Global Shopping Center
UK | Germany
Home - Books - Romance - Regency Help

1-20 of 200       1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   Next 20

click price to see details     click image to enlarge     click link to go to the store

$4.99
1. The Marriage List
$4.99 $2.86
2. Lord Will and Her Grace (Signet
$5.39 $3.63 list($5.99)
3. A Belated Bride
$6.29 $4.23 list($6.99)
4. Viscount Vagabond and The Devil's
$4.99 $2.77
5. Seducing Mr. Heywood (Signet Regency
$4.99 $3.23
6. Once Upon A Sofa (Zebra Regency
$6.29 list($6.99)
7. The Sandalwood Princess And Knaves'
$5.39 $3.50 list($5.99)
8. After the Kiss
$6.29 $4.50 list($6.99)
9. Isabella and the English Witch
list($6.99)
10. Unforgiven
$4.99 $2.86
11. A Passionate Endeavor (Signet
$5.50 list($5.99)
12. Indiscreet
$10.03 list($5.99)
13. Corinthian
$4.99 $2.75
14. The Captain (Zebra Regency Romance)
$4.99 $2.99
15. Ask Jane (Zebra Regency Romance)
$4.99 $3.03
16. The Wagered Heart (Signet Regency
$4.99 $3.37
17. Saving Lord Verwood (Signet Regency
$4.99 $3.16
18. Wedding Day Kittens (Zebra Regency
$4.99 $3.10
19. Dangerous To Know (Zebra Regency
$6.99 $3.29
20. Dangerous Diversions and Toast

1. The Marriage List
by Dorothy McFalls
list price: $4.99
our price: $4.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0451214994
Catlog: Book (2005-05)
Publisher: Signet Book
Sales Rank: 800877
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

2. Lord Will and Her Grace (Signet Regency Romance)
by SophiaNash
list price: $4.99
our price: $4.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0451214730
Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
Publisher: Signet
Sales Rank: 47368
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Book Description

From Booklist After a romantic assignation gone awry nearly costs him his freedom, notorious rake William Barclay repairs to the safety of a friend’s home in Burnham-by-the-Sea. Will expects to be dreadfully bored, but then he meets Miss Sophie Somerset. With her reputation tattered by London’s sharpest tongues, Sophie hopes her stay in the quiet seaside town will provide a brief respite from the task of finding the aristocratic husband she needs if she wants to inherit a title and fortune. Sophie’s first encounter with Will, who is nothing like the fortune-hunting fools with whom she is familiar, leaves Sophie a bit confused and very irritated. So when Will wagers that he can tutor Sophie in the art of attracting a suitable husband before she can teach him how to capture a lady’s interest, Sophie cannot refuse the challenge. What begins as a game soon becomes something else entirely. With a zesty sense of humor, saucy wit, and sizzling sensual chemistry, Nash puts her own distinctive stamp on a classic Regency plot, and the results are simply dazzling. —John Charles Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved. ... Read more

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a sunny day.
Miss Sophie Somerset is twenty-nine years old. Her deceased uncle has made her heir to a title and fortune, but only if she weds a proper aristocrat by her thirtieth birthday. Since she grew up as a vicar's daughter, the title and wealth would be nice; however, if she can't find true love in time Sophie would not really miss it. Fortune hunters have been after her, but she has no interest in them. Her behavior at the Season's balls has placed her in the gossip columns almost daily. Having enough, Sophia retires to Burnham-by-the-Sea, a small seaside village.

Lord William "Will" Barclay is the younger son of a marquis. After seducing so many females he should have been an expert at avoiding the marriage hungry ladies. Yet having slipped up and been caught, Lord Will flees London. In Burnham-by-the-Sea, he learns about Sophie. Perhaps he will not be bored after all.

**** In this regency romance, the heroine is a bit hard to believe. She does not seem to care for anything practical, such as money, and seldom considers how her actions in the present may affect her future. The hero is VERY easy to believe. The author did a terrific job of proving to the reader that he is a playboy and that he enjoys the title. If you are looking for a romance to enjoy while sitting outside on a sunny day, this is it! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

4-0 out of 5 stars Witty and entertaining
Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Somerset went to London to find a husband who satisfies the conditions set forth in her late uncle, the Duke of Cornwallis's, will. If she does so before her next birthday, she will meet the unusual requirements that allow the duchy to pass to a female. But despite her status as a potential heiress, Sophie, who is very tall and curst with an ample bosom, does not take. Not only that, she is embroiled in one indiscretion after another. None of them were her fault, but her reputation is in tatters, and she retreats to the seaside with her cousin.

After narrowly evading an attempt to compromise him into marriage, Lord William Barclay, the younger son of the Marquis of Granville, seeks refuge in the most remote locale he can think of, the seaside home of his old friend Charles Mornington. Tired of the antics of females, Will is delighted to hear there are no eligible young ladies in the district, save for a disgraced heiress who recently arrived from London. While he can't help but sympathize with her plight--repairing a ruined reputation is demmed near impossible--he's been involved in too many scandals of his own to assist her. Unless, of course, she's interested in a discreet, simple dalliance.

Sophie's and Will's first encounter is not an auspicious one. Both have visited the linen draper's shop--Sophie dressed in her oldest, most comfortable gown and boots, Will, who escaped in his nightshirt and dressing gown, is attired in his valet's colorful raiment. Sophie looks like a washerwoman; Will, like the most foppish of fops. Sophie wants a coat and pantaloons to wear while fishing; Will needs an entire wardrobe. Neither is pleased to learn that the village's only tailor won't return for a fortnight. Will guesses who Sophie is, but her assumptions about him are far off the mark. Their second meeting, at the Morningtons' home, where Sophie and her cousin have been invited to dinner, isn't much better. Will and Sophie's third encounter is even worse . . . and even more intriguing.

LORD WILL & HER GRACE is a delightful tale of two people who fall in love when they least expect it. Will is a charmer, but he's not the scoundrel he appears to be. He has a serious side few people have ever seen, and even fewer know that the half-French former soldier repeatedly risked his life for the Crown. Sophie is a social misfit--a Welsh clergyman's daughter with little knowledge of the ton and its ways, and even less interest--but she needs an aristocratic husband in order to secure her title and fortune. Will fits the bill in all respects--or would, if he weren't a notorious rogue. At first glance, Will and Sophie are a most unlikely pair, but at heart, they are perfectly matched. A diverse cast of secondary characters adds depth and texture to the tale. The most colorful of the bunch--literally and figuratively--is Will's foppish valet, Jack Farquhar. He and his pug, Miss Tickle, are responsible for some of the story's most humorous moments.

Sophia Nash's wit and talent shine through in LORD WILL & HER GRACE. I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A 5-Star read from a talented author!
Sophia Nash knows what I like and she serves it up with great style and wit in LORD WILL AND HER GRACE!This is the third book I have read from the author and it's her best offering yet, though I love every one she has written.Her immaculate use of the time period always impresses me, and I believe it rivals my other favorite author Mary Balogh.However, her writing style is all her own, and this particular story is a feast for those who love romance, the Regency, and a bit of fun.She cleverly uses elements from the popular sitcom WILL AND GRACE, but fashions them into a unique plot that serves both the characters and the Regency that I love so well.I also find the author as audacious as the characters she writes for she is not at all reticent in introducing the conventional Regency audience to a healthy dose of lovemaking, as she has in all her novels, while retaining the overall Regency flavor that keeps us devoted to the genre.I find this new perspective on the Regency refreshing, and it's another reason I look forward to her books.

My own personal enjoyment of any book relies on its characters, and Ms. Nash chose two very unlikely ones to fall in love in this story.Regardless, Lord William Barclay and Miss Sophie Somerset, a reported rake in need of a fortune and an heiress running away from fortune hunters and sporting a bruised reputation, keep themselves and us amused throughout.Lord Will initially pursues the fair Sophie because he is bored and desperate to escape his present circumstance.However, he discovers that she is made of stronger stuff and then the fun truly begins.I loved the chemistry between the couple.Ms. Nash is one of the best at creating sexual tension and pulling it tighter as she weaves her well-told tale.Desire fairly crackles each time Will and Sophie are together, and while she always uses humor in her stories, this one is the wittiest of the three, and therefore the most diverting, to use the Regency vernacular.

I highly recommend any book written by SOPHIA NASH and especially LORD WILL AND HER GRACE.Ms. Nash brings the Regency period alive in her books and breaths life into the characters they inhabit it.I've heard her earlier books have all won awards for excellence, and I have no doubt that this one will reap its own surfeit of awards.The icing on the cake is its cover.I absolutely love it.It's my favorite of all her books. I'm convinced that Ms. Nash's talent will have us reading her books for years to come.

1-0 out of 5 stars I think my book was missing pages...
The book that I just finished CAN'T be the same one that I've read such good reviews about - it just can't!Perhaps my book was missing the 50 or so pages that covered Will and Sophie falling in love.To me, it seemed as if theymet each other three times - once at the drapers, once at a dinner party, and then when they meet for "lessons" (though I don't know why they were draw to each other enough to do that) - and suddenly they were in love.Huh?He knew he loved her because she kissed innocently, not like the fallen woman he was expecting, and she fell in love with him because he whipped off the contraption that was keeping him from feeling her up?Really?That's it?
It was all I could do to get through this book.There was a part in the middle where it seemed that the book was picking up and I might actually like it.But sadly, that feeling passed quickly.Will and Sophie spent more time apart than together in this book and what little time they spent together didn't help me buy into the fact that they were in love.I TRIED to buy into it, but couldn't.

Maybe I am just missing something.I've seen very few bad reviews for this book out there on the internet, but I just don't understand why people like it so.Perhaps I am missing the "fun" over the Will & Grace spoof: Sophie believes Lord Will is gay but makes out with him anyway and falls in love.Oh, and don't forget the gay valet, Jack/Jacqueline and his pug, Mrs. Tickle (who goes to a masquerade and yes, they put the pug in a costume).Then there is the oversexed and condescending lady's maid, Karine.But nevermind, they were rather annoying characters so yes, let's forget them.

I will grant that this book is different in that it is not just kisses and hand-holding.The initial sex scene between Sophie and Will was very well written.There was also a waltz scene that was enjoyable to read.But when the characters weren't having sex or dancing the waltz, I just didn't care what happened to them.And sadly, neither activity happened more than once until the very last pages of the book.By then, I didn't care if Will finally caught Sophie or ended up catching a cold.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Regency I've Read All Year!
Lord Will and Her Grace is simply the best Regency romance I have read in ages. Why?Because it is fresh, hilariously funny (the story parodies characters from TV's popular Will & Grace sitcoms) and dare I say it--sinfully sexy.It's the story of Lord Will, a rake in every sense of the word, who is hiding out in the tiny seaside village of Burnham-by-the-Sea to escape a forced marriage to a girl he supposedly seduced.There, in the least likely of places, he meets Sophie Somerset, the woman who will eventually steal his heart.Sophie has also come to the seaside village to escape the fortune hunters of London, and one in particular whose schemes left her own reputation a little tarnished. Soon both are yearning for the other's company, though neither will admit it.This leads Will to make a bet with Sophie, one she is only too eager to accept--but one that will change both of their lives forever.

Sophia Nash is an author bound for bestsellerdom.It's no wonder her second book, A Passionate Endeavor, is a 2005 RITA finalist for Best Regency Romance (the award is the romance industry's equivalent to an Oscar nomination.)That book was excellent, and well deserving of the award--but Lord Will & Her Grace is even better. ... Read more


3. A Belated Bride
by Karen Hawkins
list price: $5.99
our price: $5.39
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0380815257
Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
Publisher: Avon
Sales Rank: 133164
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Book Description

She'd Never Marry Him!
The last man Arabella Hadley ever wishes to see again is Lucien Deveraux, the handsome, dissolute Duke of Wexford -- who broke her innocent heart years ago and disappeared to London. So when she finds an unconscious man on her deserted country road and sees that it's Lucien, she's tempted to leave him there. But even more appalling than his presence is the brazen kiss he plants on her shocked lips and her response! So it would be totally insane to take him home to recover -- wouldn't it?

Except For One Small Thing...
Lucien dares not reveal why he's returned to his country estate -- or why he abandoned the strong-willed beauty years ago. Especially since Arabella clearly has secrets of her own. But when her scheming, marriage-minded aunts successfully compromise them, the two are forced to become man and wife. Which makes it ever harder for both to battle the passion that never disappeared...

... Read more

Reviews (27)

4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully delightful read!
A Belated Bride is humorous, moving and thoroughly enjoyable. I enjoyed both Arabella and Lucien's characters tremendously. And Lucien's valet is a totally delightful secondary character. Arabella and Lucien have a history between them which leads to tension from the very beginning. The reader (and Bella's matchmaking aunts) know the two belong together from almost page one. Keep your eye out for a particular scene with Bella's aunts at the start of the story while Lucien is injured. You will find yourself blushing, sputtering, and laughing! And it will color everyone's comments for the rest of the novel. If you are looking for a fun and enjoyable read, this is definitely the book for you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Karen Hawkins just keeps getting better & better! Triple A+
Wow! I always thought Karen Hawkins had talent, I just didn't realize how much talent.

If you enjoyed One Lucky Lord (under her pseudonym Kim Bennet) and if you loved The Abduction of Julia, you will be blown away by A Belated Bride!

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your viewpoint) Lucien Devereaux, the Duke of Wexford was rescued before he bled to death on that bleak, country road. Reality set in when he realized his beautiful savior owned the very heart he broke so many years ago!

Arabella Hadley loved Lucien forever, heart, mind and soul - not to mention body - and that is what caused all this trouble to begin with! Her traitorous body! If only she could control her reaction to this devilish man she could get on with her life just fine!

The sensuality sizzles, the intrigue will keep you turning the pages and humor will have you rolling on the floor, laughing out loud!

Come join the fun! Meet Arabella's aunts Emma and Jane and a whole host of secondary characters that you will remember forever!

If you only read one new release for the year 2001, let it be A Belated Bride... you won't be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars I just loved this book!
After reading the Abduction of Julia I found myself wanting to read once again about Lucien in a Belated Bride. There is just something about this man that I found so totally captivating. It is one thing for a woman to not get over a man but I find it even more compelling when such a handsome rogue after ten years has not gotten over his Bella. I was reminded in the Abduction of Julia what a lost sole Lucien continued to be and just had to reread how he finally finds the love of his life. Lucien is one of Karen Hawkins best male heroes!! Excellent read - the second time every bit as good as the first!

5-0 out of 5 stars 4 & 1/2 stars; would have been 5 with an epilogue
Not quite as good as The Adbuction of Julia, in my opinion, but still a wonderful story. Unlike tAoJ, A Belated Bride drags just a little in spots and needed a resolution to Robert & Liza's situation.

Nevertheless, Hawkins delights with a story of second chances. Arabella is a strong heroine in the highly capable and responsible, but still heartbroken mold. Lucien is the hero who loved and left, thinking he was doing the right thing, but never able to really face up to his decisions...until he ends up back in her life. Arabella and Lucien's passion sizzles at every encounter, and the reader so wants them to get it right this time.

A stable of interesting secondary characters helps keep the momentum and humor going. And there's plenty of humor with Arabella's aunts around. The plotting may not be quite as tight as tAoJ and the main charcters just slightly less heartfelt, but not enough to seriously diminish the book's appeal. As I said, I'd drop it only 1/2 a star. Therefore, since it certainly deserves better than 4 stars, I've stuck with the 5-star rating. It's a good follow-up to tAoJ, in which Lucien was introduced (and in which he is very appealing as well).

3-0 out of 5 stars a good book but not great
In short, this was a good book. A good read but it wasn't fantastic. At some points I found it quite difficult to concentrate on it. The story line was alright - although I thought the baddy got killed off rather easily - and Lucien was a really great guy! He wasn't your typical hero because he didn't run from love or commitment even when he was twenty! Bella was also a good character but I found her a bit annoying at times (I can't marry him cos he doesn't want to really...blah blah blah), but on the whole I liked her too. She was a strong character and all her emotions where shown brilliantly. The best thing about this book is that it made me laugh! It was really quite funny at parts! Disapointments? Apart from the ones I've already mentioned I think the love scenes were also a bit of a disapointment - they got me quite bored because I didn't think there was much feeling in them.

Basically if your in the mood for a good, light read this is the book for you: Its funny and has very well-made characters. ... Read more


4. Viscount Vagabond and The Devil's Delilah (Signet Regency Romance)
by Loretta Chase
list price: $6.99
our price: $6.29
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0451212231
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Signet Book
Sales Rank: 261524
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Book Description

Now fans can "Live the romance. Read Loretta Chase" (Christina Dodd) with two delightful stories together for the first time. ... Read more


5. Seducing Mr. Heywood (Signet Regency Romance)
by JoManning
list price: $4.99
our price: $4.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0451215001
Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
Publisher: Signet
Sales Rank: 27295
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Book Description

Upon her husband's death, a shocked Lady Sophia learned that custody of her children went to a humble country vicar. Although he knows of her tarnished reputation, the clergyman believes children need their mother-and soon, he needs Lady Sophia too. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Regency
Seducing Mr. Heywood by Jo Manning
May 13, 2005 (Edited May 16, 2005)


In SEDUCING MR.HEYWOOD, a widow, Lady Sophia Rowley, starts out as a woman with a reputation among the ton, but finds that she has maternal instincts and longs to take care of her children and bond with them after many years of being the negligent mother. She's gone through two husbands who abused her in some way, and the third was a very elderly but kind man that understood her needs, allowing her to run free in London.He too has passed on, and she is now left a widow, wondering if she will marry again. Upon his death, the local vicar, Mr. Heywood, has become the guardian over her two sons.

Lady Sophia decides she likes Mr. Heywood, although the shy and inexperienced vicar is a far cry from the men she had been seen with in the past. It seems that Lady Sophia has had a change of tune, and is ready to settle down.And the vicar soon realizes that the rumors about Sophia may not all be true, and sees a different side of the widow that the rest of the world did not.

A subplot involving Sophia's estranged father, Tom Eliot, the Earl of Dunhaven, spices up the story line with an attempted kidnapping, among other things, giving the novel an exciting twist.

I loved this regency - it had a lot of humor in it, a bit of intrigue and a lot of excitement with the arrival of Sophia's father.I would recommend this romance to all who may have been avoiding regencies in the past.It's books like this that make me want to read more of this genre.

Overall, THE SEDUCING OF MR. HEYWOOD comes highly recommended as a very enjoyable regency. This reviewer will gladly read another historical romance by Jo Manning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Role Reversal In A Most Original REGENCY
Setting - Rowley Hall, Yorkshire, 1811 --- The very notorious Lady Sophia Rowley, thrice married, thrice widowed and smarting from the loss of her latest lover she had intended on making husband number four, was not in the best of moods.On the advice of her solicitor she had come home to Rowley Hall to make the acquaintance of the vicar of St. Mortrud's, Mr. Charles Heywood, whom her late husband had appointed guardian of their two sons.To say the least, their first meeting could in no way be termed favorable, - but I'll let the reader delight in THAT inauspicious moment. In spite of her bad humor, and Charles' mortification it would be days before they would once more, accidentally meet and Sophia, thought to make the very handsome vicar her next lover while she rusticated in the country.

Charles had always admired the beautiful woman from her portrait during his many visits and had it not been for the confidences shared with him by the late baron of how Sophia had been sold into a brutal and hideous first marriage by her despicable father, he might have the same unfavorable opinions of her that others had. Armed with that knowledge, and as their friendship developed he began to admire the intelligent and tenderhearted woman that was kept hidden behind the jaded and brittle mask she donned to hide her vulnerability.There seemed to be a real chance at happiness for both of them if only they could survive the vicious manipulations that the re-emergence of her obnoxious father would bring back into her life.

I found this to be a divine read.I absolutely loved how Sophia the once-jaded and totally selfish heroine (from THE RELUCTANT GUARDIAN) finally came to her epiphany realizing her self worth as a caring, loving mother and found her true love in such an unlikely candidate. It was also a very original read in that the female/male roles were reversed where she was the rake, so to speak, and he the innocent.In addition, I found the many varied characters were so very well defined that the reader could feel a part of the entire ensemble.

Of particular note, is the way the author conveyed warm and loving feelings for the character of the deceased Baron Rowley.Due to his unselfish regard in maintaining for his sons the illusion of a mother's love, he thoughtfully paved the way for her re-emergence into their life. I thought that this very cleverly done to have such a warm and wonderful feeling for a character whom you never really meet in the story but who plays such a seemingly big part due to the fond remembrances and good deeds he'd done during his life.Bottom line - With elegant prose, fresh and charming dialogs, and lovely regency touches the author had me totally enchanted from start to finish in this wonderfully feel-good romance.--- Marilyn Rondeau, for www.historicromancewriters.com



... Read more


6. Once Upon A Sofa (Zebra Regency Romance)
by Myretta Robens
list price: $4.99
our price: $4.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0821778501
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Zebra Books
Sales Rank: 207442
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
When I read a romance, I look for good characters first and foremost.Next I look for a good plot.This book had both.Both Sidney and Isabel make the best of the situation in which they find themselves, and they grow as a result of their experiences.The major plot developments were not obvious, which is a blessing in a period romance, and it all came together in a satisfying way.What more could you want?

By the way, don't believe everything you read in a back cover blurb.This one gets it all wrong. ... Read more


7. The Sandalwood Princess And Knaves' Wager (Signet Regency Romance)
by Loretta Chase
list price: $6.99
our price: $6.29
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0451213793
Catlog: Book (2005-01-30)
Publisher: Signet Book
Sales Rank: 299490
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Book Description

Two Regency romances from the USA Today bestselling author hailed as a formidable talent packaged together for the first time. ... Read more


8. After the Kiss
by Karen Ranney
list price: $5.99
our price: $5.39
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0380812983
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Avon
Sales Rank: 245474
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Book Description

No longer the proper English wife she always was, Margaret kissed a handsome stranger. Now the dashing earl will not rest until the beautiful widow he held in his arms so briefly is his forever. ... Read more

Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
To say I enjoyed this book doesn't seem an adequate description. What a wonderful story! Margaret is a poor widow who meets Michael while she's spying on a ball. From there their relationship develops. Their one kiss agreement scene was great. I don't want to describe it because I don't want to spoil it but I loved it.

I also loved the relationship between the hero and heroine. They were so good together and I really felt everything they felt. It's been awhile since I was that involved with the feelings of the hero and heroines I've read about. And the way the hero changes or makes changes in his life makes me love him more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a fantasy
Karen Ranney has created the perfect hero in Michael Hawthorne, Earl of Montraine. Margaret Esterly, a young woman widowed and poverty stricken following a fire which destroyed her bookstore, has managed to save only three volumes of rare erotica. She must sell them to survive. While bringing the first of them to a wealthy earl, she and Montraine meet accidentally. Amidst their love story lurks a mystery. The writing is intelligent and lyrical, the love scenes lushly erotic, the mystery deftly woven through the plot. A wonderful, can't put it down read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A nobleman hero & commoner heroine & they don't even care!
After the Kiss was such a splendid book! It is my second Karen Ranney book and much better than the previous one. This is a great romance story between two very likable characters. Both the hero and heroine are unique for romance writing and realistically portrayed.

Michael Hawthorne, Earl of Montraine, is your typical, very attractive, self-confident and sexy historical English hero. He hates attending events of the Season or any such formal party or ball. His similarities to the typical hero end there. He is actually looking for a wife. It's not that he likes the idea of marriage so much - rather - he accepts it as fate and knows his future bride will have to be a rich heiress. His family is in need of funds after his father's poor handling of their estates and his mother's tremendous overspending.

Margaret Esterly had been widowed several years earlier when a fire killed her husband and destroyed their home and bookstore. She has few funds to provide for her existence and lives the life of a poor woman. She has no ties to nobility and has no desire to even know anyone of that class. Margaret has in her possession three books that her husband had stored in their strong box prior to the devastating fire. Margaret had only been able to take the strong box with her as she barely escaped death. Now most of the money is gone and she must sell one of these valuable books.

These three books are a set of highly sensual journals and she locates a list of possible buyers her husband had left in one of the journals. She arranges the sale of the first journal and travels to London to deliver it. When Margaret arrives at the home of the buyer, she sees that he is hosting a masquerade ball. After she completes the sale, she creeps into a garden to get a glimpse of the ball. While catching that peek of a masquerade ball in all its grandeur, the hero, Michael, spots Margaret and the two share an interesting interlude while dancing in the garden. Within a few moments of their meeting, Margaret flees to her hired hack and proceeds home. Behind her, Michael is left desiring her company and cannot forget her. He is determined to find her and claim that kiss she had almost given him prior to the interruption that had made her run away.

Michael is basically a genius at mathematics and breaking codes. Although he is an earl, rank is of little importance to him. Most of his friends are not even members of the ton. He doesn't even require a wife that is a part of London society. However, he is viewed as a very serious man that is not overly friendly. In fact, his persistent look of brooding scares the ladies a little although they remain very attracted to him. His near obsession of Margaret really rankles him. He is used to a very structured life and is very self disciplined. His logical pursuit of a wife has become a necessity. But Margaret has a way of making him illogical. Margaret, in turn, is very drawn to Michael but does not believe they will ever have a relationship. Although Michael wants her for his mistress, she flatly refuses and will not consider any of his arguments.

The tale of Michael and Margaret is a fascinating one. Michael does tend to be dominating and Margaret leans to sugariness but both are very balanced characters and mature. This is a book about their romance. Although there is the usual villain in the background, the author spends little time on the suspense or secondary characters. We are treated with page after page of great interaction between the two. That is definitely the way I most love romance writing. We are allowed time to see their relationship grow and there are no silly misunderstandings. The leads communicate truthfully with one another and genuinely like each other's company. There are some good sensual scenes that rate a solid 4.0 out of 5.0 (see More About Me for rating guidelines).

There are not that many books that come so close to my idea of perfection in romance writing but this one does. Although After the Kiss is not one of my all time favorite books, it still has a definite place on my keeper shelf. I know I will enjoy reading this book more than once. And that is about the best thing I can say about any book.

5-0 out of 5 stars SLOW BURN...
This was my first novel by Karen Ranney. Her writing syle "savors" every word. She doesn't waste time telling the reader things you can figure out on your own. She saves the detail for when the reader wants it the most...for the sex. The story starts out with a fire that changes Margaret's life. Yet the flames keep erupting from the pages as her relationship with Michael simmers, sizzles, and boils...even to the last word. I love Margaret's "comfortable with myself" attitude. I love Michael's fascination with Margaret. I especially love how their relationship continually moves forward despite outside conflict. Sensuality = 10. Sexuality = 10. Burn, baby, burn...

3-0 out of 5 stars Not that compelling
That was my first book of Karen Ranny. I found it quite interesting but not very absorbing or a must-read book. I bought the book because I want to get to know the writing styles of as many romance authors as possible and while I didn't find it very compelling I didn't regret reading it. Read the lowesting ratings first, i.e., combine the reviews of the reader from AUSTIN, TX USA and the one from WEST HILLS, CA, you will get an overall and objective picture of the book. ... Read more


9. Isabella and the English Witch (Signet Regency Romance)
by Loretta Chase
list price: $6.99
our price: $6.29
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0451210832
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Signet Book
Sales Rank: 251875
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Book Description

Isabella...Isabella has seen too many seasons for marriage. It seems only gold-digging suitors are interested. But perhaps the love of a true heart hides just around the corner...

The English Witch...Kidnapped abroad, Alexandra thinks she's doomed. But her troubles have only begun-for her rescuer is determined to make her his!
... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Naughty boys need love too
In "Isabella", we meet our heroine (Isabella, of course) who is a plain girl of six-and-twenty with no hopes of every marrying. When she travels to London to chaperone her young cousins, it is ISABELLA who is sought after my London's beaux. In particular, she receives the attentions of two cousins, who could not be more different from one another. One is Basil Trevelyan, a wily & wicked fortune hunter. The other is Lord Hartleigh, staid and proper, who is looking for a mama for his young ward.

But who will Isabella end up with? And whose intentions are honourable? "Isabella" is an exceptional book with lots of surprises and plenty of laughs. In fact, it was one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. Both of Isabella's suitors were fascinating (in their own ways). This book (5 stars) made me an instant fan of Loretta Chase.

"The English Witch," the second book in this compliation, features Isabella's rejected suitor from the first novel. He meets his match in Alexandra, a girl he must rescue from amorous suitors. I can't really go into great detail without giving anything away, but this book was also a delight. I'd give it 4 stars.

Overall, this a wonderful 2-in-1 novel that I would recommend to any Regency reader.

4-0 out of 5 stars Logical pairing but a mixed bag
Dont get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Loretta Chase's writing but only half of this combination delivers.
Isabella, to my knowledge, is Chase's first book. Unfortunately it shows; the plot is badly realised, the main characters tissue paper and the contrivances of their romance grow tedious well before they are over (she is whimpy, he is stuffy and the only reason they dont manage to get together for 168 pages is because they're both stupid too). As a regency romance this would be the worst bog standard - there would be nothing Loretta Chasenish about it! - without 3 secondary characters who do their best to hijack story. Chase bravely wrestles to keep the Villain, his (and the hero's) Aunt and the heroine's Mother from running the show here but they are so strong that she has to consent to give them their own book...
Thus behold the English Witch! AND HERE WE READERS GET LUCKY INDEED! It is funny and sexy and fresh as a - well, a new born Loretta Chase Romance. If this is her second novel - boy, does the lady learn fast! The hero (the ex-villain) has a heroine to match, and as the proverbial sparks fly the sly sense of humor in the writer's voice is there. As is the no-nonsense sensuality that manages simultaneusly hit the funnybone and the slightly lower regions... although much more chaste than Chase's later work, it even has an unbuttoning scene all of its own to challenge Jess and Dain (Lord of Scoundrels) that leaves reader hoping that the book would indeed be a later work: less chaste and twice as long. It is - as the blurb says- a jewel. Not yet cut perfect but full of lively fire. And who could have though that the quintessential character of the tall dark villanous hero is at his best when served shorter, blonder and wickedly chatty.

Isabella is mildly relevant as a back story and, for those interested, a look into the difficulties of writing as the writer in vain struggles to breathe life in to the principals while the secondary elements effortlessly jump off the pages.
But it is the English Witch that is worth the price of both! ... Read more


10. Unforgiven
by Mary Balogh
list price: $6.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0515122068
Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Jove Books
Sales Rank: 305858
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (7)

3-0 out of 5 stars A Clever Title.
This is romance? Try full-blown alienation. These two people do not like each other. I don't care how much the author tries to proclaim their love. I couldn't find the love scenes -- they waltz together and he appreciates her height? Ok . . .

Skillfully titled, these two characters cannot and will not "forgive" one another. A misunderstanding during their adolescence has developed into hatred. Ms. Balogh urges the reader to consider the characters' inner thoughts -- wishing us to believe these two quarrelsome people love each other! Unfortunately, the message is not delivered! Even at the story's end, the reader reads the love declarations with uneasiness.

Briefly summed -- the tale of a future earl, Kenneth Woodfall, and a wild, independent, free-spirit, Moira Hayes. Throughout one ill-fated summer, our lovers share an obsession, meet in secret, and fall in love. However, something goes terribly wrong and they replace youthful love with aggravated mistrust and betrayal.

Found in these pages is one of the most unconventional consummation scenes ever read in romance reading. They say if you live long enough you will experience it all -- add a new experience to this lady's life.

Mary Balogh may have faltered with the storyline but her writing is still first-rate. Moira's denial of her pregnancy and her waning health are quite believable. The author favorably portrays the book's secondary characters. Balogh has written Moira's betrothed, Sir Edwin Baillie, as a pompous, silly, flabbergasting man -- reminiscent of Jane Austen's Mr. Collins from "Pride and Prejudice". The reader will cherish the brief hilarious scenes featuring this absurd person -- anything to avoid spending time with our two love fragments.

Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.

2-0 out of 5 stars It started off ok but had really fallen flat by page 100
The heroine's view of the world seems cynical so one is forced to spend too much time with a negative woman prone to an attitude of victimization. One moment she seems to be slipping into self pity and the next she is 'proudly' declaring her independence. These sporatic reversals make her character hard to believe or sympathize with. Ultimately, her character is rather weak and unappealing. I had to stop reading the book when I encountered a truly absurd plot twist that I felt was merely a cheap device the author used to avoid having to think of a sincere way that these two people could fall in love.

5-0 out of 5 stars A 'forced marriage' novel with quite a twist!
This is the sequel to Balogh's Indiscreet, and worth reading for that reason alone, since Indiscreet introduced the 'Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse', as Rex, Kenneth, Nat and Eden were known during the Peninsular war. For those who wanted to know more about all four characters, this book gives you what you were looking for.

At the end of Indiscreet, we're left with quite a cliffhanger concerning Kenneth: he has to return home to marry a woman who is having his baby and whom he says he dislikes more than he has ever disliked anyone in his life (and this can't be a spoiler, since it's part of the plot summary on the cover of Unforgiven and on this site!). I, for one, was desperate to find out exactly how this had come about.

Kenneth and Moira, we learn right at the start of the book, have known each other for years, but their families have been estranged for generations. We learn that Moira, Kenneth and their respective siblings were friends in secret as children, but it's apparent that something happened which not only tore apart those friendships and the burgeoning love Kenneth and Moira felt for each other, but also renewed the family quarrel with a vengeance.

Moira has just agreed to marry her distant cousin, a prosy, pompous, self-important bore who also happens to be the heir to her family home, at the point when she meets Kenneth again. It's very clear to the reader that their mutual dislike hides a very mutual attraction. However, both suppress it very heavily indeed, and more might never have come of it had Moira not attended the Christmas ball at Dunbarton and overheard some comments about herself spoken by Kenneth's mother and sister. She foolishly goes out to walk home alone in heavy snow...

I have to admit that the circumstances in which the child was conceived made me raise an eyebrow; I still find it a little difficult to accept that Kenneth would propose, and Moira would accept, that particular course of action in those particular circumstances. Nevertheless, that's the premise Balogh went with, and I was able to ignore my reservations and concentrate on the story.

The way in which two stubborn people who did not want to be married to each other, and who can't seem to be able to speak to each other without causing yet more misunderstandings, come to realise that they do actually love each other - and that they can actually *tell* each other that fact - is very well told by Balogh. She does do misunderstood lovers very well indeed.

Unlike some reviewers, I didn't find Moira's behaviour childish, although Kenneth accuses her of that more than once. She's certainly stubborn. And she believes, as we find out later, that she has very good reason to hate him, and therefore she resents the need to ask him for anything at all - and his own imperious, occasionally domineering Earl of Haverford manner doesn't help. As for her refusal to accept at first that she was pregnant, how many of us can exist in a state of denial over something we would rather wasn't happening? And she did face up to the truth eventually.

I did like this book a lot, and will be reading it again. Now for Nat's story in Irresistable!

3-0 out of 5 stars Childish heroine, good hero
Miss Moira Hayes, the heroine in this novel is a bit too childish for my tastes. She is tempermental and is prone to deliberately taking everything the hero says in the worst possible manner. There are even points of the story where is seems that Balogh is aware of the snippity, self-invovled nature of this heroine and seems to be apologizing for it, as if the heroine's actions were beyond her control. I also did not like how Moira did not ever take charge of her life. She ignored her pregnancy for months and outright lying to the hero about it because she just could not bring herself to *do* anything. The result of her not caring about herself or her child was a miscarriage -- I found it difficult to be sympathetic to Moira at this point; her lack of gumption and childish behavior had led to it. However, I did like Kenneth's character and found him to be a charming and strong hero. Why he ever wished to stay with a brat like Moira, I have no idea. There seemed to be a lot of reliance on their childhood romance, and too little explanation of what he had in common with her and why they loved each other now. It was a decent read, because it was a Balogh, but I will not be re-reading it again.

5-0 out of 5 stars A POWERFUL TOUCHING NOVEL!
THIS NOVEL IS A VERY TOUCHING NOVEL OF TWO LOST LOVES! MARY BALOGH IS A VERY EXCEPTIONAL AND EXCELLENT AUTHOR BRINGING HER CHARACTERS TO LIFE. A WONDERFUL PLOT TO BRING BACK THE TWO LOVERS TO DEAL WITH EACH OTHER AGAIN! ... Read more


11. A Passionate Endeavor (Signet Regency Romance)
by Sophia Nash
list price: $4.99
our price: $4.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0451212703
Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: Signet Book
Sales Rank: 173484
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Book Description

Returning home from the war with a wounded leg, Lord Nicholas Huntington isn't expecting to find a lovely young nurse on his father's estate. Not only does Miss Charlotte Kittridge possess a most delicate touch, but something about her intelligent mind and fiery heart makes Nicholas want to take her in her arms and never let go. Unfortunately, he vowed long ago not to marry.

At seven and twenty, Miss Charlotte Kittridge is considered an old maid, but in Lord Huntington's presence, she suddenly feels like a schoolgirl again. Now Charlotte, the daughter of the most talented physician in all of Europe, finds herself nursing the hope that the man who makes her heart flush with desire will someday return her dangerously passionate love. ... Read more


12. Indiscreet
by Mary Balogh
list price: $5.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0515120014
Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
Publisher: Jove Books
Sales Rank: 110597
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Delicious Treat.
What, if anything, could be better than a Regency romance by Mary Balogh? To be sure, it could only be a LONGER, more in-depth Regency romance by Mary Balogh. This was the first in a new series from Berkley as just such a lavish, extremely fulfilling treat. It is NOT a historical disguised as a Regency, but the very real thing.

From her first greeting to Viscount Rawleigh, Catherine Winters finds herself annoyingly attracted to the man, whom she had initially taken for his twin-brother and her near neighbor, Mr. Adams. The Viscount, on the other hand, makes erroneous suppositions about the lovely widow, and during the whole of this long and lovely book, sparks fly between these two strong and independent characters.

Against his better judgment, the Viscount accompanies his brother back to Bodley-on-the-water, for a change of scenery. His brother's wife is determined to make a match between her younger sister and the handsome Rex, refusing to believe he is not interested in the untried chit. He is equally determined to avoid her snares, protecting his heart from further damage, it having been broken once already.

Catherine is obviously a lady, or at least with some pretensions toward gentility, if a bit young to be a widow at the age of five-and-twenty. Content with her current existence, she has a dog for companionship, and enjoys the society (although knowing it for exactly the condescension that it is) of the occupants of the small village, from the Viscount's brother to the garrulous rector.

Of course, Rawleigh believes the toothsome widow to be eminently beddable, based on little more than a smile or two, and pursues his goal with admirable intent. She must certainly be interested in him, for how else could she so readily tell him apart from his identical brother? No one else ever could! No matter how impregnable any woman believes her fortress to be, the gates may nearly always be opened by the right key. He inadvertently compromises her; they must marry, and all the long-held secrets come tumbling out.

As usual, Mary Balogh does not disappoint the reader; this is truly (to borrow a word coined by her original publisher) a SUPER Regency!

5-0 out of 5 stars A regency favorite
If you are a lover of the regency period, this book is a must read for you.

When a bored young Viscount goes to the country to visit his twin brother he sees a beautiful young widow and is determined to have her as his "temporary" mistress. Just to pass the time. Viscount Rawleigh is shocked with beautiful Catherine Winters refuses him. Catherine is mortified when Viscount Rawleigh makes the inappropriate proposition to her, mostly because she was very, very tempted.

Determined to keep her reputation in tact, Catherine does all she can to stay away from the rake. Things don't turn out as Catherine plans and one night he is seen leaving her cottage after hours. Her reputation is ruined. Rex does the right thing and marries the young widow, but soon finds out that she is not as she appears. Catherine has many dark secrets. Secrets she would rather keep hidden.

This is a wonderful book that I'm sure the regency lover will adore. Catherine is charming and Rex is well, Rex is a rake. But don't we all love the rakes? Mary Balogh tells the story like no other can. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gloriously Drawn, Gloriously Savored !!
When Mary Balogh is good, she is very, very good, and here she excels. This love story is wonderfully written and wonderfully enjoyed. Balogh pulls the reader into her passionate story with her usual flare. This is the tale of the mysterious Catherine Winters, and the overpowering, bored Rex Adams, the Viscount Rawleigh.

Catherine is a compassionate woman living in the rural setting of Bodley-on-the-Water. She fills her peaceful days giving music lessons, baking for the sick, and reading to the elderly. Her only companion, in life, is a little terrier dog. Viscount Rawleigh is visiting his twin brother's country estate; he is titled, rich, handsome, blasé, and mistakes an innocent smile for a sexual invitation.

What is the story's true success? Mary Balogh does not allow our lovers to dwell in confrontation. Instead she chooses to tantalize her reader with the mystery surrounding Catherine Winters' past life. The author controls this intrigue with captivating skill, and when it comes to captivation, Balogh is in her element. The result? The reader is unable to put down the book.

Catherine's story is heartbreaking and her confession draws the reader to the edge of sadness. Viscount Rawleigh is the ultimate in a romance hero; he stands by his bride, and proceeds to rectify the injustice. Balogh wrote an incredible ending, with satisfying results. The villain got his just reward.

A rating of 5 stars, to me, suggests the book is perfect; however, I felt there was one stumbling block. In the end, was Catherine's father truly in her corner or not? And, if he was, why not the heartfelt begging of her forgiveness? It may not be a perfect story, but it does come close!

Oh, how I love a good book and this is a good book.

Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.

5-0 out of 5 stars Have a box of tissues handy, this is a real tear jerker.
Excellent writing and interesting plot. Ms Balogh has the unique ability to weaves her words into a story that will take your heart and squeeze it hard.

PS: Ms Balogh if you are out there, could you link Horatia up with one of Rex's friends? I felt soooo sorry for her.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent regency, introducing characters for further books
Catherine Winters smiles and curtsies at a gentleman passing her in the street, thinking him to be her landlord, Mr Adams. Instead, he is her landlord's twin brother, Viscount Rawleigh, who assumes that she's throwing out lures. So he pursues her, and eventually makes an improper proposal, which she rejects angrily. Not that he gives up; he continues to pursue her. Although she is attracted to him, she has no wish to become anyone's mistress and keeps refusing him... until the night when he's careless and she's compromised utterly...

One of the things Balogh does really well in this book is to give us an excellent picture of the nature of English society in the Regency era. First we have the claustrophobic village atmosphere, and the incredibly judgemental inhabitants; it's hard to imagine how people could have coped with that. Later, we have London society: the ton, for whom an eternity would be a short time, and who were not likely to have forgotten Catherine's indiscretion in a mere six years.

Rex was at his best in the scenes after his and Catherine's marriage; up until that point he appeared shallow and uncaring, but it was after they arrived at his estate that I started to like him. And in the end this was a lovely love story.

Can't wait to read the sequel next, to find out why Ken had to hurry off so suddenly! ... Read more


13. Corinthian
by Georgette Heyer
list price: $5.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0373834489
Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
Publisher: Harlequin
Sales Rank: 160229
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars one of My Favorite Heyer Books
The Corinthian is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books of all time! It includes mystery. . Who stole the diamonds? Comedy . . . Sir Richard Wyndam a nonpariel in fashion and wealth wandering aimlessly drunk in London's streets in the middle of the night stumbling on a maiden dressed like a ruffian needing assistance to get out of her window to escape a marriage of convience to her cousin. Wyndam being bored with life and his tireing relations assists her in running away to a childhood love, after reprimanding her for the sloppiness of her cravat. Romance. . .Well I'll leave that for you to find out.

4-0 out of 5 stars More adventure than romance
Heyer takes on two of romance's cherished conventions: heiress Penelope Creed dresses as a boy to escape her guardian's matrimonial plots, and the rich but jaded Sir Richard Wyndham falls for the artless charms of a schoolgirl. The result is a charming adventure, but an unsuccessful romance. Richard is too gentlemanly to make advances while Pen is under his protection and Pen spends too much time in the role of a boy to develop as a romantic leading lady. However, the dialogue is delightful and Heyer juggles her plot elements with aplomb, so it's still a fun read. The conversations between Pen and silly little Lydia Daubenay are not to be missed. (The jaded rich man/innocent miss plotline is done with greater success in Arabella, where a more substantial plot allows better character development. For a marvelous girl-in-breeches story, hunt up The Masqueraders.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good car camping reading
The Corinthian is the sort of romance novel my mother and I would share on those long car camping vacations when I was a kid. It's a fun little story with the sorts of adventures that a pre-teen would have enjoyed. It's one BIG drawback is the dialogue. It's devlish bad and it just doesn't signify! In all honesty, one could do a drinking game based on the phrases that show up ad naseum in the dialogue.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wholly charming!
Sir Richard Wyndham is a Man of Fashion, a dandy, but he prefers the term Corinthian, if you please. He is somewhat bored with his life as a trendsetter of the haut ton, and is being forced to seriously consider a somewhat irksome marriage of convenience when he is waylaid by circumstance to aid Miss Penelope Creed, an heiress not yet out in society, on a quest to elope with her childhood sweetheart in an effort of avoid a match with her fish-faced cousin.

The plot of the story is light-hearted and fun, full of adventure and misadventure. But it is Heyer's style, much reminiscent of Jane Austen's yet more colorful and engaging, that makes this book truly delightful. It is a must read for her description of a proper dandy alone. There were many places where I could not help but chuckle aloud.

I know you will find it more than worth your effort to hunt down and read this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Heyer Romance at its best!
This has always been one of my favorite Heyer novels and I am so glad it is finally being reprinted in the US. I first read this book in India of all places and got my own copy in London. If you like witty dialogue, situations and tons and tons of british humor this is a must for you. It seems deceptively simple, Young girl running away disguised as a boy, hitches up with cynical but gorgeous hero .. . In the hands of Georgette Heyer it will have you laughing out loud and absolutely unable to put it down until its done! ... Read more


14. The Captain (Zebra Regency Romance)
by Lynn Collum
list price: $4.99
our price: $4.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0821778331
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Zebra Books
Sales Rank: 49791
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Page- turning mystery
This is an action packed adventure with a murder mystery that keeps you guessing.When Jacinda Blanchett's father is murdered, she is taken into hiding by a trusted family servant.But life gives her several more knocks until she is left the sole guardian of her servant's nephew.By the time she remeets her "betrothed" who abandoned his 12 year-old future mate, he too has grown from impetious young man into a responsible ship's captain determined to right his youthful bad behavior.But Jacinda has spent the last eight years thinking Drew and his father were murders.Her world is turned upside down when she finds that all her theories are challenged by the man she saves from impressment.
I highly recommend this story.Lynn Collum has penned an exciting story with all the great elements of romance.Action, adventure, masquerades, murder and finding true love.

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by its cover
At age twelve, Jacinda Blanchett is betrothed to Andrew Morrow. At the time, Andrew is a mannerless teenager, in love with another girl. Jacinda's fate takes a terrible turn when her father is murdered--and someone is out to murder Jacinda too! Subsequently, she goes into hiding for 8 years.

Since then, Jacinda has been living her life as "Jack," a young boy taking hard jobs. These days, Jacinda's not the delicate little flower she used to be. When circumstances land her in the company of Andrew Morrow (now Captain Morrow) once again, she doesn't know whether to accuse him of her father's murder... or fall in love with him.

"The Captain" is a very enjoyable story. It's full of adventure, especially at the beginning. There's also the murder mystery to solve. Strong and level-headed, Jacinda was a refreshing heroine. I really cared about the characters.

However, when I picked up the book, I was expecting something else. The ship on the cover made me think it was going to be a sweeping epic taking place on a ship. And the back cover boasts "still waters, stormy passions," which made me think it was going to be a little spicier than the average Regency, but that's not the case. "The Captain" is a very chaiste book, with little or no romantic tension for the first two thirds. However, I liked it much, much better for what it was. ... Read more


15. Ask Jane (Zebra Regency Romance)
by Victoria Hinshaw
list price: $4.99
our price: $4.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0821778404
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Zebra Books
Sales Rank: 54794
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

16. The Wagered Heart (Signet Regency Romance)
by Rhonda Woodward
list price: $4.99
our price: $4.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0451210212
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Signet Book
Sales Rank: 79893
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Book Description

Miss Juliann Alard must cut short her season and return home-where she'll concoct an elaborate plan of revenge against the roguish Duke of Kelbourne. Little does she know, however, that the duke also has some plans up his rakish sleeve... ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
This is one of the best Regencies I've read in a long time. The story was fast paced and the characters delightful. It's obvious Ms Woodward did her homework and knows the Regency period well.

5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL ROMANCE WITH INTRIGUING CHARACTERS
This is a great regency romance with the ambience of the time. Ms. Woodward knows her genre - and I mean knows it! She captivates the reader with her character development. Even her secondary characters kept me absorbed. I want more! I loved the development of the romance between Julia and Kel. Ms. Woodward gave it an interesting twist and kept me guessing. Her characters lingered in my mind even when I had to put the book down (for a few hours) and I look forward to her next book. I wish her books were longer because every one of them that I have read make me want more (and I have read all three.)
Keep them coming! ... Read more


17. Saving Lord Verwood (Signet Regency Romance)
by Elena Greene
list price: $4.99
our price: $4.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0451210050
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Signet Book
Sales Rank: 153244
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Book Description

Rakish Lord Verwood and virtuous Miss Penelope Talcott could not be more different. Then in a chance encounter, Penelope saves Verwood's life-and in doing so, changes hers forever... ... Read more

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Is is Possible to Reform a Rogue?
Penelope Talcott is determined to marry her country curate, Cyril. Penelope's aunt is determined to help Penelope make a splash in Brighton society while her uncle hopes she will make a good match and save them all from their life of genteel poverty on the fringes of good society.

Unfortunately, all Penelope manages to do is supply the gossips with a fresh morsel when she accidently saves the life of the scandalous rogue, Lord Verwood. The favor almost costs Pen her life later on, but she is saved by none other than Lord Verwood... and the cost is Penelope's good name and reputation.

Fine! Maybe now her aunt and uncle will let her marry Cyril, or so she thinks until the oh so proper Cyril bows himself none too gracefully out of the picture. Now, Pen has three choices: continue on as an unwanted poor relation in her uncle's home, go to live with her friend Catherine's family, or marry Lord Verwood...which is totally out of the question. At least it was until Verwood gave Pen a kiss to make one's hair stand on end. Hmmm...perhaps marriage is the best solution.

Verwood and Pen marry, but there's trouble in paradise right from the start. Someone wants Verwood dead, possibly Penelope too, and Verwood won't explain to Pen what is going on. How can she stay with a rogue who is keeping everything a secret from her? How can she leave the rascal who has captured her heart?

The romance is very sweet and a little spicy. I loved Verwood...I have a thing for misunderstood rogues with hearts of gold. There's danger, mystery, romance, did I mention romance? It was different, but I like it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Saving Each Other
Penelope Talcott is all-too-familiar with the rogueish Lord Verwood. In the past, he dabbled in the lives of her two best friends. When she happens upon him in Brighton, he is as handsome as ever... though she wants little to do with him.

Somehow, Penelope becomes embroiled in Verwood's affairs. Someone is out to kill Lord Verwood--and now Penelope is a target! But, when one problem is resolved, a much larger problem presents itself. No longer will Penelope live the quiet life she's always wanted, as the wife of a rector. A scandal makes her reconsider her options.

When I reached the mid-point of the book, I was really enjoying myself. Good story. Good characters. I wanted to see what happened next. At some point, the book lost momentum. I found myself thinking "what next?" And, unfortunately, there was nothing left to hold my interest.

The story itself is nothing new. A reformed rogue. A marriage of convenience. I've seen it many times before. However, Elena Greene's writing is what saves it. I thought this book was better than her previous novels. The story was more believable, and her characters were more enjoyable.

Overall, I'd say this book is alright, which is slightly less than good. I'd give it 2 1/2 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars the delightfully charming read
The third installment in a trilogy ("The Incorrigible Lady Catherine" & "The Redwyck Charm" were the other two) that revolves around the romantic ups and downs of three school friends, "Saving Lord Verwood focuses on the relationship that develop and blossoms between the last unmarried friend, Miss Penelope Talcott, and the charming rogue who (had previously) figured into both her good friends escapades (and not in a good way), Lord Verwood. And of the three, "Saving Lord Verwood" was definitely the best and my favourite.

Against her will, Miss Penelope Talcott has been taken to Brighton by her uncle and aunt, in order to contract an advantageous marriage. Penelope would much rather marry the curate of her village and lead a life similar to her dead parents', doing good and caring for her family. Her uncle and aunt however, improvident spendthrifts both, want Penelope to marry a rich gentleman and thus repair the family's fortunes. But all her relatives' plans and hopes come to naught when, by chance, Penelope finds herself in the middle Lord Verwood's affairs and scandal. Now the only way to save her reputation is if she marries him. But does the virtuous and demure Penelope desire to be married to the rakish Lord Verwood? True he is sinfully handsome and charming. Can she trust her life to such a scandal ridden gentleman? And what of his past relationship with her friends?

In my opinion, "Saving Lord Verwood" was a much better written novel than "The Incorrigible Lady Catherine" & "The Redwyck Charm" -- the story was a better one and the hero and heroine were more appealing and engaging. I've never had particularly strong feelings about the redeemed rake motif -- neither heartily liking nor disliking this plot device. But I must say that I liked the manner in which Elena Greene saved/redeemed Lord Verwood -- I liked that Lord Verwood had changed quite a bit before he got entangled with Penelope, and I liked how the authour showed us that Penelope would help in "saving" Lord Verwood further and ensure that all these changes were permanent ones. So, if you're looking for a nice romance novel about a young lady with plenty of love and affection to give and a lord who needs all the love and approval he can get, that has a small suspense plot tagged onto it, "Saving Lord Verwood" is bound to satisfy. An engaging read, and a keeper. ... Read more


18. Wedding Day Kittens (Zebra Regency Romance)
by Jo Ann Ferguson, Alice Holden, Melynda Beth Skinner
list price: $4.99
our price: $4.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0821778439
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Zebra Books
Sales Rank: 216186
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

19. Dangerous To Know (Zebra Regency Romance)
by LEANNE SHAWLER
list price: $4.99
our price: $4.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0821778293
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Zebra Books
Sales Rank: 51782
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars ...dynamically plotted and lustily engaging.
Even bloodied and covered in dirt, a gentleman's good breeding will always tell. The pistol-toting stranger in Stockwell House's stable is definitely a gentleman of quality, Miss Elisabeth Stockwell deduces. Strange, how he'd rather perish from his wounds, angry and infected as they are, than see them properly tended to! But no matter, his fever has made him too weak to put up much of a fight.

Whether the injured gentleman wills it or nay -- and he can hardly put up a protest when he has slipped into unconsciousness -- he will be nursed back to health.Prudence, be damned! Her brother James may not approve of her decision, but he need never find out she gave shelter to a handsome stranger without benefit of a chaperone, Elisabeth rationalizes. Or more scandalous yet, that she saw the gentleman's bare torso, bathed his feverish skin, and wanted to dally about said task. No, not very prudent at all...

James's unexpected return to the country with company in tow should therefore be a relief, a much-needed incentive to distance herself from Henry -- alas, he has yet to divulge his surname, which is fair enough because Elisabeth has assumed the fictitious identity of a paid companion -- during his secret convalescence in an unused wing. Goodness, what kind of dangerous game is she playing with her reputation?

What does Henry have to do with the ugly scandal that nearly ruined her former guardian's wife? Will she have to end her self-imposed exile in the country to get to the bottom of this disturbing mystery? Which is he, really: rogue or philanthropist? Saint or sinner? Conscience-less seducer or much maligned peer? And damn her for caring, anyway! Losing her heart to an unworthy gentleman during her come-out season -- years ago -- was pain enough to bear.

In this traditional Regency romance from Leanne Shawler, a former, DANGEROUS TO KNOW, licentious rake is forced to prove he is a changed man. Not perfect, mind you; just more enlightened about his faults and flaws. To accomplish this task, he will have to contend with his past misbehavior's lurid legacy and ignore the dangerous temptation to revert to old habits. As you can imagine, Ms. Shawler's hero is powerfully, deliciously conflicted. Change isn't without cost or consequence, after all.

But can such a drastic transformation be believed or trusted? Details of the scandal in Henry's past are revealed in dribs and drabs, so readers will be anxious to learn the full truth. What did he do that was so very awful Elisabeth's friends and family are so scandalized she would champion such a gentleman? Truly, one's mind begins to conjure up all sorts of scintillating possibilities. The author's decision to leave readers as much in the dark about Henry's rakish transgressions as Elisabeth -- dropping a hint or two here and there -- is an inspired one. It helps maintain the plot's tension, and increases one's compulsion to figure out what kind of gentleman Henry really is. While he can be ruthless, he can also be terribly vulnerable.

There's also a spark -- a restrained passion, if you will -- to Leanne Shawler's Zebra Regency romance, DANGEROUS TO KNOW, that will prevent readers from mistakenly regarding it as too tame or lacking in moments of sweet, searing intimacy (which it isn't). Traditional Regencies can be just as provocative as their historical counterparts; and certainly, just as romantic, dynamically plotted and lustily engaging. While some of the dialogue has a contemporary ring to it, Ms. Shawler's mainstream debut is a striking success and will have readers eagerly jumping through hoops in an effort to keep up with Elisabeth's many misadventures and a reformed rogue's ever-changing charms.

Reviewed by Cheryl Jeffries for Heartstrings Reviews
... Read more


20. Dangerous Diversions and Toast of the Town (Signet Regency Romance)
by MargaretEvans Porter
list price: $6.99
our price: $6.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0451215966
Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
Publisher: Signet
Sales Rank: 267390
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Book Description

These two Regency romances prove that love, like life, is a stage. In the first, a worldly dancer is swept off her feet by the one man who sees her for who she is. In the second, a handsome earl chooses a mistress-an actress who's never played by ton rules. ... Read more


1-20 of 200       1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   Next 20
Prices listed on this site are subject to change without notice.
Questions on ordering or shipping? click here for help.

Top