Archive for the 'Regency' Category

24th Aug 2008


Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

I’ve been a fan of this author’s work for a very long time. She’s never been hosted on BND, but she’s been a fan and a supporter since we began. I just hope she doesn’t want to kill us for giving her a review.

Regency takes everything I like about romance novels set in that time period and filters it through a male/male lens. This keeps all of the sweetness and trappings of the time period that I love, but adds in the eroticism of men lusting after each other. What more could I ask for in a book?

We start off with a story about a foppish prince who wages a daily battle with his secretary. The two of them loathe each other, but both are two stubborn to admit defeat. The prince refuses to give in and fire his secretary and the secretary refuses to quit.

Our secretary, being fed up with humiliation, decides to teach the prince a lesson and a festival, featuring multiple nights of masquerade balls, proves the perfect opportunity. Only things don’t work out as planned and the masks the heroes wear at the masquerade are nothing like the masks they wear every day to cloak their true personalities from the outside world. So, you can see where this is going.

Then, there’s the story of the duelist who as achieved everything he set out to do, except for taking care of matters of his heart. The young duelist keeps receiving anonymous letters. Letters that make him think as well as arouse and titillate. The question is, who is sending these letters? There’s really no one in his social circle who can write so well and harbor amorous feelings.

Every story is a treat and absolute delight to read. The only complaint I could have would be that in the world that Derr has created, there is no censure on male/male relationships. Now, we all know what a crime homosexuality was in this time period, so not having that censure threw me for a bit. Believe me, it was something I got over quickly. I’m not going to let something like historical accuracy get in the way of my enjoyment of a book that is written so well. This is the perfect book to curl up with on a yucky day, when you just need to lose yourself in pure romance.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Derr, Megan, Regency | Comments Off on Regency