Asa has been spending inordinate amounts of the Duke of Montgomery’s money to rebuild his beloved pleasure gardens but Montgomery’s sister, Eve, is about to put a stop to it. Her brother left her in charge of his affairs and she is determined to get a return on his investment. If that means sorting out the accounts herself and sparring with Asa, then so be it. Sparks fly fairly quickly while they try to get the pleasure gardens ready to open on time.
Genre: Historical Romance
Lord Henry was horror struck when he started receiving a tsunami of letters from spinsters thanks to his nephew Preston advertising for a bride on his behalf. Henry had no intention of answering the letters but one particularly tart response from Daphne caught his eye and thus began a pen romance.
Tabitha’s life might closely resemble that of Cinderella but she doesn’t need a Prince, let alone a duke, to sweep her off her feet. Tabitha, you see, is from a village where no couple has ever been happily wed. The single women, of which there are many, have resigned themselves to their fate. An unexpected inheritance and a chance meeting with an arrogant but exceedingly good looking man (Preston) send her hurtling down a different path.
Clio Whitmore patiently waited eight years for her fiance Piers to return from the Continent and claim her and apart from scoring a castle, not much has happened. Sick of waiting, Clio decides to break her engagement and start living her life. She turns to Piers’ brother Rafe who has been managing Piers’s affairs for assistance. They agree that Rafe will have one week to convince Clio to stay engaged and if he fails, Rafe will sign the papers dissolving the engagement.
This book had it all from cross-dressers to conspiracies, a cuckolded husband and even a moment where I thought it was curtains for our plucky princesses. I enjoyed it despite the over-the-top plot and modernisms. Princess Luisa is the last princess to get her happily-ever-after and this is quite fitting as she is the rightful ruler of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhoff. Luisa’s lot is to work as secretary for spy-master Philip, the Earl of Somerton.
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This court is now in session… Henry Lidge hears that a foreign agent talked about ‘the whore’ before he died and automatically assumes it must be Lady Kate. Without further ado he kidnaps her and decides he’s going to intimidate her into revealing a poem the baddies want to get their paws on. His technique involves deprivation of liberty, starvation and sexual harassment.
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.
Princess Emilie and her sisters flee their homeland of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhoff to avoid assassination. Their uncle convinces all three to cross-dress as men and places them in the care of loyal gentlemen. Emilie takes on the role of a tutor, Grimsby. Cross-dressing gives her some confidence as she ends up defending a young man in a pub brawl with a chicken leg. The young man in question turns out to be her pupil Freddie and the son of the Duke of Ashland (a Byronic hero if I ever saw one).
Princess Stefanie is having a rough time undercover as Stephen Thomas. While her sister got to play at being a governess, she is forced to work as a law clerk for a distinguished barrister. The biggest advantage of this comes from spending time with the barrister’s dishy nephew, James Lambert, the Marquis of Hatherfield. James sees through Stefanie’s disguise very quickly but their relationship is threatened when he is put on trial for murder.