4.24.2014

Regency Romance Roundup

I got my love of reading from my father, who got it from his mother.

I always remember both of them having hundreds of paperback novels around the house or flat, but it wasn't until I was older I realized they shared a common love for a particular type of novel - the Regency Romance.

Whether it's the traditional tomes of Georgette Heyer (my father's favorite, or nearly!), or the more sensual novels of Mary Balogh or Stephanie Laurens, they both found their genre and stuck with it.

(Mum preferred her Regency genre on the screen - delighting in Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson. I do too.)

I remember reading a couple of the books when I was perhaps too young to appreciate them, and it hasn't been until the last five or tend years or so that I've come to truly, truly love the genre, picking out my own favorite authors. In fact, I created an entire display in the library dedicated to Regency romances!

 The Whole Display

Explaining the Differences

In any case, here are the latest Regencies I've been reading...



A Duke of her Own by Eloisa James is part of the "Desperate Duchesses" series, and is the last book in the series, featuring Villiers, the father of six children, and desperately needing a mother for them. He is torn between two women - Lisette and Eleanor - and thus between his head and his heart. This wasn't my favorite of James' books, but it was fast-paced and had snappy dialogue. As usual. :-)

When the Duke Returns by Eloisa James is part of the same series, but I enjoyed it more. The Duke of Cosway and Isidore have been married by proxy for years and years, but have never met. She finally lures him to London, and he immediately demands an annulment. Well, that's not going to fly. I enjoyed these characters more than the other book, and enjoyed their back-and-forth more. I must say, though, I tend to prefer James' "Fairy Tale" series much more!

A Lady Never Surrenders by Sabrina Jeffries is the last in this trio - I had read Jeffries 'Twas the Night After Christmas last winter and really, really loved it, so I wanted to read more by this author. This is a part of the "Hellions of Halstead Hall" series, which I've not read, but I found it easy enough to jump in! Lady Celia is being forced to find a husband by her domineering grandmother and hires a Bow Street Runner (a detective) to look into her prospective matches. Naturally, they fall for each other instead. ;-) I enjoyed this novel well enough, but it wasn't nearly as good as the Christmas one, which I am tempted to re-read sometime this year!

The Arrangement by Mary Balogh is a second book in the "Survivors Club" series - and it has a GUY on the cover, instead of a girl! *gasp* I really enjoyed this novel - Vincent is a survivor of the war, but has been rendered blind. Sophie is the poor relation of her family, and has been treated as though she doesn't exist. Through a turn of events, these two cross paths, come to an "arrangement", and off they go. I loved the writing, the fact the characters weren't stereotypical (he wasn't a rake, she wasn't ravishing), the twist of dealing with an injury, and of course, the happy ending. ;-) I definitely want to read more in this series!

Is there a genre you are particularly wedded to, or that was "passed on" by your parents or siblings?

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