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.
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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.
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.
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.
This book was quite simply delight from start to finish. I’m terribly sorry but I intend to wax lyrical about the characterisation, plot and style. From the moment I read that the heroine was called Isolde Ophelia Goodnight, I knew I would be in for a treat. Isolde (Izzy to her friends) is the penniless daughter of a renowned writer. She unexpectedly finds herself the owner of a decrepit Gothic castle that still contains the former owner Ransom, Duke of Rothbury.
Colonel Ian Ferguson is in a spot of bother. He saved his beloved Duke of Wellington from an assassination plot but instead of being lauded, the Duke’s comrades shot at him. Despite being injured, stuck in cold water and facing ten knot winds (this bit was confusing as I thought something this strong was like a gentle breeze), he managed to swim ashore to Sarah’s estate of Fairbourne in Dorset where he encountered Willoughby, Sarah’s pig. Obviously he needed to avoid the authorities, warn Wellington and sweep Sarah off her feet. Simple really for a “well over six feet” […]
Abigail Montross met Andres, Barón de Vasconia under unfortunate circumstances. He heard her begging the man she loved to marry her and he heard her being rejected. When her father arranges to for her to marry a two times widower with thirteen children, Abigail decides to take fate into her own hands. Andres is in dire need of cash and a wealthy wife to go with the property he just scored up north is an attractive prospect.