If you’re like me, you enjoy the odd romance novel and what better time to read another one (or try your first one!) during the season of love. Sure, sure, we haven’t all found true love, but you can find it between the sheets of a good book any night. My favourite are regency romances – great dresses, late night parties, and imagining everything in a British accent. Nothing better! Here’s a few suggestions for those beginning their education 😉
Silk is for Seduction, by consummate romance writer Loretta Chase is a perfect gem of a romance novel. The New York Times bestselling author brings readers the first in a very sexy, emotionally rich new series in which sisters from a rather scandalous aristocratic family—the purveyors of the most fashionable shop in Regency London—discover passion and love as sumptuous as the exquisite gowns they create. Fans will adore this sensuous love story, as ambitious dressmaker Marcelline attempts to win the patronage of a future duchess…and ends up inadvertently enchanting the Duke! The next book in the series, Scandal Wears Satin, is equally fab. Read them both!
A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah Maclean is a personal favourite. The first book in Maclean’s Fallen Angels series—featuring four dark Regency Era heroes who will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike. It is the scintillating story of a disgraced Marquess reduced to running a London gambling hall who hopes to restore his good fortune by marrying a very proper lady who’s secretly drawn to sin. You will feel for Penelope and fall for Bourne all at once. A Rogue by Any Other Name is sexy and wicked fun.
Frederica, by Georgette Heyer, is possibly the best of all of the author’s regency romance novels. Frederica brings her younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister. She seeks out their distant cousin the Marquis of Alverstoke to help launch them into society. Lovely, competent, and refreshingly straightforward, Frederica makes such a strong impression that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society. Lord Alverstoke does his best to keep his distance, but with his enterprising—and altogether entertaining—country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled…and so will you!
So, buy yourself a box of chocolates and spend your Valentines with a great book. You won’t regret it!