Tag Archives: Historical Romance

Forever Your Earl, by Eva Leigh

18 Jan
A blonde white woman wearing a royal blue gown, her shoulders and back bare, looks back over her shoulder at the reader, holding a masquerade mask with tall pink plumes. The background and overall color palette indicates the interior of a grand British mansion at night.

I have had a signed copy of this book waiting on the TBR for a long time–I think I may have gotten it at RWA 2017, which was held in Orlando that year, but honestly, my memory can’t be trusted on this, it may have been even longer than that. As it’s the first in a series and the first the author wrote under this name, it feels very appropriate for SuperWendy’s January TBR Challenge theme: starting over. (see footnote 1)

Eva Leigh is Zoë Archer‘s pseudonyms; like Amanda Quick before her, this author has reinvented herself as inspiration and the market have intersected, generally with great success with readers.

Reader beware: a secondary character suffers from severe PTSD (no episodes on page), explicit sex on page.

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Ten Things I Hate About the Duke, by Loretta Chase

2 Jan
A white redheaded woman, with long hear loose, wearing a fuchsia gown with ruffles and a ribbon futtlering behind her, as she runs up some stone steps towards a white stone mansion far in the distance. She's caught stealing a glance over her shoulders, towards the viewer.

Last week I said that I would wait before reading the next Difficult Dukes book.

What do you know, I was kidding myself. The more I thought about it, the more I wondered whether Ms Chase would make Ashmont, drunkard extraordinaire, work for me.

Reader beware: backstory of maternal death in childbirth and paternal neglect (and a bit of a spoiler for A Duke in Shining Armor in the review).

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A Duke in Shining Armor, by Loretta Chase

30 Dec
A white woman with loose long hair, wearing a long white gown and holding a bouquet of white flowers, running over a manicured lawn towards an English mansion/palace in the distance.

Well, this was a disappointment, though I’m well aware this is a case of my expectations rather than what the book is.

I expected substance, and what is there is all fluff, and so my reviewing this year ends with a whimper.

Allow me to explain.

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“A Kiss for Midwinter” by Courtney Milan

22 Aug
On a field of yellow gold, a dark haired young white woman wearing an off-the-shoulder white gown with a wide skirt, and white lace fingerless gloves. She's wearing a couple of poinsettia flowers on her updo, and looking to the side, with a knowing/flirty half-smile on her lips.

I have often talked about my love of Ms Milan’s novellas; for my money, she consistently writes some of the best in genre romance. Inevitably, I immediately realize I have reviewed so few of them (see footnote 1 for links). So for a change, here’s a re-read and a review.

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