Top Ten: Marriage of Convenience Regency Romances

One of my favorite romance tropes (especially if comedy) is the marriage/engagement of convenience.  I haven’t analyzed why I love it very deeply, but my instinct tells me its a delight in the absurd about two people forced together who end up falling in love (because, of course, its romance and there has to be a HEA). This plot is perhaps most believable in the … Expand

Stephanie Laurens: All About Passion

Fate has made Gyles Rawlings a man determined to control his destiny. He has decided to wed a well-bred lady who will dutifully bear him sons, yet turn a blind eye while he takes his pleasure elsewhere. By all good accounts, Francesca will fit his bill. As for the “elsewhere,” he’s recently encountered a beautiful, brazen siren who will make a fine mistress, one with … Expand

Megan Mulry: Bound to Be a Groom

Sometimes our wildest dreams come true. In the tumultuous summer of 1808, Spain and England are close to war and four young lovers are close to ecstasy. To carve out an independent life with the woman she loves, Anna knows she must leave her quiet Spanish convent to become a courtesan. To gain experience, she sets her sights on . . Sebastian, whose powerful, aristocratic … Expand

Candice Hern: Just One of Those Flings

The Merry Widows are thought to be among the finest ladies of society. Though secretly, their thoughts are quite unrefined. With the comforts of wealth to replace the absence of their husbands, the Merry Widows need not trouble themselves with marriage again. So they each agree to seek out a lover. Beatrice, Lady Somerfield, is too busy chaperoning her niece and overseeing her own daughters … Expand