[Free eBook] River Queen Rose by Shirley Kennedy [Western Historical Romance]

River Queen Rose by Shirley Kennedy is the 1st novel in the In Old California series of f/m historical western romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Press imprint.

This is B&N’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend, and is apparently being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, Bay City Belle, due this July.

The series is set in California around the time of the Gold Rush. This story takes place in Sacramento, starring a woman with a young daughter struggling to make ends meet by managing her late husband’s run down hotel, and the secretly wealthy ex-farmhand who hesitates to reveal his past or feelings for his former employer’s still-grieving widow.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas [Historical Romance]

Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas is the 1st novel in her Fallen Ladies series of f/m Regency historical romance, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

This series is centred around the underworld of Regency London, starring protagonists with shady backgrounds and/or scandalous situations. This story pairs up the mathematically-talented daughter of a fiscally imprudent gentleman and an illegitimate nobleman’s son turned gambling venue owner as together, they fight crime! the former takes a dubious secret job as a bookkeeper to try and pay off her family’s debts.

Offered in multiple regions worldwide, available at select retailers.

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[Free eBook] Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss [Historical Erotic Romance]

Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss, a pseudonym for award-winning British poet Jane Holland, is the 1st novel in the Lust in the Tudor Court trilogy of f/m erotic historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The trilogy takes place during the reign of Henry VIII and is apparently not particularly historically accurate, but the more favourable customer reviews still found it entertaining. YMMV.

This story is set against the backdrop of the Anne Boleyn years, starring a rebellious young lady-in-waiting to the doomed Queen at first reluctantly getting to know the lord who claims her as his newlywed bride, with the pressure of witnessing what happens when men become displeased with their wives.

Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] 3 novels from Sourcebooks [Historical, Paranormal, Time Travel Romance]

As a special treat for romance lovers, publisher Sourcebooks is offering 3 romance novels from its Sourcebooks Casablanca imprint, free for a limited time.

  • The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen is the 3rd novel in the Sons of Revolution series of f/m swashbuckling historical action romance, and is her personal Book of the Month pick, offered through March 8th only, available @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play

  • Just in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready is the 1st novel in the Sirens of the Scottish Border series of f/m Scottish Highlander time travel historical romance, starring an historical reenactor sent back to become the champion of a spirited clan chieftain @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play

  • A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear is the 1st novel in the SEAL Wolf series of f/m shapeshifter military action romantic suspense, a repeat freebie from a couple of years ago @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play

These seem to be available in most regions worldwide, though some retailers only carry the freebie version in certain countries, so you may have to play around with the country codes in the URLs to see if they have it free for your own locale.

[Free eBook] Lessons in Trust by Charlie Cochrane [LGBT Historical Mystery with Romance]

Lessons in Trust by British author Charlie Cochrane is the 7th novel in the Cambridge Fellows series of historical murder mysteries with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2009 by Samhain. The series takes place at the turn of the 20th century in England, and stars an amateur sleuthing gay couple solving crimes, mostly in and around the university-going set.

This is set in London in 1908, pitting the sleuthing couple against both a suspicious Inspector who refuses to let them help in the case of the murder of an unidentified man for whom they’ve uncovered clues, as well as a family mystery which leads one of the pair to abruptly disappear.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Lessons in Temptation by Charlie Cochrane [LGBT Historical Mystery with Romance]

Lessons in Temptation by British author Charlie Cochrane is the 5th novel in the Cambridge Fellows series of historical murder mysteries with strong m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.

This was originally published in 2009 by the now-defunct Samhain Publishing. The series is set in England at the turn of the 20th century and stars an amateur sleuthing gay couple solving crimes, mostly in and around the university-going set.

This story takes place during a visit to Bath in 1907, where one partner starts looking into the mysterious death of a local prostitute, while the other gets distractingly drawn into a theatrical drama produced by an overly flirtatious old friend set on doing Shakespeare’s Macbeth and possibly more if he can help it.

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[Free eBook] The Heart of a Texas Cowboy by Linda Broday [Western Historical Romance]

The Heart of a Texas Cowboy by Linda Broday is the 2nd novel in her Men of Legend series of f/m historical western romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series is set in North Texas during the 1870s, and is apparently centred around three brothers and a family ranch. This novel is being offered free for a limited time as part of Sourcebooks’ monthly series-introductory promotion, boosting an author with an upcoming new book in it.

This story sees one brother making a marriage of convenience to save the future of the ranch, where both spouses’ troubled pasts have led them to swear off love, only to find themselves falling into it anyway.

Offered worldwide through November 9th, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe [Regency Historical Romance]

The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe is a novella in her Devil’s Duke series of f/m Regency historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Avon Impulse imprint.

The main series mostly takes place in England during the Regency era, but this installment follows some side characters to Scotland.

This story features an unusual reunion between a London perfume shop assistant entrusted with attending a professional gathering, who by chance encounters a neighbouring printer’s shop employee upon whom she had a crush, who disappeared mysteriously years ago and has changed greatly in the meanwhile. NB: The author has apparently incorporated her research about the period perfume industry into the story, if you enjoy extra historical detail.

Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers. This is being offered as a HarperCollins BookPerk Free Fridays special, so it’s probably good through the weekend, at least.

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[Free eBook] Outlaw Hearts by Rosanne Bittner [Western Historical Romance Saga]

Outlaw Hearts by Rosanne Bittner is the 1st novel in her Outlaw Hearts series of f/m western historical romance saga, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

This was originally published in 1993 by Bantam and has been expanded into a series with the Sourcebooks reprint pickup. It’s apparently being made free as Sourcebooks’ selected monthly special 1st-in-series introductory offer, to promote the newly-released 4th novel which just came out this week.

The series begins in the 1880s in Nevada, eventually moving through the Wild West to settle in Colorado, and follows their adventures as a single couple throughout the decades, as they face turbulent life challenges together. This originally standalone story provides the get-together of a woman who has lost everything and is determined to move West and make a new start, with a wanted gunslinger who thinks he has nothing left to lose, as they struggle to forge new lives.

Offered worldwide through September 7th, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas [Victorian Historical Romance]

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas is the 1st novel in her Hathaways series of f/m Victorian historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s St. Martin’s Press.

This is the featured eBook Club of the Month selection for August from Macmillan’s HeroesAndHeartbreakers.com romance community. The series is set in Victorian London and centres around the members of a family suddenly elevated to the aristocracy, and appears to be a spinoff of an earlier series, The Wallflowers, as this 1st novel provides a continuation story for a character introduced in its 3rd novel Devil in Winter.

This installment stars the responsible spinster eldest daughter struggling to adapt to their change in status and the increased social expectations thereof, turning for help to an unconventional man of half-Irish, half-Roma heritage who is also a misfit who has managed to learn to navigate high society, who begins to desire something more than just the friendship originally intended. NB: The editorial reviews say that the author incorporates the Roma heritage and culture parts with sensitivity. YMMV.

Offered DRM-free through September 4th, available only in Canada & the US, directly from the community.

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