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best historical romance, seven secrets of seduction, anne mallory Seven Secrets of Seduction
Anne Mallory
Avon, 2010
Historical romance

Scandalous and provocative, The Seven Secrets of Seduction is an intoxicating insight into the mind of men and the desires of women—and the book has all the ton talking.

Secret #1: Every good seduction begins with a baited hook . . .
Well-educated, but not part of society, Miranda Chase is just as captivated by the erotic pages as everyone else in London. Intrigued by the layers she sees beneath the book's surface, she writes an editorial about it, never realizing that her passionate words will draw an actual viscount to her uncle's bookshop. More...

“...Seven Secrets of Seduction has it all...” – Jean Wan, All About Romance …full book review

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best historical romance, when beauty tamed the beast, eloisa james When Beauty Tamed the Beast
Eloisa James
Avon, 2011
Best Historical romance novel, Hot

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty . . . Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman. More...

Top Pick
“...clever and glorious twists...” – Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews …full book review

Five Roses
A Romance Review

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best historical romance novel, letters from home, kristina mcmorris Letters from Home
Kristina McMorris
Avon Books, 2011
Best Historical romance

Two people. An unforgettable moment. One extraordinary love story. In Chicago, Illinois, two people are about to lock eyes across a crowded dance floor. The following moment will spark the love story of a lifetime! The year is 1944 and America has just entered the war. Young men and women are being drafted in to fight with their allies on Europe's distant shores. Throughout America, sweethearts are saying their last goodbyes. Liz Stephens is already betrothed to budding US politician Dalton Harris, but when she meets GI Morgan McClain, she feels an instant and intense connection. But then he dances with her flirtatious best friend Betty and Liz is left feeling like just another soldier's fancy. More...

Five Stars
“ I highly recommend Letters from Home...” – Crystal, CK2S Kwips and Kritiques …full book review

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best historical romance, confessions of an improper bride, jennifer haymore Confessions of an Improper Bride
(A Donovan Novel)

Jennifer Haymore
Forever, 2011
Best Historical romance

TWICE TEMPTED

Serena Donovan left London six years ago, her heart broken and her reputation ruined by devilishly handsome Jonathan Dane. Now, with her family's future in peril, she reluctantly agrees to return to England and assume her late twin's identity. The price? Marry a man she doesn't love and spend the rest of her days living a lie.

Jonathan Dane, Earl of Stratford, has become an incorrigible rake, drinking, gambling-and trying to forget Serena Donovan. More...

Top Pick
“... powerful plot.” – Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews …full book review

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best historical romance, pieces of sky, kaki warner Pieces of Sky
(Blood Rose)

Kaki Warner
Berkley Trade, 2010
Best Historical romance

Fall in love with the first book in the Blood Rose trilogy-a romance of the Old West by a phenomenal new talent

On a stagecoach traveling through New Mexico Territory, Jessica Thornton is a long way from the cool mists and lush gardens of her native England. An authoress and milliner, she carries the weight of a scandalous secret-a horrible shame that has brought her to the West on a desperate search for the only family she can trust: her brother. No one prepared Jessica for the heat and the hardships. And no one prepared her for a man like Brady Wilkins. For, despite the rancher's rough-hewn appearance and her own misgivings, Jessica must put her life in his hands after their stagecoach crashes. More...

2011 RITA Winner for Best First Book

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best historical romance, unveiled, courtney milan Unveiled
Courtney Milan
HQN Books, 2011
Best Historical romance novel, Hot

Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance…. Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who's stolen her fortune and her father's legacy—the man she's been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. More...

Top Pick
“...dark, emotionally intense romance...” – Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews …full book review

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best historical romance, sinful in satin, madeline hunter Sinful in Satin
Madeline Hunter
Jove, 2010
Historical romance

Celia's quiet life ends when her mother, a famed London courtesan, dies, leaving her a small house in town-and a darkly handsome, reputedly dangerous tenant. More...

Recommended Read
“...another sinfully delightful book...” – Lynn, Fallen Angel Reviews …full book review

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best historical romance, his conquest, diana j. cosby His Conquest
Diana J. Cosby
Zebra, 2010
Historical romance

Line Dancort will not be sold. But that's essentially what her brother intends to do - to trade her like so much chattel to widen his already vast scope of influence. Linet will seize any opportunity to escape her fate - and opportunity comes in the form of a rebel prisoner locked in her brother's dungeon, predatory and fearsome, and sentenced to hang in the morning. More...

Five Stars
“...I couldn’t put it down!” – Bonnie, A Romance Review …full book review

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best historical romance, the winter sea, susanna kearsley The Winter Sea
Susanna Kearsley
Sourcebooks, Inc., 2010
Historical romance

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory... More...

“... a fantastic storyteller.” – Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews …full book review

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best historical romance, the accidental wedding, anne gracie The Accidental Wedding
Anne Gracie
Berkley, 2010
Historical romance, hot

When Nash Renfrew wakes in the bed of lovely Maddy Woodford, he thinks he's dreaming. Then he learns of his accident and the loss of his memory. But when it returns, Nash has no desire to leave Maddy's side and continues pretending he has amnesia. With each passing day, Nash's attraction to Maddy grows. But he's a diplomat and she's just a country girl.... More...

“...fresh and new and interesting.” – Nanette Donahue, All About Romance …full book review

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best historical romance, a perfect scandal, tina gabrielle A Perfect Scandal
Tina Gabrielle
Zebra, 2010
Best Historical romance novel

Lady Isabel Cameron has little use for marriage and propriety. Her dream is to study art in Paris. But her father has engaged her to a waddling, bankrupt, domineering lord twice her age. When her childhood flame Marcus Hawksley reappears - handsome, single, and socially snubbed - Isabel devises the perfect escape. She will solicit Marcus' assistance to destroy her reputation. More...

“I enjoyed this book immensely.” – Nichole Howell, The Romance Reader …full book review

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best historical romance, the devil wears plaid, teresa medeiros The Devil Wears Plaid
Teresa Medeiros
Pocket, 2010
Historical romance

Passion sparks in USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros’s irresistibly tempting new romance after a sexy Highlander kidnaps his rival’s spirited English bride. Emmaline Marlowe is about to wed the extremely powerful laird of the Hepburn clan to save her father from debtor’s prison when ruffian Jamie Sinclair bursts into the abbey on a magnificent black horse and abducts her in one strong swoop. More...

“...another deep-sigh keeper...” – Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews …full book review

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best historical romance, for the king’s favor, elizabeth chadwick For the King's Favor
Elizabeth Chadwick
Sourcebooks Landmark, 2010
Historical romance

When Roger Bigod arrives at King Henry II's court to settle a bitter inheritance dispute, he becomes enchanted with Ida de Tosney, young mistress to the powerful king. A victim of Henry's seduction and the mother of his son, Ida sees in Roger a chance to begin a new life. But Ida pays an agonizing price when she leaves the king, and as Roger's importance grows and he gains an earldom, their marriage comes under increasing strain. More...

“...spellbinding.” – Camellia, Long and Short Reviews …full book review

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best historical romance, silent on the moor, by deanna raybourn Silent On The Moor
(A Lady Julia Grey Novel)

Deanna Raybourn
Mira, 2009
Historical romance

Grimsgrave Manor is an unhappy house, isolated on the Yorkshire moors, silent and secretive. But secrets cannot be long kept in the face of Lady Julia Grey's incurable curiosity. In the teeth of protests from her conventional, stuffy brother, Lady Julia decides to pay a visit to the enigmatic detective, Nicholas Brisbane to bring a woman's touch to his new estate. Grimsgrave is haunted by the ghosts of its past, and its owner seems to be falling into ruin along with the house. More...

Top Pick from Night Owl Romance
“...sublime!” – Leslee, Night Owl Romance …full book review

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best historical romance, the madness of lord ian mackenzie, Jennifer Ashley The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
Jennifer Ashley
Leisure Books, 2009
Historical romance

Everyone says Lord Ian MacKenzie is mad--and possibly a murderer--but a young widow longing for passion is determined to bare the truth about the dashing and darkly charming Scotsman. More...

“It had me laughing...” – Xeranthemum, Long and Short Reviews …full book review

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nine rules to break when romancing a rake, best historical romance, sarah maclean Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Sarah MacLean
Avon, 2010
Historical romance

A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club. Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she's been missing. More...

“...touches your soul.” – Danielle, Coffee Time Romance & More …full book review

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best historica romace, the forbidden rose, joanna bourne The Forbidden Rose
Joanna Bourne
Berkley, 2010
Historical romance

A glittering French aristocrat is on the run, disguised as a British governess. England's top spy has a score to settle with her family. But as they're drawn inexorably into the intrigue and madness of Revolutionary Paris, they gamble on a love to which neither of them will admit. More...

Five Stars
RT Book Reviews

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best historical romance, marrying the royal marine, carla kelly Marrying the Royal Marine
Carla Kelly
Harlequin, 2010
Historical romance

Illegitimate Polly Brandon has never felt like more than an ugly duckling. So she's amazed when Hugh Philippe Junot pays her such close attention as they sail for Portugal. Under ordinary circumstances she knows this distinguished lieutenant colonel of marines would never have looked at her, but having his protection for the journey is comforting—and something more that she's afraid to give a name to. More...

“... darn near perfect.” – Maggie Boyd, All About Romance …full book review

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best historical romance, a lady’s lesson in scandal, meredith duran A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
Meredith Duran
Pocket Star, 2011
Best Historical romance

In gritty, working-class London, she does what she must to survive . . .

When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl’s house on a midnight quest for revenge, she finds her pistol pointed at the wrong man—one handsome as sin and naked as the day he was born. Pity he’s a lunatic. He thinks her a missing heiress, but more to the point, he’ll help her escape the slums and right a grave injustice. Not a bad bargain. All she has to do is marry him.... More...

Five Stars
“... smart, insightful story.” – Jane Granville, All About Romance …full book review

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best historical romance, best regency, victorian romance, in pursuit of a scandalous lady In Pursuit of a Scandalous Lady
Gayle Callen
Avon, 2010
Historical romance

Entranced by a portrait, haunted by scandal, he would stop at nothing to learn the truth . . . even if it led to their utter ruin. More...

“...one outstanding book!” – Danielle, Coffee Time Romance & More …full book review

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best historical romance, seneca surrender, gen bailey Seneca Surrender
Gen Bailey
Berkley Sensation, 2010
Historical romance

1756, the American Colonies: While the English and French fight for control of the North American continent, the American Indians fight for their lives. Another war rages, however, within the hearts of one Seneca warrior and a white woman in danger... More...

“...extraordinary story...” – Cherokee, Coffee Time Romance & More …full book review

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best historical romance, best regency romance, shameless Shameless
(Banning Sisters Trilogy)

Karen Robards
Gallery, 2010
Historical/Regency romance

In Regency England, a beautiful young woman finds her life thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a handsome scoundrel. Lady Elizabeth, the youngest and most headstrong of the three Banning sisters, has been engaged three times, and has most scandalously broken off all three engagements. Her fear of becoming any man’s property has kept her from marriage and earned her a reputation in the ton as a heartbreaking flirt. Neil Severin is a wicked rogue, black of heart and black of reputation.... More...

“...a standout.” – Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews …full book review

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best historical romance, ravished by a highlander Ravished by a Highlander
Paula Quinn
Forever, 2010
Historical romance

FORBIDDEN LOVE

Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady. For her own protection, she's been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown's most closely guarded secret. Until a shocking betrayal--and a bold rescue--land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, a powerful warrior whose searing gaze and tantalizing touch awaken her body and soul. More...

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly

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best historical romance, most eagerly yours Most Eagerly Yours
(Her Majesty's Secret Servants)

Allison Chase
Signet, 2010
Historical romance

Raised on their uncle's country estate, the four orphaned Sutherland sisters formed a close friendship with the young Princess Victoria. Shortly before her coronation as queen, Victoria asks the sisters to serve her in matters requiring the utmost discretion.

They are to become her secret servants. The first to serve is Laurel - who poses as a widow to uncover a traitor, and discovers instead an irresistible rogue… More...

“...amusing and tantalizing…” – Alexandra Cenni, Romance Reader at Heart …full book review

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best regency historical romance, in for a penny In for a Penny
Rose Lerner
Leisure Books, 2010
Regency historical romance, R

IN FOR A PENNY
No more drinking. No more gambling. And definitely no more mistress. Now that he's inherited a mountain of debts and responsibility, Lord Nevinstoke has no choice but to start acting respectable. Especially if he wants to find a wife--better yet, a rich wife. Penelope Brown, a manufacturing heiress, seems the perfect choice. She's pretty, rational, ladylike, and looking for a marriage based on companionship and mutual esteem.

IN FOR A POUND
But when they actually get to Nev's family estate, all the respectability and reason in the world won't be enough to deal with tenants on the edge of revolt, a menacing neighbor, and Nev's family's propensity for scandal. More...

“…a treasure.” – Lynn Spencer, All About Romance …full book review

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best historical romance, time travel romance A Highlander's Homecoming
(Daughters of the Glen, Book 6)

Melissa Mayhue
Pocket, 2010
Historical/Time Travel romance

SCOTLAND, PRESENT DAY. When Faerie Magic swept Robert MacQuarrie forward in time, modern medicine saved him from a fatal wound. But he also left behind an unfulfilled vow -- to protect his friend's young daughter, Isabella. Haunted by guilt for more than a decade, he leaps at the chance to go back and keep that vow. The magic of the Fae works in its own mysterious ways, however. More...

Five Stars
A Romance Review

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best historical romance Surrender
(MacKinnon's Rangers, Book 1)

Pamela Clare
Dorchester Publishing, 2006
Historical romance

An Army Ranger heads out to tame the wild frontier--not realizing that a stubborn beauty will be the one to tame his heart. More...

This is an older novel we ran across--it has 45 five star reviews (out of 51) on Amazon. Decided to post it for that remarkable feat alone!

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best historical romance The Golden Season
Connie Brockway
Onyx, 2010
Historical romance

Wealthy, orphaned Lady Lydia Eastlake reigns over Regency England as the ton's most celebrated beauty. But she must face losing the only life she's ever known when her fortune suddenly disappears-and the only solution is to find a wealthy husband. Enter Captain Ned Lockton, a rich and dashing war hero who sends Lydia's pulse racing. Little does she know that the enigmatic captain's family estate is secretly on the selling block… More...

Five Stars
Romance Reviews Today

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best historical romance Dangerous Highlander:
A Dark Sword Novel

Donna Grant
St. Martins, 2009
Historical romance/fantasy romance

First in a breathtaking new series, the bold and passionate Lucan MacLeod—one of three brothers cursed by dark magic for eternity—is driven by desire for the one woman he dare not let himself possess… More...

“I definitely recommend …” – Amy Wroblewsky, The Romance Reader …full book review

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best historical romance novels Emerald Embrace
Shannon Drake (Heather Graham)
Medallion Press, 2010
Historical romance

After a friend’s untimely death arouses suspicion of murder, Martise St. James journeys to the brooding Scottish castle of the late Mrs. Creegan to find her mystifying widower. Lord Bruce Creegan’s presence arouses more than just her suspicions. More...

“...fast-paced, intriguing, and passionate....” – Lauren Calder, Affaire de Coeur …full book review

Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly

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best historical romance novels Seduced by A Stranger
Eve Silver
Zebra, 2009
Historical romance

The vast, dense forest and murky lake that surround Cairncroft Abbey aren't the only menacing elements that envelop the estate. For a dark history lies behind its walls - where secrets and evil still linger...Catherine Weston arrives at Cairncroft Abbey to visit her childhood friend Madeline St. Aubyn whose health seems to deteriorate with each passing day. Even stranger, Madeline appears to grow more nervous whenever she is in the presence of her cousin, Gabriel. But Gabriel has quite a different effect on Catherine… More...

“... a thriller …” – Lototy, Coffee Time Romance & More …full book review

Available at AmazonSeduced by a Stranger, best historical romance novel
Where the Wind Blows, best historical western romance Where the Winds Blows
Caroline Fyffe
Leisure Books, 2009
Historical (Western) romance

Chase Logan liked being a loner, a drifter, free and clear as a mountain stream. But one look into Jessie Strong's sky-blue eyes and in the span of a heartbeat, he found himself agreeing to be her husband--and a father! Jessie knew it was all pretend. And only temporary. Just until the adoption went through for three-year-old Sarah. But the longer Chase stayed, the less she could imagine a long, lonely Wyoming winter without him. More...

Five Stars
The Romance Reader

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Untamed, best historical romance Untamed (MacKinnon's Rangers, Book 2)
Pamela Clare
Leisure Books, 2008
Historical romance

After he's captured by the French and threatened with being burned alive by their Abanaki allies, Morgan MacKinnon becomes a spy within their camp, never realizing just how treacherous his conflicting loyalties will be when he falls in love with an innocent yet alluring mademoiselle.

Five Stars
CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

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McAlistair’s Fortune, best historical, regency romance Mcalistair's Fortune
Alissa Johnson
Leisure Books, 2009
Historical/Regency romance

To Miss Evie Cole, ignorance was never bliss. That principle had driven her to become quite adept at a most unladylike pursuit—eavesdropping. And it was while honing this skill that she heard her guardians’ elaborate scheme to find her a husband. Too bad she’d vowed never to marry. At least she knew the peril they were planning to help entrap her was only pretend.

“...full of charm, wit and humor.” – Kristal Gorman, Romance Reader at Heart …full review

NOTE: This book was listed as a 5 star review on the RRAH’s overview page, but 4 stars on the review. Not sure which one is the typo, but the book seems like a good one, so we’ve listed it here.

Available at AmazonMcAlistair’s Fortune, best historical, regency romance
Lady and the Libertine, best historical romance novel The Lady & the Libertine
Bonnie Vanak
Leisure Books, 2009
Historical romance

A young Englishwoman discovers that her necklace is the key to a fabulous Egyptian treasure, and the dissipated earl who seeks it is after her as well.

“...banter was quick and sharp...” – Alexandra Cenni, Romance Reader at Heart …full review

Available at AmazonLady and the Libertine, best historical romance novel
His Woman, best historical romance His Woman
Diana Cosby
Zebra, 2008
Historical romance

Lady Isabel Adair is the last woman Sir Duncan MacGruder wants to see again, much less be obliged to save. Three years ago, Isabel broke their engagement to become the Earl of Frasyer's mistress, shattering Duncan's heart and hopes in one painful blow. But Duncan's promise to Isabel's dying brother compels him to rescue her from those determined to bring down Scottish rebel Sir William Wallace.Betraying the man she loved was the only way for Isabel to save her father, but every moment she spends with Duncan reminds her just how much she sacrificed. More...

Five Stars
A Romance Review

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best historical romance, the mischief of the mistletoe, lauren willig The Mischief of the Mistletoe
A Pink Carnation Christmas

Lauren Willig
Dutton Adult, 2010
Historical romance, espionage/mystery

'Tis the season to get Pink! Lauren Willig's beloved Pink Carnation series gets into the holiday spirit with this irresistible Regency Christmas caper.

Arabella Dempsey's dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls' school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies...

Reginald "Turnip"Fitzhugh-often mistaken for the elusive spy known as the Pink Carnation- has blundered into danger before. But when he blunders into Miss Arabella Dempsey, it never occurs to him that she might be trouble. More...

“Witty and clever...” – Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews …full book review

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A Knight’s Temptation, best historical romance novel A Knight's Temptation (Knight's series)
Catherine Kean
Medallian Press, 2009
Historical romance

A ruby pendant stands at the center of this tale of disgrace, plotting, redemption, and the reunion of childhood friends. Aldwin Treynarde is a squire who, in his youth, was banished from home for shooting Lord Geoffrey de Lanceau with a crossbow bolt and nearly killing the man. Later on, Aldwin discovered that he had been set up by the deceitful Baron Sedgewick, who fed him false stories about the lord's wrongdoings. More...

“...delectable delight...” – Danielle, Coffee Time Romance & More…full review

Available at AmazonA Knight’s Temptation, best historical romance novel
Enemy of the King, best historical romance novel Enemy Of The King
Beth Trissel
The Wild Rose Press, 2009
Historical romance

1780, South Carolina: While Loyalist Meriwether Steele recovers from illness in the stately home of her beloved guardian, Jeremiah Jordan, she senses the haunting presence of his late wife. When she learns that Jeremiah is a Patriot spy and shoots Captain Vaughan, the British officer sent to arrest him, she is caught up on a wild ride into Carolina back country, pursued both by the impassioned captain and the vindictive ghost. Will she remain loyal to her king and Tory twin brother or risk a traitor's death fighting for Jeremiah? More...

Five Stars
Long and Short Reviews

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best historical romance book Lady X's Cowboy
Zoe Archer
Leisure Books, 2006
Historical romance

EAST END MEETS WILD WEST To Lady Olivia Xavier, the cowboy who came to her rescue out of the foggy London dusk could have stepped straight from one of her favorite dime novels. But when she was thrown into his arms, his solid chest and strong embrace assured her he was very real indeed. She needed a helping hand to save her late husband’s brewery from an ambitious rival, and even though she couldn’t understand half of the American’s curious expressions, something in his gentle touch told Olivia she could trust this stranger from the untamed West. More...

“… I love it.” – Mrs. Giggles Reviews …full book review

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best historical romance book Love in a Bottle
Zoe Archer
Leisure Books, 2006
Historical romance

It was the most beautiful fungus botanist Sophie Andrews had ever seen. And the man who came with it was a pretty fine specimen, too: tall, handsome and flashing a grin that promised wickedness. Sophie knew the bottle of love potion the roguish peddler tried to push on her was a hoax, but she had no time to argue. One of England’s most vicious criminals had kidnapped her favorite uncle, and something had to be done. More...

Five Stars
Mrs. Giggles

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best historical romance novels The Duke's Wager
Edith Layton
Signet, 2000
Historical romance

An older book, but a great one...

Beautiful Regina Berryman-pursued by the most notorious bachelors in London in a competition where her innocence was the ultimate prize-turns the tables on her pursuers-and changes the rules of the game of love.... More...

“...exquisite.” – Sarah, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books …full book review

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Frederica, historical/regency romance novel Frederica
Georgette Heyer
Sourcebooks Casablanca, reprint 2009
Historical/Regency romance

When Frederica brings her younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, she seeks out their distant cousin the Marquis of Alverstoke. Lovely, competent, and refreshingly straightforward, Frederica makes such a strong impression that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society. Lord Alverstoke can’t resist wanting to help her… More...

Five Stars
Romance Reader at Heart

Available at AmazonFrederica, historical/regency romance novel
Faro's Daughter
Georgette Heyer
Sourcebooks Casablanca, reprint 2008
Historical/Regency romance

Beautiful Deborah Grantham, mistress of her aunt's elegant gaming house, must find a way to restore herself and her aunt to respectability, preferably without accepting either of two repugnant offers. One is from an older, very rich and rather corpulent lord whose reputation for licentious behavior disgusts her; the other from the young, puppyish scion of a noble family whose relatives are convinced she is a fortune hunter.

Max Ravenscar, uncle to her young suitor, comes to buy her off, an insult so scathing that it leads to a volley of passionate reprisals, escalating between them to a level of flair and fury that can only have one conclusion...

Five Stars
All About Romance

Available at Amazon
Enticing The Prince
(Kazanov Brothers Series
)

Patricia Grasso
Zebra, 2008
Historical

The daughter of Moscow's most celebrated jeweller, Katerina Pavlova has inherited a keen eye for gems. But when the whims of a wealthy prince bring tragedy to the Pavlovas, Katerina flees Russia with her family's fortune. Once in London, the beguiling Katerina reinvents herself as the Contessa de Salerno, a beautiful, mysterious aristocrat with a talent for making dazzling jewellery. Soon, every lady in London desires one of her glittering creations-while every man desires the Countess herself...Prince Drako Kazanov is one of the men who longs to seduce the Contessa. But Katerina is convinced that Drako is the man behind her family's downfall and she's determined to exact vengeance. More...

"...a magical book..." -- LeeAnn, Coffee Time Romance ...full review 
Mistress of Pleasure
Delilah Marvelle
Zebra, 2008
Historical, R

Granddaughter of a renowned courtesan, Maybelle de Maitenon has no interest in her grandmother's school in London where gentlemen receive instruction -- in the art of seduction. Her only desire in life is to remain independent, free from men and the shackles of marriage. But when Maybelle lays eyes on Edmund Worthington, the Duke of Rutherford, at a soiree, and hears of his scandalous reputation, she decides he's the perfect person for her to have a tryst with no strings attached... More...

"///wonderful new author! " -- Liadan, Coffee Time Romance ...full review 
A Most Unconventional Match
Julia Justiss
Harlequin, 2008
Historical

Hal Waterman's calling on the newly widowed Elizabeth Lowery is the caring act of a gentleman. And with her household in turmoil and a young son to support, she is certainly grateful for his help. Hal finds Elizabeth even more lovely than when they first met, but knows that she will only ever see him as a kind and often taciturn friend. More...

Five Stars
All About Romance
Her One Desire
Kimberly Killion
Zebra, 2008
Historical

England 1483--A time when the nobles would do anything to steal the crown. Proof of a conspiracy lies in the hands of the executioner's daughter. Her quest to save her father's soul endangers her life along with the Scottish spy she frees from the Tower of London.  More...

Five Stars
Affaire de Coeur
To Wed a Highlander
Michele Sinclair
Zebra, 2008
Historical

"The strong and handsome leader still has not been accepted by the Dunstan clan... Now he is being offered a red-haired, green-eyed, tomboy, termagant, to deal with and marry, who is willful, can wield a sword as well as, or better than, many of the Dunstan men, and worst of all, has no idea how to do woman's work...Michele Sinclair has a talent to keep the reader engaged with interesting storylines and unforgettable characters. A real Highland and Lowland treat!" -- Beverly …full review

"Hot, hot, hot!" -- Dottie, Romance Junkies …full review 
Moon of the Falling Leaves
Diane Davis White
Highland Press, 2008
Historical Western

Jessica Maxwell finds out just how uncertain life can be when she and her children are stranded on the side of a mountain with winter looming.... Swift Eagle has discovered his destiny in the flames of a vision that leads him to help this white family. Compassion Becomes Passion. Duty becomes desire when Jessica and Swift Eagle are forced to fight for their love, their survival in the old West. More...

"... a five book [star] story..." -- Magnolia, The Long and the Short of It …full review 
Your Scandalous Ways
Loretta Chase
Avon, 2008
Historical, R

James Cordier is all blue blood and entirely dangerous…. Francesca Bonnard has weathered heartbreak, scorn, and scandal. She's independent, happy, and definitely fallen; and she's learned that "gentlemen" are more trouble than they're worth. She can also see that her wildly attractive new neighbor is bad news. More...

Five Stars
All About Romance …full review 

Your Scandalous Ways is the only book in Historical Romance with an average 3 1/2 star ranking on Amazon.  We included it because it rated 5 stars from five separate reviewers, and the low Amazon ranking seems to be due to a controversy about the main character's occupation.
In Bed with the Devil
Lorraine Heath
Avon, 2008
Historical

They call him the Devil Earl—a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything—even strike a bargain with the devil himself. More...

Five Stars
CK2S Kwips and Kritiques
The Spymaster's Lady
Joanna Bourne
Berkley, 2008
Historical, PG-13

She's never met a man she couldn't deceive...until now. She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit. More...

"...a flat-out, spectacular book." -- Cheryl Sneed, All About Romance …full review 

(This book received more than one 5 star review from reviewers.  It averages 4.5 stars on Amazon.)

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My Lord and Spymaster
In the Brief Eternal Silence
Rebecca Melvin
Double Edge Press, 2005
Historical

Enter into the world of the Duke of St. James in Victorian England, 1863. . . Lizzie Murdock has heard of this Duke, derisively known as merely 'St. James' in an ironic twist to the title he holds versus his lifestyle known to be anything but saintly. The fact that he is rich and once considered 'the catch of the decade' holds no attractions for her. When he offers her an astounding proposal, she is more offended than flattered and vows to rebuff his determined advances. Little does she know that their continued sparring over her future will lead to the revelation that he believes he won't be sharing in it for very long. "I simply believe there is a very good possibility that you shall become a widow at an extremely young age," he tells her. "Now doesn't that make the prospect of marrying me much more pleasant?" More...

"...excellent reading..." -- Camellia, Long and Short Reviews …full review
Wild Sweet Love
Beverly Jenkins
Avon, 2007
Historical (African American)

Teresa July has led a hard life, but now she has a chance to put her train robbing past behind her. Armed with a new job as a cook to one of Philadelphia's elite families, Teresa is determined to start her life anew, and nothing––not even her boss's stuck–up (and far too handsome) son––is going to stand in her way. More...


 
Beyond the Night
Sharon Long
Samhain, 2007
Historical

A woman who's spent her life traveling the world only wants a place to call home. A man tired of his mundane existence craves a life of adventure….A letter from the father she believed dead forces India to make a difficult decision. In order to save her father, she must abandon her sanctuary and join forces with the viscount...a man she must betray if she is to be successful in her quest.  More...

"...wonderfully imaginative tale..." -- Chrissy Dionne, Romance Junkies ...full review 
A Reason to Believe
Maureen McKade
Berkley, 2007
Historical

Lonely and filled with regrets, Dulcie McDaniels struggles to provide a decent life for her daughter. Usually shunned by proper folks, she's suspicious of Rye Forrester, a drifter offering to work for his keep. More...

Five Stars
Romantic Times



 


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