Tag Archives: Historical Romance

Someone to Hold, by Mary Balogh

17 Jun
A young white woman with dark hair worn in a loose chignon high up on the back f her head, wearing a white dress, not quite empire waist,  with three-quarter sleeves. The background is clearly the city of Bath, with one of the most famous bridges, viewed from the countryside.

This novel, set just a few months after the end of Someone to Love, tells the story of the second daughter of the late Earl of Riverdale. I first read the first three books in what is now ::checks:: a nine book series just over four years ago, while struggling with the neverending reading slump from hell. As I’m still struggling with that, because ::gestures widely at the world::, I’ve re-read them recently. And, as I need blog fodder, here’s my review.

Content note: I curse a fair bit, because the whole “blood is thicker than water” schtick so many genre romance authors cleave to gets on my ultimate nerve. (see footnote 1)

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Whistling in the Dark, by Tamara Allen

15 Jun
Cover for Whistling in the Dark; an old photo album, showing a couple of young men looking at each other. Some music sheets, and a coffee cup.

The most lovely Marilyn recommended this book on twitter when it was on sale, and I’m very glad I caught it. And hey, look, it fits this month’s theme for SuperWendy’s TBR Challenge!

Reader beware: both of the main characters suffer from PTSD; there’s also alcohol abuse, mentions of suicide ideation, grief and death of loved ones, and some violence on page.

This book was originally published in 2008, and was re-released by the author this month.

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Marrying Winterborne, by Lisa Kleypas

30 May
Blonde white woman wearing a wedding dress with the veil flipped over to the back of her head, holding the skirt up a bit as she starts walking towards a petal-strewn stone bridge in the background, while looking towards the camera over her shoulder; her expression showing trepidation and anticipation in equal measure

A coupe of months ago, I finally read Cold-Hearted Rake, the first title in the Ravenels series of historical romances set in the mid- to late 1870s, and enjoyed it enough to dive into the rest of the series, which I pretty much devoured.

As I’m still struggling to read new-to-me stories, I dived into the series again, and well, here we are.

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Honey & Pepper, by A. J. Demas

25 Mar
Cover for HONEY AND PEPPER; drawing of two men, one Black, big and smiling while he stirs something in crock, the other long-haired, white and slim, sitting on a kitchen counter, as they look at each other.

I mentioned in my review of Saffron Alley that I was torn between relief that there were only five books in the author’s backlist set in this world, and despair, because there were only five books set in this world.

Shortly after I signed up for the author’s newsletter, I saw that this book was coming out soon, and I was all set to buy it. Then, somehow I lucked out to get an ARC of this, and boy, am I glad–it’s so good!

There’s graphic sex, an absolutely adorable cinnamon roll of a man who’s dominant in bed, and a villain getting what he deserves. Also, mention of a death by suicide, a whipping, and a couple of incidents of violence.

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