The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Eden

About the Book:

A gentleman scribes penny dreadful novels by night and falls in love with a woman who is a music teacher by day—and a thief at night.

LONDON 1865

From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke.

Ana Newport also has a secret. Though she once had a place in society thanks to her father’s successful business, bankruptcy and scandal reduced his fortune to nothing more than a crumbling town house. So Ana teaches music during the day, and at night she assumes the identity of the “Phantom Fox.” She breaks into the homes of the wealthy to reclaim trinkets and treasures she feels were unjustly stolen from her family when they were struggling.

When Hollis’s brother needs to hire a music tutor for his daughter, Hollis recommends Ana, giving him a chance to spend time with her. Ana needs the income and is eager for the opportunity to get to know the enigmatic gentleman. What neither of them expects is how difficult it will be to keep their respective secrets from each other.

When a spree of robberies rocks the city, Ana and Hollis join forces to solve the crimes, discovering that working together deepens the affection between them. After all, who better to save the day than a gentleman and a thief?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed my time reading this delightful story. This charming, page turning mystery set in Victorian England is sure to not only entertain your imagination, but keep you up late into the night sipping tea and turning pages. I especially enjoyed the fun banter between the characters.

I enjoyed watching these characters growth in this story, both as individuals and together. Sarah Eden weaves an enchanting story with a rich plot and engaging characters and I simply did not want to put this story down. A light, fun mystery that is sure to entertain!

This is the second book in the series, and I need to go back and read the first book. However, I caught up fairly quickly and didn’t feel that my not reading the first book put me at too great of a disadvantage.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2019’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, The Lady and the Highwayman, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, Healing Hearts. She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner. Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. 

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The Masked Baron by Anneka R. Walker

About this book:

Andalin is accustomed to her father’s frequent travels—and to being left behind. So when he returns home and instructs her to pack her belongings, she is bewildered—but there is no time for questions as she is whisked away on a mysterious journey under the cover of night. When their tense flight leads them into the forbidding Black Forest, the pair quickly finds themselves in great peril. With little hope of escape, father and daughter are spared when rescue appears in the form of the mysterious Dark Rider, a notorious deadly highwayman feared by all he meets. But his assistance does not come without a price: he is taking Andalin with him. Now her fate rests in the hands of the enigmatic masked man whose secrets are inescapably tied to the beautiful young woman now in his charge. 

My Thoughts:

There is so much to love about this fabulous story. It has something for everyone. Mystery, a dash of fantasy, sigh-worthy romance, page-turning drama, dynamic characters, and an engaging plot, all set in the forested English countryside.

This isn’t your typical Regency Romance, it is filled with twist and turns that are sure to keep your attention and reading long past your bedtime. I really enjoyed reading this story from Author Anneka Walker and I look forward to reading more from her in the future!

(I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. I am not required to write a review. My thoughts and opinions are my own)

About the Author:

Anneka Walker was raised by a librarian and an English teacher turned judge. After being fed a steady diet of books, she decided to learn about writing. The result was a bachelor’s degree in English and History. When she isn’t dreaming up a happy ending for a story, she’s busy living her own together with her husband and adorable children.

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A Foreign Crown (Royal Regency #1) by Jen Geigle Johnson

About this Book:

Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace.

Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on a journey to England, it is for one purpose: to petition the British navy for aid. But when he becomes acquainted with the lovely Lady Aribella, he cannot deny their powerful connection. Amid the intrigues and schemes within the walls of the palace, Layton and Aribella know a future together is impossible—but torn between loyalty and love, will they risk everything to follow their hearts?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this Regency Romance. Lady Aribella grew up in the country as an only child. Given all the upbringing of a Lady-in-waiting, yet not afraid to get her hands dirty and help the servants when years of hardship and drought nearly ruin her family’s home and very legacy. Aribella’s kindness and genuine heart draw other’s to her. I have to say that I was slightly surprised toward the end with her unexpected boldness, but I won’t spoil anything by telling you more.

Prince Layton arrives in England seeking an audience with the King on behalf of his own father the king of Oldenburg in hopes to gain the English King’s support and help with Navy Ships to help protect his county from attack by Napoleon. But when his path crosses that of Aribella, his heart can not help but long for more than a passing friendship.

Will political intrigue and machinations keep Lady Aribella and Prince Layton from discovering a future that they only dared dream of? I guess you will just have to pick up a copy of this intriguing book to find out!

(I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep’s roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. 

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference. 

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Her Lady’s Whims and Fancies (Lords for the Sisters of Sussex #3) by Jen Geigle Johnson

About this Book:

She has a secret to hide. He has a hurt to cover. But they both start having too much fun to notice.

Miss Kate is full of spontaneity and dreams of fashion. Put her in a room with Ackerman’s fashion plates, the makings of a new bonnet, and a strong cup of tea, and she would be happy for hours. But she is not your typical Regency miss. No one knows that she is the designer behind London’s famous fashion section, the woman who knows every fashion trend before it happens.

Lord Dennison, the ton’s best most brightly dressed dandy, the prodigy of Beau Brummel himself, is often the subject of Her Lady’s Whims and Fancies, a gossip column in the Morning Star newspaper. He moves in circles with the most fashion conscious set. But he hides a deep hurt and doesn’t plan to ever ask another girl to marry him…ever again.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I’ve read from Jen Geigle Johnson, and I really enjoyed these delightfully unique characters. Spunky and not afraid to take risks, these characters had me holding my breath and rapidly turning pages to see what the results would be of their risky choices. The outlandish outfits that these characters design had me drawing pictures in my imagination.

While this is the third book in this series, readers like myself can easily jump right in with book #3 and not feel lost. I do want to go back and read the first two books in this series, now that I know these sisters, I am anxious to know the earlier stories and to read book four!

If you enjoy reading clean, Regency Romance, then you are sure to be delighted with this book just as I have been, just be forewarned that you will undoubtedly want to snap up the other books in this series as well!

(I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep’s roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. 

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference. 

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A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch

About the Book:

Lady Patience Kendrick was born to a life of privilege, and with the London Season looming, she finds herself facing unprecedented pressure to adhere to the rules of society. Unfortunately, the free-spirited young woman is anything but proper. Patience’s elder brother, a former military man, bemoans his sister’s antics – but when he accuses her of incurable frivolity, it is simply more than she can bear. Determined to prove her brother wrong, Patience undertakes a drastic experiment: she will disguise herself as a maid and demonstrate her ability to work as hard as anyone. 

Taken on as household staff by her brother’s former general, Patience soon learns that willingness and ability are two very different things. While her plan sounded promising in theory, the reality is that she is out of her depth – and the irresistibly charming son of the house isn’t helping matters. Patience soon finds herself embroiled in a charade far more complicated that she imagined. With both her pride and her heart at stake, she is determined to prove her brother wrong – even as her plans spiral delightfully out of control.

My Thoughts:

I immensely enjoyed this delightful Regency Romance. I was pulled into the story and blissfully captivated until the last page was read, I was loathed to put it down, and actually finished the book in a day. Granted I didn’t get much else done, but it didn’t hurt the family to eat PB&J and left-overs for one day.

I enjoyed numerous laugh-out-loud moments that cased some rather odd looks from others. I have to admit that on more than one occasion I quite forgot where I was. When I finished the story I closed the book with a smile on my face and contentment in my heart. Time well spent!

(I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. I am not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week.

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