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THE LAIRD by Grace Burrowes

Grace Burrowes’s latest series is about three men tangled together during the Napoleonic Wars and the aftermath. These are not light reads; they are romances, yes, but they deal with trauma both at home and abroad and how the characters cope with the horrors they’ve witnessed and their new lives back home in England. I randomly picked up an ARC of the first book of the Captive Hearts series, The Captive, a couple of months ago without knowing what the book was about. I did this pretty much only because I had heard of Grace Burrowes and thought the cover was pretty. My only exposure to her books in the past was a reading at Lady Jane’s Salon in New [...]

Hot Scots and the Five Reasons Monica McCarty Loves Them

Monica McCarty is no stranger to hot Scottish Men: her Highland Guard series, feature scorching hot Highland warriors who are as deadly with their looks as there are with their fighting skills. Part of Robert the Bruce’s elite secret army in the fight to reclaim his crown, these Highland Guards are prepared for every battle—except for falling in love.   Hot Scots! Five reasons we love those Scottish heroes . . .  There’s no doubt about it, Scotsmen are hot right now. Whether it’s on the pages of a favorite novel or on the TV screen with the recent Outlander craze, we American lasses can’t seem to get enough of those strapping lads in plaid. Sure they are brave, tough, [...]

MY HIGHLAND SPY by Victoria Roberts

Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do—he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep. Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess—a job easier said than done—she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator. Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her [...]

IN BED WITH A ROGUE by Samantha Grace

This book, the second in a series, was quite fun. Baron Sebastian Thorne has happily been a rogue for all of his mature life, since women began propositioning him when he was sixteen. When his fiancée eloped with his best friend, his ego took a hit as well as his reputation. He’s not necessarily on the path of reformation when the book begins, he’s simply trying to stay out of trouble. Then, after a few chance meetings with Helena, he decides that a little liaison with her would not be terrible. Helena, Lady Prestwick, is a widow with a lot of money and a good reputation, and she intends to keep it that way. Without her position in good society, [...]

AN EARL LIKE NO OTHER by Wilma Counts

Katherine Gardiner, a young English widow, has only one dream: to protect her son—a future duke—from her merciless father-in-law. Determined and desperate, she has no option but to take the guise of a housekeeper and escape to Yorkshire where the only hope is the enigmatic Earl of Kenrick. In all his years spent roaming the world, Jeremy Chilton never braced himself for the burden of a much-damaged inheritance. Now, the new Earl of Kenrick must save his family legacy and raise his motherless young daughter as a proper English lady. His only salvation is his beautiful housekeeper, Kate. But as her secrets unravel, much that is puzzling about her falls into place. No wonder the Earl has caught himself imagining [...]

Charmed by the Highlanders: My Favorite Scottish Romances

If you know me, you know I love a good romp through the heathers. Give me a book filled with castles, thick brogues and burly men who bathe in the cold mountain stream and I’m a happy girl.  It’s a well known fact that I started my blog over two years ago because of my love of Highlanders. (I was sick, on the couch with nothing else to do so I sat and read whatever I could get my hands on. My friends came to visit me while I was couch-ridden and of course the topic turned to books. More than one friend suggested I start a blog and well, Bored and On the Couch wasn’t a catchy blog name [...]

VEXING THE VISCOUNT by Christie Kelley

As the reluctant new Viscount Middleton, Braden Tavers already has several reputations to save–including his own. So it’s imperative he rescue his estate’s healer Tia Featherstone from her impetuous plan to find his rakehell brother Jonathon. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her determined spirit and unworldly charms at arm’s length. But protecting this stubborn beauty from himself is only stoking an irresistible desire–and an insidious danger threatening them both . Tia must get Jonathon back under her care before his unforgiving brother discovers how ill he truly is. But searching London’s most scandalous hellholes and staying two steps ahead of Braden is uncovering the viscount’s deepest secrets–and a longing to make his wounded heart her own. To [...]

Outside the Ballroom: Unusual Historicals

I was editing something at my day job on the American Revolution recently and discovered it was riddled with little factual errors. They were the sort of mistakes that probably read as facts to most Americans who gleaned their knowledge of our nation’s founding from textbooks in elementary school. When I mentioned this to my boss, I added, “I only know this is inaccurate because I just read a book on the American Revolution.” (I recently read Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose, on which the AMC show Turn is based. My brother, a Revolutionary War scholar, and I were the only people who watched Turn and it was on against Game of Thrones so you’re forgiven for not knowing about [...]

Cover Reveal: HIS SAVING GRACE by Sharon Cullen

How about this new cover for HIS SAVING GRACE by Sharon Cullen?! I’m pretty much in love with it! The story follows Lady Grace Ashworth who has been mourning the death of her beloved husband—until the day a very-much-alive Michael arrives at her front door. It’s nothing less than a miracle. However, Grace soon realizes that this Michael isn’t the same man who left for the Crimean War. She’s stunned to learn that he has suffered a devastating head injury. Putting all her own desires aside, Grace resolves to devote herself to Michael’s recovery and to love him no matter what troubles may come.   I love how tender the couple looks on the cover–it’s the perfect way to show [...]

A Wicked Fascination – The Truth About History

Hi Romance at Random! Thanks for having me. As a historical romance author, I run across several interesting facts about the era I’m writing in. A historian by profession, I love researching into the topics and find the true depth of that era or person or war or whatever I’m on a mission to discover. It is that drive to find the truth, to portray and interpret the past correctly, to be able to take the reader back there, which makes my stories rich in the past. In my research for my stories, let me give you a hint of what I’ve come across that is fascinating.

My Favorite Historical Fashion – It’s the Shoes

Anyone who knows me at all knows I’m a shoe person. I love shoes. Not impractical five-inch heels, but give me something frou frou or lace trimmed, and I adore them.

With all the glorious historical clothing and accessories, why are shoes my favorite? Have you seen any historical shoes? I’m not talking just vintage, but shoes dating back a few hundred years. Just do a quick search on Pinterest for historical shoes and start drooling.

Pirating: It’s Not Gender Specific & Here’s Why

Female pirates are not a new thing to sailing. They’ve been around since, well, since sailing began, I daresay. There was Teuta of Illyria who, back in 231 BC, went up against the Roman Empire and won. In 1485 Sayyida al Hurra attacked Christian ships after her entire family was forced from their homes by Christians. After Jeanne-Louise de Belleville’s husband was captured and executed by the French government in 1343, a furious Jeanne-Louise sold her body and her land to purchase three warships. She painted the ships black and dyed the sails red and wreaked havoc on the king of France’s ships. Britain’s navy quailed in the face of Ching Shih, a female Chinese pirate who was in charge [...]

The Colosseum – A Day of Entertainment in Ancient Rome

It is a beautiful day here in April 2014 – sun is out, the temperature is finally warm after a brutal winter. A time to spend in the glory of spring!

But over 2000 years ago, what Romans did do to enjoy themselves? They had the theater, dinner parties and the spectacle of the games. What games? Chariot racing was big but the most exciting of all – the gladiatorial games.

Reviewer Gives the Skinny on SECRETS OF SEDUCTION by Nicole Jordan

From the Goodreads description: The most charming Wilde cousin, Lady Skye has secretly loved the enigmatic Earl of Hawkhurst since girlhood, long before the tragedy that left him scarred both physically and emotionally. When Skye learns that the celebrated hero has returned to England from his self-imposed exile to make a cold marriage of convenience, she brazenly plants herself on his castle doorstep, determined to convince Hawk that she alone is his true mate and destiny. An elite member of the Guardians of the Sword, Hawk has vowed never again to risk the pain of loving—but that’s before he deals with the most enchanting, annoyingly persistent seductress he’s ever encountered. One night of blazing passion leaves him impossibly torn. Will [...]

Did You Know Pirates Were Superstitious?

Pirates are an interesting lot in many ways. They’re criminals. They’re rogues. They’re mercenaries. They’re killers. They’re businessmen. They’re entrepreneurs. They’re smugglers. They are also very, very superstitious. Pirating was a democracy and it was this democratic way of running their ships that attracted a lot of sailors. Sailing for England’s Royal Navy was not all it was cracked up to be—especially for those on the lower rung of the ladder. If a pirate didn’t like the way things were run, a vote was taken and the captain could be voted off the island, so to speak. In other words, there were rules to follow on this democratic sailing vessel and a lot of those rules came about because of [...]

Ella Quinn’s Recipe for Love and Dumplings

In my latest release, Desiring Lady Caro, there is a lot of food. After all, one must eat, and when you are confined to a coach while fleeing an insane marquis, food is a nice diversion. There is a lot of chocolate in this book, as well other regional specialties, most of them I’ve been fortunate enough to sample during my own travels. Caro and Huntley begin in Venice. The whole Veneto region is famous for its rice, particularly risotto. If you hang a left at Verona, and head toward the Austrian border, the food gradually becomes more a bit heavier. There is wonderful ravioli, then the further north you go, and the food becomes a tasty mix of Austrian [...]

Book Review of A WICKED PURSUIT by Isabella Bradford

SUSANA from Susana’s Parlour says: New favorite author! 5/5 stars! Susana wrote a beautiful review really capturing the context of this story — but do you know what grabs my attention most? When a reviewer compares the author to someone I’m already reading and adoring. So when I saw this: “This story is every bit as delightful as those by my favorite Regency authors: Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, etc. I will definitely be looking for the other books in the series!” I was like, what the whaaa?? I’m in! How about you, do you like author comparisons when making your reading choices? Check out the rest of Susana’s review here-enjoy!

Sneak Peek Saturday – A WICKED PURSUIT by Isabella Bradford

A few words to wet your whistle! Readers are adoring Isabella’s latest release, the first book in this new trilogy – enjoy!

Purely Sensational! Lover of Romance Reviews PLEASING THE PIRATE by Sharon Cullen

Lover of Romance’s review from Goodreads was one of my all time favorites — how can you not adore, be intrigued – shoot, want to read this after you read: Pleasing The Pirate is such a wonderfully written historical romance, that is full of historical events, enticing characters, and a story line to keep you on the edge and waiting in anticipation for the next scene to send thrills down your spine!!! PURELY SENSATIONAL!! Read the rest of Lover of Romances review here Thanks Lover of Romance! We love you!

WINNERS Announced! ~ What Makes a Strong Hero? by Isabella Bradford + 5 print book #Giveaway!!

I’ve always had a weakness for strong characters. I don’t necessarily mean the heroes who can bench-press twice their weight – although that kind can be agreeable, too. I like the ones with inner strength, who can rise to whatever challenges that life (or a meddlesome author) may throw into their path. In my new historical romance, A WICKED PURSUIT, both the hero and the heroine must overcome some pretty serious obstacles. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is tall, handsome, and charming, and on the verge of marrying Julia Barclay, the most desirable lady of the season. His life is exactly how he wants it – until an accident leaves him badly injured. There were no orthopedists or physical therapists [...]

New this week – A WICKED PURSUIT by Isabella Bradford

In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected. As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the [...]

Sunday Snippet with Tuesday Release (2/25) Pleasing the Pirate by Sharon Cullen

Two hearts are wrenched between love and duty in Sharon Cullen’s tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder. With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds. His roving eyes, however, tell Mairi there’s something else he’ll take in exchange for her brother’s rescue. Though she burns with hatred for the English, she’ll do anything to save her clan. The crown has made it clear that Phin has two choices: [...]

Scandal, Rakes and Romance, my God it sounds like my kind of book!

In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers—London’s most scandalous rakes—are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart . . . to a lady who’s not all what he expected. “First book in a planned trilogy, hot smexy Dukes and Earls, underdog heroine, historical romance and a couple that has broken all the proper rules, to be each other’s “somebody”! YUP .. my kind of book!”~The Reading Cafe “It was great fun seeing Gus and Harry fall in love.”~All I Am As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways [...]

Got my attention – The passion between them sizzles off the pages.

Whenever I see a review that includes, ‘The passion between them sizzles off the pages.’ – whether it is a good or bad review I’m all over it — I want to read that book! Regency Romance Writers did a fabulous job recapping A KISS OF LIES – so much so, I wanted to share it with all of you – enjoy! Review for A Kiss of Lies Author: Bronwen Evans Date of Review: 01/10/14 Reviewed by: Regency Romance Writers Reviewer Comments: Kiss of Lies is the first book in Bronwen Evans’ series Disgraced Lords. In this book, you will completely understand where the series title comes from. Ms. Evan transports us from England to Canada and back again with [...]

How Sharon Cullen #Loveswept author deals with the Polar Vortex

The holidays are over and, for me at least, the dark days of winter are here. That Polar Vortex thing? I’m so over it. Not to complain or anything, but geez Mother Nature, could you give us a break? My kids have been off school. A lot. Let me repeat that. A. LOT. Even my college kid has had her classes canceled. Call me old, but when I was in college you went to class come hell or high water. Or freezing temperatures. But. Okay. Whatever.

Weekend Reading: Married in Haste by Cathy Maxwell

The much-anticipated new Cathy Maxwell novel, The Bride Says No (HarperCollins, January 28), publishes next week. I asked Cathy Maxwell fan and blogger, Kimberly Rocha of Book Obsessed Chicks, for the best “starter” book for the uninitiated. She said that Married in Haste is a must-read. A marriage-of-convenience tale that resonates with unforgettable passion and love.  Brenn Owens, The Earl of Merton, has come to London to choose a bride. A sexy war hero, he has his pick of the season’s debutantes, and once he spies beautiful Tess Hamilton no other will do.   But Tess has a dark secret she’s desperate to hide—she has no choice but to marry quickly before her family’s ruin becomes grist for the gossip [...]

WINNERS ANNOUNCED Release Week #Giveaway! – A Kiss of Lies <3 Why I fell in love with the Libertine Scholars – Bronwen Evans

Happy Release Day to Bronwen Evans, today we’re celebrating her book, A KISS OF LIES, and offering a #Giveaway — good luck! And now, here’s Bron: Let me introduce you to the Libertine Scholars, the six heroes in my new Regency historical romance series, Disgraced Lords. They met at school, going through to Oxford together. Due to their appetite for learning, coupled with their rakish seductions, they earned the nickname The Libertine Scholars. They’re lords who are definitely loveable rogues, and who use their brains for more than just carousing. There is nothing sexier than an intelligent, handsome man. However, all is not well with the Libertine Scholars. During book #1 A KISS OF LIES, they uncover a plot to [...]

Winners Announced – On sale now, A Kiss of Lies by Bronwen Evans – 1st chapter Freebie + Giveaway

Here it is! On sale Tuesday, A Kiss of Lies – enjoy! A Kiss of Lies The Disgraced Lords Series Bronwen Evans Loveswept Chapter 1 London, England, November 1815 “Get up!” If not for the fact that the rage-filled voice bellowing in his ear was speaking English, Christian Trent, the Earl of Markham, might have thought he was back in France. Certainly the press of cold steel at his throat flooded his brain with memories of the war: nightmarish memories, pain-filled memories. Memories he fervently tried, but hopelessly failed, to forget. Experience had taught him that when one was in such a precarious position, with a sword at one’s windpipe, with the identity and reasoning of the attacker unknown, one [...]

Weekend Reading

Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard (Renegade Royals) By Vanessa Kelly Kensington/Zebra     January 7, 2014 Vanessa Kelly will be guest posting with us next week, so now’s the time to catch up on her new Renegade Royal series. The first book just published this week to lots of buzz: In this witty, sensual new series, Vanessa Kelly introduces the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes who are finding their rightful places in society. Accomplished spy Aden St. George prefers to stay away from the frivolous ton, especially after the way his mother was used by the Prince Regent. But his latest mission compels him to guard unconventional, vibrant Lady Vivien Shaw. Rescuing her from kidnappers was easy. [...]

Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett

Berkley/January 7, 2014 It’s the roaring twenties, and San Francisco is a hotbed of illegal boozing, raw lust, and black magic. The fog-covered Bay Area can be an intoxicating scene, particularly when you specialize in spirits… I’m a fan of (ok, sucker for) all things 1920s. So when I read about a 1920s love story that was also a ghost story, it fell into the instant-download category. I was happy to discover it features not only the 1920s and an unsavory spirit, but also women who defy convention.  Aida Palmer performs a spirit medium show at a speakeasy called Gris-Gris.  Her show is entertainment, but her ability to connect with ghosts is real. Her boss, Velma Toussant, is rumored to [...]