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  • Tara Sonin 5:00 pm on 2018/02/22 Permalink
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    A Romance (or Two!) For Every Astrological Sign 

    Do you believe fate is written in the stars? Are you obsessed with learning how the stars will align for your life in any given season? Then this list of Astrology-inspired romances is for you!

    Aries
    Aries signs are strong, full of leadership. They can be heroic and caring, but also impulsive and competitive. They love being the best at things—including, and especially, at winning the hearts of those they admire.  

    Black Dagger Brotherhood, by J. R. Ward
    Wrath is the leader of a group of vampires known as the Black Dagger Brotherhood—and he is set on vengeance against the people who killed his parents. After centuries of violence in pursuit of this goal, he meets a woman who will make him wonder if fighting for love is better than fighting for revenge.

    Forged in Steele, by Maya Banks
    Nothing says Aries more than military background fighters who work beyond the confines of the US Government, right? In this sexy novel, Steele leads his team on dangerous missions, protecting his heart in a thick layer of ice. Until he meets Maren, a doctor he cannot stop himself from wanting to protect, despite the secret he knows she is keeping.

    Taurus
    Known for being organized, supportive people, Taurus signs are ruled by the “Earth” element. They are patient and romantic, but can have a stubborn side, especially when it comes to the security of those they love. (Also, they can have a streak for indulging in the finer things in life!)

    A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
    Diana is a scholar at the top of her game…and a reluctant witch at the center of a grand conspiracy. She knows she should stay away from Matthew, a vampire and supposed enemy of her kind, but when she discovers that all of the supernatural world is after her because she possesses a dangerous document that could shake their order, she turns to him for protection.

    A Darker Shade of Magic, by Victoria Schwab
    Kell is one of the last Atari, a magical being with the ability to travel between worlds. He is essential to keeping the balance of magic between the worlds…but when he cannot help himself from stealing an item that does not belong in his world and the consequences prove fatal, he must risk it all to right the wrong before it claims the lives of those he loves.

    Gemini
    Geminis do not respond well to authority. They are adventurous and fun, but always like to be on the winning side of any debate. Some might call them judgmental, but that’s what makes their wit so striking.

    The Wolf and the Dove, by Kathleen Woodiwiss
    Aislinn’s home has been ravaged by a conqueror in this medieval romance. He is strong and courageous, but responsible for so much pain…and yet, she finds herself drawn to him even as she vows to destroy him.

    Hate to Want You, by Alisha Rai
    For one night every year, Livvy and Nicholas share a night of passion…even though their families hate one another. That is, until Livvy reneged on the deal, and something changed. But suddenly she is back, and Nicholas finds himself craving answers just as much as he continues to crave her.

    Cancer
    Nurturers, homebodies, and romantics—that’s who Cancers are. Sure, they may be prone to gossip and competition, but their hearts are incredibly sensitive and loyal to those they trust. (Just don’t break that trust, or else.)

    Yours Until Dawn, by Teresa Medeiros
    Samantha is a nurse charged with healing a fallen soldier back to health, but her task is difficult. Gabriel lost his sight, the woman he loved, and his place in the world. But her determination and care slowly brings him into the light, and into the arms of a woman who loves him like no other.

    Flowers from the Storm, by Laura Kinsale
    A classic story of love through pain and hardship, Maddy Timms finds herself in the unique position of being the only one who can save the dangerous, fascinating Duke of Jervaulx from himself.

    Leo
    Leos have a love of honesty that can get them in trouble. Sometimes jealous, often generous, Leos command attention and energy wherever they go. Named after the lion, it won’t surprise you to learn that Leos are natural leaders.

    Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
    Noble, proud, and heroic, Jamie Fraser embodies all of the qualities above…as does his love, Claire, who finds herself thrown into a different time and forced to marry the Highlander to keep herself safe. Two strong-willed souls battle for dominance in their relationship, but each will sacrifice everything to save the other if need be.

    London’s Perfect Scoundrel, by Loretta Chase
    Evelyn knows that the Marquis of St. Aubyn is not a man who should be trusted, but she needs his help in a mission more important than her pride. Headstrong and refusing to back down even when he denies her, eventually their fiery temperaments give way to flames in their hearts.

    Virgo
    Helpful and hardworking, Virgos are friends to all. Known for being practical (to the point of being preachy), these Earth signs get a lot of satisfaction out of creating things on their own.

    The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare
    A marriage of convenience is a practical thing to do. So the Duke of Ashbury decides that he will marry Emma Gladstone and employ a set of rules to ensure that they not cross any boundaries he isn’t prepared for. But Emma wants more than just a convenient marriage, she wants passion, and love…and their battle of wills will not cease until she gets what she wants.

    Devil in Winter, by Lisa Kleypas
    Not wanting to entrap her inheritance in the hands of unscrupulous relatives, Evangeline decides she needs to marry someone who will keep it safe. So she decides to marry Lord St. Vincent, a rake beyond compare, and is determined to make him into the husband she knows she deserves.

    Libra
    The sign of the scales is known to embody balance and partnership, but Libras also have a dramatic side! They are ruled by the planet Venus—the planet of love—so they are often charming and romantic…and are often riled by things they deem unfair.

    If You Deceive, by Kresley Cole
    Ethan MacCarrick’s life was changed rorever when he was beaten and scarred as payment for a crime he was innocent of committing. Paid for by a powerful nobleman, Ethan has decided there will be no justice until he has bankrupted the man. But it still isn’t enough, so he decides fair is fair: he will seduce the man’s daughter, bed her, and then cast her aside, a ruined woman. But soon, he finds himself falling for his target.

    The Serpent Prince, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Simon is a Viscount hell-bent on revenge after being beaten almost to death. But his mission is put on hold while Lucy helps him heal—and when the attackers start to target her as well, he must make a choice between the woman he has grown to love and the fight that could cost them their lives.

    Scorpio
    Scorpios do not take no for an answer. Headstrong, passionate, and motivated by how much they can control both in and outside the bedroom, they are as intense as any romance love interest can get. Their symbol is the scorpion, so their bark can have some bite…but when they are on your side, there’s nothing better.

    The Siren, by Tiffany Reisz
    If a romance as described above is your cup of tea, you must meet Soren and Nora, the protagonists at the heart of the Original Sinners series. Soren is a Dominant, but more than that, he feels an inner need to hurt people (and derives sexual pleasure from it) that he controls by way of BDSM. Nora is his submissive—but she’s also the most prominent Dominatrix at the underground club they both visit. How did this arrangement unfold? You have to read the whole series to learn the full story.

    The Secret, by Julie Garwood
    Iain Maitland, a Highland clan Laird, totally fits this mold. When Judith Hampton meets him as her escort into the Highlands to help a friend give birth, she finds him to be everything her polite society has taught her to fear. Cold, calculating, and strong beyond belief; but eventually Judith’s light begins to warm Iain’s heart.

    Sagittarius
    A Sagittarius will never turn down a dare! These rule-breakers are fun-seeking adventurers you will never have a dull day with.

    The Danger of Desire, by Sabrina Jeffries
    Delia Trevor is the heroine inspired by this zodiac sign; seeking revenge for her brother’s death, she disguises herself as a man to infiltrate high society. Gambling with not only her reputation but her life, she finds herself in danger when the infamous Warren, Marquess of Knightford, recognizes her.

    Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah MacLean
    Gabriel St. John defies all the rules—he’s a known rake, his skills at seduction both admired and reviled in high society. Lady Calpurnia is the opposite: a total rule-follower, but not for long. Since no one wants to marry her anyway, she decides to pursue him, and together, they find a love that dares to break the mold.

    Capricorn
    Ever seen someone with a color-coded planner? They are probably a Capricorn. Known for being ambitious and organized, these folks are rarely quitters. But dedication can be a double-edged sword, as sometimes Capricorns can be cold.  

    To Beguile a Beast, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Helen has made mistakes in the past, but she is determined not to give up and to find a new life for herself. So when she takes a job as the mysterious and reclusive Sir Alistair’s housekeeper and finds him to be as cold and unfeeling as his reputation let on, her work is cut out for her. She isn’t afraid of his scars, or his past, or of what will happen if they fall in love.

    Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters are all still unmarried, which presents a problem for her lower-class family, which still has five children to support. But she is headstrong and refuses to marry for less than true love…and when a man she despises interferes with her sister’s happiness, she knows he is the last man she could ever love.

    Aquarius
    These Air-ruled people are friendly and eccentric, known for being inviting and kind. They always seek to root out injustice where they find it, and are at their best when they have a mission to achieve. But be careful: sometimes having a mission can lead someone on a path towards their own destruction.  

    The Lady Hellion, by Joanna Shupe
    Sophie has never shied away from a good fight: her latest battle is to protect the rights of prostitutes, but no one takes her seriously as a woman. So she decides to dress as a man to command the attention her cause desires…and to get an accomplice in her quest, like Damien Beecham, the only man she trusts to help her despite him having broken her heart months ago.

    Almost a Scandal, by Elizabeth Essex
    Sally Kent’s family has always served in the Navy…but when her brother decides not to, she is determined to take his place, even if she has to disguise herself in order to serve. The problem? She’s distracted by the disarmingly handsome Lieutenant David Colyear, who knows without a doubt that there’s a woman on board his ship whose secret he must keep.

    Pisces
    Fantasy lovers known for having huge imaginations, this Fish sign is always on the lookout for perfect love. But sometimes that can lead them into dangerous situations, where they trust people they shouldn’t.

    The Secret Pearl, by Mary Balogh
    Fleur has resorted to desperate lengths to stay alive and afloat in London society. So when she gets a chance to be a governess and escape a life on the streets, she jumps at the chance…only to find her new employer is the mysterious man who took her to bed one night she could never forget.

    Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, by Julia Quinn
    Colin Bridgerton is charming, handsome, totally gossip-worthy…and his sister’s best friend, Penelope, has been secretly in love with him for years. When she discovers a secret that changes how she sees him—and Colin’s feelings for her begin to change—will the scandal of his past bring down their romance?

    What’s your sign? And what’s your favorite romance?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2018/01/08 Permalink
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    Our Favorite Sexy Curmudgeons: 8 Guys Whose Frowns We Want to Turn Upside Down 

    No one wants to be tied to a grump, but once in a while we come across that brooding kind of man we wouldn’t mind cheering up. You know the type. He doesn’t give the best first impression, but once you get to know him, it’s easy to look past his gruff exterior and appreciate the wonderful man within. (And you just know all of that seriousness and pent-up longing will release itself in some very pleasant ways!) Guys like these may not always make the best Plus Ones at dinner parties, but they’ll definitely make you remember dessert.

    Here are 8 of the sexiest curmudgeons in romance who can brood all they want!

    Hareton from Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
    No, we are NOT going in the Heathcliff direction! (True, he had it rough, but he was still awful.) Instead, let’s focus on Hareton. He wasn’t raised under the best of circumstances, to say the least, but throughout his harsh life he managed to show an innate sweetness. As he grew older he displayed a loyalty that would bode well for his upcoming marriage to young Catherine. A guy like that may not make the best impression on society, and he might curse in your presence upon your first meeting, but he’ll ultimately stay faithful to you and he’ll always be honest about his feelings.

    Sir William of Miraval in Candle in the Window, by Christina Dodd
    Sir William of Miraval is not the happiest of knights. He was blinded in battle, and his caretakers are growing frustrated with his awful attitude and poor hygiene. (Dude’s quite depressed, so he gets a pass at being curmudgeonly.) He meets his match when Lady Saura of Roget is summoned to help him get his act together. She’s blind, too, but this is a woman who know how to run a house and keep everyone in line. William soon falls in love with her, and he displays a fierce loyalty that would make any woman sigh. William, we knew that beneath that rugged, filthy, muscled exterior was a tender-hearted man yearning to break free!

    Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    There are many mighty good reasons why Mr. Darcy ALWAYS comes up in romantic conversations. He didn’t always have the best manners, and he could hardly be called the life of the party, but when a guy is willing to help your crazy family by keeping your nutty sister on the straight and narrow, well, there’s a lot to be said for that. (Imagine a guy who stays with you even though your extended family posts weird things on social media on an hourly basis.) Mr. Darcy, you practically invented the smolder, so you can smolder all you want!

    Wulfgar from The Wolf and the Dove, by Kathleen Woodiwiss
    To be fair, this Medieval knight had an exceptionally harsh life. He was a bastard, which wasn’t easy in those days. (He and Jon Snow of Game of Thrones would probably have a great deal to talk about.) You’re also under a lot of pressure when William the Conqueror wants you to, well, help him conquer England. This attitude of his mostly changes, though, when his posse conquers Darkenwald, the home of the very proud and beautiful Aislinn. It takes a very long time until they actually get along, and boy it’s fun to read that roller coaster of a relationship. Carry on with your growling ways, Wulfgar, and flex your muscles while you’re at it!

    Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
    Love him or hate him, Mr. Rochester was a curmudgeonly curmudgeon who needed some major intervention—and lots of time to soul-search—before he could find some inner peace and have his happy ending with Jane. True, he’d been through a lot in his life—bad marriage, saddled with a kid he wasn’t even sure was his, lost his eyesight, lost his hand, and more—but that doesn’t excuse some of the things he did. (Buddy, you might want to consider taking up poetry writing!) Still, he had some good qualities, and he ultimately changed for the better thanks to Jane. Mr. Rochester, brood as you please, and please make sure you show Jane your appreciation as often as humanely possible!

    Rocco from A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, by Debbie Macomber
    Poor Rocco’s a little bit in over his head. He’s the macho-est of macho men, and he has a teenage daughter with whom he doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye. Fortunately he meets Nichole, the modern-day equivalent of a gently-bred lady who recently ditched her cheating husband. Rocco may be more at home in a biker bar than, well, in many other places, but he’s solid, muscly proof that surprises can come in the most unexpected of packages. Rocco, bring on the cranky. We know that inside you’re really just a marshmallow with nothing but love for your woman!

    Rhys Winterborne in Marrying Winterborne, by Lisa Kleypas
    Welshman Rhys Winterborne worked extremely hard to get to where he is. He owns a major department store, and even though he is supremely wealthy, his modest background means that society doesn’t have much room for him at their social gatherings. He’s determined to win over his lady love, and what’s more, he knows he’s not always the most pleasant man to be around. You can’t go wrong with a guy who admits his faults and is eager to prove his devotion. That said, he also shows an exceptionally sweet and caring side. Rhys, no one is fooled! Admit it. You’re a softie.

    Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades series, by E.L. James
    Christian makes all of the other guys on this list seem joyful by comparison. He spends a lot of time brooding over Anastasia and his dark past. (Christian, buddy, you should seriously consider volunteering at an animal shelter. Giving your time just might help!) And he certainly knows how to, ahem, release his frustrations. Whether his dark ways turn you on or off, no woman can deny that life with Christian would never be boring!

    Who are your favorite fictional curmudgeons?

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  • Tara Sonin 6:00 pm on 2017/12/12 Permalink
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    50 Delightful Winter Romances 

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but with bare trees and freezing temperatures, it can also be pretty bleak. That’s why we’ve got fifty winter romances on tap; so you can spend the long nights with couples falling in love instead of shivering under the covers.

    Devil in Winter, by Lisa Kleypas
    What’s the best way to get away from a conniving family? Marry a notoriously terrible man, of course. But there’s a catch: when she demands that her rake of a husband stay celibate for six months, Evangeline finds his icy exterior thawing enough to let her into his heart.

    Deep Kiss of Winter, by Kresley Cole
    An ice fey, Danii possesses a dangerous ability to cause excruciating pain to anyone not of her kind who touches her skin. But Murdoch, a vampire, is not one to be dissuaded by the cold…especially when his passion for her burns hotter than any flame.

    Once Upon a Winter’s Eve, by Tessa Dare
    This novella stars Violet Winterbottom, who is swept away by a mysterious stranger at the Spindle Cove Christmas Ball, when a man stumbles into the ballroom and collapses. The mysteries surrounding him are numerous, but none more than the heat between them…which Violet will lose forever if she does not figure out who he is, and what he wants, before the sun rises.

    A Kiss For Midwinter, by Courtney Milan
    Christmas is Lydia’s favorite time of year, but even holiday cheer isn’t enough to erase the scourge of an event that could have ruined her reputation. Thankfully, only one other person knows about it: Dr. Jonas Grantham. She would rather forget he existed, but Jonas has other plans: he’s in love with Lydia, and intends to turn all her winters warm for as long as they live.

    A Rose in Winter, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
    Erienne Fleming’s beauty is legendary in her village of Mawbry. Everyone wants to marry her, but unfortunately, Erienne does not have a choice due to her father’s debt. So when she is married off to the mysterious Lord Saxton, known for his terrible moods and disfigurement from a fire years before—Erienne knows happiness will elude her forever. That is, until she learns his true heart, and finds herself falling for a man she once thought of as a beast. It is at this inopportune moment that a childhood love tempts her away, and Erienne must make a choice.

    The Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley
    Carrie is an ambitious author who has her sights set on turning the story of a Jacobite invasion in 1708 into a successful novel. Especially since one of her ancestors lived the event. But Carrie soon finds herself lost in the snowstorm of truth and fiction, where they begin to merge.

    A Christmas Promise, by Mary Balogh
    Ellie and Randolph are meant to be: their perfect match and impending wedding is the perfect balance of wealth and title, and they are destined for a perfect union. Except that Ellie does not love him…and all she wants for Christmas is to marry a man she loves.

    Girls Made of Snow and Glass, by Melissa Bashardoust
    Mina’s life is upended when it is revealed her heart is not human—it is made of glass, and does not beat. Her magical father performed the devastating transformation with a terrible consequence: a glass heart cannot know love. But Mina is determined to know love, and will seduce a king in order to do so…

    Lord of Ice, by Gaelen Foley
    Damien lives alone, haunted by the trauma of war. But when he is named the guardian of a young ward, he is tempted both to re-enter society. Though he may have fallen prey to the chill of war, learning to love again will warm his heart.

    Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish, by Grace Burrows
    Sophie does not treasure her place in society the same way her family does—which is why a few nights alone in an empty mansion sounds like her Christmas wish has come true. But when a snowstorm, an abandoned child, and a brokenhearted man kind enough to offer assistance all conspire to disrupt her plans, she finds herself wishing for something new.

    A Winter Scandal, by Candace Camp
    Thea Bainbridge has always played by the rules of her society—and so when an infant is discovered in her church manger, she knows a man who does not abide them is to blame: Gabriel, the Lord Morecombe. But Gabriel is not afraid of scandal…instead, he finds himself drawn in both by the mystery of the child’s true parentage, and Thea’s determined spirit.

    Never Love a Highlander, by Maya Banks
    Caelen made a terrible mistake, but now he’s making things right: by marrying the bride his older brother jilted to heal the ongoing feud between two Highland clans. Rionna, his bride, may be interested in preserving the peace, but she’s vowed never to give her heart away—especially not to someone cold and guarded like him. But when a mutual enemy threatens their family, Rionna and Caelen unite to defeat it…and in the process, fall in (very, very steamy) love.

    Christmas Angel, by Jo Beverley
    Leander knows women love him. That’s why he wants a convenient marriage, one that will allow him to live life as he chooses—on his terms, and in anyone else’s bed. So when Judith Rossiter, the widow of the late poet Sebastian, decides to marry him to provide for her children, the arrangement couldn’t be more perfect. But she has secrets, and Leander finds himself wanting to uncover them, like plundering a virgin snow…

    The Scandal Before Christmas, by Elizabeth Essex
    Holiday novellas are short, sweet, and have just enough steam to keep you warm in winter. Ian Worth, a soldier, needs to marry before Christmas—days away from his next deployment to sea. So when he decides to marry Anne Lesley, a spinster with no other prospects (so she won’t ask questions), he believes all is well. But a snowstorm means they are trapped together, along with their secrets, and the desire growing between them…

    Bed of Roses, by Nora Roberts
    Nothing more romantic than a winter wedding! Wedding florist Emma has it all: her dream job, dream friends, and a dream love life. What she doesn’t have? One great love…and that’s where Jack comes in. But love isn’t always a bed of roses, even for those in the business of making it beautiful.

    All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire, by Kerrelyn Sparks
    This book combines my favorite things: holiday cheer, and vampires. Toni is on a mission to do the impossible: prove that vampires exist, so she can spring her BFF from a mental institution, where she’s doing a terrible job of convincing people she was attacked by them. So she decides to be a bodyguard for the Undead…never intending to fall in love with Ian, a five-hundred-year old vampire.

    Bring Me Home for Christmas, by Robyn Carr
    Denny broke Becca’s heart three years ago…and then he went off to war. By Christmas this year, she is going to rid her heart of the memories of him by crashing her brother’s hunting trip in search of some distraction (and maybe a tempting guy or two.) But of course, she finds Denny, and the snowstorm between them is even more powerful than the one raging outside.

    A Highlander Christmas, by Janet Chapman
    Camry was a NASA scientist…so why on earth did she leave her job to be a small-town dog-sitter? Only she knows, and she’s determined to keep it that way, by avoiding her family for the holidays. But when her rival, Luke, shows up to bring her home, a battle of the wills erupts between them.

    The Winter King, by C.L. Wilson
    We have reached the fantasy portion of this roundup! This gorgeous romance stars Wynter, a man determined to seek vengeance on a foreign kingdom’s King by marrying his daughter. Khamsin is afraid of marrying the notorious Wintercraig king…but nothing could be worse than her father’s abandonment. And so what starts as an act of revenge soon becomes an act of love—even as evil rises up around them, and a dark magic must be defeated.

    Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh
    Vasic is a soldier with too much blood on his hands to fathom. Living on the fringes of society, he is drawn back into action to protect people against a deadly virus. Especially Ivy, who is determined to fight back against the contagion—and who gives Vasic something else he is afraid to lose.

    Winter Fire, by Elizabeth Lowell
    Sarah Kennedy needs no one to survive. Not after everything she’s been through. But against the backdrop of the Civil War, she finds herself caring for a wounded Civil War soldier, haunted by a past of his own.

    Dark Celebration, by Christine Feehan
    The Carpathian series continues with this Christmas tale starring Mikhail, the Prince of his kind, who is determined to protect them from extinction. But when his enemies target his wife and daughter, he is forced to turn to tactics unthinkable to him before in order to keep them safe.

    Chasing Christmas Eve, by Jill Shalvis
    It’s never too early for holiday cheer…but Colbie Albright is feeling anything but cheery when she show up in the Bay Area after escaping New York and her fame as a renowned YA author. And when she ends up literally underwater and is saved by Spencer Baldwin, she wants what she knows she shouldn’t have…and come Christmas, she’ll have to go back to her old life.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Debbie Macomber returns with a Christmas story just hot enough to lift your spirits as the weather grows colder. She tells the story of Merry Smith, who is living the life she wants—family, career, and holiday cheer. But her mother decides to meddle and give her the gift she won’t give herself: a social life, with prospective matches galore! And while what Merry finds in the online dating world makes her happy indeed, will the fantasy come crashing down when reality sets in?

    A Seduction at Christmas, by Cathy Maxwell
    Fiona has learned the hard way what lengths she’ll sink to in order to save herself…even if it means taking down a rake of a Duke. Posing as his ward, Fiona does her best to get the better of a man who has spent his life distrusting women…but in this steamy tale, even he cannot help but fall prey to her charms.

    Let it Snow, by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
    Another winter-themed anthology with beautiful YA stories about a Christmas Eve snowstorm that turns the lives of three teens into a magical night of love.

    Wintersong, by S. Jae-Jones
    The Goblin King steals Liesl’s sister, drawing her into the strange and magical world of the Underground in order to save her. This YA novel is rife with gorgeous descriptions, forbidden romance, and the devastation surrounding what happens when a girl is torn between family and fate.

    Ice, by Linda Howard
    I love a good military thriller…especially one starring a guy good enough to make sure his dad’s neighbor is safe during an ice storm. Except Gabriel is not that guy; he doesn’t even LIKE Lolly, the neighbor he finds himself having to rescue from masked strangers in her window. United against a mysterious enemy, determined to survive the storm, Gabriel and Lolly make their way to safety, and to steamy romance.

    Get a Clue, by Jill Shalvis
    Breanne has been jilted, so getting snowed in on the honeymoon she should have had sounds like exactly what would happen to her. But when she discovers her room—the last room in the lodge—is already occupied by a very cute, very cynical cop, they strike a bargain to share the room.

    Northern Lights, by Nora Roberts
    Nate Burke got burned watching his police partner die, and so he chooses to start over in Alaska, prepared to endure the cold weather. In a town called Lunacy, what else could he expect but to have an affair with a pilot named Meg…while stalking a murderer on the loose that only he can track down.

    The Bite Before Christmas, by Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost
    This book has multiple stories for the price of one! An anthology focused on Yuletide romance starring immortals from both of these authors’ bestselling series, you’re in for a bloody sexy read.

    Frozen, by L.A. Casey
    Neala and Darcy have a love-hate relationship for the ages. But when they both wind up at the toy store determined to buy the last toy in stock, their battle of wills…and sexual tension…burns brighter than a Christmas tree.

    Shadows and Lace, by Teresa Medeiros
    Rowena has been gambled into service for a mysterious—and potentially murderous—knight. Little does she know that her situation has been his ploy all along in a quest for vengeance. This pawn does not expect to love her captor, and the knight never expected to desire his pawn…

    Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier
    One of the most beautiful and devastating historical novels in modern times, Cold Mountain tells the story of a couple torn apart by the Civil War. Inman, a Confederate soldier, is determined to trek across the mountains to return home to Ada, the woman he loves. But home is not the same place it was when he left it, and danger abounds as Ada discovers the lengths she will go to in order to survive without him.

    Winter Stroll, by Elin Hilderbrand
    The Quinn family returns in this novel full of holiday hope and laughter…that is, until a series of unexpected guests show up at the Winter Street Inn and throw a few wrenches in the romances everyone thought were going so well.

    Winter Garden, by Kristin Hannah
    Russia is known as a cold place, especially during World War II. In this romance that spans time and space between 1941 and 2000, the story of a mother’s determination to survive a war transforms her relationship with her estranged daughters.

    Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater
    This paranormal YA novel has serious swoons! The heartbreaking love story of Grace—a girl fascinated by the wolves who live in her backyard, and Sam, a human boy cursed to change with the cold—is dark, romantic, and perfect for chilly nights.

    Winter, by Marissa Meyer
    This sci-fi epic tells the story of a Princess named Winter who dares to fall in love with a palace guard in defiance of her stepmother. A revolution brims beneath the surface and she must decide whether to team up with a group of brave girls to fight—even if it means losing the man she loves.

    Snow Falling, by Jane Villanueva
    I’m super excited about this winter romance—because it’s the “book-within-the-TV-show from the CW’s hit show Jane the Virgin! In Miami at the turn of the 20th century, a girl named Josephine believes her life is perfect: she has a good job at a hotel, and has just gotten engaged…but then a mysterious railroad tycoon shows up to disturb all her plans.

    A Cold Day for Murder, by Dana Stabenow
    A classic detective story that takes place in the Alaskan north. Kate has left the D.A.’s office for a return to her job as a cop…and when a ranger goes missing, she’s the only one brave enough to face the cold.

    Black Ice, by Becca Fitzpatrick
    The classic snowstorm thriller gets a YA twist: Britt is ready to hike the Teton Range, but then her ex-boyfriend shows up. The ex-boyfriend she can’t stop thinking about. The one she gets separated from by a snowstorm…only to be taken hostage, at which point she can only hope that he still loves her enough to find her.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes, by Diana Gabaldon
    So, since this is the 6th book in the Outlander series, I’d recommend reading the other books first…but the title is so wintery, I couldn’t resist including it! (Mild spoilers ahead.) This installment of the epic romance finds Jamie and Claire on the verge of the American Revolution, and worried about whether they will survive the battle to come.

    Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi
    A fairytale retelling like no other. In 1953, Boy travels to a small town and marries a local man, becoming stepmother to his beautiful daughter, Snow. But Boy’s growing hatred towards Snow only increases when her baby, Bird, is born dark-skinned, revealing her husband’s family as African Americans passing for white.

    Snowfall at Willow Lake, by Susan Wiggs
    Sophie travels to dangerous places to help those in need—but after surviving a terrible trauma, she returns home to Willow Lake. She’s spent enough time saving others; now it’s time to save herself. And what she finds does exactly that: a love with Noah, the local vet, who ignites a passion within her she never thought she’d feel again.

    Biting Cold, by Chloe Neill
    Imagine being turned into a vampire without your consent…that’s what happened to Merit. But she’s made lemonade out of a dark situation, turning her position into one of power, tracking down a supernatural creature with the goal of causing havoc.

    Cold-Hearted Rake, by Lisa Kleypas
    Devon Ravenel is a rake, and proud of it—he wants no other responsibilities than figuring out which woman to charm that week. But when he finds himself responsible for the fates of three young girls after inheriting their father’s earldom—and one of them, in particular, who beguiles and tempts him—he knows it’s time for his cold heart to let in a little warmth.

    The Snow Queen, by Mercedes Lackey
    A queen with a heart of ice is accused of attacking innocent people, and in response she decides to journey through her kingdom of winter to find the imposter responsible for damaging her reputation.

    The Winter Crown, by Elizabeth Chadwick
    Fans of the classic movie Lion in Winter will love this historical novel about Eleanor of Aquitaine. Frustrated with her role as mother, isolated from her husband, and tempted by the promise of power, Eleanor makes a dangerous choice to defy her King and seize power for herself.

    Marrying Winterbourne, by Lisa Kleypas
    Ambition can turn the heart cold, which is what has happened to Rhys Winterborne; a common-born man who has risen to success. So when he decides he must bed Helen Revanel, he is unprepared to be met with ice. Helen finds herself tempted by Rhys’ passion and looks, but when an enemy threatens their growing love, she finds herself willing to risk it all to keep it.

    The Winds of Winter, by George R. R. Martin
    Okay, I admit it: this one is kind of a joke. Winter has come, but will The Winds of Winter ever be published?? Only time will tell, and we all know Westerosi winters are long.

    What winter romances do you love?

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  • Tara Sonin 4:00 pm on 2017/11/03 Permalink
    Tags: ashes in the wind, belgravia, , , epic stories, , john galsworthy, julian fellowes, kathleen woodiwiss, , , , penmarric, , sara donati, , susan howatch, the forsyte saga, the pillars of the earth,   

    8 Books Perfect for Poldark Fans 

    Waves crashing against the rocks, linen skirts blowing in the wind, furtive glances in candlelight, and secrets hidden in the mines are just some of the images that come to mind when thinking of fan-favorite historical drama, Poldark. The story of a soldier returning home to his mining village after defeat in the Revolutionary war only to find that the love of his life has become engaged to someone else, the romantic tension in Poldark is riveting, as over the past three seasons we’ve watched our favorite love triangle—Ross, Demelza, and Elizabeth (and our favorite villain, George)—tangle for the upper hand, and for one another’s hearts. The Season 3 DVD is available soon (check out the trailer below!) and here are eight romances you can read while you wait to binge watch!

    Devil in Winter, by Lisa Kleypas
    Just like Poldark’s Elizabeth and Francis’ marriage is one founded on convenience—to keep money and property in the family, when they assumed Ross was dead—so must Evangeline find a way to secure her future, only this time away from her family. She turns to the infamous Viscount Sebastian St. Vincent, but what begins as a method of escape turns into a marriage of passion.

    Into the Wilderness, by Sara Donati
    Another sweeping epic of unexpected romance begins when Elizabeth Middleton departs England for New York in the 18th century. Just as Poldark confronts the injustices set upon the mine workers in Cornwall, Elizabeth must confront slavery and ill-treatment of Native Americans in the new world…and one man who confounds and ignites her.

    Ashes in the Wind, by Kathleen Woodiwiss
    A classic romance novel about the ramifications of war, in which Alaina escapes turmoil dressed as a boy only to find herself ensnared in the arms of the enemy. Cole, a union soldier, can never know the other secret that rests beneath Alaina’s disguise…that she was accused of spying, and is running for her life. If you love the mystery aspects of Poldark, this one will be hard to put down.

    Wicked Intentions, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    When the London slum of St. Giles is threatened by a savage murderer, it takes a rake equally as savage to uncover the truth, and Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is the perfect man for the job. But when he finds himself in cahoots with Temperance, a widow searching for a way to find the killer and save her St. Giles home, he discovers that no mystery has ever been more compelling than the one woman he cannot have. If George Warleggan and Ross Poldark’s ongoing battle for power over and possession of Elizabeth strikes your fancy, don’t miss this romance.

    Penmarric, by Susan Howatch
    Penmarric may as well be Poldark’s sibling; it takes place in the same English town, Cornwall, and involves a devastating conflict over a great family estate. Penmarric is Mark’s birthright, but sometimes getting everything you think you deserve brings misery upon those you claim to love. Secrets, passion, and mystery run amok in this gorgeous epic.

    The Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy
    Also an epic romantic drama turned into a mini-series, this book introduces readers to the Forsytes, who are just as mysterious, secretive, and at times, villainous, as the Poldarks. Soames Forsyte narrates the drama as he falls for Irene, a woman who does not love him—and the tragedy that results spans generations.

    The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
    In the fictional town of Kingsbridge during the English Middle Ages, a saga is born with the building of a cathedral. One might think construction might not cause the drama, suspense, romance and devastation that it does, but when the book begins with a woman cursing her beloved’s executioner, you know it’s going to be good. A heartbreaking epic of feudalism, ambition, and love.

    Belgravia, by Julian Fellowes
    Historical fiction fans will no doubt be familiar with Downtown Abbey as well—and this novel from its creator lives up to expectations. Set in the 1840’s when the class divide between the old and new money began to collide, conflict erupts between families that the changing tide of society can never undo.

    What novels would you recommend to Poldark fans?

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  • Tara Sonin 4:00 pm on 2017/08/14 Permalink
    Tags: , anne stuart, , , , , kathleen woodiwiss, , , , regency, , , sara mclean, sexy times, ,   

    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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