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

Top Ten Summer Vacation Reads (Historical Romance)

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Thank goodness the winter has long last left. As the lazy days of summer creep closer, its time to pack your bags and get gone. Whether jetting off to some foreign destination, or simply taking a day trip to your local park, here is a list of my top ten summer vacation hist-ros.  Feel free to leave me a comment with yours! Julia Quinn-Minx-“William Dunford … Expand

My Top Eight in Hist-Ro Contempo

My top eight contemporary historical romance novels (had to leave out Austen & Heyer…!).  These are the books you can enjoy again and again. Splendid by Julia Quinn.  I love stories of masquerades gone wrong, and this one is funny, warm and wonderful.  Read an excerpt here. The Gilded Web by Mary Balogh.  Mistaken identities and bed tricks…what could be juicier?  I love the Earl … Expand

Judith McNaught: Whitney, My Love

Raised by a cold-hearted father, the wild and wildly infatuated Whitney is sent away to France to be “finished” by her Aunt and Uncle.  Under their kind and loving care, Whitney is allowed to blossom into a woman who has looks, wit, and is widely considered an Original.  Faithful to the memory of her first love, Whitney shuns a plethora of marriage offers, including one … Expand