Decimus and the Wary Widow: A Baleful Godmother Novel

· Pryor Cousins Book 2 · Emily Larkin
3 reviews

About this ebook

When a devil-may-care rake rescues a frosty young widow from highwaymen, their lives become deliciously entangled.


Decimus Pryor is one of London’s most notable rakes. He saunters through life, trysting with young widows and making people laugh. But rumors have spread that his skills in the bedroom are overrated. The young widows are laughing at him, not with him, and slamming shut the doors to their boudoirs.

Eloïse Fortrose has always spurned Decimus’s advances, but when he rescues her from highwaymen, she discovers that there’s a lot more to this Casanova than meets the eye.

What better way to heat up the chilly autumn nights than to indulge in a brief liaison? They’ll frolic between the sheets, laugh a little, restore Decimus’s standing as a rake, then go their separate ways.

Eloïse doesn’t believe in love and neither does Decimus . . . but love is coming for them both, whether they want it to or not.


This Regency romance contains one dashing rake, one beautiful young widow, three hapless highwaymen, a master of disguise, and a sprinkling of magic.


Length: Full-length novel of 77 000 words

Sensuality level: A Regency romance with steamy love scenes


From USA TODAY Bestseller Emily Larkin comes a new addition to the acclaimed and multi-award-winning Baleful Godmother series! Decimus and the Wary Widow is the second Pryor Cousins novel and can be read as a standalone.

If you love entertaining, emotional, and heartwarming historical romances that will keep you reading all night long, then this novel is for you.

Be swept into a Regency England brimming with passion and emotion, magic and love. Start this addictive series today!

Ratings and reviews

3 reviews
March 14, 2023
A very delightful read. After the highwayman attack, I especially enjoyed the scene of the play fortress attack and when Decimus visits his family for his confession and to obtain his mother's advice. Decimus doesn't think he can fall in love, but his relationship with his family is full of love and he is generous of his time with young Phillip. I adored the secondary characters, Ella's cohabitants, whose example shows Ella there could be more in a relationship. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Did you find this helpful?
Kiera McDougal
April 4, 2023
A delightful Regency romp with a touch of magic. In this story, a rake with bit of magic rescues a widow and her companions only to discover they are not exactly what they seem, and real relationships develop - with all the joy and stress that comes with really knowing people and learning about oneself. Recommended!. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Did you find this helpful?
Rhonda Busby
March 15, 2023
I am loving this series by Emily Larkin. How the “gift” is used is just a small part of the story. Background of the characters are fully explained and adds to the storyline greatly. Of course the ending is always great!. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Did you find this helpful?

About the author

Emily Larkin is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of the Baleful Godmother historical romance series, a series that readers are calling “sexy, unusual and vastly entertaining,” and "ridiculously wonderful."

When not reading or writing, Emily can be found hiking—preferably somewhere off the beaten track. She loves to travel, and has lived in Sweden, backpacked in Europe and North America, and traveled overland in the Middle East, China, and North Africa. Her varied career includes stints as a field assistant in Antarctica and a waitress on the Isle of Skye.

Emily writes historical romances as Emily Larkin and fantasy novels as Emily Gee. She has won multiple awards in New Zealand and Australia and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America RITA award, as well as the National Readers Choice, Booksellers Best, and Sir Julius Vogel awards.

Rate this ebook

Tell us what you think.

Reading information

Smartphones and tablets
Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.
Laptops and computers
You can listen to audiobooks purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.
eReaders and other devices
To read on e-ink devices like Kobo eReaders, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Follow the detailed Help Center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.