Lacey from Lacey Book Lovers, Jess from Peace Love Books and Lisa from Remarkably Lisa are hosting the next round of the Historical Romance Readathon from the 15th-21st January 2021. Having recently read the first Bridgeton book, The Duke & I by Julia Quinn, this month, I am so excited to have an excuse to dive back into another historical romance so quickly. As always there is a bingo card, Instagram challenges and a group read, all of which are optional to take part in.
This time around, I’m not aiming to complete the entire bingo board (as pictured at the bottom of this post and available from Lacey’s Instagram stories announcement), or really going in with any real strategy to get bingo at all. Instead, after reading Amanda from talk_about_swoon’s diverse historical romance post back in November, I’m choosing to focus on some #ownvoices and BIPOC historical romances as recommended by Amanda.
With this in mind, I’ll be prioritising That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole, His Highland Queen by Dahlia Roseand Lady of Secrets by G. S Carr for this readathon, with the possibility of then reading reading the group book A Notorious Vow by Joanna Shupe. All in all I’m super excited to dive into these reads later on this week.
That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole
This book would qualify for seven of the bingo prompts: Recommend to you; standalone; widowed heroine.
Mercy Alston knows the best thing to do with pesky feelings like “love” and “hope”: avoid them at all cost. Serving as a maid to Eliza Hamilton, and an assistant in the woman’s stubborn desire to preserve her late husband’s legacy, has driven that point home for Mercy—as have her own previous heartbreaks.
When Andromeda Stiel shows up at Hamilton Grange for an interview in her grandfather’s stead, Mercy’s resolution to live a quiet, pain-free life is tested by the beautiful, flirtatious, and entirely overwhelming dressmaker.
Andromeda has staid Mercy reconsidering her worldview, but neither is prepared for love—or for what happens when it’s not enough.
This is an angsty but fluffy F/F novella with a happy ending for both of our intrepid heroines.
His Highland Queen by Dahlia Rose
This book would qualify for seven of the bingo prompts: new-to-me author; recommended to me; blue on the cover; recent release (it was published in 2020); Indie Published.
A palace couldn’t hold her or her fierce personality. Even the most favored of Queen Adelaide could cross a line. When she did so, Bridget Yearwood was sent back to the island from where she was taken long ago. With the sands beneath her feet, she built her fortune answering to no one and became a queen in her own right. The men of industry wanted to control or destroy her and Bridget thought she could handle it all herself. That was until Laird Finlay Davidson came to the shores of her island home. He vowed to protect her even from herself, and that meant Bridget waking up in his bed, on his ship and married no less. The Laird of Clan Dhai and of the Whitewolf, looked at her with love in his eyes and passion in his kiss. But could Bridget believe anything about him, when she learned of his true intentions?
Lady of Secrets by G. S Carr
This book would qualify for seven of the bingo prompts: new-to-me author; recommended to me; blue on the cover; recent release (it was published in 2020).
Her secret mission. A country divided. His impossible love.
Henrietta Wright is a Free Colored woman who teaches reading and writing to anyone who enters her classroom. At least she was, until a drunken night with friends catapults her down a path of intrigue, coded messages, and intelligence operations. All in service of the Union Army. She can’t tell anyone what she’s doing, including the handsome Irishman she knows she shouldn’t want, but can’t seem to resist.
Since stepping onto American soil, Elijah Byrne’s only goal has been to survive another day. That is until Henrietta burst into his life and made him want more. She was never meant to be his – her fiancé can attest to that – but she makes him long for things men like him aren’t lucky enough to have. When she asks for his help, he can’t resist tumbling with her into a clandestine expedition that could cost them everything—including their lives.
A Notorious Vow by Joanna Shupe
This book would qualify for seven of the bingo prompts: new-to-me author; damaged hero; Joanna Shupe; Marriage of Convenience; Blue on the cover; Shirtless man; Ripped Bodice.
Joanna Shupe returns to New York City’s Gilded Age, where fortunes and reputations are gained and lost with ease—and love can blossom from the most unlikely charade
With the fate of her disgraced family resting on her shoulders, Lady Christina Barclay has arrived in New York City from London to quickly secure a wealthy husband. But when her parents settle on an intolerable suitor, Christina turns to her reclusive neighbor, a darkly handsome and utterly compelling inventor, for help.
Oliver Hawkes reluctantly agrees to a platonic marriage . . . with his own condition: The marriage must end after one year. Not only does Oliver face challenges that are certain to make life as his wife difficult, but more importantly, he refuses to be distracted from his life’s work—the development of a revolutionary device that could transform thousands of lives, including his own.
Much to his surprise, his bride is more beguiling than he imagined. When temptation burns hot between them, they realize they must overcome their own secrets and doubts, and every effort to undermine their marriage, because one year can never be enough.
Will you be taking part in the Historical Romance readathon? If so, what books are you planning on reading?