Classic Regency Romance
the spinster daughter of a vicar, is quietly content to manage the
chores in the household she shares with her father, and tend to the
needs of the less fortunate in their small village. When she discovers
the body of a man who's been badly beaten and robbed on the road near
their cottage, her compassionate nature compels her to take him in and
nurse him back to health. But sheltered as she is from the depravities
of the London ton, she's dismayed to learn that the ruggedly
handsome Hardcastle is a notorious rake and scoundrel-- a man who stirs
unfamiliar, and dangerous, feelings of physical longing within her.
Lord Hardcastle has led a debauched and dissolute
life, taking pleasure from woman at his whim and shrewdly breaking the
fortunes of lesser men in the gambling dens. While on his way to
collect a debt from his latest victim at the card table, he's beset by
highwaymen and left for dead, only to be saved by an angelis creature
as beautiful as she is virtuous. Captivated by the lovely Phaedra, and
shamed by her pure-hearted goodness, he's nonetheless drawn to thoughts
of seductions and concocts a fiendish scheme to coax her to his bed.
As Hardcastle skillfully leads her from genuine
affection to mounting desire, and Phaedra finds her resolve weakening,
she must struggle to defend her virtue against the promise of a deeply
tempting pleasure. And in a bold gamble that will change both their
lives, Phaedra agrees to wager her innocence against Hardcastle's
dishonorable ways-- as both come to realize that a true and lasting
love hangs in the balance and rests on the turn of a card.
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Donna Lea Simpson also writes mysteries under the pseudonyms of
Victoria Hamilton & Amanda Cooper?
Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. She
now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting, muffin baking and
dead bodies for Berkley Prime Crime in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and
Merry Muffin Mystery series.
Besides writing about murder and mayhem,
and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria collects vintage kitchen
wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups.
Victoria also writes the Teapot Collector
Mysteries as Amanda Cooper! You can find out more about Victoria Hamilton at her website, as well as on Facebook and Pinterest.
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|Latest Book by: Victoria Hamilton
Merry Muffin Mystery #3:
From the National Bestselling author of MUFFIN BUT MURDER, baker, Merry Wynter returns with a fresh tray of muffins and a case that has authorities stumped...
They say one's home is one's castle, but when it comes to Wynter
Castle, Merry would like it to belong to someone else. But until a
buyer bites, she could use some extra dough, so she decides to take in
renters. The idea pans out, and Merry's able to find a handful of
tenants eager to live in a real castle. The only problem is most of
them are crumby, tea-swilling old biddies.
The Legion of Horrible Ladies, as Merry calls them, is led by the terribly nasty--
and fabulously wealthy-- Cleta Sanson. The abrasive Englishwoman keeps
everyone whipped into a frenzy-- until she meets an embarrassing end
behind a locked door. Evidence reveals that Cleta was murdered, yet no
one is privy to how the deed was done. Merry knows she must quickly
find the killer before another of her guests gets greased...
*Includes Delicious Recipes!
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