*A triple award-winning Regency romance*
"One of the most entertaining, heartfelt, and romantic books I have read in forever!"
~ Carla @ NetGalley
Eleanor Wrotham has sworn off overbearing men, but she needs a man’s help—and the man who steps forward is as domineering as he is dangerous: the notorious Mordecai Black.
The illegitimate son of an earl, Mordecai is infamous for his skill with women. His affairs are legendary—but few people realize that Mordecai has rules, and one of them is: Never ruin a woman.
But if Mordecai helps Miss Wrotham, she will be ruined.
"An outstanding story that I just could not put down! I finished this book in one sitting."
~ Shakera @ More Books Please Blog
Length: Full-length novel of 94,000 words
Sensuality level: A Regency romance with steamy love scenes
*Winner of the 2018 Romance Writers of Australia Long Romance of the Year Award*
*Winner of the 2018 Romance Writers of New Zealand Long Romance of the Year Award*
*Winner of the 2018 Romance Writers of New Zealand Best Overall Romance of the Year Award*
Q & A with the author
How would you describe this series?
It's Regency England with a dash of magic. I hope to take readers on a journey from the glittering ballrooms of the aristocracy to the dark underbelly of Regency England—with passion, danger, adventure, romance, and a little magic thrown into the mix.
I think the series could also be labelled Regency Noir, because it falls on the darker, grittier side of the romance fence, although each book contains humor, too. The stories are emotional, but not sweet (there’s sex, violence, and my heroes do swear at times!).
Why did you write this series?
I wanted to get my well-bred heroines out of the drawing rooms and put them in the way of adventure and romance. But I didn’t want to write a series where magic is common; I wanted to write a series where only a few characters have magic, and it’s a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows.
But … do magic and Regency England go together?
Definitely! Many, many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I’ve thought that Regency England and magic go very well together.
What was the catalyst for this series?
A magazine article I read in which celebrities were asked what magic power they’d choose and why. That got me thinking! (I’d choose shapeshifting, by the way.)
How would you describe your writing?
Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She’s why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you’ve not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I’ve also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.
Who would like this series?
This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, the dark and sensual ‘noir’ feel of Anna Campbell, the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!
Customer ReviewsSee All
Another great addition to this series!!
Love this book and have the next one on my list ♥️♥️♥️♥️
These characters are so real and naked in their truth it feels like you are right there with them. I could feel the constraints of the time period and the struggle to navigate the propriety of society in London. To pick up a book and be transported in such a way is the best way to travel. I enjoyed reading this slowly and savoring the sweet moments. The song and dance of love at its best and most troubled.
This is the 5th book of The Baleful Godmother series. You could read it as a stand alone book, but what a joy to read them all one by one. These books tie together wonderfully.
Emily Larkin is a hidden gem. She writes with a passion that is pure entertainment. I look forward to further developments with that baleful fairy godmother!!
A true gentleman!
Mordecai was a true gentlemen and a pleasure to read. To see a man go to such lengths to help a woman he barely knows made him a great Hero. To learn he paid attention to Nell from afar and learned her character showed what a great husband he would be to her if she accepts him. So many obstacles was thrown in his way of pursuing her, just made me root for him more. I also enjoyed the magic aspect of the story even though it really wasn't a big part of it.
It's been awhile since I have read a historical romance novel and it was a bit shocking to read about a heroine that knows nothing about sex. It seems so unreal that a woman can be that innocent after reading today's contemporary novels. I grew up on HR and I enjoyed dipping my toes back into this genre. I've never read Emily Larkin before and I'm happy to find that I really enjoyed this story and will be looking for more of her books. ARC provided by NetGalley.