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Frail

A Victorian Love Story

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London socialite Helena Gillingham’s world is turned upside down when her father takes his own life after his fraudulent crimes are revealed. Cast from society and suddenly penniless, Helena must relocate to the Welsh mountains, only to learn that her new neighbor is none other than the notorious madman Theodotus Mallory. But is Theo really as mad as London society says?

Theo, tormented by the horrors he witnessed during the Crimean War, has finally found serenity in living a simple life tending to his gardens. Helena’s unexpected presence shatters that peace, for he harbors the devastating secret that led to her misfortunes. Now she is destitute and frightened because of him… and he can’t deny his mounting attraction to the beautiful young woman. Can he pursue a life with Helena, all the while knowing his role in her downfall?

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Marquesses at the Masquerade

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An unmarried marquess is a sorry creature. Hounded by matchmakers, waltzed off his handsome feet by debutantes, importuned by impoverished relations and impecunious friends… How he wishes he could be somebody else, if only for one night. Grace Burrowes, Susanna Ives, and Emily Greenwood team up to present three novellas, each of which features a marquess who attends a masquerade ball for all the wrong reasons, and finds that true love can see through any disguise.

Read an excerpt of  “The Governess and the Norse God” by Grace Burrowes

Read an excerpt of “Once Upon a Ball” by Emily Greenwood

Read an excerpt of “Only Unto Him” by Susanna Ives

 

 

Duchesses in Disguise

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DuchessInDisguiseW300Three young, wealthy titled women decide to spend the social Season admiring the bucolic splendor of the Yorkshire Dales rather than dodging fortune hunters and scandalmongers in London. A fine plan–until the ladies’ traveling coach lands in a muddy ditch, and foul weather strands them at the estate of Colonel Nathanial Stratton. As luck (or Cupid?) would have it, Nathaniel and his two friends, Kit Stirling and Greyville Trent, also have no patience with matchmaking and romance… or so they insist.

Read an excerpt of “Duchess in the Wild” by Grace Burrowes

Read an excerpt of  “To Tempt A Duchess” by Emily Greenwood

Read an excerpt of “The Love of His Life” by Susanna Ives

Dukes in Disguise

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Grace Burrowes, Emily Greenwood, and Susanna Ives team up to bring you three Regency novellas, each featuring a young, wealthy duke who must spend two weeks masquerading as a commoner in the bucolic backwater of Lesser Puddlebury. Disaster will rain down if their graces’ titled status become public knowledge. Fortunately for our heroes, true love is no respecter of rank.

Read an excerpt of “His Grace of Lesser Puddlebury ” by Grace Burrowes

Read an excerpt of “Duchess of Light” by Susanna Ives

Read an excerpt of “Kiss Me, Your Grace” by Emily Greenwood

 

How to Impress a Marquess

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Wicked Little Secrets Series – Book III

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Take One Marquess. Proper, put-upon, dependable, but concealing a sensitive artist’s soul.
Add One Bohemian lady. Creative, boisterous, unruly, but secretly yearning for a steadfast love, home, and family.
Stir In a sensational serialized story that has society ravenous for each installment.
Combine With ambitious guests at an ill-fated house party hosted by a treacherous dowager possessing a poison tongue.
Shake until a stuffy marquess and rebellious lady make a shocking discovery: the contents of their hearts are just alike.
Take A Sip. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll never want this moving Victorian love story to end.

“Ives’ latest endlessly engaging Victorian-set historical is a droll delight, and the witty banter Ives devises for her heroine and hero perfectly complements the abundance of sexy chemistry this made-for-each-other couple shares.”– Booklist

“This is a jolly good read with plenty of conflict and banter.”– Publishers Weekly

A charming romance about the ways in which words can divide lovers-and unite them.” — Kirkus

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Wicked, My Love

Wicked Little Secrets Series – Book II
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A smooth-talking rogue and a dowdy financial genius

Handsome, silver-tongued politician Lord Randall doesn’t get along with his bank partner, the financially brilliant but hopelessly frumpish Isabella St. Vincent. Ever since she was his childhood nemesis, he’s tried-and failed-to get the better of her.

Make a perfectly wicked combination

When both Randall’s political career and their mutual bank interests are threatened by scandal, he has to admit he needs Isabella’s help. They set off on a madcap scheme to set matters right. With her wits and his charm, what could possibly go wrong? Only a volatile mutual attraction that’s catching them completely off guard…

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“Wicked Little Secrets are Ives’ forte, but it’s the laugh-out-loud humor and slapstick comedy that will have readers crying with joy. Ives’ sprightly repartee adds to the merriment, yet the poignancy that lies beneath will touch readers’ hearts. Ives delivers on every level.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick! – 2015 RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards Nominees – Historical Love & Laughter Category

“Sensuous foreplay heats up the pages but never overtakes the captivating story or the charming, witty characters.” — Publishers Weekly

“WICKED, MY LOVE made me feel as if I had died and gone to book heaven! What a fun, fabulous book!” — Fresh Fiction

Wicked Little Secrets

Wicked Little Secrets Series – Book I
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It’s Not Easy Being Good…

Vivacious Vivienne Taylor has finally won her family’s approval by getting engaged to the wealthy and upright John Vandergrift. But when threatened by a vicious blackmail scheme, it is to her childhood friend that Vivienne turns; the deliciously wicked Viscount Dashiell.

When Being Wicked is so Much More Exciting…

Lord Dashiell promised himself long ago that his friendship with Vivienne would be the one relationship with a woman that he wouldn’t ruin. He agrees to help her just to keep the little hothead safe, but soon finds that Vivienne has grown up to be very, very dangerous to all of Dash’s best intentions.

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“With Wicked Little Secrets’ intriguing plot, quirky characters, witty escapades and heartfelt dialogue, Ives has created a read that’s as thought-provoking as it is romantic. The combination of an art theft, a blackmail scheme, a scintillating naughty diary and plenty of adventure turn the ordinary into innovative entertainment. Keep your eye on Ives. 4 1/2 Stars”– 2013 RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Awards – First Historical Romance Nominee!

“Vivienne and Dashiell are joyfully silly, but deft sensuality and love turns the novel, crooning, cross-dressed hero and all, in a love story that is a pleasure to read.” — Eloisa James’ Best of 2013 list in the Barnes and Noble Review – Reading Romance column.

“It has almost everything in one book, romance, lust,and a mystery that keeps you sitting on the end of your seat. I would not pass up this read!” — Fresh Fiction

“I have to applaud Susanna Ives for her work in Wicked Little Secrets. I have never, ever laughed so hard or swooned so much while reading a historical romance…To be able to meld the vivid characters and complex scheme as this author did earned her a Best Book in my eyes. If you love historical romances, then this book is a must!” — Long and Short Reviews

Rakes and Radishes

Carina Press

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When Henrietta Watson learns that the man she loves plans to marry London’s most beautiful and fashionable debutante, she plots to win him back. She’ll give him some competition by transforming her boring bumpkin neighbor, the Earl of Kesseley, into a rakish gothic hero worthy of this Season’s Diamond.

After years of unrequited love for Henrietta, Kesseley is resigned to go along with her plan and woo himself a willing bride. But once in London, everything changes. Kesseley, long more concerned with his land than his title, discovers that he’s interested in sowing wild oats as well as radishes. And Henrietta realizes that gothic heroes don’t make ideal husbands. Despite an explosive kiss that opens her eyes to the love that’s been in front of her all along, Henrietta must face the possibility that Kesseley is no longer looking to marry at all.

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“Once in a while, I read a book that’s so emotive that I find myself thinking about it long after I have put it down and Rakes and Radishes, with its theme of love and forgiveness, is such a book.” — The Romance Reviews

International Editions

I Segreti Di Un Lord

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Inghilterra, 1819 – Quando l’uomo di cui è innamorata si fidanza con un’altra, Henrietta, avida lettrice di romanzi gotici, ordisce un piano per riprenderselo: trasformare il vicino di casa in un eroe dal fascino maledetto capace di portare scompiglio nella coppia che si è appena formata. Il prescelto, però, Thomas, Conte di Kesseley, non è certo la persona più adatta! Appassionato di agricoltura e del tutto privo di fascino, è l’esatto contrario del bel tenebroso in cui lei vuole trasformarlo. Ma poi, pur essendo inizialmente restio a calarsi nel ruolo, Kesseley porta alla luce un aspetto oscuro e trasgressivo di sé. Ed Henrietta finisce per diventare vittima delle sue stesse macchinazioni…

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