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Nov

Kathryn Kane — Featured Beau Monde Author

Kathryn Kane is today’s Featured Beau Monde Author.

Tuxedo cat with green eyes sniffing a pink rose

Kathryn is a historian and former museum curator who has enjoyed Regency romances since she first discovered them in her teens. She credits the novels of Georgette Heyer with influencing her choice of college curriculum, and she now takes advantage of her knowledge of history to write her own stories of romance in the Regency. She now has a career in the tech industry but she has never lost her love of the period and continues to enjoy reading Regency romance novels and researching her favorite period of English history. Though she was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Kat now lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. She misses the warm sunny winter days of the desert southwest, but access to the rich research collections of the libraries of Boston is some compensation for the snow and cold of New England. Kat is occasionally assisted (or impeded) in her writing by a furry feline friend whose primary responsibilities are neighborhood surveillance and cuteness, at both of which she excels, along with exuberant purring.

Deflowering Daisy is Kathryn’s debut Regency romance. As a play on the title, she has woven a number of snippets of floral history into the story, some of which may be unknown even to life-long Regency aficionados. Others maybe known to some readers, though probably not used in the contexts in which they will be found in this story. An extended excerpt can be found at Kat’s web site.

Find her at KathrynKane.netThe Regency RedingoteKathryn Kane Romance

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November New Releases for Beau Monde Members

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download at The Regency Reader – November 2014.

A Note from the Editor of the Regency Reader

As of release time, we were having problems with the submission form for the newsletter. Please check with the Beau Monde Website for the link for December’s issue, in case we have to create a new form.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Aileen

 

New Releases for November 2014

Cover for A Christmas In Bath by Cheryl Bolen

Cheryl Bolen

A Christmas in Bath (Brides of Bath)
Harper & Appleton Print, eBook, PDF
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

All the characters from the first five Brides of Bath books will be serving up some Christmas cheer in this novella, while Glee Blankenship sharpens Cupid’s arrow.

Unbeknownst to scholarly Jonathan Blankenship, his sister-in-law Glee has decided this Christmas he needs a little push to make him see that his dear friend of four years, Miss Arbuckle, will make his perfect mate.

Sale price of $.99 only for preorders and release day. Thereafter, the price will be $2.99 (digital). Print price is the same.

November 4 2014
http://www.CherylBolen.com

Cover for A Diamond In The Rough by Andrea Pickens

Andrea Pickens

A Diamond in the Rough (The Dangerous Liaisons series)
ePublishing Works!
e-book
Traditional Regency

CAN A DESPERATE LORD AND AN IMPUDENT CADDIE MAKE THE PERFECT MATCH

Miss Derrien Edwards is not a typical Scottish lass. Opinionated and headstrong, she dares go where no woman has gone before—the golf links at St. Andrews. With her bouncy blond curls tucked under a woolen cap and her freckles hidden by smudges of dirt, she satisfied her love of the game by passing as a young caddie—a male caddie!

Adrian, Lord Marquand is not a typical English lord. Careful and self-controlled, he spurns the gaming hells and brothels frequented by other members of the ton in order to engage in his own secret passion of landscape design. But when his wastrel father bets the ancestral estate on a game of golf, it’s up to him to save his beloved home. His trip to Scotland to learn the game throws his well-ordered life into turmoil, especially when he’s paired with an impudent caddie. Secrets swirls, and soon he must decide whether to take a chance on love that is not par for the course.

November 1, 2014
http://www.andreapickensonline.com

Cover for Sweeter Than Sin by Andrea Pickens

Andrea Pickens

Sweeter Than Sin (The Dangerous Liaisons series)
ePublishing Works!
e-book
Traditional Regency

CAN THE HEALING POWER OF CHOCOLATE MEND TWO BROKEN HEARTS?

Her reputation ruined by one impetuous mistake, Lady Kyra Sterling lives as a recluse, determined never to make herself vulnerable to love again. Then she meets Rafael, a half-Spanish, half-English war hero.

Hoping to heal his own inner guilt over the death of his cousin, Rafael has come to England to visit his uncle. He doesn’t expect to strike up friendship with his neighbor, the shy Lady Kyra, but when he coaxes her into helping him translate his Spanish grandmother’s notes and recipes for chocolate, a special bond begin to form. But then the man who ruined and then jilted Kyra returns, demanding marriage and her dowry. Now she must choose: make herself vulnerable again and seek Rafael’s help, or quietly return to her reclusive life and succumb to a loveless marriage.

November 1, 2014
http://www.andreapickensonline.com

Cover for Royal Regard by Marianna Gabrielle

Mariana Gabrielle

Royal Regard
Whaley Digital Press
Historical /Some Sexual Contact

When Bella Holsworthy returns to England after fifteen years roaming the globe with her husband, an elderly diplomat, she quickly finds herself in a position more perilous than any in her travels—the Court of King George IV. As the newly elevated Earl and Countess settle into an unfamiliar life in London, this shy, not-so-young lady faces wicked agendas, society’s censure, and the realities of a woman soon to be alone in England.

Unaccustomed to the ways of the beau monde, she is disarmed and deceived by a dissolute duke and a noble French émigré with a silver tongue. Hindered by the meddling of her dying husband, not to mention the King himself, Bella must decide whether to choose one of her fascinating new suitors or the quiet country life she has searched the world to find.

November 28 2014
http://marichristie.wordpress.com/tag/mariana-gabrielle/

Cover for Tall, Dark, and Royal by Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly

Tall, Dark, and Royal (The Renegade Royals)
Kensington Zebra
eNovella
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

He’s the man behind the mission to track down the illegitimate children of England’s Royal Princes and help them get their due. But his deepest desire is far more personal…

Magnificent and stubborn. Fourteen years apart had not changed Chloe Steele, or Dominic Hunter’s love for her. He’d been a street urchin, a boy raised at court, and finally a magistrate, yet he’d never belonged anywhere–except by her side. Now Chloe devoted herself to girls threatened by scandal–like she had been. But she was in danger, and Dominic was determined to help–and hopefully make up for lost time…

Even in childhood, Dominic had made Chloe feel safe. Now she also felt thrillingly flustered by the powerful man he’d become, and by the longing he inspired. Because Dominic meant not only to protect her, but to untangle the lies that had separated them. Yet for Chloe, surrendering to temptation may be easier than risking a future that could ruin them both…

November 25 2014
http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com

Cover for A Spy Unmasked by Tina Gabrielle

Tina Gabrielle

A Spy Unmasked (The Crown’s Secret Service)
Entangled Publishing
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware–known in society as the new Earl of Kirkland–planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a “guest” at a masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation. Until he’s quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him…

Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice’s shining sword, determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert’s betrothed in order to infiltrate the Inventor’s Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia’s reputation… and both of their lives.

November 10 2014
http://www.tinagabrielle.com

Cover of Lady Elinor's Wicked Adventure's by Lillian Marek

Lillian Marek

Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventures (Victorian Adventurers)
Sourcebooks
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Lady Elinor is searching for treasure

The intrepid Lady Elinor Tremaine is caught up in the Victorian fervor for exploring distant lands. Her travels throw her back in the company of an old friend—this time far from the security of polite society.

And uncovering the secrets of her own heart

Harry de Vaux, Vicount Tunbury, has loved Lady Elinor for as long as he can remember—but his family’s sordid background put her completely out of his reach. Prowling through Etruscan ruins in Italy with Elinor is exquisite torture. She is so close, and so forbidden…

November 4 2014
http://lilmarek.indiemade.com

Cover for Family Plot by Sheri Cobb South

Sheri Cobb South

Family Plot (Another John Pickett Mystery)
Five Star/Cengage
Print, eBook
Genre Type Traditional
Content Rating: Nothing more than kissing

The third installment of the John Pickett series of humorous Regency mysteries finds Bow Street runner Pickett in Scotland investigating a woman found unconscious on the beach—a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the local laird’s daughter, a girl missing and presumed dead for the last fifteen years. Pickett is surprised and gratified to discover that the woman was found by none other than Lady Fieldhurst and her three young nephews—and that her ladyship has registered at the seaside inn as Mrs. Julia Pickett. When old Angus Kirkbride dies only hours after announcing his intention of changing his will in his daughter’s favor, “Mr. and Mrs. Pickett” must join forces to discover the truth about a family reunion suddenly turned deadly.

November 19 2014
http://www.shericobbsouth.com

The Rake's Handbook: Including Field Guide by Sally Orr

Sally Orr

The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide
Sourcebooks
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

The definitive guide to seduction…

The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies—who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook—but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart.

Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.

How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?

November 7 2014
http://sallyorr.com

Cover for It's Never Enough by Cynthia Moore

Cynthia Moore

It’s Never Enough
Ellora’s Cave
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

Lady Selina Durwood has been in love with Lord Robert Crestor since she was a young girl. As the years passed by and their relationship matured, it was assumed by all who knew them they would eventually marry. But before leaving to join the fight against Napoleon, Robert releases her from any such agreement.

Invited to spend the Christmas holidays with her parents at Robert’s family’s estate, Selina agrees to attend believing Robert is still stationed with his cavalry in Brussels. But upon entering the kitchen with her maid for a late-night meal, she unexpectedly encounters Robert.

Through his strange questions and behavior, it becomes clear to Selina that Robert is quite confused about her feelings for him. Will she be able to convince him that he is the only one for her? With a little help, she just might.

November 6 2014

Cover for What A Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara

Ashlyn Macnamara

What A Lady Demands (The Eton Boys Trilogy)
Loveswept
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one.

Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.

November 4 2014
http://ashlynmacnamara.net

Cover for Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne

Joanna Bourne

Rogue Spy (Spymasters)
Berkley
Print, eBook, Audiobook, PDF
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Ten years ago, he was a boy, given the name ‘Thomas Paxton’ and sent by Revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service. Now his sense of honor brings him back to London, alone and unarmed, to confess. But instead of facing the gallows, he’s given one last impossible assignment to prove his loyalty.

Lovely, lying, former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from her safe rural obscurity by threats and blackmail. Dusting off her spy skills, she sets out to track down a ruthless French fanatic and rescue the innocent victim he’s holding—only to find an old colleague already on the case. Pax.

Old friendship turns to new love and Pax and Camille’s dark secrets loom up from the past. Pax is left with the choice — go rogue from the Service or lose Camille forever.

November 4 2014
http://www.joannabourne.com/

Cover for A Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Sammuels

Cassandra Samuels

A Scandalous Wager
Escape Publishing
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Notorious Widow Lisbeth Carslake, Countess of Blackhurst was acquitted of her husband’s murder, but no one believes in her innocence. Known as the Black Raven, bringer of bad luck and death, she is eviscerated by the gossips and mocked in the clubs. She’s also the subject of London’s most scandalous wager.

Oliver Whitely, Earl of Bellamy, needs money, but it takes more than a few drinks to take on The Black Raven Wager. He finds himself drunk, at her house, and – more surprisingly – inside, and agreeing to a business proposal at the end of a fire poker. She will let him win the wager, and he will help find her husband’s killer before the killer finds her. But business agreements don’t mean trust, and Lisbeth certainly doesn’t trust Oliver, her body’s reaction to him, or her heart.

Love may be the biggest gamble of their lives, but is it a wager their hearts can afford to lose?

November 8 2014
http://cassandrasamuels.com

Cover for A Christmas Reunion by Susanna Fraser

Susanna Fraser

A Christmas Reunion
Carina Press
eNovella
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Gabriel Shepherd has never forgotten his humble origins. So when he discovers a war orphan at Christmastime, he resolves to find a home for her—even if that means asking help from the very family who found and raised him, only to cast him out for daring to love the wrong woman.

Lady Catherine Trevilan has spent five years poring over the British Army’s casualty list, dreading the day she sees Gabe’s name. She’s never forgotten him, and she’s never forgiven herself for not running away with him when she had the chance, though she’s agreed to a marriage of convenience with a more suitable man.

When Gabe returns home on Christmas leave just days before Cat’s wedding, a forbidden kiss confirms their feelings haven’t been dimmed by distance or time. But Cat is honor-bound to another, and Gabe believes she deserves better than a penniless soldier with an orphan in tow. How can Cat reconcile love and duty? She must convince Gabe she’d rather have him than the richest lord in all of England…

November 24 2014
http://www.susannafraser.com/

 

Still Available in 2014

Cover for Seducing the Ruthless Rogue by Tammy Jo Burns

Tammy Jo Burns

Seducing the Ruthless Rogue (The Rogue Agents)
Tammy Jo Burns
eBook
Traditional/Some Sexual Contact

As Director of The War Office, Stuart McKenzie, has proven himself capable of making difficult decisions in times of crisis and keeping government secrets safe. When he walks in on someone ransacking his study he quickly moves to apprehend them, only to be tossed on his back as the burglar escapes into the night.

Cassie’s father has become a pawn in the fight against Napoleon. When the enemy kidnaps him, she will do anything it takes to get him back – including stealing government secrets from Stuart McKenzie, the Director of the War Office.

When Cassie is caught, she reluctantly agrees to Mack’s assistance as there is something far more sinister going on. As Mack embarks on his mission, he will find that enemies are often closer than one would think and that sometimes your ally will come in the least likely form. When passion erupts between Mack and Cassie, they find their lives forever altered. But just as they believe their lives to be free of danger, a new threat is lurking about, promising to rip their happiness away from them. Will they be able to trust each other enough to defeat this new threat, or will they be torn apart for all eternity?

October 20 2014
http://www.tammyjoburns.com

Cover for A Scandalous Rogue by Janmarie Anello

Janmarie Anello

A Scandalous Rogue
Janmarie Anello
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Bound by Scandal

Better a rich man’s doxy than a poor man’s wife…or so her father, a dissolute gambler, assures Olivia Hart on the evening he trades her virtue to a scandalous rogue as payment for his debts. Now Olivia’s only hope of salvaging her reputation and safeguarding her sister depends upon a too-handsome scoundrel whose every look, every touch, tempt her to toss aside honor and yield to her passions. She must not succumb…

Tempted by Love

A reclusive nobleman haunted by his past sins, Gabriel Townsend, Lord Beaudeville, wants no new gossip attached to his name as he escorts his sister through her season. When a seemingly random encounter throws a young lady of gentle birth in his path, Gabriel suspects a devious marriage trap. To divert this disaster, he must join forces with a woman he knows he should despise, even as she stirs his desire and awakens long-denied dreams…

As irresistible passion leads to love, a desperate enemy sets out to destroy them. Will they discover the truth behind the nefarious plot? Or will a new scandal prove the ruination of their fragile alliance?

October 6 2014
http://www.janmarieanello.com

Cover for Honor Among Thieves by Elizabeth Boyce

Elizabeth Boyce

Honor Among Thieves (The Honorables)
Crimson Romance
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Grave robbing ain’t no job for a lady…

To pay off her recently deceased brother’s debts, however, Lorna Robbins must take drastic measures. When she happens upon a resurrectionist gang stealing his corpse, she does the unthinkable and joins the criminal outfit to save her family estate and her younger sibling. For the first time in her lonely, duty-driven life, Lorna finds herself leading a treacherous and exciting double existence. By day, she becomes a popular lady of the ton, relying on society gossip to help her body-snatching gang. By night, she becomes the grave robber known only as the Blackbird.

Surgeon and anatomy teacher Brandon Dewhurst relies on resurrectionists to bring him the specimens he needs to further his research on pregnancy. When his usual suppliers become unreliable, and then downright sinister, he’s reluctantly drawn further into the black market. As Lorna and Brandon both target the same body—a pregnant woman who is still very much alive—they find themselves powerfully drawn together time and again while trying to maintain their own respectable facades. But this daring duo is courting danger, and romance is a complication neither can afford.

October 27 2014
http://bluestockingball.blogspot.com/

Cover for The Rebellious Heart by Beppie Harrison

Beppie Harrison

The Rebellious Heart (The Heart Trilogy)
Beppie Harrison
Print, eBook
Historical/Implied Sexual Contact

The Rebellious Heart starts in the summer of 1813 and moves into the winter, a particularly bitter one which plays a major role in the plot. The Rebellious Heart, is the last book of the original Hearts Trilogy, telling the story of Ethan Hawthorne and Melissa Preston, who didn’t want to be in Ireland in the first place.

They are not much taken with each other, either. Ethan will eventually inherit an earldom and Kendall House, so it makes sense to come to Ireland to learn about the estate, but he would rather remain a dashing young blade in London. Melissa has been dispatched to stay with her brother in Ireland by her mother who is at her wits’ end, not knowing how to cope with her daughter’s unwillingness to accept marriage at any price. Reluctant allies, they escape from the estate to Dublin, which has the merits of being a city, but they now have to cope with one another. Love is all around them, but love is not as easy as it looks.

October 13 1995/ October 12, 2014
http://beppieharrison.com
RomancingtheAges.com

Cover for Spy Fall by Diana Quincy

Diana Quincy

Spy Fall (Regency Spymasters)
Diana Quincy
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

When a fiery French parachutist lands on a drunken Lord Cosmo Dunsmore, he surmises she’s an angel sent from above. But is she a spy after something far more sinister than his debauched soul?

A fearless parachutist is out of her depth…

Mari Lamarre is gaining fame for her daring aeronautic endeavors, but her riskiest adventure begins when she collides with the darkly charismatic son of the Marquess of Aldridge. If her mission succeeds, Cosmo’s father will be ruined.

A rakehell falls for a dangerous woman…

Surrendering to a fierce passion, the two embark on a torrid affair, even as Cosmo vows to protect his family at all costs. But in doing so, will he risk losing the captivating beauty who’s swept into his life and made off with his heart?

October 22 2014
http://dianaquincy.com

Cover for Christmas in the Duke's Arms by Shana Galen, Miranda Neville, Carolyn Jewel, and Grace Burroughs

Shana Galen, Miranda Neville, Carolyn Jewel, Grace Burroughs

Christmas in the Duke’s Arms
Print, eBook, eNovella
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Holiday anthology from bestselling authors Grace Burrowes, Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen and Miranda Neville. The Duke’s Arms is an undistinguished little inn in the tiny village of Hopewell-on-Lyft. But one Christmas season sees both inn and village seething with adventure, intrigue, rabbits, and, above all, love as four couples find Yuletide happiness.

October 15 2014
http://holiday-gala.com/index.php

Cover for The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle

Elizabeth Boyle

The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane (Rhymes with Love)
Avon/HarperCollins
Print, eBook, Audiobook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor’s house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her “improvements,” and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he’s scorned society ever since his return…until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.

“RITA Award–winning Boyle (If Wishes Were Earls, 2014) once again displays her deft hand at combining buoyant wit with deep emotion. With its perfectly matched protagonists, surfeit of simmering sexual chemistry, and deliciously amusing cast of secondary characters, the latest addition to the Rhymes with Love series is entrancing in every way.” -Booklist

“The fresh take on Beauty and the Beast and Boyle’s fine storytelling and fabulous characters make this a not-to-be-missed romance. Readers will delight in the sharp dialogue, fast pace, humor and poignancy even as they laugh through their tears.” —Romantic Times, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick!

October 28 2014
http://www.elizabethboyle.com

Cover for The Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman

The Accidental Countess (Playful Brides)
St. Martin’s Press
Print, eBook, Audiobook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

CAN A SCANDALOUS CHARADE

For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.

LEAD TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE?

After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian  discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?

October 28 2014
http://www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com

Cover for The Captain's Dilemma by Gail Eastwood

Gail Eastwood

The Captain’s Dilemma
Gail Eastwood (originally a Signet Regency)
Print/eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

He had already risked everything –except his heart. When captured French army engineer Alexandre Valmont learns why his officer’s parole has been wrongly revoked and he’s been placed in a war prison, he knows returning to France is the only way he can clear his name and restore his honor. On the run after escaping the prison, he has been depending on luck and his wits to avoid recapture. After he crosses paths with the beautiful daughter of a local baron, he becomes the unwilling recipient of her help when he is injured. Merissa Pritchard knows she may be committing treason by helping the handsome Frenchman, but she is drawn to him by forces she hardly understands. Hiding him and keeping her activities secret becomes more and more difficult with the passage of time. And as she comes to know him and falls in love, she also knows she is headed for certain heartbreak. Or is she? Alex wants to go home, not only to restore his name and honor, but also to help rebuild the nation he loves, cast into chaos by Napoleon’s wars. He hasn’t counted on losing his heart in his enemy’s country, or finding himself a wanted man. Can Fate hold any future for him other than heartbreak?

“Charming, suspenseful and romantic… a keeper!” –Affaire de Coeur

“Eastwood turns conventional expectations upside down in the most wonderful ways….a beautiful romance with gentle freshness and irresistible grace.” (4+) –Romantic Times Magazine
September 20 2014
www.gaileastwoodauthor.com

Cover for The Lady from Spain by Gail Eastwood

Gail Eastwood

The Lady from Spain
Gail Eastwood (originally a Signet Regency)
Print/eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissingMasquerading as a Spanish widow, a young woman trapped in Spain during Napoleon’s war returns to England on a dangerous quest. The handsome lord who offers his help makes certain she will need it, for it’s his job to unmask her. Falling in love is not part of his plan to uncover her secrets. Neither is risking her life. After he has lied to, stolen from, and spied upon her, can he hope to win her heart? Can she give up the road to revenge for the risky road of love?

Holt Medallion finalist

“…a wonderful love story full of cleverly plotted intrigue…topped off with an intensely powerful resolution.” (4 ? stars) Romantic Times
September 14 2014
http://www.gaileastwoodauthor.com

Cover for The Courtesan's Book of Secrets by Georgie Lee

Georgie Lee

The Courtesan’s Book of Secrets
Harlequin Historical
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

To save his family legacy, Rafe Densmore must seize a courtesan’s infamous register. No one can ever know how his father betrayed his country! One person stands in Rafe’s way–the beautiful Cornelia, Comtesse de Vane.

In the card rooms of Paris, Rafe and Cornelia made an unbeatable…intimate team. Until, convinced of Rafe’s desertion, desperate Cornelia married an elderly comte. Now, returning to London an impoverished widow, she’ll do anything to possess the register.

Even if that means becoming Rafe’s partner once again….

October 1 2014
http://georgie-lee.com

Cover for Regency Masquerades by Brenda Hiatt, Lynn Kerstan, Allison Lane, Gail Eastwood, Alicia Rasley, and Elena Greene

Brenda Hiatt, Lynn Kerstan, Allison Lane, Gail Eastwood, Alicia Rasley, and Elena Greene

Regency Masquerades
Dolphin Star Press
eBook
Traditional /Inferred Sexual Contact

A boxed set containing six novels from six award-winning authors — Brenda Hiatt, Lynn Kerstan, Allison Lane, Gail Eastwood, Alicia Rasley, and Elena Greene. Each novel features a variation on the theme of masquerade. Whether it’s disguise or deception or secret identities, the characters have reason to mask themselves. But true love can see through even the most elaborate charade. Available at a 99-cent introductory price for kindle, nook, apple, and Kobo readers. For detailed information on the set and its novels, go tohttp://www.facebook.com/RegencyMasquerades

October 13 2014
http://eclectics.com/allisonlane

Cover for Season for Desire by Theresa Romain

Theresa Romain

Season for Desire (Holiday Pleasures)
Kensington Zebra
Print/eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

PROPERLY WICKED

Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once.

Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts—along with kisses that require no mistletoe—and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side…
October 7 2014
http://theresaromain.com

Cover for The Dressmaker's Duke by Jess Russell

Jess Russell

The Dressmaker’s Duke
The Wild Rose Press
Print/eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan, is determined to be the antitheses of his depraved father, repressing his desires so severely he is dubbed “the Monk” by Society. But when Olivia Weston turns up demanding payment for gowns ordered by his former mistress, Rhys is totally flummoxed and inexplicably smitten. He pays her just to remove her from his house, and mind. But logic be damned; he must have this fiercely independent woman.

Olivia’s greatest fear is becoming a kept woman. She has escaped the role of mistress once and vows never to be owned by any man. Rather than make money in the boudoir, she chooses to clothe the women who do. But when a fire nearly kills her friend and business partner, Olivia’s world goes up in smoke and she is forced to barter with the lofty duke.

As their lives weave together, Olivia unravels the man underneath the Monk, while Rhys desires to expose the lady hiding behind the dressmaker. Will his raw passion fan a long-buried ember of hope within her? Can this mismatched pair be the perfect fit?

September 26 2014
http://jessrussellromance.com

22
Oct

Below stairs at Belton House — Lincolnshire   by Jane Lark

Jane Lark, author of a number of historical romances, spent some time at historic Belton House, near Grantham, in Lincolnshire. This great seventeenth century house played the part of the many-windowed mansion of Rosings Park, Lady Catherine de Burgh’s country estate in the 1995 series of Pride and Prejudice. Today, Jane tells us about her tour of the servants’ areas of the great house.

3
Oct

The Unruly Queen:   A Review by Cheryl Bolen

Caroline, Princess of Wales, was not a highly visible presence during the Regency. She had long since separated from her husband, the Prince of Wales by the time he became Regent. In the late summer of 1814, Caroline left England and did not return until her husband had become king. In today’s article, award-winning Regency author, Cheryl Bolen, reviews Flora Fraser’s biography of the Prince Regent’s estranged wife.

23
Aug

Free Mass Publicity:   Press Releases That Get Published   by Cheryl Bolen

In the olden days, an author’s publisher took point on promotion for that author’s books. For the most part, those days are long gone. Today, it is the author who does the bulk of their own promotion. In today’s article, best-selling romance author, Cheryl Bolen, also a former editor and reporter for a community newspaper, explains how authors can write compelling press releases for their local newspapers that will be published. In addition, she also tells us how to submit those press releases. If you can’t afford a publicist, Cheryl gives you a crash course on how you can promote your own books at no cost.

19
Aug

The Regency Sport Utility Vehicle

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

In her debut novel, Deflowering Daisy, romance author, Kathryn Kane, lets her heroine, Daisy, put her importunate suitor in his place by use of a dog-cart. In today’s article, you can learn more about this very handy Regency vehicle.


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How many times have you been reading a novel set in the Regency and come upon characters who ride in or discuss riding in a dog-cart? I have run across a great many over the years, and the descriptions of these vehicles varied widely. So much so I could never get a clear mental picture of a dog-cart. I decided to do some research to learn more about the appearance, use and construction of dog-carts during the Regency. The more I read about them, the more I realized they were often used rather like the SUV of today.

15
Aug

Nineteenth Century House Party by Regina Scott

It is August, which means days are getting shorter, summer is coming to a close and soon it will be time for lots of children to go back to the schoolroom, if they are not there already. In today’s article, romance author, Regina Scott, whose boxed set, Timeless:   Historical Romance Through the Ages, is available now, tells us about the country house parties which often took place in the month of August during the Regency. But these parties were not all bucolic pleasure. Once you know about the many requirements for a guest at one of these parties, would you look for an invitation, or would you settle for the hot and smelly metropolis in August?

11
Aug

August New Releases from Beau Monde Members

August releases from members of the Beau Monde Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download in 
The Regency Reader – August 2014.

Tammy Jo Burns
Taming the Wicked Wulfe (The Rogue Agents)
Tammy Jo Burns
eBook
Traditional/Some Sexual ContactRebekah is forced into a proxy marriage to a man she despises for the sake of her orphaned niece and nephew. Her new husband, Thorn Wulfe, holds the key to all the secrets of her long-buried past.Thorn, considered the Wicked Wulfe by many of the ton, operates one of London’s most notorious gaming hells, the Lady Luck. When his brother is killed, he finds his life turned upside down with a wife he does not want, and two children to care for.When old secrets come to light and enemies make themselves known, Rebekah and Wulfe are going to have to decide what is more important…the past, the present, or the future? Will they be able to learn to trust and love one another along the way? Or will their secrets keep them apart forever?July 15 2014
http://tammyjoburns.com
Julia Blaine
Shot Through the Heart
Julia Blaine
eBook
Traditional/Inferred Sexual ContactSince Galatea Fuller’s birth, she has been betrothed to Lord Harte Whatley. Without fail, he dutifully visits her every Tuesday and Friday. But only on Tuesday and Friday. Surely her
up-coming, magical London Season will kindle love between them, overcoming obligation. Then Harte replaces his younger brother, Pierce, in a duel — with fatal results. A third shooter is hidden in the shrubbery. Who is the intended victim? Believing both shooters are dead, Galatea and Pierce are thrown together. Despite meddling aunts and a mischievous monkey, they attempt to solve the mystery. How can Galatea — or any woman — know who she really loves?July 17 2014
Shana Galen
Love and Let Spy (Lord and Lady Spy)
Sourcebooks
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactHer name is Bonde, Jane Bonde…
A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love…until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife…
Talk, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.August 5 2014
http://www.shanagalen.com
Ashlyn Macnamara
What A Lady Craves (The Eton Boys Trilogy)
Loveswept
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactHenrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.For Alexander, honor always comes first. Only too late does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. What’s more, he is sure the lady craves the same.August 12 2014
http://ashlynmacnamara.net
Katharine Ashe
I Adored a Lord (The Prince Catchers)
Avon Books
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactSnowbound in a castle with a bevy of the ton’s scheming maidens all competing for a prince’s hand in marriage, Ravenna Caulfield’s worst nightmare has come true.Playing babysitter to his spoiled prince of a half-brother and potential brides, Lord Vitor Courtenay is champing at the bit to be gone.When a stolen kiss in a stable leads to a corpse in a suit of armor, a canine kidnapping, and any number of scandalous liaisons, Ravenna and Vitor find themselves wrapped in a mystery they’re perfectly paired to solve. But as for the mystery of love, Vitor’s not about to let Ravenna escape until he’s gotten what he desires . . .July 29 2014
http://www.katharineashe.com
Aileen Fish
A Danby Duet (Danby Summons)
Aileen Fish
Print, eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

The Duke of Danby’s granddaughters are together in one book, now with bonus epilogues!

THE VISCOUNT’S SWEET TEMPTATION:
Lady Harriet Thornhill knows the summons from her grandfather means he’s decided whom she must marry. Determined that she’d only marry a man of her choosing, she stows away in her friend’s father’s carriage, only to find herself alone with young Archibald Napier,Viscount Morley.

Morley’s plans for a quiet Christmas vanish when he discovers the sweet young lady hiding under the blankets in his carriage. As she claims an acquaintance with his sister, he feels duty-bound to see her safely back to her family.

A broken carriage wheel leaves them stranded, and Harriet’s reputation is at stake. Morley’s not ready to take a wife, until he’s told he wouldn’t be a suitable husband for her. With memories of her sweet, tempting kiss filling his thoughts, he prepares to fight for the hand of the woman he believes he could love.

CHASING LORD MYSTERY
Lord Northcotte is not in the holiday spirit when he joins his sister’s family shortly after the brutal death of a friend. Discovering a matchmaking scheme is afoot, he tells them he will never marry Lady Miriam or any other woman. Now if only his heart would listen.

Lady Miriam’s mother accused her of chasing Lord Mystery after a noble act by a handsome gentleman six years ago became the measure of all other men. Now he’s staying at the home where she’d hoped to escape a summons from her grandfather, the Duke of Danby. Terrified Northcotte will recognize her and reveal the contents of the scandalous letter she wrote him years ago, she can’t decide which is the bigger threat: the duke armed with a special license, or Lord Mystery, who carries a secret she’d never live down.

July 30 2014
http://www.aileenfish.com

Virginia Carmichael, Keta Diablo, Aileen Fish, Linda Ford, Sarah Jae Foster, Regina Scott, Brenda B. Taylor
Timeless: Historical Romance Through the Ages
self-published
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

Sweet romance through the ages! From turn of the century Chicago to 1890’s Montana to the Civil War era to Regency times, there is something for every historical romance reader. This sweet romance boxed set charms with seven novels by bestselling authors, starring unforgettable characters falling in love in the most captivating settings.

This collection includes:

ALL THE BLUE OF HEAVEN by Virginia Carmichael

SKY TINTED WATER by Keta Diablo

THE INCORRIGIBLE MR. LUMLEY by Aileen Fish

LASSO MY HEART by Linda Ford

A MILE APART by Sarah Jae Foster

SECRETS AND SENSIBILITIES by Regina Scott

THROUGH THE STORM by Brenda B. Taylor

August 12, 2014
http://www.aileenfish.com

 

30
Jul

Stilton Cheese (for Abigail)   by Susanna Ives

Susanna Ives, author of Wicked Little Secrets, provides us with two different sets of instructions for making Stilton cheese, one from the Regency and another from the early Victorian period. This quintessentially English cheese now enjoys protected status by the European Commission based on its location of origin. But before the twentieth century, Stilton was made at many farms across much of England, certainly in the north. Once you have read these instructions for Stilton, would you make some yourself, or might you have one or more of your characters make it in an upcoming novel?

18
Jul

Some Secrets of Sash Windows

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

Over the course of many years, I have had occasion to visit and/or study a number of historic buildings. Many of these structures were built prior to or during the English Regency, and thus the design and construction of their windows would have been known during that decade. Most buildings today incorporate windows which are downright dull and boring when compared with the complexity of windows to be found in Regency buildings. In the hope that one or another of these idiosyncratic window treatments might one day feature in a novel with a Regency setting, I offer some of the more interesting here.

And so, secrets of sash windows for the edification Regency authors and their readers …

14
Jul

July New Releases from Beau Monde Members

July releases from members of the Beau Monde Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download in 
The Regency Reader – July 2014.

Jane Lark
The Lost Love of a Soldier ~ The prequel to The Illicit Love of a Courtesan
Harper Impulse
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

The stunning prequel to Kindle bestseller The Illicit Love of a Courtesan! Life is for grasping and living…Naïve and innocent, Lady Ellen Pembroke falls for a dashing young army officer. Captain Paul Harding has such an easy, enchanting smile and his blue eyes glow; vibrancy and warmth emanating from him. She is in love. In turn, the Captain finds his attention captured by the beautiful young daughter of the Duke of Pembroke at a house party in the summer. Finding Ellen is like finding treasure on the battle field. His sanity clings to her – something beautiful to remind him that not all in the world is ugly. Ellen is someone to fight for and someone to survive for when he is inevitably called to arms in the battle of Waterloo…

July 17 2014
http://www.janelark.co.uk/

Kathryn Kane
Deflowering Daisy
Jupiter Gardens Press
eBook
Erotica/Graphic Sexual Contact

“She cannot remain a virgin!”

For so she was, after nearly a decade of marriage. When she was sixteen, Daisy had willingly, happily, married a man more than fifty years her senior, to escape a forced marriage to a man she abhorred. Though Sir Arthur Hammond had been a wild rake in his youth, he was so deeply in love with his late, beloved first wife that he never considered consummating his second marriage, certainly not with a woman he considered a daughter. But now, knowing he was dying and that he would be leaving sweet, innocent Daisy ignorant of the physical intimacies which could be enjoyed between a man and a woman, he felt that it was imperative she be given the knowledge which would prepare her for the life of a wealthy widow. Armed with the knowledge of physical intimacy, she would be much better prepared to deal with any fortune hunter who might try to seduce her into marriage for her money. And who better to initiate Daisy into the pleasures of the bedchamber than his godson. David had become nearly a recluse since a tragedy which occurred while he was serving the Crown against the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte. Prior to that, his skill as a tender and considerate lover had been bruited about in certain circles. Therefore, Sir Arthur believed that David was just the man to introduce Daisy to physical pleasure. And, what might spending time with true and gentle Daisy do for David?

July 10 2014
http://regencyredingote.wordpress.com/

Judith Laik
The Lady Is Mine (The Unsuitable Brides)
Judith Laik
eBook
Traditional/Some Sexual Contact

“A deliciously improper debut…”
–Eloisa James, Much Ado About You

He needed a solution.
When an innocent carriage drive leads to a few stolen kisses and a hasty proposal, Lord Beldon must find a way out of a most inconvenient betrothal. Miss Harriet Vernon is not the tall, elegant lady he envisioned for his wife. His solution:  invite her to his country home.  He believes a fortnight with his quarrelsome family will send her running the other way. She had a plan.
Harriet is no happier with the situation. If only she hadn’t been so dazzled by Lord Beldon’s handsomeness and dazed by his kisses, she never would have agreed to his proposal. Marriage isn’t in her plans—she wants to travel and see the world.  If she brings her ravishing younger sister to his country home, the beautiful pair is bound to fall in love, leaving Harriet free to pursue her goal.Unfortunately it wasn’t working . . . for either of them
Harriet and Beldon can’t seem to keep their hands off each other, and with interfering families, hot pursuit by other candidates for their hands and a pantomime to perform, will these two misguided lovers ever discover they were meant for each other?

“Sometimes what the mind thinks it wants, the heart will speak another language all it’s own, called love… ”
Janalee Ruschhaupt, Love Romances website

July 1 2014
http://www.judithlaik.com

Charlotte Russell
A Spy’s Honor
Boroughs Publishing Group
eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

LOVE & LIES At seventeen, Lady Claire Talbot thought she’d found her one true love. But after rescuing her from a dangerous situation, in undue haste he fled to the Continent instead of marrying her. Now, after years of suppressing her romantic side and honing her practicality, Claire is on the verge of an altogether convenient match. A man of few words but much passion, Lord John Reyburn always regretted his decision to turn back from Gretna Green. Now, wounded in more ways than one, he is in the place—but not the position—to correct his mistake. His mission in England is to capture an assassin. And, so, one of His Majesty’s more unconventional spies, John must add yet a further deceit: cold indifference to Claire’s impending marital bliss. For unless sweet loyalty and devotion couple with suspicion and betrayal, nothing can make things right.

July 15 2014
http://www.authorcharlotterussell.com

Valerie King
A Daring Courtship
Twin Bridges Creations LLC
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

Secretly betrothed to a Scotsman in order to repair her family’s fortunes, Madeline Piper must bring Sir Roger Mathieson into fashion or risk losing what she cherishes most: her place in her beloved Sussex society. A sweet Regency romance, A DARING COURTSHIP, is heartwarming and family-oriented.  Valerie King has published over 50 sweet Regency novels and novellas and has won the prestigious Romantic Times Career Achievement award in Regency Romance.

June 7 2014
http://www.valerieking-romance.com

Kathleen Baldwin
Cut from the Same Cloth
Ink Lion Books
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

Scarlet O’Hara meets the Scarlet Pimpernel…Why must Lord St. Evert dress like an overdone Dandy? His outlandish wardrobe belies the hard unyielding lines of his face. Whoever he is, he’s ruining Elizabeth Hampton’s desperate scheme to secure a rich husband. Terribly vexing, to arrive at the most fashionable gathering of the Season wearing a perfectly stunning Chinese silk gown, only to discover Lord St. Evert is clad in unmentionables cut from identical cloth. Lord St. Evert cannot abide the self-important airs put on by some members of the Ton and takes pleasure in making a mockery of Brummell’s fashion strictures. Conceited frauds! Hadn’t his grandfather’s snobbery made his mother’s life a misery? All the more maddening to discover that the one woman who captures his interest is the biggest pretender of all. He vows to teach Miss Elizabeth Hampton a lesson she won’t soon forget.

June 18 2014

Cheryl Bolen
The Regent Mysteries (Box Set)
Harper & Appleton
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

Three romantic, lighthearted, Regency historical mysteries in which dastardly deed doers are discovered by Lady Daphne Chalmers and her lover, super spy Captain Jack Dryden.

Praise for With His Lady’s Assistance: “A delightful Regency romance. . .The mystery is nicely done, the romance is enchanting, and the secondary characters are enjoyable.” 4 Stars. RT Book Reviews magazine.

June 6 2014
http://www.cherylbolen.com

Sabrina Darby
Scandal Before Sunset (The Weekly Scandal)
Sabrina Darby
eBook, eNovella, Box Set
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

When a reformed bad girl meets a rogue with dishonorable intentions, it’s guaranteed to be a Scandal Before Sunrise. Scandal Before Sunrise is the introductory novella to the new The Weekly Scandal series and is being released on June 30th as part of a box set of series starters with six other authors (Jennifer Haymore, Grace Calloway, Sandy Raven, Sue London, Kate McKinley and Vivienne Westlake)!

June 30 2014
http://SabrinaDarby.com

Bronwen Evans
Invitation To Passion (My Lord’s) (Invitation To)
Bronwen Evans
Print, eBook
Historical, Some Sexual Contact

Consummate rake, Lord Richard Craven, has his heartbroken when the woman he loves is forced into an arranged marriage to a violent brute. To make matters worse, circumstances force him to marry Lady Madeline Knight—a woman he views more like a sister-only for fate to play the cruelest of tricks. Shortly after his wedding his former lover is widowed, and Richard learns she could be pregnant with his child. Madeline Knight thought she was doing the right thing when she saved Richard Craven from his lover’s irate husband. Now her silly schoolgirl crush has left her married to a man who’s in love with another woman. Consumed with guilt over trapping Richard, she tries her best to be the perfect wife and win his heart. Failure is not an option. For if she fails she loses everything, she loves him too much not to set him free… While Richard and Madeline confront the reality of their marriage, Madeline’s life comes under threat. A family enemy is set on revenge. Will Richard learn the truth of his heart, and what is truly precious to him, before the unknown enemy destroys their world?

July 29 2014
http://www.bronwenevans.com

Michelle Willingham
Undressed by the Earl (Secrets in Silk)
Montlake Romance
Print, eBook, Audiobook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

A man shrouded in grief… David Hartford, the Earl of Castledon, is tormented by the death of his wife. Though everyone expects him to remarry and beget an heir, he is a man living in shadows, unwilling to break out of his prison of sorrow. A spirited young woman who embraces life… Impulsive Amelia Andrews befriends Lord Castledon and decides that he would make the perfect match for her prim older sister. Though she tries to bring the pair of them together, Amelia cannot help but see the lonely man behind David’s grim exterior. Even worse, she finds herself caught beneath his piercing stare…and she wonders how to melt his icy heart. An unlikely match. No woman can ever replace his first wife…but when Amelia is caught in a web of ruin, David cannot stand aside and let her suffer. Can an unexpected marriage bring about a love even greater than the one he lost?

July 1 2014
http://www.michellewillingham.com

Diane Gaston
A Lady of Notoriety 
Harlequin Historical
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

When fallen beauty Daphne, Lady Faville, is carried to safety from a rampaging fire, she’s horrified to recognize her rescuer as Hugh Westleigh—a man with every reason to despise her! But Hugh has been blinded and Daphne must nurse him back to health. Unable to see, he is driven to distraction by her tantalizing scent and gentle touch. For the first time Daphne feels truly desired for herself alone. But when Hugh finally regains his sight will she find forgiveness in his arms?
The Masquerade Club.
Identities concealed, desires revealed…

July 1 2014
http://dianegaston.com

Gaelen Foley
The Secrets of a Scoundrel (The Inferno Club)
Avon Romance
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Inferno Club series finale! Nick, Lord Forrester’s reputation is legendary—both as a lethal warrior and a wicked lover. But when his rule-breaking ways land him in a Scottish dungeon he’s left there to rot, until a mysterious lady visits his cell, offering him a way out. All he must do is risk his neck on the mission she proposes—and obey her every command.  One look at the luscious beauty has Nick ready to promise her anything, but he must resist his desire, or she could send him straight back to prison. Virginia, Lady Burke, is well aware that the powerful ex-spy will try to take command of their quest, but it’s her job to keep him under control.  Yet how can she keep this untamable scoundrel under her thumb when all she really wants is to unleash the smoldering passion between them?

June 24 2014
http://www.gaelenfoley.com

Liz Tyner
SAFE IN THE EARL’S ARMS
Harlequin Historicals
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

A DARING ESCAPE, AND AN EVEN MORE DARING ATTRACTION! Melina’s discovery of a priceless statue is her one hope of saving her family from ruin, if she can only persuade the Earl of Warrington to grant her safe passage on his ship to London. But Melina knows she’s gone too far when he takes her for a lady of easy virtue! Thrown together during the voyage, he shockingly comes to realize his mistake. Now he’s honor-bound to keep her safe. But thrust into London’s social whirl, how long will it take before she discovers his scandalous, dark past?

July 1 2014
http://liztyner.com/

10
Jul

Addressing Younger Sons of the Peerage   by Ann Lethbridge

Those who enjoy Regencies look forward to meeting all those titled characters who inhabit that world. But for those of us not born into the nobility, keeping track of members of the family beyond the main title-holder can be very confusing. Fortunately, in today’s article, Regency romance author, Ann Lethbridge, whose latest romance is Falling for the Highland Rogue, gives us a primer on how to address the minor nobles who may make an appearance in the next Regency romance we read, or, perhaps, write.

27
Jun

Victorian Parlour Games:   A Review By Cheryl Bolen

In today’s article, award-winning Regency romance author, Cheryl Bolen, reviews the book Victorian Parlour Games. As Cheryl tells us, despite its title, this book is a very useful reference for Regency authors who are planning to include the playing of games in their stories. Many of the games in this book were played long before the Victorian era and are quite appropriate to a novel set in the Regency.

Once you read Cheryl’s review, the existence of which game in our favorite period surprises you the most?

13
Jun

June New Releases from Beau Monde Members

June releases from members of the Beau Monde Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download in 
The Regency Reader – June 2014

Shana Galen
THE PIRATE TAKES A BRIDE (Misadventures in Matrimony)
Shana Galen
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactAshley Brittany is living a nightmare. She’s been mistakenly married to the one man she despises. Months ago, Lord Nicholas took her virtue then scorned her. Now, Ashley will do anything to have her revenge…anything but expose her ugly secret.Nick Martingale has a secret, too: he’s Captain Robin Hood, a pirate with a fearsome reputation. But when Nick learns his archenemy, the Barbary pirate Yussef, attacked innocents Nick has sworn to protect, he can think of nothing but vengeance.Only one person stands in his way.His wife.May 9, 2014
http://shanagalen.com
Gina Danna
THE WICKED BARGAIN
Turquoise Morning Press
Print, eBook, PDF
Historical/Graphic Sexual ContactLondon 1816Haunted by a past as a sex slave, nobleman Ethan Warth returns to England as a male courtesan for rich matrons and runs a brothel for wealthy lords. Arabella Covington appears on his door, trained in the medical arts but unable to practice because of her gender. He hires her to care for his ladies but her inquisitive nature and beauty make him desire to teach her the world of seduction.Ethan, however, never counted on falling in love…June 19 2014
http://ginadanna.com
Andrea Pickens
PISTOLS AT DAWN (Intrepid Heroines)
ePublishing Works!
eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissingEliza Kirtland will do anything to see the man who cruelly assaulted her sister brought to justice—even point a pistol at the notorious Lord Killingworth.But her mistaken accusations result in grave injury to the earl’s nephew. Now Eliza’s sister—a noted healer—feels obliged to nurse the young man back to health, and Eliza has no choice but to help.Killingworth is not pleased with the arrangement. Tensions swirl between the four of them, until new bonds are discovered when evil strikes again and they must work together to fight a relentless enemy, who will stop at nothing to drive Killingworth away from his estate.June 2 2014
http://www.andreapickensonline.com
Miranda Neville
LADY WINDERMERE’S LOVER (The Wild Quartet)
Avon
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual ContactDamian, Earl of Windermere, drunkenly gambled away his family’s estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. After hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is called home, only to discover that his modest little wife has bloomed into an alluring beauty – and rumor has it that she’s taken a lover. Damian vows to keep Cynthia from straying, and to do so he must seduce her himself. “A smart, witty and emotionally dense love story that explores friendship and trust along its passionate and compelling journey.” (Kirkus Reviews)June 24 2014
http://www.mirandaneville.com
Cynthia Moore
BETTER THAN A PRESENT
The Wild Rose Press
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissingWhile in London on business during the Season, Lord Paul Russell, attracted by a beautiful woman, fails in securing a place on her dance card. The next morning when he returns to Cornwall, he wonders if this mystery woman will still be available.Bored by all the eligible gentlemen she meets, Lady Samantha Grayson desires more than their meaningless conversations and preoccupation with silly fashion requirements. Only one gentleman catches her eye, but she misses her chance to speak to him, never encountering him again the rest of the Season.A sudden snowstorm on Christmas Eve morning catches Samantha alone and unprotected. When she seeks shelter in a nearby cottage, she is astonished when the door opens to the very man who caught her interest in London a few months ago. What was doomed to be an uneventful Christmas, to her pleasant surprise could be better than a present.June 18 2014
Sandra Schwab
The Bride Prize: Allan’s Miscellany 1839
Sandra Schwab
eNovella
Historical/Nothing more than kissingIt’s 1839, and Lord Eglinton’s tournament in Scotland is the most anticipated event of the year: he and some of his noble friends will don medieval armor and joust like knights of old.Does this mean a revival of true chivalry? Miss Florence Marsh thinks it might.Or is the tournament mere tomfoolery and the greatest folly of the century? Mr. Robert Beaton thinks it is.But when Flo and Robbie meet at Eglinton Park, they’ll soon learn that a dash of romance can make the greatest differences look rather small and that true love might find you in the most unlikely place.If only Robbie wasn’t working for that scandalous new magazine Allan’s Miscellany! If only Flo’s father didn’t detest the periodical press!

And if only they had remembered to bring an umbrella!

May 11 2014
http://www.sandraschwab.com

Victoria Kincaid
THE SECRETS OF DARCY AND ELIZABETH 
Victoria Kincaid
eBook, PDF
Historical/Inferred Sexual ContactIn this Pride and Prejudice variation, a despondent Darcy travels to Paris in the hopes of forgetting the disastrous proposal at Hunsford. Paris is teeming with English visitors during a brief moment of peace in the Napoleonic Wars, but Darcy’s spirits don’t lift until he attends a ball and unexpectedly encounters…Elizabeth Bennet! Darcy seizes the opportunity to correct misunderstandings and initiate a courtship.Their moment of peace is interrupted by the news that England has again declared war on France, and hundreds of English travelers must flee Paris immediately. Circumstances force Darcy and Elizabeth to escape on their own, despite the risk to her reputation. Even as they face dangers from street gangs and French soldiers, romantic feelings blossom during their flight to the coast. But then Elizabeth falls ill, and the French are arresting all the English men they can find….When Elizabeth and Darcy finally return to England, their relationship has changed, and they face new crises. However, they have secrets they must conceal—even from their own families.March 28 2014
http://www.victoriakincaid.com
Kate Pearce
SIMPLY SINFUL  (The House of Pleasure)
Kensington Aphrodisia
Print, eBook
Erotica/Graphic Sexual ContactForced to wed at a young age, Abigail Beecham is tired of living in a sexless marriage. She longs to succumb to the delicious pleasures of pure carnal lust that she has only read about. And if her husband can’t satisfy her erotic needs, he’s ready to find her a man who can…Peter Howard is accustomed to unusual sexual requests. His ten years as a slave in a Turkish brothel left him skilled in sensual delights. But there is little that actually arouses him– – until he meets James and Abigail. Now he longs to tease and torment her until she cries out with pleasure. Maybe then he’ll finally experience that exquisite feeling of bliss he so desperately desires…June 2 2014
http://www.katepearce.com
Lecia Cornwall
ONCE UPON A HIGHLAND AUTUMN (Once Upon A Highland Year)
Avon Impulse
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactMegan McNabb would do anything to get out of marrying a man she does not love—even handfasting for a year and a day with an English stinger.A mysterious letter draws Lord Kit Rossington to Scotland in search of a lost treasure. But the marriage-minded females he avoided in England follow him to the Highlands, and he’ll do anything—even handfasting with a Highland lass—to keep his freedom while he solves a mystery that’s haunted Glen Dorian for almost a century.Legend says a curse lurks among the shattered stones of Glen Dorian castle, and only the living, those with bold hearts and true love can restore peace to the troubled glen at last.June 17 2014
http://www.leciacornwall.com
Diana Quincy
ENGAGING THE EARL  (The Accidental Peers)
Entangled Scandalous
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactVivacious Lady Katherine Granville is the toast of the ton, but society’s most eligible miss secretly yearns for her childhood love, an untitled loner who vanished long ago after her father forbade their marriage.After years abroad, the dark and brooding Edward Stanhope returns to England a changed man. No longer a second son with no prospects, his battlefield strategies have won him an earldom. His return should be a victorious one, but the new Earl of Randolph is battling secret demons that no one can discover. Least of all, Kat.When the man she can’t forget reappears at her betrothal ball, Kat’s perfectly arranged future is thrown into tumult. Edward remains cold and distant, hoping she’ll marry a man worthy of her. But nothing is settled when Kat sets out to win back her first love. Can the new Earl of Randolph resist the woman he’s loved for so many years?June 9 2014
http://dianaquincy.com

 

28
May

Registration for Mini Conference & Soiree

Just a reminder that registration is open for the Beau Monde’s mini conference!

Quick details: The conference will be held Wednesday, July 23rd in San Antonio (kicking off the national RWA conference!). Registration includes breakfast, lunch (featuring our keynote speaker Vicky Dreiling) and delicious treats at the soiree, plus access to six Regency-themed workshops!

For more information (and to register) check out the link here: http://main.thebeaumonde.com/resources/annual-conference. Early Bird prices available until June 15, 2014. Full conference fees include breakfast, lunch and soiree (available separately).

We hope to see you there!

27
May

Fashionable Medicine   by Regina Scott

Regina Scott, whose latest print book is The Husband Campaign, shares with us some fads in medicine which held sway during the Regency. As she points out, the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. Regina’s article makes an interesting follow-up to Angelyn Schmid’s article on Sir Henry Halford, a fashionable Regency doctor, posted last week.

After reading this article, do you think you prefer medical fads from the Regency or those from modern times?

23
May

Physician to the Regency   by Angelyn Schmid

In today’s article, Regency author, Angelyn Schmid, provides some details about Sir Henry Halford. A physician to the ton during the Regency, Halford was a real-life historical character who made an appearance in one of Georgette Heyer’s most delightful novels, Cotillion.

As you read Angelyn’s article, consider whether or not you would like to have Sir Henry Halford as your doctor.

15
May

Prescription for Sagging Middles   by Cheryl Bolen

Award-winning Regency romance author, Cheryl Bolen, whose romance novel, A Lady By Chance, is part of the Scandalous Brides boxed set, offers some valuable writing tips. In today’s article, Cheryl shares some secrets from a prolific author on how to avoid those sagging middle sections which can bog down a great story.

Perhaps some of these tips will be just the thing you need to help you liven up the middle part of your book when your enthusiasm for the story begins to flag.

7
May

May New Releases from Beau Monde Members

New releases from members of the Beau Monde Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Our new releases and other Regency related articles are available for download in 
The Regency Reader – May 2014

 

Ann Lethbridge
RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL GILVRY
Harlequin Historicals
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual ContactBEHIND THE HIGHLANDER’S SCARS…Reeling from betrayal, the once devastatingly handsome Andrew Gilvry has returned to Scottish shores to fulfill a promise made to a dying man. The widowed Rowena MacDonald has been entrusted to his care, and Drew must do all he can to protect her….LIES A DARK PASSION!But Drew’s honor is about to be tested—because there’s something in Rowena’s dove-gray eyes that awakens a flame long extinguished. And on a perilous journey across the Highlands, with only this alluring woman for company, how long can he deny his desires?

May 1 2014
http://www.annlethbridge.com/

Ally Broadfield
IT’S IN HIS KISS (Just a Kiss)
Entangled Edge
eNovella
Historical/Some Sexual ContactCharlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she’ll be forced to marry her guardian’s loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn’t have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title.Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can’t refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.April 28 2014

http://allybroadfield.com

Alison Stuart
LORD SOMERTON’S HEIR
Escape Publishing (Harlequin Australia)
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactCan the love of an honourable man save her from the memory of a desolate marriage?From the battlefield of Waterloo to the drawing rooms of Brantstone Hall, Sebastian Alder’s elevation from penniless army captain to Viscount Somerton is the stuff of dreams. But the cold reality of an inherited estate in wretched condition, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death, provide Sebastian with no time for dreams, only a mystery to solve and a murderer to bring to justice.Isabel, widow of the late Lord Somerton, is desperate to bury the memory of her unhappy marriage by founding the charity school she has always dreamed of. But, her dreams are shattered, as she is taunted from the grave, discovering not only has she been left penniless, but she is once more bound to the whims of a Somerton.But this Somerton is unlike any man she has met. Can the love of an honourable man heal her broken heart or will suspicion tear them apart?

May 1 2014
http://www.alisonstuart.com

Collette Cameron
THE EARL’S ENTICEMENT (Castle Brides Series)
Soul Mate Publishing
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactShe won’t be tamed.A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.He can’t forget.Haunted by his past, Roark, The Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.

Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement. He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart

May 28 2014
http://collettecameron.com

Vonnie Hughes
SISTERS IN JEOPARDY (Two Sisters)
Musa Publishing
eNovella
Traditional/Nothing more than kissingAnnis’s new husband investigates crimes, and Caroline’s new husband is a capable ex-Army officer. When their ladies are kidnapped in an effort to suppress evidence of pilfering and murder, Giles and Fort fight their way through lies and subterfuge not only to rescue them, but also to avenge them.April 25 2014
http://www.vonniehughes.com
Renee Reynolds
A MARQUIS FOR ALL SEASONS (The Lords of Oxford)
Rock Creek Publishing
Print, eBook, PDF
Historical/Nothing more than kissingShe wants one more season to pass without acquiring a husband.Lady Miranda Leighton accepts she will have to marry someday, but she wants one last season to be mistress of her own life – to go where she wants, when she wants, with whomever she wants. The lure of one more adventure is nearly irresistible. Unfortunately, her family has run out of patience with her as she unintentionally loosely courts scandal. She needs a plan, and needs it quickly.He wants one more season to pass without his mother nagging, debutantes stalking, or sanity deserting him.Roman de Courtenay, Marquis of Stafford, accepts he will have to marry someday, but his immediate focus is set on managing his estates, pacifying his family, and being otherwise left alone. The lure of saddling his horse and fleeing to the country is nearly irresistible. Unfortunately, his mother wants him to find his marchioness, produce an heir, and let her settle into an anticipated and comfortable life as a dowager. He needs a plan, and needs it quickly.

Thus a lady and a lord with a similar problem hatch a mischievous scheme: to use each other as shields against marriage and the plans of their families, with a dance here and a meaningful look there. All goes well – for a time – until the constant company and camaraderie of their ruse give rise to some very real feelings.

What happens when you set out to fool society, but only end up fooling yourselves?

A Marquis For All Seasons is Book 2 in The Lords of Oxford Series. Each book stands alone, but readers are cautioned that some aspects of the first book, Lord Love a Duke, are referenced.

May 15 2014
http://obstinateheadstronggirl.wordpress.com

Jane Lark
CAPTURING THE EARL’S LOVE (The Marlow Intrigues)
Harper Impulse; Harper Collins
eNovella
Historical/Some Sexual ContactA novella telling the story of secondary characters from The Illicit Love of a CourtesanRupert Stanforth, Earl of Morton, is exasperated by his sister’s choice of friend. Meredith Divine, clings, using Rowena’s plain appearance as a foil for her auburn curls and fuller figure. He would break the friendship, but the more he complains the more time the girls spend together. Ceasing his disagreement, he hopes the friendship will die, believing Meredith will take a wrong-step soon…Meredith clings to her only friend, Lady Rowena Stanforth, despite the disgusted looks thrown by Rowena’s proud, judgemental brother. Lord Morton cannot abide Meredith because of her low standing but Meredith’s heart favours him… then in his single act of kindness, Meredith grasps an opportunity she cannot resist…May 29 2014
http://www.janelark.co.uk/
Katherine Bone
MY LORD ROGUE (The Nelson’s Tea Series)
EsKape Press
Print, eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissingGillian Chauncey, Baroness Chauncey, is a master of disguise, trained by her expatriated husband, a former French royalist, in the arts of espionage. When a dangerous life or death secret lands in her lap, she’s thrust into a perilous world of ticking clocks and desperation, arrowing her directly into the arms of the man who arranged her marriage.Lord Simon Danbury is no ordinary nobleman. He’s been tasked by Admiral Nelson to organize an elite group of clandestine first sons willing to sacrifice all to protect England’s shores. When an assassination attempt is made on Nelson, Simon isn’t sure what poses more danger, the enemy or the masterfully seductive Gillian.May 6 2014
http://www.katherinebone.com
Caroline Linden
IT TAKES A SCANDAL Scandals (#2)
Avon
Print, eBook, Audiobook
Historical/Some Sexual ContactAbigail Weston has everything: beauty, wit, and one of the largest dowries in England. Her parents hope she’ll wed an earl. Abigail hopes for a man who wants her desperately and passionately. But the money seems to blind every man she meets—except one.Sebastian Vane has nothing. He came home from war with a shattered leg to find his father mad and his inheritance gone. He’s not a fit suitor for anyone, let alone an heiress. But Abigail lights up his world like a comet, bright and beautiful and able to see him instead of his ruined reputation. And it might end happily ever after …Until Benedict Lennox begins courting Abigail. Ben is everything Sebastian isn’t: wealthy, charming, heir to an earl. Sebastian won’t give up the only girl he’s ever loved without a fight, but Abigail must choose between the penniless gentleman who moves her heart, and the suitor who is everything her parents want.April 29 2014
http://www.carolinelinden.com
Deb Marlowe
LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS(Half Moon House series)
Deb Marlow
eNovella
Historical/Nothing more than kissingIt’s warring nations, dueling philosophies and the battle of the sexes as American-born Miss Liberty Baylis takes on Simon Lansing, Viscount Brodham, in the fight for her friend’s happiness.Brodham wants only to retire to the peace and quiet of his country estate, but he’ll take on the cheeky American chit if that’s what it takes to keep his nephew safe and happy.The war is on . . . but when banter and flirtation become weapons and kisses disrupt strategies, will Brodham and Liberty ever wish for the battles to end?April 15 2014
http://www.DebMarlowe.com
Gail Eastwood
THE CAPTAIN’S DILEMMA
Gail Eastwood (originally published by Signet, 1995)
Traditional/Inferred Sexual ContactFalling in love with the enemy…Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, captured French officer Alexandre Valmont has risked life and honor to escape the English war prison at Norman Cross in a desperate bid to return home and clear his name. The daughter of a baronet, Merissa Pritchard, risks charges of treason and her family’s safety when she hides the wounded fugitive on her family’s country estate to nurse him back to strength. Neither expects the heartbreak of falling in love to be among the dangers they must face!…a beautiful romance with gentle freshness and irresistible grace.”(4+) Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee (1995)–Romantic Times. “Charming, suspenseful and romantic are just a few of the proper adjectives for this wonderful read. This one is a keeper!” –Affaire de Coeur

Re-edited, with an added epilogue.

April 2 2014
http://gaileastwoodauthor.com/

Susan Gee Heino
THE EARL’S PASSIONATE PLOT
Susan Gee Heino
eNovella
Traditional/Nothing more than kissingFalling in love was never part of the plan…When Miss Mariah Langley inherited beautiful Renford Hall she thought she would stay there forever. Now the Earl of Dovington has shown up to evict her! He’s waving legal proof that the property is his and he’s arranged to lease it to an eligible heiress. With nowhere to go, Mariah agrees to host his potential lessees in exchange for additional time there.With guests arriving and tempers flaring, there seems but one obvious solution. The spinster and the earl engage in a battle of wits and wooing: they each scheme to find a partner for the other, hoping romance will give the enemy reason to relinquish the house. It’s hard to focus on matchmaking, however, when they can’t keep their hands off each other!April 15 2014
http://www.SusanGH.com
Judith Laik
LORD SATAN (The Peasebotham Regency Chronicles series)
Judith Laik
eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissingMiss Elizabeth Bishop is a vicar’s daughter with a mission: get evidence to prove that Lord Neil Colton is trying to murder his nephew Trevor, the Marquess of Cauldreigh, so he can inherit the title and riches. But not only is Lord Neil foiling her every attempt, he is also a tempting distraction. Is her attraction to the sophisticated aristocrat proof that, as her father always warned her, the devil wears a handsome face?Lord Neil Colton has spent his life cultivating sophisticated detachment, but his family means everything. He sets a trap for his nephew’s nemesis, but his efforts are undermined by a stubborn miss who manages to get in his way at every turn. He’s determined to protect both Trevor and Miss Elizabeth Bishop—but is his heart in even more danger?April 20 2014
http://www.judithlaik.com
Aileen Fish
CHASING LORD MYSTERY (A Danby Summons Novella)
Aileen Fish
eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissingLord Northcotte is not in the holiday spirit when he joins his sister’s family shortly after the brutal death of a friend. Discovering a matchmaking scheme is afoot, he tells them he will never marry Lady Miriam or any other woman. Now if only his heart would listen.Lady Miriam’s mother accused her of chasing Lord Mystery after a noble act by a handsome gentleman six years ago became the measure of all other men. Now he’s staying at the home where she’d hoped to escape a summons from her grandfather, the Duke of Danby. Terrified Northcotte will recognize her and reveal the contents of the scandalous letter she wrote him years ago, she can’t decide which is the bigger threat: the duke armed with a special license, or Lord Mystery, who carries a secret she’d never live down.May 8, 2014
http://aileenfish.com

 

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