Bridgerton meets Werewolves Within in this sparkling shapeshifter Regency romance mixed with humor, steamy chemistry, and fantasy.
A Duke in want of a wife…
Alfred Blakesley, Duke of Lowell, has long been an enigma. No one dares to give a man of his status the cut direct, but there's simply something not quite right about him. What would the society ladies say if they learned the truth—that the Duke of Lowell is a wolf shifter and the leader of a pack facing extinction if he doesn't find his true love? So now he's on the hunt…for a wife.
Felicity Templeton has a goal of her own: to remain unwed until her twenty-fifth birthday, when she will inherit a significant fortune. But that all changes when she meets Alfred, the dashing duke who's determined to have her for his very own…
"Sparkling wit, scrumptious chemistry!"—Grace Burrowes, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Allen (The Fidelity Project, writing as Susan E. Conley) launches the Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde series with a delightful blend of historical romance and urban fantasy set in 1817 London. Alfred Blakesley, Duke of Lowell, has a problem: for his uniquely structured werewolf pack to survive and thrive, he needs to marry his true mate. Unable to find his mate among his fellow shape-shifters, he turns to London's marriage mart. At 24, the Honorable Felicity Templeton is firmly on the shelf a state she delightedly embraces. While Society would see her wed, she dreams of becoming an independent businesswoman. Her tidy plans are upturned, however, after meeting Alfred at a ball. Alfred quickly identifies her as his mate and abducts her, introducing her to the supernatural underworld a world she's surprised to find she fits into quite naturally. A playful mix of humor, fantasy, and Regency romance conventions, this genre-bending novel introduces a well-constructed world filled with distinctive and endearing characters. Readers will eagerly await the next installment. \n
Alfred Blakesley, Duke of Lowell, is a wolf shifter and has spent five years looking for his true mate. His parents had a horrible marriage and lied about being true mates, which apparently resulted in a curse on the family (no little ones). He believes that bonding to his true mate will lift the curse. Felicity Templeton is an orphan waiting for her majority so that she can have her inheritance. Her greedy cruel uncle is determined to marry her off and somehow get her fortune. When Alfred finds her at a ball, he walks her out to the garden, grabs her and takes off. Alfred might need some advice on courting. All he has to do now is convince her to marry him, and hope she will accept him and his pack. Will it work?
Alfred is a clumsy hero, but a great person. He is strong, a leader who protects and wants the best for his menagerie of a pack. He wants to love and protect Felicity as well. He means well, but doesn’t do well in the courting department. Felicity doesn’t know exactly what to think about Alfred and his intentions. He and his household treat her wonderfully, well except for the kidnapping part. Felicity misses her home and her horses. She wants nothing more than breed horses. She likes Alfred and his household. She loves Alfie, a giant black doggie she came upon in the woods (guess who). This is a little different historical paranormal. There are a number of species who must learn to live together, some who are outcasts from other packs, acceptance and true “family.” It is an interesting and very busy story. I enjoyed it.
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