AN EROTIC SECRET
As a maid at The Pleasure Emporium, Miss April Jardine has witnessed her share of sinful acts, but nothing as brazen as her own money-making scheme. By blackmailing the gentlemen named in the Madame's private diaries, April can escape a life of drudgery—as long as she avoids the hangman's noose. All goes swimmingly until she crosses paths with Lord Blackheath, the most powerful judge in England. His wicked gaze suggests he is torn between exposing April and seducing her—and April is only too pleased to oblige.
A SCANDALOUS EMBRACE
Blackheath has no doubt that the alluring firebrand could cripple his family's finances and reputation with the bat of an eyelash. And yet…April outshines every dull Society belle he's ever known, and nothing compares to the sensual bliss they share. But trusting this scheming Miss could cost him everything. Will he ever be able to welcome her into his home—and his heart?
In this saucy Regency romance, the chance discovery of her mistress's erotic diary offers April Jardine, a bordello scullery maid, her long-awaited opportunity for upward class mobility. Discovering several wealthy former clients in the diary, April approaches each, claiming to be an illegitimate daughter. At first, the scheme works: rather than risk exposure, several men pay her off. It backfires, however, when she meets Jonah Hawthorne, who warmly embraces her as his daughter. Soon, April realizes it's respectability and a loving family she wants, not money, but her position in the Hawthorne household is precarious; Jonah's son Riley, a powerful judge, disbelieves April and is determined to prove her a phony before she jeopardizes his brother's forthcoming marriage to a relative of the queen. April's sassy tongue and skill at subterfuge are no match for Riley's tenaciousness, but soon Riley finds his venom turning to passion. When a rival gets April arrested, Riley find himself doing everything he can to save her, leading to a nail-biting courtroom finale. Debut author Marcos delivers a refreshing, creative take on the typical Regency, carried by the spirited April and buoyed throughout by lively plot twists.