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From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series, comes our new Victorian Romance collection: THE QUEEN'S BALL.
With three brand new Victorian Romance novellas by Anthea Lawson, Rebecca Connolly, and Jennifer Moore.
Books in the Timeless Victorian Collections:
A GRAND TOUR
THE ORIENT EXPRESS
THE QUEEN'S BALL
A delightful Victorian Cinderella retelling from USA Today bestselling author Anthea Lawson. Eleanor Tremont never expected her father to pass away so unexpectedly – leaving her with a horrible stepmother, two grasping step-sisters, and no dowry whatsoever. Relegated to the status of a servant in her own home, she struggles to come to terms with her bleak new life. When she is summoned to Queen Victoria's Stuart Ball, can Ellie find her happily-ever-after despite impossible odds? Add an absent-minded Godmother, an orange carriage, and a slipper mishap, and prepare to be swept away into this fairytale romance... Heat level - SWEET
Waltzed is a novella of approximatley 75 pages, first published in the RONE-Award nominated anthology The Queen's Ball from Mirror Press.
After her first romance ends in disaster, Miss Isabelle Strathmore vows never to fall in love again. She will travel, certainly, and see the world, but it will be a spinster's life for her. She has learned the most painful lesson of all—that her heart simply cannot be trusted. Gavin Reed, the Earl of Jasper, is unexpectedly charmed by Isabelle. Past encounters have made him wary of taking a chance on love, but by the end of the Grand Tour, he is determined to make Miss Strathmore his wife. But fate has more in store than either of them guesses. Beneath the Mediterranean sun, can Isabelle and Lord Jasper find their happily ever after before disaster strikes?
From USA Today bestselling, RITA nominated author Anthea Lawson, discover this romance filled with "danger, desire, and a deliciously different Victorian setting." - Booklist
Injured while on the Isle of Crete, Miss Caroline Huntington is taken to the island's darkly enigmatic British doctor, Alex Trentham. At first put off by his gruff manner, she soon realizes there is far more to this handsome, wounded man than meets the eye.
Dr. Alex Trentham fled England, vowing not to return, but he never bargained for the beautiful and vivacious Caroline to enter his life. As she recovers, the carefully constructed walls around his heart start to crumble under the force of emotions he cannot allow himself to feel.
When danger threatens, Caroline must return to England, leaving Alex behind. But the distance cannot withstand the force of their longing, and Alex is drawn back to the woman he loves—and the tragedy in his past that could cost him everything....
Miss Miranda Price detests her neighbor Edward Havens, the rakish Earl of Edgerton – but when he catches her breaking into his library at midnight, secrets are revealed that will change the course of their lives... forever.Sensuality level: SWEETLY WARM – kisses only.This regency-set novella is 21,500 words (around 70 pages).BONUS MATERIAL: Also includes The Piano Tutor, a spicy Regency short story of 7500 words (20 pages) and the first chapter of Anthea's RITA-nominated historical novel, PASSIONATE."To Wed the Earl by Anthea Lawson is one of those novellas that is complete as it is, but it's so well written, and the characters are so charming, that you can't help but wish that it would go on for a little longer. Lawson has a perfect voice for historical romance, interspersing just enough historical detail and description to paint the landscape and setting without slowing the pace of the story. I loved the fact that she could pack lovable (and some not so lovable) characters,...
From Christi Caldwell – Only for Her Honor
When Captain Lucas Rayne returned from fighting Boney’s forces, he was a shell of the man he’d been--until Eve Ormond begins work in his household. Desperate for new beginnings, Eve conceals secrets of her past from her employer. But can she break down the walls protecting Lucas’s heart, or will the secrets between them shatter all hope of true love?
From Eva Devon – Sleepless in a Scandal
All Lady Felicity Drake wants is to make a good match but after her father leaves herself and her sisters almost entirely ruined due to some very scandalous behavior, such a thing is next to impossible. . . That is, until she’s caught in a compromising position with the Marquess of Talbot. The question is, will the oh so staid Marquess save her from the proverbial wolves or will he leave her to her scandal?
From Elizabeth Essex – A Fine Madness
Miss Otis regrets…
The entirely of Miss Elspeth Otis’s inheritance from her wastrel of a father is a battered old trunk with some scrawled-upon foolscap sheets. Nothing that could free her from a stifling life with her fusty maiden aunties in a musty old cottage in a misty corner of Scotland. Nothing that will give her the life she’s always dreamed of—a life full of kindness and kisses and love. Or will it?
Mr. Hamish Cathcart wants more than anything to avoid the hasty marriage to a brewer’s daughter his father, the earl, has arranged to revive his fortunes. Hamish’s only hope is his failing publishing company, whose only asset is a scandalously banned book by an infamous, but unfortunately deceased, author. But when a new novel written by the same man lands on Hamish’s doorstep, he’ll go to any length to secure it—any length but love.
From Anthea Lawson – A Lady’s Choice
Lady Sara Ashford has spent years cultivating her spotless reputation: a difficult task in the face of her mother’s scandalous exploits abroad. Now she is set on a path toward a perfect, respectable future—until the highly unsuitable Comte du Lac comes to London, and she is given the task of instructing him on how to behave properly in English Society.
At first Lady Sara finds him intolerable, but after he steals a kiss she realizes he is a terrible danger to her future. As soon as possible, she must put him out of her life—and her heart—forever.
From Erica Ridley – Lord of Chance
Charming rake Anthony Fairfax is on holiday to seek his fortune…and escape his creditors. When an irresistible Lady Luck wins him in a game of chance—and a slight mishap has them leg-shackled by dawn—the tables have finally turned in his favor. But when past demons catch up to them, holding on to new love will mean destroying their dreams forever.
Miss Lily Strathmore has made a desperate bargain. One last adventure abroad with her botanist uncle and his family, and then she will do as her parents bid and wed the proper (and boring) viscount her mother has selected as Lily’s ideal husband. James Huntington is on a mission. Retrieve his grandfather’s lost journals from the wilds of Tunisia, and win the estate and fortune he so desperately needs. This quest will be the making of him—or his ruin. Thrown together on a botanical expedition, James and Lily’s attraction is immediate, and impossible. Despite every reason to keep their distance, the two find themselves inexorably drawn together as they race to reach a hidden valley before their enemies can bring all their dreams crashing down.
Praise for Anthea Lawson's Passionate"Intriguing. Surrounded by exotic beauty and danger. . .desire blossoms." --Romantic Times
Review"Lawson, a RITA-nominated husband-and-wife writing team, deftly combines danger, desire, and a deliciously different Victorian setting into a sexy version of Victoria Holt's classic gothic romances." --Booklist
About the AuthorAnthea Lawson, called "a new star of Historical Romance" by Booklist, has won readers with her combination of spicy love scenes and elegant prose. Her first novel, PASSIONATE, was a Best First Book finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA awards. Visit anthealawson.com for more about Anthea and her books~Anthea also writes award-winning YA Urban Fantasy under the pen name Anthea Sharp.
Product DescriptionMiss Anna Harcourt disguises herself as a maid to be near the man she thinks she loves, but little does she know how far this charade will lead her ... or how close to scandal!Sensuality level: 2 out of 4 flames - suggestive situations, kisses.
This Regency novelette by RITA-nominated author Anthea Lawson is 14,000 words (45 pages).
About the AuthorAnthea Lawson, called "a new star of Historical Romance" by Booklist, has won readers with her combination of spicy love scenes and elegant prose. Her first novel, PASSIONATE, was a Best First Book finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA awards.Anthea also writes Young Adult Fantasy under the pen-name Anthea Sharp. Her novel Feyland: The Dark Realm is now on sale~
Miss Cecilia Fairfax dreads the upcoming holidays. Between caring for her elderly father and managing a household barely out of mourning, she has no time for the softer things in life. Liam Barrett, the Earl of Tarrick, is certain he will not accept Marcus Fairfax’s invitation to spend Christmas at the Fairfax family’s estate – and the man’s tales of a family ghost have nothing to do with his decision. Of all the blessings of the season, sometimes the most unexpected is love…
The Muse… Clara Becker is a supremely gifted composer—a talent of little to use to a woman in 1830s England. Her compositions only have worth when they are published under her brother’s name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London. Meets the Master… Darien Reynard, the most celebrated musician in Europe, pursues success with a single-minded intensity. When he comes across Becker’s compositions, he knows that this music will secure his place in history. Darien tracks the composer down and, with some difficulty, convinces the man to tour with him. Mr. Becker agrees, but with the most unusual condition that he bring along his sister…
She is filled with wild passion... Jessamyn Lovell, the "Gypsy Violinist," is the newest musical sensation among the ton, but she and her sister are caught in the grip of an unscrupulous uncle, who uses her performances as a cover for his crimes. He has scoured the recklessness from his soul... The Earl of Silverton, Morgan Trevethwick, has spent ten years restoring his family's reputation in the wake of scandal—and it has made him a tightly controlled and unyielding man.
Together, they will be one another's ruin... When danger looms, Jessa risks everything to seek Morgan's help. He cannot refuse a woman in distress, though she threatens to overturn the future he has worked so hard to secure. Even worse, she relights a fire in his heart—one he had thought extinguished forever. *Read book 1 in the Music of the Heart series - Sonata for a Scoundrel*
Noble ladies are falling victim to a string of brazen public jewelry robberies, but the inquisitive Miss Isabelle Strathmore suspects more is afoot than mere theft… A Victorian-set short mystery of approx. 5,000 words. Includes a bonus chapter of Anthea's RITA-nominated Victorian romantic adventure, PASSIONATE.