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The Girl With Flaming Hair Natalie Kleinman 4*#Review @NatKleinman @SapereBooks #RegencyRomance @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #FridayReads #TheGirlWithFlaming Hair

Sophie is plagued by the shadows of the past…

While driving his curricle, Rufus Solgrave, Earl of Luxton comes across Sophie Clifford lying unconscious in the road, having fallen from her horse.

Not too far from home, he takes her back to Ashby, his country seat, leaving her in the care of his mother, Elizabeth, Countess of Luxton, and his sister, Lydia. Under their kindly supervision, Sophie soon begins to recover.

Upon discovering that Sophie has never mixed with London society, Elizabeth invites her to accompany the family to town for Lydia’s come-out. Unhappy with her homelife and eager to sample the delights of the season, Sophie accepts.

However, her enjoyment is marred when talk of an old scandal surrounding her birth resurfaces. What’s more, her devious stepbrother, Francis Follet, has followed her to London, intent on making her his bride.

Sensing Sophie’s distress, Rufus steps in to protect her from Francis’s unwelcome advances.

And although neither Rufus nor Sophie are yet thinking of marriage, both soon begin to wonder whether their comfortable friendship could blossom into something warmer…

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My Thoughts…

This is a well researched and written romantic Regency adventure with likeable protagonists and a plot with a few surprises.

Sophie is rescued by Rufus when he finds her injured on the roadside. She recovers in the care of his mother, finding life more agreeable than ever before. The chance of experiencing London life beckons but so does the possibility of an old adversary and a damaging scandal.

The setting and historical details immerse the reader in Regency society. The characters are carefully crafted, making the story an authentic and addictive read. The pace reflects the gentle romance. The story echoes classical Regency romance with an independent yet vulnerable female protagonist and a heroic but delightfully awkward male counterpart. There are elements of mystery and danger and plenty of romantic moments.

Natalie Kleinman

Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.

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Duchess If You Dare Anabelle Bryant 3*#Review @AnabelleBryant @KensingtonBooks @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #MondayBlogs #TheMaidensofMayhem

From the glittering ballrooms of the ton to the city’s grittiest corners, London has no shortage of wrongs in need of righting–and the Maidens of Mayhem are prepared for the challenge. United by secrecy and sisterhood, these daring women from all walks of life aim to fight injustice wherever it takes them–even into the arms of unexpected love. This feminist take on Regency-era Robin Hoods from USA Today bestselling author Anabelle Bryant is destined to storm readers’ hearts!

Scarlett Wynn’s tragic childhood taught her that life can be cruel to women with little power. So when a local seamstress disappears, Scarlett vows to find out why. Armed with a weapon and her courage, Scarlett scours London for clues–and crosses the unlikely path of Ambrose Cross, the Duke of Aylesford, at an unlikely place: an upscale brothel. The Duke is trying to solve a mystery of his own, and Scarlett is sure they can help each other–if she can resist the attraction that draws them together…

As Duke of Aylesford, Ambrose is duty-bound to protect his family name from scandal no matter the cost. But Scarlett’s fearless spirit forces him to look beyond his world of privilege. Scarlett is as intoxicating as she is dangerous, igniting a fire in him like no other. When the pair learn both mysteries they’re trying to solve are tied to a string of missing women, the tangled scheme they uncover may put their lives, and their growing love, in mortal danger–and lead them to search their hearts like never before…

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My Thoughts…

This is the first book in the Maidens of Mayhem series with a strong female protagonist determined to find a missing acquaintance despite the danger of doing so. Meeting Ambrose Duke of Aylesford is disconcerting, she knows nothing can come of it, but the attraction is undeniable.

Scarlett and Ambrose share their connections to solve the mystery, which is more menacing than first supposed. There is danger, deceit and passion in this story, which explores the less salubrious side of Regency London.

Despite the gravity of the storyline, this remains a lighthearted read. It promises courageous women, passionate men and dastardly villains and delivers an engaging, escapist read.

Anabelle Bryant

USA Today Bestselling author Anabelle Bryant began reading at age three and never stopped. Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born. Happy to grab her suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel; especially imaginary jaunts into romantic Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn’t want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?

Anabelle’s books have been translated into several languages including Japanese and Russian, but writing isn’t all that keeps her busy. Building miniatures, baking and photography are other favorite pastimes. Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle is just as happy in a room full of people. She enjoys meeting readers, attending conferences and book signings. She has earned her Master’s Degree and is ABD for her Doctorate Degree in education.

A firm believer in romance, Anabelle knows sometimes life doesn’t provide a happily ever after, but her novels always do. Visit her website at AnabelleBryant.com

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A Marriage of Equals Elizabeth Rolls 4*#Review @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #AMarriageofEquals #MillsandBoonHistorical #HarlequnHistorical #RegencyRomance #HistoricalRomance

Risking everything…

For love!

Having struggled so hard to become a successful business owner, Jamaica-born Psyché Winthrop-Abeni has no interest in relinquishing her freedom or property to a husband.

But when gentleman Will Barclay comes to her aid, their intense connection tempts her into a thrillingly passionate, temporary affair!

It’s the perfect arrangement…until Will feels honour-bound to propose. His offer is one she’d never dared to dream of, but can she trust Will enough to take the risk?

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My Thoughts…

Psyché forges an independent life in England with the love and support of her Grand-Uncle. As a woman of colour in Regency England, she faces prejudice, from society, for her gender and race, which she overcomes. Living above the business she owns, she risks all to help a runaway heiress escape her controlling father.

Will, secretary to Lord Huntscombe, helps her, and there is an instant connection between the two which intensifies with proximity. Will is at odds with his family’s politics and has a secret which may destroy any chance of happiness with Psyché.

Inspired by actual historical figures and the horror of the trade in human lives in Georgian and Regency England, this authentic story reveals the inhumanity and prejudice lurking behind the glamour and romance of the Regency ballrooms.

The romance is conflicted and passionate, but both protagonists are strong and willing to fight for what is right and what they want, so the outcome is positive.

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A Gentleman’s Promise Penny Hampson 4*#Review @penny_hampson @rararesources #HistoricalFiction #histfic #RegencyRomance #BookBlitz #BookReview

A docile wife is what he wants. A husband is the last thing she needs. Can a quest for a killer teach them that they are both wrong?

Emma Smythe and her brother arrive at Easterby Hall to discover that a handsome stranger has laid claim to their ancestral home and the family title. Have her relatives been murdered, and is her brother next? Determined to find the answers, she has no option but to trust the gentleman who insists that he will help. But danger appears in many guises, and for a woman intent on remaining single, her intriguing protector may prove the biggest threat of all.

The attempts on Richard Lacey’s life begin when he inherits a title and a rundown estate. A coincidence? He’s not so sure. Problems multiply with the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Emma Smythe. Long thought dead, they too are potential targets. Richard thinks he wants a docile, obedient wife, but will the task of keeping headstrong Emma safe from danger change his mind?

Embroiled in a sinister mystery, can Richard and Emma work together to catch a killer? And will this dangerous quest teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?

Filled with intrigue, unexpected twists, and faultless period detail, this slow-burn romance is a must-read for lovers of classic Regency fiction.

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My Thoughts…

I have read the last book in the Gentlemen series, A Bachelor’s Pledge, but reading the first book is still enjoyable, as the intrigue, mystery and romance, are complete. Set in Regency times, Richard inherits an unexpected title and estate, Emma is used to living by her wits to keep her brother safe.

When Emma returns to the family estate she finds Richard and a series of mysterious deaths, they form an uneasy alliance to find the truth and proximity leads to friendship and romance. The mystery is well-plotted and the historical characters are cleverly crafted with gentle romance and lots of intrigue this is an engaging Regency romance with a suspenseful twist.

Penny Hampson writes mysteries, and because she has a passion for history, you’ll find her stories also reflect that. A Gentleman’s Promise, a traditional Regency romance, was Penny’s debut novel, which was shortly followed by more in the same genre. Penny also enjoys writing contemporary mysteries with a hint of the paranormal, because where do ghosts come from but the past?

Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

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Waiting for a Scot Like You Eva Leigh 5*#Review @EvaLeighAuthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #HistoricalRomance #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #MillsandBoonHistorical #HarlequinHistorical

Beatrice Sloane, the Countess of Farris, is a free-spirited widow. After a stultifying marriage, she is now wealthy and independent and determined to stay so. Wherever she goes, a good time is sure to follow!

Captain Duncan McCameron struggles to find a purpose for himself now that the war is over. Discovering his sweetheart had married another whilst he was at war means he’s kept himself closed off from love.

Entrusted to escort Lady Farris to her friend’s estate, these two opposites start on a journey that ultimately involves carriage crashes, secret barn dances, robbers, and an inn with only one bed! But as tensions dissolve into passion, can there be a future for an adventure-loving lady and a duty-bound soldier, or will their differences tear them apart?

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My Thoughts…

A Regency road trip is not easy to imagine, but the author manages to create a road trip full of adventure, misadventure and passion when Beatrice and Duncan share a coach and a great deal more. Beatrice is an independent widow determined to live life fully now she can. There are some amusing and poignant moments as she does this. Duncan, a soldier without a war, is all about duty, but meeting Beatrice shows him what life has to offer. The question is, can their attraction lead to a lifetime together?

Whilst this story pushes the boundaries of Regency society, it is fun, romantic and passionate. The likeable main characters have an emotional connection that makes a happy life together possible.

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The Duke’s Runaway Bride Jenni Fletcher 5* Review @JenniAuthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #harlequinhistorical #MillsandBoonHistorical #BookReview #TheDukesRunawayBride @rararesources #RegencyBellesofBath

From shopkeeper… To Duke’s wife

When Beatrix, Duchess of Howden, writes to her estranged husband offering a divorce, she’s stunned when he arrives on her doorstep with a different proposition: a six-week marriage trial! Quinton Roxbury seems cold and inscrutable, but Beatrix gradually realises his rough exterior hides a heavy burden. As their connection deepens, dare she trust him with her own scandalous past and risk the marriage she never knew she wanted?

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My Thoughts…

This is the third book in the Regency Belles of Bath series but reads well as a standalone. Marred with scandal, the Duke of Howden’s life is difficult. Contacted by his runaway bride, he strikes a bargain that may lead to happiness or disaster.

Quin the Duke has a satirical sense of humour that endears him. Beatrix, surprised by his offer and her reaction to him, agrees to his proposal. First friends and then romantically involved, as they live together in the family home. Beatrix, damaged by her childhood, wants to help Quin’s family find some positives in their lives.

This is a lovely Regency romance with plenty of conflicts and relatable characters and a heroine and hero that deserve to find love.

Jenni Fletcher

Jenni Fletcher was born in Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels ranging from the Roman to late Victorian eras. She studied English at Cambridge and Hull and has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards, winning for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. She teaches Creative Writing at a university in the north of England and her favourite hobbies are baking and, of course, reading.

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The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady 5*#Review #TheTalkoftheBeauMonde @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #MillsandBoonHistorical #HarlequinHistorical #BlogBlitz #BookReview #MondayBlogs

The notorious Viscount And the most gossiped-about lady…

After years as a diplomat in the Napoleonic wars, Lord Eastwood is reluctant to return to London society. His scandalous divorce has made him infamous, not to mention cantankerous! To halt the rumour mill, he should marry a quiet noblewoman – instead it’s bold, vibrant artist, Faith Brookes, who’s caught his attention. They are the least suitable match, so why is he like a moth to a flame…?

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My Thoughts…

Vibrant characters and interesting historical details make this an engaging historical romance. Society gossip was prevalent in Regency society, much like today often with damaging results.

Lord Eastwood is subject to Beau Monde gossip, but not everything is as it seems. Despite also being a victim of gossip, Faith is initially unsympathetic to Eastwood’s plight. Proximity forces them to acknowledge their attraction, as Faith gradually realises her mistake. Full of misconceptions, witty dialogue and desire this is an emotional and sensuous romance.

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. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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A Mistletoe Vow to Lord Lovell 4*#Review Joanna Johnson @JoannaJoJohnson @MillsandBoon #Festive #MillsandBoonInsiders #RegencyRomance #MillsandBoonHistorical #BookReview

Will their vows last a lifetime…

Not just for Christmas?

Abandoned by her husband, and society because her father was a slave, Honora Blake will never rely on anyone again. Until dashing Lord Lovell breaks the news that she is a widow – and penniless – and insists she spend Christmas with him and his pregnant ward. Beneath the mistletoe, passion flares between Honora and Isaac. Then childbirth places his ward’s life in jeopardy, and these strangers suddenly face marriage to protect the baby!

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My Thoughts…

A romance set in Regency times focused on women’s lack of rights in society. Honora naively marries a rake and travels to England only to be abandoned and left in a crumbling house. Issac Lord Lovell brings her news of her estranged husband’s demise. She wonders if she can begin again, but her husband fails her even in death, and she forced to accept Issac’s offer of a place to stay.

This is an enemy to lover trope, but it has more depth than this. Honora faces prejudice both because of her parentage and her gender. The attraction between her and Issac is unwelcome to both. Her past mistakes make trusting Issac difficult. Issac has a secret that may destroy any future they may have. Nevertheless, passion breaks through, but conflicts, both internal and external, make a festive happy-ending hard-won.

This gently paced story is about a romance, which succeeds despite the failings of Regency society. The festive setting gives the story a sense of time and place and provides lighter moments in a story that explores social history inequality and prejudice.

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A Bachelor’s Pledge Penny Hampson 4*#Review @penny_hampson @rararesources #HistoricalFiction #histfic #RegencyRomance #BookBlitz #BookReview #PublicationDay

The woman who haunts his dreams

Secret agent Phil Cullen is upset when he discovers that the young woman he rescued from Mrs Newbody’s establishment has absconded from his housekeeper’s care without a word. Thinking he has been deceived, he resolves to forget about her… something easier said than done.

The man she wants to forget

Sophia Turner is horrified when she is duped into entering a notorious house of ill-repute. Then a handsome stranger comes to her aid. Desperate that no one learns of this scandalous episode, Sophia flees to the one friend she knows she can trust. With luck, she will never see her mysterious rescuer again.

But fate has other plans…

Months later, Phil is on the trail of an elusive French agent and Sophia is a respectable lady’s companion when fate again intervenes, taking their lives on a collision course.

Traitors, spies, and shameful family secrets – will these bring Sophia and Phil together… or drive them apart?

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My Thoughts…

This is the third book in the Gentlemen series, but it is a complete story and so reads as a standalone. This is a quality Regency romance with an independent female protagonist and a well-meaning but overbearing male protagonist. There is slow burn conflicted romance and dangerous edge to this story.

Phil rescues Sophia from a brothel, but she is quick to leave his protection and make separate arrangements with a trusted friend. Phil is surprised at her behaviour, but she is difficult to forget. Their paths cross again, and a passionate romance begins against a setting of intrigue and menace.

The historical detail brings the danger and vibrancy of the Regency period alive. The characters are authentic and relatable and draw the reader into their world.

This is an enjoyable Regency romance filled with secrets, seduction and spies.

Some time ago Penny Hampson decided to follow her passion for history by studying with the Open University. She graduated with honours and went on to complete a post-graduate degree.

Penny then landed her dream role, working in an environment where she was surrounded by rare books and historical manuscripts. Flash forward nineteen years, and the opportunity came along to indulge her other main passion – writing. Penny joined the New Writers’ Scheme of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and  three years later published her debut novel, A Gentleman’s Promise, a historical mystery/romance and the first in The Gentlemen Series. An Officer’s Vow soon followed and the latest in the series is A Bachelor’s Pledge.

But never happy in a rut, Penny also writes contemporary suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Her first book in this genre is The Unquiet Spirit, published by Darkstroke.

Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

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Would I Lie to the Duke Eva Leigh 5*#Review @EvaLeighAuthor @MillsandBoon Union of Rakes #RegencyRomance #HistoricalRomance #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #Cinderella #MillsandBoonHistorical #BlogTour

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Jess is a determined and desperate woman who will do anything to save her family business. She is astute, and knows how society works, and decides to become one of them to achieve her aims. Noel is a carefree, gentleman entitled but not arrogant and he is smitten with Jess.

This is a sensual romance with great chemistry between the couple. The conflict to their happy-ever-after revolves around Jess’s lies when the truth is so important to a man with trust issues. The couple’s dialogue is witty and wonderful and carries the story along to its happy conclusion but only after considerable angst and heartache for the mismatched pair.