“Julie Anne Long reinvents the historical romance for modern readers, delivering intense, passionate characters and high adventure. Her writing glows.” —Amanda Quick “You will love the Pennyroyal Green series.” —Julia Quinn Rapidly rising romance star Julie Anne Long is making an indelible mark with her smart, sensual, richly emotional love stories, especially her unforgettable Pennyroyal Green novels. The fourth delectable Pennyroyal Green affair, Long’s How the Marquess Was Won is a “keeper”—the story of a beautiful orphan from the streets of Regency London, now refined, who inadvertently bewitches the dashing nobleman whom England’s scandal sheets have dubbed “Lord Ice.” A multiple RITA Award, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and Holt Medallion finalist, the incomparable Julie Anne Long is certain to win the hearts and eternal devotion of dedicated romance readers everywhere with How the Marquess Was Won.
Since the loss of her parents, Meredith Burnley has contented herself with a solitary life looking after her half-sister, Annabel. But Meredith's peace is shattered when her uncle schemes to marry her off to his son in order to gain her inheritance. Desperate, Meredith has only one choice: to flee with Annabel to their estranged grandparents' home. But their arrival soon reignites a family scandal--and kindles unexpected romance... Happily reunited with the girls, Annabel's grandmother resolves to convince her nephew, Stephen Mallory, the Marquess of Silverton, to abandon his rakish lifestyle and wed Annabel. Stephen is clearly captivated--but with the wrong sister! Determined to make Meredith his own, Stephen embarks on a seduction that will leave her with no choice but to surrender to his touch...
Throughout history the English have been a warlike lot. Often we fight among ourselves - there have been a good few civil wars - and when we were not slaughtering each other, we practiced on our neighbours, the Scots, the Irish, the French . . . When that got too easy, we set off around the world to find other people to fight. This was usually done with a hubris that invited some ludicrous pratfall. In THE BEASTLY BATTLES OF OLD ENGLAND, Nigel Cawthorne takes us on a darkly humorous journey through some of our ill-advised military actions. From the war over a severed ear to a general seeking out his rival's mistresses to even the score, it is a miscellany of insufferable arrogance, reckless gallantry, stunning stupidity, massive misjudgements and general beastliness.
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig comes The Ashford Affair, a page-turning novel about two women in different eras, and on different continents, who are connected by one deeply buried secret. A New York Times best seller! As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she's been working towards—but now she's not sure it's enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie's ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything. . . . Growing up at Ashford Park in the early twentieth century, Addie has never quite belonged. When her parents passed away, she was taken into the grand English house by her aristocratic aunt and uncle, and raised side-by-side with her beautiful and outgoing cousin, Bea. Though they are as different as night and day, Addie and Bea are closer than sisters, through relationships and challenges, and a war that changes the face of Europe irrevocably. But what happens when something finally comes along that can't be shared? When the love of sisterhood is tested by a bond that's even stronger? From the inner circles of British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl.
How do you steal a treasure from the man who has stolen your heart? In the newest tantalizing romance from the bestselling author of The Rescue, a ravishing thief devises a scheme to steal an aristocrat's fortune--but loses her heart to him instead.... A mistress of disguise... Orphan Emily Fox may be London's most skilled lady pickpocket, but she is certain her grandest scheme will also be her last. For when she finds the treasure hidden on Valin North's spectacular estate, she'll be rich enough to give her beloved siblings everything they could ever want... and she'll never have to scheme for her supper again. Disguised as a flirtatious debutante entering the social scene, Emmie slips into North's circle--and is instantly captivated by the powerfully sensual nobleman. Suddenly, stealing from North seems like more than mere deception. It seems like a betrayal of the heart. A master of control... Valin North knows he must marry to produce an heir, but every woman he meets provokes his disdain. Except one--an unusual, charming debutante whose social status unfortunately makes her more suited to be his mistress than his spouse. Yet in spite of familial pressure to make a more appropriate match, North defiantly pursues the bewitching woman...even though his affections are shadowed by the mysterious inconsistencies of his lady's past. With suspicions aroused, North is forced to wonder: Has this beguiling beauty made off with his heart--or something more?
Among the many fair and frail women who fed the flames of the "Merrie Monarch's" passion from the first day of his restoration to that last day, but one short week before his death, when Evelyn saw him "sitting and toying with his concubines," there was, it is said, only one of them all who really captured his royal and wayward heart, that loveliest, simplest, and most designing of prudes, La belle Stuart. When Barbara Villiers was enslaving Charles by her opulent charms, the queen of his many mistresses, Frances Stuart was growing to beautiful girlhood, an exile at the French Court, with no dream or care of her future conquest of a king. Her father, a son of Lord Blantyre, had carried his death-dealing sword through many a fight for the first Charles, a distant kinsman of his own; and, when the Stuart sun set in blood, had made good his escape to the friendly shores of France, where he had found a fresh field for his valour. Meanwhile his daughter was happy in the charge of the widowed Queen Henrietta Maria, who although, as Cardinal de Retz tells us, she frequently "lacked a faggot to leave her bed in the Louvre," and even a crust to stay the pangs of hunger, proved a tender foster-mother to brave Walter Stuart's child, and watched her growth to beauty with a mother's pride. Even before she emerged from short frocks, Frances Stuart had established herself as the pet par excellence of the Court of France. With Anne of Austria the little Scottish maiden was a prime favourite; every gallant, from "Monsieur" to the rakish Comte de Guise, loved to romp with her, and to join in her peals of childish laughter; and the King himself, Louis XIV., stole many a kiss, and was proud to be called her "big sweetheart." So devoted was His Majesty to La belle Ecossaise that, when her mother talked of taking her away to England, he begged that she would not remove so fair an ornament from his Court, and vowed that he would provide the child with a splendid dower and a noble husband if she would but allow her to remain.
A not-so-merry widow... The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover -- the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritance, her heart won't survive seeing him again. A man determined to destroy her... Nicholas Claiborne hasn't stepped foot in England since watching Ellie marry his cousin. He has no use for the gorgeous, heartless girl who betrayed him, or the title she abandoned him for. But when his business in India turns deadly, Nick must return to London to uncover a murderer -- and take revenge on the woman he couldn't force himself to forget. A love they can't escape... Nick hates Ellie's transformation from sweet debutante to jaded seductress. Ellie despises him for leaving her behind. Still, the sparks between them reignite the passion that should have been their destiny. As their demands of each other turn darker and a potential killer closes in, they must decide whether to guard the fragile remnants of their hearts -- or find a way to fall in love all over again.
The Ashcrofts (Three Sweet & Clean Historical Romance Novels)
Author: Lauren Royal
Publisher: Novelty Books
More than 1200 pages of Sweet & Clean romance from a New York Times bestselling author and her daughter! “The Viscount’s Wallflower Bride,” “The Baron’s Inconvenient Bride,” and “The Gentleman’s Scandalous Bride” are the SWEET & CLEAN ROMANCE editions of “Violet,” “Lily,” and “Rose” by Lauren Royal. THE VISCOUNT’S WALLFLOWER BRIDE - England, 1673 - Violet Ashcroft isn't planning to marry—she'd rather spend her time improving her mind than risking her heart. That is, until a handsome viscount named Ford Chase moves into the neighborhood… THE BARON’S INCONVENIENT BRIDE - England, 1677 - Lily Ashcroft fell for dashing Oxford scholar Lord Randal Nesbitt as a schoolgirl. Four years later, her older sister Rose wants him…and what can Lily do but help her sister land the man of her dreams? THE GENTLEMAN’S SCANDALOUS BRIDE - England, 1677 - Determined to land a wealthy, titled husband, Rose Ashcroft heads off to Charles II's court to find love. And runs smack dab into Christopher "Kit" Martyn, the one man who could ruin all her plans. Please visit the individual book pages to see more detailed descriptions of each title. BOOK DETAILS Series: The Chase Brides, Books 5-7 Style: Sweet historical romance Length: 3 complete novels (each about 400 standard pages) Bonus Material: Author’s Notes, preview of next book, link to giveaway Clean Read: No offensive language or explicit content* * If you’d prefer to read a steamy version of this series, look for “Chase Family Boxed Set Two: The Flowers” by Lauren Royal. REVIEWS "Captivating historical romance. Romance readers of all ages will love Lauren Royal & Devon Royal’s books!” —Glynnis Campbell, USA Today Bestselling Author “…charming characters, heartwarming romance, and [a] winning story” —Romance Reviews Today “…destined to delight anyone looking for a witty, engaging plotline and utterly delightful characters who get caught in meddling, madness, and mayhem on the way to a happy ending.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews CONNECTING BOOKS While THE CHASE BRIDES BOXED SET TWO: THE ASHCROFTS can be read on its own, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren & Devon’s’s books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence: The Chase Brides 1666 - THE EARL’S UNSUITABLE BRIDE (Colin & Amy) 1667 - THE MARQUESS’S SCOTTISH BRIDE (Jason & Caithren) 1667 - THE LAIRD’S FAIRYTALE BRIDE (Cameron & Clarice) 1668 - THE DUKE’S RELUCTANT BRIDE (Trick & Kendra) 1673 - THE VISCOUNT’S WALLFLOWER BRIDE (Ford & Violet) 1677 - THE BARON’S INCONVENIENT BRIDE (Rand & Lily) 1677 - THE GENTLEMAN’S SCANDALOUS BRIDE (Kit & Rose) 1651 - THE CAVALIER’S CHRISTMAS BRIDE (Joseph & Chrystabel) Regency Chase Brides 1815 - ALEXANDRA (Tristan & Alexandra) 1816 - JULIANA (James & Juliana) 1817 - CORINNA (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael) Renaissance Chase Family Series 1549 - ALICE BETROTHED (Adam & Alice) Specially Priced Boxed Sets THE CHASE BRIDES BOXED SET ONE: THE CHASES THE CHASE BRIDES BOXED SET TWO: THE ASHCROFTS REGENCY CHASE BRIDES BOXED SET _______ Themes: sweet and clean & wholesome love stories, teen and young adult coming of age novels, lords and ladies, wealthy and rich nobility, castles, England and English history, 17th century and 1600s, Restoration and Charles II, sisters and brothers, family life, friendship, weddings and matchmaking, romantic comedy, Enlightenment philosophy and science, bluestockings and bookworms, Oxford professors, animal rescue, dogs and mastiffs, Christopher Wren, the royal court, architects and architecture