A MASTERPIECE OF REGENCY ROMANCE STORYTELLING...
It is the social season of 1817 and London is brimming with scandal.
From a beautiful heiress moonlighting as a tavern songstress, to society's misfit and a sinfully sexy Duke striking an unlikely alliance.
Welcome to an enchanting collection of Regency Romance novellas featuring a diverse cast of heroes and heroines of color. We promise these stories won't be ones you soon forget!
Designing his Duchess
By Gabrielle Carr
Marry or find herself penniless and ousted from her aunt and uncle's home. Those are Miss Juliana Drake's current options. She chooses the latter. Only she knows as much about charming a suitor as she does about charming a snake. Nothing.
The solution? Colin Lewis Francis Latham, Duke of Herstshire. The man who offered her marriage years ago, then vanished without as much as a by your leave. When he returns to London and offers to instruct her in the art of husband hunting, Juliana is both insulted and desperate enough to accept his offer.
The Allure of a Reformed Rogue
By Hildie McQueen
She's as determined to pursue him as he's determined to keep his distance.
After a heartbreaking debacle, Thomas Sullivan decides to give up his roguish ways and become celibate. A test comes sooner than later upon meeting the lady of the house's companion, Mary.
Mary Asher is not sure why the handsome new driver tries to avoid her at all costs, when he obviously finds her attractive. She decides to find creative ways to get time alone with him.
One Night Only
By Elise Marion
Thalia Ramsey has resigned herself to a quiet life running a respectable book shop in London's West End. Nothing exciting ever happens in her world…until Stephen Dryden, His Grace the Duke of Westerfield, begins patronizing her establishment. Her girlish infatuation is completely ridiculous, and nothing will ever come of it. Yet, a heart's hope is not so easily broken, especially when a chance encounter during a Vauxhall Gardens masquerade brings Thalia face-to-face with the duke.
A night of passionate romance is more than she could have hoped for, but once the night is over, will there be a chance for more?
The Nightingale and the Lark
By Jessica Cale
After years of failed auditions, rum heiress Andromeda Archambault gives it one last try at The Crow's Nest in Shoreditch against her better judgment. She may be a lady, but to director Frank Creighton, she's the Queen of Night, and she's perfect for a starring role in his theatre and his life. But Andie isn't who she says she is, and neither is Frank. Will their Phantasmagoria be a success, or will the skeletons in their closets close the show before it begins?
Old friend in a New Light
I started reading Regency Romances more than fifty years ago. My favorite author was the queen of the genre, Georgette Heyer. I love the romance and the exaggerated mannerisms of this superficial, genteel society. The only thing lacking in those stories was that none of the characters looked like me. Subsequently, I was so excited to see this first volume of Regency in Color. The characters range in scope from the higher echelons of the aristocracy to a lady’s companion and her coachman love. Each story is complete with well developed conflict and sweet resolutions. My favorite in the compilation was One Night Only by Elise Marion. I enjoyed the emotionality and sweetness of their discovery of love. The last story was my least favorite. I am glad that it was not first. All in all, the stories were true to the genre (not sure about the last entry) while containing a bit of heat certainly not found in the stories I started reading so long ago. I look forward to reading volume 2 soon!
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