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How to Impress a Marquess by Susanna Ives

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How to Impress a Marquess by Susanna Ives
Sourcebooks Casablanca: November 1, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

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How to Impress a Marquess is a humourous, yet not particularly historically accurate historical romance. If you like your historicals with a heavy dose of realism back away now. If you’re like me, and accuracy doesn’t bother you that much, continue reading.

Susanna Ives is an author that first came on my radar with Wicked, My Love, a funny on-the-road-romance between two very different people. I loved Wicked, My Love so I was quite anxious to dive into Ives’ latest historical, which again features two characters who do not like one another due to their preconceived notions of one another. Naturally, these two discover that appearances can be deceiving. (more…)

Funny, Charming, Uplifting: “Because of Miss Bridgerton”

25657772Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Avon: March 29, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

I’d go there again!
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Julia Quinn returns to her beloved Bridgerton family with a new series. Set in 1779, this new series focuses on the well known Bridgerton’s predecessors (I suspect we’re going to see the Bridgerton’s parents featured at some point. Fingers crossed.).

Miss Billie Bridgerton is always getting into scrapes and she’s just fine with that. However, when her latest scrape strands her on the top of a building she is dismayed to be assisted to safety by George Rokesby. George is the heir to the Rokesby family, and the one Rokesby that she doesn’t get along with. That feeling of animosity is mutual; George really doesn’t understand why Billie must take the risks she does, but he’s honor bound to help her out. And so begins a surprising courtship.  (more…)

“When a Scot Ties the Knot” with a Bookish Spinster, Humour Ensues

23587120When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
Avon: August 25, 2015 (Historical Romance)*

Outstanding Adventure
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It’s no secret, I’m a huge Tessa Dare fan, and I’m fairly certain that When a Scot Ties the Knot is my favourite book by this author since A Week to be Wicked. This latest historical romance, was everything that I’ve come to expect from Dare: funny, silly, and romantic.

At the age of sixteen Miss Madeline Gracechurch was on the cusp of making her debut into society, the only thing holding her back was her paralyzing fear of crowds. Naturally, as a young woman of sixteen, Madeline makes a rather impetuous choice and invents herself a suitor in one Captain Logan MacKenzie, effectively taking away the necessity of a Season. After killing off her devoted beau years later, Maddie settles into spinsterhood in a castle that she inherited from her godfather. Maddie develops a budding career as a naturalist illustrator, until a Scottish highlander comes to call: (more…)

The Delightfully Funny “Unlikely Lady”

22929513The Unlikely Lady by Valerie Bowman
St. Martin’s: May 5, 2015 (Historical Romance)*

I’d go there again!
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The Unlikely Lady is Bowman’s latest installment in her Playful Brides historical romance series, and it is my favourite to date! As one of my most anticipated spring reads, I’m happy to say it lived up to my expectations.

Miss Jane Lowndes is a bluestocking and she likes it that way. She would gladly give up her mother’s enthusiasm for the marriage mart and place herself firmly on the shelf. Alas her mother is determined that Jane make an advantageous match. So what’s a girl to do? One fictitious chaperone later, Jane is sure she has finally found a way to foil her mother’s plans. Unfortunately, Lord Garrett Upton discovers that Jane is up to something and is determined to discover just what mischief Jane and her friends are up to – they’re plans never seem to turn out exactly as planned. (more…)

“Say Yes to the Marquess” or Maybe the Prizefighter

20605274Say Yes to the Marquess by Tess Dare (Castles Ever After #2)
Avon: December 30, 2014 (Historical Romance)*

My rating: I’d go there again! vintagesuitcase3vintagesuitcase3 vintagesuitcase3vintagesuitcase3

Clio Whitmore has been waiting eight years for her fiance to set a date and marry her. Committed to his career, the Marquess of Granville has put off marriage. Well, Clio refuses to wait any longer, it’s not as if she really knows the man after all, let alone loves him. And thanks to a generous uncle, Clio now has a castle and consequently the ability to live independently. Unfortunately, Granville’s brother, a prizefighter refuses to let that happen; he’ll even plan the wedding himself if he has to.

Rafe Brandon is planning a comeback after suffering a brutal defeat in the ring. He doesn’t have time for distractions, but he can’t deny that he’s always enjoyed ruffling Clio’s feathers. Despite his unfortunate attraction, Rafe is determined to get Clio to the alter; he doesn’t need his brother haring off for another eight years leaving Rafe with all the responsibility. Naturally, Rafe’s plans are rebuffed by Clio and they are truly complicated when Clio starts to feel something for Rafe, something he had not counted on. Seems that prizefighting training is just going to have to wait. (more…)

‘The Duke’s Holiday’ into the wilds of Yorkshire

22064852The Duke’s Holiday by Maggie Fenton
May 7, 2014 (Historical Romance)*

My rating: I’d go there again (4/5)

Okay, historical romance fans, I have a book for you. The Duke’s Holiday is an incredibly funny historical romance featuring a fabulously prudish and proper hero and a fabulously outrageous bluestocking heroine. Prepare to swoon! And laugh your head off. This one is perfect for Tessa Dare or Julia Quinn fans.

The Duke of Monford is a proper and fastidious duke. He properly does his duty to his estate. He properly engages himself to the proper duchess. And he properly investigates the Honeywell family that has been cozening him for a year. With the death of the head of the Honeywell family, the lands now revert back to Montford, a fact he relishes. This proper man is in for a rude awakening. And we, dear readers, are in for a treat.

When his man-of-affairs, Stevenage, ceases communication during his investigations at the Honeywell estate in Yorkshire, Montford has no choice but to venture into the wilds himself. This man’s well-ordered world is about to be turned completely upside down.

Astrid Honeywell has been successfully hiding the death of her father for a year and continuing to manage the estate and famous brewery on her own. As her father had no son, the lands are no longer hers, but she’ll be damned if her younger sisters and elderly aunt are left to their own devices. Of course, things are mightily complicated with the Duke’s arrival. And Astrid is thrown for a loop with her attraction to this impossible man that alternatively dismisses and attracts her. What’s a girl to do? Release the pig! (more…)