Historically Yours: Top Historical Romance Picks for July 15 to July 28

Historically Yours

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

Her Majesty, My Love by Maya Banks (7/15)

(The Vault Collection series #2)

Princess Isabella Chastaine holds the fate of her tiny island nation in her hands. Escaping the men who murdered her parents, she flees to England with a sacred map outlining the location of the ancient relics — items necessary for a new ruler to ascend the throne — buried deep within the granite caves of her homeland. Simon Rothmore, the Earl of Merrick, has faithfully served the English crown since his recruitment into an elite secret agency. His newest task, deciphering the puzzling assassinations of the royal family of Leaudor, leads him to the only remaining member…Princess Isabella.

A Marquess, a Miss and a Mystery by Annie Burrows (7/16)

After one disastrous season, Miss Horatia Carmichael avoids the ton — her mind and tongue are too unfashionably opinionated to land a husband. But to find her brother’s killer, she must join forces with incorrigible rake Lord Devizes and allow the marquess to pretend to seduce her for all to see. Horatia knows it’s not real, she’s a plain spinster after all, but as danger grows, so does their desire.

Mrs. Sommersby’s Second Chance by Laurie Benson (7/16)

[The Sommersby Brides series #4]

Widowed society matchmaker, Mrs. Clara Sommersby, thinks self-made businessman, William Lane, is just the man for her neighbor’s overlooked daughter. He’s successful and confident, if emotionally distant, until suddenly – shockingly — his attention turns to Clara herself. She thought her days of romance were over, but is this younger man intent on giving her a second chance?

Captivated by Her Convenient Husband by Bronwyn Scott (7/16)

[Allied at the Altar series #4]

Avaline hasn’t seen her husband, Lord Fortis Tresham, for seven years, after he was presumed dead at war. Now her convenient husband has returned in time to save her from an unwanted suitor. Yet even as he returns to her life — and her bed — Avaline is cautious. Why is he so mature, courteous, thoughtful…so different from the selfish soldier she married?

Reclaimed by Her Rebel Knight by Jenni Fletcher (7/16)

When Constance inherited her father’s lands, she had no choice but to marry cold-hearted Matthew Wintour. He left her for the battlefield, without even a wedding night. Five years later, Matthew has returned a valiant knight. But Constance is no longer a frightened girl. And, this time, she must reach out to discover the honorable man behind the armor and what pleasures await them in the marriage bed.

Unbuttoning Miss Matilda by Lucy Ashford (7/16)

Ex-army officer Jack Rutherford is on the run — he has to go to Aylesbury to prove his innocence. Opportunity strikes in the unconventional form of Matilda Grey, who needs help in piloting her canal barge. Jack is captivated by her unusual beauty, vulnerability and resilience. But traveling together in such close quarters, their mutual craving becomes as impossible to ignore as the secrets which still lie between them.

The Governess’s Scandalous Marriage by Helen Dickson (7/16)

When penniless Linnet Osborne takes a job as a governess, she’s shocked to discover her new employer is none other than Christian, Lord Blakely. They’d once shared a passionate embrace that had almost forced them to marry. Christian is no less compelling now — so much so that Linnet is tempted to explore beyond those fleeting kisses… But that would mean they’d have to wed now

Temptation’s Darling by Johanna Lindsey (7/16)

Threatened by powerful enemies, William Blackburn, Earl of Ketterham, lives in exile in the Scottish Highlands with his daughter Vanessa. When she comes of age, William urges her to return to her mother in England to make her debut. Raised with all the advantages and freedom a boy would have, Vanessa doubts she can fit into the mold of a proper young lady. Lord Montgomery Townsend enjoys living on the edge, courting danger as he fixes potentially scandalous problems for the Prince Regent. While hiding out at the home of the Countess of Ketterham, Monty watches a disaster-in-the-making as his hostess tries to prepare her estranged daughter for a match with the pompous son of a powerful family.

When a Lady Kisses a Scot by Tara Kingston (7/22)

[Her Majesty’s Most Secret Service series #4]

Rose Fleming has been presumed dead for the last decade. Faking her death allowed her to stay safe until the threat posed by a mysterious villain has passed. Believing it’s finally safe again, she returns…and runs smack into the only man she’s ever loved. Ten years ago, MacAllister Campbell mourned the death of the woman he loved. It’s taken years to heal his heart only to discover that not only is Rose still alive, but still in grave danger. Mac can forgive Rose’s deception, but he’d never be able to forgive himself if he didn’t protect her from the evil still stalking her.

One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell (7/23)

[School for Dukes series]

Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny’s dream of a triumphant London season is finally here. She determined her perfect match long ago: Rafe Bentley, the wickedest rake of them all. There’s only one very large, very unyielding obstacle: Rafe’s brother Andrew, the reclusive Duke of Thorndon. This was supposed to be simple. Duke goes to London. Duke selects suitable bride. Love match? Not a chance. But when Drew meets Mina, she complicates everything. How can a lady armed with such beauty and brains fall for his irresponsible degenerate of a brother? Drew vows to save her from heartbreak and ruin, no matter the cost.

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