4.17.2014

Regency Romance Roundup

It's no secret that I love Regency romances, especially really well written ones, and I've got a bumper crop of them coming up! And away we go...







Longbourn by Jo Baker had been getting great press prior to publication, so I was eager to read it once it hit the library shelves. It wasn't quite what I expected. This is sort of the "downstairs" version of Pride and Prejudice - while Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are trading barbs upstairs, downstairs we have Hill and her assistants keeping the Bennet house running. But, it's not just unglamorous work...we have intrigue, a forbidden romance, and more going on "below stairs". I'll be honest...I thought I would like this novel more; while I liked it well enough, it didn't sweep me into the period the way other novels of that era do. Still, an intriguing idea on a such a well-known story!

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James is her send-off of the classic Cinderella story, and it's another good one! She's forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, and of course, attracts the attention of a prince...who is betrothed to another. A straightforward plot, witty banter, and a classic romance make this another sure winner!

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare was absolutely FANTASTIC. :-) The first in the "Spindle Cove" series, this is a sharply written, funny, romantic series, and I loved every single character and every single page. This time, we have the main lady in charge of Spindle Cove, Susanna, who goes head to head with the new Earl of Rycliff, who is determined to put a militia in a town devoted to women only. Sparks (and verbal barbs) fly, and I couldn't put it down. When I closed it, I keenly felt like I was missing some new friends and their funny, romantic conversations. So, I immediately grabbed...

A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare! Now, let it be said, I NEVER read a sequel right after reading a book - I usually wait, read something else, but I couldn't let Spindle Cove go! In this fun romp, Minerva needs to be in Scotland (for academic reasons), and Colin is just the rake to get her there. Of course, fun and mayhem follow them both, along with lots of comic (and romantic) moments. I did take a break from Spindle Cove...for about a minute and then grabbed...

A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare! Kate Taylor has always thought she was monstrous to look at, and Corporal Thorne has always thought himself too gruff and standoffish to love. Naturally, these two crazy kids have to get together, but how they get there is very sweet - and fraught with danger and romance. Another great story!

Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare was therefore next on my reading list! Seriously, I read them all one after another after another! I NEVER DO THAT! Anyhoo, in this one, Griffin is determined to defy his mother and not marry well, and instead (through a wager of sorts) settles on marrying the first woman he sees - a serving girl named Pauline. Of course, this unlikely match will all work out in the end but how they get there is all the fun...

Once those four books were done, I was truly down in the dumps - I missed the characters, the setting, the witty repartee. I CANNOT wait for the next novel in the series! Can't wait!


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