Welcome to Historically Yours where I share some of my top Historical Romance picks for the next two weeks.
The Duke’s Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan (10/22)[Rogue Files series #5]
To save her impoverished family, Marian Langley will become a mistress. But she will not be just any mistress. Marian intends to become so skilled, so coveted, that she can set her own terms, retaining control over her body and her fate. Only one problem remains: finding a tutor… Other men deprive themselves of pleasure for propriety’s sake, but Nathaniel, Duke of Warrington, would much rather be depraved. He slakes his desires with professionals who ask nothing of him but his coin. Marian’s proposal — that he train her without taking her virtue — is an intriguing diversion, until their lessons in seduction spin out of control. When Marian is blackmailed into engagement by a man she despises, Nate impulsively steals her away.
Gilded Cage by KJ Charles (10/23)[Lilywhite Boys series #3]
Once upon a time a boy from a noble family fell in love with a girl from the gutter. It went as badly as you’d expect. Seventeen years later, Susan Lazarus is a renowned detective, and Templeton Lane is a jewel thief. She’s tried to arrest him, and she’s tried to shoot him. They’ve never tried to talk. Then Templeton is accused of a vicious double murder. Now there’s a manhunt out for him, the ports are watched, and even his best friends have turned their backs. If he can’t clear his name, he’ll hang. There’s only one person in England who might help Templeton now…assuming she doesn’t want to kill him herself.
The Outlaw’s Heart by Amy Sandas (10/29)[Runaway Brides series #3]
Desperate to escape an unhappy marriage, Boston socialite Evelyn Perkins flees west in hopes of losing herself in the dusty frontier. But when her train is boarded by outlaws, Evelyn is taken for ransom. Despite her terror, Evelyn fears being returned to her husband more. Refusing to cooperate, she becomes the responsibility of Gabriel Sloan. He has his orders, but the haunting shadows in the pretty young woman’s eyes spark an intense protective instinct he can’t deny. Every look, every touch brings them closer together. He would do anything to protect her, but dangerous men are on their trail, and soon the two must face Evelyn’s darkest nightmare — or risk losing the unexpected joy they’ve found forever.
A Mackenzie Clan Christmas by Jennifer Ashley (10/29)[Mackenzies series]
This is an anthology of two novellas by Ashley, feature a new Christmas novella and an old favorite.
A Mackenzie Yuletide
The Mackenzie family gathers in Scotland to celebrate Christmas and Hogmanay. It will be a full house with all the Mackenzies and McBrides and their offspring as well as friends and their families. The house party gets off to an interesting start when Mac, painting in his studio late one night, swears he sees a ghost. The younger Mackenzies, aided by the Duchess of Kilmorgan, go on a ghost hunt. Ian Mackenzie, who knows there are no ghosts, pursues a problem of his own — obtaining the perfect Hogmanay gift for Beth. But there are obstacles to his quest plus rivals for the priceless object — who might get it first?
A Mackenzie Clan Gathering
The Mackenzie clan has gathered for Hart’s birthday at the sprawling family estate in Scotland. But before the festivities can start, the house is robbed, and thieves make off with an untold fortune in rare art. Ian Mackenzie and his brothers must do what they can to retrieve the family treasure, but Ian is distracted by a family friend who claims he might have the power to “cure” Ian of his madness forever. All the Mackenzies must draw together as courage, love and a tantalizing mystery serve to strengthen their bond and redefine the meaning of family.
This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman (10/29)[Bow Street Bachelors series #1]
This book introduces the Bow Street Bachelors — men who work undercover for London’s first official police force — and the women they serve to protect…and wed?
Shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed is done with men who covet her purse more than her person. Even worse than the ton’s lecherous fortune hunters, however, is the cruel cousin determined to force Georgie into marriage. If only she could find a way to be widowed. Georgie hatches a madcap scheme to wed a condemned criminal before he’s set to be executed. All she has to do is find an eligible bachelor in prison to marry her, and she’ll be free. Benedict William Henry Wylde, scapegrace second son of the late Earl of Morcott and well-known rake, is in Newgate prison working undercover for Bow Street. Georgie doesn’t realize who he is when she marries him, and she most certainly never expects to bump into her very-much-alive, and very handsome, husband of convenience at a society gathering weeks later. Soon Wylde finds himself courting his own wife, hoping to win her heart since he already has her hand.
Angel in the Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long (10/29)[Palace of Rogues series]
He has devil’s blood in his veins. At least, that’s always been the legend. How else could the Duke of Brexford’s notorious bastard son return from the dead? The brutal decade since Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, allegedly drowned in the Thames forged him into a man who always gets what — and who — he wants. And what he wants is vengeance for his stolen birthright…and one wild night in Angelique Breedlove’s bed. Angelique recognizes heartbreak when the enigmatic Lord Bolt walks into The Grand Palace on the Thames, but not even his devastating charm can tempt her to risk her own ever again. One scorching kiss drives home the danger.
My Favorite Things: A Christmas Collection by Lynsay Sands (10/29)
All I Want
With Lady Prudence’s father gambling away the family’s savings, all she wants for Christmas is to haul him away from London’s most notorious gaming hell. Yet the wickedly handsome proprietor, Lord Stockton, refuses to let a lady enter his establishment. Now Pru needs a Christmas miracle to make her wish come true, and to resist succumbing to Stockton’s charms.
Three French Hens
Brinna’s life as a scullery maid changes with the arrival of the castle’s newest guest, Lady Joan. Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Joan suggests that look-alike Brinna take her place at the Christmas festivities. Suddenly, Brinna finds herself being wooed by a true gentleman and getting the best Christmas present of all: A New Life.
The Fairy Godmother
Odel is told by her godmother that she must marry by Christmas and even gives her fairy dust to separate the mice from the men. But Odel has sworn off love…until kind and generous Michel catches her eye. He shows Odel how good it can feel to fall in love, but will it be enough to convince Odel to trust her heart?
A Texas Kind of Christmas by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce & Rachael Miles (10/29)
One Night at the St. Nicholas
To escape her stepmother’s plot to marry her off, Texas heiress Jacqueline Hartman spends Christmas Eve sharing a hideout with an accused bank robber. After a night in Nathaniel Ward’s arms, Jacqueline is certain she has met her match after all. But will his heartfelt promise of love lead to his demise at the hands of the law?
Seamstress Birdie Flanagan gets the surprise of her life when she receives a beautiful gown — and a sudden invitation — for the ball of the season! Birdie creates a stir from the moment she arrives, capturing the eye of the dashing Captain Douglas Newcastle. But will a secret from her past keep her from her long-awaited happily-ever-after?
Spirit of Texas
When lovely spinster Eugenie Charpentier makes a trip across the Texas frontier with former Texas Ranger Asher Graham, she dreams of an adventure, and the rough-and-tumble cowboy is happy to oblige. But both Eugenie and the rugged lawman are keeping secrets. Can they find love on the dance floor at the Christmas ball?
The Seduction of Lady Phoebe by Ella Quinn (10/29)[The Marriage Game series #1]
(First time in print after previous digital-only release in 2013.)
Phoebe Stanhope is not a typical Lady. As feisty as she is quick-witted, no one can catch her, especially when she is driving her dashing phaeton with its perfectly matched horses. And unlike her peers, experience has guarded her against a growing list of would-be suitors. But when she encounters Marcus Finley, what she fears most burns deep within his blue-eyed gaze. For Lord Marcus, the spark of recognition is but a moment in the love he has held these many years. Now that he’s returned to England, all the happiness he desires rests on Lady Phoebe never finding out that he was the one who turned her heart so cold and distant. He must work to convince her what she wants is exactly what she denies.
The Highlander’s Christmas Bride by Vanessa Kelly (10/29)[Clan Kendrick series #2]
Being thrown over by the man she expected to marry was humiliating enough, but now that Donella Haddon, grandniece of the Earl of Riddick, has also proven a failure as a nun, she has no choice but to return to her family’s estate. The brawny Highlander sent to escort her is brash, handsome, and the only thing standing between Donella and a gang of would-be kidnappers. But the scandal in her past can’t be so easily outrun. Wealthy widower Logan Kendrick was expecting to meet a plain, pious spinster, not a gorgeous, sharp-tongued lass who can hold her own in any ambush. Though she’s known as the Flower of Clan Graham, Donella is no shrinking violet. In fact, she might be the perfect woman to bring happiness back to his lonely little son’s life, just in time for Christmas.
Reckless in Red by Rachael Miles (10/29)[The Muses’ Salon series #4]
Lena Frost is a force to be reckoned with — a woman who has made her way in society without family or fortune. She’s about to realize her first big success as an artist…until her business partner makes off with her money, leaving her with little more than her hopes — and a dead body in her studio. Now Lena is at the mercy of a strikingly handsome stranger demanding answers she dare not reveal. Is it her seductive eyes or his suspicion that she’s up to no good that have Clive Somerville shadowing Lena’s every move? Either way, his secret investigation for the Home Office has him determined to uncover Lena’s hidden agenda. But the closer he gets to her, the more he longs to be her protector. Is she a victim of circumstance?
The Telegraph Proposal by Gina Welborn & Becca Whitham (10/29)[Montana Brides series #3]
Yancey Palmer has finally put Hale Adams, the man she’s loved for ten years. Now, Yancey is so sure of her love for the man the Archer Matrimonial Company matched her with that she readily promises a friend that she’ll help the man with his mayoral campaign.
Hale has also engaged the services of the matrimonial agency. He’s so pleased with one lady that he requests that she join him in Helena, Montana Territory to commence a sixty-day courtship. But instead, the matrimonial agency ladies arrive in town to reveal the true identities of both Hale’s and Yancey’s matches: each other. Can they look past their misunderstandings and hurt to see that they are still a perfect match?
The Lady’s Deception by Susanna Craig (10/29)[Rogues & Rebels series #3]
Paris Burke, Dublin’s most charismatic barrister, has enough on his mind without the worries of looking after his two younger sisters. The aftermath of a failed rebellion weighs on his conscience, so when the young English gentlewoman with an unwavering gaze arrives, he asks far too few questions before hiring her on as governess. But her quick wit and mysterious past prove an unexpected temptation. Rosamund Gorse knows she should not have let Mr. Burke think her the candidate from the employment bureau. But after her midnight escape from a brother bent on marrying her off to a scoundrel, honesty is a luxury she can no longer afford.