Book Review – Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane, #8)Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Phoebe and James are an absolutely wonderful couple. Phoebe’s personality is light, open, and entirely refreshing, while James is solicitous and surprisingly eloquent with descriptions. The two together make for a great read. Their conversations are entertaining, and the spark between them is enjoyable. There isn’t a single thing about Phoebe and James that I could critique, besides maybe the age difference, but that’s a non-issue in my mind.

I quite liked seeing the other Maiden Lane characters again. I’d been anticipating Phoebe and Trevillion’s books, and I’m thrilled that they ended up together.

I wasn’t particularly fond of either Eve Dinwoody or Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, as they came off more like anti-heroes, not future main characters of their own romance novels. But, as this review isn’t for their books, I didn’t take my opinion of them into account while giving my rating here.

Overall, this was a spectacular read for me!

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Sneak Peek of my Short Story

Good morning, blog readers! If you follow my Facebook page, you would have seen that I’ve put aside my work for the next novel in my series in favour of writing a short story. It’s to eventually go in an anthology with some of my fellow Pandas (authors) from Pandamoon Publishing.

The short story is a lusty Regency tale of a couple meeting at a masquerade.

Mask2

My hero is a thirty-three year old Canada-migrated Englishman named Benjamin Laverick, the Earl of Huntsford. My heroine is a twenty-six year old widow named Hannah Fitton, the Dowager Viscountess of Edenthorpe.

Also, if you follow me on Facebook, you will have already seen the sneak peek that I revealed yesterday. But since I’m sure that most of you haven’t visited my FB page, here is the sneak peek, just for you! :

{“What is your name?” Ben blurted, the words rumbling from deep within him.

The Beauty’s grin widened and her eyes gleamed with mischief as she shook one finger at him. “Ah-ah. You mustn’t break the rules of the masque.”

He matched her grin. “You follow the rules, do you, madam?”

She cast her gaze down briefly in mock modesty before returning – nay, burning – into his once more. “The rules of the masque, indeed, must always be followed, sir. However…” she hesitated and his heart faltered, “…the rules of society? Most assuredly not.”

Ben almost crowed.}

And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen! I hope you enjoyed it!

Thank you so much for reading! Happy Thursday!

*Photos found on Pinterest*

Regency Fashion (Part 1)

Good evening, blog readers! Today’s post is going to be predominantly photographs that I’ve pulled from my Regency board on Pinterest. I greatly enjoy anything Regency related, whether it be film, TV shows, or, most frequently, books. I both read and write Regency era novels, and while I do, I quite enjoy having visual inspiration. The following are pictures of Regency era women’s fashion.

Rest assured, I plan to post several additional blogs, some more detailed than this one, with men’s fashion, rooms from ballroom to kitchens, estates, castles, and many more. I cannot claim to be an expert, by any means, on this subject, but I have spent many years reading on the topic. While I feel confident in what I know, I still have much to learn about Regency England.

These are the photos I’ve chosen to share with you today.

This is a Chemisette. It was meant to cover a woman’s chest, raising the neckline of a gown to add modesty. Chemisette

This is a cotton morning dress.

Cotton Morning Dress

This is a day dress.

Day dress

The pin I saved this from read “dress and spencer”.

Dress and Spencer

This is an evening dress.

Evening Dress

This is another evening gown.

Evening Gown 2

This is a photo of a linen petticoat. It goes beneath a dress/gown.

Linen Petticoat

This is another example of a petticoat. This one is embroidered and decorative.

Petticoat

This pin read “Redingote, French, strip printed plain-weave cotton”.

Redingote, French, strip printed plain-weave cotton

This is a photo of sprigged muslin gowns. “Sprigged” refers to the often embroidered design of flowers or sprigs of leaves.

Sprigged Muslin Gowns

This photo focuses on a velvet spencer.

Velvet Spencer

This is a walking dress.

Walking Dress

This is another example of a spencer.

Whitework Spencer

As I mentioned above, I am still learning about Regency fashion, but as I find it fascinating, I quite enjoy each lesson.

If any of my readers have questions, comments, or if you would like me to post about anything specific, please let me know!

Thank you all for reading!