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A Curious Beginning

A Curious Beginning (2015) Deanna Raybourn Set in London in 1887 This had been on my wishlist for awhile, because although I found her other series vaguely annoying (both not so annoying that I didn’t read multiple books) this seemed right up my alley. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica […]

Shades of Milk and Honey

Shades of Milk and Honey (2010) Mary Robinette Kowal Set in Alternate Regency England ~1814. The first time I read this, it was immediately following a Guy Gavriel Kay book, and so this story suffered in comparison. Nothing against Mary Robinette Kowal, it’s just that Guy Gavriel Kay is that good. So searching for something […]

Magic and Manners

Magic and Manners (2016) C.E. Murphy Set in alternate Regency England, with magic. First, I really liked the magic and world-building. Magic is stigmatized in England, worked only by the lower-classes who are useful to the crown in warfare. The new Mrs Dover marked no complaints about a home   where the tea remained mysteriously […]

The Escapement of Blackledge

The Escapement of Blackledge (2016) Mary Robinette Kowal Set in alternate Regency London The Duke of Blackledge does NOT want to attend his coming-of-age birthday party, however, his mother is insistent. But there is only so much he can take, so he escapes to his laboratory where he works on his automatons, only to find […]

To Charm a Naughty Countess

To Charm a Naughty Countess (2014) Theresa Romain Set in England in 1816 I wanted to love this story. Instead, I just liked it, despite often feeling irritated at times. Michael Layward, the Duke of Wyverne has learned that his estate is out of money, and no one is willing to extend him credit any […]

A Gift for Guile

A Gift for Guile (2016) Alissa Johnson Set in London in 1872 This is the second book in the Thief-Takers series, and follows the second sister, Esther, and the private investigator, Samuel Brass. Esther has sneaked into London, and is caught at underground by the Samuel Brass, who ruins the meeting she was getting ready […]

Your Scandalous Ways

Your Scandalous Ways (2008) Loretta Chase Set in Venice in 1820 Francesca Bonnard is probably the most successful whore in Venice, perhaps even Italy. After a scandalous divorce, she fled to the continent and remade herself in one of the most sought after courtesans in Italy. “Ah, yes,” he said. “Your position. A divorcée.” “Divorziata […]

The Mystery Woman

The Mystery Woman (2013) Amanda Quick Beatrice Lockwood fled the Academy of the Occult after the death of her mentor, Roland Fleming. She now is employed as an agent by Flint & Marsh. Joshua Gage had been an agent for the Crown, before his injury in the line of duty, and he doesn’t believe in […]

Family Plot

Family Plot (2014) Sherri Cobb South Set in Scotland ~1808 Lady Fieldhurst has once again embarrassed her in-laws, and so she is sent to the country with the sons of the new Lord Fieldhurst. (The boys who discovered they were now bastards, as their father was a bigamist, yet still allowed to inherit the viscountcy.) […]

A Talent for Trickery

A Talent for Trickery (2015) Alissa Johnson Set in England in 1872 I somehow missed writing this one up last month, so here it is now. I am not sure about the accuracy of the term “Gentleman Thief Taker” since the thief-takers were replaced by Bow Street in the mid 1700s, and Bow Street was […]

Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf (2008) Patricia Briggs This is the first full Alpha & Omega novel, and takes place immediately after the events in the novella. (And by immediately, I mean, the next day.) Charles’ Brother Wolf has claimed Anna as mate, but as Anna knows very little about being a werewolf, and absolutely nothing about being […]

Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand

Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand (2012) Carla Kelly Set in England in the early 1800s (after the war) Mrs. Drew is a young widow, and after an improper proposition from her brother-in-law needs to find a home for herself and her two young daughters. She ends up in the dower house of one of Lord […]

Dark Angel

Dark Angel (1994) Tracy Grant Set in Spain and England in 1813 Adam Durward was orphaned at a young age, and although his parentage has made things difficult in some ways, he has managed to create a good career for himself. Caroline Rawley was a childhood friend of Adam Duward, but her marriage to Jared […]

In a Treacherous Court

In a Treacherous Court (2011) Michelle Diener Set in England in 1525 London was a cesspit of mud and filth. Susanna Horenbout is a Flemish painter sent by her father to the court of King Henry VIII to be his illuminator. But when she is the witness to the death of a man with a […]

The Emperor’s Conspiracy

The Emperor’s Conspiracy (2012) Michelle Diener Set in England in 1811 Charlotte was saved from the Rookeries by Lady Howe, and has been debuted has her ward, but Charlotte has never forgotten her past, and maintains friendships and ties with those in the slums–although she does everything she can to pull others out of the […]


Unlocked (2011) Courtney Milan Set in England in 1840. Evan Carlton, Earl of Westfeld behaved so badly during Lady Elaine Warren first season that he left the country and spent 10 years on the continent mountain climbing. Lady Elaine Warren was so badly bullied her first season that even ten years later she has not […]

Proof by Seduction

Proof by Seduction (2010) Courtney Milan Set in London in April 1838 Jenny Keeble has set herself up as a fortuneteller, and has done well for herself, until Gareth Carhart, Marquess of Blakely shows up with his cousin Ned. Blakely believes in nothing that he cannot see and touch. And he really does not believe […]


Unraveled (2011) Courtney Milan Set in Bristol. October 1843 Smite Turner is a very difficult person. First off, he was named Smite by his mother (or rather, a long biblical verse for which Smite was how it was shortened). He is the most damaged of the brothers, Ash having escaped to go make his fortune, […]


Unclaimed (2011) Courtney Milan Set in London and Shepton Mallet, in 1841 Sir Mark Turner was knighted for his popular work on morality, however, neither he nor anyone else expected this popularity and what would come along with it–adoring crowds, jealous individuals, and random people trying to make money off his popularity. Why was it […]


Unveiled (2011) Courtney Milan Set in Somerset, August 1837 I started this and put it back down several times, because I was unsure about the premise. But I eventually got through the first chapter, and fell right into the story. Margaret Dalrymple lost everything to Ash Turner–her home, her title, her legitimacy. So when she […]

Talk Sweetly to Me

Talk Sweetly to Me (2014) Courtney Milan Set in Greenwich, November 1882 Miss Rose Sweetly is a shop-keepers daughter and a mathematical genius who is currently working as a computer at the Royal Observatory. She is also keeping her pregnant sister company while her husband is away on a tour of duty. (H)e picked up […]

The Heiress Effect

The Heiress Effect (2013) Courtney Milan Set in England in 1867. This is another good book, but also not quite as good as The Countess Conspiracy. But it was good. “Is it something I said?” Jane asked. And if so, which sentence? Oliver makes many mistakes, but you know he’s going to do the right […]

A Kiss for Midwinter

A Kiss for Midwinter (2012) Courtney Milan Set in England in 1863. Jonas Grantham is a doctor–it has been his dream. And once he became a doctor, he vowed never to allow anyone to act against his principles as he did when a doctor he was following all but attempted to murder the pregnant young […]

The Duchess War

The Duchess War (2012) Courtney Milan .Set in England in 1863 Another re-read, and although good, I don’t love it as much as the Countess Conspiracy. But not for lack of trying on the part of the story. “I’ve never seen this before. And it’s really not my sort of thing.” For one thing, she […]

The Suffragette Scandal

The Suffragette Scandal (2014) Courtney Milan Set in England in 1877. Edward Clark has allowed his family to think him dead–only fitting since his younger brother all but had him killed. Unfortunately, that same younger brother is now going after one of the men Clark considers to be his true family, so Clark has returned […]

The Countess Conspiracy

The Countess Conspiracy (2013) Courtney Milan Set in England in 1867. I really REALLY love this story. And I loved it just as much if not more the second time through, since I was just waiting for the awesome bits. There was nothing shameful about the figure Sebastian was pointing to, not unless one harbored […]

Once Upon a Marquess

Once Upon a Marquess (2015) Courtney Milan Set in London in 1866 Judith Worth has been holding her siblings together as best she can, after there family was ruined by Christian Trent, the Marquess of Ashford. Except that Christian didn’t set out to ruin anyone, he just needed to do what was right. One thing […]

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart (2011) Sarah MacLean Juliana Fiori is the daughter of scandal–her mother abandoned her first husband and twin sons and ran off to Italy to marry a merchant, and then abandoned that husband as well. After her father’s death, she discovers she has two brothers who will […]

Rightfully His

Rightfully His (1998) Tracy Grant Set in London, December 1822 The final book in the Lescaut Quartet picks up the story of Charlotte, the daughter of Daniel, the Marquis de Ribard, and the man who had been his secretary, Francis Storbridge, who had been in love with Charlie since he first laid eyes on her. […]

Shadows of the Heart

Shadows of the Heart (1996) Tracy Grant Set in Scotland, July 1817 The third book in the series (yes, I did skip the first book on this re-read, but may read it last) is about Robert Lescaut’s cousin Paul, who is the unacknowledged bastard son of the Marquis de Ribard. Paul manages to rescue a […]

Shores of Desire

Shores of Desire (1997) Tracy Grant Set in Midlothian, Scotland, March 1815 This is a re-read of an historical mystery/romance, because I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood to read, but most of what is at the top of my to-be-read list is books I can’t read during the week, because I’ll stay […]

Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress: A captivating and hilarious Regency Romance

Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress: A captivating and hilarious Regency Romance (2015) Theresa Romain Set in Bath, England in 1817 I’m not sure about captivating and hilarious, but it was enjoyable. Augusta Meredith is the heiress to Meredith Beauty, and as she is from the Trades, she can never truly be part of the Ton. […]

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord (2010) Sarah MacLean Set in England and Yorkshire in June 1823. This book follows Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, and sees the other twin, Nicholas St. John, become a highly sought-after prize on the marriage mart. So when he’s asked to search for […]

The Tokaido Road

The Tokaido Road (1991) Lucia St. Clair Robson Set in Japan in Genroku 15, the Year of the Horse (1702) This story is based upon the real-life events of the revenge of the forty-seven ronin, expanded to follow the daughter of Lord Kiro’s outside wife, who has become a courtesan after her father’s forced suicide. […]

A Matter of Magic

A Matter of Magic: Mairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward (1991/1997) Patricia C. Wrede This is a reissue of two lovely YA novels, Mairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward. Kim is a thief in London, who hopes that this job will help her get off the streets for good–before those around her discover […]