Welcome to Historically Yours where I share some of my top Historical Romance picks for the next two weeks.
How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah Maclean, Sophie Jordan and Joanna Shupe (9/24)
Meet Me in Mayfair by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball, the Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their home. When Louisa finds herself waltzing with the heartless Thorndale, she’s unnerved by his handsome looks — and surprising charm.
The Duke of Christmas Present by Sarah MacLean
Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd doesn’t care for the holiday. But when Lady Jacqueline Mosby returns to town after a long absence, Eben falls under the spell of Christmas — and the woman he never stopped loving.
Heiress Alone by Sophie Jordan
When Annis Bannister finds herself stranded in the Highlands during a Christmas snowstorm, she must fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside. Her only hope is her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a kiss.
Christmas in Central Park by Joanna Shupe
Mrs. Rose Walker pens a popular advice and recipe column. No one knows Rose can’t even boil water. When her boss, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must find a husband, an empty mansion and a cook. But Rose fears her plan is failing — especially when duke’s attentions make her want to step under the mistletoe with him.
Longing for a Cowboy Christmas by Leigh Greenwood Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt and Amy Sandas (9/24)
There’s a cowboy for everyone in this collection of historical western Christmas stories from our top-selling western authors. Find a cowboy to keep you warm these long, wintry nights as you cozy up with six sweeping, epic tales of heroism, passion, family and celebration from the genre’s most beloved authors.
Whether it’s a widower finding an unexpected new start, a former outlaw and his new wife welcoming their very own Christmas miracle, a long-lost lover returning just in time for a special holiday celebration, a second chance at love between two warring hearts given peace at last, an unlikely pair working together to bring joy to a small Texas town or a cowboy and his dark-eyed beauty snowed in one unforgettable wintry eve, every Christmas with a cowboy is filled with light, laughter and a forever kind of love.
Highland Jewel by May McGoldrick (9/24)[Royal Highlander series #2]
Maisie Murray’s sweet, docile exterior masks the courageous spirit of a firebrand determined to champion women’s suffrage with like-minded friends. But fighting for her principles has swept her directly into harm’s way — and into the arms of a man she cannot resist.
A trained officer with the Royal Highland Regiment, Niall Campbell has spent his life serving the Crown. Battle-weary and searching for peace, he nothing to do with trouble — until he meets Maisie. But unless Niall and Maisie can find a way to stand up to the destructive forces that threaten to divide them, long-buried secrets and political schemes are destined to stand in the way of the glorious love they’ve found.
Heiress Gone Wild by Laura Lee Gurke (9/24)[Dear Lady Truelove series #4]
When Jonathan Deverill promised a dying friend he’d be guardian to the man’s daughter, he envisioned a girl in pigtails and pinafores, a child he could leave behind in some finishing school. Problem is, his ward is actually a fully-grown, defiant beauty whose longing for romance threatens to make his guardianship a living hell.
New York heiress Marjorie McGann wants a London season and a titled husband who can help her spend the Yankee millions she’s inherited, and she thinks her new British guardian is the perfect person to help her find him. But Jonathan has no intention of letting his friend’s fortune be squandered. Under his watchful, protective eye, Marjorie finds romance hard to come by, until one fateful night when her own guardian’s devastating kisses makes her wonder if the greatest romance of all might be right in front of her.
When the Marquess was Mine by Caroline Linden (9/24)
[Wagers of Sin series #3]
Georgiana Lucas despises the arrogant and cruel Marquess of Westmorland even before learning that he’s won the deed to her friend Kitty’s home in a card game. Still, Georgiana assures Kitty the marquess wouldn’t possibly come all the way to Derbyshire to throw them out — until he shows up, bloody and unconscious. Fearing that Kitty would rather see him die, Georgiana blurts out that he’s her fiancé. She’ll nurse the hateful man back to health and make him vow to leave and never return. The man who wakes up, though, is nothing like the heartless rogue Georgiana thought she knew.
He wakes up with no memory of being assaulted — or of who he is. The bewitching beauty tending him so devotedly calls him Rob and claims she’s his fiancée even as she avoids his touch. Though he can’t remember how he won her hand, he’s now determined to win her heart. But as his memory returns and the truth is revealed, Rob must decide if the game is up — or if he’ll take a chance on a love that defies all odds.
Once a Spy by Mary Jo Putney (9/24)[Rogues Redeemed series #4]
Wearied by his years as a British intelligence officer, Simon Duval resigns his commission after Napoleon’s abdication. Hoping to find new meaning in his life, he returns to England, where he discovers his cousin’s widow, Suzanne Duval, the Comtesse de Chambron. Working as a seamstress, living in reduced circumstances, Suzanne has had a life as complicated as Simon’s. While both believe they are beyond love, their sympathetic bond leads him to propose a marriage of companionship, and Suzanne accepts.
She didn’t want or expect a true marriage, but as Suzanne joins Simon in a search for his long missing foster brother, warmth and caring begin to heal both their scars — and a powerful passion sparks between them. Then news from France threatens to disrupt their happiness. Napoleon has escaped from Elba and Wellington personally asks Simon to help prevent another devastating war. Only this time, Simon does not go into danger alone. He and Suzanne will face deadly peril together and pray that love will carry them through.
Scandalous by Minerva Spencer (9/24)[The Outcasts series #3]
Straight-laced missionary Sarah Fisher has never met a man like Captain Martín Bouchard. He is the most beautiful person she’s ever seen. Overwhelmingly masculine, elegantly attired despite months at sea, he is in complete command of everyone and everything around him — everyone, that is, except Sarah. But that’s about to change because Sarah has bought Martín’s mercy with the only thing she has to sell: her body.
In spite of her outrageous offer, Martín has no doubt Sarah is a virgin and a most delectable one at that. But instead of bedding her, he finds himself staring down the muzzle of his own pistol. Clearly, the longer she stays on his ship, the greater the chances that she’ll end up its damned captain. Most infuriating of all, she looks past his perfect exterior to the wounded man inside. Can Martín outrun his scandalous past in time to have a future with the first woman to find and capture his heart?
London’s Late Night Scandal by Anabelle Bryant (9/24)[Midnight Secrets series #3]
Chief Officer of the Society for the Intellectually Advanced, Lord Matthew Strathmore, Earl of Whittingham, takes his position very seriously. Not only does it distract him from the painful aftermath of a gunshot wound to the leg, earned most honorably, it is important work. So he feels duty-bound to question esteemed scientist Lord Talbot about a suspect article. Matthew dashes from London to Oxfordshire, despite wretched weather that only exacerbates his injury, reminding him he is far from the dashing gentleman he once was.
Theodosia, Lord Talbot’s granddaughter, has inherited his gift for inquiry, enjoying her pursuits safely away from the artifice of London society. But her identity as the true author of Talbot’s article is about to be exposed. And if Matthew expects a dour bluestocking, surprises abound. Not only do Theodosia’s botanical concoctions soothe his leg, he’s clearly attracted by her delicate beauty. But dare she hope for more? It will take an urgent trip to London for both to discover how passion and lasting love can ignite under the cover of darkness.
Murder at Kensington Palace by Andrea Penrose (9/24)
[Wrexford & Sloane Mystery series #3]
Though Charlotte Sloane’s secret identity as the controversial satirical cartoonist A.J. Quill is safe with the Earl of Wrexford, she’s ill prepared for the rippling effects sharing the truth about her background has cast over their relationship. She thought a bit of space might improve the situation. But when her cousin is murdered and his twin brother is accused of the gruesome crime, Charlotte immediately turns to Wrexford for help in proving the young man’s innocence. Though she finds the brooding scientist just as enigmatic and intense as ever, their partnership is now marked by an unfamiliar tension that seems to complicate every encounter.
Despite this newfound complexity, Wrexford and Charlotte are determined to track down the real killer. Their investigation leads them on a dangerous chase through Mayfair’s glittering ballrooms and opulent drawing rooms, where gossip and rumors swirl to confuse the facts. Was her cousin murdered over a romantic rivalry or staggering gambling debts? Or could the motive be far darker and involve the clandestine scientific society that claims both brothers as members? The more Charlotte and Wrexford try to unknot the truth, the more tangled it becomes. But they must solve the case soon, before the killer’s madness seizes another victim.
Seduction on a Snowy Night by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Jo Putney (9/24)
A Christmas Abduction by Madeline Hunter
Caroline Dunham has a bone to pick with notorious rake Baron Thornhill — and a creative plan to ensure his undivided attention. Yet once in close quarters, she finds herself beholden to their smoldering connection.
A Perfect Match by Sabrina Jeffries
Whisked away from a wintry ball by the officer she knew only through letters, Cassandra Isles struggles with her feelings for the commanding Colonel Lord Heywood. For he, secretly a fortune-hunter, must marry for money to save his estate — and Cass, secretly an heiress, will accept nothing less than love.
One Wicked Winter Night by Mary Jo Putney
Dressed as a veiled princess, Lady Diana Lawrence is shocked to discover that the mysterious corsair who tempts her away from the costume ball is the duke she once loved and lost. Now snowed in with Castleton at a remote lodge, will she surrender to the passion still burning hotly between them?