I’m thrilled to feature a boxed set of brand new releases today from several of my author friends, including my fellow Regency Salon author, Cora Lee.
Regency Summer Secrets and Soirees
A delightful anthology of Regency Romance Summer stories from best selling authors! Fall in love for Summer, with these wonderful romantic reads! Seven novellas to keep you reading all through Summer.
The anthology includes:
The Courtship of Lord Blackhurst by Regina Jeffers
A Lady promised to a man she has never met, who yet answers his request for assistance in preparing the home they will share, a Marquess unsure what to expect, an unplanned deception, a seemingly improper affection, misperception untangled to love.
A Hero for Harriet by Victoria Hinshaw
A young woman whose family want her to marry well, a gentleman, nobly born but uninterested in society, two matchmaking aunts, assumptions and misconceptions, the intervention of a donkey, love found despite it all.
Her Absent Duke by Arietta Richmond
A Lord and a Lady promised from birth, an avaricious uncle with plans of his own, an impossible choice which leads to disaster, an unplanned compromise, a love fulfilled despite all opposition.
The Magic Garden by Janis Susan May
A beautiful young woman, shut away in the country so that her less appealing sister may shine, an Earl set upon visiting a never seen estate, simply to escape the demands of his aunt and the pursuit of unwanted young women, an accident, a garden left to run wild, a new perspective on the world, a love which defies all expectations.
Grace’s Story by Summer Hanford
Trying to save her dearest friend from heartache will unravel a web of secrets that just might get Miss Grace Birkchester killed. Doctor Andrew Carter is determined to help those in need – but doing so draws him ever deeper into a web of danger. When their worlds collide, love may be the only thing which can save them.
What if I Loved You by Cora Lee
A man who needs to marry for his career, a woman who needs a new location in life, a proposal born of friendship, a shocking family secret which could ruin them both. Will love triumph, or will all be lost?
The Masked Wicked Duke by Sandra Masters
An opera singer who is cousin to royalty, a Duke with an artist’s soul, who is yet reputed as a rake, a chance meeting, an overwhelming attraction, a masquerade, a love which burns away all past resolve.
If you love Regency Historical Romance, you’ll love these stories of summer love!
What if I Loved You
Jonas Blackburn is content with his life…until he discovers he must marry for the advancement of his career. Unable to strike out on his own professionally, Jonas proposes to the only person he could envision spending his life with: his close friend Nora.
When Nora Paget learns the brother she keeps house for is ready to marry, she finds herself at a crossroads: live with her brother and his new wife or set a different course for herself? Jonas’s proposal offers a potential solution for them both. She can have a home of her own with a man she’s fond of, and solve his employment problem simultaneously.
But Nora harbors an old family secret that could ruin both of them, just as they begin their new life together. Can they take the risk knowing the potential devastation that awaits them? Or will Jonas and Nora be forced to part ways to save their reputations?
She gathered her reticule and hat and led him out the door, holding it open with a wry smile as he passed carefully through it. They walked in relative silence, dodging shop patrons, horses, footmen carrying packages, and the occasional street sweeper until their shoes hit the thick green grass of the Abbey’s grounds. Jonas felt some of the tension in his body release as they slowed their pace, and he drew slightly closer to Nora.
“What is it you’ve been trying to decide?” he asked, his voice quiet even though the nearest other person was several yards away.
She took in a deep breath then exhaled. “Only what to do with my entire future,” she answered, matching his volume.
“Julian is planning to marry, and I am no longer needed.”
He bumped her shoulder gently with his. “Surely he didn’t say that.”
“No, of course he didn’t.” She kicked at a long blade of grass, but there didn’t seem to be any malice behind the gesture. “It’s simply the way things are. And it actually gives me the opportunity to re-evaluate my life, maybe do something else besides keep house for my brother.”
Jonas tried to keep his voice from rising in both pitch and volume. “Any idea what you’re going to do?”
She shook her head and a few loose strands of dark brown hair swished with the motion. “Nothing definitive yet.”
He cleared his throat, following the toe of her shoe as she poked it at a rock. “Perhaps I can offer a solution.”
“What might that be?”
She looked up and smiled softly and Jonas almost lost his nerve. Not because he couldn’t imagine spending the rest of his life with Nora, but because he didn’t want to tie her to yet another man who needed her more than she needed him.
But perhaps he had something to offer her other than physical comforts.