Jul 27 2016 2:30pm

Baby, You’re a Firework: Not-Your-Usual Historical Best Bets for July 2016

A Gift of Guile by Alissa Johnson

What historical romances should you be reading this month? Find out!

We’ve watched the fireworks (and tried to ignore our neighbors who were still setting them off on July 5th!), consumed an unhealthy amount of barbeque, and now it’s time to lounge by the pool, or on your favorite beach, with some of these historical best bets for July 2016!

Bad Girls, Bad Reputations!

A Gift of Guile by Alissa Johnson

She's a liar.
She's a con.
She's a thief.
And God help him, but he'll do anything to keep her safe.

Beautiful and conniving, maddening and brilliant, Esther is everything private detective Samuel Brass shouldn't want. Esther knows she's put herself in terrible danger, but nothing will stop her from making amends-not her family's enemies, not old fears, and certainly not the domineering, interfering, and undeniably handsome former officer of the Scotland Yard. Yet whenever he's near, Samuel makes her long for a life that can never be hers...and wish she were worthy of being saved.

Like the first book in the series, A Talent for Trickery, Johnson has earned her second starred review in a row from Publisher’s Weekly who says, “This series is pure pleasure.”

Rose Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Rose Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Margerie Croft yielded her virginity before her wedding night, and then fled King Henry VIII's court, knowing she couldn't marry a man she did not love. Now she is viewed as soiled goods, fit only for the role of a courtier's plaything.

Virgil Elton has heard the wicked rumors, but something about Margerie calls to him. Drawn close despite himself, he invites her to help in his work to restore the king's flagging health. But as he comes to know her, Virgil discovers beneath the layers of protective reserve a woman who is as intelligent and passionate as she is beautiful. He will stop at nothing to heal the damage the court has inflicted, even if it means falling himself...

The third, and final, book in Moss’s Lust in the Tudor Court series promises fans of the series what they’ve come to expect.  Another steamy read while soaking up the summer sun!  Publisher’s Weekly says, “The erotic scenes are scorching hot, as series readers will have come to expect.”

Hot Desert Nights!

Sheikh's Mail-Order Bride by Marguerite Kaye

Sheikh’s Mail-Order Bride by Marguerite Kaye

Shipwrecked with the sheikh! 

Sailing to India to marry a stranger, Constance Montgomery is shipwrecked off the Arabian coast of Murimon. The world believes her lost at sea, and only the kingdom's ruler, Kadar, knows the truth. She's honor-bound to leave, but the brooding prince tempts Constance to stay… 

Kadar knows that no matter how beautiful Constance is, she is forbidden. But every moment with her seduces him, until temptation becomes torment! Kadar thinks he has no heart left to offer any woman… Can Constance prove him wrong?

Complications abound in Kaye’s second book in her Hot Arabian Nights series.  The astronomer heroine is shipwrecked on her way to an arranged marriage, and the hero is a second son who not only inherits his brother’s kingdom, but his brother’s intended bride as well.  Good luck you crazy kids, you’re going to need it!

Enslaved by the Desert Trader by Greta Gilbert

Enslaved by the Desert Trader by Greta Gilbert

Passion hotter than the Egyptian sun… 

In the Great Pyramid of King Khufu, resourceful Kiya works tirelessly, disguised as a boy. But then fearsome raiders arrive and, running for her life, she is captured by a hardened desert trader… 

When he realizes what a beauty he has enslaved, Tahar knows he could—and should—sell her for a handsome price. But Kiya is not easily tamed. And when a wild heat explodes between them, shattering all thoughts of resistance, Tahar must find a way to keep her as his own!

This is Gilbert’s first full-length release with Harlequin Historical and it got a nice review at All About Romance who said, “I was happy to be somewhere new with people I hadn’t already read five hundred times before. It’s got enough seriousness to give it some heft, but it never bogs down.”

Miss Independent!

The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie

The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie

Fiercely independent Daisy Chance has a dream—and it doesn’t involve marriage or babies (or being under any man’s thumb). Raised in poverty, she has a passion—and a talent—for making beautiful clothes. Daisy aims to become the finest dressmaker in London.

Dashing Irishman Patrick Flynn is wealthy and ambitious, and has entered society to find an aristocratic bride. Instead, he finds himself growing increasingly attracted to the headstrong, clever and outspoken Daisy. She’s wrong in every way—except the way she sets his heart racing.
However, when Flynn proposes marriage, Daisy refuses. She won't give up her hard-won independence. Besides, she doesn't want to join the fine ladies of society—she wants to dress them. She might, however, consider becoming Flynn's secret mistress. . .
But Flynn wants a wife, not a mistress, and when Flynn sets his heart on something, nothing can stand in his way. . .

Gracie wrapped up her Chance Sisters series with this fourth, and final, book which features an “I don’t want to get married” heroine. Library Journal declared, “Passionate and sumptuously witty, this final book in Gracie's sparkling quartet has the entire household rooting (and plotting) for Daisy and Flynn to get things right.”


The Dead of Haggard Hall by Marie Treanor

The Dead of Haggard Hall by Marie Treanor

After vicar’s widow and natural medium Barbara Darke loses her respectable teaching position, she reluctantly agrees to become companion to her former pupil Emily, now the bride of young Sir Arthur Haggard.

Once settled at Haggard Hall, Barbara finds her friend is beset by ghostly voices and unexplained deaths. In a maelstrom of dark spirits and wicked emotions, Barbara battles to lay Emily’s ghosts to rest—both hampered and helped by Arthur’s skeptical cousin Patrick, who provokes and attracts her in equal measure.

It would be a mistake to trust a secretive, guilt-ridden man suspected of driving his wife to suicide, if not outright murdering her. And it could well be lethal to give in to her own desires, confused as they often are with the lusts of the dead.

But Arthur and Emily are in genuine physical danger, and suspicion is falling closer and closer to Patrick—the man who haunts Barbara’s sensual dreams. The man who stands to inherit Haggard Hall.

Treanor as a lengthy backlist of paranormal and fantasy romance titles, and this is the first book in her new Darke of Night series, which is being described as a “sensual Gothic.”

What Not-Your-Usual Historical titles are looking forward to reading?


Learn more about or order a copy of the books mentioned in this post:

A Gift of Guile by Alissa Johnson  
Rose Bride by Elizabeth Moss  
Sheikh's Mail-Order Bride by Marguerite Kaye  
Enslaved by the Desert Trader by Greta Gilbert  
The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie  
The Dead of Haggard by Marie Treanor  








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Ela Raymundo
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Great list! Some books I'm definitely aiming to read.
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