READATHON TBR: Historical Romance Readathon June 2021

Earlier this month Lacey from Lacey Book Lovers, Jess from Peace Love Books and Lisa from Remarkably Lisa annouced that the Historical Romance Readathon would be returning sooner than expected (there was a round in January of this year I think). The readathon this time is running from Monday 28th June 2021 until Sunday 4th July 2021.

Much like the previous two rounds, there is a bingo board, a series of Instagram prompt and liveshow to be held on Remarkably Lisa’s youtube channel on the 4th July 8pm EST time. This time around the group book read is Olivia and the Masked Duke by Grace Callaway.

As far as my TBR goes, I’m keeping it light (*narrator she did not: Jess immediately adds more books than she can ever hope to read during this readathon*) and aiming to read the group read and The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (the later preferably before the end of June for Pride Month) . That said, I have included additional titles below that I may pick and choose from to read there after depending on where my mood takes me.

Olivia and the Masked Duke by Grace Callaway

Possible Prompts Include: Group Read; Grace Callaway; Clinch Cover; Purple Cover; Series; Duke in the Title;

He saved her life when she was a girl. Now, she is a woman determined to heal his heart…Spirited debutante Lady Olivia MacLeod, cherished daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Strathaven, has two interests: solving mysteries and winning the love of her secret girlhood crush, the infamous Duke of Hadleigh. When she joins Lady Charlotte Fayne’s charity for genteel young ladies and discovers that it is a front for an investigative agency, she is thrilled and dedicates herself to solving a deadly case. Little does she realize that the path to danger will also lead to her heart’s deepest desire.Notorious widower Ben Wodehouse, the Duke of Hadleigh, has only one goal in mind: redemption. After his tortured past, he seeks salvation behind a mask, channeling his dark demons toward helping those in need. The last thing he wants or deserves is innocence. Yet temptation taunts him by delivering pretty young Olivia into his arms: she is everything he cannot have and everything he needs.Will Olivia and Ben succeed in defeating a menacing foe? Will succumbing to their dark and forbidden desires lead to their happily ever after?

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

Possible Prompts include: Clinch cover; Series.

As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the Countess’ London home, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who takes her breath away.

Catherine St Day looks forward to a quiet widowhood once her late husband’s scientific legacy is fulfilled. She expected to hand off the translation and wash her hands of the project—instead, she is intrigued by the young woman who turns up at her door, begging to be allowed to do the work, and she agrees to let Lucy stay. But as Catherine finds herself longing for Lucy, everything she believes about herself and her life is tested.

While Lucy spends her days interpreting the complicated French text, she spends her nights falling in love with the alluring Catherine. But sabotage and old wounds threaten to sever the threads that bind them. Can Lucy and Catherine find the strength to stay together or are they doomed to be star-crossed lovers? 

Lady Of Secrets by G.S. Carr

Possible Prompts include: Spy; One person on the cover; Not set in Europe; Series.

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. 

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

Possible Prompts include: Purple cover; Clinch cover; Scottish; Series.

The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family—rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn’t be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them—of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He’s also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women.Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama—an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband.And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her.

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Possible Prompts Include: Wallflower; One Person on the Cover; Spinster; Series.

When Wicked Comes Calling…

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain…

Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion…

But there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she’d rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil’s carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he’s ever wanted…and the only thing he’s ever desired.

The Perfect Waltz by Anne Gracie

Possible Prompts Include: Series;

He came in search of a convenient bride…

London’s Ball of the Season is hardly the milieu for society black sheep Sebastian Reyne. But his younger sisters are in desperate need of care, and Sebastian is seeking a practical, down-to-earth wife. What he doesn’t need is an effervescent sprite like Hope Merridew, a dazzling beauty and the darling of the ton.

…And found love instead.

Who was that mysterious man who devoured Hope Merridew with his eyes? Rumored to be dangerous, and with a mysterious family heritage, the secretive Sebastian proves absolutely seductive to such an impetuous young lady. But was he really the one to make her dream of dancing the perfect waltz with the perfect man come true? Who’d imagine that one dance could ignite a passion so strong that it would seduce all into a delicious intrigue of sensuality and desire?

Let me know if you have read any of these books and if you are participating in the Historical Romance Readathon in the comments below.

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