What are the odds these surly Scottish ex-comrades-in-arms have all unexpectedly inherited dukedoms? Perhaps they should form a club. Get ready for more laugh-out-loud ridiculousness, and plenty of heat, in this new HistRomCom series!
The Duke's Deceitful Governess
Love is a luxury he can’t afford…
For years, he was known only as Blackrose’s Blade, an elite assassin in the employ of the Crown. But after a mission cost him the use of his leg, Rourke Lindsay has unexpectedly inherited a dukedom…and along with it, the headache of a pair of hellion twins. His niece and nephew have been kicked out of every school he’s sent them to and scared off every governess he’s hired. Now, he’s in dire need of a miracle.
He just didn’t expect her to be quite so tempting.
Needing a safe place to hide, Miss Sophia Cuny has forged her references and settled into the Duke of Exingham’s employ, unwilling to admit she knows next to nothing about children. (How hard can child-rearing be, after all? Perhaps there’s a book on the subject she could send off for.) She does, however, know all about the Duke’s painful past and why the cynical warrior refuses to allow himself close to a pair of rapscallion troublemakers, no matter how desperately they need his love.
The longer she tries to avoid the new duke, the more she sees the man beneath the scars—the man who needs love as well—even if he’s unwilling to admit it. Too bad she can’t afford to allow him into her heart, even as the danger she’s running from closes in.
Because Sophia possesses secrets about his past even Rourke doesn’t know, and revealing the truth will ruin them all.
Warning: There are a lot of spicy bits and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments! If you like broodingly stoic heroes, determinedly adorkable heroines, and mischievously meddling kids, then scroll back up to that pretty orange “Read Now” button and grab this first book in a brand-new, laugh-out-loud (and super steamy) Caroline Lee RomCom!
The Duke's Bartered Mistress
The whispers say he’s a demon, but now he owns her…
It is vital Lady Georgia Stoughton finds a way to pay her father’s debt, but the cursed man who owns it refuses her money. So when she offers herself in repayment, the devil with the body of an angel calls her bluff…and signs the contract. Now she belongs to him, body and soul, until the last hour of December.
Lord Edymion, Demon Hayle, wants two things in his life: seclusion, and revenge on the man who scarred him so horribly, making him unfit for Society. The first is going perfectly fine until a brash beauty pushes her way into his life, and before he can kick her out the door, offers the second. Lady Georgia’s father is the key to his revenge, but this contract is so much sweeter: the use of Georgia’s body, whenever and however he wants her, for the next month.
It's going to be a Hayle of a holiday season.
Georgia can’t regret the arrangement that made her Demon’s, not when she has free run of his castle, library, and neglected rose garden. And as she becomes addicted to the pleasure he shows her in the bedroom (and study, and conservatory, and once up against the wall in the linen closet), she begins to doubt her own plans.
Then comes the letter with the announcement Demon has just unexpectedly become a duke. Well, blast. Is he ready for London? It’s up to Georgia now, but as the end of December looms nearer, Demon’s revenge is slipping from his grasp…
Warning: There’s a lot of spicy bits...and hilarious servants, a stubborn cat, more gardening than you’d expect in December, and still more spicy bits. Get ready to laugh out loud with another Caroline Lee HistRomCom!
The Duke's Counterfeit Wife
How did she end up make-believe married to the Grump Next Door?
Miss Felicity Montrose is shy, awkward, and—as an unwed mother—well past the age most consider a “miss.” She’s mere weeks from finalizing the prototype of her moving picture camera, which will be the invention of the century (assuming her cats cooperate). And she hopes it’s just her scientific curiosity which causes her to be so desperately stimulated by her next-door neighbor, regardless of his seemingly endless supply of crankiness.
Griffin Calderbank wasn’t always the mild-mannered clerk he now pretends to be; his years of spying are behind him, and it’s finally safe to bring his little family out of hiding. The worst he must deal with is ignoring the enticing woman next door…until their children enter them into a contest to give him a chance at the inheritance long denied him.
The only issue? He’ll have to pretend to be a happy husband to the odd, but oh-so-tempting Miss Montrose. And when she makes him a scandalous wager, he simply can’t refuse…
Soon, however, it’s not just a dukedom on the line, but the very future of the country, as a hunt for a traitor to the crown turns deadly. But he can’t be expected to concentrate on such stakes when there’s a beautiful scientist in his bed, offering him her cooperation in exchange for satisfying her…curiosity. Can Griffin protect his family and the brilliant, quirky woman he’s beginning to love?
Warning: If sinful wagers, adorkable heroines and gruff heroes aren’t your thing, you’re in the wrong place. This one is smoking-hot and full of characters you’re going to fall absolutely in love with, while being laugh-out-loud funny. Promise!
The Duke's Daring Bride
What is the price of her innocence?
Miss Olivia Wilson is desperate, and desperate women do daring things. No, not the time she ventured into the East End alone after dark—and had to be rescued by a tall, dark mysterious stranger—but she’s willing to do just about anything to save her family’s newspaper. When her biggest investor pulls his funding, she confronts him, willing to become his mistress if that’s what it will take. He might not speak, but she can’t deny his dark and dangerous appeal, and there would be worse hardships than becoming a fascinating duke’s plaything.
Alistair Kincaid, the Duke of Effinghell, would rather chew nails than allow Society an opportunity to mock him for his silence. Instead, he uses his days—and nights—protecting others without voices. He might need a wife, but he isn’t going find one at a ball or musicale or other bit of nonsense. Then he realizes the daring beauty currently berating him in his study is exactly what he needs; her desperation will allow him the upper hand in his bargain, and her curves make his inexperienced palms itch to stroke her.
But this marriage of convenience is about to become complicated, as Olivia’s newspaper unravels past mysteries and Alistair's ridiculous family gets involved. To save his inconvenient wife—again—he’ll have to confront his deepest fears and lure a villain into the open. Olivia’s daring might just mean disaster for them all!
Warning: Contents are HOT. If you can relate to a curvy, clumsy, well-meaning and audacious heroine, who thinks the right path is always full steam ahead, then Alistair will be your new book boyfriend… Promise!
The Duke's Wicked Widow
They call him the Duke of Death, but he’s her last chance at a life worth living!
To Society, Fawkes MacMillian is a nobody; a hanger-on at the edge of respectability with a murky past and an even murkier lineage. But to Lady Danielle Aycock, he is her only hope of salvation before a horrible Christmas deadline.
Having recently lost both her husband and her father, Danielle’s only chance to save herself and her stepdaughter from destitution is to announce her pregnancy with her husband’s heir, therefore prolonging the settlement of the estate. The problem? She’s never been pregnant, and time is running out.
Any man could change that, but she turns to her husband’s cousin, desperate enough to brave the whispers about him. When he shows her unimaginable pleasure, Danielle begins to realize perhaps her previous plan was flawed, and she’s found all she needs in his arms.
But Fawkes’s mysterious connection to the Duke of Stroken isn’t his only secret, and as the hunt for a traitor to the Crown pulls him in, he’s forced to choose between the only thing he’s ever wanted, and the lass who is coming to own his heart.
But what happens when she learns he’s the reason she lost everything in the first place?
Warning: Super spicy! This one starts hot and gets hotter—don’t say you weren’t warned. You’re going to have lots of fun with this laugh-out-loud historical romance!
The Duke's Mysterious Lover
This rake is about to learn a lesson he’ll never forget!
If there’s one thing Society knows about Thorne Cumming, the new Duke of Stroken--do not call him Stroke for the love of God—it’s that he enjoys the pleasures offered by a lady. Or two ladies—or even a gentleman. Or all of them at once; he’s not picky when it comes to pleasure. But now his uncle’s gone and inconveniently died, Thorne is having to learn how to Duke.
But dukes must choose their bedfellows carefully. In fact, there’s an entire brigade of matchmaking mamas out there determined to throw their sweet little angels into said bed. And Thorne’s doing everything he can to avoid such a disaster, mainly because despite what Society believes about his interests and abilities, he’s busy saving the Crown from a traitor who is days away from falling into the trap he’s been orchestrating for months!
Who would have thought his new valet would be the answer to both problems?
After years of being on stage, Kit Pastorino has come to London undercover; she wants to learn all she can about her father before she reveals herself. What better way than to go into service dressed as a lad? Her new role as the Duke of Stroken’s footman is going well…until she finds herself unexpectedly promoted to the man’s valet. Her performing skills have never before been so useful!
But…Thorne is a charmer, and while he makes it clear he could bring her all sorts of pleasure, Kit is doing her best to resist his allure and maintain her disguise. Until the horrible, wonderful moment he finds out the truth about her: not just what lies beneath her trousers, but who she really is.
Can she be the one to help him spring the trap, or will he balk when he realizes she’s just as noble as he is?
Warning: Thorne isn't just a rake, he's a charmer, so you know this one's going to be loads of fun...and very, very HOT! Get ready for the big finale, and see how this band of brothers (and their heroines) bring down Blackrose!
The Yellow Polka-Dot Bathing Costume
Prequel to the Surprise! Dukes series:
As the youngest daughter of a duke and the fiancée of an earl, Lady Althea Lindsay knows all about propriety, decorum, and general haughtiness. More specifically, how to ignore them altogether. With her betrothed’s death (no, really, he was a frightful bore), she’s free to make her own choice of a husband…and she has her sights set on the newly minted Duke of Morningwood, the man who stole her heart all those years ago when his title was merely Boy Next Door.
Sebastian Shaw was never meant to inherit the dukedom. He’s undertrained, overworked, and at his wits’ end. The only good thing about this nonsense is it means he’s finally in a position to offer for the hand of his childhood sweetheart. But Althea isn’t leaving things to chance, and a week at the seashore is about to become scandalous.
Warning: May contain nuts. This novella is laugh-out-loud hilarious, and spicy enough you’re going to need a fan. A basic understanding of 1960s lyrics will also come in handy. You’ve been warned!
Originally published in the Get Your Duke On anthology, 2022