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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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Dukes and Duchesses in Disguise
Regency Anthologies 

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Duchesses in Disguise

Three 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.

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“Duchess in the Wild” by Grace Burrowes

Sir Greyville Trent has clear goals when he returns from years in the Amazon jungle: Avoid polite society long enough to publish his scholarly journals and then locate another wealthy patron, for Grey’s science is all that keeps his family’s fortunes afloat. A reclusive friend offers him a writing retreat at an estate on the Yorkshire Dales, and all progresses satisfactorily… until Francesca Pomponio is stranded at the same estate.

Francesca is no stranger to eccentric genius, having presided over an eclectic ducal court in Italy for years. In Grey, she sees not only the celebrated explorer, but also the tired traveler, conscientious friend, and honorable gentleman. She sees as well that science has been a jealous mistress to Grey, and that he is as lonely as Francesca is. Will they set out on a mutual expedition in search of true love, or turn their interlude on the dales into a failed experiment in folly?

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“To Tempt a Duchess” by Emily Greenwood

Olivia, Duchess of Coldbrook, has made a satisfying life for herself since being widowed—a life that has no room for such nonsense as London rakes.  So when fate strands her in the company of Kit Stirling, the most reprehensible rogue in the ton, she’s certain she won’t be the least bit tempted by his charms.  Since she’s traveling in the guise of a commoner, she’s equally—and happily—certain that he’ll have no interest in her.

Kit has spent years cultivating a reputation for wickedness, and at first sight, he takes Olivia for that most boring of women:  a prudish spinster.  But close quarters have a way of tampering with certainties, and soon this mysterious lady has become a bewitching puzzle to him—and one only love may solve.

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“The Love of His Life” by Susanna Ives

Roguish Nathaniel Stratton would have been embarrassed to admit to London society that he loved Mary Alice, a chubby, freckled-faced merchant’s daughter in her first season. In an attempt to shove her from his heart, he had cruelly insulted her in a crowded ballroom. Yet, the unforgiveable cut, followed by years away at war, did little to dampen his desire for her. Now he is back in England and determined to be a better man. Knowing he can never have Mary Alice, he prefers to rusticate at his estate, sponsoring scholars and scientists while trying to earn the trust of his illegitimate daughter.

Stratton’s insult had turned Mary Alice’s season into a nightmare until the Duke of Pymworth asked for her hand. Now a young widow with three children, Her Grace can’t imagine loving another man as much as the late duke. Then a carriage accident leaves her injured and in the powers of her old enemy: Stratton. Has time healed her wounds from that first season or just reopened them? Read an excerpt from “The Love of His Life.

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Dukes in Disguise

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.

“His Grace of Lesser Puddlebury” by Grace Burrowes
Connor, Duke of Mowne, has been injured in a most delicate location, and needs a place to heal far from the eyes of Polite Society. When he takes refuge with the independent and impecunious Julianna St. Bellan, he suspects his wound was in truth caused by Cupid’s arrow!
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“Duchess of Light” by Susanna Ives
In a tangle of lies and disguises, a brokenhearted duke and a desperate miss find truth in love.
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“Kiss Me, Your Grace” by Emily Greenwood
Rowan, Duke of Starlingham, thinks love is for fools, though when he arrives at his hunting box to find an alluring but puzzlingly uncooperative woman pretending to be his cousin, he realizes he may be a victim of the most absurd malady of all: love at first sight.
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Wicked Little Secrets Series

Victorian romantic comedies

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Wicked Little Secrets Series – Book III
Sourcebooks Casablanca

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.

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Wicked, My Love

Wicked Little Secrets Series – Book II
Sourcebooks Casablanca

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 Series – Book I
Sourcebooks Casablanca

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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Regency 

Rakes and Radishes

Carina Press

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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International Editions

I Segreti Di Un Lord

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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