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Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances

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Love in the time of Hamilton…

On October 14, 1781, Alexander Hamilton led a daring assault on Yorktown's defenses and won a decisive victory in America's fight for independence. Decades later, when Eliza Hamilton collected his soldiers' stories, she discovered that while the war was won at Yorktown, the battle for love took place on many fronts...

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Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Amazon Digital Services
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☙ percy ❧
Apr 08, 2018 marked it as tbr-priority
one is m/f, one is m/m, and one is f/f, which is literally fucking exactly what i expect when i hear the words "trio of romances."

GIVE. IT. TO. ME.
Leseparatist
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, earc
I guess I'll need to make a few caveats here: firstly, that I read this as an ARC from NetGalley, courtesy of the authors, publisher and so on, in exchange for an honest review. Secondly, that I am both quite familiar with Hamilton-the-musical (see also road trip sing-alongs) and probably not a very representative fan (in that Hamilton is one of my least favourite parts of Hamilton and I find his appeal kind of baffling). So to me the fact that Hamilton is the marketing hook and the thread conne ...more
K.J. Charles
Mar 12, 2018 added it
Shelves: f-f, m-f, m-m
A linked set of romance novellas off the hook of Hamilton's widow looking for reminiscences of her husband.

I absolutely loved Rose Lerner's story about a woman who fakes her own death to flee her miserable marriage, joins the army in men's clothing, and is reunited with her husband when he turns out to be spying for the Patriots in her memory. It's a brilliant romance about a forthright, prickly woman seething with resentment about the treatment of both women and Jews, and a man who really is d
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Shira Glassman
First of all, I have to say that despite how much I enjoyed the lesbian story that concludes this valuable trio of historical romance, I think I did myself a disservice by starting with it. It wasn't until I'd read the other two stories that I realized that the woman who stars in it, Mercy, is a framing device for the other two stories. In other words, the premise of the collection is that Alexander Hamilton's widow is searching for reminiscences of his days on the battlefield, and her secretary ...more
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
America in 2017 and America in 1781 aren't so dissimilar. Brutal and heinous and unjust. Yet for all her ugliness, America is also beautiful and resilient and hopeful. This anthology captures that essence. It reminded me that while America may be messy, she is mine. And she is worth fighting for.



Unless they are revisiting an established couple, I don’t usually rate novellas 5 stars. The reason is simple: I’m greedy. I want more development than a novella can deliver. And, truth be told, I felt t
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Claire
OK THIS IS ACTUALLY ELEVENTY BILLION STARS, NOT FIVE AS INDICATED ABOVE.

Since this review is basically a keysmash, I'll just skip to the end and tell you that:

1) it really is as good as you'd expect from the plot summaries and authors;

2) it is QUEER and WONDERFUL and @@*(#$)@#U@#)U;

3) the first novella, Promised Land, FUCKED ME UP. As in, I cried. A lot. Multiple times, while reading it. Had to take breaks. Because...

4) I am a girl who talks too much and has a whole, whole lot of emotional
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Xan West
A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I found these romance novellas very satisfying as romances, and loved the collection as a whole. Each of the stories was very high quality, which is rare in my experience of novella collections, though not surprising given the tremendous talents involved. I really appreciated that this collection was cross orientation; it was amazing to read these stories as connected to each other.

I read this on the strength
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Ashley
This book is actually three novellas, all written under the umbrella premise of Eliza Hamilton collecting stories about her husband, Alexander, in service of recording his legacy. I enjoyed all three of the novellas, but I definitely enjoyed Courtney Milan's the most (not really surprised there). I'm also not really surprised that I enjoyed Alyssa Cole's the least, as I've not had great luck with her books in the past. But overall, this is a solid trio of romances, set in a time period I don't u ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Rec-ed by Cat Sebastian.
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
Hamilton's Battalion is one of the greatest romance anthologies out there. It's written by three of my favorite romance authors: Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan and Alyssa Cole. I feel so blessed that we get a bundle of stories by these three together.

It also develops around Eliza Hamilton recollecting stories about her husband, Alexander Hamilton, when they were fighting the battle of Yorktown more or less. We get Rose Lerner's story first and I give that: 4.5/5 stars. To be honest all of them are
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Maria Rose
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not that familiar with Alexander Hamilton. In my defense, I’m Canadian, so he’s not a historical figure I had to learn about in school (if anything, it would have been the British side of the American War of Independence). However, there’s no denying that the extremely popular musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the revolution Mr. Hamilton was part of have inspired the writers of this set of novellas to imagine their characters as part of a resistance ...more
Shan(Littleirishbookcat)
This was an adorable collection of three romances.

Promised Land

Follows the story of Ezra Jacobs a soldier in Hamilton’s battalion keeping a secret. Ezra is really a women named Rachel, and a captured spy turns out to be her husband who after she faked her death is very much shocked to see her alive. The MCs are both Jewish and this m/f Romance was to die for.

The Prusit Of...

“Their eyes met, and Henry felt a current sweep through him. Him., Henry thought, one hand going to his heart. him. “
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Jen Davis
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This anthology cashes in on the popularity of Hamilton with a trio of love stories against the backdrop of characters marginalized by race, religion, and sexuality. I haven’t seen the musical that has captured the hearts of so many, but you really don’t need to be familiar with it to understand what’s going on here. Eliza Hamilton is collecting stories from her husband’s soldiers after his death about their history with him. Hamilton, the Yorktown, and the Revolutionary are the threads that hold ...more
Stephanie
When I found out that three of my favorite adult romance authors in the world were releasing an anthology of historical romance novellas about couples connected to Alexander Hamilton, I was excited. But when I actually started reading it, I was blown away. These novellas are FANTASTIC.

Rose Lerner's "Promised Land" is about a married couple who run into each other by surprise in the middle of the war - which is particularly surprising to the husband, Nathan, as he'd thought his wife Rachel was de
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K.
Trigger warnings: war, racism, mentions of slavery and antisemitism. That's about it?

4.5 stars.

Y'all should know by now that I am 100% Hamilton trash, and I will read pretty much anything that involves AHam in any way. After being massively disappointed by Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz (it's an extreme snoozefest, don't waste your money), I was somewhat sceptical about this one.

And then it turned out to be a hell of a lot of fun.

The first story features a Jewish woman who's disguised h
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Shelly
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An utterly wonderful diverse collection of 3 short novellas that were all super swoony and definitely well-written. I haven’t read books by these authors before (I’ve been meaning to forever though!!) and this collection only makes me want to read all their backlist books.
Amanda
I’m a maaaaaassive fan of Hamilton (the musical), so when I learned about this anthology, I was incredibly excited. Courtney Milan is one of my favorite writers and she’s been slow to publish new historical romance. Alyssa Cole is an author I have grown to love from the few books of hers I’ve read, and Rose Lerner is an author whom I’ve been intending to read but hadn’t yet.

Despite the framework of Eliza Hamilton collecting stories about Alexander Hamilton for a biography, this book has little t
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Chasia Lloyd
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew I wanted this book as soon as I heard about it - a historical romance anthology of Hamilton-related stories written by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole? Oh my God. Yes. I was screaming when I got the e-ARC.

This book did not disappoint. These stories are very true to the spirit of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton - giving a voice to the under-represented people who have been largely ignored by history. Jewish people, Black people, queer people, folks with intersectional marginaliz
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Lo
please tell your friends that i am screaming!!!! about this


POST READ EDIT PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS THAT I AM SCREAMING ABOUT THIS AND WILL BE SCREAMING ABOUT IT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND THAT ROMANCE IS THE GREATEST THING ON EARTH FREEDOM AND LOVE ARE THE ONLY THINGS THAT MATTER AND I AM CRYING AS WE SPEAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Promised Land by Rose Lerner -- 3/5

The Pursuit of... by Courtney Milan -- 4/5

That Could be Enough by Alyssa Cole -- 4/5

An excellent trio of stories told by three capable and clever authors.

Hamilton's Battalion starts with the story of Rachel Corporal Ezra and Nathan's wartorn loyalties, chemistry, and old grievances. The novel then continues with the unlikely romance of a white British officer and a black freedman fighting for the side of the colonies. There is cheese (both literal and figurati
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Korey
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a strong anthology. I have read and enjoyed each of these authors in the past so I wasn't surprised to enjoy this.

My favorite story was the first, written by Lerner. It was rich with historical detail about battlefield conditions and Judaism, and I was passionately invested in the success of Nathan and Rachel's relationship. Since this is a second chance romance (Rachel and Nathan were married, have problems, Rachel fakes her own death to enlist in the army cross dressing as a man) you
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Miranda
Sep 23, 2017 marked it as wish-list
I've often thought that a lot of the books trying to cash in on Hamilton's success fail to see what made it succeed in the first place: Putting PoC in parts of history that they often don't see themselves in. (There are other numerous reasons, of course, but that is a large one imo.)

Romances that center people often ignored in media, set during Hamilton's time? That's getting the point quite beautifully.
Kelly
I preordered this collection after hearing about Rose Lerner's story, which involves a young woman dressing as a man to fight against the British. Sign me up! While I did enjoy Lerner's story, and Alyssa Cole's story (f/f), the standout in this collection was Courtney Milan's In Pursuit Of...

Henry Latham is the sort of character who could so easily be overdone. He's talkative and has a hundred weird quirks. Yet, for me, Milan struck just the right balance between earnestness, fault, goodness, an
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Ana
I enjoyed all three stories, but I think the second one needed to be longer.
G.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5
I'm usually not a huge fan of anthologies, but this one is pretty solid.
Elena
Interracial gay Revolutionary War romance inspired by Hamilton and written by my favorite author?

retro
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I know that, as time periods go, the Revolutionary War is a big deal for some people. I'm not one of them, so this particular historical setting wasn't a big draw for me. That said, I did enjoy Hamilton: the musical back when it was a thing, so the though of Eliza Hamilton collecting these stories because they happen to be tangentially connected to her (dead) husband gave me a bunch of feels.

Overall, all three stories are really, really good. They're a diverse bunch, featuring heroes and heroin
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Jasmine
Feb 25, 2018 is currently reading it
Shelves: indie, romance
Promised Land, by Rose Lerner

Delightful. Offering someone a certificate of divorce was never so romantic. (Sincerely, it's great.)

Rose Lerner has a fantastic way of taking me back to historical periods I thought I knew and showing me it from another angle. I've read about the American Revolution, for example here. But I hadn't realized how often I'd read from the POV of people who were talking from a period of pretty huge social and economic privilege. And how I'd never read a story about someo
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Laura
PROMISED LAND by Rose Lerner -- ★★★★★
THE PURSUIT OF... by Courtney Milan -- ★★★★★
THAT COULD BE ENOUGH by Alyssa Cole -- ★★★★★
feux d'artifice
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
so perfect. i kept on trying to draw out the experience by reading this slowly, but alas, i have reached the end.

will come back with better thoughts on all the novellas but 100% would recommend
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