Historically Yours: Top Historical Romance Picks for July 29 to Aug 11

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

Marry in Secret by Anne Gracie (7/30) 
[Marriage of Convenience series #3]

Lady Rose Rutherford — rebel, heiress and exasperated target of the town’s hungry bachelors –has a plan to gain the freedom she so desperately desires: She will enter into a marriage of convenience with the biggest prize on the London marriage mart. There’s just one problem: the fierce-looking man who crashes her wedding to the Duke of Everingham, Thomas Beresford, is the young naval officer she fell in love with and secretly married when she was still a schoolgirl. Thought to have died four years ago he has returned a cold, hard stranger with one driving purpose: revenge.

The Irish Heiress by Kaitlin O’Riley (7/30) 
[The Hamilton Cousins series #]

The Hamilton sisters have found true love to rival any novels sold in their famous London bookshops. Now in Kaitlyn O’Riley’s captivating spin-off series The Hamilton Cousins, it’s time for the next generation of Hamiltons to find their own perfect partners in Victorian-era London. In this second installment, the highly intuitive Irish Lady Mara Reeves is determined to remain single…until she meets the dashing Earl of Sterling. Their connection is the stuff of happily ever afters, but with just one catch…he’s already married!

Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean (7/30)
[The Bareknuckle Bastards series #2]

When Lady Henrietta Sedley declares her twenty-ninth year her own, she has plans to inherit her father’s business, to make her own fortune and to live her own life. But first, she intends to experience a taste of the pleasure she’ll forgo as a confirmed spinster. Everything is going perfectly until she discovers the most beautiful man she’s ever seen tied up in her carriage and threatening to ruin the Year of Hattie before it’s even begun. When he wakes in a carriage at Hattie’s feet, Whit, a king of Covent Garden known to all the world as Beast, can’t help but wonder about the strange woman who frees him, especially when he discovers she’s headed for a night of pleasure on his turf. He is more than happy to offer Hattie all she desires…for a price.

The Duke is but a Dream by Anna Bennett (7/30) 
[Debutante Diaries series]

Miss Lily Hartley is the anonymous mastermind behind the ton’s latest obsession: The Debutante’s Revenge, a tell-all advice column for young ladies. To keep her identity hidden, Lily delivers her columns disguised as a boy– which is well and good, until she lands in the middle of tavern brawl. As luck would have it, a devastatingly handsome duke sweeps in to rescue her. Eric Nash, Duke of Stonebridge, is astounded to discover there’s a beautiful woman hiding beneath a lad’s cap, and, before long, he’s falling for the delightfully clever stranger recuperating in his house. He vows to help her find her home, even though he’s reluctant to part with her. There’s only one problem… Lily has no idea who she is. She could be a duchess or maid, betrothed or married, anyone.

Highland Captive by Alyson McLayne (7/30) 
[The Sons of Gregor MacLeod series #4]

Laird Gavin MacKinnon is a changed man — and not for the better. Ever since his young son, Ewan, disappeared two years ago, Gavin has grown callous and bitter. Scouring the countryside, his search leads him to a mysterious woman who maintains the boy is hers. He decides to take them both and ask questions later. Deirdre MacIntyre will go with the brooding laird if it will keep her son safe. Gavin has to admit that the beautiful lass has a bond with Ewan, and things aren’t adding up. When Deirdre’s clan comes to claim her under threat of war, Gavin has a choice to make: fight for her or let her go.

The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret (7/30) 
[Misadventures in Matchmaking series #3]

Ainsley Bourne needs the family business to succeed. But one obstacle stands in her way — Reed Sterling, the huge, handsome, former prize fighter and owner of the gaming hell across the street. His scandalous customers scare off all her marriage-minded patrons, and since the devilish brute has no intention of relocating, she sets out to ruin his unsavory establishment. Yet when a vile suitor from her past reappears, Ainsley hastily claims an attachment to the first man who comes to mind…Reed, to be exact. Reed is vastly surprised by Ainsley’s declaration. She clearly hates him, and he’d never admit their arguments simmer with unrequited attraction. Something about the pleading look in her eyes calls to Reed, and against his better judgment, he quickly plays the part of the besotted fiancé.

Miss Benwick Reforms a Rogue by Maggie Fenton (8/1) 

What better way to escape an abusive fiancé and a tyrannical mother than by masquerading as the male secretary to the most infamous scientist in the land? Davina Benwick can’t think of a single one. But pretending to be a man is hard work, especially around her employer. He’s as charming as he is eccentric, and Davina can’t help but fall for him. Not only does he think she’s a man, however — he’s hell-bent on marrying another. What’s a lady to do? Julian Hirst doesn’t have time to be distracted by his foppish new secretary, not when there are more important things on his to-do list. Number one: finish his greatest invention. Number two: exact revenge on an old enemy. Neither project is going well. And to add insult to injury, when Julian discovers his secretary’s secret, he starts to have feelings for the little deceiver. That was definitely not on his list.

Forbidden Alliance by Diana Cosby (8/6) 
[The Forbidden series #4]

After her family is slain and her home seized, Elspet McReynolds flees into the forests surrounding Tiran Castle, where she resorts to thievery to survive and save her sole remaining kin. There she finds an unexpected protector and ally in Sir Cailin MacHugh — rightful heir to the earldom of Dalkirk — a noble rumored to have perished at sea. Sir Cailin owes his life to the Brotherhood for saving him from a murderous plot. But what is the Knight Templar to do about the fearless, sword-wielding beauty who has enlisted his aid and awakened his desire? In the face of devastating betrayals and traitorous enemies closing in, can Cailin and Elspet dare claim a love that makes no promises for a future they may not live to see?

The Bewildered Bride by Vanessa Riley (8/8) 
[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.

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