History + Love = Romance

History + Love = Romance
Hello! Welcome back. I hope you all had a great holiday weekend, and that you had plenty of time to read those romances in between cookouts and fireworks.
And speaking of fireworks, I´ve read two new books for you this week, one a Regency and the other a time travel and both available now. And with the weather forecast here this week to be hot and humid, I´ll be settled into the a/c and plenty of books at hand.

In the meantime, "Miscalculations" by Elizabeth Mansfield (Jove Regency) was mildly entertaining. I loved the premise: Lucian Hammond, Lord Kettering, must answer to his mother utnill his 35th birthday when his inheritance becomes his to do with what he will. Jane Douglas, his mother´s "man of business" suggests that Lady Kettering give him a trial of a month to learn the ropes himself. She doesn´t plan on having to go and teach him herself, but that´s just what her employer arranges. The story has its moments, including some humorous ones. However, it also has a spoiled brat of a sister whose secondary romance left me cold, and a small cast of not-so-pleasant minor characters. I had a hard time believing in Jane´s love at first sight as well. Of Cupid´s five arrows, this one gets only two I´m afraid.

The second book is Once a Cavalier by Linda O. Johnston (Jove). Research doctor Larryn Maeller is visiting a friend in London while attending a medical conference. After seeing the sexy ghost of one of her friend´s ancestors her first night there, Larryn insists that her friend share what she knows of the man. To her, the tale is unbelievable. But the very next night, she finds herself with the man in question, in the year 1666. Thomas Northby, Duke of Seldrake is stunned to find a scantily clad woman on his roof, needless to say. Because he believes her to be a spy, he insists she remain in his home. He has enemies and friends in places even he doesn´t realize, and Larryn makes a few of her own during her stay, one in particular who seems to want her dead. Though Thomas, a doctor in his time, doesn´t know what to make of Larryn´s claims of being a physician, he does permit her to assist him in his work. Along with a pair of helpful dogs, this couple does make it through the Great Fire and other travails to be together. How? Well, you know I can´t tell you that. You´ll have to read it yourself. This one´s earned three and a half of Cupid´s arrows.

Till next week, happy reading and writing!

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