USA Today Bestselling Author Erica Monroe writes dark, suspenseful historical romance with an emphasis on social issues and women’s rights. She was a finalist in the published historical category for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Romantic Suspense, and her books have been recommended reads at Fresh Fiction, Smexy Books, SBTB, and All About Romance. Her favorite things include coffee, profanity, comic books, and science fiction. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and two cats. Visit Erica online at ericamonroe.com and sign up for her new release newsletter at: bit.ly/mlem4.
Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.
Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve...until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.
HIS BUSINESS IS DISCOVERING SECRETS...
When a girl is murdered at a factory in London, Sergeant Thaddeus Knight of the Metropolitan Police comes in to investigate. But it's not just the factory owners that Thaddeus wants information on-the devilishly intriguing Poppy O'Reilly is a puzzle he'd like nothing more than to solve.
HER LIFE DEPENDS ON KEEPING HER PAST HIDDEN.
All it took was one mistake for Poppy to lose her good reputation. Shunned by polite society, she's retreated to the one place no one from her old life would look for her: the rookeries. Protecting her young daughter is the most important thing to Poppy, and Thaddeus threatens the false identity she's carefully constructed. The last thing she should do is allow Thaddeus close to her family, yet she can't stay away from him.
With danger around the corner, will the secrets of a scarlet woman lead to their undoing?
-----Secrets in Scarlet is a dark, gritty, and sexy full-length romantic suspense set in pre-Victorian working class London. While it is book two in the Rookery Rogues series, it can be read as a stand-alone historical romance.
Daphne Goodenham has always been determined to wed a duke—not just because she loves fine dresses and parties, but because she wants to guarantee that she and her sister are never destitute again. When she meets the Duke of Inverfyre, a notorious fop, she immediately notices intriguing inconsistencies. Is there more to the duke than meets the eye? Why would he hide the truth if he were handsome, young, rich and a duke? Alexander, the Duke of Inverfyre, is bent on catching a notorious thief who injured his sister, no matter what the cost. But when the lovely Miss Goodenham is bent on charming him, Alexander’s disguise proves to be no defense against her curiosity—and he has no resistance to her kiss. Will Daphne inadvertently foil Alexander’s plan? Will he have to sacrifice her interest to avenge his sister? Or can Daphne ensure Alexander’s triumph and make her own Christmas wish come true?
When is a kiss actually a curse? When an irate Pixie forbids you to kiss the wrong girl—ever. Unfortunately, Lord Locryn Pendarvis has no idea why girls are falling all over themselves not to kiss him. He only knows that after a certain point, the risk of humiliation outweighs desire. Until he meets Lady Gwyn Hambly again. She’s witty, charming and beautiful—and just as interested in him as he is in her. They’ll do anything to ensure their future together—even fight the supernatural forces aligned against them.
After the death of her beloved guardian, Miss Felicity Fields is left alone with an uncertain future. But this blunt bluestocking has a secret: she’s determined to resurrect her guardian through the ancient art of alchemy. The last thing she needs is the return of Nicholas Harding, the Duke of Wycliffe and rightful owner of her home on the wild coast of Cornwall. He stirs an unexpected passion within her, and Felicity has had enough change in her life. When they were children, Nicholas never understood his aunt's brilliant but unemotional ward, or her many scientific studies. Now, he's determined to bring Felicity to London so that she may make a match within society--except he can't stop thinking about her. But with the line between life and death blurred by Felicity's experiments, can he convince her that she's no longer alone, and her proper place is by his side?
SHE WANTS REVENGE
When bluestocking Vivian Loren becomes the governess for the wealthy Spencer family, she's hunting for clues about the murder of her brother, not romance. But Vivian didn't count on one thing: James Spencer, the intrepid Duke of Abermont, who has a tortured past of his own.
HE NEEDS A WIFE
As head of Britain's elite intelligence agency, James can't afford the scrutiny the Marriage Mart would bring to his family once the Season starts. After discovering Vivian's quest for vengeance has made her a pawn in a treacherous plot of one of Napoleon's most deadly spies, James realizes they can help each other. She'll become his duchess, and he'll keep her safe.
What begins as a marriage of convenience quickly becomes anything but as the enemy spy closes in on them. When both husband and wife have dark secrets, love may be the most dangerous mission of all.
I Spy a Duke is a dark, sexy Regency romance with suspense elements. While it is book one of the Covert Heiresses series, it can be read as a standalone full-length historical romance.
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Too Dangerous for a Lady by New York Times Bestselling Author Jo Beverley - Meeting an old flame leads to fear, abduction and a threat to all London – but nothing's too dangerous for a lady in love.
Shev by USA Today Bestselling Author Tracey Devlyn – A Marquess of Shevington’s bleak existence sparks to life after hiring a mysterious governess whose secrets stir his curiosity and whose courage awakens his desire.
Beauty and the Rake by USA Today Bestselling Author Erica Monroe – When a scarred woman with a terrifying past agrees to spend two weeks with the roguish Metropolitan Police inspector who owns her father’s gambling debts, desire just might be the key to a happily ever after.
The Leading Lady by USA Today Bestselling Author Deb Marlowe - Lord Truitt Russell will do anything to apprehend the criminal Marquess of Marstoke, even ask for the help of the stubborn, irritating, gorgeous Callie Grant, but when fate demands a decision between revenge and love, which will he choose?
Romancing the Earl by USA Today Bestselling Author Darcy Burke - A reluctant earl and a bold adventuress join forces to solve his brother’s murder and search for a valuable artifact, but amidst the dangers they face, passion may be the greatest threat of all.
In Bed with a Spy by RITA-nominated Alyssa Alexander - The Marquess of Angelstone, code name Angel, is searching for the assassin that killed his fiancée four years ago. His only suspect is the woman who has captured his heart.
Lady Vice by Wendy LaCapra - When a fallen baroness is accused of murdering her estranged husband, her first love becomes her last chance.
Reckless Wager by Christy Carlyle - Set against the backdrop of London's dangerous East End in 1888, Victorian propriety and passions collide when a beautiful widow makes a wager with a wounded police detective bent on solving the Ripper mystery.
Captured Countess by Ann Lethbridge - where double agents play a seductively dangerous game in Napoleon’s war with England.
Shattered Secrets by Lana Williams - The new Earl of Berkmond reluctantly offers a marriage of convenience to his childhood friend, but his passion for her collides with the terrible secrets of his past.
The Rake to Rescue Her by Julia Justiss - When jaded Alastair Ransleigh begins an affair with the woman who once jilted him, hopes of finally escaping her spell change to a determination to rescue her from past misery and present danger.
A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins - Leonora Craven is desperate to know just how her brother died, but to find out she'll need to join forces with her former love, Lord Freddy Lisle. Can a false betrothal help them gain entrance into the notorious Lords of Anarchy driving club, where fast carriages and danger aren't the only vices on offer?
Lady Jemma Forster knows all too well how ruthless gossip-mongers can be. She sacrificed her own happiness to restore her family’s reputation. Her marriage of convenience to an affluent earl meant saying goodbye to passion, and any chance at love with the dashing lawman who set her soul aflame. She leads a sedate, practical life as the Countess of Wolverston. Until her husband is murdered, and the only man who can bring his killers to justice is her former love.
Bow Street Runner Gabriel Sinclair has spent the last three years trying to forget about smart, beautiful Lady Jemma, who broke his heart when she married his best friend. The Earl of Wolverston’s death thrusts Gabriel and Jemma back together, as they work to find his murderer. Their investigation takes them into the darkest, most dangerous parts of London, with threats coming from all sides. They’re perfect partners for solving crimes, but can they be partners in love too?
Previously released in It Started with a Whisper