Old Friends and New Fancies

Sybil G. Brinton - 1913
    Inventive matchmaking leads numerous pairs of lovers through the inevitable (and entertaining) difficulties they must encounter before they are united in the end. Old Friends and New Fancies is a gratifying read for any Jane Austen enthusiast.

The Improper Governess

Carola Dunn - 1998
    Entranced by lovely actress Lissa Findlay, Lord Ashe offers her a position as a governess to his nephew after she rejects his amorous advances, and as a drama involving money, scandal, and love unfolds, Lord Ashe loses his heart.

Madcap Miss

Joan Smith - 1989
    Her petite figure and clever disguise fooled the coachman into giving her a child's fare to Wickfield, but what to do when she got there?Handsome Lord Whewett, to whom our heroine desperately confided her predicament, had a suggestion. Would she pose as his daughter to appease his aging and very rich mother, while his real daughter remained in Scotland?One hundred pounds for two days of skipping rope and reciting lessons seemed a tolerable antidote to her boring life and uncertain future. Unfortunately, Grace's interest in Whewett was becoming anything but childlike....

Lady of Mystery

Ellie St. Clair - 2019
     Raised to believe the world is open to her, Lady Phoebe Winters reads periodicals and newspapers with growing upset. Everything within her world is shaped by a man’s point of view. Why must women stand idly by, being told what to do and how to do it? It seems to be accepted within their society — until she decides to do something about. Using her inheritance, she begins a small publication, written by women, for women. It’s a risk, but one for which she is willing to sacrifice. He’s intent on stopping her... Jeffrey Worthington, the Marquess of Berkley, has held a position of responsibility since the death of his father at a young age. He is a man who enjoys the constancy of life. Despite the fact that his four sisters and younger brother are forever demanding his time and attention, his maintains order and control of all other aspects of life. As they grow closer, secrets become harder to keep... The Women’s Weekly begins to cause a stir among women of the nobility, and the peerage determines it must be shut down before it causes consequences from which they could never recover. Jeffrey is tasked with finding the perpetrator and halting production of the publication. He reluctantly agrees, despite the fact that it will detract from his attempt to court the lovely Lady Phoebe, and causes growing controversy between the two of them. When he finally determines the publication’s owner, what will he put first — love or duty?

A Perfect Scoundrel

Heather Cullman - 2000
    The handsome rake believes her charade, which is exposed when the masks are dropped. But the real escapade has just begun. . . .

Along for the Ride

Alix James - 2021
    Mostly. But a plea from his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, has put Darcy in a precarious position. In order to help his cousins find happiness, he has to pretend a romantic diversion of his own, with the woman who is tearing down his last defenses.Elizabeth Bennet is accustomed to the ridiculous. Whether it is an absurd relative or a nonsensical noble, she allows very few things to rattle her. But she is properly astonished when Mr. Darcy, the most disagreeable man in the world, shocks her with a most unconventional proposal. She cannot pass up such a sublime opportunity, and immediately sets out to unnerve the proud man from Derbyshire. But Mr. Darcy has hidden talents of his own, and soon, Elizabeth finds herself almost outmatched in the art of teasing. As they each vie for the upper hand in this romantic contest, will they conquer each other at last? Or will their victory be sabotaged by their hearts? Along for the Ride is a sweet Regency variation of approximately 20,000 words.

None But You

Susan Kaye - 2007
    Sir Walter Elliot refused to countenance a marriage, and Anne's godmother, Lady Russell, strongly advised Anne against him. Persuaded by those nearest to her, Anne had given him up and he had taken his broken heart to sea. When Jane Austen's Persuasion opens in the year 1814, Frederick Wentworth, now a famous and wealthy captain in His Majesty's Navy, finds himself back in England and, as fate would have it, residing as a guest in Anne's former home. Now, it is the baronet who is in financial difficulties, and Anne exists only at her family's beck and call. For eight long years, Frederick had steeled his heart against her. Should he allow Anne into his heart again, or should he look for love with younger, prettier woman in the neighbourhood who regard him as a hero? The mature sweetness of Jane Austen's Persuasion is brought to life in Wytherngate Press's, None But You ., the first in the two-volume series, Frederick Wentworth, Captain, by Susan Kaye.

How to Build the Perfect Rake

Kate Harper - 2012
    he is far too nice a man to attract the attentions of the girl that he loves, the Season's Beauty Carisse. So when his best friend Olympia suggests he transforms himself into some thing a little more interesting, he decides to follow her advice. Suddenly, he's the most popular man in London, a devilish rake setting the girl's pulses racing, Olympia's included...Can she convince her best friend that sometimes one must look for more than beauty in a woman if one is to be truly happy? Or will she lose her best friend and her heart forever?

The Darcys & the Bingleys: A Tale of Two Gentlemen's Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters

Marsha Altman - 2008
    Bingley is shocked when Darcy gives him a copy of an ancient, illustrated book of sensual secrets-but it does tell him everything he needs to know.Eventually, of course, Jane finds this remarkable volume and in utmost secrecy shows it to her dear sister Elizabeth, who goes searching for a copy in the Pemberley library...By turns hilarious and sweet, The Darcys & the Bingleys follows the two couples and the cast of characters surrounding them. Miss Caroline Bingley, it turns out, has such good reasons for being the way she is that the reader can't help but hold her in charity. Delightfully, she makes a most eligible match, and in spite of Darcy's abhorrence of being asked for advice, he and Bingley have a most enduring and adventure-prone friendship. (20080903)

Eulogy's Secret

Grace Elliot - 2011
    Penniless and alone she seeks the help of her estranged brother, Lord Lucien Devlin. But Devlin throws Eulogy onto the streets and the mercy of a passing stranger, Jack Huntley, who becomes an unlikely ally. As Eulogy seeks the truth behind her birth, she is drawn into the world of art and artists, where her morals are challenged and nothing is as it seems.Jack Huntley: bitter, cynical and betrayed in love. He believes women are devious, scheming, untrustworthy creatures - and when he rescues a naïve Miss from being raped, his life is about to change forever. There is something about Miss Foster that haunts him and challenges his emotions. But despite their growing attraction, Eulogy will not share her secret, which means he cannot trust her. Caught in a deadlock, both denying their true feelings, events take a sinister turn as someone seeks to silence Eulogy...permanently.

Lord Worthing's Wallflower

Michelle Morrison - 2016
    This is her third London Season and her father has declared it will be her last. If she doesn’t find a husband this year, she can simply retire with him to the country where she can continue as his housekeeper. Juliette would like nothing better than to find a husband and start a family. There’s only one problem: she is simply invisible to the men of London society. She’s never mastered the art of small talk or mindless flirting, and she lacks the golden beauty and musical laughter of her best friend and society’s reigning debutante, Eleanor. It doesn’t help that she would rather discuss a scandalous novel rather than the weather or a gentleman’s new horse. Then there’s her unfortunate sense of humor which seems to shoot right over the heads of the men she does meet.Jacob Wilding, Baron Worthing, had not thought to marry in the near future. He is not against the institution, rather, he is loathe to settle for one of the indistinguishable young misses that populate London society, for wit and intellect do not seem to be prerequisites for a young lady’s debut into the ton. His father, worried that Jacob is simply not looking hard enough, uses his own failing health to…encourage his son to settle quickly. Jacob’s father pushes him toward Lady Eleanor Chalcroft and loath to disappoint his sire, Jacob sets out to court her, only to discover that he is more interested in her wallflower friend, Juliette Aston.

Tessa's Touch

Brenda Hiatt - 2004
    and touched his heart. Tessa Seaton has a special gift with horses; with a word and a touch, she can tame and train even the most unbroken and unmannerly of beasts. But when handsome Lord Anthony Northrup gallops into her life, she finds herself faced with a far greater challenge than any horse ever posed.Anthony first assumes Tessa is helping her unscrupulous uncle to sell half-broken horses to unsuspecting gentlemen, but as he comes to know her, he realizes she is motivated by love —for her crippled father and for the horses she trains. Charmed by her spirit and independence, Anthony determines to free her from the trap her uncle has woven so he that can claim her for himself.Tessa’s Touch is loosely linked to my “Saint of Seven Dials” series, featuring some of the characters you may have met in those four books, though not technically a part of that series. It was originally published under the title Taming Tessa.

Untie My Heart

Judith Ivory - 2002
    True, the exquisite Yorkshire lady is a mere sheep farmer, but she also guards a most colorful past that makes her only more appealing to the handsome, haunted lord. Emma has come to him seeking justice—and Stuart is determined that she will not leave until she has shared her secrets...and his bed. Her clever revenge scheme must fail in the face of his soft words and tender caress—and then he turns the tables on his bewitching adversary, seducing her into a daring deception of his own...(alternative description)Set against the colorful backdrop of Victorian Britain, Ivory's (The Indiscretion, etc.) sensual tale begins when the handsome and exotic Stuart Aysgarth, Lord Mount Villiars, returns from Russia to claim his inheritance from a dissolute father, only to find that his shady Uncle Leonard is stealing from the estate. While Stuart attempts to untie the resulting financial tangles, his coach accidentally kills a valuable lamb owned by luscious young widow Emma Hotchkiss, a former confidence woman now living a quiet life in Yorkshire. Emma tries to recoup her financial loss by means both fair and, eventually, foul; Stuart turns the discovery that she has cooked his books to his own advantage, threatening her with exposure if she doesn't help him double-cross the oily Leonard. As their schemes mature, the two engage in a series of sexual games. The delightfully complex con that forms the story's liveliest element isn't introduced until halfway through the narrative, and the novel's sparkle is occasionally dimmed by expository and noticeably anachronistic prose. Still, the playful roguishness of both protagonists adds a wickedly welcome twist to the familiar historical romance formula, while Ivory's gift for creating passionate sexual interludes is sure to please readers who prefer their romances warmly spiced.

To Warm a Wintered Heart

Deborah M. Hathaway - 2016
    Their expected guest, Mrs. Worthington, has promised that her son will be accompanying her, and as Charlotte has only ever heard stories of the gentleman who rarely leaves his Yorkshire estate, she is most pleased to meet him. However, when her warm welcome is returned with a fierce frown from the handsome man, she cannot help but long to be free of him and his blue-eyed glare.Despite his mother’s protests, Mr. Gabriel Worthington had made the decision long ago to remain unmarried, but when he meets Charlotte, doubts about his decision creep into his fearful mind, and he wishes for nothing more than to flee from the woman and never return.For weeks, the two are forced to live within the same home, and though they provoke one another with teasing and stolen glances, an unlikely friendship blossoms between them, a friendship that grows stronger than either of them had expected. Will Gabriel concede to the choices binding his heart, or can Charlotte’s warmth be just the thing to strengthen their love and, at last, end their fears?

A Dangerous Beauty

Sophia Nash - 2007
    A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by the removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. —The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose BierceA Courageous Outcast...Rosamunde Baird has lost everything and has no choice but to accept an invitation to spend a season with a dowager duchess and her clandestine ladies club. Determined to stay in the shadows and live quietly, she has sworn never again to come face to face with adventure and temptation, two things that brought her ruin years ago. But then the Duke of Helston dangles before her the very things she craves most.Lord Fire & Ice...Mysterious Luc St. Aubyn has a much-deserved reputation for exuding blistering passion at night and frost the morning after. What demons drive this audacious war hero to hide secrets about the dowager's club and his devilish dictionary? When he's blindsided by his reactions to a virtuous siren, he has no choice but to reveal all during a scandal that will doom them...or save them, if only they dare to believe in love.