The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife
When Nathaniel (Nate) Buford’s brother died, the title of Earl of Roderick passed to him, as did the duty to get an heir, a duty he doesn’t want. Now he must find a lady who suits him among the money-grubbing Ton and marry her, but it is not as easy as he would want. Fate is about to play him another unfair hand, as a moment’s kindness to a lady has him trapped by scandal to a family that is reported to desire money above all else.
Miss Claire Lowell desires marriage to a kind and respectable gentleman who she could love, but one moment might destroy it all. Despite all her protests that the scandalous circumstances were merely an accident, her family forces to accept Lord Roderick’s marriage proposal, and now she is tied to a man who blames her for trapping him into a marriage that neither of them wanted.
Is Claire condemned to a loveless marriage because of her father’s eagerness to marry her to an earl? Is Nate capable of seeing past all the circumstances that brought him his wife and see Claire for who she really is? Is it possible for love to thrive with all distrust, deception, and misunderstandings plaguing their marriage?
Her Counterfeit Husband
It is said that “fortune favors the just”, but Anna, the Duchess of Watkins, wouldn’t agree. Her husband is dead, and in a desperate attempt to protect the estate and all its inhabitants from her unscrupulous brother-in-law, she concocts a simple plan: pretend her husband is still alive. But will it work?
Unable to pull it off alone, she enlists the help of her butler. They bury her husband in secret, and while returning from their unsavory errand, they find a man beaten and left for dead in the forest. Taking him back to the estate, Anna looks upon his face and sees the answer to her prayers. This man, this stranger with her husband’s face, could be her answer. Can she convince him to pretend to be the Duke of Watkins?
She can, because upon waking, the stranger doesn’t remember who he is or why he was beaten. A search for anyone who might know him proves fruitless, and taking the chance provided, Anna and the butler convince him that he is her husband. There is only one problem. While the stranger has her husband’s face, he is nothing like her husband. This stranger is everything she’s ever hoped for in a man and never thought to have.
But when he finds out the truth, her happy ending might never be realized.
A Most Unsuitable Earl
Ethan Silverton, the Lord of Edon, is very content with his life. He’s carefully sculpted it so that everyone thinks he’s a notorious rake. For years, he’s worked hard to build his reputation to secure his place as the most undesirable bachelor in London. And it’s worked. No decent lady will have him.
But one simple error in judgment has just sealed his fate. His intention was to dissuade a horrid mother from matching him up with her equally horrid daughter. Seeing no one but Lady Catherine without a dance partner, he tells a lie. He approaches Lady Catherine as if they are betrothed, and the ploy works. The horrid mother and her daughter abandon their pursuit of him.
Except Ethan’s mother spies his ploy and is so relieved that she’s found a way to marry him to a reputable young lady that she tells everyone of their engagement. To his horror, word spreads and it’s his duty to see the lie through. This is the worst thing that can happen, and no one but his mother is happy about it. Not Lady Catherine. Not her doting father. Not even Ethan. But his mother is sure it’ll all work out…eventually.
His Reluctant Lady – being written
(summary is a work in progress; the storyline might change)
Will she choose marriage to avoid a scandal?
From the moment Mister Christopher Robinson meets Lady Richfield at a ball, he is enchanted with her. But Agatha Lyons has no desire to enslave herself to another cold husband. She’s very happy as a widow and is determined to stay that way.
Unfortunately, she is hiding a secret, a secret so shocking that, if discovered, it could ruin her reputation. When a little slip exposes this secret, Mister Robinson sees his chance and makes her a deal: marry him or risk scandal. Will she keep her independence as a wealthy widow or will she succumb to a second husband who not only threatens to ignite her dormant passions but makes her want to give up her heart as well?
The Earl’s Scandalous Wife – being written
Perry Ambrose, the Lord of Clement, is notorious for not being able to secure a wife. Attempts to win over the graces of a young lady in the past has failed miserably, and the ladies who had a spark of interest ended up marrying another gentleman instead. Having failed at every turn, he is about to give up all hope when fate steps in and gives him the chance he’s been hoping for. But it’s in a way he doesn’t expect.
Miss Paula Leighton will do anything to avoid marriage to a repulsive duke her brother wants to chain her to. In an act of desperation, she makes a plan. If she can create a scandal, then her brother will have no choice but to let her marry someone else. While at a ball, she sets her sight on the first titled gentleman who happens to be alone in the gardens, and the gentleman happens to be Perry.
And it’s not that Perry minds finally securing a lady so he can have an heir, but when he realizes she would have picked anyone–anyone at all!–to marry, he’s more than a little miffed. But a lady who’ll knowingly create a scandal isn’t one to be discouraged so easily. So what if her new husband is aloof? She’s sure she can find a way to break through his wall, one way or another.