RECOMMENDED: Summer is for Lovers by Jennifer McQuiston is $1.99 right now. Elyse read this one, and despite not liking the prior book in the series – which is also on sale – she loved this book and gave it a big ol' A:
I recommend Summer is for Lovers as a break from the ballrooms of London scene in historicals, and as a way of reliving the best parts of summer vacation—rescuing a handsome Simon Baker look-alike from the ocean and then making out with him.
His heart is unavailable. Luckily, her interest lies in the rest of him . . .
Though she was just a girl when they first met, Caroline Tolbertson's infatuation with David Cameron remains undimmed. Now fate has brought the handsome Scotsman back to Brighton for what promises to be an unforgettable summer. Soon, Caroline will have to choose a husband, but for now she is free to indulge her curiosity in things of a passionate nature.
That is, if David will agree to teach her.
Past mistakes have convinced David he'll make a terrible husband, though he'll gladly help the unconventional Caroline find a suitor. Unfortunately, she has something more scandalous in mind. As the contenders for her hand begin to line up, her future seems assured . . . provided David can do the honorable thing and let them have her.
When a spirited young woman is determined to break Society's rules, all a gentleman can do is lend a hand . . . or more.
What Happens in Scotland by Jennifer McQuiston is still .99c. Elyse reviewed this book and gave it a D because she didn't enjoy the pacing, especially since the hero and heroine spend most of the book not with each other, but retracing their steps to figure out how they ended up married the night before.
Other readers enjoyed this book tremendously, particularly Elsie, the prostitute-turned-ladies-maid, and the humorous, light romping tone of the story. McQuiston's writing is fun and funny for many readers. Plus, Elyse reviewed the second book, Summer is For Lovers and loved it (which is right above this text in case you missed it. Look up!).
Lady Georgette Thorold has always been wary of marriage, so when she wakes up next to an attractive Scotsman with a wedding ring on her finger, it’s easy to understand why she panics and flees.
Convinced that Georgette is a thief, her may-be husband, James McKenzie, searches for her. As both try to recall what happened that fateful night, they begin to realize that their attraction and desire for each other is undeniable.
But is it enough?
The Bride of Larkspear by Sherry Thomas is .99c. This is an erotic novella (front door, back door, side porch, and solarium action up in here) that is featured in the Fitzhugh trilogy – a story within the story. If you like historical erotic, you should very much like this. You can read more about the Fitzhugh trilogy in Carrie's review of Tempting the Bride.
My bride does not look at me. She is determined, as ever, to shunt me to the periphery of her existence, even on this, our wedding night.
I touch her. Her skin is as cool as marble, the flesh beneath firm and resilient. I turn her face to look into her eyes, haughty eyes that have scorned me for as long as I remember.
“Why are my hands tied?” she murmurs. “Are you afraid of them?”
“Of course,” I reply, “A man who stalks a lioness should ever be wary.”
“And what does a man do when he has caught said lioness and put her in a cage?”
I brush aside a strand of hair that has fallen before her eyes. “He teaches her that captivity can be wonderfully enjoyable.”
The Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries Boxed Set of four books is .99c right now. Ashley Gardner is a pseudonym for New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley. These were originally published in the early 2000s by Berkley. The first one, The Hanover Square Affair has a 3.74 average at GR, and the boxed set has many positive reviews as well.
A collection of the first three novels in the Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries series plus two Captain Lacey short stories first published in mystery magazines.
This book bundle includes:
The Hanover Square Affair (full-length novel)
A Regimental Murder (full-length novel)
The Glass House (full-length novel)
The Gentleman’s Walking Stick (two short stories)
Meet Captain Gabriel Lacey, a half-pay cavalry officer who returns to Regency London with little money and no purpose, but with a sense of honor and fairness. He’s pulled into a search for a missing young woman, and thus begins investigating crime, using his status as a gentleman but a poor one to cross the boundaries between the top of society and the working class of the back streets.
In The Hanover Square Affair, a missing girl and horrific corpse plunge Captain Lacey into the dark underworld of Regency London.
In A Regimental Murder Captain Lacey is on hand to save the life of a beautiful widow; he then investigates the death of her husband, a colonel who had been accused of murdering a cavalry officer during the Peninsular War.
In The Glass House, Lacey investigates the death of a barrister’s young wife, and links her to a notorious brothel where the haut ton play.
Two short stories finish off the collection. In “The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald,” Lacey is asked to locate a man’s missing daughter, though he senses that the family would be just as happy for her to remain missing. In “The Gentleman’s Walking Stick,” Lacey untangles a web of deceit involving a respectable society man, his only clue being a missing walking stick.
Join Captain Lacey and his friends as he investigates intrigue, murder, and villainy from the plush ballrooms of Mayfair to the darker streets of Regency London.