Top Reads to Celebrate the Fourth of July!

The passionate adventure, steamy romance, and clashing loyalties of the American Revolution still reverberate nearly 250 years later. For those who want to relax with a good book instead of sweltering over a hot grill or waving flags at a passing parade, I’ve put together a list of delicious reads that take you back to America’s struggle for independence!

the raider

In colonial New England, the British are hunting a fearless, masked patriot whose daring foils them at every turn. He’s known simply as the Raider.

Jessica Taggert, a proud-tempered beauty, thrills to the Raider’s scorching midnight embrace, but despises Alexander Montgomery, the drunken town buffoon.

In truth, the cleverly disguised Montgomery lives two lives…and only his triumph over the hated Redcoats will free him, at last, to know the full pleasure of Jessica’s love.

rebel-redcoat

She thought she was about to die when her family’s farm came under attack. Instead, a handsome stranger rode to her rescue and took a bullet to save her. But when the bloodshed and terror were over, Josephine Armstrong discovered that the man she owed her life to was a British soldier. She could not betray Lt. Col. Damien Powell—not after what he’d done for her. But she would pay dearly for harboring the enemy, forced to prove her patriotism by becoming the rebels’ most beautiful spy.

When he saw the lovely, young woman struggling with her captor, Damien didn’t care which side of the bloody war she was on. He only knew that he had never seen such an incredible mixture of extraordinary beauty and raw courage in his life. Yet Damien couldn’t know that one day this innocent farm girl was destined to betray him. She would become Charles Town’s most irresistible spy, dazzling officers with her charms even as she stripped them of their strategic secrets. But when a twist of fate brings Josephine back into his life again, Damien will gamble everything on the chance that he can make this exquisite rebel surrender…if only in his arms.

midnight

In a time of peril, she fears nothing—except the forbidden passions of her heart.

In Boston, revolution is in the wind—yet none would ever suspect Faith Kingston of treason. But under cover of darkness, the beautiful daughter of a Tory tavern owner becomes the notorious spy “Lady Midnight,” passing valuable secrets to the rebels. Dedicated to fighting British tyranny, she’ll let nothing distract her— until a dark, mesmerizing stranger enters her life.

A reckless, worldly adventurer, Nicholas Grey has returned to troubled Massachusetts seeking revenge for the death of his rebel father. He suspects a local innkeeper, but it’s the man’s breathtaking, ebony-skinned daughter who has truly captured his interest. Nicholas burns for the sensuous, secretive lady—and Faith cannot mask her own blazing desires. But when destiny unites their causes, the passion that draws Midnight into Nicholas’s arms is as dangerous as it is glorious—and it could spell disaster for them both.

the-charade

Honor, freedom, liberty…those were mere words to Katie Armstrong, a savvy thief and indentured servant on the run in colonial Boston. For the sake of survival, she agreed to a British lord’s bribe: unmask the identity of the patriot known as John Smith, or be returned to her brutal master. But soon the cagey John Smith was making the same threat — unless she spied for him. Katie planned to play both men against each other…until, masquerading as Smith’s mistress, she lost her heart to the seductive stranger she had set out to undo.

Ethan Harding’s steely heart was ready to risk anything to end British tyranny — even if it meant taking on the false identity of John Smith, putting his own life in jeopardy, or blackmailing a beautiful and terrified young woman. And if that woman’s angelic face made other men spill their secrets, so much the better. But now, Katie Armstrong’s charms were about to betray his heart and his cause — and his desire for the elusive temptress would turn the tables on everyone and everything he had pledged to protect.

passion-ransom

Pirate captain Raider Prescott gets more than he had bargained for when he kidnaps supposed heiress Blythe Woolrich, as he discovers that her family too poor to pay a ransom and the young lady turns out to be a fiery but charming handful.

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6 thoughts on “Top Reads to Celebrate the Fourth of July!

  1. Miss Bates is Canadian, but really appreciates your list. She didn’t know these titles, but will definitely look for them. There’s one more that spans both our countries, if fickle memory doesn’t fail: Sara Donati’s INTO THE WILDERNESS. Happy Independence Day!

  2. What a fantastic list! i haven’t read any of them and I want them all! Thanks so much for putting this post together! (BTW, Into the Wilderness is about twenty years after the Revolution, but it is one of my all-time faves!)

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