Nicholas Parrish wakes one morning to pounding at the front door of his London townhouse. Standing before him is the irate father of Prudence Armitage and several of her scowling brothers. They accuse him of compromising Prudence, and to his astonishment the woman in question walks out of his study, looking as if she's just been roused from her bed! Prudence had a tiring night putting the finishing touches to The Ladies' Fashionable Cabinet, the magazine she and Nicholas, along with his sister Edwina, have been working on.
With Edwina on an extended wedding trip, Prudence had wanted everything to be perfect. But she fell asleep at her desk, and when she walks out of the office and sees her family ready to murder the man she had secretly had a crush on, Prudence is appalled. And when a marriage is forced between them, she is devastated. The damage is done, though, and now she's determined to make things right between herself and her new husband . . . by making him fall in love with her.
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?
Fans of the traditional Regency
romances of Georgette Heyer, Barbara Metzger, and Carla Kelly will enjoy this short story (approximately
12,000 words) of a highborn bride about to embark on an important arranged
marriage. Before sacrificing herself on the altar of duty, Lady Ann decides to
experience one last day of unchaperoned fun. Her attempted escape, however,
appears to be foiled when she gets stuck in a tree. She is fortunate to be
rescued by a gallant gentleman, who then accompanies her on a most excellent
adventure. When she finds herself falling in love with her handsome rescuer,
Lady Ann must now face an arranged marriage that not only tests her sense of
duty. It might also break her heart.