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

Julia Quinn: What Happens in London

What Happens in London

In between gorging myself on Georgette Heyer re-reads, I picked up this older Julia Quinn book in the hopes that it would be a pleasant interlude.  As one Regency Reader pointed out, Quinn tends towards too many anachronisms. But that aside, this was an enjoyable quick read that did not require nary a cringe at some of the plot mechanisms that have lately made Quinn … Expand

Julia Quinn: Everything and The Moon

Once upon a time a young couple fell in love at first sight (even Julia admits this is a challenge!) but was separated by two overweening fathers and some bad timing. Years later, they meet again.  She is in reduced circumstances, shlepping some awful brats around as a governess.  And meanwhile he is saturated in sin and out for revenge.  Its one of those classic … Expand

Top Ten Summer Vacation Reads (Historical Romance)


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