Game of Dukes
Following the suspicious deaths of his uncle and his cousin, Phineas Webster returns reluctantly from America to take up his position as the new Duke of Ely. Shocked to find the estate in ruins, the stables and pastures empty, Phin is even more disturbed to find himself greeted by a beautiful woman pointing a shotgun at him.
Celeste Stirling, whose mother died in the same accident that claimed the life of the old duke, has been looking after the estate since his death. Having been persuaded not to shoot him, she agrees to stay on and help Phin restore the estate. The pair also delve into the mystery surrounding the fatal accident. Could it be connected to the family feud that pitted brother against brother sixteen years previously, resulting in Phin being whisked away to America by his father?
Will Phin and Celeste be able to fight the growing passion that threatens to engulf them and triumph over devious relatives who will stop at nothing to claim the estate for themselves…
Previously published as part of a Regency Romantics’ Boxset
A Scandalous Proposition
Lord Adam Fitzroy helps a beautiful woman to hide from the oaf pursuing her when she bursts uninvited into his private parlour at a posting inn. He subsequently notices her entering a local house of ill repute and is shocked when his mother later introduces the woman as her new paid companion. Adam agrees to keep her nightly activities a secret…on one condition: she must spend one wicked night with him.
Florentina Grantley is both scandalized and intrigued at the prospect, but she worries that the dashing war hero will quickly discern her lack of experience. True, she's no innocent—but she's a widow, not a whore. Yet the stakes are too high and she dare not test Adam’s loyalties by explaining the true reason behind her alliance with the brothel's madam.
Faced with problems of his own that threaten the future of his noble family, can Adam afford to follow his instincts and trust the woman who has stolen his heart…
Orphaned, penniless and alone, Nadine Egan is determined to unmask the unscrupulous confidence trickster who robbed her of her inheritance.
Her search leads her to Jared Beaumont, Earl of Andover. Rich, influential and badly in need of rescuing from his mother's marriage plans for him, Jared takes an interest in the headstrong Nadine. Can such a handsome and charismatic man really have stooped so low as to rob Nadine of her birthright, or are other more sinister forces at work…
Previously published in the Regency Romantics’ Intrigues and Heartaches Boxset 2018
Determined to avenge the death of her sister, Ava Molineux recklessly searches for evidence to condemn Sir Andrew Maddox, the powerful baronet whom Ava holds responsible for Beth’s demise. Rescued from a near-certain death by Theo Farnell, the Earl of Highgate’s brother and the only gentleman in the district of greater consequence than Sir Andrew, Ava is unsure whether she can trust her handsome yet taciturn and fiercely reclusive saviour.
When Theo’s brother offers Ava an opportunity to prove Sir Andrew’s part in a deception that threatens the fragile Anglo-French relationship following the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, Ava’s jumps at the opportunity. But Sir Andrew is one step ahead of them and Ava again finds her in a life-threatening situation.
Fighting his own demons, Theo struggles to deny his growing attraction towards Ava as he attempts to save her from her own folly and Sir Andrew’s tenacious grasp. Will he succeed with any of those ambitions…
Christmas at Castleray
Alisa Langdon is delighted to learn that her uncle, a successful merchant with the East India Company, has finally returned to England. He invites Alisa and her stepfamily to Castleray, his recently acquired estate in Hampshire, for the Christmas celebrations.
Chase Beaumont, Joseph Langdon’s right-hand man, is also invited but realises that Christmas will be far from the peaceful celebration he’d hoped for when his carriage is shot at during the journey down from London. When he rescues Langdon’s family members stranded at the side of the road and learns that they too have been the victims of unexplained ‘accidents’, he fears that Langdon’s enemies are closing in on him.
Alisa has her work cut out, keeping her avaricious stepmother from attempting to inveigle her way into her rich uncle’s good graces. When her uncle explains why he felt compelled to leave England so abruptly ten years previously without a word of goodbye, she struggles to come to terms with the shocking truth.
Why are Langdon’s servants being ostracised in the local village? Can Chase and Alisa discover who attacked them on the road? Has the same person orchestrated the campaign to drive Langdon from Hampshire? And vitally, can Chase ignore his growing attraction to Alisa, who appears intent upon honouring her father’s dying wish by marrying her indolent stepbrother…
Previously published as part of the Regency Romantics’ Boxset Summer 2016
Pascal Devonshire, Earl of Walsea, must marry before he reaches the age of thirty or risk losing his inheritance. His sisters have arranged a union between Pascal and Lady Allegra, Marquess Bardolph’s only child. A marriage to the beautiful heiress will more than satisfy the terms of his father’s will, so why does Pascal feel like a condemned man?
Ophelia Montague, daughter of a disgraced baronet, is delighted to return to England after living for too long in Ceylon. She is unsurprised when society closes ranks against her and grateful to her childhood friends, Lady Allegra and Cassie Lambert, for remaining unswervingly loyal. They insist upon Ophelia accompanying them to the week-long house party at Devonshire Hall, at the end of which Allegra’s engagement to Lord Walsea will be announced.
Aware of the fragile state of Allegra’s mind, Ophelia is filled with doubts about the suitability of the union between Allegra and the influential and intelligent earl. Drawn to one another, Ophelia and Pascal’s attraction is doomed. Pascal will lose everything if he doesn’t marry a lady with a spotless character.
Can Ophelia’s reputation be redeemed? And even if it that were possible, how can Ophelia follow her heart if it means betraying Allegra, her steadfast friend?
A Duke By Default
Marc Rothwell’s cousin should have been the next Duke of Broadstairs but died before he could assume the title. With the utmost reluctance, Marc takes his place and sets about finding a suitable wife in order to produce an heir. Caught in a compromising position with Miss Harriet Aston, Marc proposes to possibly the only woman in England with no interest in becoming a duchess. Marc soon discovers that Harriet will be anything other than a biddable wife. She appears determined to make him fall in love with her, even though he makes it perfectly clear that theirs will be a marriage of convenience. In spite of his efforts to keep her safe, Harriet is brutally attacked. Before he can unearth the identities of those seeking to undermine his position, Marc is horrified when Harriet recklessly throws herself in the path of danger for a second time in an effort to protect him. Can Marc ensure the safety of his wilfully disobedient wife before his enemies strike again…
Kyra Latimer reluctantly returns to Latimer Lodge to help her grandmother organise a house party in the hope of attracting a rich husband for her beautiful younger sister. Lord Nathan Stanford, the guest of honour, is easily able to resist Melanie Latimer's charms but is intrigued by Kyra's secretive activities. Why did she leave her family home and why, at such a young age, has she withdrawn from the marriage mart?
Nate makes it his business to find out more about the mysterious lady who single-handedly holds her fragmented family together. Shocked to the core by what he discovers, Nate sets out to protect her from the gambling curse that has destroyed her family and the evil man who wants to possess her. But at what cost to himself? Will he be able to help her find out why her brother's wife disappeared without trace? And will Nate find a way to convince Kyra that spinsterhood doesn't suit her…
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS PART OF A REGENCY ROMANTICS BOX SET IN 2017
Of Dukes and Deceptions
Nicholas Buchanan, The Duke of Dorchester, strikes a wager with his henchman, vowing to bed the enigmatic Alicia Woodley before his sojourn at Ravenswing Manor comes to an end. But he fails to take into account the fact that Alicia is disgusted by his superior attitude and wants as little as possible to do with him. Has the duke finally met his match?
When someone tries to kill Alicia, she and Nick are thrown constantly together as they search for the culprit. But in so doing, they must also search their hearts. And their growing passion for one another...
"The combination of multidimensional characters and Soliman's witty writing makes this a must-read." RT Book Reviews.
When a beautiful woman bursts into Lord Adam Fitzroy's room at an inn he impulsively helps her to evade her pursuer. His curiosity is piqued when he later spots her entering the local house of ill repute but he's totally shocked when his mother subsequently introduces her as her new companion. Adam's mother adores Florentina and so he agrees to keep her nightly activities a secret...provided that she spends one wicked night with him.
Florentina Grantley is both scandalized and intrigued at the prospect but worries that the dashing war hero will quickly discern her lack of experience. True, she's no innocent but that's because she's a widow, not a whore. Even so, she can't explain the true reason behind her alliance with the brothel's madam, or the danger she faces if exposed.
As their initial tryst grows into something deeper, Florentina gradually comes to trust Adam and is tempted to confide in him. Dare she...
The Perfect Impostor
Struggling to escape her past and make ends meet as a modiste, Katrina Sinclair hopes the daring new wardrobe she's designed for her childhood friend Julia - now a marchioness - will attract the business she desperately needs. But Julia's help comes at a price: Katrina must take her place at a house party. They look enough alike for the ruse to work...until Julia's handsome former fiance arrives.
Leo Kincade has been tasked with catching a traitor who steals from house parties to fund Napoleon's armies. Three women are suspected - including Julia. But when Leo intercepts her at the party, he finds an impostor who stirs an attraction stronger than anything he ever felt for Julia.
The mysterious woman won't trust him with her identity and Leo knows he should expose her at once, but he's too tempted to play along and see where her deception - and their passion - will lead...
As sole heir to the late Duke of Penrith's extensive estate, Abigail Carstairs suspects that someone is trying to kill her for her fortune. In desperation she turns to the notorious Lord Sebastian Denver for help. Unable to deny a lady in distress, Sebastian inveigles his way into Abbey's hunting lodge where all the prime suspects are gathered.
Distracted by his growing attraction towards Abbey, Sebastian is unprepared when a further attempt is made on her life. As he lays a daring trap for her aggressors, Sebastian finds himself in a race against time to keep her safe...
Lady Hartley's Inheritance
Clarissa Hartley assumes that her man of business has summoned her to
London in order to finalise her late-husband's affairs. Instead she's shocked to discover that a son she was unaware Sir Michael had fathered is laying claim to her inheritance. Luc Deverill, the Earl of Newbury, suspects fraud and insists upon helping Clarissa to get to the bottom of the plot. At first suspicious of the suave earl's motives, Clarissa has no choice but to accept his help. It's either that or live the life of a poor relation. But that doesn't mean that she either likes or approves of his hedonistic lifestyle, does it...
When Viscount Felix Western learns that his father's shipping company is being used to smuggle ex-slaves into England he's determined to stop the evil trade. At first convinced that Saskia Eden is helping her father to perpetrate the crime, Felix has doubts as soon as he meets the mother of feisty five-year-old twins. Together Saskia and Felix unravel the mystery, not expecting fall in love in the process. But Saskia, at least, is realistic. There can be no future for the daughter of a slave-trader with a noble viscount...can there?
In the eyes of society, ladies are born, not made… Eloise Hamilton, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy banker, knows society’s hallowed doors are closed to the likes of her. She attends her first country ball with no expectations, not even when Lord Richard Craven, heir to a dukedom, singles her out.
Harry Benson-Smythe is shocked to return from a long absence to find that the sight of Craven sniffing around an all-grown-up Eloise incites a disconcerting level of jealousy. All for a girl he once thought of as a little sister—now a woman his father will never allow him to take to wife.
But there are other ways to be together, as in joining forces to investigate the disappearance of several local girls. Yet when Harry catches Craven kissing Eloise, he decides he will damn well be the one to show her how it’s done—properly. Craven will not let Eloise’s rejections and Harry’s insults go lightly by. He had plans for Eloise’s virginal body—even if life as they all know it ends in a hellfire of bullets...
Elias Shelton, the Duke of Winsdale, has a duty to produce an heir. Completely indifferent, he leaves his mother to invite all the most suitable candidates to a house party at Winsdale Park, promising to choose one of them as his duchess. Returning home after several days of pre-nuptial carousing, Eli falls from his horse and badly injures his head. His life is saved by a mysterious woman who fascinates and enthrals Eli.
Athena Defoe and her young twin sisters are hiding from their past in a tumbledown cottage on Eli’s estate. Athena refuses to place her trust in Eli, but he is equally determined to repay her by protecting her. To do so he must first discover what or whom she is so afraid of. With attention focused on her by the duke’s interest, Athena’s whereabouts becomes known and danger visits her quiet corner of Hampshire.
Caught up in the whirl of his mother’s entertainments, Eli must race against time to save the woman he’s fallen in love with, even if she isn’t duchess material…
After one daring act, two worlds collide. Duty has always been Estelle Travis's byword. But every woman has her limits, even a recently widowed one with few prospects. Her father's coldly calculating plan to force her into another marriage is the final straw. In an act of rebellion, she takes up a position as companion to Lady Crawley. She soon realizes she may have just exchanged one peril for another in the guise of Alexander, Viscount Crawley.
Alex is beguiled by the aura of mystery that surrounds the beautiful young widow. Her air of vulnerability brings out his protective instincts in spades. He discovers her well-hidden reckless streak when her sister goes missing and, rather than do what's expected and return to her father's austere household, Estelle embarks on her own search.
Amid a thickening cloud of suspicion and whispers of murder, what choice does a gentleman of honour have other than to offer his assistance? Then there's the allure of her company, even if it exposes him to dangers that have little to do with her sister's plight...