REGENCY THERAPY by Lisa H. Catmull
SERIES: The Jane Austen Vacation Club #2
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Saltair Press
RELEASE DATE: February 7, 2023
My publisher invited me to attend an all-expenses paid writing retreat at the posh new Hartfield Regency Resort in Loveland, Colorado. Carole isn’t nice like that—there must be a catch.
There is. His name is Ryder Hawk, the outlaw leader of the all-male Western writers who work for the same publishing company. He thinks he’s agreed to attend an all-expenses-paid week at a dude ranch.
Yeah, no. Carole has other ideas. She wants to break into the cowboy romance market. If I want to renew my writing contract, I have to do more than put up with Ryder and his gang of cowboy cronies for a week. We have to write together.
The problem is, Ryder and I have a history.
And it’s more like war than peace.
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Anyone who thinks that ‘sweet’ romance means ‘no heat’ needs to read Regency Therapy by Lisa H. Catmull. The chemistry between Ryder and Lucy is off. the. charts, and I’m still fanning from some of their scenes. They take ‘leaning’ (any While You Were Sleeping fans out there?) to a whole other level, and there were several moments where I legit forgot to breathe. Don’t worry, though, it’s still completely clean and their heat level is comparable to kissing scenes from Jody Hedlund, Becky Wade, and Pepper Basham.
It’s also a lot of fun. The premise involves a publisher’s retreat for her two groups of writers – the clean, sweet romance authors & the western authors. The groups think they are going to a Jane Austen themed resort and a dude ranch, respectively, but their publisher surprises them by combining both groups to learn from each other in an attempt to help dwindling sales. This leads to all sorts of banter and comedic moments, especially between Lucy and Ryder. From sticking doors and K-pop dances to unexpected dips in the pool and a swoony bet, I grinned a lot throughout this story, not the least of which was watching the authors take turns feeling like fish out of water. The tongue-in-cheek references to the life & process of a sweet romance author were fun too.
Bottom Line: Regency Therapy is definite feel-good therapy for readers! Bickerflirting has rarely been so fun, and the sparks between Ryder and Lucy could light up the darkest room. I chuckled, I grinned, I swooned, I fanned… but I also got really emotionally invested in these characters and even shed a few tears at a key angsty moment. If you love romcoms, Jane Austen, cowboys, swoony chemistry, and While You Were Sleeping, you’ll love Regency Therapy too!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Austenprose PR. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / so much fun!
KissingBook Level: 4 / keep those fans & fainting couches handy!
Lisa Catmull writes sweet contemporary romances and clean and wholesome romances in the Victorian era. Her books have been nominated for Swoony, RONE, and Whitney awards.
She taught Middle School English and History for seven years before pursuing screenwriting and writing. She currently lives between a canyon and a lake in Utah with her husband, two cats, and two rambunctious children.
Her books can be found on Amazon and are always free for Kindle Unlimited readers.
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