Readers who enjoy the traditional Regency romances of Georgette Heyer, Barbara Metzger, and Carla Kelly will enjoy this witty short story (approximately 10,000 words) by New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern. Lydia Bettridge is a young woman suffering the pangs of unrequited love. To capture the
attention of Geoffrey
Danforth, the man who has stolen her heart but barely notices
her, she has resorted to desperate measures with a seemingly clever plan. By
engaging the help of Phillip, a friend of her brother's, to play the
love-smitten fool in public, she hopes to pique the interest of her unnamed
love. But when Geoffrey himself shows up to take Phillip's place, all her
careful planning is turned upside down. What's a girl to do but to make the
best of it?
Lord James Harkness is shocked to discover a "bride sale" taking place in his small English village -- and surprised by the depth of his feelings for the unfortunate gentlewoman being auctioned off by a disreputable husband. But is it honor and nobility that compel James to outbid the townfolk for the proud, beautiful lady -- or is it something more akin to . . . desire?
A Mysterious Lord
Verity Osborne is not sure whether good fortune or ill brought her to this dark, brooding man and his lonely manor house on the moors. Local talk brands James Harkness as evil -- but Verity senses a gentleness underneath. She dearly longs for her liberty, but his sensuous touch causes her to stay. However, James must first trust Verity with his secrets if they are ever to share love's rapturous freedom. And will the promised passion she sees flaming in his eyes warm Verity's heart . . . or burn her?
And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.Ugly duckling turned swan? Abducted by handsome highwayman? Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?
No, no, and . . . Heh.
Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?