Welcome to Historically Yours where I share some of my top Historical Romance picks for the next two weeks.
The Bewildered Bride by Vanessa Riley (8/12)[Advertisements for Love series #4]
Ruth Croome, a Blackamoor heiress, was supposed to get married in a gorgeous wedding gown, made from her father’s exquisite fabrics. Instead, she eloped to Gretna Green, but upon returning, their carriage was beset by highwaymen and she witnessed the murder of her new husband. Now, four years later, she wants to move on and make a life for herself and her child. A marriage of convenience will have to do. Adam Wilky is really the heir to the Wycliff barony — which he had never revealed to Ruth when he had known her. When he had been nearly beaten to death and sold into impressment, he thought Ruth had died too. Ready for revenge, he finally returns to discover Ruth alive — with a son who could only be his.
The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare (8/13)[Girl Meets Duke series #3]
They call him the Duke of Ruin, but to an undaunted wallflower, he’s just the beast next door. Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke has clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society — and now he wants to get even. Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart. When her imposing — and attractive — new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.
Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?
Discovering Grace by Sally Britton (8/13)[Inglewood series #2]
Grace Everly has no desire to set sail for the Caribbean, unlike her adventurous twin sister, Hope. Thanks to her sister’s irresponsible behavior and subsequent banning from the journey, Grace’s father decides to send her in Hope’s place. Desperate to remain where things are familiar, Grace proposes an unthinkable plan: that she and Hope switch places. They only have to keep up the act long enough for Hope to board a ship in London. When the man who has stolen Grace’s heart learns of their secret, things get more complicated. Jacob Barnes, soon to be ordained a vicar, has known Grace and Hope his whole life. Though close to both sisters, he has dreamed of courting Hope for months. When he realizes the women have switched places, putting the woman he admires out of his reach, he agrees to help with the subterfuge despite his bruised heart. As he watches Grace stumble in her acting abilities and attempting to change who she is, he realizes how much she means to him. But how does he tell her, without risking their friendship?
Some Like it Plaid by Angela Quarles (8/19)[Time Travel: Modern Day & 2nd century Scotland]
When Ashley Miller sees a Craigslist ad for an all-expense paid vacation to Scotland with a handsome Highland “escort”, she’s all over it. But one minute she’s sipping a latte and the next she’s been zapped to the second century and promptly informed she’s managed to wed her handsome Highlander without even an “I do.” After a devastating tragedy, Connall’s tribe is left with few marriageable women. When his Druid priest suggests a place filled with bonnie lasses, he of course agrees to go fetch one for himself. But nothing prepared Connall for his sassy new wife, nor his tribe for a woman determined to see equal rights for all women. Now the men are threatening revolt if he can’t rein his young wife in, but it might be too late. But the more he gets to know her, the more he starts to think she’s just what they needed. If only he survives her next demand…
The Duchess in His Bed by Lorraine Heath (8/20)[Sins for all Seasons series #4]
As owner of the Elysium Club which caters to women’s fantasies, Aiden Trewlove is accustomed to introducing adventurous ladies to sin and vice. But he is uncharacteristically intrigued by the mysterious beauty who visits his club one night, yearning to indulge in the forbidden…with him. Drawn to her indomitable spirit, he breaks his rule of never becoming personally involved with his clientele and is determined to fully awaken her desires. A recent widow, Selena Sheffield, Duchess of Lushing, has never known passion, not until Aiden’s slow, sensual seduction leads her on a journey of discovery and incredible pleasure. But her reasons for visiting the notorious club are not all that they seem. As Selena’s motives become complicated by love, she finds herself with a most unexpected choice: forge ahead with a secret plan that could secure her future or follow her heart which could prove ruinous.
The Lord’s Highland Temptation by Diane Gaston (8/20)
Captain Lucas Johns-Ives is injured in the same battle that killed his older brother. Haunted by loss, Lucas’s life is saved by Mairi Wallace. In this Highland idyll, masquerading as Mari’s family’s butler, Lucas can avoid the responsibilities of assuming his responsibilities as the new earl. He’s tempted by Mairi’s sweetness — but to win her hand, he must face his demons and claim his noble birth right.
A Family for the Widowed Governess by Ann Lethbridge (8/20)[The Widows of Westram series #3]
Lady Marguerite Saxby is being blackmailed. Desperate for money, she accepts Jack Vincent, Lord Compton’s offer to become the temporary governess to his three motherless daughters. There is so much mystery surrounding her new employer, and there is so much she can’t tell him. Only, she’s not expecting the all-consuming attraction that makes living under Jack’s roof a constant battle between her head and her heart.
Reunited with Her Viscount Protector by Mary Brendan (8/20)
Widow Dawn Fenton has heard rumors that her old sweetheart Jack Valance is back in town and that he’s no longer penniless but a wealthy viscount. She’ll avoid him at all costs, especially as he’s honor bound to wed another. But as Jack steps in to help her protect a vulnerable child in her family, Dawn must face up to the truth: Does she want him to stay?
Longing for Her Forbidden Viking by Harper St. George (8/20)[To Wed a Viking series #2]
Saxon maiden Ellan would rather wed a Dane than be forced into marriage by her father. In fact, she has one Dane in mind. But strong warrior, Aevir, has been ordered to marry for duty — all he can offer Ellan is a place in his life as his concubine. She may be bold, but Ellan can never accept that — even if his burning kisses make it incredibly tempting…
The Duchess’s Secret by Elizabeth Beacon (8/20)
Rosalind is surprised to find Ash Hartfield — the man she eloped with seven years ago — on her doorstep. She’d felt betrayed by his abrupt departure to India following the revelations of their wedding night. Seeing him again still gives her butterflies — but a lot has changed…not the least that he’s a duke now. What will he do when he discovers her secret…that he has an heir?
Stolen Kiss with the Hollywood Starlet by Lauri Robinson (8/20)[Brides of the Roaring Twenties series #2]
Hotshot lawyer Walter Russell knows an innocent country girl like Shirley Burnette is going to find it tough in cutthroat Hollywood. A stolen kiss with this bright, young singer may be worthy of the silver screen, but Walter hates show business and has sworn off starlets. He knows he should steer well clear…if only he wasn’t so compelled to help her.