What is Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. Since Tin and Mary C. are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, they've decided to focus on this beloved genre.
Here are the rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 2008.
THIS WEEK I AM FEATURING...
The Perfect Waltz by Anne Gracie
(Merridew Sisters #2)
Published: November 1, 2005
He came in search of a convenient bride...
London's Ball of the Season is hardly the milieu for society black sheep Sebastian Reyne. But his younger sisters are in desperate need of care, and Sebastian is seeking a practical, down-to-earth wife. What he doesn't need is an effervescent sprite like Hope Merridew, a dazzling beauty and the darling of the ton.
...And found love instead.
Who was that mysterious man who devoured Hope Merridew with his eyes? Rumored to be dangerous, and with a mysterious family heritage, the secretive Sebastian proves absolutely seductive to such an impetuous young lady. But was he really the one to make her dream of dancing the perfect waltz with the perfect man come true? Who'd imagine that one dance could ignite a passion so strong that it would seduce all into a delicious intrigue of sensuality and desire?
I haven't read too many of Anne Gracie's books, but this one is always at the top for me in historical romance. I love the twist on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with some hefty social commentary mixed in there. Sebastian is one of the most well-developed romance heroes I've read and Hope is so much more than a pretty face. Plus it has one of my favorite secondary romances ever! It is the second in the series about the Merridew sisters, but I think it can be read as a stand-alone.