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Having never left Upper Barrington in her twenty years, orphan Miss Emma Hastings is  overjoyed when the uncle she's never met invites her to come live with him in London. Everything about living in the Capital lures her. She doesn't even mind sharing her seat in the mail coach with a gargantuan man whose belly rests on his lap. Even when her uncle fails to meet her at the posting inn in London, she's too exhilarated over the city's sights and sounds to be worried. After many hours pass and her uncle does not collect her, she determines to lug her trunk behind her as she struggles through London's streets at night to find her uncle's home.

Spurned by his mistress and vowing to never love again, Adam Birmingham, whose family is the richest in Britain, decides to get very drunk. As he's staggering home, he takes pity on a very small young lady who's lugging a very large trunk behind her. In the rain. Her destination is the home of his next-door neighbor, but no one answers the bell. Adam is compelled to ask the young woman to spend the night at his home. Promptly after showing her the chamber in which she'll sleep, Adam passes out on her chaise. It's not until the following morning he remembers that the lady's uncle has died.

When Adam learns that Emma cannot return to Upper Barrington and that she has nowhere to go, he offers marriage to the hysterical lady. His heart is so shattered, he will never love again. Why not make this helpless orphan happy? Soon after they wed, they become convinced that someone has forged her uncle's will--and likely murdered her uncle. Their resolve to bring the murderer to justice jeopardizes Emma's life. Knowing she's in danger brings out Adam's protective instincts--and something far deeper, something he'd thought to never feel again. . . 

 The Beauty and the Scholar. . . 

The Brides of Bath are Back! Book 5 in The Brides of Bath series.



Certain the "smart" Steffington twin is the person who can help her
recover her late husband's nearly priceless stolen Chaucer manuscript,
Catherine Bexley tearfully persuades the scholar to assist her. A deal
is struck. She's particularly pleased that the Doctor of Letters is not
interested in seducing her because she's finished with men (owing to her
late husband's multitude of unfortunate alliances with. . .doxies).
Regaining the manuscript and its subsequent sale will give her
independence to ensure she never has to marry again.



Once he learns the poor, delicate widow is in danger of losing her
heavily mortgaged home if they cannot find the valuable hologram, Dr.
Melvin Steffington vows to do everything in his power to restore the
rare Canterbury Tales to her. It's obvious the pretty little thing needs
a man to help her. Not normally the twin to take note of pretty little
things, Melvin can't help but to observe that Mrs. Bexley's physical
appearance is much like the beauties so admired by his twin brother.



He hadn’t counted on the fact he would have to pose as her husband
as they race against the banker's ticking clock. He hadn’t counted on
the mysterious thief attempting to kill him. Most of all, he hadn't
counted on how close he would become to the lovely widow or how the
kissing of said widow would become the most pleasant experience in his
entire seven and twenty years. . .
The Bride Wore Blue

 Felicity Harrison reluctantly agrees to help Thomas Moreland, a rich nabob, and his sister integrate into Bath Society in exchange for his clearing of her family's debts. Little does she suspect Thomas is the young man whose life she saved years earlier, the young man who's carried the torch for her for more than six years.

With His Ring

When Glee Pembroke learns her brother's friend Gregory Blankenship, whom she's always loved, will lose his fortune if he's not wed on his twenty-fifth birthday, she proposes a marriage in name only. Gregory never wanted a wife, but now that he's got one, his whole life is turned upside down by the vexing, maddening, adorable creature.

The Bride's Secret

Now that's he's a wealthy lord, James Rutledge wants to make amends to Carlotta Ennis and her son for his act which cost her husband's life. Destitute, she accepts his proposal. Now she must conceal her sordid past from the good man she's married.

To Take This Lord

Sally Spencer's love of Viscount George Sedgewick's motherless children and fear that their father might marry an unfeeling stepmother prompt her to accept George's proposal of a marriage in name only—even though it will be unbearable living under the roof of the man she loves and knowing she can never have him.

Love in the Library

Desperate widow Catherine Bexley persuades scholar Melvin Steffington to help her recover her late husband's nearly priceless stolen manuscript, the sale of which will give them both financial independence. Mysterious forces contrive to keep them from success while their mutual quest bring them closer than either have ever been to another.

A Christmas in Bath

Unbeknownst to scholarly Jonathan Blankenship, his sister-in-law Glee has decided this Christmas he needs a little push to make him see that his dear friend of four years, Miss Arbuckle, will make his perfect mate. 

"THE CHRISTMAS WISH"
21,500 words (about 100 pages)
Heat index: Sweet

To grant her dying father his last Christmas wish, Miss Annabelle Pemberton proposes marriage to her father's former ward, the rakish viscount Lord William de Vere. How painful it will be, though, to be trapped in a marriage of convenience with the only man she has ever loved.

Marriage to the wealthy heiress will help restore de Vere's decaying estates, but that is not why he accepts her bizarre proposal. He has grown to love her father as if he were his own, and if Mr. Pemberton selected him for his only child's husband, then Lord de Vere must honor the man's final wishes. Little does he suspect his father-in-law knows him better than he knows himself.

"HOME FOR CHRISTMAS"
20,000 words (about 85 pages)
Heat index: Sweet 

For six long years, Captain David St. Vincent has dreamed of returning home to Ramseyfield—and to its prettiest resident, Elizabeth Balfour. To his astonishment, though, it is not Elizabeth, but her plain younger sister, Catherine, whose company he seeks. 

Cathy Balfour has worshipped David for as long as she can remember. It was she who wept when he left, she who presented him with a cross to keep him safe while in service to the crown, and she who read and carefully collected the newspaper accounts of his sea battles. But how can one as plain as she ever hope to win his heart?

"CHRISTMAS AT FARLEY MANOR"
Best Historical Novella of 2011
(This novella was first published as an ebook in 2011.)
Approximate length: 21,000 words (about 100 pages)
Heat index: Sweet

This is a lovely story, tender and romantic, with a dashing hero and a beautiful heroine. A very satisfying read. – Linda Sims, Top Amazon UK reviewer

It wasn't to be a real marriage. . .

Harry Tate is an army captain of some means who is almost certain to die when he returns to Spain on the morrow. Elizabeth Hensley is a destitute beauty he's only too happy to help.

Two years later. . .

When they meet again at his ancestral home, Harry is now Viscount Broxbourne, bent on showing his wife how much he wants her to be his real viscountess by Christmas.

The Lords of Eton series features three aristocratic lads who were best friends at Eton and how their escapades and interests continue to tie them--and the women they love--together after Eton.

The Portrait of Lady Wycliff

For the past decade Harry, the Earl of Wycliff, has worked feverishly to reclaim all that his father had lost. Only one item remains elusive: the Gainsborough portrait of his beloved mother. And the impossibly young, stunningly beautiful widow Louisa Phillips holds the key to finding it. If only he can persuade her to help him . . .

The Earl, the Vow, and the Plain Jane

Bereft of beauty as well as fortune, the exceedingly plain Miss Jane Featherstone has failed to attract any suitor during her three Seasons. Rather than be a burden to her brother and his obnoxious wife, Miss Featherstone vows to accept the first man who asks—even though she's always worshipped a lord who's far above her touch. . .

 Lord Slade must marry an heiress in order to honor the deathbed vow he made to his father, and he needs Miss Featherstone's help in wooing her beautiful cousin. After her initial anger, Miss Featherstone agrees to his scheme, telling him she's doing so because she admires his Parliamentary record of humanitarian legislation and his reverence for truth. But the more he's with the two cousins, the more attracted he becomes to Miss Featherstone. What's a man of his word to do? Break a vow to a beloved father—or follow his heart with Miss Featherstone?

Last Duke Standing

As the third son of the Duke of Fordham, Alex never thought he'd become a duke. But he's suddenly catapulted to the lofty title after his slightly older brother dies in his sleep. Now Alex has the onerous task of announcing the death to the woman his brother was to wed.

 Ever pragmatic, Lady Georgiana Fenton insists on seeing the late duke's body, and when she does, she's convinced he was smothered as he slept. She and the new duke decide to secretly work together to uncover the murderer. But the longer they're together, the harder it becomes to resist the duke's scorching kisses--and even harder to dismiss him from the list of suspects. No one had more to gain by her fiancé's death.

 COUNTERFEIT COUNTESS (Book 1):

 Daphne du Maurier award finalist for Best Historical Mystery

 "This story is full of romance and suspense. . . No one can resist a novel written by Cheryl Bolen. Her writing talents charm all readers. Highly recommended reading! 5 stars!" - Huntress Reviews

 

"Bolen pens a sparkling tale, and readers will adore her feisty heroine, the arrogant, honorable Warwick and a wonderful cast of supporting characters." - RT Book Reviews

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Maggie thought she was married to an earl . . . but it seems that her late and unlamented husband lied to her from the day they met. Now-penniless and stranded in London-she has thrown herself on the mercy of the real Lord Warwick. What's a counterfeit countess to do?

Edward, the Earl of Warwick, desires only to get rid of the beautiful woman who arrived at his house with no less than fourteen trunks, a younger sister, a maid, and a very large cat. Her preposterous explanation is of no importance-but her late husband held the clue to the identity of England's greatest traitor, a clue the Foreign Service must get at any cost. Edward will have to guard her night and day-but he cannot guard his heart.

 HIS GOLDEN RING (Book2 ):

 Holt Medallion Winner

 "Not just a warm, toasty holiday tale, this novel is an emotionally touching romance." 4 Stars - RT Books Reviews

 "This has got to be the most PERFECT Regency Romance that I have read this year." 5 STARS - Huntress Reviews

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Lady Fiona Hollingsworth never thinks of herself as particularly daring - until she learns that her beloved brother needs her help. But when Fiona approaches the powerful and enigmatic Nicholas Birmingham with a scheme in mind, she is taking a far bigger risk than she knows. For Fiona's exchanging more than vows; she's striking a delicious bargain with the devil himself - and Christmas provides more than enough opportunity for wicked mischief under the mistletoe…

 Nicholas Birmingham hasn't become the richest stockbroker in England by being anything less than shrewd. He fully understands what's behind Fiona's brazen proposal, yet he cannot turn away the alluring lady who's haunted his fantasies for so long. Of course, a man has his pride, and Nicholas has no intention of revealing how he feels. Yet from the moment he slips his ring on Fiona's finger, desire and chaos are kindled. Now it's only a matter of time before the magic of the Season brings true love to light!

OH WHAT A (WEDDING) NIGHT (Book 3):

SPECIAL NOTE: The sample pages of Oh What a (Wedding) Night may appear familiar. That's because they appeared in an earlier novella titled Lady Sophia's Rescue (no longer available). At readers' request, the story has been turned into a full-length novel with a completely different middle and ending.

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As Lady Sophia Beresford (recently Lady Finkel) passes through the gates of her new bridegroom's country estate and he begins to whisper in her ear of the delights that await her in his bed, Lady Sophia realizes she has made a most dreadful mistake. There's only one thing to do. She must bolt.

The bride-on-the-run is rescued by the exceedingly handsome William Birmingham who thinks she's a woman named Isadore, and though he's the richest man in England, she mistakes him for a common (but well-to-do) criminal. Since she'd rather be dead than wed to Finkel, Sophia pretends to be Isadore and take her chances with the provocative Mr. Birmingham. But how could she have known that her ruse would bring the gallant Mr. Birmingham into such peril from the wicked man she married? And how could she have known her enigmatic rescuer would ignite passions she'd never known she possessed?

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