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A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

A Rogue of One’s Own

This is a painful, difficult review to write, as I have to face the uncomfortable truth that I was initially too focused on the book’s glittery bits (amplified by my own excitement around the history of the women’s suffrage movement) to question, deeply or fast enough, its many hurtful messages. A Rogue of One’s Own held my attention, and that is to say a lot these days. I was happy to return to the early … Continue reading A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

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The Lord I Left by Scarlett Peckham

The Lord I Left

After reading a slew of perfectly adequate but largely forgettable romances lately, reading The Lord I Left was a nice, trope-tastic surprise. Granted, I’d sign up for pretty much any story featuring a snowy road trip, but I got a lot more than that by the end of this book. Henry Evesham, Methodist preacher, former editor of a “evangelical news rag,” and a Lord Lieutenant tasked with investigating London’s sex trade, is saying his goodbyes … Continue reading The Lord I Left by Scarlett Peckham

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Gilded Cage by K.J. Charles

Gilded Cage

Susan “Sukey” Lazarus has been a favorite character of mine since I first met her as the sharp-eyed 12-year-old “medium” apprentice in An Unnatural Vice, the second book in the author’s Sins of the Cities series. Adult Susan, who is bisexual, reappeared nearly two decades later as the friend of one of the heroes in Any Old Diamonds, bent on revenge and just as perceptive. Susan was the engine of the riveting plot twist in … Continue reading Gilded Cage by K.J. Charles

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A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews

A Convenient Fiction

It’s meet-disaster for Laura Hayes and Alex Archer: Fascinated by water, Laura is at the local pond practicing her diving skills. Alex thinks she’s drowning and tries to “save” her, much to her indignation. Little does Laura know that wading into the pond to save her was an act of sheer courage on Alex’s part, connected to a past he’d rather forget. A Convenient Fiction is the third book in the author’s Parish Orphans of … Continue reading A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews

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Dalliances and Devotion by Felicia Grossman

Dalliances & Devotion

Vapid, vacuous, and verbose — a waste of ink. These are the words swirling in Amalia Truitt’s head as we first meet her. It’s 1871, and Amalia is a beauty columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She thinks the scathing criticism, part of a complaint to her editor, comes from a reader, but in reality that’s the opening salvo of a larger threat. The words also play straight into Amalia’s insecurities. In her mid-20s, Amalia already … Continue reading Dalliances and Devotion by Felicia Grossman

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Guest Review: Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

Rebel

This guest review comes from Claudia. Thanks, Claudia! At sixteen, Claudia found her older cousin’s stash of Barbara Cartlands and assorted Harlequin-type romance housed in an old sewing cabinet and life was never the same! She loves history, so she mostly reads historical romance. Favorite authors include Meredith Duran, Mary Balogh, Miranda Neville, Elizabeth Kingston, and Rose Lerner. … CW/TW for attempted rape First off, the cover! To me, it pays homage to some of … Continue reading Guest Review: Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

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Guest Review: A Rogue by Night by Kelly Bowen

A Rogue by Night

This guest review comes from Claudia. Thanks, Claudia! At sixteen, Claudia found her older cousin’s stash of Barbara Cartlands and assorted Harlequin-type romance housed in an old sewing cabinet and life was never the same! She loves history, so she mostly reads historical romance. Favorite authors include Meredith Duran, Mary Balogh, Miranda Neville, Elizabeth Kingston, and Rose Lerner. … Katherine Wright’s family has been in the free-trade business, otherwise known as smuggling, for generations. She … Continue reading Guest Review: A Rogue by Night by Kelly Bowen

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Guest Review: At Your Service by Sandra Antonelli

At Your Service

This guest review is by Claudia. A bit about Claudia: “At sixteen, I found my older cousin’s stash of Barbara Cartlands and assorted Harlequin-type romance housed in an old sewing cabinet and life was never the same! I love history, so I mostly read historical romance. Favorite authors include Meredith Duran, Mary Balogh, Miranda Neville, Elizabeth Kingston, and Rose Lerner.” (An earlier bio mis-attributed, and is totally the fault my non-caffeinated, mixed-up brain. Sorry! – Sarah)  … Continue reading Guest Review: At Your Service by Sandra Antonelli

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Guest Review: Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles

Any Old Diamonds

Many of the Bitchery have been talking about Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles. Well, now we have a great guest review of it by Claudia. A bit about Claudia: “At sixteen, I found my older cousin’s stash of Barbara Cartlands and assorted Harlequin-type romance housed in an old sewing cabinet and life was never the same! I love history, so I mostly read historical romance. Favorite authors include Meredith Duran, Mary Balogh, Miranda Neville, … Continue reading Guest Review: Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles

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Guest Review: Desire Lines by Elizabeth Kingston

Desire Lines

This review is by Claudia.  At sixteen, I found my older cousin’s stash of Barbara Cartlands and assorted Harlequin-type romance housed in an old sewing cabinet and life was never the same! I love history, so I mostly read historical romance. Favorite authors include Meredith Duran, Mary Balogh, Miranda Neville, Elizabeth Kingston, and Rose Lerner. … Elizabeth Kingston accomplishes a great deal with this book, and gives us a medieval world that feels fully fleshed … Continue reading Guest Review: Desire Lines by Elizabeth Kingston

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Guest Review: Forsaking All Other by Catherine Meyrick

Forsaking All Other

We have a guest review for you all! This review comes from Claudia. Thanks, Claudia! At sixteen, Claudia found her older cousin’s stash of Barbara Cartlands and assorted Harlequin-type romance housed in an old sewing cabinet and life was never the same! Claudia loves history, so she mostly reads historical romance. Favorite authors include Meredith Duran, Mary Balogh, Miranda Neville, Elizabeth Kingston, and Rose Lerner. … Elizabeth (Bess) Stoughton is a widow and a lady-in-waiting … Continue reading Guest Review: Forsaking All Other by Catherine Meyrick

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Guest Review: The Sins of Lord Lockwood by Meredith Duran

The Sins of Lord Lockwood

NB: Today, we have a guest review from Reader Claudia on the latest release by Meredith Duran. Here’s Claudia’s bio: At sixteen, I found my older cousin’s stash of Barbara Cartlands and other assorted Harlequin-type romance housed in an old sewing cabinet and life was never the same! I took a long break from romance but rediscovered it about four years ago. I love history, so I mostly read historical romance. I really like when … Continue reading Guest Review: The Sins of Lord Lockwood by Meredith Duran

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