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Lady Theodosia Rayne had been raised on the stories of the beloved broadsword that had been taken from their family and sold to the Devlin's. Those who possessed the sword also possessed good fortune. Her families fortune had gone downhill in the hundreds of years since the theft. When bad news hits her family—again—she forms a plan to bring the sword home—where it belongs.
Damian, the Duke if Devlin never thought much of the sword hanging on his office wall or why the Devlins hated the Raynes these many years. And then she came into his home to steal it. A modern day warrior. Fearless, proud, and determined.
This is a novella but is definitely a full story. I loved the humor mixed in with romance and her determination to reclaim, not steal, what belongs to her family. Looking forward to reading more about the Rayne family.
Book 2: Only For Her Honor (Scandal's Daughters Boxed Set)
Captain Lucas Rayne has returned home from the war a different man. After being kept as a prisoner of war he is no longer the rogue and happy man he was before he left. His family tiptoes around him and the servants are scared to death of him—well, he may have something to do with their fright. He's thankful his family is leaving for the Season in London. Only not alone...she has left another servant for him to chase off.
Eve Ormond is innocent of wrongdoing but carrying the name Ormond makes her guilty. An ancestor long ago had stolen from a family and sold a treasured item to their enemy. Her father committed even a more heinous crime. Because of her name, she returned to England as an outcast. Until she hired on as a war widow under a different name.
The past always seems to find it's way into the present. Eve was hired as a maid by the Rayne family—a family that hated her own. Be sure to read book one in the series; Only for His Lady. As with all of Christi Caldwell's books and series...it's another good one.
Twas the Night Before Scandal: Only For Their Love
Carol Cresswell has been avoiding Gregory Renshaw for the past four Seasons. Reason one; her mother is pushing her towards him. Reason two; she overheard him saying unkind words about her. Reason three; she doesn't want a marriage like her parents had. She wants love or nothing.
Lord Gregory Renshaw is called upon to be honorable for his family's sake. It had always been thought that his eldest brother would marry Minerva and the two powerful ducal families would be united. But Damian found true love. Now he's expected to step up.
When Carol and Gregory meet under unusual circumstances while at Renshaw Castle for the Christmastide Season, they find out that they aren't who they thought the other was. They may have found out too late that they could have actually been happy together. The reader can first meet Carol in her friend Theodosia’s story; Only for His Lady.
Lord Robert Dennington, Marquess of Westfield. The current Duke of Somerset has failed as his mission to get his son married off by throwing a summer house party. Robert's best friend found his soul-mate and married, so not a waste. Robert knows he must marry someday, but after what happened twelve years ago...he'll marry out of obligation. Not love. Never again will that emotion enter his life. Right.
Helena Banbury has had an interesting life. Her first years were good. The by-blow of a duke who was good to her mother. Until he threw them out. Twenty years later she has the scars from her younger days but she is safe. Maybe too safe. Her four brothers, one by blood and three by bond, are quite protective.
This story is quite unique. Helena and her “brothers” own The Hell and Sin Club. She's mostly banned to her upstairs rooms and the bookkeeping, but still...it's a club. From her view it's their income. The place that provides safety. And from their side of London—they aren't very fond of the gentry. Well, besides being willing to take their money.
The reader can meet Robert and his sister in Tempted by a Lady's Smile.
Lady Aldora Adamson and her friends gain a magical necklace from a gypsy. The wearer of the necklace will find the man of her dreams. As young ladies of the ton, the desired man would be a duke. Just the type of man Aldora needed to pay her father’s debts and secure her families future. Several years later as it’s her turn to wear the necklace, she puts her plan in motion. She has chosen the perfect man, even if he isn’t a duke.
Michael Knightly is in awe of the young woman he met in Hyde Park. Only he is not the one she wants. Like all of the London young ladies she’ll be after wealth and a title. A title his brother holds. Not only does he not have a title, he also carries a disgraceful past with him.
This is a shorter story but packed full of good reading. Aldora’s pride when it comes to her spectacles gets her into unique situations. And her honor to help her family has her trying to be a martyr. Looking forward to more stories in this series.
Lady Katherine Adamson felt plain next to her beloved and outgoing twin sister, Anne. She always ended up in Anne’s schemes and adventures as well. Only this time things don’t turn out so well as they go to in search of the magical necklace their sister Aldora once possessed. She needed to be rescued and of all people to rescue her, the Mad Duke.
Jasper Waincourt 8th Duke of Brainbridge did not want to be in London. He hated Society, ton...the gossip. In his dark dank castle he could hide and suffer for what he had done to his beautiful wife Lydia. He had killed her and his heart died right along with her. But the Lady Katherine is showing him that maybe he is not completely dead. Only guilt and vows will not allow him to have enjoyment or live again. Ever.
The search for the gold heart locket from In Need of Duke, the story of Lady Aldora Adamson, continues as Anne is a believer in the power of the locket. Katherine learned long ago about reality. After their father’s death they found out he had gambled everything away and leaving them destitute. But why not allow Anne to have her dreams?
Lady Anne Arlette Adamson is the last unmarried sister. Her twin sister, Katherine, found her love match and a duke at that, but he wasn't the “right” duke to make their mother happy. As if anything would make their mother happy. Anne did set her heart on a duke and she just needed help to get his attention. Who better than her sister's rogue friend to teach her how to seduce a man?
Harry Falston, the 6th Earl of Stanhope had loved and lost and fell deep in the ways of a rogue these past eight years. He could charm almost any woman he wanted. He only failed once to seduce, Katherine Adamson. It seems his charms also hold no power over Anne Adamson and yet she needs his help. What could it hurt?
The past can rule a person's life and decisions. The haze of the past often distorts the present and future. The Countess of Wakefield has been jaded by her late husband and her children have been affected by his actions as well. Can Anne break through the past like her sisters did? Be sure to read Adora's story in book one; In Need of a Duke and Katherine's story in book two; For Love of the Duke. Great series.
Lady Imogen Isabel Moore could be down on love after what happened to her, but she still hopes for it one day. She just won't fall for another man like she previously did. When she falls in love it will be the opposite of the Duke of Montrose. A man who does not drink brandy and live the life of a rogue. Never a man like her best friend's brother.
The Marquess of Waverly, Lord Alex Edgerton, is left to enjoy his vices alone after his friend Stanhope falls in love. Love is not something Alex believes in or ever plans on receiving. As a second son the women enjoy him in their bed, nothing more. Only now, his older brother has interrupted Alex's life with one of his commands.
I really enjoyed this story. Imogen and her friend Chloe were exciting characters. Alex was definitely a rogue but once you saw the man inside...it was hard not to love him. There are some other secondary characters that I hope get their own stories too.
Lady Daisy Laurel Meadows was in love with a duke, no, a man who just happened to be a duke. But she was invisible to him. What she needed was that special necklace she had heard about, the heart of a duke necklace from an old gypsy. Then he would love her too.
Auric Kinsley Richards, the 8th Duke of Crawford had made an error in his life seven years ago that has haunted him ever since. And ruined so many lives. He had to do his best for the mother and sister left behind after his friend's death. Only when did little Daisy go from being that little girl to a beautiful woman?
Another great story in this series that follows young women who are determined to find that perfect gentleman to marry. They believe the fabled heart of a duke necklace will bring the love of their lives to them.
Jane Munroe's life was not an easy one. The by-blow of a duke, a mother who died loving said duke, and working for aristocrats that thought of her as their property...to abuse and dispose of as they wanted. After losing yet another job, she does something unheard of... After all when it comes to survival it's all about oneself.
Gabriel Edgerton, Marquess of Waverly, had no intention of ever marrying. He hated his title because he hated his sire, so he had no desire to pass the line down. But he did care about his family and his goal was to marry off his last sibling so he had no more responsibilities to his family. Finding Chloe a proper companion was important. The woman who showed up for the job was not that person.
I love this series. It all starts with a Gypsy giving some girls a necklace that is said to win them the heart of a duke. Whether a duke, an earl or even a rogue...these stories follow the necklace as it falls into the hands of young women and love is found. Gabriel's brother Alex had his story in book three, The Love of a Rogue.
Edmund Deering, the 5th Marquess of Rutland would seem to have no redeeming qualities at all. He lives a dark life in his dark clubs. And he lives for revenge. His next target for destruction should have been an easy one, only he wasn't prepared for Phoebe Barrett.
Phoebe Barrett had dreams of love and marriage. Unbelievable since her father's horrid reputation had her on the bad side of the ton. Being a victim of the tons gossip, she refused to listen to anything about the marquess. She saw the man inside that no one else did. Or was he just that good at pretending while he went after what he wanted?
Both Phoebe and Edmund had negatives when it came to their parents but each took a different road in life. Edmund has been mentioned in the other books as well. Another great book in this series.
**Sexual content (Unlike her other books this is outside of marriage)
William Hargrove, the Marquess of Grafton has been avoiding the inevitable for eight years now. He made a deal with his father...travel for eight years before marrying the harridan he was promised to. Eight years was not long enough.
Clarisse Falcot built a wall of ice around her. She was the perfect daughter of duke. Haughty, prideful, and could cower anyone with one look. She was also friendless and even if she wouldn't admit it...lonely.
Since her mother died, Clarisse, or Cara as she preferred, had not known love. And now she is once again ignored and forgotten by her father. As it ends up, it may have been the best thing that ever happened to her.
Marcus Gray, the Viscount of Wessex is a rogue. A rogue who wanted nothing to do with love. He had given his heart once and that didn't turn out so well. Eight years later and he still hates the woman who broke his heart...and now she's returned to London.
Eleanor Collins has one joy in her life. Her daughter. She will do anything for her little girl. Even return to London and take a chance of running into her past. But she has nowhere else to go and her aunt has offered them a place in with her. Maybe she can avoid those from her past...unlikely.
Another wonderful, heart tugging story from this series. Eleanor has gone through some tough times and survived. Marcus has endured much too, he just tried to escape down a different path. The daughter and aunt add much to the story as all are endearing characters that were easy to fall in love with.
Lady Genevieve Farendale is a prime example of the unfairness of women in a man's world. Left standing alone at the altar wasn't enough—oh no—her fiancé had to add that she was ruined. Five years later she still finds herself “ruined” and being pushed to an unwanted marriage.
Cedric Falcot, the Marquess of St. Albans lives in sin and wickedness. He believes like father like son and lives up to that belief quite well. He's much more comfortable in the underbelly of London than among Society. Only now, his father threatens him to marry or else.
A marriage of convenience seems to be the answer to their problems. Or is it the beginning? The rules for the marriage—basically freedom for both of them. This has been one of the most intense stories I've read from this author, and loved it. A definite page turner from beginning to end.
Lady Philippa Winston had always been weak and pathetic. Doing what was right in Society and her families eyes. Marrying a man who her brother thought would be a good husband. He couldn't have been more wrong. She was happy to be a widow. She didn't believe there were good men—until Miles.
Miles Brookfield, the Marquess of Guilford, never thought—or cared—about his title. His mother had a wife picked out for him, and he figured they'd make do. Then he meets Philippa and realizes “making do” would never be enough for him in a marriage.
Philippa's daughter Faith is absolutely adorable and comes to life on these pages. Wonderful series. Philippa's brothers' stories are in the third book; The Love of a Rogue, and book five; To Love a Lord.
Daphne Smith loved spending time with her best friend, Daniel. Swimming, racing, and just enjoying their young lives. And when he found her hurt and carried her home...her young self fell in love with him. Only life took some sharp turns and upended her dreams.
Daniel Winterbourne, 5th Earl of Montfort, had stopped being a carefree young lad when it seemed anyone he cared for died. Instead, he became an unfeeling, selfish, wicked rake. Perhaps one of the wickedest rakes in London.
When his uncle gives Daniel an ultimatum, Daphne fits well into the plan. They haven't seen each other for some years, but he needs a companion for his sister and Daphne needs a job. The sooner Daniel can marry off Alice, the sooner he can get back to his life of debauchery. Book 9; The Lure of a Rake introduces the reader to just how evil Daniel is.
Sybil Cunning, at nine and twenty, was a spinster. If she were to be alone, she wanted to prove she could be happy about it. She had a plan. There was still one well-known rake in London during the Christmastide season, she would find him and pay him to help her research her theory. Should be easy enough to do.
Nolan Pratt, Baron Webb, the worst of the rakes in London, had a secret. Because of his secret, his family was in dire straights. So when the unique miss came to him with an offer that she'd pay him if he helped her—he couldn't say no. And actually, he didn't want to say no.
A fun, page turning novella of a rake and a bluestocking. Talk about opposites attracting... Some unique secondary characters in this story as well.
Lady Eloise Yardley, Countess of Sherborne is on a mission. Her childhood friend and the only man she has ever loved needs to return home. And she was elected to find him and get him there, not an easy mission. Especially when the man she finds is not even close to the young boy she grew up with.
Lieutenant Lucien Jonas, or Jones as he's known by these days, is just existing in life. His losses in the past years have been more than he can handle. Maybe that is why he has put all the blame at his father's feet and has hated and avoided the man since he returned from the useless war his father sent him to. Until she returns to his life and disrupts everything.
As all of the books by this author, I loved this story. The characters become so real. I hope this series will be telling more of the stories of the men at London Hospital, where Lucien had spent much of his time. That is where the reader first meets Lucien in book one of the Scandalous Season series, Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride. He was a broken man wanting to die until the Drakes come and offer him work and try to get him back into the world of the living.
Prudence Tidemore is the younger sister to Jonathan “Sin” Sinclair from Always a Rogue, Forever My Love. Between Jonathan marrying the governess and her sister Patrina's scandal, Prudence has to be on her best behavior. Prudence had never been known for behaving herself.
Christian Villiers, Marquess of St. Cyr has gone from a dark hole...to an even darker hole. As if carrying the guilt from war wasn't enough, he's inherited a new title that is deep in debt. To help his mother and sister, he's left with only one choice...marriage. For a rogue, that is not a good thing.
Loved this story. These dark brooding guys just bring out the love of a good woman, even if said brooding guy thinks he doesn't want one. Christian finds out what the Tidemore women are made of when he meets Prudence.
Derek Winters, the 8th Duke of Blackthorne is a bitter young man. After being scarred during the war and having people think he looked like a beast...he started to act like one as well. Growling, snarling, and yelling at his servants...scaring most away. Including the governesses and nursemaids who care for his unwanted ward.
Lily Benedict had once been a country vicar's daughter. How life had changed in the past eight years. She was long past the naive fifteen-year-old who believed handsome lord's promises...or was she? It seems at three and twenty she hasn't learned her lesson in trusting the nobility.
Trust is a volatile emotion. Even when you trust someone, life experience can step in and mess things up. Lily was only full of hate for the Blackthorne line and was willing to do what she had to for a secure future. When the battle for right and wrong wages within her...her past blurs the line. I suggest reading Captivated by a Lady's Charm, book two, first as Christian Villiers and Derek's stories run together.
Miss Gemma Reed has not been treated well in her young life. Society is not kind to those who aren't beautiful...outwardly...and have interests unlike young ladies are supposed to have. She would prefer fishing or riding horse to embroidering or being a simpering miss who bats her eyelashes behind her fan. After three awful Seasons, she is heading to her best friend's summer house party and hoping to tell the man she loves her feelings.
Mr. Richard Jonas has locked his heart up tight. The woman he loved never returned his feelings. He's not excited at being at his friend's house party, but it's better than being with his family and seeing the woman he loved with her husband...his brother.
The house party turns out a little different than what Gemma and Richard had expected. And the both of them see their past and the people they thought they loved in a much different perspective. Richard is first introduced in book one of this series; Seduced by a Lady's Heart. It is his brother Lucien's story.
The Marquess of Drake has gone out of the way to avoid his betrothal agreement. Angry at having his life set for him, he’d taken control of what he could. Joining in the war to escape only ended him returning scarred and a different man than he was.
Emmaline Fitzhugh wanted love and her own home. She was betrothed since the young age of five. While other young debutantes could enjoy the Season, she was stuck in the corner with the wallflowers. Even after her betrothed returned from war, he still hasn’t claimed her. So she takes things into her own hands.
It’s a tough road for these two with Drake’s post-war issues and both of them being betrothed so young and not having a choice in their future. And Emmaline hoping for love as well. Looking forward to reading the next books in this series. I loved the characters and the storyline.
Christopher Quenby Ansley, Earl of Waxham was being told to marry his childhood nemesis or they would end up penniless. That girl had been the bane of his existence growing up, not to mention worst of all...the stable fire. No, he wouldn’t marry her. And he knew just how to get the attention off of himself as a suitor. Problem was that she wasn’t that little pain in the backside child anymore.
Sophie Winters is in her third Season. At least the previous two Seasons she sat in the wallflower section with her friend Emmaline, but her friend had found true love and married. Sophie knew she was no catch, too plump and too outgoing. And it definitely didn’t help that she was the favorite topic in the scandal sheets.
They live in a time where the male often looks for a woman with a large dowry if his own coffers are low. The woman’s family usually wants their daughter to marry for a title. No choices. And if you decide you might actually care for the person your family chooses, pride will usually interfere. Good thing love can overcome so many things.
I’m really enjoying this series and looking forward to more. Her characters have such vivid personalities. Book one is Forever Betrothed, Never a Bride and book three is Always Proper, Suddenly Scandalous and book four is Always a Rogue, Forever Her Love.
Geoffrey Winters, Viscount Redbrooke is close to his thirtieth year and has decided to find a wife. He has his orderly lists of how to accomplish this. He has a nice meek, well-behaved young lady in mind even, some may think a boring one. But sometimes even the grandest of perfect plans can end up with a hitch in them.
Abigail Stone had to flee from American to her uncle in England after she falls into a bit of a scandal. At the young age of twenty she has really messed up. She misses home but knows she cannot return there yet, if ever. Her parents hope she can make a match with a nice lord here in England. Only what happens if her secret makes it’s way across the ocean? She’ll be ruined all over again, that’s what.
Sometimes a man may think he knows what he wants and needs...only sometimes that man can be very wrong. And a woman can run quite a ways from home to escape her past but it never seems to be far enough. Can this stodgy viscount and an American find a happy ending? Or will their pasts dictate their futures?
This has been such an enjoyable series. Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride is book one, book two is Never Courted, Suddenly Wed. Looking forward to the next books in the series as each book introduces characters that I want to hear more about.
Jonathan Tidemore, 5th Earl of Sinclair lives the life of a rogue. His nickname says it all, Sin. However, he has a few women problems; a mother who is always after him to marry. Right, like he’s ready to give up his rogue life. Four sisters; one who is on her second Season and three still in the schoolroom and they seem to have a knack for chasing governesses away. And now he has a woman demanding he has something she wants. Well, maybe he can solve one problem at least, as she has something he would like too.
Juliet Marshville cannot believe how her life has gone downhill. Since her beloved father died over a year ago, her idiot brother has been living the life of a reprobate. For instance he is gambling and losing at. In fact, he has gambled and lost her beloved Rosecliff Cottage and more. An offer of work where she can gain back her cottage seems to be her best option. Or is it?
The author wrote such unique personalities for Sinclair’s sisters and his own character has so many facets to it. In this series the reader has met the handsome rogue in book one, as Drake’s best friend, and book three where he too was wooing the American, Miss Stone. Definitely a series worth reading.
Lady Patrina Tidemore’s life had changed in the past year. She made a foolish mistake that not only threw her into spinsterhood, but may hurt her three sisters when it was time for them to marry. The London Society was not only unforgiving, but they never forgot. Breaking Society’s rules one day in Hyde Park has a very different outcome for Patrina.
Weston Aldridge, 4th Marquess of Beaufort had become a bitter man. After his wife’s betrayal to him and their children, he removed himself from Society and from enjoying life. He may also have let discipline slide a bit with his two children. Maybe he let it slide a lot.
Patrina is one of Jonathan Sinclair’s sisters. Her story starts in Always a Rogue, Forever Her Love when she makes a very poor decision. I’ve enjoyed all of the books in this series and I hope we get to see more of the Tidemore sisters in future books as they all have unique personalities.
Sebastian Fitzhugh, 5th Duke of Mallen is almost thirty-two and knows the time is closing in when he will need to find a wife. The problem is he hates the idea of some title-grabbing débutante. He wants a woman who sees him as a man, not just a duke.
Hermione Rogers is in London to save her family. At twenty-one she has been burdened for many years with the care of her siblings. Her dear older sister's situation has just pushed the need to marry upfront. She knows true love from her parents and wants that for herself. And she would like a duke, but not for the usual reasons.
Another great story in this series. It had me going through a few tissues now and then. A really good storyline and excellent secondary characters that added much to the story, such as Hermione's young brother and sister. The reader first meets Sebastian in the first book of this series; Forever Betrothed, Never the Bride.
For Lady Alexandra, being the source of a cold, calculated wager is bad enough...but when it is waged by Nathaniel Michael Winters, 5th Earl of Pembroke, the man she's in love with, it results in a broken heart, the scandal of the season, and a summons from her grandfather--the Duke of Danby.
To escape Society's gossip, she hurries to her meeting with the duke, determined to put memories of the earl far behind. Except the duke has other plans for Alexandra...plans which include the 5th Earl of Pembroke!
Five years ago when her love, Marcus Wheatley, failed to return from fighting Napoleon’s forces, Lady Olivia Foster buried her heart. Unable to betray Marcus’s memory, Olivia has gone out of her way to run off prospective suitors. At three and twenty she considers herself firmly on the shelf. Her father, however, disagrees and accepts an offer for Olivia’s hand in marriage. Yet it’s Christmas, when anything can happen…
Olivia receives a well-timed summons from her grandfather, the Duke of Danby, and eagerly embraces the reprieve from her betrothal.
Only, when Olivia arrives at Danby Castle, she realizes the Christmas season is a time of hope, second chances, and even miracles.
Brethren of the Lords
Book 1: My Lady of Deception Amazon ********************
The following journey was never intended for publication. It was written from a mother, to her unborn child. The words detailed her struggle through infertility and the joy of finally being pregnant. A stunning revelation at her son's birth opened a world of both fear and discovery. This is the story of one mother's love and hope and... her quest for uninterrupted joy.
Four enjoyable stories that take place at a Christmas house party. Four friends have decided it's time for their four eldest daughters to marry. The girls have been through several unsuccessful Seasons and so the mama's are going to take over and push their daughters towards the men they think are right for their girls.
Her Christmas Rogue by Christi Caldwell
Lady Winifred Grisham has been in love with her brother's best friend for years. As the Christmas season closes in and she fears her mother is matchmaking for her, it's time to see if her feelings are returned.
Lord Trent Ballantine is a second son. Living a roguish lifestyle never bothered him until now. And it was too late to change his past. Is it too late to change his future.