Heat Up Your Summer with Victorian Romance

Ah, summertime. Do you like hot days spent at the beach or cool evenings by the campfire? Whatever your choice for summer relaxation, a good romance novel is always a good companion. Here are three romance novels set in the Victorian era you might enjoy.

Secrets of a Summer Night

This novel by Lisa Kleypas was first published in 2004. It is the first novel in her Wallflower series and was a New York Times Bestseller. Secrets of a Summer Night centers around Annabelle Peyton and three of her friends. All four enter London society with the singular goal of hunting for a husband. Annabelle needs a nobleman to save her family from financial disaster, but instead she finds a wealthy and powerful admirer well-versed in the art of seduction. Her friends try to save her, but does she want to be saved?

Find out more about the Lisa and read the first chapter at her website.

Heart of Iron

Heart of Iron is the second of five novels in Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series. The story’s heroine is Lena Todd, the perfect spy in the rebellion against London’s vicious elite. Will Carver is her love interest. She drives him crazy, but he must protect her once he discovers her with a coded letter.

Booklist’s starred review states “Deftly blends elements of steampunk and vampire romance with brilliantly successful results… darkly atmospheric and delectably sexy.”

Find out more about Bec and read an excerpt from the first chapter at her website.

Rules for a Proper Governess

This book is the seventh in New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzies & McBrides series. The story stands on its own although it is part of a series that is set in England and Scotland in the 1880s. Rules for a Proper Governess is the story of Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride, a widower with unruly children until Roberta ‘Bertie’ Frasier enters his life. The children listen to her and soon she becomes their governess. She also teaches their father a lesson or two in love.

Find out more about Jennifer and read an excerpt from the first three chapters of the book at her website.


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