Monday

Holy Wild Cherry Ice!!! Upcoming Historical Romance!!! August 15 to September 14, 2021!!

 July 26, 2021

Authors with an asterisk*, I'm picking up! Authors with **asterisks have either fallen off my radar or new to me, and I'm might read them this time around. Release dates mostly between August 15, 2021 and September 14, 2021. For more Upcoming Releases that aren't historical see HEY DELIA!!
 
Series indicates a series, spin-off, sequel, trilogy, brother/sister, secret society/spies, good friends who attended Oxford/Eton, vampire/werewolf - anything that has something continuing - even if written 20 years ago. Anthology/novella/short stories could be an anthology or a bunch of books in one print or novella - one tiny book or an anthology with a bunch of novellas - could be a short stories by one author, could be short stories by multiple authors - could be - I'm getting a headache. Ebook, only sold electronically for now. Debut - congratulations!

By the way, it is not my fault if a publisher changes the release dates - just so you know, they do not consult me. Let me also add this warning - since I am now using different sources, I am finding that one person's genre isn't necessarily another persons - sorry if your book is in the wrong genre.  

Historical Romance


Annie Burrows
http://annie-burrows.co.uk
A Scandal at Midnight
August 24


Adrienne deWolfe
http://ladylawandthegunslinger.com
The Devil Plays with Fire, ebook
Lady Law and The Gunslinger
August 31


Alyson McLayne
https://alysonmclayne.com/
Highland Thief
The Sons of Gregor MacLeod
August 31


Alyssa Clarke
https://alyssa-clarke.com/
Taming of the Rogue, ebook
Those Very Bad Fairbanks
August 23


Anne Gracie*
http://www.annegracie.com
The Scoundrel’s Daughter
The Brides of Bellaire Gardens
September 7


Charis Michaels
http://charismichaels.com/
When You Wish Upon a Duke
Awakened by a Kiss
August 24


Cheryl Holt
http://cherylholt.com/
Cad’s Wish, ebook
Cads Trilogy
August 16


Christi Caldwell
http://www.christicaldwellauthor.com
Along Came a Lady, ebook
All the Duke’s Sins
August 24


Christina Britton
http://christinabritton.com/
A Duke Worth Fighting For
Isle of Synne
August 24


Christine Merrill
http://www.christine-merrill.com
Lady Olivia's Forbidden Protector
Secrets of the Duke’s Family
August 24


Eliza Knight
http://www.elizaknight.com
Taming the Scot, ebook
Scots of Honor
August 24


Elle Jackson
https://www.authorellejackson.com/
A Blues Singer to Redeem Him
August 24


Eva Devon aka Maire Claremont
Tamara Gill
https://www.tamaragill.com
Stacy Reid
http://www.stacyreid.com
A Wallflower's Guide to Becoming a Bride, ebook, anthology
August 17


Eva Shepherd**
https://www.evashepherd.com/
Stranded with the Reclusive Earl
Young Victorian Ladies
August 24


Evie Dunmore*
https://www.eviedunmore.com
Portrait of a Scotsman
A League of Extraordinary Women
September 7


Golden Angel
https://www.goldenangelromance.com
A Season for Scandal, ebook
Deception and Discipline
August 19


Grace Burrowes
http://www.graceburrowes.com/
Miss Delightful, ebook
Mischief in Mayfair
September 14


Grace Callaway
https://www.gracecallaway.com
Pippa and the Prince of Secrets, ebook
Lady Charlotte’s Society of Angels
September 9


Jane Ashford
http://www.janeashford.com
The Duke who Loved Me, ebook
The Duke’s Estates
August 24


Jennifer Ashley*
https://www.jenniferashley.com
The Sinful Ways of Jamie Mackenzie
Mackenzies and McBrides series
August/September 2021


Julie Anne Long*
http://www.julieannelong.com/index.shtml
I'm Only Wicked with You
The Palace of Rogues
August 24


Millie Adams
Marriage Deal with the Devilish Duke
August 24


Nicole Locke
http://www.NicoleLocke.com
Her Honorable Mercenary
Lovers and Legends series
August 24


Sadie Bosque
https://sadiebosque.com
A Return of the Wicked Earl, ebook
The Shadows
August 31


Sandra Sookoo
http://www.sandrasookoo.com
His Pretend Duchess, ebook
Order of Scandal
August 24


Sarah MacLean*
http://www.sarahmaclean.net
Bombshell
Hell’s Belles
August 24


Tamara Gill
https://www.tamaragill.com
Forever My Princess, ebook
The Royal House of Atharia
September 13


Tammy Andresen
http://tammyandresen.com/
His Wallflower White
Dark Duke’s Legacy
August 17


Tarah Scott
http://www.tarahscott.com/
A Stranger's Gamble, ebook
Lords of Chance
August 25
Historical Fiction


Defne Suman,
http://www.defnesuman.com
The Silence of Scheherazade
August 19


Griff Hosker
http://www.griffhosker.com/
Targets of Treachery
Lord Edward's Archer
August 29


Jonathan Santlofer
http://www.jonathansantlofer.com/
The Last Mona Lisa
August 17


Pat Barker
The Women of Troy
Women of Troy
August 24

Shana Abe
http://www.shanaabe.com/
The Second Mrs. Astor
August 31

Tuesday

Someone to Cherish by Mary Balogh

July 20, 2021
Westcott Family Alert!

https://marybalogh.com/
If you like a series with all of the secondary characters showing up, then Someone to Cherish is for you. Yes, the Westcott’s are back…alllllll of them. And, all of the female Westcott’s are scheming about what to do about Harry. Poor Harry, all by himself and blue.

You remember Harry. Harry had it all going for him. He was a pampered aristocrat, surrounded by a loving family, and due to inherit an Earldom. Then it was discovered that maybe his father was just a little tooooo loving, and had married another woman before he had married Harry’s mother. Oops. Bigamy. Enter the Westcott horde and all the connecting books. Harry turns from a fun-loving bon vivant into an embarrassed young man. He loses himself, joins the army, fights Napoleon, gets wounded, is brought back to England, and eventually hides out at a family estate located close to a small village. He has become a pretty isolated young man; living life, but not really being part of it. He’s existing, but he doesn’t smell any roses. And, then one of Mary Balogh’s quiet heroines shows up in his life.

Mary Balogh excels at writing quiet women. And, she has written quite a dynamic one in the form of Lydia Tavernor. Lydia is the widow of a charismatic preacher. She quietly goes about her business in the small village. She lives by herself, bakes bread and cakes, talks to her dog, and chops her own firewood. She visits her friends, goes to church, and is held in high esteem by the locals. A lot of that neighborhood high esteem, is due in part to the spell her magnetic husband cast over the village people. She’s uncomfortable being on her husband’s pedestal, and she’s lonely. Sort of. Well, she is lonely.  However, she thinks that taking a lover would solve her loneliness. If she had asked me I would have told her, being with someone will not make you less isolated.  But, she didn’t ask me. So, at a neighborhood party her eyes alight on Harry, and she starts pondering. She ponders a lot.

Ponderssssss. Through some interesting coincidence, Harry ends up walking Lydia home after the party. She invites him in, and after some conversation and pondering, Lydia asks Harry if he’s lonely. With that one little question everything changes. She instantly tries to retract the question. Harry, on the other hand, becomes very much more aware of her. They both ponder. There’s a lot of thinking in this story, Lydia more so than Harry, but I didn’t keep track. It’s just a feeling I had. Lydia also does repetitive pondering. I didn’t mind all the brain thinking from Harry or Lydia. But, let’s talk about what I did mind: the plethora of Westcott’s.

I know we love our Romanceland seriesesesesesssssss. I for one love to read books with connecting characters. But that comes with a caveat. I need to remember them. I know I can’t be alone in this, but when an author has a series of three, it’s easier to keep track of than…oh, let’s say a series of eight. There are authors who have series’ which go on forever, for example: Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau family. However, not all of Ms. Sands’ characters show up in one book. The Westcott’s were overwhelming in this story, and it took away from the overall narrative of our couple, Harry and Lydia. On top of all the Westcott noise, was the atrocious matchmaking efforts of the Westcott women. I found their interference annoying.

Bottom-line. Harry and Lydia are a great couple. The romance is slow, the reflective moments are detailed. I loved Lydia’s back story. Her relationship with her husband was intriguing. In fact, the spell he cast over the village was so reminiscent of some of our present-day cults, it was a little scary. I just wish Ms. Balogh had left the Westcott’s in London, and saved them only for the butterfly/unicorn epilogue. Someone to Cherish only needed the small village, Harry, Lydia, and the dog to make it into a great book. This was not my favorite story in the Westcott series, and it could have been.
 
Time/Place: Regency England
Sensuality: Warm


Thursday

A Proposal to Risk their Friendship by Louise Allen

June 24, 2021
Hey! Guess what! The title and story are simpatico!

https://www.louiseallenregency.com/
A Proposal to Risk Their Friendship, is the fifth book in Louise Allen's Liberated ladies’ series. I don't remember the other books in the series, which in my case doesn't really count for anything. I do intend to refresh my memory, and either read, or reread the others.

Our heroine is Melissa Taverner, a part of the liberated ladies. Somehow, she has managed to talk her family into letting her live on her own in London, with only an odd, forgetful chaperone for company. My eyebrows did go up when the chaperone was on the page. She was a pretty loose chaperone, and I was puzzled as to how Melissa’s despot of a father allowed this to happen. But oh well. The lack of supervision did allow our heroine the ability to run all over London saving damsel’s in distress. When Melissa isn’t saving damsels, she’s a want-to-be-writer. It is at one of these damsel-saving events that our hero, Lord Henry Cary, first spots her. He's mighty impressed by her tactics, and introduces himself.

He is intrigued with Melissa, and invites her for a walk. She accepts. And, they walk, talk, and become involved in each other’s lives. Their friendship grows, and becomes all encompassing. Henry even goes so far as to include Melissa in some of his government spying activities. Henry’s “let-me-talk-about-spying” business also happened to raise my eyebrows. My eyebrows were very busy during this book. But, I will be honest with you, I overlooked all the eyebrow raising moments in this story. Why's that, you may ask. Well, my little Petunia's, I really enjoyed watching Melissa and Henry form a friendship. They had some great chemistry. They talked, laughed, discussed, and were fun to listen to. This story created a tension in me, because I knew that sometime, someplace, something would happen to ruin their friendship. That something was called sexual attraction. Neither Melissa or Henry wanted to ruin their friendship by admitting they were attracted to each other. So, it was interesting to see how they handled everything.

If I were to look at this story logically, the hoops which Melissa and Henry jump through are way over the top. But, this is not a logical story.  This is a love story. A Proposal to Risk Their Friendship, is a well-written, character driven romance. The friendship formed between our two main characters was delightful, and a pleasure to read. Even with all the eye-brows at the top of my head, I found this a refreshing story. I enjoyed reading about the amazing friendship formed between a man and woman. I do highly recommend this story.
 
Time/Place: Regency England
Sensuality: Warm Hot

Tuesday

Holy Ice Cold Cherry Slush!!! Upcoming Historical Romance!! July 15 to August 14, 2021

June 22, 2021
Authors with an asterisk*, I'm picking up! Authors with **asterisks have either fallen off my radar or new to me, and I'm might read them this time around. Release dates mostly between July 15, 2021 and August 14, 2021. For more Upcoming Releases that aren't historical see HEY DELIA!!
 
Series indicates a series, spin-off, sequel, trilogy, brother/sister, secret society/spies, good friends who attended Oxford/Eton, vampire/werewolf - anything that has something continuing - even if written 20 years ago. Anthology/novella/short stories could be an anthology or a bunch of books in one print or novella - one tiny book or an anthology with a bunch of novellas - could be a short stories by one author, could be short stories by multiple authors - could be - I'm getting a headache. Ebook, only sold electronically for now. Debut - congratulations!

By the way, it is not my fault if a publisher changes the release dates - just so you know, they do not consult me. Let me also add this warning - since I am now using different sources, I am finding that one person's genre isn't necessarily another persons - sorry if your book is in the wrong genre.  

Historical Romance


Alyssa Clarke
https://alyssa-clarke.com/
Ruin Me If You Dare, ebook
Wagers and Wallflowers
July 19



Amanda McCabe*
http://ammandamccabe.com/
Playing the Duke's Fiancee  
Dollar Duchesses series
July 27


Carole Mortimer
http://www.carolemortimer.co.uk
Wayward, ebook
Regency Scandal series
July 30


Caroline Lee
http://www.carolineleeromance.com/
The Scholar and the Scot
Second Chance Manor series
July 15


Caroline Warfield
http://www.carolinewarfield.com/
The Wayward Son, ebook
The Ashmead Heirs series
July 22


Catherine Tinley
http://www.catherinetinley.com
Captivating the Cynical Earl
July 27



Christi Caldwell
http://www.christicaldwellauthor.com
It Had to be the Duke
All the Duke’s Sins, ebook, novella
July 23


Christine Britton
http://christinabritton.com/
A Duke Worth Fighting For
Isle of Synne series
August 10


Diana Quincy
http://www.dianaquincy.com/
The Viscount Made Me Do It
Clandestine Affairs series
July 27


Eliza Knight
http://www.elizaknight.com
The Scot is Hers
Scots of Honor series
July 27


Erica Ridley**
http://www.ericaridley.com
Lord of the Masquerade, ebook
Rogues to Riches series
August 6



Eva Devon
https://twitter.com/evadevonauthor?lang=en
The Wedding Wager, ebook
July 19



Fiona Miers
https://www.facebook.com/fionamiersauthor/
Lord Melton and His Duchess, ebook
The Duke’s Brothers series
July 15


Helen Dickson
https://www.hdicksonrnweebly.com/
Enthralled by Her Enemy's Kiss
July 27



Jenna Jaxon
http://jennajaxon.wordpress.com
Almost a Countess, ebook
Captivating Countesses series
July 28


Judith Lynne
https://judithlynne.com
The Caped Countess, ebook
Cloaks and Countesses series
July 22



Kate Pembrooke
http://katepembrooke.com
Not the Kind of Earl You Marry
The Unconventional Ladies of Mayfair series
July 27


Kathleen Ayers
http://www.kathleenayers.com
The Marquess Method, ebook
The Beautiful Barringtons seires
July 22


Kathryn Le Veque
http://www.kathrynleveque.com
Highland Legend
Scots and Swords series
July 27


Laura Martin
https://lauramartinromance.com/
Falling for His Practical Wife
Ashburton Reunion series
July 27


Lisa Kleypas*
http://www.lisakleypas.com/
Devil in Disguise
The Ravenels series
July 27


Lotte R. James
https://www.goodreads.com/lottejamesbooks
The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall, gothic     
July 27


Mary Jo Putney
http://www.maryjoputney.com/
Once a Laird
Rogues Redeemed series
July 27


Olivia Drake
http://oliviadrake.com
When a Duke Loves a Governess
Unlikely Duchesses series
July 27


Scarlett Scott
http://www.scarlettscottauthor.com
Lady Brazen, ebook
Notorious Ladies of London series
July 22


Sophie Jordan
http://www.sophiejordan.net/
The Duke Goes Down
The Duke Hunt series
July 27


Stephanie Laurens
http://www.stephanielaurens.com/
The Secrets of Lord Grayson Child
Cynster Next Generation series
July 15


Suzanne Allain**
http://www.suzanneallain.com
Miss Lattimore's Letter
August 10


Tamara Gill
https://www.tamaragill.com
A Royal Proposition, ebook
The Royal House of Atharia series
August 9


Terri Brisbin
http://www.terribrisbin.com/
The Highlander's Inconvenient Bride
A Highland Feuding series
July 27



Vanessa Kelly*
http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com
The Highlander's Irish Bride
Clan Kendrick series
July 27
Historical Fiction


Addison Armstrong
http://www.addisonarmstrong.com
The Light of Luna Park - debut            
August 10


Amy Belding Brown
http://amybeldingbrown.com
Emily's House
August 3


Jennifer Chiaverini
http://jenniferchiaverini.com
The Women's March
July 27



Tamara Goranson
https://www.tamaragoranson.com/about-me/
The Voyage of Freydis
July 22