Historically Yours: Top Historical Romance Picks for July 1 to July 14

Historically Yours

Welcome to Historically Yours where I share some of my top Historical Romance picks for the next two weeks.

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh (7/2)

[Westcott series #6]

Abigail Westcott’s dreams for her future were lost when her father died and she discovered her parents were not legally married. But now, six years later, she enjoys the independence a life without expectation provides a wealthy single woman. Indeed, she’s grown confident enough to scold the careless servant chopping wood outside without his shirt on in the proximity of ladies. But the man is not a servant. He is Gilbert Bennington, the lieutenant colonel and superior officer who has escorted her wounded brother, Harry, home from the wars with Napoléon. Gil has come to help his friend and junior officer recover, and he doesn’t take lightly to being condescended to because of his own humble beginnings. If at first Gil and Abigail seem to embody what the other most despises, each will soon discover how wrong first impressions can be.

Waiting For a Rogue by Marie Tremayne (7/2)

[Reluctant Brides series #3]

Lady Caroline Rowe is determined never to marry. After the disastrous end to her last Season, she wants nothing more than to live quietly with her aunt in the country. But her resistance starts to slip when an exasperating new neighbor, The American, begins to invade not just her land, but her life. Inheriting an estate across the Atlantic has proven more difficult than Jonathan Cartwick ever expected. Living a life he never wanted has been hard enough, but soon he fears losing his sanity, and his heart, to Lady Caroline.

His Rebellious Lass by Callie Hutton (7/8)

[Scottish Hearts series #1]

When the Marquess of Campbell inherits a fiery, red-headed Scottish beauty as his ward, it’s his job to marry her off. No problem. She comes with a fortune. Lady Bridget MacDuff will have suitors falling all over themselves to wed her. Not so fast. Lady Bridget has plans for that fortune and they involve helping unfortunate women. And she has no intention of helping her devastatingly handsome guardian in his quest to get her off his hands. He doesn’t plan to marry, either. Why should she?

How to Forgive a Highlander by Michelle McLean (7/8)

[The MacGregor Lairds series #4]

William MacGregor will lie, spy and happily die to protect his clan from their greatest enemy. But when he kidnaps the wrong woman, he triggers the very events he’s been working so hard to prevent. Rose Thatcher will do anything to protect her lady and return them both safely to English soil. But the damn Highlander who snatched her off the docks has done nothing but get in her way. She’d love to ditch him, but if they want to save their respective loved ones, they are going to have to stay together. Somewhere along the grueling journey to Scotland, their constant bickering turns into something more.

The Reluctant Duchess by Jane Goodger (7/9)

[The Brides of St. Ives series #4]

Orphaned young, Oliver Sterling, the Duke of Kendal, lives in seclusion in his massive home. Convinced since childhood that he is monstrous, his only company is his guardian, Mr. Winters, a man shrouded in mystery and who perpetuates Oliver’s self-loathing. Still, Oliver is only human. One day, he sees a beautiful young woman in a painting titled “St. Ives Girl.” Captivated, he asks Mr. Winters to find her, marry her by proxy, and bring her back as his bride. Rebecca Kane is shocked that her squire father has agreed to marry her off to a duke in exchange for payment of his gambling debts. Rebecca fears this husband she has never seen in the light of day — yet in the marriage bed, her husband is kind and gentle. And though they remain in darkness, she detects nothing odd about him.

A Rogue Meets a Scandalous Lady by Jennifer Ashley (7/9)

[Mackenzies & McBrides series #11]

David Fleming, Hart Mackenzie’s right-hand man, seeks refuge with his vicar friend in Shropshire, only to find that the vicar’s beautiful niece, Sophie, is seeking sanctuary as well. Tongues are wagging all over London about Sophie, and she finds that the only gentleman sympathetic to her plight is the reprobate David. In the quiet spaces of the countryside, David finds some peace from his reprobate existence but now faces a new problem — he’s falling for Sophie, a lady with a scandalous secret.

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