Welcome to Historically Yours, where I share some of my top Historical Romance picks for the month of June.
Her Best Friend, the Duke by Laura Martin (6/1)
Caroline Yaxley has always been in love with her best friend, James Dunstable, Duke of Heydon. After years of waiting for him, she’s finally admitted defeat and decided to find a husband. James suggests she practice her nonexistent flirtation skills on him, which seems like a good idea — until she must pull away to avoid a shattered heart. Their pretend attraction has begun to feel alarmingly real.
* Review forthcoming by Keira Soleore
From Cinderella to Countess by Annie Burrows (6/1)
Lady’s companion Eleanor Mitcham longs to escape her unhappy life. Having been told she’s too lowly to speak to Lord Lavenham, Eleanor defiantly accepts his challenge to teach her employer a lesson — by marrying him! He is an eligible earl after all. However, his determinedly cynical view of marriage makes her dissolve their convenient betrothal and flee, leaving the drama of the household behind…and Lord Lavenham hot on her heels.
The Earl’s Marriage Bargain by Louise Allen (6/1)
[Liberated Ladies series #2]
After fending off ruffians with her parasol and hauling a battered man into her carriage, Jane Newnham finds herself unwittingly compromised with enigmatic Ivo Merton, Earl of Kendall. Jane always intended to become an artist, not a wife, and now she has no choice but to become betrothed. They strike a bargain that means she can continue to paint, but Ivo has awakened another passion in her — to uncover his secrets.
Unsuitable Bride for a Viscount by Elizabeth Beacon (6/1)
[The Yelverton Marriages series #2]
When Alaric Defford, Lord Stafford, bursts into her life, widow Marianne Turner is shocked by their instant connection. She never expected to feel this way for another man, especially one so formidable and arrogant. Having vowed never to love again, Marianne hides behind the fact that she’s a completely unsuitable match for him. But her resolve is tested when Alaric is injured and nursing him back to health reveals a warmer, more passionate side to him.
Captured by Her Enemy Knight by Nicole Locke (6/1)
[Lovers and Legends series #9]
Cressida Howe, the Archer, is a well-tuned weapon. But she’s also a woman captivated by a man — Eldric of Hawskmoor, the warrior knight her father ordered her to kill. Instead, for years, Cressida has simply watched him. Now she’s been captured by her formidable enemy, and her well-ordered world comes crashing down, for Eldric is even more compelling up close. Cressida curses her traitorous heart — this assassin has fallen for her target!
The Determined Lord Hadleigh by Virginia Heath (6/18)
[The King’s Elite series #4]
Haunted by Penny Penhurst’s courage on the witness stand, meticulous barrister Lord Hadleigh offers her a housekeeper position at his estate. Despite trying to stay detached, Hadleigh is charmed by her small child and surprised by how much he yearns for this proud woman! Can he break through his own—and Penny’s—barriers to prove he’s a man she can trust…and love?
The Highborn Housekeeper by Sarah Mallory (6/18)
[Saved from Disgrace series #3]
Nancy is the daughter of an earl, who turned her back on the aristocracy when she fled a forced marriage. She is now working as a cook and a housekeeper. But in nursing an injured man back to health, Nancy uncovers a deep longing for the dangerously attractive Gabriel, and a surprise: he’s working to protect government secrets! She wants to help him. But to do so, Nancy will have to return to the life she once cast aside.
The Flapper’s Baby Scandal by Lauri Robinson (6/18)
[Sisters of the Roaring Twenties series #2]
Dancing in speakeasies at night is dutiful heiress Betty Dryer’s only escape from her father’s tyrannical control and marriage plans. There she meets mysterious FBI agent Henry Randall. Drawn into his investigation — and to emotionally scarred, lone-wolf Henry himself — Betty gives in to her desire, believing this could be her only chance at love before she’s forced to wed. Until she discovers she’s pregnant with Henry’s baby.
The Rebel Heiress and the Knight by Melissa Oliver (6/18)
Widow Eleanor of Tallany Castle knows her people are broken by the taxes demanded by King John. So when she’s ordered to marry Hugh de Villiers, a knight loyal to the king, she’s furious — even if he is handsome! As gallant Hugh begins to heal the scars of Eleanor’s abusive first marriage, she’s even more determined to keep her secret: she is the outlaw the king wants to send to the gallows.
Her Lady’s Honor by Renée Dahlia (6/22)
When Lady Eleanor “Nell” St. George arrives in Wales after serving as a veterinarian in the Great War, she doesn’t come alone. With her is her former captain’s beloved warhorse, which she promised to return to him — and a series of recurring nightmares that torment both her heart and her soul. She wants only to complete her task, then find refuge with her family, but when Nell meets the captain’s eldest daughter, all that changes.
Beatrice Hughes is resigned to life as the dutiful daughter. Her mother grieves for the sons she lost to war, so the care of the household and remaining siblings falls to Beatrice, and she manages it with a practical efficiency. But when a beautiful stranger shows up with her father’s horse, practicality is the last thing on her mind.
Despite the differences in their social standing, Beatrice and Nell give in to their unlikely attraction, finding love where they least expect it. But not everything in the captain’s house is as it seems. When Beatrice’s mother disappears under mysterious circumstances, Nell must overcome her preconceptions to help Beatrice however she’s able. Together they must find out what really happened that stormy night in the village, before everything Beatrice loves is lost — including Nell.
To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman (6/30)
[Bow Street Bachelors series #2]
Working undercover for London’s first official police force, the Bow Street Bachelors have an obligation to serve the city’s best interests — even while they’re falling for the city’s most alluring women.
Alex Harland, Earl of Melton and dedicated rake, never pictured himself as an agent of inquiry. But the thrill of investigation is a challenge he now embraces. When he’s asked to pursue the Nightjar, a notorious thief who is reclaiming France’s crown jewels, the case throws him into the path of the beautiful and equally elusive Emmy Danvers, reminding him of the only puzzle he’s never solved: the identity of the mysterious woman who once stole a kiss from him — and left him wanting so much more.
The daughter of a thief, Emmy learned long ago how to keep her secrets safeguarded — and, as the notorious Nightjar, her love for Alex Harland is one of them. With the determined earl hot on her trail — and making her hot under the collar — Emmy has no choice but to keep her distance. But when a moment’s danger threatens Emmy’s life as well as her name, will Alex finally discover that he’s followed every clue…to true love?
* Exclusive Excerpt forthcoming.
Rebel Wears Plaid by Eliza Knight (6/30)
[Prince Charlie’s Angels series #1]
Toran Fraser is hell-bent on taking down the Jacobites. On a late-night mission, he’s intercepted by a woman known only as “Mistress J,” who’s determined to put Prince Charlie back on the throne of Scotland. Toran can’t resist her appeal — especially with her pistol pointed at his heart — and suddenly finds himself joining the rebellion.
By day, highborn Jenny Mackintosh runs her estate in the Highlands. By night, she’s one of Prince Charlie’s Angels — a band of Jacobite rebels. Scoffing at mortal danger, she raises coin, delivers weapons and recruits soldiers for the rebellion. When she encounters a handsome Highlander who is clearly on the run, she is more than a little intrigued. She isn’t expecting to be his enemy.
About a Rogue by Caroline Linden (6/30)
[Desperately Seeking Duke series #1]
Bianca Tate is horrified when her sister Cathy is obliged to accept an offer of marriage from Maximilian St. James, notorious rake. Defiantly she helps Cathy elope with her true love and takes her sister’s place at the altar.
Perched on the lowest branch of his family tree, Max has relied on charm and cunning to survive. But an unexpected stroke of luck gives him an outside chance at a dukedom — and which Tate sister he weds hardly seems to matter.
Married or not, Bianca is determined to protect her family’s prosperous ceramics business, even when Max shows an affinity for it — not to mention a dangerous ability to intrigue and tempt Bianca herself.
The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe (6/30)
[Uptown Girls series #3]
Orphaned and abandoned on the Bowery’s mean streets, Jack Mulligan survived on strength, cunning and ambition. Now he rules his territory better than any politician or copper ever could. He didn’t get there by being soft. But in uptown do-gooder Justine Greene — the very definition of an iron fist in a velvet glove — Jack may have met his match.
Justine is devoted to tracking down deadbeat husbands and fighting for fair working conditions. When her mission brings her face-to-face with Jack, she’s shocked to find that the man behind the criminal empire is considerably more charming and honorable than many “gentlemen” she knows.
Forming an unlikely alliance, they discover an unexpected desire. And when Justine’s past catches up with them, Jack may be her only hope of survival. Is she ready to make a deal with the devil?
A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley (6/30)
[Rogues and Remarkable Women series #1]
Created by a shrewd countess, The Widow’s Grace is a secret society with a mission: to help ill-treated widows regain their status, their families, and even find true love again — or perhaps for the very first time.
When headstrong West Indian heiress Patience Jordan questioned her English husband’s mysterious suicide, she lost everything: her newborn son, Lionel, her fortune — and her freedom. Falsely imprisoned, she risks her life to be near her child — until The Widow’s Grace gets her hired as her own son’s nanny. But working for his unsuspecting new guardian, Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington, has perils of its own. Especially when Patience discovers his military strictness belies an ex-rake of unswerving honor — and unexpected passion.
A wounded military hero, Busick is determined to resolve his dead cousin’s dangerous financial dealings for Lionel’s sake. But his investigation is a minor skirmish compared to dealing with the forthright, courageous and alluring Patience. Somehow, she’s breaking his rules, and sweeping past his defenses. Soon, between formidable enemies and obstacles, they form a fragile trust — but will it be enough to save the future they long to dare together?