Primrose and the Dreadful Duke: A Baleful Godmother Novel

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An irrepressible duke, a bookish spinster, a devious murderer ... Regency house parties have never been so hazardous!
Oliver Dasenby is the most infuriating man Primrose Garland has ever known. He may be her brother's best friend, but he has an atrocious sense of humor. Eight years in the cavalry hasn't taught him solemnity, nor has the unexpected inheritance of a dukedom.
But when Oliver inherited his dukedom, it appears that he also inherited a murderer.
Oliver might be dreadfully annoying, but Primrose doesn't want him dead. She's going to make certain he survives his inheritance--and the only way to do that is to help him catch the murderer!
Length: Full-length novel of 85,000 words
Sensuality level: A Regency romance with steamy love scenes
"I read it in one sitting. I also rolled my eyes and laughed until I snorted in an unladylike manner."
~ Judith @ Goodreads
"A compelling read with mystery and suspicions abounding. I could not put it down. Grab a glass of whatever you prefer and sit down with this amazing story!"
~ Barbara @ Goodreads
Q & A with the author
How would you describe this series?
It's Regency England with passion, danger, adventure, humor, romance--and a dash of magic. The stories are emotional, but not sweet. There's sex, and my heroes do swear at times!
Hang on. Did you say magic?
I did. But don't worry--the books are first and foremost historical romances. Only a few characters have magic, and it's a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows.
But ... do magic and Regency England go together?
Definitely! Many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I've thought that Regency England and magic go very well together.
How would you describe your writing?
Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She's why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you've not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I've also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.
Who would like this series?
This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop and humor of Georgette Heyer, the sensual 'noir' feel of Anna Campbell, the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!
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About the author

 Emily Larkin is the 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 been a finalist in the National Readers Choice, Booksellers Best, Sir Julius Vogel, and Romance Writers of America RITA awards, and has won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year and New Zealand Romance Book of the Year awards.

Visit her website at and sign up for her newsletter to get an email whenever she has a new release or discounts a book.

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Emily Larkin via PublishDrive
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Aug 7, 2018
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Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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~ Three linked historical romances ~
“Straight up touched my heart. It's been a while since I laughed, cried, and felt one with a character to this extent.”
Punya Reviews

The Countess's Groom (A novella)
Rose, the Countess Malmstoke, is trapped in a violent marriage. Escape seems impossible—until her horse groom, Will Fenmore, steps forward to help her.
Will loves his young mistress, but he knows the gulf between them is too wide to be bridged. But even if he can’t tell the countess he loves her, he can rescue her.
As they plan Rose's escape, the boundary between mistress and servant blurs. Is the future they both dream of possible?
*A Georgian romance featuring a young noblewoman in desperate need of rescue and the man who risks everything to save her.*

The Spinster's Secret (A novel)
Matilda Chapple is penniless, orphaned, and dependent on her uncle’s grim charity—but she’s finally found a way to escape: she’ll write her way to financial freedom.
When Mattie pens a series of titillating short stories, she starts earning money ... and notoriety. Her secret is safe—until Waterloo veteran, Edward Kane, agrees to uncover the anonymous author's identity.
Can Mattie conceal the secret of her scandalous writings, or will Edward discover that the virginal spinster and the risqué authoress are one and the same person?
*A Regency romance featuring a battle-scarred hero, an enterprising heroine, a gothic backdrop, and some of the worst food in England.*

The Baronet’s Bride (A novella)
Sir Gareth Locke lost an arm at Waterloo. He’s in love with his new bride, but he’s dreading their wedding night. He knows it will be an ordeal: awkward, clumsy, and mortifying.
Cecily Locke knows what to expect in the marriage bed—after all, she’s been married once before. It will be uncomfortable and a little messy, but over quickly enough.
But Cecy and Gareth are about to have a wedding night that neither of them expects...
*A Regency romance featuring a bride, a groom, and a lesson in love.*

Length: One novel and two novellas with a combined length of 104,000 words
Sensuality level: These historical romances contain steamy love scenes

"A tender story of a love that transcends class differences."
~ Buried Under Romance (The Countess's Groom)
“Straight up touched my heart. It's been a while since I laughed, cried, and felt one with a character to this extent.”
~ Punya Reviews (The Spinster's Secret)
"Full of misunderstandings, desires, and erotism. Larkin at her best."
~ Goodreads reviewer (The Baronet's Bride)

Q & A with the author

In what way are the books in this trio linked?
A secret diary links The Countess's Groom and The Spinster's Secret, whereas The Baronet's Bride follows directly on the heels of The Spinster's Secret and features several of the same characters.
Do the books have to be read in order?
While The Countess's Groom is the prequel to The Spinster's Secret, it's not necessary to read it first. In fact, quite a few people choose to read it last! However, I do very strongly recommend reading The Spinster's Secret before The Baronet's Bride, as these two stories follow directly after one another.
How would you describe your writing?
Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She’s why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you’ve not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I’ve also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.

After the death of her father, Miss Elaine Bond had decided to embrace life as an independent woman…much to the chagrin of her neighbors. Her eccentric ways alarm the entire town of Brynthwaite, to the point where concerned friends turn to the only person they believe can settle Elaine into a respectable married life, mysterious bookseller Mr. Basil Wall.


Basil has been in love with Elaine since the moment he moved to Brynthwaite years ago, but the secret that drove him out of London and into the remote Lake District has kept him from declaring himself. At least until a twist of fate throws the two potential lovers together in a way that neither of them expected.


But what begins as a romance that is as charming as it is sultry turns into a game with far higher stakes when the infamous Missing Earl of Waltham is tracked down and dragged out into the light. And with the fate of Parliament—not to mention a bill increasing the rights of women—in the balance, Basil must choose between love and duty. Which leaves Elaine caught between what is right and what is proper, and leads her to an adventure far more daring than any of her Brynthwaite neighbors could dream of.


PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam Level – Very Hot!


If you would like to read about events leading up to May Mistakes, check out A WILD ADVENTURE, part of the West Meets East series, available now.


And be sure to pick up the two sequel novellas to May Mistakes (coming soon), BRYNTHWAITE PROMISE and BRYNTHWAITE SUMMER.


The Silver Foxes of Westminster Series consists of:


DECEMBER HEART (and its accompanying novellas)

--Starcross Lovers

--Starcross Dreams

AUGUST SUNRISE (and its accompanying novellas)

--Winterberry Spark

--Winterberry Fire

MAY MISTAKES (and its accompanying novellas)

--Brynthwaite Promise

--Brynthwaite Summer



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