New Book Releases from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter
( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.
Courtship and Curses by Marissa Doyle
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan ISBN 978-0-8050-9187-8
Young Adult Regency paranormal
Release Date – August 7, 2012
Sophie’s entrance into London society isn’t what she thought it would be.
Mama isn’t there to guide her. Papa is buried in his work fighting Napoleon.
And worst of all, the illness that left her with a limp, unable to dance at the Season’s balls, also took away her ability to do magic. When dashing Lord Woodbridge starts showing an interest in her, Sophie is sure it’s only because he feels sorry for her.
Sophie’s problems escalate when someone uses magic to attack Papa at her first ball of the Season, and it’s soon clear that all the members of the War Office are being targeted. Can Sophie regain her powers, disentangle her feelings for Lord Woodbridge, and save her father…and England?
Kirkus: “A cheery regency fantasy…. Doyle’s gift, on display in earlier historical fantasies (Bewitching Season, 2008, etc.), lies in creating vivid female characters and the bonds between them.”
Pleasures of a Tempted Lady by Jennifer Haymore
Release Date – July, 2012
Grand Central Publishing, 978-0446573160
Captain William Langley knows the ocean well, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers adrift on the cold Irish Sea. The tiny boat carries two passengers: a child–and Meg Donovan, Will’s long-lost love. Meg’s disappearance at sea eight years ago was a devastating blow. Now she’s back, as beautiful as ever, and with secrets as deep as Will’s own . . .
After years held captive by a cold-blooded pirate, Meg has finally escaped with little Jake, the boy she’s come to love as if he were her own. But the pirate wants his revenge–and Meg must do whatever it takes to shield Jake from the madman. Determined not to lose Meg again, Will vows to protect them both, yet Meg can’t risk putting the only man she’s ever loved in danger. With the threat to her safety growing, and her passion for Will burning brighter every day, surrendering herself to Will might be a pleasure too tempting to resist . . .
“4.5 stars, HOT! Readers have been eagerly awaiting this sequel to Confessions of an Improper Bride, in order to finally uncover the truth about Meg Donovan’s “death.” Haymore creates a highly satisfying answer, drawing the reader in with wonderfully realistic characters, adventure, passion and unexpected plot twists while crafting another delightful entry in the Donovan series.” (RT Book Reviews )
SWEET DECEPTION by Heather Snow
NAL Signet Eclipse, ISBN 978-0451237606
Regency Historical with Mystery
Release Date – August 7, 2012
Lady criminologist, Miss Emma Wallingford, unknowingly finds herself tangled in the dangerous mission of Lord Derick Aveline, a spy who also happens to be her long lost first love. But when deception, however sweet, is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love—and every life—is at risk. (Second in the Veiled Seduction Series).
“Grabs reader attention from the very beginning. Snow’s intriguing, brilliant heroine is fascinated by investigation, justice and forensic science, and she’s up against a man who is more than he seems. Snow adds the spice of seduction to the thrill of the chase, leaving readers anticipating the surprising climax.” –RT Book Reviews
“SWEET DECEPTION is an unpredictable unabashedly intelligent historical romance that, for me, surpassed SWEET ENEMY. Loved it!” – Manic Readers
RACING WITH THE WIND by Regan Walker
Release Date : Late July or Early August
Type of Regency: Regency Historical
Quote from reviewer: (on the book’s cover)
“Regan Walker writes great historical romance.” –Virginia Henley, New York Times Bestselling Author
Hugh Redgrave, marquess of Ormond, was warned. Prinny had dubbed Lady Mary Campbell “the Swan,” but no ordinary man could clip her wings. She was a bluestocking hellion, an ill-advised match by every account. Luckily, he sought no bride. His work lay on the continent, where he’d become legend by stealing war secrets from Boney. And yet, his memories of Lady Mary riding her stallion were a thorn in his mind. He was the son of a duke and in the service of the Prince Regent…and he would not be whole until he had won her hand.
It was unheard of for a Regency debutante to postpone her first season, yet Lady Mary had done just that. Far more interested in politics than a husband, she had no time for foolishness or frippery. Already she had assisted her statesman uncle in Paris, and she swore to return to the court of Louis XVIII no matter the danger. Like her black stallion, Midnight, she would always run free. Only the truest heart would race beside her.
Keynote: The intrepid daughter of an earl leaves Regency London for the Parisian court of Louis XVIII, where she finds adventure, mystery, and above all, love.
THE GOVERNESS AND MR GRANVILLE by Abby Gaines
Inspirational – Love Inspired Historical 978-0373829323
Release Date – September 2012
Dominic Granville needs a wife—whether he wants one or not! And governess Serena Somerton intends to find one for him. A marriage of convenience would provide the wealthy widower’s five children with a mother’s tender care. And yet none of Dominic’s prospective brides can meet Serena’s increasingly high standards.
Dominic can’t imagine why his sister hired such an unconventional, outspoken governess. Yet Miss Somerton’s quirks can’t curb his growing interest in this spirited young woman. After his wife’s death, Dominic was sure he couldn’t love again. But faced with the prospect of losing Serena to another, one fact becomes clear. His imperfect governess could be his ideal wife.
SIMPLY VORACIOUS by Kate Pearce
Kensington Aphrodisia – ISBN: 978-0-7582-6946-1
Erotic Regency romance
Release Date – August 2012
With the knowledge that her reputation, and more importantly, her father’s reputation is at stake, Lady Lucinda is happy to accept a proposal of marriage in name only from her best friend Paul St. Clare. But Paul is determined to give Lucinda exactly what she wants from their marriage and is more than willing to find her a man who is worthy of her.
What he doesn’t expect is how perfectly the arrangement satisfies everyone’s desires…
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LOVING LADY MARCIA by Kieran Kramer
St. Martin’s Press 978-1-250-00988-3
Regency Historical (first in the House of Brady series)
Release Date – August 28th 2012
Marcia gets schooled… Of the three Brady sisters, Lady Marcia has always seemed the girl most likely to lead a perfectly charmed life. But after a handsome cad breaks her heart, she swears off love and devotes her life to teaching girls at a private school. In spite of her family’s wish for a London debut, Marcia is happy where she is—until terrible news sends her back to the Brady clan…and into the arms of an unexpected suitor.
On the subject of love. …A dark and dashing earl who knows Marcia’s past, Duncan Lattimore is surprised by what a fascinating and independent woman she’s become. Marcia, too, is surprised—by the fiery attraction she feels for Duncan. But why—why—must he be the brother of the scoundrel who broke her heart? Why must Marcia’s rival at school forbid her from seeing him? How can this lady possibly resist this fellow—when they know that it’s much more than a hunch…?
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