Fans of the historical romances of Sabrina Jeffries, Loretta
Chase, and Jo Beverly will enjoy this sexy, award-winning romance by New York
Times bestselling author Candice Hern.
Meet the Merry Widows – a group of respectable ladies with a
secret pact that is anything but respectable!
The five friends who act as patronesses of charity balls are assured of
money and position. None are interested
in marrying again. But they have no
intention of forsaking physical passion for the rest of their lives. Instead, they make a daring pact to seek out
lovers for the pure pleasure of it.
Marianne Nesbitt adored her late husband, David, but the
racy reminiscences of the Merry Widows make her wonder if she missed something
special. Might she find it now through a
love affair? Uncertain how to go about
it, she asks Adam Cazenove, an old friend and notorious rake, to tutor her in
the arts of seduction.
The brazen request turns Adam's world upside down. He never imagined his best friend's very
proper and exceedingly attractive widow would seek out a lover. If not for his recent betrothal to a young
beauty, he would jump at the chance to warm Marianne's bed. Since he cannot bear the thought of another
man doing so, he foils her every attempt at seduction.
Until one night of unintended passion changes everything.
"Hern gracefully crafts a tale of friendship and
romance between two beautifully matched protagonists that is delectably sexy,
delightfully clever, and simply superb." – Booklist
Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the period. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to bring her stories and characters to life.
Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist).
Candice's award-winning website (www.candicehern.com) is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England.
Visit www.candicehern.com for more information on all Candice's books, including excerpts and a look "behind the scenes" of each novel.
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.
When Eleanor Tennant was called to look after her niece Belinda, she swore she’d help her find the perfect suitor. Unfortunately, Belinda prefers the attentions of Geoffrey Barkwith, a handsome, notorious rake with an unsavoury reputation. In a letter to an advice columnist for The Ladies’ Fashionable Cabinet, Belinda asks the woman – should she go after her heart’s desire? Her response is yes!
Eleanor, furious with this advice, goes in search of the mysterious Busybody. She finds out that the wretched woman giving such public encouragement is not a woman at all, but a man!
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?