[Free eBook] How to Tame a Willful Wife by Christy English [Shakespeare-Inspired Regency Historical Romance]

How to Tame a Willful Wife by Christy English, herself a former Shakespearean actress, is the 1st novel in the Shakespeare in Love series of f/m Regency historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series is set during the Regency era, with each story being a retelling of a different play by William Shakespeare, using a shared cast of characters who recur across the books.

This one is based on his comedy The Taming of the Shrew, starring a man returning from war to marry, expecting an obedient bride but getting a spirited rebel who challenges him at every turn.

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[Free eBook] Warwyck’s Wife by Rosalind Laker [19th C Family Saga Historical Romance]

Warwyck’s Wife by Rosalind Laker, a pseudonym for the late British author Barbara Ovstedal, an historical novelist whose American editor was former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is the 1st novel in the Warwyck Trilogy series of f/m family saga historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1979 by Eyre Methuen under the title Warwyck’s Choice. The series (also known as the Easthampton Trilogy) is set in a small village in the English countryside and follows successive generations of a local family, spanning from the Regency to the Victorian Era.

This installment takes place during the Georgian Era, as inheritance issues between the two orphaned Warwyck brothers leads one to “buy” a wife at a bride auction in Brighton in order to gain the ancestral manor, then plan to discard her in favour of an aristocratic woman he longs for, who can further his ambitions to turn the village into a fashionable resort.

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[Free eBook] Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle [Fairy Tale Retelling Historical Romance]

Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle is the 1st novel in the Midnight Meetings series of fairy tale-inspired f/m historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series takes place in Regency England, starring strangers who initially meet under circumstances loosely inspired by assorted fairy tales, who must uncover the heart of the real person behind the mysterious encounter.

This one is a “Beauty and the Beast” riff, with a young woman packed off to live with a reclusive nobleman whose reputation in society seems to consist only of rumour and gossip, to pay off her family’s debts.

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[Free eBook] Sovereign’s Key by Rosalind Laker [Vintage Regency Historical Romance]

Sovereign’s Key by Rosalind Laker, a pseudonym for the late British author Barbara Øvstedal, an historical novelist whose American editor was former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is a vintage standalone f/m Regency historical romance novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1969 by Robert Hale.

The story is set in the English countryside during the Regency, starring a highwayman’s daughter fostered out to a farm in a rural area which rapidly grows over the years into an elegant resort town, and following her adventures as she rises from becoming a household maid to a lady of fashion against this changing backdrop and chooses between three suitors who will influence her destiny.

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[Free eBook] To Love a Texas Ranger by Linda Broday [Western Historical Romance]

To Love a Texas Ranger by Linda Broday is the 1st novel in the 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 during the 1870s in Central Texas, apparently centred around three brothers who have sworn an oath.

This story has strong romantic suspense elements, starring one brother, a Texas Ranger on his way home to the family ranch to recuperate from injuries sustained while chasing a criminal, who on the train journey meets a desperate woman on the run, and finds himself reluctantly allied with an outlaw in order to help save her.

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[Free eBook] A Lion by the Mane by Edna Dawes [1970s South Africa Romantic Suspense]

A Lion by the Mane by Edna Dawes, a pseudonym for Hong Kong-born British author Emma Drummond, is a standalone vintage f/m international romantic suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1977 by Macdonald & Jane’s Publishers.

The story takes place in South Africa during the 1970s, starring an English veterinary surgeon headed to a game reserve in Transvaal, and the headstrong local pilot in charge of the disastrous flight there, which is only the beginning of the dangerous journey that awaits them.

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[Free eBook] The Frenchwoman by Rosalind Laker [Vintage Regency Historical Romance]

The Frenchwoman by Rosalind Laker, a pseudonym for the late British author Barbara Øvstedal, an historical novelist whose American editor was former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is a standalone vintage f/m Regency historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1977 by Macdonald & Jane’s Publishers.

The story stars a Frenchwoman escaping the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars as an exile in Norfolk, with her betrothal to a cold stranger complicated by the passionate attraction she shares with his elder brother, sparking a potentially deadly struggle between them.

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[Free eBook] My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts [Jacobean Historical Romantic Comedy]

My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts is the 1st novel in the Highland Spies series of f/m historical romantic comedy with suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

The series takes place in the early 17th century during the reign of King James I of England and VI of Scotland, starring English spies of the Walsingham family (apparently meant to be related to historical Elizabethan spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham) and the Scottish highlanders encountered as part of their secret missions.

This one stars a stubborn laird suspected of being involved in a plot against the Crown, and the Lady who goes undercover as his son’s new governess to infiltrate his household and discover the truth.

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[Free eBook] The Rice Dragon by Elizabeth Darrell [Historical Adventure Romance]

The Rice Dragon by Elizabeth Darrell, a pseudonym for Hong Kong-born British author Emma Drummond is a standalone f/m historical adventure romance novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1980 by MacDonald Futura and appears to have been revised by the author in 2001.

The story takes place in China during the mid-19th century as the expanding British Empire encroaches upon it, starring a professor’s spinster daughter who is swept away from London due to a promise made to her deceased brother by his Crimean War buddy, only to find herself in conflict with him as he pursues his soldierly destiny when troubles arise even as she becomes more intrigued with exploring the mysteries of a local temple.

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[Free eBook] My Fair Lord by Wilma Counts [Regency Historical Romance]

My Fair Lord by Wilma Counts is the 1st novel in the Once Upon a Bride series of f/m Regency historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Press imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The series is centred around a group of women, friends since their schoolgirl days bonding over books, who each find their happily ever after.

The story is a reverse take on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion (adapted as the musical My Fair Lady), starring an earl’s daughter who takes her stepsister’s challenge to transform a simple dockworker into a society gentleman for the marriage mart.

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