Review: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

One Good Earl Deserves a LoverTitle: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover (The Rules of Scoundrels #2)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Release Date: 29 January 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 373 pages
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780062068538
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4star
 

This novel is simply delightful and I was suitably diverted. The novel opens with Lady Phillipa Marbury informing Cross, part owner of The Fallen Angel (a den of iniquity), that she requires ruination. She is due to marry the staid Lord Castleton and wants to know what to expect in the bedroom. Cross is naturally horrified that his business partner’s sister-in-law would approach him and does everything he can to dissuade her. Is this setup even remotely plausible? No. Is it highly entertaining? Yes! Continue reading

Review: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

A Rogue By Any Other NameTitle: A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels #1)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Release Date: 28 February 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 386 pages
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780062068521
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4star

Michael, Marquess of Bourne, may have lost everything in a card game but he has turned his fortunes around and become a partner in a gaming establishment. The one thing he desires above all is to regain Falconwell, the estate he gambled away. Since it has been included in Lady Penelope Marbury’s dowry, he decides to marry her and claim his land once and for all. Continue reading

Review: A Duchess to Remember by Christina Brooke

A Duchess to RememberTitle: A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage #3)
Author: Christina Brooke
Release Date: 26 June 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 320 pages
Publisher: Penguin Australia
ISBN: 9781921518843
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3star
 

Lady Cecily Westruther is happy to go along with the Ministry of Marriage’s plans and marry a duke. She craves independence and as the gentleman in question already has an heir and a mistress, she won’t have to spend any time with him. Now this is where things get a little silly but also a bit more entertaining. She wrote a damning letter about her fiancé when she ten and suddenly feels the need to retrieve it before her potential marriage can be destroyed. She dresses up as a footman and breaks into the house where she thinks the letter may be kept, only to encounter the owner Rand, Duke of Ashburn. Sparks fly between the two but Cecily refuses to break her engagement. Continue reading

Review: Mad About the Earl by Christina Brooke

Mad About the EarlTitle: Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage #2)
Author: Christina Brooke
Release Date: 25 January 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 340 pages
Publisher: Penguin Australia
ISBN: 9781921518836
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2star

The Ministry of Marriage (MoM) is back and this time they are determined to marry Lady Rosamund Westruther (aka Beauty) to Griffin, Earl of Tregarth (aka the Beast). Rosamund has no problems with doing her duty and indeed waits three years for Griff to get his act together. He only decides to marry her in order to protect his sister and is genuinely surprised when she fails to follow his caveman-like edicts and toddle down to Cornwall to marry him. Griff has to court her properly before she will let him put a ring on her finger. Continue reading

Review: Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke

Heiress in LoveTitle: Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage #1)
Author: Christina Brooke
Release Date: 28 June 2011
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 368 pages
Publisher: Penguin Australia
ISBN: 9781921518829
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3star

The Ministry of Marriage (MoM) is a select group of powerful men and women in Britain who arrange marriages between their houses. Marriage after all is a business and a desirable way to gain political or economic advantages. Love certainly never enters into things. Jane Westruther was the victim of the MoM’s meddling. She did her duty and married Jonathon Westruther, Earl of Dauntry even though they weren’t suited to each other. When Jonathon dies suddenly, Jane hopes she will be left free to live out her life as she wishes, caring for her adopted son Luke. Unfortunately, Jonathan has split his estate leaving the title, lands and guardianship of Luke to his cousin Constantine but the actual money to Jane. If Constantine and Jane can’t agree to marry then she will lose Luke and he will lose the estate. Continue reading

Review: London’s Last True Scoundrel by Christina Brooke

London's Last True ScoundrelTitle: London’s Last True Scoundrel (Ministry of Marriage #4)
Author: Christina Brooke
Release Date: 2 July 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 357 pages
Publisher: Penguin Australia
ISBN: 9781921901669
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2star
 

Much like the Curate’s egg, there were parts that were excellent and other bits that left me cold. Hilary de Vere is used to discrimination because of her boorish family. She is fired from a ladies’ academy as their new patron doesn’t want a de Vere corrupting the girls. On her way home she comes across charming rogue Jonathon Westruther, Earl of Davenport. She decides to travel to London with him so she can have her very first season and hopefully find a respectable husband. Continue reading

Review: The Rogue Steals a Bride by Amelia Grey

The Rogue Steals a BrideTitle: The Rogue Steals a Bride (The Rogues’ Dynasty #6)
Author: Amelia Grey
Release Date: 2 July 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 9781402285134
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2star

The wealthy and beautiful Miss Sophia Hart wants a husband and only a titled one will do. She swore to her father that she would fulfil his dream and become a member of the aristocracy. Sophia is very attracted to Matson Brentwood, her guardian’s illegitimate son. Even though he is a highly successful businessman and charming, his ancestry makes a marriage impossible. Continue reading

Review: Less Than a Gentleman by Kerrelyn Sparks

Less Than a GentlemanTitle: Less than a Gentleman
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Release Date: 2 July 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 100 pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 9780062128799
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4star
 

I am so very glad Sparks has temporarily turned her pen towards historical romance because this was a highly enjoyable read. Caroline Munro is determined to find a safe haven for her heavily pregnant sister Virginia, niece and nephew after the British burned down their home. Caroline plays along when Jane Thomas, mistress of Loblolly Plantation mistakes Caroline for her son’s intended. Captain Matthias Thomas has no interest in getting married and thinks the woman in his bed is trying to entrap him.  Matthias should be focussing all his attention on disrupting the British supply line but Caroline is incredibly distracting. Continue reading

Review: Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase

Silk is for SeductionTitle: Silk is for Seduction (The Dressmakers #1)
Author: Loretta Chase
Release Date: 28 June 2011
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 359 pages
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780061632686
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5star

I was thoroughly charmed by the romance between the stylish dressmaker Madame Marcelline Noitot and the Duke of Clevedon. When Marcelline hears that the Duke of Clevedon is shortly to return to London in order to propose to Lady Clara, she travels to France to contrive a meeting. She wanted to charm Clevedon so his future Duchess would give her shop much needed patronage. Once they meet however sparks fly. Continue reading

Review: Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

Any Duchess Will DoTitle: Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove #4)
Author: Tessa Dare
Release Date: 28 May 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780062240132
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4star

Any Duchess Will Do reminded me of Pygmalion. This works in its favour as Shaw’s play is one of my favourites. Our hero is Griffin York, the Duke of Halford and he suffers from a painful affliction – a mother who is determined to see him marry and start producing children. She drugs him and whisks him off to Spindle Cove to see if any of the social misfits there will attract his eye. She guarantees she can make a duchess out of any of the girls. Heartily sick of his mother’s scheming, Griff selects the one woman he thinks is beyond his mother’s skill, the serving girl. He offers Pauline one thousand pounds to come to London and fail at “duchess training”. Continue reading