Jul 17 2017 1:30pm

5 Unusual Historical Best Bets for July 2017

What sort of “not-your-usual historical” are you looking for this month? 

Hot. It’s so hot not even the beach is offering much reprieve.  That only leaves a girl with one viable option: Camp out in front of the nearest air conditioner and enjoy the more pleasurable alternative of getting your temperature rising with these new not-your-usual historicals!  This month’s eligible bachelors include:


Forbidden Night with the Warrior by Michelle Willingham

Forbidden Night with the Warrior by Michelle Willingham

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One wicked night for an heir! 

Rosamund de Courcy has always loved Warrick de Laurent, but was forced to marry another. Now her husband's dying command is that she must provide him with an heir. To do so, she will have to spend one sinful night…with Warrick! 

The powerful warrior was wounded by Rosamund's abandonment years ago, and Warrick refuses to let her touch his heart again. But this illicit night is impossible to resist, and soon he is determined—he will not only possess her, but reclaim her for his own!

Her dying husband’s greatest wish is that his odious brother doesn’t inherit, and ultimately ruin, everything he’s spent his lifetime building.  Unable to perform the task of impregnating his wife, he arranges an indecent proposal for our heroine, but not just with any man.  Oh no.  Our hero, the man she loved and lost when her father arranged her marriage to another. This kicks off Willingham’s new Warriors of the Night series, with two more books in the series following in late 2017 and 2018.

Sport of Kings!

Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain

Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain

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After years apart, old friends Lady Kate Whelan and Evan Rhys reunite at a race. They've been masking their feelings for each other for years, but when Evan must protect Kate from her late husband's secrets, he may not be able to resist her any longer.

After being widowed by a steeplechase accident in Ireland, Lady Kate Whelan abandons the turf. But once her mourning is complete, her late husband's debts drive her to seek help in Newmarket amidst the whirl of a race meet. There she encounters antiquities expert Evan Rhys, her late husband's roguish friend—whom she hasn't seen since the day of his lordship's mysterious death.

Now that fate has reunited them, Evan seizes the chance to win over the woman he's always loved. But once back within the old stone walls of Whelan House, long-held secrets come to light that shake up everything Kate thought she knew about her marriage. Now she wonders who she can trust with her heart—and Evan must decide between love and a truth that will separate him from all his heart desires.

The second book in Romain’s Romance of the Turf series features a heroine finally shedding her widow’s weeds and falling for a family friend who has been noticeably absent from her life since her husband’s untimely death.  Booklist gave this a starred review citing, “Romain’s elegant prose, inventive plotting, brilliantly nuanced characters, and refreshingly different setting make her latest superbly written romance de rigueur for Regency romance fans.”

Secret Identity!

The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe

The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe

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Years ago, Miss Esme Astell fell hopelessly in love with Charles Brittle, an unassuming and highly respectable London bookmaker.

Then he disappeared without a word . . .

The last thing Esme ever dreamed was to meet Charlie again—

In a dark alleyway—

In a drenching rain—

In a chase with the police—

In Scotland.

Can she fall again, this time for the dangerous scoundrel he’s become?

This latest novella from Ashe is part of her Devil’s Duke series and features a perfumer heroine and a book publisher hero turned reluctant pirate.  All About Romance’s reviewer adored this story, giving it an A grade, and says, “There are twists, shenanigans, secret hotel rendezvous and tearful goodbyes—and also some of the hottest and sexiest love scenes Ms. Ashe’s has ever written.”


The Outlaw by Anna Schmidt

The Outlaw by Anna Schmidt

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Amanda Porterfield longs to experience real adventure. So when she's offered a position in bustling Tucson, she leaps at the chance despite unknown dangers―dangers like the mysterious Seth Grover.

As an undercover detective working to stop a gang of outlaws, Seth can't afford the distractions a woman like Amanda inspires. Yet when the fiercely intelligent beauty is thrust into the middle of a heist gone wrong, Seth will fight for a future that may never be theirs...even if it means risking everything he holds dear.

The author of several Amish romances, this is Schmidt’s third book in her secular Last Chance Cowboys series for Sourcebooks.  Kirkus calls this “A warm, satisfying, gently sexy Western historical romance” featuring “…a main couple who are interesting and sympathetic, plus a well-drawn supporting cast.”

Second Time Around!

Rachel’s Choice by Judith E. French

Rachel’s Choice by Judith E. French



Rachel Irons is widowed, pregnant, and has many acres of crops to plant, but she is determined to save her Delaware farm, Rachel's Choice Plantation. When fate sends her an extra pair of hands in the form of a handsome rebel soldier, she's willing to risk the danger of harboring the enemy. And William Chancellor is willing to work her fields in return for her silence. But it will take every ounce of Rachel's tenacity to remember that this gentlemanly man with the warm-honey Virginia drawl is the enemy—and her heart loses the battle as soon as it begins.


Though this man she calls Chance finds himself both moved and aroused by Rachel's strength and simple beauty, his honor demands that he uphold a blood vow he made long before he ever set eyes on her. But Rachel is a fighter, too, and giving up Chance is a surrender she vows never to make—even as his presence puts her own life in peril. . . .

First published in 1998, a new digital edition of this Civil War romance is back in print and tempting me with all its catnip.  Pregnant, alone, and desperate to hang on to the family farm, the heroine strikes a bargain born out of desperation.  She’ll hide the enemy soldier, and escaped prisoner of war, hero—if he plants her crops. RT Book Reviews calls this “a romance with plenty of action, wonderful characters, and a love story that endures social differences.”

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1. xoumamah
ooooh these look absolutely DELICIOUS. I'm an avid Historical fan so i'm definitely devouring them with relish :D
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