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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2018/05/15 Permalink
    Tags: amanda quick, bound for eden, , midnight promises, , pamela yaye, pleasure in his kiss, , , shadow keeper, shelter in place, , tess lesue,   

    Romance Roundup: Tea Shop Ladies, Personal Trainers, and Beauty Bloggers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a wagon train-leading cowboy, a sanitarium escapee who finds romance, and a beauty blogger who is spending her nights with a very sexy judge.

    Bound for Eden, by Tess LeSue
    Our plucky heroine, Alexandra, is escaping a dangerous, murderous pack of brothers with her own brother and sister, so she doesn’t have time to dilly dally. They join a wagon train, which is led by the very libidinous Luke Slater, who is pretty much every historical cowboy fantasy we’ve ever dreamed of. (Luke, we would all LOVE to get on your wagon train!) The trouble is, Alexandra has disguised herself as “Alex,” and she can’t let Luke know that she’s actually, you know, a lady with some very womanly needs. (At one point, Alexandra sees him nekkid in a tub and the pining just gets even worse from there.) Hang in there, Alex! I mean, Alexandra! You already had the courage to save your family and dodge the bad guys, so you absolutely have what it takes to get your dream guy. This is the first book in LeSue’s Frontiers of the Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Other Lady Vanishes, by Amanda Quick
    Adelaide Blake just escaped a private sanitarium, so she’s got to lay low for a little bit. (Adelaide, we’ll do whatever it takes to help throw the hounds off of the scent!) She goes to Burning Cove, California, which is a Hollywood R&R haven, and gets a job at an herbal tea shop. Her work brings her in touch with widowed businessman Jake Truett. He’s pretending to just be another tired soul looking for some respite, and let’s just say that women would line up around the block for the chance to make him happy and relaxed. (This just miiiiiiiight be his cover, though.) When a famous local psychic is found dead, Adelaide and Jake get swept up in the mystery—not to mention a world of gangsters and other shady characters. Can they solve the murder and keep themselves above the fray? And can Adelaide be 100 percent honest with Jake about her past? (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Shelter in Place, by Nora Roberts
    Roberts’ latest thriller deals with a mass shooting—and the long-term effects it has on the victims. One guy decided to become a law enforcement officer, while one young lady grew up to become an artist. (She uses her artistic abilities to deal with the pain and help others, so yeah, she’s pretty awesome!) Just when everyone thinks they are finally healing from all of the tragedy, they realize that the whole ordeal may be far from over. Here’s hoping they manage to catch the bad guys and that everyone is able to heal together and move on! (Ideally over lots of fireside chats and s’mores and wine.) This is definitely a deep, dark, intense world to sink into, so grab your reading blanket and a beverage of choice and get cozy! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on May 29.)

    Shadow Keeper, by Christine Feehan
    Giovanni Ferraro loves to live up his Sexy Bad Boy reputation, mainly because it helps keep people from focusing on his family’s business. (He might be a shadow rider, which is not the easiest job to explain to your accountant.) Then he meets Sasha Provis. She grew up on a Wyoming ranch, so suffice to say she’s VERY different from the ditzy ladies who fawn over Giovanni. (True, he is worth fawning over, but so is our gal!) Sasha can take care of herself, thank you boys very much, but some bad people have evil designs on her. This makes Giovanni want to step up his cuddle game and prove to Sasha that he’s a guy worth keeping. Here’s hoping they manage to stay above the shady drama—and that Giovanni shows Sasha a great time in many imaginative ways! This is the third book in Feehan’s Shadow Riders series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 29.)

    Midnight Promises, by Sherryl Woods
    Elliott Cruz worked REALLY hard to win the heart of single mom Karen Ames. (He’s a personal trainer, so you know he’s got stamina!) They’ve been married now for a few years, but some conflicting desires and major family drama are causing a kerfuffle. Elliott wants to finance an opportunity with the money he and Karen have saved. (They initially wanted to use this money to have a baby, which is A Very Different Thing, and so Karen isn’t too thrilled with her man right now.) Oh, and a relative is cheating on his wife and dragging everyone else into the mess. Elliott and Karen, you two just focus on each other and figure out a nice compromise! Don’t forget why you got together in the first place—love and feelings and Elliott’s stunning biceps. Oh, and we will all babysit so that you two lovebirds can have a date night. Enjoy! This is the eighth book in Woods’ Sweet Magnolias series.

    Pleasure in His Kiss, by Pamela Yaye
    Karma Sullivan is a popular beauty blogger and the owner of the trendiest salon in the Hamptons. (Karma, we’re all booking our appointments—our many appointments—ASAP! Oh, and we are totally open to any DIY beauty tips you may have!) She’s also involved with Judge Morrison Drake, and let’s just say he’s more than welcome to wear nothing under his robe. Karma doesn’t want to get too close to him, though, because she’s got a family secret that can ruin everything Morrison has worked for. Karma, would you please realize that Morrison is a great man who loves you with a once-in-a-lifetime kind of passion? And Morrison, make sure you show Karma how much she means to you. (Over and over and over and—well, we’re all sure you get the picture, buddy!) This is the first book in Yaye’s Love in the Hamptons series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 22.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Tara Sonin 6:00 pm on 2018/02/27 Permalink
    Tags: a court of frost and starlight, , , a rogue of her own, , , , amanda quick, ashes on the moor, , , , devil in tertan, , ella quin, , , , , his wicked charm, , hurts to love you, , , , , , , , , , , , natural blonde instincts, , , sarah m. eden, , , the designs of lord randolph cavanaugh, the high tide club, the identicals, , , the sins of lord lockwood, , the world of all souls, too wilde to wed, , we can't wait!,   

    Romance Spring Preview: 24 of Our Most Anticipated Novels 

    Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but Spring will soon be here! There is no better time for romance to bloom than when the frost thaws and our world starts to become sunnier, hotter…you get the idea. Here are 25 of our most anticipated romances coming this season.

    February

    The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand (February 20)
    It’s a tale as old as time: twins who couldn’t be more different, find themselves living a life where the grass is always greener, and learning something in the process. Harper is low-key, relaxed…and a complete romantic disaster. Tabitha is dignified, with a high standard for taste (and the debt to match)…not to mention a teenage daughter she can’t reign in. By switching islands and living the other sister’s life, they find a way to bury the resentments of the past, and both find hope for the future.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas (February 20)
    Garrett Gibson has never taken no for an answer—that’s how she became a doctor in an age and a society where women were discouraged from doing anything of the sort. She may be daring, but she’s never taken a risk in matters of the heart…until she meets Ethan Ransom, a detective for Scotland Yard, and gives into the throes of passion. But when she is pulled into a dangerous case, the stakes are raised, and she could lose more than her heart.

    A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole (February 27)
    We’ve all gotten strange emails claiming we’re betrothed to an overseas prince, right? Naledi Smith knows they’re a scam, and one she doesn’t have time for. But in this case, they’re true: Prince Thabiso has been looking for the missing girl he was supposed to marry—and when he meets Naledi, she thinks he’s nothing but a regular person like her. And so he decides to play along, believing he can convince her to love the man behind the crown.

    The Marquis and I, by Ella Quin (February 27)
    Charlotte has been kidnapped, thanks to her brother-in-law’s recklessness (and the enemies he made as a result). But then she is rescued by a man even more unscrupulous, and her reputation is in tatters. She wants nothing to do with Constantine, the Marquis who rescued her…but he is determined to win her heart.

    The Sins of Lord Lockwood, by Meredith Duran (February 27)
    Liam is on a quest for revenge after his wedding to Anna was taken from him thanks to a conspiracy. But Anna has not given up on the man she loves, despite his pleas to leave him to his life of vengeance.

    March

    A Rogue of Her Own, by Grace Burrowes (March 6)
    Miss Charlotte Windham has no intention of ever marrying, and the best way to ensure that no one would ever want to marry her is a simple scandal. Lucas Sherborne is the perfect man to rope into her plan—but instead, thanks to his own desires to marry a woman of influence and wealth, they end up at the altar instead. A marriage neither one of them truly wanted turns into a love they never knew they needed.

    Ashes on the Moor, by Sarah M. Eden (March 6)
    It is 1871, and Evangeline has been sent by her grandfather to a small mill town to teach—and if she fails, she will never see her inheritance or her younger sister, the last family she has left, again. She keeps her upper-class status a secret as she finds a community in the town, bonding with Dermot, an Irish brick mason and his son…but when her secret is revealed, she must piece together the unraveling threads of her life to find a happy ending.

    High Voltage, by Karen Marie Moning (March 6)
    The Fever series continues with Dani protecting the people of Dublin against the forces of evil gathering strength beneath the surface. Her bond with Ryodan is stronger than ever, but even the immortal cannot protect her from the horrors from her past.

    With This Man, by Jodi Ellen Malpas (March 20)
    Jesse Ward is back in the new installment in this erotic romance series, and his entire world is rocked thanks to a tragic accident. Jesse and Ava were happy. But then she ends up in the hospital, and they aren’t sure she’s going to make it. Which would be bad enough…except that when she does pull through, she cannot remember him. Or anything about the last sixteen years. So Jesse is once again given a problem he might not be able to conquer: seducing his wife, and proving to her that the last sixteen years are worth remembering.

    Accidental Heroes, by Danielle Steele (March 20)
    Someone on plane A321 is going to do something terrible, and only Homeland Security agent Ben Waterman can figure out who, and how to stop them in time. In this thriller, a TSA agent informs him of a suspicious postcard with a mysterious message, and together they must rise to the occasion and become heroes to save the day.

    His Wicked Charm, by Candace Camp (March 27)
    Lilah hates Constantine Moreland. To make things worse, his twin brother married her best friend. But when his sisters are kidnapped, she helps him on the case and discovers there is more to him than meets the eye.

    Hurts to Love You, by Alisha Rai (March 27)
    Evangeline Chandler is an heiress, which means she knows the rules: don’t embarrass the family, don’t reveal your true feelings, and don’t hook up with the help. But she can’t help the attraction she feels for Gabriel, even if they can never be together. That is, until they find themselves unable to stop being together.

    Twice Bitten, by Lynsay Sands (March 27)
    Elspeth Argeneau has been alive for almost two centuries, but it’s only after getting away from her very controlling mother that she feels like she can start to experience life. Between hunting vampires, she can certainly find time for a fling. Especially with a guy who has no idea what she is.

    April

    The Thief, by J.R. Ward (April 10)
    The Black Dagger Brotherhood saga continues with the story of Sola Morte, a human woman—and former criminal—who is trying to reform herself and live the life she needs to in order to keep her grandmother safe. What she doesn’t need is a distraction, especially from Assail, the only man she’s ever truly felt something for…though she doesn’t know the truth that he is a vampire, and deals in arms with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. But when his life is in danger, Sola must risk it all to bring them together again.

    Natural Blonde Instincts, by Jill Shalvis (April 16)
    After trying to do her own thing, Kenna has decided it’s time to join the family business and prove herself capable of taking the reigns. The problem? Her boss is hot, powerful, and not falling for her feminine wiles.

    The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh, by Stephanie Laurens (April 24)
    The titular character of this historical romance is loyal only to those closest to him—for everyone else, his top priority has always been his finances. But when an investment falls through, he is torn between seeking restitution for his losses…and seeking the heart of a brilliant woman.

    A Devil of a Duke, by Madeline Hunter (April 24)
    Gabriel is a rake of the first order, used to getting everything he wants from the world, and from women. Which is why it’s incredibly frustrating to be falling for—and bedding—a woman who will give him her body, but not her name or her heart.

    May

    A Court of Frost and Starlight, by Sarah J. Maas (May 1)
    A continuation of the Court of Thorns and Roses series, this story bridges the initial three novels with the latter tales in the series. Feyre and Rhysand are rebuilding their world following a devastating conflict: love, war, loyalty, and friendship collide for another adventure in the world of the High Fae.

    Someone to Care, by Mary Balogh (May 1)
    Viola has not been able to move on from the shame and trauma of being stripped of her title after the death of her Earl husband. Not the young debutante she once was, but not ready for the grave, either, Viola isn’t sure where she fits…until she finds herself falling for the Marquess of Dorchester, a notorious rake…and a man worth risking her limited standing in society for.

    The World of All Souls, by Deborah Harkness (May 8)
    There is much more to the story of Oxford historian and witch Diana Bishop and time-traveling vampire Matthew Clairmont…and this guide to the world in which they met and fell in love reveals all!

    The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews (May 8)
    In this perfect early-spring beach read, a woman is given an arduous task by an aging heiress: find the descendants of her long-deceased friends, with whom she was not able to make amends before they died, and bring them together.

    The Other Lady Vanishes, by Amanda Quick (May 8)
    1930’s California is a place of beauty and danger when a woman escapes from a sanitarium and starts a new life, only to be tempted by a widowed businessman and drawn into a murder mystery.

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London (May 16)
    Lottie is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her home safe, including taking her Highland clan to the ocean for illegal whiskey sales and holding a captain from a rival clan captive after an attack on her vessel. Aulay never thought he’d let himself get bound by a woman’s heart, and yet he can’t help but want to possess Lottie as much as he wants her ship.

    Too Wilde to Wed, by Eloisa James (May 29)
    Since being jilted, North went to war and cultivated a reputation for being ill-suited to marriage. But he doesn’t know that his almost-bride, Diana, never intended to hurt him, and her reputation has paid a price as well.

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:30 pm on 2018/02/21 Permalink
    Tags: a home for hannah, amanda quick, amy lillard, darkest night, , , , maybe this time, , , , , the girl who knew too much, wherever you are   

    Romance Roundup: Amish Single Parents, Whiskey Lovers, and Family Scandals 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an elite operative who needs a bit of help, a woman who gets a great job at a whiskey distillery (and a super hot boss), and two Amish single parents with an interesting history.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas
    Dr. Garrett Gibson is the only lady doctor in England, and she’s a darn fine one, thank you very much. (Thank you, Garrett, for helping to pave the way for women doctors!) She’s never felt the passionate feelings before, but that changes when she meets Ethan Ransom. He used to be a detective for Scotland Yard, and he’s seen some pretty dangerous cases in his time. (A tough streak AND a face carved by angels? Sorry, Garrett, but there’s no way you’re NOT falling for him!) Rumor has it that Ethan is an assassin, no one is really sure, but the chemistry between him and Garrett deserves its own investigation. They share one night of passion and then go their separate ways. They can’t stay parted for long, though, as Garrett ends up getting sucked into his latest case. Can they manage to keep each other alive through this dangerous mission? And will this force them both to realize that they are, like, perfect for each other? This is the fourth book in Kleypas’ Ravenels series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on February 27.)

    Wherever You Are, by Maya Banks
    Our gal Skylar Watkins, an elite operative who goes on dangerous missions, is getting some much-need rest when her vacation plans get interrupted in the rudest way possible. (Someone might have tried to kill her, which is SO not cool.) She’s kind of stranded, and things aren’t looking so great. Then she remembers that someone—a Very Hot Guy—still owes her a favor. (She once helped him in a major way.) She reaches out to him, and sure enough he comes running to her rescue. He’s still very grateful to her—and still very, very hot—and he soon realizes he would like to have a more permanent situation with Skylar. Good for you, buddy! Nothing is more attractive than a man with rock-hard abs AND the ability to recognize a good woman when he has one. This is the latest book in Banks’ KGI series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 1.)

    The Girl Who Knew Too Much, by Amanda Quick
    Readers who fancy a 1930s mystery will savor Quick’s latest! (Quick, there must be hats! Lots of cute hats!) Celebrity reporter Irene Glasson is hunting a major scoop at the Burning Cove Hotel, a fancy-schmancy getaway for the rich and famous. She soon discovers a very famous and very dead actress at the bottom of a pool, and then finds herself embroiled in a pretty gruesome murder mystery. Her target is another famous person—a leading man. Irene pairs up with the hotel’s owner, the very handsome Oliver Ward, who is willing to do what it takes to keep any scandals far, far away. (He used to be a famous magician until an injury made his career vanish in a puff of proverbial smoke.) Can they solve the mystery while also staying alive and exploring their growing attraction to one another? (Available in paperback on February 27.)

    Maybe This Time, by Nicole McLaughlin
    Jen Mackenzie’s life hasn’t been the smoothest ride, but she’s always put her big-girl panties on and dealt with every situation. (Jen, you’re a hero and inspiration to us all!) She even helped her mother through cancer, so you can imagine. Now she’s found a great job at The Stag, a boutique distillery that’s also a major wedding venue in Kansas City, so that’s a major win. Oh, and her new boss is none other than TJ Laughlin, who is better than the best shot of whiskey. He’s had feelings for her since high school, and now as a virile adult man he’s feeling even more feelings. The thing is, our gal is quite independent and doesn’t always want a helping hand. (Oh, but Jen, have you seen his hands?!) Here’s hoping she realizes ASAP that she’s found The One. And that we all get wedding invitations, because yummy whiskey. (Jen, we promise to get designated drivers!) This is the second book in McLaughlin’s Whiskey and Weddings series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on February 27.)

    Darkest Night, by Tara Thomas
    Tilly Brock’s family was one of the most highly-regarded in Charleston. Then a very big scandal came out, and let’s just say the dinner invitations stopped pouring in. She also had to stop hanging out with Keaton Benedict. Tilly and Keaton had HUGE feelings for each other, but after her family’s reputation went up in smoke they sort of had to part ways. Now they’re back in each other’s lives, and Keaton is Charleston’s most popular bachelor. (Forget about southern humidity. Keaton’s body alone is bound to warm up any woman!) Getting over their past is going to be extremely difficult, because family and issues and scandal, but then an enemy tries to take down Keaton’s family. Tilly and Keaton, you can deal with this! And when the drama—all of it—is finally over, you can embark on the beautiful life together you deserve! This is the first book in Thomas’ Sons of Broad series. (Available in paperback on February 27.)

    A Home for Hannah, by Amy Lillard
    Widow Hannah McLean has returned to the Amish community she grew up in. She’s also brought her teenage son, and things have been rough for both of them lately. (Hang in there, Hannah!) One person is definitely eager to see her again, and that’s Aaron Zook. They were each other’s first loves (Hannah and Aaron, let us all quickly grab the popcorn before you delve into that bit of backstory, because we want EVERY juicy detail!). That old feeling is back, and they actually have a lot in common as adults. They’re both single parents, for one, and they’re each incredibly stressed out. (Aaron’s got three kids and a lot of land to maintain.) Hannah and Aaron, it sounds like the two of you should go on a VERY long walk together and get all of those feelings—both old and new—out into the open! This is the first book in Lillard’s Amish of Pontotoc series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 27.)

    What new romance novels are you relishing this week?

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  • Amanda Diehl 4:00 pm on 2017/11/08 Permalink
    Tags: , a promise of fire, alana delacroix, alanea alder, amanda bouchet, amanda quick, amy raby, annette blair, anya bast, bed mcmaster, , , cecelia tan, , christine warren, crux, cursed, , dana marie bell, , daunter of mystery, , , diablo lake: moonstruck, elisabeth stab, elizabeth hunter, emily croy barker, enchanted warrior, firelight, , grace draven, , heart of crystal, heart of stone, heather rose jones, her wish, how to tame a beast in seven days, if he’s wicked, , , , , juliet marlier, , , kirsten callihan, kylie griffin, labyrinth lost, lauren d.m. Smith, , lilith saint crow, lucy leroux, lynn kurland, m. j. rose, mary robinette kowal, masked possession, master of crows, michele bardsley, moira rogers, my commander, never again, nina walker, no proper lady, , prince of power, prism, rebecca zanetti, rising fire, , rose & thunder, , , second sight, sex and the psychic witch, shades of milk and honey, shadow bound, shadow of the wolf, sharon ash wood, sophie h. morgan, spellbound falls, star of the morning, , terri brisbin, the devil in disguise, the fire seer, , the mark of the tala, the red, the scribe, the siren and the sword, the thinking woman’s guide to real magic, , the witch of painted sorrows, , vengeance born, , wicked ride, wickedly dangerous, , witch fire, zoraida cordova   

    50 Magical Romances to Read Right Now 

    My own romance reading is rather varied, but I have a weakness: magic. Psychic abilities, being able to shoot fire from one’s hands, or even just mystical elements is enough for me to give a book a double take. Magic adds an extra, fantastical element to a romance as characters need to contend with their abilities or fight off powerful villains. Though the fifty romances below are not an exhaustive list, if you love magic in your books or are hoping to find the right blend of magic and romance, you’ll definitely find something to add to your reading pile!

    A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
    A Discovery of Witches is probably the first book that comes to mind for books that blend magical elements and romance. Unbeknownst to her, Diana Bishop finds an “alchemical manuscript” while conducting research. Further complicating things, Diana also comes from a long line of witches. The emergence of the manuscript sends Diana’s life into chaos as other witches, demons, and even vampires join in the quest to obtain the manuscript for themselves.

    A Promise of Fire, by Amanda Bouchet
    I cannot say enough amazing things about this book. If you like strong, powerful heroines with dark secrets and a burgeoning need for revenge, pick this up immediately. Cat works at a traveling circus, hoping the constant moving will keep her from being undetected because she’s a Kingmaker. She has the rare ability to sense when someone is lying, making her very valuable, especially to Griffin, a normal warlord who has bested a magical family to rule a kingdom. With elements of mythology and face-melting fireballs, this is a fantasy romance readers won’t soon forget.

    Burn for Me, by Ilona Andrews
    Ilona Andrews has a handful of amazing series with magic, but their Hidden Legacy series is by far my favorite. In Houston, magic is real and the elite community is ruled by powerful magical families. Nevada Baylor works as a private investigator, taking small time cases where she can determine what is the truth and what’s a lie. As her abilities grow stronger, making her a target of anyone who wants her talents on their side, she may very well wind up in over her head on her next case, especially when it causes her to partner with elusive billionaire, Connor “Mad” Rogan.

    Crux, by Moira Rogers
    Mackenzie Evans is on the run from a man who thinks she’s destined to mate with him to create strong, supernatural babies. Taking refuge in New Orleans, she soon learns that not everything her stalker has said is nonsense. Magic is real and she’s part of a shifter bloodline. Jackson Holt is a charming spell caster and a private investigator. He’s been hired by Mackenzie’s new boss to help her with the stalker situation. There’s action, mystery, and plenty of scene-stealing secondary characters as Jackson introduces Mackenzie to a world she’s never known before.

    Cursed, by Lucy Leroux
    Up until the age of twelve, Isobel Sterling was trained in witchcraft, a gift that she kept secret from the people around her. She’s found a haven working as a governess for the Montgomery family, but soon the home is visited by several strange individuals, namely Matteo Garibaldi. She senses something dark in Matteo and does her best to avoid the Montgomerys’ guest whenever possible, but fate has other ideas when Isobel and Matteo become shut inside for a night.

    Daughter of the Forest, by Juliet Marillier
    Juliet Marillier is the author to go to if you love beautifully detailed fantasy settings. Sorcha is the youngest of seven children, with six older brothers who are now cursed to take the form of swans. As her father takes a new wife following the death of Sorcha’s mother a decade earlier, things take a turn for the worse as she’s sent away, kidnapped by her family’s enemies. When a man comes to her rescue and takes her under his protection, Sorcha is conflicted between her blossoming feelings of love and her need to break her brothers’ curse.

    Daughter of Mystery, by Heather Rose Jones
    Daughter of Mystery is a lesbian romance set in a detailed fantasy realm with religious-based magic, political intrigue, and a fish-out-of-water heroine. Margerit Sovitre is surprised to learn that she’s inherited the fortunes and the protective bodyguard of a baron. The change in finances catapults her to being one of the most eligible heiresses on the market. Thrust into a world with which she isn’t familiar, she relies on her new guard, Barbara to lead her. But when Barbara sees an end to her servitude, she must choose to finally live a free life or take up arms for Lady Margerit.

    The Devil in Disguise, by Cynthia Eden
    As overlord of dark, sinister creatures, Luke Thorne typically wants for nothing until he meets Mina James, a living, breathing siren. Her appearance in his life is a temptation he cannot ignore and he longs to claim the rare woman, but he comes to realize that Mina is out for herself. She is destined to escape her enemies and Luke’s all encompassing power is the best way to make that happen. Can the two come to a mutually beneficial arrangement or are they destined to use and betray each other for the sake of power?

    Diablo Lake: Moonstruck, by Lauren Dane
    Katie Faith isn’t happy about having to slink back to her hometown, especially after being jilted by her werewolf ex-fiance. But Diablo Lake is full of magic and two warring shifter families, the Dooleys and the Pembreys, and her return doesn’t go unnoticed. Werewolf Jace Dooley has known Katie for years, though now that both of them are all grown up, there are more than just friendly feelings getting in the way. Unfortunately, Katie and Jace’s flirtation means all sorts of trouble once the Pembreys realize their rivals have a witch on their side.

    Enchanted Warrior, by Sharon Ashwood
    As one of King Arthur’s knights, Gawain remembers the fall of Camelot. But the world he is now in looks nothing like the one he has known. Somehow, someway, Gawain wakes up in present day in the Medievaland Theme Park. Historian Tamsin Greene isn’t sure she believes that stranger who appears in the park in which she works. However she’s determined to help him. Though no matter how much Gawain wants Tamsin’s help, he senses a deep magic within her. And if there’s one thing he abhors as a knight, it’s a witch.

    The Fire Seer, by Amy Raby
    In the Coalition of Mages, Taya is known as a fire seer, and she’s determined to maker her fellow magical colleagues take notice. By accepting a mission to track down a rogue mage, Taya knows her work is cut out for her, which is why she’s taking on a bodyguard. What she doesn’t expect is that her guard is her former nemesis, Mandir. The two are unsure if they can set aside their differences to work together, but they see no harm in trying, if the rogue mage doesn’t track them down first.

    Firelight, by Kristen Callihan
    A paranormal historical with Beauty and the Beast elements, Firelight has one of the strongest heroines, both physically and emotionally. Miranda Ellis is a fire starter, a secret she desperately tries to hide. Lord Benjamin Archer is a mysterious figure who hides his face behind a mask. He’s also been in love with Miranda for years. As circumstances throw them together again, leading to a marriage of convenience, the two not only must confront their growing feelings for one another, but also deal with accusations that could lead to Archer’s arrest.

    Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen
    Sarah Addison Allen is an expert at writing magical realism. The Waverly women are used to being the subject of gossip in their small town in North Carolina. Claire Waverly keeps to herself, dedicating her time to her catering business, but when her wayward sister and niece come back to North Carolina, things become increasingly complicated. Claire’s predictable life spirals into a tailspin; her magic, based on emotions, becomes harder and harder to control. For readers who prefer their romance on the lighter side and have a weakness for sisterly relationships, this one’s for you.

    Heart of Crystal, by Lauren D.M. Smith
    Azara comes from a family of fire mages, a family that has been kidnapped and taken from her. She’s heard rumors of her family’s whereabouts and she’s determined to free them. In order to save her family, she must pose as a tea merchant alongside her emperor’s magus, Jin, to gain access to enemy territory. Her rescue mission is more dangerous than she realizes, as the two mages battle their feelings for one another amidst an underlying betrayal.

    Heart of Stone, by Christine Warren
    Ella Harrow is a self proclaimed “art geek.” She also just so happens to have psychic abilities. Working in a museum allows Ella to keep herself secluded, alone with artifacts and her powers contained. But then one of the museum’s statues comes to life. Kees is a gargoyle unintentionally awakened by Ella, though the why of the matter has yet to be determined. Was he awakened to protect the earth from danger, or does Ella’s presence have something to do with it?

    Her Wish, by Sophie H. Morgan
    With a quite funny take on the typical paranormal romance, genies are celebrities in the modern world. Women want them and men want to be them. Unfortunately, Charlie Donahue wants absolutely nothing to do with genies, which makes it awkward that her friend entered Charlie into a lottery to win a genie at her command. It’s even more awkward once she wins and notorious genie Jax Michaels appears to make all her wishes come true. The two are not quite enemies, but Charlie makes it quite clear she’s immune to his charms, which only spurs Jax on even more.

    How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days, by Kerrelyn Sparks
    Luciana has lived a sheltered life, never once leaving the Isle of Moon, but her father has given her a chance to see the rest of the world. There’s just one catch: In order to leave their home, she must agree to marry Lord Leofric, known as the Beast of Benwick. Both individuals agree to the match, though they imagine love probably isn’t in the cards…Until they discover each other’s magical abilities. Luciana is more powerful in her magic than Leo realizes, while Leo’s fear of endangering others with his ability to harness lightning slowly seems to wane. Two magical strangers falling in love after agreeing to an arranged marriage? Yes, please!

    If He’s Wicked, by Hannah Howell
    Julian Kenwood can’t shake the feeling that his life is in danger, but he has nothing to corroborate that feeling, until Chloe Wherlocke shows up on his doorstep. Chloe receives visions and the latest one she has shows a dangerous and deadly plot against Julian and his child. She’s earnest in her need to save him and prevent her vision from occurring. All she has to do is convince the broken-hearted Julian to trust her.

    Labyrinth Lost, by Zoraida Córdova
    If you’ve always thought you needed a queer Alice in Wonderland-inspired romantic journey featuring witches, look no further than Labyrinth Lost. When it’s revealed that Alex is a the most powerful bruja in a generation, she’s anything but excited. In fact, she hates magic and schemes to rid herself of her abilities. But when the spell goes haywire and her family vanishes, Alex knows she must use her powers for the sake of righting her wrong. There is an element of romance that I think will delight many readers, though it’s worth a read just for the world-building and magic.

    The Magpie Lord, by K.J. Charles
    Magician Stephen Day absolutely hates Lord Crane. Well, rather, he hates Crane’s family. But Stephen quickly learns that Crane is nothing like his father, and when the man needs magical assistance, Stephen can’t find the heart to say no. Sexual tension runs rampant between these two men amidst of backdrop of evil magic and mysterious attacks. For readers who like Gothic romances with a twist, The Magpie Lord has chemistry that crackles off the pages and a dark mystery that propels the story to great heights.

    The Mark of the Tala, by Jeffe Kennedy
    Andi doesn’t mind being the middle princess of her father’s kingdom. She prefers being overlooked in favor of sneaking off to the stables. Then, a strange man turns her life upside down. Rayfe is a man who rules a mysterious kingdom where gossip is frequent, as whispers travel that his lands are overrun by evil magic and shapeshifters. During a chance meeting with Andi, he declares the princess will make a fine queen for his kingdom. But the declaration sends Andi’s father into an obsessive madness, and Rayfe may be just the ally she needs.

    Masked Possession, by Alana Delacroix
    Caro Yeats is a masquerada, a person with the rare ability to change his or her appearance. Working for a public relations company that specializes in supernatural clients, she’s never met anyone quite like her, until now. Hoping to understand more about herself and her abilities, she takes on, albeit hesitantly, the assignment to assist Eric Kelton, a masquerada desperate to “rebrand” himself and fix the problems his alter egos have caused.

    Master of Crows, by Grace Draven
    Martise of Asher is on a dangerous mission: spy on the rogue sorcerer, Silhara of Neith, by posing as an interested apprentice, and turn him over to the Conclave. Silhara knows Martise is a spy the moment they meet. Not only does he have to navigate Martise’s eventual betrayal, but he’s also battling a madness that could have lasting effects on his world. As Martise commits to the role of her apprenticeship, her quest to find a cure for Silhara’s affliction starts to change, from duplicitous to earnest and sincere.

    My Commander, by Alanea Alder
    A sewing circle of magical matriarchs takes a turn after they consult a witch elder about when their sons will be supplying them with grandchildren. The elder surprises them with the knowledge that their sons all have mates waiting to be found, there’s just one catch: they’re all human. Aiden McKenzie truly feels like he doesn’t need a mate, though fate has other ideas when Meryn Evans enters his life and promptly knocks him out. Literally.

    Never Again, by Michele Bardsley
    In small town Nevermore, Texas, witches, wizards, and humans live relatively peacefully in their close knit community. Lucina Rackmore is a witch down on her luck. Her family’s finances are nonexistent, and her former lover and master wizard has reduced her magical talents to nearly nothing. To make matters worse, Nevermore is home to her ex-brother-in-law, Gray Calhoun, a man who was nearly sacrificed to a demon by her sister. But when it’s clear that there’s no love lost between Lucinda and her hometown, and that her dangerous ex is trying to “win” her back, Gray begrudgingly steps up to be her knight in shining armor.

    No Proper Lady, by Isabel Cooper
    Joan is from a time when demons plagued the earth. Unfortunately, she now finds herself thrown back in time to Victorian England, where a woman outfitted with all manner of weapons is a sight to behold. She knows what she must do though, as she’s been sent back in order to defeat an evil magician, to keep the demon-filled future from happening. To blend in enough to reach her target, Joan must seek help from Simon Grenville to teach her how to become the perfect Victorian woman.

    Prince of Power, by Elisabeth Staab
    Few rivalries have lasted longer than the one between vampires and wizards. Anton is the son of the Master Wizard, and his aim is to steal the power of the vampire king’s sister, Tyra. Though when he’s finally face-to-face with the undeniably beautiful vampire, things become…complicated, as Tyra also can’t seem to bring herself to vanquish the wizard before her. An enemies to lovers romance between two strong individuals from warring families.

    Prism, by Nina Walker
    Prism has an interesting concept that will make readers want to know more. The cover is also pretty gorgeous. In Prism, colors are directly related to alchemy, and young alchemist Jessa is undergoing her training under Prince Lucas. While Jessa just wants to complete her apprenticeship, Lucas is in desperate need to uncover the magic needed to heal his ailing mother, and time is running out. A unique take on the typical magic and alchemy young adult narrative, with a charming prince and an ambitious heroine.

    The Red, by Tiffany Reisz
    Tiffany Reisz knows how to write a darn good mysterious and erotic romance. Mona Lisa St. James made a promise to her mother that she’d do anything to keep her art gallery running, but Mona isn’t sure she has any choice but to sell it. Then Malcolm enters her life with an offer she can’t refuse. If she submits to Malcolm for a year’s time, he’ll save her gallery. Mona accepts, unaware of what she’s getting into, and who or what Malcolm truly is. A twisty and surprising romance that’s unlike anything you’ve read before.

    Rising Fire, by Terri Brisbin
    Brienne of Yester is having a problem. Her abilities with fire are starting to become dangerous, surging and sparking beyond her control. What she doesn’t know is that the dark powers of the “fabled fire goddess” are slowly starting to seep into her magic. William de Brus has been sent by the king to track down this destructive magical force and is completely taken off guard once he realizes the magic is coming from a woman. William does his best to try and free Brienne from her magic, but if he can’t, his orders are to destroy her.

    Rose & Thunder, by Lilith Saintcrow
    Isabella Harpe is a witch who lives a nomadic lifestyle, taking her tarot cards and packing up whenever the mood strikes her. She lands in Tremont City, where a tough assignment is waiting for her from her newest employer, Jeremy Tremont. His family has built their estate on an ancient, cursed plot of land, a land that has many secrets, and he needs her help. Isabella can’t argue with Jeremy’s paycheck, but the question is, can she survive through nightfall in order to break the Tremont curse?

    The Scribe, by Elizabeth Hunter
    Ava Matheson can’t stop hearing voices and she’s traveled to Istanbul, hoping to find answers. During her travels, she begins to realize she isn’t alone, as she’s seen the same group of men tailing her time and time again. Malachi is tasked with protecting the human race, that tattooed words and images on his skin imbued with magic. What Ava doesn’t realize is she has her own abilities, ones that are meant to complement Malachi’s. He just hopes he can convince her before someone takes Ava for their own, greedy purposes.

    Second Sight, by Amanda Quick
    Venetia Milton is at the Arcana House to photograph its mysterious artifact, though there’s something about her employer, Gabriel Jones, that unsettles her. Independent and thirsty for adventure, Venetia has the secret ability of sensing energies and auras, which makes her curiosity for the Arcane House’s artifacts even stronger. Though when people start disappearing and dying around Venetia, Gabriel takes a keen interest in getting to know the photographer a little more intimately.

    Sex and the Psychic Witch, by Annette Blair
    Prefer your romances more on the comedic side? Give Sex and the Psychic Witch a try! Harmony helps run her sisters’ curio shop. She’s able to “read” objects and get a sense of their previous owners. When a Celtic ring turns up, Harmony travels to Massachusetts in an effort to put an angry ghost to rest and restore King Paxton’s renovation project back to working order. An opposites attract, slapstick romance with a pushy witch and a stuffy hero!

    Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal
    Jane Austen meets magic in the start to the whimsically romantic Glamourist Histories series. Jane Ellsworth has the power to use glamour and when she finds out her sister’s suitor is manipulating her for her dowry, she refuses to stand idly by. The magic is interesting and the setting will be familiar to many historical romance fans. If you prefer a more subdued romance, this is a series that just keeps getting better and better. (The covers also look beautiful on any bookshelf.)

    Shadow of the Wolf, by Dana Marie Bell
    Christopher Beckett is a wolf shifter and he’s ready to find his mate, fed up with his life of loneliness. However, the qualities he seeks in a mate are very particular, and he hopes that by casting an ancient spell to find his partner, he’ll get everything he’s looking for. What he gets is Alannah Evans, a witch who has no problem with his “wolf” but has many issues with the fact that he practices magic. Though the two are unsure if Lana’s witch and Chris’ wizard will get along, an old enemy will become a bigger threat than any adversarial opinions.

    Shadowbound, by Bec McMaster
    An ancient relic has gone missing and Ianthe Martin is the one tasked with finding it. However, the only man who could possibly help her is that last man who wants to see her. Ianthe is the one responsible for having the Earl of Rathbourne locked away in Bedlam. He has zero desire to aid her in finding the relic, but the promise of freedom is too tempting to resist. However, Rathbourne has a few conditions of his own that will lead Ianthe to his bedroom, night after night.

    The Siren and the Sword, by Cecilia Tan
    An erotic LGBT magical romance set on a university campus! Kyle Wadsworth starts his freshmen year discovering that he’s magical. At a time when many young adults are beginning to learn about themselves, throwing in having to addresses one’s magical talents makes a stressful time even more so. Fortunately Kyle quickly settles into a group of students just like him, as the group undertakes honing their magic while trying to solve the mystery of the library’s secret siren who wanders the shelves.

    Spellbound Falls, by Janet Chapman
    Widow Olivia Baldwin isn’t interested in cultivating a relationship; her heart is full of helping take care of Inglenook, but when Maximilian Oceanus and his young, precocious son help her in escaping the unwanted attentions of a rather persistent suitor, there’s something that won’t let her ignore Mac’s presence. Her seatbelt locks and sticks when he’s around, doors just seem to open for him, and other little things that don’t seem to add up. For fans of contemporary small town romances with a cozy element, Janet Chapman’s Spellbound Falls series will hit all of those notes and more. And by more, I mean some rather adorable magic.

    Star of the Morning, by Lynn Kurland
    The Black Mage is slowly overtaking the kingdom of Neroche with his dark breed of magic, and there’s only one way to defeat him: a pair of magical swords. Morgan is no ordinary, maidenly woman. She’s a warrior and she wields one of the magical swords that can end the Black Mage’s reign. She knows she has a duty and along her quest, she meets Miach, a man with his own reasons for protecting the kingdom of Neroche. Morgan is wary of Miach at first, but with the trials of their journey ahead, distrust slowly gives way to respect and then to romance.

    Stars of Fortune, by Nora Roberts
    Nora Roberts is another author who has some great magical romances to read. What makes Stars of Fortune such a compulsive read is the cast of characters and Roberts’ deft hand at packing so much into a 300-ish page book. Sasha Riggs is an artist plagued with visions of people destined to save the world. Her only solace is to paint what she sees and she soon realizes that the people in her visions are very real, including the magician, Bran Killian.

    The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, by Emily Croy Barker
    This is more magical fiction with romantic elements and is great for readers who enjoy romance, but would rather it not be central to the story. Nora Fischer is supposed to be busy working on her dissertation, not getting herself sucked into a portal to another world where her life is transformed. But it all seems too good to be true, and the enigmatic Aruendiel is the only one who can get her back to her world in one piece.

    Vengeance Born, by Kylie Griffin
    Annika is half-human and half-demon, a disgrace to the pure blooded demons in her kingdom. The only thing she longs for is escaping to the human realm to live a life of peace. Kalan Tayn is one of the demon’s greatest enemies, known as a Light Blade, but he soon finds himself a prisoner to the demon horde. Sensing that Kalan is her chance to leave, Annika promises to help him make it home if he takes her with him. Vengeance Born is gritty, full of action, and Annika really shines with her ability to give and take away life.

    Water Bound, by Christine Feehan
    Rikki is autistic and has found a home amongst her sisters, but nothing comforts her quite like the water, and being near the ocean gives her a sense of peace. When she spots Lev Prakenskii caught in its currents, she doesn’t hesitate to rescue him. But Lev has no memory of his life before winding up in the waters, a treacherous life in which he served as a killer for the Soviet government. Fantasy and suspense combine perfectly in this romance with a slow burn attraction and two people who aren’t aware how close to danger they really are.

    Wicked Ride, by Rebecca Zanetti
    Come on, who doesn’t want to read about a magical, immortal, motorcycle-riding hero? Wicked Ride is the first book in the Realm Enforcers series, which gets better and better, though it’s advised that you read them in order. And who better to go up against an immortal than Alexandra Monzelle, a tough as nails vice cop? She does her best to avoid Kellach Dunne, but with his constant interference in her work, he’s rather hard to ignore. Especially when she’d rather get him into bed and get her attraction over with.

    Wickedly Dangerous, by Deborah Blake
    For those familiar with Russian folklore, you might recognize Baba Yaga as a figure of magic and mischief. Barbara Yager is a Baba Yaga, which is not just one, solitary being, but a title bestowed to several worthy women. Barbara lies low, posing as a researcher and herbalist with her dog and traveling in a magical camper. When a child goes missing, Barbara must help and confront several enemies she’s left behind. At least she has the attractive Sheriff Liam McClellan to keep her company.

    The Winter King, by C.L. Wilson
    Wynter Atrialan is out for revenge. Unfortunately, his quest has caused him to absorb a powerful magic that is slowing consuming him. Part of his plan for vengeance is taking one of his enemy’s daughter as his bride, Khamsin Coruscate, known as Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms. But while Kham expects the marriage to be a punishment to her, it actually affords her the freedom she’s long been denied. She wants to love her new husband, but the dangerous magic to which her Winter is connected may just destroy them both.

    Wintersong, by S. Jae Jones
    All of you Labyrinth fans out there, read this, immediately! This is a lyrical, magical romance in which a young woman with the gift of music agrees to become the Goblin King’s bride in order to save her sister. Fair warning that there’s a bit of a cliffhanger and many of us (myself included) are eagerly awaiting the follow up book. The Goblin King’s loneliness is palpable; he’s afraid to fully give himself over to Liesl knowing that she’ll soon leave him. A heartbreakingly fantastic story.

    Witch Fire, by Anya Bast
    Jack McAllister can harness the power of fire and his next mission from the Coven is rather personal. Years ago, he saw Mira Hoskins’ family murdered and he’s carried around guilt ever since. Now the same forces that destroyed her family are determined to drain Mira of her rare magical abilities. There’s just one problem, Mira has no clue that she’s an elemental witch who can command the power of air.

    The Witch of Painted Sorrows, by M.J. Rose
    What can you do when you become possessed by La Lune, a famous witch and courtesan from the sixteen century? When Sandrine Salome becomes fused with La Lune’s spirit, she starts to fully accept her “erotic nature,” while on the run from her cruel husband. Set in Paris in the late nineteenth century, The Witch of Painted Sorrows is undoubtedly romantic, but there’s an additional underlying seductive aspect of playing with fire.

    What romances with magic do you love?

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    50 Must-Read Regency Romances 

    There’s one genre of historical romance that has it all: Regency Romance. Taking place during approximately 1795-1837 (also known as the Regency era of England, where King George was ousted from the throne and his son took his place…who would later be followed by Queen Victoria!) there are hundreds of novels following the lives and loves of Lords, Earls, Dukes, Marquesses, Rogues, Spinsters, and more. For those just starting out in the genre (or those who can’t get enough!) I’ve narrowed it down to 50 must-read Regency romances, but if you have any other recommendations, leave them in the comments below!

    Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase
    A classic within the genre follows the infamous Marquess of Dain, whose reputation has not one iota of respectability. But when Jessica Trent walks into his life, Sebastian must convince a good woman to fall from grace—and fall in love with him.

    Slightly Dangerous, by Mary Balogh
    Mary Balogh is a Regency icon. Christine Derrick is intrigued when the mysterious Duke of Bewcastle invites her to become his mistress—but she isn’t an easy mark, and Wulfric soon realizes he’ll need more than lust to win her over.

    It Happened One Autumn, by Lisa Kleypas 
    An American heiress travels to England in search of a husband with a title—and the last man that will ever be is Marcus, the Earl of Westcliff. He’s cold, reserved, and stubborn beyond reproach. Then one night changes all of that, but once Lillian and Marcus fall in love, a conspiracy emerges to rip them apart.

    Flowers From the Storm, by Laura Kinsale
    Another veritable icon of Regency Romance where a wounded man with a dark past is healed by true love. Maddy Timms is a pious, religious woman—which is why she’s suspicious of the notorious rake Sebastian—Earl, Duke, and Viscount—working with her mathematician father. When he has a stroke, Maddy compassionately cares for him and learns that the past is nothing but a memory when confronted by a future with someone you deeply care for.

    Devil in Winter, by Lisa Kleypas 
    Read It Happened One Autumn and you will meet the villainous Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, one of Regency’s most beloved (and hated) rakes. There might be no one more dangerous, except Evangeline Jenner’s terrible, greedy relatives. That’s why a marriage of convenience with Sebastian is her only way to escape them. He agrees, but what starts as convenience becomes a relationship he would as soon die—or kill—for.

    Romancing the Duke, by Tessa Dare 
    After being raised on the fairytales of her writer father, Isolde has given up on true love. How can such happiness find her when she has no money and no home? But luck shines on Izzy when she finds out she’s inherited a beautiful castle from her godfather. There’s just one problem: Ransom Vane, the Duke of Rothbury, lives there. Blinded from an injury in his past, Ransom is harsh and bitter, but when Izzy arrives, one ray of sunshine turns into true love.

    When He was Wicked, by Julia Quinn 
    When Michael Stirling—a rogue known for his penchant for chasing women—meets Francesca Bridgerton, it is love at first sight. The problem? She’s marrying his cousin in two days.

    Thunder and Roses, by Mary Jo Putney
    Claire Morgan is desperate to save her small village—that’s the only reason she would approach the man known as the Demon Rake for help. He agrees, with one catch: move in with him, and tarnish her reputation, letting society think the worst of them both. But with them against the world, it’s no wonder an arrangement of mutual benefit eventually turns to love.

    Ruthless, by Anne Stuart
    Remember the ousted King George I mentioned earlier? Well, he had friends, and in this Regency romance they all secretly gather at a brothel to explore their carnal desires. No one is more accomplished at this than Viscount Rohan, except when it comes to Elinor Harriman, who seems immune to his seduction.

    Duke of Sin, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Sinfully attractive but dangerously unscrupulous, Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, has returned from exile to seek vengeance. But he meets Bridget Crumb, his new housekeeper, and finds he has a goal in mind. But Bridget has another reason for being in the Duke’s bedroom, and when her secret comes to light, their bourgeoning romance is threatened by the truth.

    A Rogue by any Other Name, by Sara McLean
    Another British elite exiled from society because of their dark past, the Marquess of Bourne is back, and back to his old ways. Lady Penelope Marbury doesn’t belong in his world. But she’s the key to helping him right the wrongs done to him, which means he must keep her close, but not let her into his heart.

    The Most Dangerous Duke in Londonby Madeline Hunter
    Clara Cheswick is a heroine with no interest in marriage. She has ambition and drive, publishing a women’s journal. So when the brooding and handsome rake Adam Penrose proposes marriage, she’s skeptical. After all, she’s the daughter of the man his family hates most.

    Nothing Like a Duke, by Jane Ashford
    Lord Robert Gresham loves Flora Jennings, but after years of pursuing her, he finally gives up. Of course, it’s at that exact moment when Flora shows up at his doorstep, finally ready for love.

    Blame it on the Duke, by Lenora Bell
    Nicolas, Lord Hatherly, does not want to marry—especially because madness runs in his family, and will inevitably come for him. But he has to marry to pay back his father’s debts. Alice Tombs feels the same way, having pushed away three suitors previously in her attempts to delay marriage. So they strike a deal: a summer to prove their marriage is “real”, and then they can go their separate ways. Except that the summer nights prove sensual, and what is fake and what is real become difficult to distinguish.

    Six Impossible Things, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Lord Rimsell is the opposite of a rake: strong, dependable, and honorable, he can be taken for his word. Which is why when he is caught after a moment of temptation with Rosalie Stratton, his course is clear: he must marry her, to protect their reputations. But Rosalie is not all she appears, and her secrets could taint Brody’s honor…

    Once Upon a Marquess, by Courtney Milan
    Judith Worth hates Christian Trent, the man she fell for who then destroyed her father. So when a difficult situation arises and she has to go to him for help, she is angry and ashamed. But Christian has always loved Judith, and will take this opportunity to do everything he can to convince her he’s not the man she thinks he is.

    One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, by Sara MacLean
    Philippa Marbury is a learned woman, who cares more for books than brooding men. Engaged to a lovely—albeit boring—man, she has the rest of her life planned out. But until the wedding takes place, she decides to pursue the parts of life she has ignored—for research purposes, of course. Enter scoundrel Cross, gaming hall owner and sexual conquest. But can Philippa keep her attraction to Cross purely scientific?

    What the Duke Desires, by Sabrina Jeffries
    Maximillian’s brother has been dead for a long time—which is why when a letter from an investigator hints that he may be alive, the Duke of Lyons is game to take on the case. But the investigator goes missing, and Maximillian is left with the man’s sister, Lissette, to seek out the truth. Now they are searching for two people, but conspiracy, and attraction, threaten to undo everything they are working for.

    If You Deceive, by Kresley Cole
    Ethan MacCarrick was brutally beaten and disfigured after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. He got his vengeance against the man who gave the order, but it only made him hungry for more. Which is why he decides to pursue Madeleine Van Rowen, his enemy’s daughter. But revenge is a dish no longer served cold when passion ignites between them.

    The Pleasures of Passion, by Sabrina Jeffries
    Niall Lindsay has killed a man, which means he has to flee for his life. He expects the woman he loves, Brilliana, to come with him, but she does not. She doesn’t wait for him, either. When the tarnished Earl returns to society on a mission for the government, he is forced to reunite with his former love, whom he now hates.

    A Duke of Her Own, by Eloisa James
    A rake must marry to take responsibility for his illegitimate children, fathered over his years of being irresponsible with women. No one is better suited to be the Duke of Villiers’ wife than Eleanor, the daughter of the Duke of Montague. Except that Lisette, the daughter of a different duke, engaged to another man…is the one who tempts him most.

    Ravished, by Amanda Quick 
    Harriet Pomeroy needs a husband to protect her against the looters and thieves using the caves along her seaside home. Who more fearsome to scare them away than the Beast of Blackthorne Hall, Gideon Westbrook? With his scarred face and dangerous reputation, he is the perfect protector…but it will take a lot to get him to find the heart needed to truly care for her.

    A Rose in Winter, Kathleen Woodiwiss
    Erienne Fleming is beautiful, with suitors lining up to court her—but she only has eyes for Christopher Seton, an American…and can’t marry him anyway, because of her father’s devastating debts. She is won (or, rather, purchased) by Lord Saxton, a man who wears a mask and cloak to hide the results of a terrible fire. And yet, just as she starts to fall for him, Christopher Seton appears once more. Which will she choose: to remain the wife of a man who may not be able to reveal himself to her, or to betray him?

    Forbidden, by Jo Beverly
    Serena Riverton is done with marriage after barely escaping her first one with her life. But in a moment of passion, she seduces Francis, Lord Middlethorpe, and suddenly finds herself wondering whether true love can undo the darkness of her past.

    Lord of Vengeance, by Lara Adrian
    The story of Beauty and the Beast is reinterpreted in this romance where a woman is taken captive in an act of revenge—but eventually, makes the man fall in love with her.

    Thief of Shadows, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Winter Makepeace is a cold headmaster and Lady Isabel Beckinhall is tasked with tutoring him in the art of high society—so needless to say, they don’t exactly get along. At least not at first. But little does she know that Winter lives a double life, as a masked vigilante determined to protect his community, even with violence. Could Winter’s dark secret ruin the possibility of love with Isabel?

    Edenbrooke, by Julianne Donaldson
    Marianne Daventry is bored with her life—so when her sister invites her to a country estate that promises to have some adventure, she jumps at the chance. While Cecily seduces the heir of Edenbrooke, she will enjoy her freedom. Except when she arrives, an innocent flirtation leads her to more adventure than she bargained for.

    Arabella, by Georgette Heyer
    Penned by the acknowledged original queen of Regency, this romance features a strong-willed heroine who, on her way to London, finds herself indisposed outside the home of Robert Beaumaris. Arabella pretends to be an aristocratic heiress, and so when Beaumaris introduces her to London society as one of them, she is scared of the consequences if he finds out she is a phony.

    Cold-Hearted Rake, by Lisa Kleypas 
    Devon Ravenel is a devilish rake whose plans are interrupted by the inheritance of an earldom, and the responsibilities that come with it: namely, freeing the estate of debt, and caring for the former Earl’s sisters and the man’s widow. Kathleen doesn’t trust Devon, but can’t deny her attraction to him—resulting in a war for both of them between honor and passion.

    Trial by Desire, by Courtney Milan
    Lady Kate Carhart has finally healed from the damage done when her husband left her. So when Ned returns without notice, determined to win her back, she is equally determined to resist his charms. But when a secret from her past comes back to haunt her, he is the only one she can depend on.

    Marrying Winterborne, by Lisa Kleypas
    Rhys Winterborne is ruled by his ambition, and nothing else. So when he meets Helen Ravenel, his desire to possess her is equal to his desire for wealth. But she is unfamiliar with the lengths men in high society will go to to take a woman’s body…including taking her virtue, to ensure that she’ll marry him to protect her own reputation.

    My American Duchess, by Eloisa James
    The Duke of Trent must marry a woman respected in society—aka, not Merry Pelford, a wealthy American infamous for leaving two betrothals. But one stolen moment between them is all it takes to show that they belong together…if only Merry weren’t already engaged, and determined to make it to marriage this time.

    Forever Your Earl, by Eva Leigh
    Eleanor Hawke is the original Carrie Bradshaw; a gossip columnist about the sin and scandal of London society. The Earl of Ashford is a constant feature in the column for his rakish behavior…but when he extends an invitation to no longer write about him, but be with him, Eleanor is intrigued. But Daniel’s true intentions are hidden, and when they come to light, will she wind up being the one gossiped about?

    When a Scot Ties the Knot, by Tessa Dare
    Sweet, awkward Madeline Gracechurch is about to be introduced to London society as an eligible prospect for marriage. The problem is she’s terrified, and so to avoid being pursued, she makes up a Scottish sweetheart. But when the man of her dreams, Captain Logan Mackenzie, shows up, he turns out to be as close to her childish fantasies as she could have dreamed.

    Sweet Disorder, by Rose Lerner
    Phoebe Sparks has been widowed, and decides never to marry again…except that she deeply cares about the results of the election in her small town, but can’t vote. However, if she had a husband, he could vote for her…enter Nicholas Dymond, brother of the candidate, who will do anything to help him win, including ensuring Phoebe finds a husband. But when an attraction grows between them, more than just politics is at stake.

    My Dangerous Duke, by Gaelen Foley 
    The Inferno Club is known for debauchery and rogueish behavior—but behind closed doors, they are an army in service of the King, avowed to protect their country and soil their reputations in the name of justice. Duke Warrington has sworn off love, having no time between the Inferno Club’s missions and out of fear of the tragedy that always befalls the men in his family. But complications arise when a kidnapped woman is brought to him and he decides to avenge her—because its more than just king and country he winds up fighting for, but her heart.

    The Magpie Lord, by KJ Charles
    An M/M Regency romance with a paranormal twist! Lucien Vaudrey has been exiled to China for twenty years. But his brother and father die in mysterious circumstances, and he has inherited both their titles, and their enemies. Stephen Day is a magician approached by the new Lord Crane to help him exact vengeance—and soon, as the magic of love forms between them, their relationship becomes more than just business.

    Will’s True Wish, by Grace Burrowes
    A shy, Shakespeare-loving heroine falls for an Earl’s spare as he investigates the mystery of dognappings in high-society London. Will is below Susannah in all the ways that matter in the aristocracy—but focusing on solving the case becomes difficult when their attraction rises to the surface.

    The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn
    Anthony Bridgerton the bachelor of all bachelors, but at long last he’s decided to marry. If only the bride’s older sister, Kate, would stop meddling in his affairs, determined to stop the marriage. But what begins as Kate interfering becomes her hoping that Anthony might choose her instead….

    The Perils of Pleasure, by Julie Anne Long
    Colin Eversea is about to hang for murder until a mysterious mercenary rescues him. At least, that’s what he thought, but Madeleine Greenway intends to hold him captive until the highest bidder pays. But eventually Colin’s rogueish charm wears her down, and as they flee the people who want him alive in exchange for her death, they fall deeper in love.

    An Unlikely Countess, by Jo Beverley 
    Prudence is poor, but intends to marry above her station. When she is rescued from robbers by Catesby Burgoyne, a marriage of convenience seems perfect for both of them. But when Cate’s older brother dies, making them both incredibly wealthy, will a change in status change the love between them?’

    My One True Highlander, by Suzanne Enoch
    A woman finds herself the pawn in the middle of a war between a Highlander clan and the Duke of Lattimer, her father. When she’s kidnapped by the enemy, a bond forms between them that prevents the Scot from using her as a chess piece in a game of deceit.

    The Corinthian, by Georgette Heyer 
    To avoid marrying her cousin, Penelope Creed runs away from London dressed as a boy. She is discovered by Sir Richard Wyndham, who vows to protect her.

    A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove #1), by Tessa Dare
    At times laugh-out-loud funny, this story shows another side of Regency, a side without all the balls and high-society woman. It takes place in a delightful little seaside resort town, where Susanna Finch invites ladies of “good breeding and delicate constitution” to come experience the healing properties of the seaside air, good food, and exercise. But when Lt. Col. Bram and a few fellow soldiers show up under orders to gather a militia in the sleepy town, Susanna fears a full-scale invasion of her safe space.

    Someone to Hold, by Mary Balogh
    Camille Wescott is a bastard without a title—her parents’ marriage was declared bigamous. Fleeing London society for a setting where she is less notorious, Camille teaches at an orphanage and lives with her grandmother. She meets Joel Cunningham, who is charged with painting her portrait. What begins as a fiery, abrasive relationship—as he once had feelings for her half-sister— soon turns to passion.

    When Beauty Tamed the Beast, by Eloisa James
    Linnet is betrothed to the Earl of Marchant, a man surrounded by myth and mystery. The most notorious of them all is that he is incapable of love. But Linnet believes she can tame the beast that refuses to love…

    Silk is for Seduction, by Eloisa James 
    A family of dressmakers find love in this Regency series. Marcelline Noirot is the definition of fashionable, and to make her mark on society she sets out to make over the least-fashionable: the betrothed of the Duke of Clevedon! But that means getting Clevedon on her side, and she finds the task made more difficult by the temptation of seduction between them.

    A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal, by Meredith Duran
    Simon St. Maur is a rake like no other—but when he inherits an Earldom, he decides to start over, with a fresh reputation. However, he was cut from the will, and a title with no money is useless; so he sets out for an heiress with the money to finance his new lifestyle. He meets Nell Whitby when she breaks into the former earl’s house with a gun in her hand—and proposes marriage. There’s one hitch: she’s not the heiress he thinks she is…

    The Secret Mistress, by Mary Balogh
    A beauty with a title and pedigree only wants a simple life with a marriage of love. Luckily for her, she thinks she finds it in Edward, the Earl of Heyward, when he defends her honor…unfortunately for him, Angeline is the last woman on earth he should marry.

    Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Jane Austen should be incredibly satisfied that all of these regency romances evolved from the tradition her novels inspired. This classic tale of misconceptions, miscommunication, and misguided interference between a cold, stoic man and a woman who thinks she has him all figured out has endured the test of time.

    What regency romance novels do you love?

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