game of Hearts was previously published as False Lights by K.J. Whittaker and on Kindle as Hester and Crow by Katy Moran.

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Katy Moran’s Regency Romance Trilogy features Game of Hearts, Wicked by Design and Scandalous Alchemy.

I received a sample copy of this book from Head of Zeus via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Having read the other two books in this trilogy, I enjoyed reading the six chapters of the first book in the series. Set in 1817 in an alternative history world where Bonaparte, not Wellington, won the Battle of Waterloo. The story introduces the main characters and hints at what motivates them. An intricate historical is vividly described,.and Hester and Crow’s chemistry is evident. This is a tempting sample of Game of Hearts.

I am currently reading the remainder of the book on Kindle Unlimited.

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The Return of Her Long-Lost Husband Joanna Johnson 5*#Review @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @JoannaJoJohnson #BookReview #MillsandBoonInsiders #HarlequinHistorical #MillsandBoonHistoricalRomance #Romance #SecondChance #TheReturnofHerLongLostHusband

A husband’s redemption…

A second chance at love?

Nathaniel Honeywell returns from being presumed dead expecting to be welcomed home with open arms, but is shocked when his wife, Hester, isn’t pleased to see him! Nathaniel can’t blame Hester for believing he abandoned her when she needed him most. During their marriage, he’d foolishly valued money over his wife. But his experiences have left him a changed man, and as the simmering attraction between them grows, Nathaniel is determined to prove it!

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My Thoughts…

Hester is a widow whose short marriage gave her little to recommend it. When her husband, Nathaniel, returns unexpectedly, she is confused about her feelings. Nathaniel’s physical injuries belie deeper mental scars. Finally aware of his father’s manipulation, Nathaniel tries to win back his wife, but will she trust him again?

This engaging second chance historical romance is complex and immersive. Determined not to be ignored in her marriage, Hester cannot deny this new version of the man she married intrigues her. Nathaniel’s experiences have changed him, and he wants to make amends and reclaim the woman he cannot forget. The couple has emotional barriers and Nathaniel’s father’s malicious interference to overcome to achieve their happy marriage.

The angst, likeable protagonists and passionate attraction make this a rewarding historical romantic read.

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Cinderella and the Scarred Viscount Sarah Mallory 5*#Review @SarahMRomance @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #HarlequinHistorical #RegencyRomance #MillsandBoonHistorical #BookReview #BlogTour @rararesources #fairytale #CinderellaandtheScarredViscount

An imperfect proposal…

But a perfect match?

Major James Rossington, Viscount Austerfield, survived Waterloo, but can he survive the Season as London’s most eligible bachelor? Convinced his battle scars make him unlovable, and to escape Society’s matchmakers, Ross proposes a wedding in name only to shy, sensible Carenza Bettridge. Liberated from her cruel stepmother and bullying half-sisters, she blossoms into a confident, altogether desirable woman. He promised Carenza a convenient marriage, but inconveniently finds himself wanting more…

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My Thoughts…

Ross is a Waterloo hero looking for a suitable wife. He lives with mental and physical scars of the infamous battle. Carenza’s life is reminiscent of Cinderella. The couple’s marriage of convenience is the result of a tentative friendship. The romantic possibilities increase with proximity. This is a lovely romantic Regency fairytale, complete with wicked relatives and an unexpectedly evil antagonist.

Carenza and Ross both have emotional scarring, but it’s rewarding to see their emotional connection grow as their scars begin to fade. There is simmering passion and gentle humour amidst the angst and self-recrimination in this engaging classical Regency romance. It has a spectacular finale with a sinister twist and a magical fairytale ending.

Sarah Mallory

Sarah Mallory is an award-winning author who has published more than 30 historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon. She loves history, especially the Georgian and Regency. She won the prestigious RoNA Rose Award from the Romantic Novelists Association in 2012 and 2013. Sarah also writes romantic historical adventures as Melinda Hammond. Sarah lived for many years on the Yorkshire Pennines, taking inspiration from the wild and rugged moors. Then in 2018 she fell in love with Scotland and ran away to live on the rugged North West Coast, which is proving even more inspiring.

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Never Fall For Your Fiancée 4*#Review #TheMerriwellSisters @VirginiaHeath_ @eternal_books @headlinepg @rararesources #BookReview #publicationday #historicalromance #RegencyRomance

The trouble with lies is they have a tendency to catch a man out.

The last thing Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, wants is a wife.

But since the only way to keep his mother’s matchmaking ways at bay is the promise of impending nuptials, Hugh takes the most logical action: he invents a fake fiancée.

It’s the perfect plan – until Hugh learns that his mother is on a ship bound for England to meet his ‘beloved’. He needs a solution fast, and when he collides with a mysterious beauty, he might just have found the answer to his prayers.

Minerva Merriwell is desperate for money to support her sisters, and although she knows that posing as the Earl’s fiancée might seem nonsensical, it’s just too good an offer to refuse.

As the Merriwells descend upon Hugh’s estate, the household is thrown into turmoil as everyone tries to keep their tangled stories straight. And with Hugh and Minerva’s romantic ruse turning into the real thing, is true love just one complication too many?

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My Thoughts…

The first book in the Merriwell Sisters Regency romances is a lighthearted story full of laughter, lies and love. The fake romance trope is given a historical twist and delivers a fun, flirty read. Hugh invents a fake fiancée to appease his mother. This works fine until she wants to visit. Minerva doesn’t want to be part of his deception, but she needs funds. Complex with vibrant characters who bring the story to life, this is an engaging read with laughter and love at its heart.

Virginia Heath

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace insomnia and start writing them down. Twenty-two books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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