I love historical romance but sometimes they all seem the dame. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s not a bad thing, like revisited an old friend after not seeing them for a while. There may be subtle differences, but overall, nothing has truly changed. Therefore, when I find a historical romance that sticks out for whatever reason, it excites me.
Rachel Brimble’s novels interested me greatly because they promised something different. Prostitutes, actresses and village girls? These aren’t the usual heroines in a historical romance. No, those are the side characters, there to help or hinder the H/h. And, more often than not, are shown in a less than favorable light. Even when they are aiding the main characters, these commoners are typically depicted as uneducated, unkempt, and/or even something less than human.
But Brimble made them human. Not only that, she made them likable. Despite how common or low class Brimble’s lead couples seem to be, they are still very much human with morals and standards. I found myself rooting for them just as much I would the usual ton couples I read about, maybe even more so since I felt I could relate to these characters.
Brimble also has an easy enjoyable writing style. I found myself gliding along the pages, never once stumbling over a word, phrase or sentence that didn’t make sense.
Overall, I enjoyed every single novel I have read from Brimble thus far. I felt her interwoven tales of love and struggle on a visceral and loved that she wrote about the often forgotten members of society during this era.
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Samson in Rachel Brimble’s captivating new novel. . .
son of her father’s trusted business partner. The marriage contract
safeguards her family legacy, Emily’s fortune, and everything she
values–except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome
scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a
loveless match will cost her.
the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on
the man who destroyed his mother–the man Emily will soon marry. But
from his first glimpse of the enemy’s bewitching, spirited fiancée,
Will’s plan changes.
into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be
irresistible. . .
perhaps acting and selling one’s favors are not so different—for
Laura must feign pleasure with the men she beds to survive. Now, with
her only friend at death’s door and a ruthless pimp at her heels,
escaping her occupation seems impossible. Hoping to attract a
gentleman, she attends the theater. Yet the man Laura captivates is
no customer, but a rising star and playwright. . .
dreams—but is she brave enough to open her heart. . .?
offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing,
she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is
the undisputed queen of the theater—a wealthy, independent woman.
But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica
returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible.
has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a
suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he
and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But
now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself
worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to
give up. . .
as long as she can remember. He is good, kind, and alluring beyond
words… and he chose to marry another. Tired of dwelling on her
futile longings, Jane plans a move to Bath, where she dreams of a new
beginning. But the man who has so imprisoned her heart is only a few
his position with dignity and good spirits–including his dutiful
marriage. But when his wife leaves him for another man, Matthew is at
last free to pursue his one true love. Only one vital question
remains: will the captivating, stubborn, beautiful Jane allow him the
challenge, and the pleasure, of winning her back?..
Bath in the UK. Here first novel was published in 2007. Since then,
she’s had several books published with small presses and since 2012
has written mainstream romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin
Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and Victorian romance for
Association and Romance Writers of America, When she isn’t writing,
you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful
English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is
Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England. And in the evening? Well,
a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused…