In this seductive early Victorian romance by USA Today Bestselling author
Sydney Jane Baily, a proper young lady tries to civilize the unseemly
bachelor baron. Can she do so without shattering her impeccable
She’s a straitlaced silk-stocking and he’s a scandalous
Known as the “proper Diamond sister,” Lady Purity thoroughly
enjoys adhering to the rules of society. Everything is right in her world
when manners are minded and civility reigns. Clean gloves, no vulgarities,
not a hair out of place!
Renowned for his past indiscretions, Lord Matthew Foxford doesn’t let
propriety or tedious rules get in his way. Asking the prim earl’s
daughter to teach him etiquette, he hopes to win her heart while loosening
Unaware of his intent, Purity agrees to turn this thundering buck into a
reputable nobleman. Can she do so without falling for his seductive charm?
Or will the Fox tempt her from the straight and narrow path into the garden
of irreparable ruin?
Engaging characters, attention to period detail, and passionate romance
with a touch of intrigue — you’ll find it all in the stories by
USA Today bestselling author Sydney Jane Baily.
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USA Today bestselling author Sydney Jane Baily writes happily-ever-after
historical romance set in Regency and Victorian England, late 19th-century
America, the Middle Ages, and the Georgian era.
Born and raised in California, she earned degrees in English and history on
the East Coast and has traveled the world, spending a lot of exceedingly
happy time in the U.K. where her extended family resides, eating fish and
chips, drinking shandies, and snacking on Maltesers and Cadbury bars. Sydney
currently lives in New England with her family — human, canine, and
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Lady Sophie Harrington is not one to abide by society’s strictures.
If there’s one thing she knows, it’s that she will not be
paraded on the London marriage market in hopes of finding a suitable
husband. When a handsome bachelor moves into the neighbouring country
estate, she thinks her wedding prospects are solved – all she must do is
make the man fall in love with her and convince her parents he would be a
Successful barrister Lord Bryce Langdon escapes London to begin a new legal
practice in the rugged county of Cornwall. However, being the object of
desire for two beautiful sisters disrupts his life and distracts him from
his true purpose for being there – infiltrating a local
Can Sophie win Bryce’s love? What will she do when she discovers
Bryce is not the honourable man he appears to be? Sometimes temptation
cannot be resisted…
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Sophie slid off her mare, looped the reins over a convenient shrub and gave
the horse a quick pat on the nose. She turned and began the familiar trip
down the little path that meandered through the dunes to end up at the
gravel and shell beach just on the edge of her family’s estate. When
she neared the edge of the sea, she held out her arms and tilted her face to
the June sun before stripping off her bonnet. She tossed it in the air where
the breeze caught it and whirled it about, ribbons and all, before it landed
in a frivolous clump on the beach.
She sat down and removed her
riding boots and stockings and wriggled her toes with sheer delight. Then
she unpinned her hair and shook her head so the chestnut curls spilled over
her shoulders and down her back.
spiraled through her. “I have missed this so.” Feeling a little
foolish for talking to herself, she glanced around to be sure that she
hadn’t been heard. It would not do to have the locals gossip that Lord
Harrington’s eldest daughter was daft!
Sophie gathered up the skirts of her kerseymere riding habit and crunched
across the beach to the water’s edge, dabbling first one big toe then
the other in the chilly waves. The gravel pricked against the soles of her
feet, delightful in its intensity and for the first time in weeks she felt
alive, well and truly alive. Not that she hadn’t enjoyed her stay at
boarding school, particularly the time assisting in the school library, but
it had been restrictive, to say the least.
She mimicked the head mistress. “Sophie, you must pour this way,
Sophie, you must set a stitch that way, Sophie, mind that your voice is
never raised.” Mama would be scandalized if she saw Sophie now, poking
fun at Miss Smythe and standing bare foot in the sea.
“Your mama would be scandalized.” A masculine voice interrupted
her, echoing her thoughts perfectly.
She spun around, dropping her skirts into the water. Rueful, she glanced
down for it was sure to leave a stain. Then she raised her gaze to the
stranger before her. And raising her gaze it was for he stood at least a
head taller than her own five foot five inches. Her breath caught in her
He was handsome, to say the least – tall, dark and lean with a
rapacious air about him as if he would pounce on his prey at any moment.
Judging by his burnished cheeks, tousled black hair and the crop dangling
from one wrist, he had also been out riding.
Sophie realized she must look a fool standing there dumbfounded and ankle
deep in water. For once in her life she was completely nonplussed.
“You, you …”, she stammered, managing to wobble her way
back on to the beach without incurring further damage to her habit.
“Yes?” Amusement tinged the stranger’s voice.
Bravado was her best option so she squared her shoulders and jutted her
chin. “I meant to say you’re trespassing.”
“I think not.” He pointed to a marker just off to one side.
“I believe that is the edge of my property. Indeed, you are the one
who is trespassing, Miss…?” The question dangled between
them. When she didn’t answer, he swept forward in an elegant bow.
“Allow me to present myself. I am Lord Bryce Langdon. And you?”
Again he waited for a response and again she declined to answer.
Oh dear, she knew very well who
Lord Langdon was. He’d just acquired the adjacent land. In fact, they
were all to meet him this evening for the first time. However, if word
ever got out that she’d met him in this situation, her reputation
would be ruined. Anger at herself for the foolishness that had brought her
here unchaperoned made her tongue sharp.
“You, sir, are an ill-mannered boor.” She spat the words at
him. “Only an ill-mannered boor would compromise a young lady as you
have just done to me.”
“I must beg pardon then for I had not recognized you as such.”
He pointed to the ten toes peeping out from beneath the hem of her skirt.
“I dare say your behaviour is sadly lacking.”
“You, you scoundrel, how
dare you insult me so,” she fumed. “You, you -.” Her
mind went blank, sucked bare by the devastatingly handsome man before
“Wretch?” he suggested, the corners of his mouth
beginning to lift.
Sophie stared at him for a few seconds, watching the devilish grin threaten
to take over his entire face. Her lips twitched and she scowled in a vain
attempt to maintain her decorum. It didn’t work.
Giggles burbled up and burst free and she began to laugh. He joined her,
the sounds of their laughter mingling with the cries of the sea gulls
circling above. Bryce Langdon must be an astute judge of character for he
was entirely correct in his assessment of her. She detested the rules and
strictures of the upper class and it was that rebellious quality that had
landed her an extended stay in boarding school in the first place. There was
no point in denying it.
“No, you’re absolutely right. I’m not behaving like a
lady. That is,” she hastened to correct herself, squeezing out the
words between giggles, “in the sense I do not enjoy sewing and such.
Much to the dismay of my mother and sisters, I prefer to be
“And I am no drawing room fop so I see we shall get along
famously. You have yet to introduce yourself?”
She curtsied. “Lady Sophie Harrington. We are to meet this evening
for dinner at Harrington House.” A wry expression twisted her
face. “Please don’t mention to anyone that you saw me here
Bryce took her hand and raised it to his lips. “Rest assured, I shall
tell no one. Tonight when we meet, it will be as if for the first
time.” His dark eyes were admiring and warm with promise as he kissed
her hand again before dropping it. “I look forward to seeing you
again, Lady Sophie Harrington.” He said her name carefully, rolling
out the syllables as if he savored the cadence. He saluted her with his crop
then turned on his heel.
About the Author
A.M. Westerling, a best selling author for boutique Canadian publisher BWL
Publishing, has written ten books, including Barkerville Beginnings, Book 4
of the popular Canadian Historical Brides Collection issued in honour of
Canada’s 150th birthday. A former chemical engineer, Astrid traded in
her calculator, mechanical pencil and spreadsheets for a keyboard, history
books and membership in her local RWA chapter. From Vikings to Viscounts,
her adventure filled historical romances span the ages. Sophie’s
Choice , the first book in her Ladies of Harrington House Regency romance
series, was a finalist in Long and Short Reviews Book of the Month. She
enjoys walks through her neighborhood, spending time in her garden and
camping. This avid sports fan loves watching NFL (ballet on the grid iron!)
and NASCAR (hot cars, cute drivers!) and cheering on her hometown Calgary
Flames and Calgary Stampeders.
He had to risk losing her so he would realize how much he loved
Jack Lancaster, Baron Hawthorne, hasn’t been home in four years.
He’s been too busy running from his emotions. So when he finally does
return and discovers his childhood friend, Sophia Fenmore, has gotten
engaged, he’s not only shocked, but determined to change her mind and
make her his.
Sophia has always known Jack was out of her league. But she valued his
friendship, until he broke her heart. Now he’s back, as eager to charm her
as she is to thwart him.For as much as she’d like to believe Jack has
changed, she cannot risk taking a chance on a rogue. Unless of course, he
proves himself worthy.
USA TODAY bestselling author Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with
her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five
different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish,
English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she’s
been married to the same man three times—in three different countries
and in three different dresses.
When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys
spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching
romantic comedies and, of course, reading.
In this mesmerizing Regency romance by Jennifer Monroe, a mysterious
marquess and a misunderstood beauty need to realize that when love and magic
mingle with desire, the results can be extraordinary…
Spellbound by a glamorous man…
Miss Diana Kendricks is the rarest of young women: She is actually looking
forward to becoming a lifelong spinster!
Disillusioned by what she has seen of married life, she eagerly awaits the
day when she is considered securely “on the shelf.” However, Diana
fails to take into account the most treacherous twist—her own
traitorous heart, which finds itself skipping a beat when she meets Lord
James Barrington, mysteriously labeled as the Marquess of Magic.
Love is the greatest enchantment of all…
Lord Barrington has always loved magic. Since childhood, he has found it
thrilling to perform illusions and conjurations, to shock an audience, and
leave them breathless. But in ordinary life, no magic can vanish away the
dangerous secret he hides. James should not even be considering marriage.
But when he chances upon Diana, she seems like his perfect
match—beautiful, witty, with similar interests to his own. He cannot
risk losing her to another suitor, and soon James has hopelessly ensnared
both their hearts.
But James’s secret will not stay hidden in the shadows. When it comes to
love, the truth may be the greatest magic trick of all—and James must
soon reveal it, lest he lose his one true love forever…
Jennifer Monroe writes Regency romances you can’t resist. Her stories
are filled with first loves and second chances, dashing dukes, and strong
heroines. Each turn of the page promises an adventure in love and many late
nights of reading.
With over twenty books published, her nine-part series, The Secrets of
Scarlett Hall, which tells the stories of the Lambert Children, remain a
favorite with her readers.
In this sizzling Regency romance by Charlie Lane, a cheerful viscount would
rather have the grumpy chaperone than the daring debutante. If only the
latter didn’t prove to be quite so resistible.
After the woman he loves rejects his marriage proposal, Edmund Crenshaw,
Viscount Escher, has sworn off women. If he can’t marry Mrs. Katherine
Brighton, he’ll marry no one. When he discovers a daring debutante in
his coach, intent on seduction, he’ll do anything to protect his
bachelorhood. He must remain uncompromised or doom himself and the lady to a
loveless marriage. Because his heart always has, and always will, belong to
only one woman—his Kat.
Katherine must escape her younger sister’s insidious grasp. This
Season, she has a heart of steel and a plan for independence. As the secret
author of a popular out-of-print book, she will convince the publisher to
reprint it and fill her coffers with funds enough to live on her own. The
publisher agrees—if she writes a new book as well. But with every
moment of her day spent helping her sister, she desperately needs a
And Lord Escher, the man whose marriage proposal she reluctantly rejected
two years ago, sparks her imagination like no one else. To write her book,
she must stay near Edmund. In exchange, he requires her help ridding himself
of a persistent miss. They’ll solve both problems in no time. If they
can keep their hands off each other.
Can she protect her heart and her freedom, or will the cheerful viscount
tempt her to say yes this second time around?
Charlie Lane traded in academic databases and scholarly journals for
writing steamy Regency romcoms like the ones she’s always loved to
read. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen (who else?), Toni Morrison,
William Blake, Julia Quinn, and Maya Rodale.
Charlie writes unique stories with unconventional characters who push
against the rigid restrictions of their society. Officially, Charlie has a
Ph.D. in literature with a focus on the nineteenth-century novel and
children’s literature and answers to Professor. Unofficially,
she’s a high-flying circus-obsessed acrobat, with an emphasis on
two-tail silks and answers to Muscles Magee. She lives with her own Colonel
Brandon, two little dudes, and a furry fella in East Tennessee.