Ruining Miss Wrotham

· Baleful Godmother Book 5 · Emily Larkin
12 reviews

About this ebook

*A triple award-winning Regency romance*

"One of the most entertaining, heartfelt, and romantic books I have read in forever!"

~ Carla @ NetGalley

Eleanor Wrotham has sworn off overbearing men, but she needs help to find her missing sister—and the man who steps forward is as domineering as he is dangerous: the notorious Mordecai Black.

The illegitimate son of an earl, Mordecai is infamous for his skill with women. His affairs are legendary, but few people realize that Mordecai has rules, and one of them is: Never ruin a woman.

Can Mordecai help Miss Wrotham without ruining her?

"An outstanding story that I just could not put down! I finished this book in one sitting."

~ Shakera @ More Books Please Blog

Length: Full-length novel of 94,000 words

Sensuality level: A hot Regency romance with steamy love scenes

*Winner of the 2018 Romance Writers of Australia Long Romance of the Year Award*

*Winner of the 2018 Romance Writers of New Zealand Long Romance of the Year Award*

*Winner of the 2018 Romance Writers of New Zealand Best Overall Romance of the Year Award*

Q & A with the author

How would you describe this series?

It's Regency England with a dash of magic. I hope to take readers on a journey from the glittering ballrooms of the aristocracy to the dark underbelly of Regency England—with passion, danger, adventure, romance, and a little magic thrown into the mix.

I think the series could also be labelled Regency Noir, because it falls on the darker, grittier side of the romance fence, although each book contains humor, too. The stories are emotional, but not sweet (there’s sex, violence, and my heroes do swear rather badly at times!).

Why did you write this series?

I wanted to get my well-bred heroines out of the drawing rooms and put them in the way of adventure and romance. But I didn’t want to write a series where magic is common; I wanted to write a series where 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, 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.

What was the catalyst for this series?

A magazine article I read in which celebrities were asked what magic power they’d choose and why. That got me thinking! (I’d choose shapeshifting, by the way.)

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 of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, the dark and 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!

12 reviews
November 30, 2021
As in the first three books of this series, a young miss has the faerie Baletongue as her godmother. Here we have to wait a bit to learn if Nell will be granted the magical talent of her choice. Nearly 23, Miss Eleanor Wrotham is searching for her younger sister, Sophia, and crosses paths with Mordecai Black. He has been looking for Miss Wrotham. He offers his aid, which she - with limited resources - reluctantly accepts, although he is too bosy for her tastes. The reader joins them on their travels away from London in search of Sophia. During their time together Nell learns Mordecai's reputation does not reflect his true character. He is very persistent in trying to win her affection. The overall mood is serious and our H and h are confronted with a few dangerous characters and situations. I liked the appearance and mention of some characters from the previous books, who help bring the search to an end. This story kept me turning the pages.
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Pamela F
June 23, 2019
Great twist to romance tale that features a rake with a tender heart and the addition of a birthday wish from a faerie godmother. The intimate lovemaking tutorial MIss Wrotham receives from her sensitive but senuous rake is charming and risque all in one. An engaging read.
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C Brus
June 24, 2019
Loved it. Laugher, tears enjoyed every word.
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About the author

Emily Larkin is the award-winning and 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 won multiple awards in New Zealand and Australia and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America RITA award, as well as the National Readers Choice, Booksellers Best, and Sir Julius Vogel awards.

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