Heat Up Your Nights with Historical Romance

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Heat Up Your Nights with Historical Romance

Need an escape from reality to get you through the long, not so chilly months until summer vacation? Try taking a trip through time with one of these great historical romances.
 
Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig
A late entry in the Pink Carnation series, this story focuses on Lucien and Sally. Lucien is a quintessential historical hero – a little brooding but strong and smart. Sally takes a little getting used to but grows into a smart, engaging counterpart to Lucien. The two must work together to investigate a supposed vampire while Lucien is the prime suspect. There is a secondary romance storyline, set in the present as a counterpoint to the historical, as well.
 
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare 
The first in the Girl Meets Duke series is a funny, playful take on the marriage of convenience trope. Seamstress Emma Gladstone is determined to get the money she is owed from the Duke of Ashbury but finds the Duke has a different proposal for her. When two stubborn and independent people have opposing conditions for their deal, will they realize that love is the greatest win of all?
 
Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale 
A fashion forward dress designer in New York City catches the eye of a British fortune hunting Duke in this wonderfully feminist historical romance. A case of mistaken identity, a professional rivalry, and many twists and turns keep this novel moving while the reader asks will they or won’t they.
 
Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt
Not sure historical romance is for you? Try this short novella in Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series to get a feel for the genre. It features strong and interesting female characters and charming and handsome men who can appreciate independent women as well as a mistaken or misunderstood identity and a bit of a mystery to keep the plot flowing.
 
The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne 
French spy Justine barely survives an assassination attempt long enough to stumble to the doorstep of English spy Adrian, also known as the Hawk. Having loved and lost each other years ago, Justine knows Adrian will keep her safe while finding her attacker. But when it’s clear the murderer is attempting to frame Adrian, will they be able to find the true culprit and will Justine and Adrian finally trust each other with their hearts?
 
The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
When former governess Serena is fired for being “immoral”, she does not go quietly. Rather she demands recompense from the duke who raped her. Hugo, the duke’s man of business, is tasked with getting rid of the girl but finds himself unable to scare her off and unwilling to turn a blind eye to his employer’s actions. Can Hugo and Serena make a happy ending out of what should be disaster?