Category : Historical

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What if you thought you knew a secret that could change history?

Whilst standing engrossed in her favorite Pre-Raphaelite painting – Millais’s Ophelia – Cori catches the eye of Tate gallery worker, Simon, who is immediately struck by her resemblance to the red-haired beauty in the famous artwork.

The attraction is mutual, but Cori has other things on her mind. She has recently acquired the diary of Daisy, a Victorian woman with a shocking secret. As Cori reads, it soon becomes apparent that Daisy will stop at nothing to be heard, even outside of the pages of her diary …

Will Simon stick around when life becomes increasingly spooky for Cori, as she moves ever closer to uncovering the truth about Daisy’s connection to the girl in her favorite painting.

Titles in the Rossetti Mysteries include:  Some Veil Did Fall – The Girl in the Picture – The Girl in the Photograph

What if the past was trying to teach you a lesson?

Staying alone in the shadow of an abandoned manor house in Yorkshire would be madness to some, but art enthusiast Lissy de Luca can’t wait.  Lissy has her reasons for seeking isolation, and she wants to study the Staithes Group – an artists’ commune active at the turn of the twentieth century.
Lissy is fascinated by the imposing Sea Scarr Hall – but the deeper she delves, the stranger things get.

A lonely figure patrols the cove at night, whilst a hidden painting leads to a chilling realization. And then there’s the photograph of the girl; so beautiful she could be a mermaid … and so familiar.

As Lissy further immerses herself, she comes to an eerie conclusion: The occupants of Sea Scarr Hall are long gone, but they have a message for her – and they’re going to make sure she gets it.

Titles in the Rossetti Mysteries include:  Some Veil Did Fall – The Girl in the Picture – The Girl in the Photograph

the-velvet-cloak-of-midnightTitle:  The Velvet Cloak of Midnight
Series:  Shadows From The Past #4
Author:  Christina Courtenay
Genre:  Romance, Paranormal
Published:  October 7, 2016
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

When newly widowed Tess visits Raglan Castle, she experiences an extraordinary vision that transports her to seventeenth-century Wales and a castle on the brink of a siege.

Even when Tess leaves Raglan to return to Merrick Court, her late husband’s home, the strange dreams continue as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the past. And when the new owner of the estate arrives – New Zealander Josh Owens – the parallels become even more obvious.

But perhaps the visions aren’t just trying to tell their own story, maybe they’re also giving a warning..

Titles in this series include:  The Silent Touch of Shadows – The Secret Kiss of Darkness – The Soft Whisper of Dreams – The Velvet Cloak of Midnight

my-fair-princessTitle:  My Fair Princess
Series:  The Improper Princesses  #1
Author:  Vanessa Kelly
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  August 30, 2016
Publisher:  Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.

Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protegee, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairy-tale ending?

Titles in this series include:  My Fair Princess (so far)

as-rich-as-a-rogueTitle:  As Rich As A Rogue
Series:  Rakes and Rogues #3
Author:  Jade Lee
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  August 2, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4  stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Mari Powel’s fiery Welsh temper is up. Peter Norwood, Lord Whitly, is back in town after six years romping around India making his fortune. Mari blames him for her social downfall and has spent all this time clawing her way back into the ton’s good graces.

How dare he show up on his first day back and publicly embroil her in a bet involving long-awaited apologies, illicit kisses, and Lady Illston’s unruly parakeet? Mari is outraged, and is going to show him-and everyone else-what she’s made of.

Little does she know, the unrepentant Lord Whitly has been dreaming of her all this time. Now he’ll do anything to win the wager-along with Mari’s heart.

Titles in this series include:  50 Ways To Ruin A Rake – One Rogue AT A Time – As Rich As A Rogue

the-rebel-heirTitle:  The Rebel Heir
Series:  Spare Heirs #2
Author:  Elizabeth Michels
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  September 6, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Lady Evangeline Green is living a lie. To please her family, she masquerades as the perfect debutant…until she meets the wickedly charming Lord Crosby. With him, there are no rules. She’s finally free to do as she desires—but freedom comes with a price, and Lord Crosby is not what he seems…

Ash is not Lord Crosby. He’s a con artist, a noble Spare Heir living off his silver tongue. When the Green family ruined his, he swore he’d make them pay, and he never doubted his devotion to revenge…until he met Evangeline. Now, caught in a web of lies, torn between duty and desire, what’s a con to do but deceive all of London and steal the one lady who dared match wits with the devil himself?

Titles in this series include:  The Infamous Heir, The Rebel Heir

Read on for my thoughts on The Rebel Heir.  No true spoilers, promise.

too-sinful-to-denyTitle:  Too Sinful  To Deny
Series:  Scoundrels & Secrets #2
Author:  Erica Ridley
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  July 19, 2016 (Original January 2011)
Publisher:  Kensington Books – Lyrical Press
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

One look at the towering ocean-side manor that is to be her new home, and exiled socialite Susan Stanton knows: This is a place haunted by secrets and riddled with menace.

For Susan, there is no escaping it. At best she can stay clear of the most dangerous element of all–dark-haired smuggler Evan Bothwick, a man whose shaded countenance cannot hide his wicked intent.

But Susan has a secret of her own–a special gift that renders her privy to the darkest mysteries lurking within the walls of the manor and in the labyrinthine cellars beneath. And the only man who can help her make sense of it all is Evan, the very scoundrel and rogue she would do anything to be able to resist.

Read on for my thoughts on Too Sinful To Deny.  No true spoilers, promise.

cowboy-christmas-homecomingTitle:  Cowboy Christmas Homecoming
Series:  A novella collection
Author:  Mary Connealy; Ruth Logan Herne; Julie Lessman; Anna Schmidt
Genre:  Historical Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  October 14, 2016
Publisher:  Gilead Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

They’ve weathered a lot worse than winter. For widow June Harper, another cold front is about to hit. Most call him Hugh. She’d call him Scrooge, except as the man ensures her needs are met, June can’t help but wonder how to meet the needs of his heart.

Netty Lewis can take care of herself, has for a while now. Some hired help over the holidays doesn’t change that. And even if Roy does take care of her, that doesn’t mean he cares for her or that he’ll stay past Christmas.

Pastor Colton McCabe is having the opposite problem. He’s not sure he’ll make it through the holidays with his new housekeeper. Grace can’t seem to do anything right but love. Perhaps being a homekeeper will earn her a permanent residence in his heart.

And no one longs for a home more than Connie Lancaster. She’s determined to return to St. Louis, and no cowboy can change her mind. But if Isaac can change her heart, maybe Connie will see the homecoming she’s been waiting for isn’t to a place but a person.

Stories in this novella collection include:  Last Chance Christmas by Julie Lessman, A Cowboy for Christmas by Ruth Logan Herne, Longhorn Christmas by Mary Connely, Connie’s Christmas Prayer by Anna Schmidt.

Read on for my thoughts on Cowboy Christmas Homecoming.  no true spoilers, promise.

a-ranchers-surrender-2Title:  A Rancher’s Surrender
Series:  Frontier Montana #1
Author:  Michelle Beattie
Genre:  Historical Romance, Western Romance, Cowboy Romance
Published:  October 3, 2016
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 s tars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Denied entrance into vet school because of her gender, fiery and determined Jillian Matthews trained at her father’s side and then headed west to Montana Territory after answering an ad using only her father’s initials and last name.

She is convinced that her skills will override local ranchers prejudice. She’s wrong and handsome Wade Parker, the one who hired her, is the first to make his displeasure public. But Jillian refuses to back down and sets out to win Wade’s approval. Soon that’s not all she hopes to win.

Widower Wade Parker is furious the new vet he helped hire is a woman. The fact that she’s beautiful, smart and wakes parts of him that he thought dead burns even more. Feeling tricked, Wade is determined to send her back east but when the town turns on Jillian and her enemies become dangerous, he steps up to be her protector. And that’s not the only role Jillian has him contemplating.

Titles in this series include:  A Rancher’s Surrender (with more to come)

Read on for my thoughts on A Rancher’s Surrender.  No true spoilers, promise.

what-the-duke-doesnt-knowTitle:  What The Duke Doesn’t Know
Series:  The Duke’s Sons #2
Author:  Jane Ashford
Genre:  Regency Romance, Historical Romance
Published:  September 6, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

A proper English wife, or the freedom of the sea?
Lord James Gresham is the fifth son of the Duke of Langford, a captain in the Royal Navy, and at a loss for what to do next. He’s made his fortune; perhaps now he should find a proper wife and set up his nursery. But the sea calls to him, while his search for a wife leaves him uninspired. And then, a dark beauty with a heart for revenge is swept into his life.

He can’t have both, but he won’t give up either
Half-English, half-Polynesian Kawena Benson is out to avenge her father and reclaim a cache of stolen jewels. There’s nothing for James to do but protest his innocence and help Kawena search for the jewels, even though it turns his world upside down.

Titles in this series include:  Heir To The Duke, What The Duke Doesn’t Know, Lord Sebastian’s Secret (Jan. 2017)

Read on for my thoughts on What The Duke Doesn’t Know.  No true spoilers,  promise.

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