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Angelica Winthrop is desperate to ruin her reputation so she can avoid marriage and become a serious Gothic writer. She catches the attention of Ian Ashton, Duke of Burnrath and funnily enough, the Lord Vampire of London. He craves peace and quiet and figures marrying her will stop those pesky vampire rumours. Angelica isn’t exactly convinced however.
Indie Savage has had a crush on her best friend’s brother Lee Nightingale for as long as she can remember. She eventually gave up trying to attract him and was so embarrassed by her behaviour, she has done everything possible to avoid him. Lee gets involved when some bad guys start shooting at her and in a complete role reversal, this time she’s trying to shake him off.
Melanie Middleton’s orderly life is thrown into chaos yet again and this time the culprit is her almost boyfriend Jack Trenholm. He just discovered that he has a teenage daughter called Nola and he is desperate for her help. Melanie agrees to let Nola stay with her and her family while father and daughter try to negotiate a relationship. Nola’s grandmother gives her a doll house as a sort of ‘welcome to the family’ present but unfortunately it harbours a dangerous spirit. Melanie must vanquish the spirit to keep Nola safe.
Harlow Cassidy, magical dressmaker extraordinaire, finds herself caught up in yet another mystery when Gracie’s boyfriend, Shane, is accused of patricide. Both Gracie and Shane’s mother insist that he is innocent and beg Harlow to investigate. When another man goes missing, Harlow suspects the two events are connected.
Pararescueman Liam McCabe is used to saving the world, one person at a time even though it is hell on relationships. He thought he had a connection with Rachel Flores when they met in Hot Zone but it fizzled out. Six months later, he finds her and her dog Disco hiding in the back of his Jeep. She stumbled across a conspiracy and someone is determined to silence her.
When Justin de Quincy discovered that his patron the Bishop of Chester was actually his father, he vowed to have nothing more to do with the man. Justin stumbled across a murder on his way to London. The dying victim, a goldsmith, entrusted a letter to him and begged him to deliver it to Eleanor of Acquitaine. Justin duly delivers the valuable letter and is charged with finding out who had the messenger killed and why.
I’m a bit of a fan when it comes to geeky Regency females so I devoured this book. Genevieve Barrett is tired of ghost writing all of her father’s scholarly works and decides to publish her research on the Harmondsworth Jewel under her own name. A charming would-be thief tries to nick it and Gen quickly realises the miscreant is none other than her father’s new student. All is not what it seems however.
Austin Lanier has breezed into town to get her inherited watermelon farm ready for selling. She got a very pleasant surprise when Rye, the next door neighbour she imagined to be elderly, turned out to be a fairly hot and young. Their relationship thwarts her efforts to get a quick sale.
Genie Eden did a bad, bad thing to her former master and has been locked up in a bottle ever since as punishment. Her only companion was an egocentric cat called Obo until the owner of the antique shop where she was incarcerated decided to toss out her bottle. The garbage truck’s mechanical jaws free Eden and plop her into the path of Matt Ewing. Eden and Matt try to avoid the attention of vizier Faruq who is determined to possess Eden.