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 She was determined to secure the succession, he was in it for the pleasure. Falling in love was not part of the arrangement.

When dashing twenty-five-year-old Stephen Cranbourne arrives at the estate he will one day inherit, it’s expected he will make a match with his beautiful second cousin, Araminta. 

But while proud, fiery Araminta and her shy, plain sister, Hetty, parade their very different charms before him, it’s their mother, Sybil, a lonely and discarded wife, who evokes first his sympathy and then stokes his lustful fires. 

As Stephen introduces Sybil to every pleasure she’s been deprived of, duty and passion become a deep and mutual love. But with the unexpected arrival of a contender to the estate, Sybil realises that what she's set in motion to save the family might have tragic consequences.

Her Gilded Prison is Book 1 in the Daughters of Sin series, a Regency-set 'Dynasty' that follows the sibling rivalry between Viscount Partington's two nobly-born and his illegitimate daughters as they compete for love during a London Season. Her Gilded Prison can, however, be read as a stand-alone.

Book 1: Her Gilded Prison
Book 2: Dangerous Gentlemen
Book 3: The Mysterious Governess
Book 4: Beyond Rubies
Book 5: Lady Unveiled~The Cuckold Conspiracy

Heat rating: sizzling.
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Why should I read the Daughters of Sin series?

If you like your historical romance laced with intrigue, mystery and drama with a dash of humor, you’ll love this Regency-era Dynasty.

There are plenty of unexpected twists and turns in the storyline as four very different sisters – two nobly born, two illegitimate – compete for love
b as they bring to justice a dangerous, handsome villain.

Essentially each book is a self-contained romance with an espionage plot woven throughout the series.

While each book features one ‘worthy’ sister, it's beautiful but vain and selfish Araminta who embroils her half-sisters in subterfuge and drama as she tries to extricate herself from a very big problem that occurs at the end of Dangerous Gentlemen, Book 2.

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Two nobly born debutantes and their illegitimate sisters - a governess and an actress - compete for love while bringing to justice a handsome, dangerous traitor in these passionate, intrigue-filled Regency romances.


HER GILDED PRISON ~ She was determined to secure the succession, he was in it for the pleasure. Falling in love was not part of the arrangement.


When dashing twenty-five-year-old Stephen Cranbourne arrives at the estate he will one day inherit, it's expected he will make a match with his beautiful second cousin, Araminta.


But while proud, fiery Araminta and her shy, plain sister, Hetty, parade their very different charms before him, it's their mother, Sybil, a lonely and discarded wife, who evokes first his sympathy and then stokes his lustful fires.


As Stephen introduces Sybil to every pleasure she's been deprived of, duty turns to a deep and mutual love. But with the unexpected arrival of a contender to the estate, Sybil realises that what she's set in motion to save the family might have tragic consequences.


DANGEROUS GENTLEMEN ~ Shy, plain Hetty was the wallflower beneath his notice…until a terrible mistake has one dangerous, delicious rake believing she's the "fair Cyprian" ordered for his pleasure.


Shy, self-effacing Henrietta knows her place—in her dazzling older sister's shadow. She's a little brown peahen to Araminta's bird of paradise. But when Hetty mistakenly becomes embroiled in the Regency underworld, the innocent debutante finds herself shockingly compromised by the dashing, dangerous Sir Aubrey, the very gentleman her heart desires. And the man Araminta has in her cold, calculating sights.


Branded an enemy of the Crown, bitter over the loss of his wife, Sir Aubrey wants only to lose himself in the warm, willing body of the young "prostitute" Hetty. As he tutors her in the art of lovemaking, Aubrey is pleased to find Hetty not only an ardent student, but a bright, witty and charming companion.


Despite a spoiled Araminta plotting for a marriage offer and a powerful political enemy damaging his reputation, Aubrey may suffer the greatest betrayal at the hands of the little "concubine" who's managed to breach the stony exterior of his heart.


THE MYSTERIOUS GOVERNESS ~ Lissa Hazlett lives life in the shadows. The beautiful, illegitimate daughter of Viscount Partington earns her living as an overworked governess while her vain and spoiled half-sister, Araminta, enjoys London's social whirl as its most feted debutante.


When Lissa's rare talent as a portraitist brings her unexpectedly into the bosom of society – and into the midst of a scandal involving Araminta and suspected English traitor Lord Debenham – she finds an unlikely ally: charming and besotted Ralph Tunley, Lord Debenham's underpaid, enterprising secretary. Ralph can't afford to leave the employ of the villainous viscount much less keep a wife but he can help Lissa cleverly navigate a perilous web of lies that will ensure everyone gets what they deserve.


Heat rate: medium to sizzling


What readers are saying about the series:


"These books are the best written time pieces I've ever read."


“Lies, misdeeds, treachery, and romance. What an impressive story!”


"This book has it all: secrets, intrigue, murder and romance. I finished it in one sitting."


♥♥♥ Step back in time for a Regency-era family saga with more intrigue than 'Dynasty' ♥♥♥

She was the wallflower beneath his notice…until a terrible mistake has one dangerous, delicious rake believing she's the "fair Cyprian" ordered for his pleasure.

Lady Henrietta has always known her place—in her dazzling older sister’s shadow. She’s a little brown peahen to Araminta’s bird of paradise.

But when the innocent debutante is mistaken for her common namesake "Hetty" and embroiled in the Regency underworld, she finds herself shockingly compromised by the dashing, dangerous Sir Aubrey, the very gentleman her heart desires. And the man Araminta has in her cold, calculating sights.

Branded an enemy of the Crown, bitter over the loss of his wife, Sir Aubrey wants only to lose himself in the warm, willing body of the young “prostitute” Hetty. As he tutors her in the art of lovemaking, Aubrey is pleased to find Hetty not only an ardent student but a bright, witty and charming companion. 

Despite a spoiled Araminta plotting for a marriage offer and a powerful political enemy damaging his reputation, Aubrey believes he's been set up to suffer his greatest betrayal at the hands of the little “concubine” who’s managed to breach the stony exterior of his heart.

Until the 'the little brown peahen' reveals her true colors.

Regency romance readers who loved 'Dynasty' will enjoy the trials and tribulations of the noble, scheming Partington family.
What Readers are Saying About the Series:

“…lies, misdeeds, treachery, and romance. What an impressive story! Ms. Oakley has a unique way of telling her stories, bringing unknown heroes/ heroines into the spotlight, as they navigate a world of espionage, and intrigue, all while trying to survive and find their HEA. Magnificent and mesmerizing!” ~ Amazon reader

"[Hetty's] unswerving devotion isn't reserved for Aubrey, but extends to her family as well, even when they don't deserve it. I liked her, though. She's sweet but not unbelievably so. The red-alert Kill Bill moment when she unravels her father's other life is classic. :D And I loved her attitude about sex -- i.e., so certain of a loveless marriage (or perhaps no marriage at all) that she seizes the chance to brazen it out & enjoy herself." ~ Dangerous Gentlemen reviewer.

“Full of secrets, murders, intrigues and you feel you know the characters and want to strangle some of them, especially Araminta!!! I have since read all in the series and can’t wait for Book 5... This is a series I will read again and again.” ~ Amazon reader

Buy this exciting romance filled with sensuous heat today!

Book 1: Her Gilded Prison
Book 2: Dangerous Gentlemen
Book 3: The Mysterious Governess
Book 4: Beyond Rubies
Book 5: Lady Unveiled ~ The Cuckold Conspiracy

Heat rating: sizzling.
Two beautiful sisters – one an illegitimate governess, the other a celebrated debutante – compete for love amidst the scandal and intrigue of a Regency London Season.
Lissa Hazlett lives life in the shadows. The beautiful, unacknowledged daughter of Viscount Partington earns her living as drudge to the social climbing Lamonts while her vain and spoiled half sister, Araminta, enjoys London’s social whirl as its most feted debutante. 


When Lissa’s rare talent as a portraitist brings her unexpectedly into the bosom of society – and into the midst of a scandal involving Araminta and suspected English traitor Lord Debenham – she finds an unlikely ally: charming and besotted Ralph Tunley, Lord Debenham’s underpaid, enterprising secretary. Ralph can’t afford to leave the employ of the villainous viscount much less keep a wife but as an accepted member of the ton he can help Lissa cleverly navigate a perilous web of lies that will ensure everyone gets what they deserve.

THE MYSTERIOUS GOVERNESS is Book 3 in the Daughters of Sin series but can be read as a stand-alone as it features the sibling rivalry between Viscount Partington's two nobly-born and three illegitimate daughters from a completely different perspective.

Book 1: Her Gilded Prison
Book 2: Dangerous Gentlemen
Book 3: The Mysterious Governess
Book 4: Beyond Rubies
Book 5: Lady Unveiled~The Cuckold's Conspiracy

Heat rating: sensual.

The Daughters of Sin series has been described as a Regency-set 'Dynasty'.

What readers are saying:
"The storyline is uniquely designed, and cleverly executed. Spies, traitors, deception, betrayal, mystery, suspense and romance, bring together an intriguing Regency Romance, with many twists and turns, and an abundance of adventure"~Amazon customer.

"Magnificent and mesmerising." ~Amazon customer. 

Two nobly-born debutantes and their illegitimate half sisters compete for love while trying to bring to justice a handsome, dangerous villain during a hectic Regency London season.

Caught up in a high-stakes game of intrigue and deceit orchestrated by the eldest sister - vain and ambitious Lady Araminta Partington, the ton's reigning beauty - each sister must play her part to bring a dangerous traitor to justice while finding a man deserving of her love and special talents. 

Her Gilded Prison ~ She was determined to secure the succession, he was in it for the pleasure. Falling in love was not part of the arrangement.

When dashing twenty-five-year-old Stephen Cranbourne arrives at the estate he will one day inherit, it’s expected he will make a match with his beautiful second cousin, Araminta-not fall in love with her lonely, neglected mother.

Dangerous Gentlemen ~ Shy, self-effacing Lady Henrietta was the wallflower beneath his notice…until a terrible mistake has one dangerous, delicious rake believing she's the "fair Cyprian" ordered for his pleasure.

Lady Henrietta has always known her place—in her dazzling older sister’s shadow. She’s a little brown peahen to Araminta’s bird of paradise.

But when the innocent debutante is mistaken for her common namesake "Hetty" and embroiled in the Regency underworld, she finds herself shockingly compromised by the dashing, dangerous Sir Aubrey, the very gentleman her heart desires. And the man Araminta has in her cold, calculating sights.

The Mysterious Governess ~ Lissa Hazlett lives life in the shadows. The beautiful, illegitimate daughter of Viscount Partington earns her living as an overworked governess while her vain and spoiled half sister, Araminta, enjoys London’s social whirl as its most feted debutante. 

When Lissa’s rare talent as a portraitist brings her unexpectedly into the bosom of society, she’s embroiled in a scandal involving Araminta and suspected English traitor Lord Debenham. But with an unlikely ally - charming and besotted Ralph Tunley who is also Lord Debenham’s underpaid, enterprising secretary - Lissa cleverly navigates a perilous web of lies to ensure everyone gets what they deserve.

Beyond Rubies ~ Fame. Fortune. And finally a marriage proposal!

Kitty La Bijou, celebrated London actress, mistress to handsome Lord Nash and the unacknowledged illegitimate daughter of Viscount Partington has escaped her humble beginnings and found fame, fortune and love. But the respectability she craves eludes her. When she stumbles across Araminta, her nobly-born half-sister, on the verge of giving birth just seven months after marrying dangerous Viscount Debenham, Kitty realises respectability is no guarantee of character or happiness. 

But helping Araminta has unwittingly embroiled Kitty in a scandalous deception involving a ruthless brothel madam, a priceless ruby necklace and the future heir to a dazzling fortune. 

Lady Unveiled: The Cuckold Conspiracy ~ Kitty has the love of the man of her dreams but as London’s most acclaimed actress and a member of the demimondaine, she accepts she can never be kind and handsome Lord Silverton’s lawful wedded wife.

Choosing honor over desire, Kitty joins forces with her sister, Lissa, to bring to justice suspected traitor, Lord Debenham. Exposing the dark secret of one of the sisters is the only way for to achieve justice for all.

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Branded a bastard in her village, Kitty Hazlett runs away to find a more appreciative audience in London as Kitty La Bijou, celebrated actress, desired by princes and aristocrats.

She’s soon embroiled in a passionate but highly unsuitable love affair, despite the fact her greatest dream is for true love and respectability.

But when Kitty stumbles across Araminta, her nobly born half-sister, on the verge of giving birth barely seven months after marrying dangerous Viscount Debenham, Kitty realises respectability is no guarantee of character or happiness. 

However, helping Araminta has unwittingly embroiled Kitty in a scandalous deception involving a ruthless brothel madam, a priceless ruby necklace and the future heir to a dazzling fortune. 

And when Kitty finally receives an offer of marriage from unexpected quarters, that will seemingly solve all her problems, she must choose. Respectability or love?

Beyond Rubies is Book #4 in the thrilling, intrigue-filled Daughters of Sin series. It should be read in conjunction with the rest of the series.


What is the Daughters of Sin series about?


The Daughters of Sin series is a Regency-set 'Dynasty' for those who like their historical romance full of drama and laced with mystery and intrigue. It features four sisters - two nobly born, the other two, illegitimate - who compete for love during an exciting London season while bringing to justice a dangerous traitor.

What readers are saying:

“…lies, misdeeds, treachery, and romance. What an impressive story! Ms. Oakley has a unique way of telling her stories, bringing unknown heroes/ heroines into the spotlight, as they navigate a world of espionage, and intrigue, all while trying to survive and find their HEA. Magnificent and mesmerizing!” ~ Amazon reader

“Full of secrets, murders, intrigues and you feel you know the characters and want to strangle some of them, especially Araminta!!! I have since read all in the series and can’t wait for Book 5... This is a series I will read again and again.” ~ Amazon reader

Below is the order of the books:

Book 1: Her Gilded Prison
Book 2: Dangerous Gentlemen
Book 3: The Mysterious Governess
Book 4: Beyond Rubies
Book 5: Lady Unveiled: The Cuckold’s Conspiracy

When spoiled heiress Lady Sarah Miles assumes the identity of a drowned governess to escape an undesirable marriage, she never expected to fall in love with her employer or become so attached to her difficult charge, Caro.


After a month living at the grand estate of reformist MP Roland Hawthorne where she is governess to the widower’s rebellious sixteen-year-old daughter, Sarah is greatly changed. Gaining Caro's trust and earning Roland's love is much more important to her than new ballgowns and dancing slippers.


But Sarah’s deceit has played into the hands of an unexpected adversary; a man who wants to punish Roland and who uses Caro as a pawn in a high-stakes game of revenge.


Now Sarah must risk everything she holds dear if she's to save Caro, protect Roland from the past - and redeem herself.


Heat rating: Sweet but filled with intrigue and the unexpected


What readers are saying:


"Dramatic, heartfelt and unusual!’ Eikli sweeps you away into a dangerous world where only the most daring player wins love." ~ Best-selling romance writer, Anna Campbell.


"Pleasurable regency that has a lot of actions with turns. Sweet and clean with no sex is just how I like them." ~ Amazon Reader


"The love story/ romance was clean and wholesome. The ending left you feeling warm and fuzzy." ~ Amazon Reader


"Full of action, scandal and...a tumultuous love story. If you like historical fiction with suggested romance, or sweet and HEA, this is the book for you." ~ Amazon Reader


I enjoyed this twist on the old gothic novel standby plot of the governess in the mysterious household. This imaginative writer stands a lot of the expected clichés on their heads and treats the reader to something rather different and refreshing." ~ Long and Short Reviews

A handsome libertine accepts a wicked wager to win the favour of his unscrupulous ladylove. A virtuous young woman is set to be ruined on the eve of her arranged marriage.


Charismatic rakes and dark agendas set the scene in this multi-layered Georgian mystery and romance in which innocent Celeste Rosington must play a risky game if she’s not to fall victim to the greed and ambition of her powerful enemies.


But just who is the enemy?


When Celeste disguises herself to aid her future husband, she inadvertently finds herself in the arms of notorious libertine, Lord Peregrine.


And she likes it.


But with her reputation in the balance, Celeste soon finds herself navigating the treacherous waters of envy, intrigue and deadly secrets.


As an unwitting pawn in a deadly battle between adversaries, she must choose where to place her allegiance.


Her greatest conflict is between her head and her heart.


Choosing the wrong man, she knows, could mean the difference between life and death.



*Wicked Wager was previously published by Harlequin Escape under the name Beverley Eikli. This exciting, fast-paced Georgian romance with mystery and intrigue has since been revised.


Here's what the readers say:


“Cloaked in mystery and dark agendas Wicked Wager…is a wonderful expedition into intrigue and romance! Nothing is as it seems in this book and as the story evolved clues and romance built.” ~ Jenerated Reviews.


“The author knows how to weave a web full of mystery and suspense, and I had a great time relating to the heroine. Wicked Wager isn't the typical historical romance, it's very complex and intense.” ~ Kindle Reader


“A great novel about a lord who is bored and likes playing games, especially when there are women involved. The game playing is fun and the romantic aspect …is great.” ~ Amazon Reader


“A powerful page-turner with a compelling romance, a gripping 'edge of the seat' mystery and characters that held me spellbound.” ~ Amazon Reader


"Full of mystery, intrigue, and romance. This book is set aside from all others. Totally immersible and hadn't realised I had finished it until I turned the last page. What a book!!"~ Kindle Reader

A handsome libertine accepts a wicked wager to win the favour of his unscrupulous ladylove. A virtuous young woman is set to be ruined on the eve of her arranged marriage.


Charismatic rakes and dark agendas set the scene in this multi-layered Georgian mystery and romance in which innocent Celeste Rosington must play a risky game if she’s not to fall victim to the greed and ambition of her powerful enemies.


But just who is the enemy?


When Celeste disguises herself to aid her future husband, she inadvertently finds herself in the arms of notorious libertine, Lord Peregrine.


And she likes it.


But with her reputation in the balance, Celeste soon finds herself navigating the treacherous waters of envy, intrigue and deadly secrets.


As an unwitting pawn in a deadly battle between adversaries, she must choose where to place her allegiance.


Her greatest conflict is between her head and her heart.


Choosing the wrong man, she knows, could mean the difference between life and death.



*Wicked Wager was previously published by Harlequin Escape under the name Beverley Eikli. This exciting, fast-paced Georgian romance with mystery and intrigue has since been revised.


Here's what the readers say:


“Cloaked in mystery and dark agendas Wicked Wager…is a wonderful expedition into intrigue and romance! Nothing is as it seems in this book and as the story evolved clues and romance built.” ~ Jenerated Reviews.


“The author knows how to weave a web full of mystery and suspense, and I had a great time relating to the heroine. Wicked Wager isn't the typical historical romance, it's very complex and intense.” ~ Kindle Reader


“A great novel about a lord who is bored and likes playing games, especially when there are women involved. The game playing is fun and the romantic aspect …is great.” ~ Kindle Reader


“A powerful page-turner with a compelling romance, a gripping 'edge of the seat' mystery and characters that held me spellbound.” ~ Kindle Reader


"Full of mystery, intrigue, and romance. This book is set aside from all others. Totally immersible and hadn't realised I had finished it until I turned the last page. What a book!!"~ Kindle Reader

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