Published by Blue Tulip Publishing on July 17th 2017
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To keep the money, he has to keep her as well…
Cecily Nottingham has made a huge mistake.
The marriage bed was still warm when the earl she thought she loved crawled out of it and announced that he loved someone else.
Loves. Someone else.
All he saw in Cecily was her dowry.
But he’s in for the shock of his life, because in order to keep the money, he has to keep her.
With nothing to lose, Cecily sets out to seduce her husband’s cousin, Stephen Nottingham, in an attempt to goad the earl into divorcing her. Little does she realize that Stephen would turn out to be everything her husband was not: Honorable, loyal, trustworthy…
Handsome as sin.
Stephen only returned to England for one reason—save his cousin’s estate from financial ruin. Instead, he finds himself face to face with his cousins beautiful and scorned wife.
Only now that he's home, he isn’t sure what to do first, strangle his cousin, or kiss his wife.
His honor is about to be questioned, right along with his self-control.
Amid snakes, duels and a good catfight, Cecily realizes the game she’s playing has high stakes indeed.
There are only a few ways for a marriage to end in Regency England and none of them come without a high price. Is she willing to pay it? Is Stephen?
A ‘Happily Ever After’ hangs in the balance, because, yes, love can conquer all, but sometimes it needs a little bit of help.
I write under the name ANNABELLE ANDERS and my first book, Hell Hath No Fury released on 7-7-17. I love the date!
Anyway, my novel is an edgy Regency Romance. I say ‘ edgy’, because it’s a little off the beaten path. Whereas most heroines in Regency Romances begin the story NEEDING a husband, my character, Cecily, needs to get rid of one. The man she married (an earl) turned out to be a complete and utter toad (not literally! LOL)
My QUESTION FOR THIS GIVEAWAY is: Does it bother you that the hero is not the man she is married to in the beginning? E-mail your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your address and I’ll send you a Hell Hath No Fury Tasseled Bookmark. (First 20 Respondents) Please include the name of the group or blog you are responding from 🙂
~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
What a fun story! Annabelle Anders is on my list of authors to follow and I will be following closely. The characters are sharply developed and the story is pleasantly paced. She brought a narcissistic, pampered, parasitic, ninny hammer to his knees and had me cheering and laughing out loud.
“I had no choice but to court you,” he [Flavion, Earl of Kensington] told her [Cecily, Countess Kensington]….”The earldom needed the blunt.” (Location 50) That is every bride’s dream pillow talk just moments after consummating your vows. This is what sets up the story. Cecily and her self-made shipping magnate father had been duped and she is less than happy. Her husband flaunts his desire and relationship with his lady love in her face with the ton watching. As the daughter of a merchant the ton is offended that she has reached so far above her station and snub her whenever they get the chance. Stephen comes back to help his cousin, Flavion, only to discover he is about a month late. But he steps up and is the hero you can get behind, caring, strong, protective and a man you can trust.
I have tried so many times to write this without spoilers and it is not easy. I want to tell you all about it, but it would be spoiled. So, to avoid that I will tell you that it worth every penny and the time that you will spend reading it (it will go fast). Cecily and Stephen are a couple that were meant to be together and when they are finally given their chance there were loud cheers in my living room. Ms. Anders brings us snappy conversation and secondary characters that I hope will get their own stories. Emily, Sophia and Rhoda are Cecily’s close friends and fellow wallflowers. They bring spunk, humor and grins with them. The final justice comes from outraged poppas and while some may see it as over the top, but Flavion’s TOTAL lack of regret and remorse for his actions and disregard for the feelings of others made me believe in the justice.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.