Category: Regency Era

17
Dec

Assembly Rooms, December 2014

Assembly Rooms is a collection of links to blogs and articles of interest to lovers of the Regency Era.

A Regency half dress: http://regencyramble.blogspot.com/2014/11/regency-fashion-november-1814_24.html

12
Dec

REGENCY SEX ED by Miranda Neville

Regency romance author Miranda Neville, whose latest book, The Duke of Dark Desires, will be released at the end of December, originally published this essay on the Word Wenches blog. She graciously gave the Beau Monde permission to reprint it here. The added graphic of Pietro Aretino is courtesy Wikipedia Commons.

6
Oct

October New Releases for Beau Monde Members

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download at The Regency Reader – October 2014.

New Releases for October 2014

Cover for The Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman

The Accidental Countess (Playful Brides)
St. Martin’s Press
Print, eBook, Audiobook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

CAN A SCANDALOUS CHARADE

For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.

LEAD TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE?

After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian  discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?

October 28 2014
http://www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com

Georgie Lee

The Courtesan’s Book of Secrets
Harlequin Historical
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

To save his family legacy, Rafe Densmore must seize a courtesan’s infamous register. No one can ever know how his father betrayed his country! One person stands in Rafe’s way–the beautiful Cornelia, Comtesse de Vane.

In the card rooms of Paris, Rafe and Cornelia made an unbeatable…intimate team. Until, convinced of Rafe’s desertion, desperate Cornelia married an elderly comte. Now, returning to London an impoverished widow, she’ll do anything to possess the register.

Even if that means becoming Rafe’s partner once again….

October 1 2014
http://georgie-lee.com

Allison Lane

Regency Masquerades
Dolphin Star Press
eBook
Traditional /Inferred Sexual Contact

A boxed set containing six novels from six award-winning authors — Brenda Hiatt, Lynn Kerstan, Allison Lane, Gail Eastwood, Alicia Rasley, and Elena Greene. Each novel features a variation on the theme of masquerade. Whether it’s disguise or deception or secret identities, the characters have reason to mask themselves. But true love can see through even the most elaborate charade. Available at a 99-cent introductory price for kindle, nook, apple, and Kobo readers. For detailed information on the set and its novels, go to https://www.facebook.com/RegencyMasquerades

October 13 2014
http://eclectics.com/allisonlane

Theresa Romain

Season for Desire (Holiday Pleasures)
Kensington Zebra
Print/eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

PROPERLY WICKED

Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once.

Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts—along with kisses that require no mistletoe—and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side…

October 7 2014
http://theresaromain.com

Still Available

Cover for The Captain's Dilemma by Gail Eastwood

Gail Eastwood

The Captain’s Dilemma
Gail Eastwood (originally a Signet Regency)
Print/eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

He had already risked everything –except his heart. When captured French army engineer Alexandre Valmont learns why his officer’s parole has been wrongly revoked and he’s been placed in a war prison, he knows returning to France is the only way he can clear his name and restore his honor. On the run after escaping the prison, he has been depending on luck and his wits to avoid recapture. After he crosses paths with the beautiful daughter of a local baron, he becomes the unwilling recipient of her help when he is injured. Merissa Pritchard knows she may be committing treason by helping the handsome Frenchman, but she is drawn to him by forces she hardly understands. Hiding him and keeping her activities secret becomes more and more difficult with the passage of time. And as she comes to know him and falls in love, she also knows she is headed for certain heartbreak. Or is she? Alex wants to go home, not only to restore his name and honor, but also to help rebuild the nation he loves, cast into chaos by Napoleon’s wars. He hasn’t counted on losing his heart in his enemy’s country, or finding himself a wanted man. Can Fate hold any future for him other than heartbreak?

“Charming, suspenseful and romantic… a keeper!” –Affaire de Coeur

“Eastwood turns conventional expectations upside down in the most wonderful ways….a beautiful romance with gentle freshness and irresistible grace.” (4+) –Romantic Times Magazine

September 20 2014
www.gaileastwoodauthor.com

Cover for The Lady from Spain by Gail Eastwood

Gail Eastwood

The Lady from Spain
Gail Eastwood (originally a Signet Regency)
Print/eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

Masquerading as a Spanish widow, a young woman trapped in Spain during Napoleon’s war returns to England on a dangerous quest. The handsome lord who offers his help makes certain she will need it, for it’s his job to unmask her. Falling in love is not part of his plan to uncover her secrets. Neither is risking her life. After he has lied to, stolen from, and spied upon her, can he hope to win her heart? Can she give up the road to revenge for the risky road of love?

Holt Medallion finalist

“…a wonderful love story full of cleverly plotted intrigue…topped off with an intensely powerful resolution.” (4 ? stars) Romantic Times

September 14 2014
http://www.gaileastwoodauthor.com

Jess Russell

The Dressmaker’s Duke
The Wild Rose Press
Print/eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan, is determined to be the antitheses of his depraved father, repressing his desires so severely he is dubbed “the Monk” by Society. But when Olivia Weston turns up demanding payment for gowns ordered by his former mistress, Rhys is totally flummoxed and inexplicably smitten. He pays her just to remove her from his house, and mind. But logic be damned; he must have this fiercely independent woman.

Olivia’s greatest fear is becoming a kept woman. She has escaped the role of mistress once and vows never to be owned by any man. Rather than make money in the boudoir, she chooses to clothe the women who do. But when a fire nearly kills her friend and business partner, Olivia’s world goes up in smoke and she is forced to barter with the lofty duke.

As their lives weave together, Olivia unravels the man underneath the Monk, while Rhys desires to expose the lady hiding behind the dressmaker. Will his raw passion fan a long-buried ember of hope within her? Can this mismatched pair be the perfect fit?

September 26 2014
http://jessrussellromance.com

Heather Boyd

Keepsake (The Distinguished Rogues)
LLD Press
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

A BATTLE OF WILLS…

When the Marquess of Taverham married at eighteen, he was certain his life would be smooth and well ordered—right up till the moment his exuberant bride ran away on their wedding night, never to be seen again. Ten years later, when Kit is finally prepared to set his rash marriage aside by having his wife declared dead, she makes a shocking return, still beautiful but distrustful, and once more throws his life off-balance by refusing to live with him and resume their marriage.

…A WAR OF PASSION

Despite some lingering attraction, Miranda Reed has no love left for the heartless rogue she married. Older and wiser, she refuses to be a convenient wife for a man who expects everything to be his way with no care for her feelings. Keeping her husband at arm’s length is essential; her secrets will bring him to his knees. But in a battle of wills where hope and trust are both the prize and the casualty of war, the victor isn’t always the winner. Sometimes it takes an act of rebellion to recapture a fragile love.

September 8 2014
http://www.heather-boyd.com

Alina K. Field

Bella’s Band (The Ring Series)
Soul Mate Publishing
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Bullets, blades, and incendiary bombs—Major Steven Beauverde, the latest Earl of Hackwell, belongs in that world, and is determined to get back to it. His brother’s murder has forced Steven into a new and completely unwanted role, and worse, he has no idea how to salvage his family’s depleted estate. A rumor that his brother had a son by a woman who may be a) the murderer, and b) his brother’s secret wife, sets Steven on a mission to find her, the boy, and—Steven ardently hopes—the proof of a marriage that will set him free.

Confirmed spinster Annabelle Harris is a country heiress with a penchant for taking in orphans and helping the downtrodden. Her philanthropy hides her desperate search for her disgraced sister, the mistress to the Earl of Hackwell. When the Earl is murdered, her sister thrusts her child into Annabelle’s care and disappears. Now, with suspicion pointing at the sister, Annabelle has begun a new quest, to find the woman, and clear her name.

When their paths converge, the reluctant Earl and the independent spinster find themselves rethinking their goals, and battling the real murderer together.

September 3 2014
http://alinakfield.com

Leslie Carroll

Inglorious Royal Marriages: A Demi-millennium of Unholy Mismatrimony
NAL
Print, eBook
Historical (Non-fiction)/No Sexual Content

Why does it seem that the marriages of so many monarchs are often made in hell? And yet we can’t stop reading about them! To satisfy your schadenfreude, INGLORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES offers a panoply of the most spectacularly dysfunctional mismatches in five hundred years of royal history…

Brimming with outrageous real-life stories of royal marriages gone wrong, this is an entertaining, unforgettable book of dubious matches doomed from the start.

September 2 2014
http://www.lesliecarroll.com

Rose Lerner

A Lily Among Thorns
Samhain Publishing
eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Honesty can be the deadliest policy of all.

Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London’s most prosperous women, but she’s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success. Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her the means to start her long, tortuous climb out of the gutter. When he knocks on the door of the Ravenshaw Arms to ask her help in retrieving a stolen family heirloom, she readily agrees to help, and to let him stay rent-free. After all, Serena prefers debts to fall in her favor.

Still grieving the death of his twin brother, Solomon Hathaway just wants to be left alone in his dye-making shop—until his highborn uncle sends him to the infamous Lady Serena to scour London’s underworld for the missing bauble. He’s shocked to discover she’s the same bedraggled waif to whom he once gave his entire quarterly allowance. Yet as they delicately tread common ground, they must negotiate a treacherous world of crime, espionage and betrayal before they can learn to trust—and love—again.

Warning: Contains toasty warm pastries, scorching hot chemistry, and a web of treason that just might see England in flames.

September 2 2014
http://roselerner.com

Regina Scott

Ballrooms and Blackmail (The Lady Emily Capers)
Regina Scott
eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

The toast of London is about to get burned. Priscilla Tate, most celebrated debutante of 1815 London, is determined to make a brilliant match to save the family fortunes. She’s well on her way to wringing a proposal out of the Season’s most eligible bachelor, the Duke of Rottenford, when blackmail notes start arriving, threatening to expose a dark secret unless she ceases her pursuit. It’s up to her dear friends, Lady Emily Southwell and Ariadne and Daphne Courdebas, to help her uncover the mastermind before disaster strikes. But more than one secret is waiting to be revealed, not the least of which is Priscilla’s growing feelings for a most unlikely ally, Nathan Kent, the duke’s personal secretary. But will Nathan, no, no, the duke, understand if her secret should be revealed?

September 5 2014
http://www.reginascott.com

Callie Hutton

The Lady’s Disgrace (The Marriage Mart Mayhem)
Entangled – Scandalous
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

To save a lady’s reputation…

A lady is nothing without her reputation. Jilted and humiliated by her once-betrothed, Lady Abigail Lacey is the laughingstock of London. Worse still, the humiliation is now reflecting badly on her family. Now her brother, the Duke of Manchester, is desperate… until he finds a way to rescue his sister’s damaged reputation, and remove her from the glare of disapproving society.

He must marry her off. Quickly.

When Rector Joseph Fox drops by the Lacey household, he certainly didn’t expect to leave as a man engaged to a longtime family friend! Yet while he never could have aspired to have her, Lady Abigail always ignited a forbidden longing in him. But Abigail has one condition—their marriage is to be void of passion or physical pleasures, once she becomes with child. Faced with a platonic marriage of convenience, Joseph is determined to embark on a sensuous adventure with only one goal: to seduce his new wife…

September 8 2014
http://www.calliehutton.com

Judith Laik

The Lady in Question (The Unsuitable Bride Series)
Judith Laik
eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

“An unusual journey to historical Regency England coupled with a moving romance”
Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today website

A fateful toss of the dice

Charlotte Treadwell is outraged when she learns her gaming-mad papa has just forfeited her in a game of hazard. Suddenly she is the “property” of Hugh Brooks, Earl of Rayfield, a rake and a gambler who couldn’t possibly understand that her passionate heart is taken up with helping those less fortunate than she.

A perilous game of chance

Rayfield must stop an aristocratic spy from inflicting the horrors of revolution upon England. How can he keep his mind on his duties when the tempting woman he has just won is the fiery daughter of his prime suspect?

Love is the most dangerous gamble of all…

“With a little matchmaking from Charlotte’s former servants, Charlotte and Rayfield find themselves embroiled in a much more dangerous game – that of love, and then the sparks really fly.” — Valarie Pelissero, Rakehell

September 1 2014
http://www.judithlaik.com

Tracey Devlyn

Night Storm (Bones and Gemstones)
TDC Creations, Inc.
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

When the love of his life chose an apprenticeship in Scotland over his marriage proposal, thief-taker Cameron Adair buried himself in his work—building an unmatched network of underworld spies. Forged by his reputation as a ruthless, greed-driven businessman, he has amassed a fortune. But he has one vulnerable spot in his armor—a brilliant, green-eyed apothecary, who continues to haunt his heart. When a murder investigation brings him back into contact with Charlotte Fielding, Cameron sets aside the past to find a killer and to distract a headstrong apothecary, clue by clue, kiss by kiss.

September 15 2014
http://traceydevlyn.com

Aileen Fish

Her Secondhand Duke
Aileen Fish
eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kisses

(This novella was originally published in The Heart of a Duke anthology).

For the past year, Lady Charlotte has waited patiently for her turn at possessing the magical pendant given to her friends when they were young. A gypsy girl swore the necklace would lead the wearer to the heart of a duke, which only made sense since Lady Eleanor was betrothed to the Duke of Langley at the time. Now Charlotte’s three friends and her sister are all married or betrothed, and not one of them has landed the most eligible, and quite unbearably handsome, Langley. Does Charlotte stand a chance?

Langley had thought his fate was settled: he was to marry the young lady his father had chosen. Then she fell for another, and since then, every marriageable miss he set his sights on has done the same. His mother wants him to marry and get on with providing an heir, but he has lost interest in the entire matter.

The final young ladies on his mother’s list have come to stay at Hawking Hall, and the meek and mousy Lady Charlotte seems perfect, until she comes right out to say she has no desire to marry him. Never a man to back down from a challenge, Langley is intrigued. What would it take to change her mind?

September 10 2014
http://aileenfish.com

3
Oct

The Unruly Queen:   A Review by Cheryl Bolen

Caroline, Princess of Wales, was not a highly visible presence during the Regency. She had long since separated from her husband, the Prince of Wales by the time he became Regent. In the late summer of 1814, Caroline left England and did not return until her husband had become king. In today’s article, award-winning Regency author, Cheryl Bolen, reviews Flora Fraser’s biography of the Prince Regent’s estranged wife.

24
Sep

A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight by Regina Scott

Fire is something no one wants to think about today, but it was even more terrifying for those living in the Regency. Today, Regency author, Regina Scott, whose latest release is Ballrooms and Blackmail, tells about the measures that the residents of Regency London took to protect their property. She also tells us about those men who were willing to risk their lives to protect others.

14
Sep

The Most Popular Man of the Regency by Angelyn Schmid

In today’s article, Angelyn Schmid tells us about Richard Sharp. No, not the fictional Regency soldier, Richard Sharpe. This Richard Sharp, without the "e," was a real man who lived during the Regency. A man who was very popular with many people across all classes. Once you know more about him, despite the fact that he would prefer you did not, you might like him nearly as well as those who knew him in life.

27
May

Fashionable Medicine   by Regina Scott

Regina Scott, whose latest print book is The Husband Campaign, shares with us some fads in medicine which held sway during the Regency. As she points out, the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. Regina’s article makes an interesting follow-up to Angelyn Schmid’s article on Sir Henry Halford, a fashionable Regency doctor, posted last week.

After reading this article, do you think you prefer medical fads from the Regency or those from modern times?

23
May

Physician to the Regency   by Angelyn Schmid

In today’s article, Regency author, Angelyn Schmid, provides some details about Sir Henry Halford. A physician to the ton during the Regency, Halford was a real-life historical character who made an appearance in one of Georgette Heyer’s most delightful novels, Cotillion.

As you read Angelyn’s article, consider whether or not you would like to have Sir Henry Halford as your doctor.

29
Mar

The Ha-Ha Revisited   By Angelyn Schmid

Today, Angelyn Schmid shares with us her research into that fiendishly clever barrier which was often found within the grounds of English country estates, the ha-ha. By use of a ha-ha, the view from the manor house would be over an unbroken rolling green sward, but any cattle, sheep, or other animals which were grazing on the other side of the ha-ha would be unable to approach any nearer the house. Angelyn’s article will give you other important details with regard to a ha-ha, should you wish to incorporate one into an upcoming story.

7
Feb

The Duke of Wellington’s Disastrous Marriage   By Cheryl Bolen

Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, married comparatively late in life, to a woman whom he had loved as a young man. Sadly, his wife was not suited to life as the spouse of a public figure, and the marriage was not a success, for either party. Today, Cheryl Bolen, award-winning Regency romance author, whose most recent book, A Lady By Chance, was released last month as part of the Scandalous Brides boxed set, gives us a picture of the unfortunate marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington.

3
Feb

Love and the Regency Rake    By Angelyn Schmid

Rakes are popular as heros in Regency romance novels. And who doesn’t love a bad boy who is willing to improve himself for the love of a good woman? But not all real-life rakes were as romantic as their fictional counterparts. In today’s article, Regency romance author, Angelyn Schmid, shares her research into the history of rakes, and the life of one in particular. A man who would never qualify as a romantic hero, except perhaps in a tragedy.

26
Jan

January New Releases from Beau Monde Members

New Releases from Authors of The Beau Monde Chapter (Regency Historical) of Romance Writers of America

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download in 
The Regency Reader – January 2014
or 
Subscribe to The Regency Reader newsletter to receive information about our chapter members’ latest releases in your inbox.

 

Alyssa Alexander
THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK (A Spy In The Ton)
Berkley
Historical / Some Sexual Content
Print / eBook

After he is betrayed by one of his own, British spy Julian Travers, Earl of Langford, refuses to retire without a fight, vowing to find the traitor. But when the trail leads to his childhood home, Julian is forced to return to a place he swore he’d never see again and meet a woman who may be his quarry—in more ways than one.

Though she may appear a poor young woman dependent on charity, Grace Hannah’s private life is far more interesting. By night, she finds friendship and freedom as a member of a smuggling ring. But when the handsome Julian arrives, she finds her façade slipping, and she is soon compromised as well as intrigued.

As she and Julian continue the hunt, Grace finds herself falling in love with the man behind the spy. Yet Julian’s past holds a dark secret. And when he must make a choice between love and espionage, that secret may tear them apart.

Jan 7, 2014
http://alyssa-alexander.com

 

Cheryl Bolen
SCANDALOUS BRIDES: Four Bestselling Full-Length Regency Novels
Sprig Leaf
Historical / Some Sexual Content
eBook

Normally $9.99, this boxed set of four full-length Regencies is available at the special pre-order price of only 99c at Amazon.com.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Annette Blair with Cheryl Bolen, Lucinda Brant, and Brenda Hiatt present the best of their best! Each author is offering her bestselling ebook. Bolen’s A Lady by Chance was first published in mass market paperback by Kensington in 2000.

Fall in love with bewitchingly scandalous brides and their dashing grooms in this box set of 4 full-length Regencies. These bestselling romances from award winning authors have more than 250 Amazon US reviews with a combined average of over 4.3 stars!

This title has received a QED seal for quality in eBook design. It can be read easily on screens both large and small.

Jan 13, 2014
http://www.CherylBolen.com

 

Cheryl Bolen
LOVE IN THE LIBRARY (Brides of Bath)
Harper & Appleton
Traditional / Nothing more than kissing
Print / PDF /  eBook

The Beauty and the Scholar. . .

The Brides of Bath are back!

Certain the “smart” Steffington twin can help her recover her late husband’s nearly priceless stolen Chaucer manuscript, Catherine Bexley tearfully persuades the scholar to assist her.

Once he learns the delicate widow is in danger of losing her heavily mortgaged home if they cannot find the valuable hologram, Dr. Melvin Steffington vows to do everything in his power to restore the rare Canterbury Tales to her. Not normally the twin to take note of pretty little things, Melvin can’t help but to observe that the pretty little thing needs a man to help her.

He hadn’t counted on the fact he would have to pose as her husband as they race against the banker’s ticking clock. He hadn’t counted on the mysterious thief attempting to kill him. Most of all, he hadn’t counted on how close he would become to the lovely widow or how the kissing of said widow would become the most pleasant experience in his seven and twenty years.

Jan 27, 2014
http://www.CherylBolen.com

 

 

Tammy Jo Burns
A THIN LINE (The Reluctant Lords)
Traditional / Some Sexual Contact
PDF /  eBook

Mikala Simmons grew up believing Gabriel Hawke was her knight-in-shining armor.  He thought of her as his best friend’s little sister, the pest that followed them around everywhere.

Now time and circumstances have changed them both.  By a series of unfortunate events, Gabriel has become the Duke of Hawkescliffe and is resigned to a loveless marriage in order to help fill the family coffers.  Until that time arrives, he will continue to serve in the fight against Napoleon as an Agent for the Crown in the War Office.

When Mikala overhears a conversation that sounds as if Gabriel is trading secrets with a foreign agent, she is torn.  Should she tell someone or should she confront the man himself?  Only as she becomes further embroiled in the subterfuge and her life hangs in the balance will Gabriel have to decide what is truly important.  Society, the Crown, or the woman of his dreams?

Jan 1, 2014
http://www.tammyjoburns.com

 

Tracey Devlyn
LATYMER (Nexus)
TDC Creations Inc
Historical / Some Sexual Content
eNovella

Traitor or savior . . . or something far more devastating?

William Townsend—Lord Latymer—lost the woman he loved because of his greed and his ultimate deception of two powerful countries. Now, he must protect his nine-year-old son from the same fate. Latymer has only one chance to escape his enemies: board a ship that would carry them both to America and a new life. But first he must find his missing son, elude a vengeful grieving brother, and kill a beautiful French assassin. Time is slipping through his fingers and Latymer has twelve hours before his ship and his future sail away.

Jan 7, 2104
http://traceydevlyn.com

 

V.L. Edwards
TO LIVE AGAIN
Secret Cravings Publishing
Erotica / Graphic Sexual Content
eNovella

John Haldane, Earl of Strathairn, is on an urgent mission to find the killer of his fellow spy. Has the treasonous Frenchman, Count Forney, returned to England to wreak havoc? Or has someone new landed on English shores to stir up rebellion in the Midlands? After visiting the young widow of one of his agents, Strathairn strengthens his resolve. A spy should never marry. And most certainly not to Lady Sibella Winborne, with her romantic ideas of love and marriage. Unable to give Sibella up entirely, he has kept her close as a friend. And then weak fool that he is he kissed her… Lady Sibella Winborne has refused several offers of marriage since her first Season years ago — when she first set eyes on the handsome Earl of Strathairn. Sibella’s many siblings always rush to her aid to discourage an ardent suitor, but not this time. Her elder brother, Chaloner, Marquess of Brandreth, has approved Lord Coombe’s suit. Sibella yearns to set up her own household. She is known to be the sensible member of the family. But she doesn’t feel at all sensible about Lord Strathairn. If only she could forget that kiss…

Jan 31, 2014
http://vikkivaught.net

 

Bronwen Evans
A KISS OF LIES (Disgrace Lords #1)
Random House Loveswept
Historical / Some Sexual Content
eBook

Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.

Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home, Christian believes the life he knew–and any chance of happiness–is over … until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.

Jan 14, 2014
http://www.bronwenevans.com

 

Diane Gaston
A MARRIAGE OF NOTORIETY (The Masquerade Club)
Harlequin Historical
Historical / Some Sexual Content
Print / eBook

The scars she keeps hidden…

The mysterious pianiste is the Masquerade Club’s newest attraction, captivating guests with her haunting music. What is the true identity of the lady concealed beneath the mask?

Only Xavier Campion, the club’s handsome new proprietor, recognizes Phillipa Westleigh, the scarred lady with whom he once shared a dance. Concerned for her safety, Xavier escorts her home each night. But when their moonlit strolls are uncovered, the only protection Xavier can offer is marriage!

A Beauty and the Beast story…with a twist

Jan 1, 2014
http://dianegaston.com

 

Samantha Grace
ONE ROGUE TOO MANY (Rival Rogues)
Sourcebooks
Historical / Some Sexual Content
Print / eBook

FROM THE BETTING BOOK AT BROOKS’S GENTLEMEN’S CLUB

Wager: £2,000 that Lord Ellis will throw the first punch when he discovers Lord Throne is wooing a certain duke’s sister.

ALL BETS ARE OFF WHEN THE GAME IS LOVE

Lady Gabrielle is thrilled when Anthony Keaton, Earl of Ellis, asks for her hand in marriage. She’s not so pleased when he leaves the country and four months pass without a word. Clearly, the scoundrel has changed his mind and is too cowardly to tell her. There’s nothing to do but go back on the marriage mart…

When Anthony returns to town and finds his ultimate rival has set sights on Gabby, his continual battle of one-upmanship with Sebastian Thorne ceases to be a game. Anthony is determined to win back the woman who holds his heart-but he’s not expecting Gabby herself to up the stakes.

Jan 7, 2014
http://samanthagraceauthor.com

 

 

Vonnie Hughes
A SURFEIT OF SUITORS (Two Sisters)
Musa Publishing
Traditional / Nothing more than kissing
eBook

Caroline Crichton has no choice but to ask for her sister’s help to find out who has kidnapped her affianced, Toby Wainwright. Although Caroline has secretly decided not to marry Toby, she still feels an obligation toward him. Just as she’s plucked up the courage to cry off from their engagement, Toby disappears. In the middle of this brouhaha she meets the man of her dreams.

But Fort Mathieson is no weak, boyish Toby Wainwright. On the contrary, he is a battle hardened ex-soldier. Although he has wanted Caroline Crichton since he first met her, he has an obligation to the Wainwright family and dares not become involved with the sweet-natured beauty.

Jan 31, 2014
http://www.vonniehughes.com

 

 

Sabrina Jeffries
WHEEN THE ROGUE RETURNS (The Duke’s Men)
Pocket
Historical / Graphic Sexual Content
Print / eBook / Audiobook

They are the Duke’s Men: an investigative agency born from family pride and irresistible passion, risking their lives—and sometimes their hearts—as they unravel shocking deceptions and scandalous transgressions!

Victor Cale never imagined that his sweet, shy bride, Isabella, would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels in a criminal way. But there’s no denying that Isa’s handiwork was used in the brazen heist of the Dutch royal family’s diamonds—after she disappeared into the night.

Ten years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged that her duplicitous side was so undetectable, Victor is sent to Edinburgh to investigate a wealthy baron’s mysterious brideto- be. Simple enough—until the “fiancée” proves to be Isa, masquerading as an alluring young widow.

No longer the meek and mild girl he once knew, the bold woman vehemently asserts that it was Victor who abandoned her after he helped steal the royal diamonds!

Jan 21, 2014
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Vanessa Kelly
SECRETS FOR SEDUCING A ROYAL BODYGUARD (The Renegade Royals)
Kensington Zebra
Historical / Some Sexual Content
Print / eBook

IN MATTERS OF DESIRE, HE’S THE PERFECT TEACHER…

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. Resisting her beauty is not. Duty demands he keep an eye on her—and naturally, his lips soon follow. For someone who views entanglements as a weakness, this is pure, delicious folly…

Though grateful for Aden’s help, Vivien has secrets she must keep hidden. Yet with her abductors still at large, she needs Aden’s protection almost as much as she craves his touch…

Jan 7, 2014
http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com

 

 

Jade Lee
THE GROOM’S GAMBLE (Bridal Favors)
Sourcebooks
Historical / Graphic Sexual Content
eNovella

An original novella linked to Jade Lee’s hot new Regency bride series, a prequel to What the Groom Wants.

Caroline Lyncott, great grandaughter of the Duke of Bucklynde, has a secret. Years ago she was attacked and still bears the terrible scars. To escape the scandal and the reminders, she left everything behind to become housekeeper to a Scottish brother and sister.

Gregory Murray, the Earl Of Hartfell, has a secret as well – he harbors a deep attraction to his housekeeper, Mrs. Lyncott. He knows she has a past, but doesn’t know how to fix the pain that still haunts her. His investigation leads him to the darkest London gaming hell and a villain too powerful to destroy.

Can his love overcome her desperate past? Can she risk her heart despite the evil that still haunts her nightmares?

Jan 7, 2014
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Barbara Monajem
UNDER A NEW YEAR’S ENCHANTMENT (Wicked Christmas Wishes)
Harlequin
Historical / Graphic Sexual Content
eNovella

Garrick, Lord Westerly, has forbidden the hanging of mistletoe, yet the holiday house party at his country estate sizzles with sensual desire. And though Theodora Southern decided long ago never to marry, she has been enjoying the erotic fantasies that haunt her each night—fantasies featuring her handsome, brooding host….

Since returning from the war, Garrick has been in no mood to celebrate. But suddenly the nightmares that plague him are making way for much more pleasant dreams—dreams in which his childhood friend Theodora is very much a grown woman. The question is, has he fallen in love—or fallen under a wicked spell?

Jan 1, 2014
http://www.BarbaraMonajem.com

 

 

Lauren Smith
WICKED DESIGNS (The League of Rogues)
Samhain Publishing
Historical / Graphic Sexual Content
eBook / PDF

The League of Rogues takes what they want—but have they taken on too much?

For too long Miss Emily Parr has been subject to the whims of her indebted uncle and the lecherous advances of his repulsive business partner. Her plan to be done with dominating men forever is simple—find herself a kind husband who will leave her to her books.

It seems an easy enough plan, until she is unexpectedly abducted by an incorrigible duke who hides a wounded spirit behind flashing green eyes.

Godric St. Laurent, Duke of Essex, spends countless nights at the club with his four best friends, and relishes the rakish reputation society has branded him with. He has no plans to marry anytime soon—if ever. But when he kidnaps an embezzler’s niece, the difficult debutante’s blend of sweetness and sharp tongue make him desperate for the one thing he swears he never wanted: love.

Yet as they surrender to passion, danger lurks in Godric’s shadowed past, waiting for him to drop his guard—and rob him of the woman he can’t live without.

Warning: This novel includes a lady who refuses to stay kidnapped, a devilish duke with a dark past, and an assortment of charming rogues who have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into.

Jan 7, 2014
http://www.laurensmithbooks.com

 

 

Sheri Cobb South
THE WEAVER TAKES A WIFE (The Weaver Trilogy)
Traditional/ Nothing more than kissing
Print / eBook

15th anniversary release, with a Foreword by Mary Balogh!

Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of Regency London’s most beautiful women and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke’s only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an eight-hundred-year-old pedigree.

Enter Mr. Ethan Brundy, once an illegitimate workhouse orphan, now owner of a Lancashire textile mill and one of England’s richest men. When he glimpses Lady Helen at Covent Garden Theatre, he is instantly smitten and vows to marry her. But this commonest of commoners will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to win the heart of his aristocratic bride . . .

Jan 2, 2014
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23
Jan

Fordyce’s Sermons and Jane Austen’s Joke   By Jane Lark

If you have read Pride and Prejudice, even if you recognized the reference to Fordyce’s Sermons, you may not get the subtle joke Jane Austen intended. It would have been understood by most readers of her era, particularly the ladies, but the majority of modern readers will miss it all together. Today, Regency romance author, Jane Lark, whose most recent book is The Passionate Love of a Rake, will explain Jane Austen’s joke with regard to Mr. Fordyce’s book of sermons so that we can all enjoy the fun.

7
Jan

Lord Nelson’s Pitiable Wife by Cheryl Bolen

In today’s article, award-winning Regency romance author, Cheryl Bolen, whose newest book, Love in the Library, will be released this month, tells us about a woman nearly forgotten by history, the wife of the great naval hero, Admiral Lord Nelson. Even those who have studied the Regency and its denizens for years may have overlooked this unhappy woman who was Nelson’s legal wife. Though Nelson was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar before the Regency began, Lady Nelson survived not only her husband and his infamous mistress, but the Prince Regent as well.

3
Jan

Sand:   A Regency Cleaning Agent?

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Today, most people would be much more likely to clean sand up than they would be to clean with it. But during the Regency, as it had been for centuries before, sand was a commonly-used household cleaning agent. And the man who supplied the sand used for cleaning to most households across Britain would, by the time the Regency ended, be passing into the realm of myth and folk tale, having acquired special powers, certainly in the eyes of most young children and their parents. Like so many other things discussed here, the ways in which sand was used for cleaning were beginning to change during the Regency, though they would not die out completely until the twentieth century.

The shifting, and sifting, sands of the Regency …

20
Dec

The Prince and His Lady   A Review By Cheryl Bolen

The Duke of Kent was one of the gaggle of royal brothers of the Prince Regent. Like most of the royal princes, he did not mary until late in life, under multiple pressures. However, he had set up a mistress of whom he was very fond when he was a young man. Before the publication of the book which Cheryl Bolen, award-winning Regency romance author, reviews for us today, very little was known about that lady, or her relationship with the royal prince. In this review, Cheryl gives us a taste of the more than quarter century shared by The Prince and His Lady.

16
Dec

The Real Regency Reader:   Jane Austen   by Angelyn Schmid

In honor of Jane Austen’s two hundred and thirty-eighth birthday, today we have an article by Angelyn Schmid about the importance of reading, not only in the Regency, but specifically in the novels of Jane Austen. Though she did not have many years of formal education, Jane Austen was an avid reader, as were some of the characters in her books. Angelyn also explains what it meant to be literate during the Regency.

Happy Birthday, Jane!

27
Nov

A Regency Handbook

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

A number of you may be familiar with the many delightful Regencies by best-selling author Emily Hendrickson. However, you may not be aware that she has also written an engaging and enlightening reference on Regency social and cultural history, entitled A Regency Handbook. Whether you are new to that special decade when the Prince of Wales ruled as Regent of England, or if you have been reading Regencies for years, you will find a vast array of new and interesting historical nuggets in this handbook for Regency devotees.

A brief overview of A Regency Handbook

15
Oct

Dogs as Pets in the Regency   By Ann Lethbridge

My last doggy post for a while, I promise.


OK here we go. Dogs as Pets

It is my sense that despite the last post which indicated some working dogs were not treated well, given the number of times dogs show up in family portrait, the Englishman and woman with leisure, have always loved their dogs.

One of the most famous breeds are King Charles Spaniels, which were favorites of that monarch and pictured here with his children.

By the Regency these dogs had much shorter muzzles and a more domed head than is pictured here, so much more like the King Charles we know today. I did like this Royal picture though.

Engraving of a portrait of the children of Charles I with a pair of Charles I spaniels.













Pugs

The truth of how the Pug came into existence is shrouded in mystery, but he has been true to his breed down through the ages since before 400 B.C. Authorities agree that he is of Oriental origin with some basic similarities to the Pekingese. China is the earliest known source for the breed, where he was the pet of the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. The breed next appeared in Japan and then in Europe, where it became the favorite for various royal courts.

The Pug became the official dog of the House of Orange after one of the breed saved the life of William, Prince of Orange, by giving alarm at the approach of the Spaniards at Hermingny in 1572. What a great story!!!

This picture is from 1808: Although today’s Pug is distinguished by an almost flat face, the Pug of 1800 had a distinct muzzle, and in this case cropped ears.

Painting of a pug in a landscape.













Italian Greyhounds

This smallest member of the Greyhound family is of very ancient lineage, for its history dates back at least two thousand years. Although its name suggests that the breed originated in Italy, cynologists believe this charming little dog originated in Egypt. Eventually, the breed was taken by Roman soldiers from Egypt to Mediterranean areas, where they soon became the favorite companions of Greek and Roman ladies. By the Middle Ages, the breed had spread throughout southern Europe when they became known as Italian Greyhounds.

Engraving of an Italian greyhound next to a shaggy white dog.

It has never been used for work of any kind, it is a natural sight hound. Throughout the centuries Italian Greyhounds have been favored as pets by royalty:   Catherine the Great of Russia, Mary Queen of Scots, James I and Charles I of England, Frederick the Great of Prussia and Queen Victoria were a few royal owners of the breed.

And of course this picture is the one I just had to pick, because in the picture of the greyhound is a Maltese. It is hard to see the little dog, he looks more like a pillow, but he is there. And so my little dog’s breed was also around in the Regency. One of these days, one of his ancestors is going to star in one of my novels. Until Next time. Happy Rambles.

© 2007 – 2013 Ann Lethbridge
Originally posted at Regency Ramble
Posted at The Beau Monde by permission of the author.

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