As the weather cools down, there are many new historical romance novels that will help to heat up readers. One is the beginning of a new series and in another much anticipated novel, Lisa Kleypas returns to her roots (as a romance writer) with a new historical romance.
“Cold-Hearted Rake” marks Lisa Kleypas’ return to historical romance after five years writing in other genres. Some might argue that the interval spent writing modern romance like “Brown-Eyed Girl,” about a plus-size romantic heroine, have sharpened her writing and given her a new perspective on historical romance. In this novel, the cold-hearted rake has inherited an earldom that he had no expectation of inheriting. He was a distant relative and not a member of the peerage. He had no expectation and no desire to be a part of this lifestyle. Kleypas wrote, “It had been Devon’s bad luck to inherit a title just as a tide of industry was sweeping away aristocratic traditions and entitled modes of living.”
Kleypas’ first historical romance in five years has been greatly anticipated, and the Kirkus starred review states in part, “Kleypas begins a new historical romance series with two damaged characters who might find happiness if they can ever learn to trust themselves and one another. Intricately and elegantly crafted, intensely romantic, and with secondary characters and an epilogue that will leave readers anxiously awaiting more.” Don’t miss this new novel from an old (not literally) romance writer.
Another first-in-the-series romance novel is “The Match of the Century” by Cathy Maxwell. It’s the first story in the series “Marrying the Duke.” The publicist explains this new series by saying that “Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, ‘Why do people fall in love?'” This series is Maxwell’s chance to explore that question, and she begins with a story about a debutante who has been promised to a duke since birth. The problem is that she is in love with his younger brother. What to do? There’s a whole book in which Elin, the bride-to-be, must make a difficult decision.
“The Wrong Bride” by Gayle Callen is another first in this collection, this one for author Callen in two ways. It’s the first book she’s written set in Scotland, and it’s the first in a new series. This series is “Highland Weddings,” and this story is about mistaken identity and forbidden attraction all set in Scotland. When Hugh McCallum kidnaps Riona Duff it is to secure what her father promised – marriage between them to ensure peace between the clans. But he kidnapped the wrong Duff, and now they might both have to pay the price. Callen includes plenty of emotion and difficult revelations in this story and the ending leads right into the next book in the series, “The Groom Wore Plaid.”
“Scandal Takes the Stage” by Eva Leigh is a second-in-the-series story in a debut historical romance series for this author. While it’s an historical romance debut series, while writing as Zoe Archer, this author has written many romance series ranging from paranormal romance to modern-day romance. The two main characters of this book were introduced in the first book in the series, “Forever Your Earl,” where they met. While they appear to be completely opposites, the chemistry was obvious. Now readers can learn more about Maggie, a playwright, and Cameron Chalton, a viscount. Maggie is suffering from writer’s block but she is no female-in-distress. She is intelligent and wary — especially when Chalton offers to help her. Can these two people who have so little in common find happiness?
“One-Eyed Dukes are Wild” by Megan Frampton (available December 29) is part of the “Dukes Behaving Badly” series. It’s the third book in the series which began with “A Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior” and “Put Up Your Duke.” Both novels received rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and RT Book Reviews. It’s about an unmarried woman looking for adventure who spies a stranger with a dangerous appearance. She decides that it’s time to be wicked, and is disappointed when the one-eyed stranger turns out to be a very proper duke. Can she turn the proper duke into someone willing to walk on the wild side? Will the two very different people be able to find something in common? It’s a romance, so happily-ever-after is guaranteed.
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