The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin - Harlequin Historical - May 21, 2013
Sword dancer Li Feng is used to living life on the edge of the law--a woman alone in the dangerous world of the Tang Dynasty has only her whirlwind reflexes to trust. She "will" discover the truth about her past, even if that means outwitting the most feared thief-catcher of them all....What Makes It Unusual?: WooHoo! More Tang Dynasty China from Lin!
Relentless, handsome and determined, Han sees life--and love--as black and white. Until he finally captures the spirited, courageous Li Feng, who makes him question everything he thought he knew about right and wrong. Soon he's faced with an impossible choice: betray the elusive sword dancer he is learning to love, or trust his long-disregarded heart and follow her to dangerous, tempting rebellion....
Forever Wild by Louisa Rawlings - Samhain - Digital Only - May 21, 2013
Part of Samhain's Retro Romance Line, this was first published in 1986 by Popular Library (Warner Books)
From the corruption of Boss Tweed’s New York to the Paris of the Impressionists, two couples fight to fulfill their greatest dreams and desires.What Makes It Unusual? I swooned when I read "Boss Tweed's New York." Seriously. 1986? This one could be chock full of Old School Shenanigans!
Willough, a well-bred child of wealth, yearns to take her place at the head of her father’s iron empire in the wilderness of the Adirondacks. Accustomed to polished city men, she finds herself drawn to the raw masculinity of Nat, her father’s foreman. Can she leave behind the trappings of city life and learn to embrace the rough country and rough man she is destined to love?
Marcy was born in the mountains, attached to the High Peaks, and yet she yearns to leave and see the world. Drew, Willough’s artist brother, has rejected his father’s business and thrown himself into painting. Together they travel the world, but is love enough to see them through the hard times?
Highlanders by Brenda Joyce, Terri Brisbin & Michelle Willingham - HQN - Digital Only - June 1, 2013
The Warrior and the Rose by Brenda Joyce
Lady Juliana MacDougall prays for her loved ones to survive battle against Robert Bruce...but the battle comes to her when her lands are attacked by a band of Highlanders, including a man wearing the colors of her clan's worst enemy. Taken hostage by Alasdair Og, Juliana quickly learns he's as exceptional a lover as he is a ruthless warrior. But how can she ever love Alasdair when he's her blood enemy?
The Forbidden Highlander by Terri Brisbin
Honor-bound by an arranged betrothal, James Murray never anticipated falling in love with his intended bride's dearest friend instead. The passion between James and Elizabeth MacLerie is undeniable, but they are torn between love and loyalty to their clans....
Rescued by the Highland Warrior by Michelle WillinghamWhat Makes It Unusual? Och! Lassies lurve their Highlanders! (Please note all three of these stories are connected to series by the authors).
Celeste de Laurent is determined to never again live in poverty. After sacrificing love for a secure marriage, she now stands to lose everything as a widow. Her only hope is to bear an heir--and what better man to father her child, and save her from a terrible fate, than Dougal MacKinloch, the only man she ever loved?
An Outlaw In Wonderland by Lori Austin - Signet - June 4, 2013
In a time of war, love has its own rewards...
Saving soldiers' lives at the Confederate army hospital Chimborazo, Annabeth Phelan is no ordinary Southern belle. She's never known work more exhausting or rewarding. And she's never known a man like Dr. Ethan Walsh, with his disarming gray eyes and peculiar ways. But now the Confederacy is charging her with another service: find the Union spy at Chimborazo.
Ethan's one passion is saving lives, and if he can do that by helping to end the war, he will--even if it means spying for the North. He's gotten used to fooling Confederates, but he can't bear lying to Annabeth. And together, they are about to discover a new passion--one that could even transcend the chaos of war.What Makes It Unusual? OK, so yeah. The title makes my brain hurt a wee bit. And OK, so Chimborazo Hospital was in VIRGINIA and I'm not sure why the cover model is dressed like a cowgirl in Utah. Whatever. It's an American Historical! Yippee!
Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson - Pocket - June 25, 2013 - Reprint (first published 1995)
She was torn between two brothers...
All her life proper Bostonian Clementine Kennicutt yearned to escape the pious tyranny of her father's rule. So when Gus McQueen rode into town and swept her off her feet, she was ready for him. Eloping with the carefree cowboy was the answer to her prayers... until she met his brother.
The One She Married...
In the Big Sky country of Montana, Clementine yearned to feel the simple love of a wife for her husband. She'd pledged her troth to Gus, and she swore she would die honoring her promise, but each day her heart betrayed her.
And The One She Was Born To Love...
Zach Rafferty's love was not like the soft affection of her husband -- it was the wanton need of a dangerous man. And, despite her promise, Clementine knew he was the one meant for her all along...What Makes It Unusual?: A western! I would appreciate comments on this one - because I know Williamson has many fans out in Romancelandia. I'm intrigued by this one, but the love triangle aspect makes me a little squeamish.....
A Lady Dares by Bronwyn Scott - Harlequin Historical - July 23, 2013
According to society, I, Elise Sutton, haven't been a lady for quite some time-a lady couldn't possibly run the family company and spend her days on London's crowded, tar-stained docks. And she most certainly wouldn't associate herself with the infamous Dorian Rowland-privateer, smuggler and the Scourge of Gibraltar himself.
But I need Rowland and his specialized expertise-especially with the wolves circling, waiting for me to fail. I yearn to feel alive, and Rowland, who can kiss like the devil, inflames my senses and makes me dare to break free....
What Makes It Unusual? While set in 1839 England, the author puts a different spin on things by including yacht racing into her story. Also, we should all buy this book if only for the cover art. That hat rocks my world.
To Sin With A Viking by Michelle Willingham - Harlequin Historical - July 23, 2013
Caragh O Brannon defended herself bravely when the enemy landed-only, now she finds herself alone with one very angry Viking....
Styr Hardrata sailed to Ireland intending to trade, never expecting to find himself held captive in chains by a beautiful Irish maiden.
What Makes It Unusual? Vikings!
The fiercely handsome warrior both terrifies and allures Caragh, but he is forbidden territory. He is the enemy...and he is married. Yet Styr harbors a secret that just might set them both free....
Whew! I have several of these on tap already, waiting to be read and reviewed (the Lin, the Highlanders anthology and the Willingham). Any of these catch your eye? Read any good "unusual historicals" lately?