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Author: Elizabeth Essex

Elizabeth Essex is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Reckless Brides historical romance series. When not rereading Jane Austen, mucking about in her garden or simply messing about with boats, Elizabeth can be always be found with her laptop, making up stories about heroes and heroines who live far more exciting lives than she. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, and RWA's prestigious RITA Award, and have made Top-Ten lists from Romantic Times, The Romance Reviews and Affaire de Coeur Magazine. Her fifth book, A BREATH OF SCANDAL, was awarded Best Historical in the Reader's Crown 2013. Elizabeth lives in Texas with her husband, the indispensable Mr. Essex, and her active and exuberant family in an old house filled to the brim with books.

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Tempted at Christmas - Christmas at Castle Keyvnor Book 4

Tempted at Christmas
  • Number: B073HBSHKY
  • Release: 2017-09-26
  • Authors: Jane Charles, Kate Pearce, Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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The Earl and Countess of Banfield cordially request your attendance at the wedding for their daughters: Lady Tamsyn Hambly to Mr. Gryffyn Cardew, & Lady Morgan Hambly to Harold Mort, Viscount Blackwater, on the 24th day of December, 1811, at Castle Keyvnor, Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.

TEMPTED AT CHRISTMAS includes:

Kate Pearce's And a Pigeon in a Pear Tree

When stuffy Benjamin Priske, Baron Saxelby, heir to the Earl of Widcome arrives at Castle Keyvnor, he not only falls in love at first sight, but is accidentally mistaken for his valet. As he spends time with Henrietta, the witty, beautiful, and self-assured granddaughter of the castle housekeeper, he’s increasingly reluctant to reveal his true identity and spoil the most remarkable days of his life. Can Benjamin overcome his rigid nature, embrace the magical nature of Keyvnor castle, and maybe indulge in a fairytale romance all of his own?

Jane Charles' His Mistletoe Miss

Anthony Beck, Viscount Redgrave, has always done what was expected of his title and station. Ever the dutiful son, he abides by his mother’s requests even when they tend to the ridiculous. There is no other reason, after all, that he would visit a gypsy camp to acquire a piece of magical mistletoe that should direct him to the path of true love. Luckily at the gypsy camp, he happens upon the one lady he’s always wanted to court. Unfortunately, she’s in love with her guardian… Miss Holly Prescott is not in love with her guardian. It is her duty, however, to make certain that nefarious young ladies with hopes of becoming his duchess, don’t trap him into a loveless marriage. While attending the Christmas Eve weddings at Castle Keyvnor, Holly learns that the nearby gypsies could be of help in that regard. However, she did not expect to stumble upon the handsome and oh-so-honorable Lord Redgrave in the process.

Elizabeth Essex's A Merry Devil

Captain Matthew Kent has always been bound by his service to the Royal Navy. But when the Admiralty rewards him handsomely for cleaning out a nest of Cornwall smugglers, he is tempted to throw it all away for a second chance with Tressa Teague, the very woman he should not admire—a smuggler. Tressa is the daughter of the vicar, expected to be everything sweetness and light. But instead she has the heart of a pirate. She thought she'd seen the last of the dangerous sea captain who left her heartbroken before. But when he returns to the rugged coast of Cornwall to offer her the chance of a lifetime, will she lose her freedom, or only her heart?


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Kent Brothers Chronicles Book 1

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  • Number: B071ZLWYWH
  • Release: 2017-06-27
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: ERB Publishing
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From award winning author Elizabeth Essex comes an enchanting prequel to the Kent Brothers Chronicles...

JUST ONE BITE...

Nessa Teague has never believed in the magic that swirls around her village like a fine Cornish mist. She’s never had need of it. Until the day Lord Harry Beck returns to Bocka Morrow and Nessa realizes there is nothing, including the blackest of magic, she won’t do to have him for her own.

AND HE COULD BE HERS.

Harry Beck has left the Royal Navy only to find himself shoaled upon the rocky coast of Cornwall, where smugglers haunt every cove and treachery fouls the waters. His best hope to find the traitor selling secrets to the French is to charm the vicar’s observant and intelligent daughter, Nessa Teague.

But in a place where loyalty runs deeper than the deep blue sea, they’ll need more than charm to uncover the secret plot that threatens their country, and shakes their faith in the power and magic of true love.

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This novella previously appeared in the Vexed anthology.


A Fine Madness - Highland Brides Book 3

A Fine Madness
  • Number: B06XTYNCCV
  • Release: 2017-05-02
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: ERB Publishing
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"If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad." Jane Austen

MISS OTIS REGRETS...

The entirely of Miss Elspeth Otis's inheritance from her wastrel father is a battered old trunk with some scrawled-upon foolscap sheets. Nothing that could free her from a stifling life with her fusty maiden aunties in a musty old cottage in a misty corner of Scotland. Nothing that will give her the life she's always dreamed of--a life full of kindness and kisses and love. Or will it?

NOTHING...

Mr. Hamish Cathcart wants more than anything to avoid the hasty marriage to a brewer's daughter his father, the earl, has arranged to revive his fortunes. Hamish's only hope is his failing publishing company, whose only asset is a scandalously banned book by an infamous, but unfortunately deceased, author. But when a new novel written by the same man lands on Hamish's doorstep, he'll go to any length to secure it--any length but love.

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This novella was previously released in the anthology Scandal's Daughters.


The Danger of Desire - Dartmouth Brides Book 3

The Danger of Desire
  • Number: B06X93S5H3
  • Release: 2017-04-04
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: ERB Publishing
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THE OFFICER IS A GENTLEMAN

Royal Navy Captain Hugh McAlden will do anything to stop the treasonous flow of information out of the Admiralty, even if it means taking in a slyly attractive street thief to steal those secrets back.

BUT THE LADY IS A TRAMP

Circumstances might have forced Meggs Evans into a life of crime, but she’s bound and determined to lift herself out of the gutters even if it means stealing for the wickedly handsome captain. On the trail of a traitor, the undeniable attraction between Meggs and her captain explodes. But when danger ignites their desire, the only thing in danger of being stolen is her heart.

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The Danger of Desire was originally published in 2011 and was nominated for a RITA Award. This new edition has been revised and reedited.


A Sense of Sin - Dartmouth Brides Book 2

A Sense of Sin
  • Number: B06W2LZ6BR
  • Release: 2017-03-07
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: ERB Publishing
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A LADY WITH A SECRET

The Ravishing Miss Burke has everything a young lady could want—beauty, status and suitors lined up just to beg for her hand. Until a blackmailer from her past holds her future for ransom.

A MAN HELLBENT ON REVENGE

Colonel Rupert Delacorte, Viscount Darling will go to any length to ruin the woman responsible for his beloved sister’s death. But the Ravishing Miss Burke is nothing like the icy murderer of his waking dreams—she’s nothing but a bluestocking with a shocking secret she’ll go to almost any length to keep. Even succumbing to his sinful seduction.

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A Sense of Sin was originally published in 2011. This new edition has been revised and reedited.


The Pursuit of Pleasure - Dartmouth Brides Book 1

The Pursuit of Pleasure
  • Number: B06X6JBJG4
  • Release: 2017-03-07
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: ERB Publishing
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From acclaimed author Elizabeth Essex comes the Dartmouth Brides, three unconventional women determined to find love...

SHE DOES SAY SHE'LL NEVER MARRY...

Miss Elizabeth Paxton is a new sort of heiress—educated, opinionated and entirely independent. The last thing she wants is a husband mucking about her life. Even if he is the only man she’s ever loved.

BUT SHE HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A WIDOW.

When dashing Captain Jameson Marlowe returns to Dartmouth, he proposes to give Lizzie exactly what she wants—a marriage without the man. After one night of searing passion, his sworn duty will take him far off to sea…or so she thinks until secrets and lies set a collision course with the smugglers along the south coast, and Lizzie is caught in the dark tide of treason. Can she salvage her pride and learn to trust in true love before it’s too late?

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The Pursuit of Pleasure was originally published in 2010. This new edition has been revised and reedited.


Vexed - The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor Book 1

Vexed
  • Number: B01HRSOKBC
  • Release: 2016-09-20
  • Authors: Ava Stone, Erica Ridley, Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, Collections & Anthologies, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, Book #1

Greetings,

In regards to the Matter of the un-entailed Estate of the late-Jonathan Hambly, 10th Earl of Banfield, be advised that your attendance is urgently required at the reading of his lordship’s Last Will & Testament, to take place on November 1st of this year at Castle Keyvnor in Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.

Regards,

Mr. Timothy Hunt, Esq.

When the late-Earl of Banfield’s distant relations descend upon Bocka Morrow, they’ll find gypsies, witches, pixies, smugglers, and one very haunted castle. And if they’re lucky, they might just fall in love while they’re there.

VEXED, The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes:

Erica Ridley’s Romancing the Rogue

When the new earl inherits, poor relation Miss Rebecca Bond must wed immediately or be out on her ear. The only man she’s ever loved is summoned to hear the will—but he already rejected her so soundly that they haven’t spoken in years. Yet who better than a rakish Viscount to teach her how to snare a gentleman who appreciates her charms?

Ava Stone’s Once Upon a Moonlit Path

Lady Cassandra Priske sees dead people…not all the time, but occasionally. When her family is summoned to Castle Keyvnor for the reading of her great uncle's will, Cassy is more than terrified. After all, the castle is famous for its hauntings. But the very last person, dead or alive, she expects to find there is the rakish Lord. St. Giles. After all, she spent the last season hiding from that very man.

Elizabeth Essex’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Nessa Teague has never believed in the magic that swirls around her village like a fine Cornish mist. She’s never had need of it. Until the day Lord Harry Beck returns to Bocka Morrow and Nessa realizes there is nothing, including the blackest of magic, she won’t do to have him for her own.

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes twelve Regency romance novellas. Don’t miss the anthologies Bedeviled, Mystified and Spellbound.


Mad About the Marquess - Highland Brides Book 2

Mad About the Marquess
  • Number: B01CKEZ2OW
  • Release: 2016-04-05
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: ERB Publishing
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From acclaimed author Elizabeth Essex comes an adventurous book in the Highland Brides series, where bold, brilliant lasses are determined to make their own happily ever afters.

WHEN A LADY TAKES TO THE ROAD TO PLAY ROBIN HOOD

Lady Quince Winthrop has been robbing from society's rich and giving to Edinburgh's poor for years. But everything changes the day she can't resist the temptation to steal from the Marquess of Cairn.

SHE MUST BE ON HER GUARD AGAINST HER SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM

Alasdair, Marquess of Cairn, has come back to Scotland to stop a thief, never thinking that the lass he's trying to woo is about to give a lesson in larceny he won't be able to forget. From the twisted streets of Auld Reeky, to the hills of the highlands, Quince leads Alasdair on a merry chase, and finds the one man she shouldn't fall for, is the one man she can't resist.

LOVE IS EVEN HARDER TO RESIST THAN TEMPTATION.


Mad For Love - Highland Brides Book 1

Mad For Love
  • Number: B01DI89LW8
  • Release: 2016-03-26
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: ERB Publishing
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From acclaimed author Elizabeth Essex comes an irresistible novella introducing the Highland Brides, bold, brilliant lasses determined to make their own happily ever afters.

SET A THIEF...

Rory Cathcart's appreciation of the exquisite makes him the perfect man to expose forgeries and root out fraud in London's tempestuous art world. But when his latest investigation into forged paintings puts him squarely in Mignon du Blois' shaky sights, he finds himself deep in trouble, and captured by something more powerful than mere beauty.

TO CATCH A THIEF...

The moment Mignon stops a rakish thief from making off with one of her father's brilliant forgeries, she knows she's found the perfect man to help her steal back a priceless statue, and save her family from unspeakable scandal. She has no intention of falling for Rory's Caledonian charms, nor his seductive Scottish persuasions. From the drawing rooms of the ton to the auction rooms of the art world, the pair embark on a madcap adventure to save them both from ruin. But will the love they uncover be most priceless treasure of all?


Christmas Brides

Christmas Brides
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  • Number: 9781250060563
  • Release: 2014-09-30
  • Authors: Suzanne Enoch, Alexandra Hawkins, Elizabeth Essex, Valerie Bowman
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, Collections & Anthologies, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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One Hot Scot by Suzanne EnochDuncan Lenox lives surrounded by enemies, a MacLawry in a land of Campbells. But when an English beauty has nowhere else to turn, he feels obligated to help. Now that they must spend a night together in an abandoned cottage while a storm rages on, will their mutual passion save—or doom—them both Once Upon a Christmas Scandal by Alexandra Hawkins Lady Ellen is outraged when she learns her dowry’s been increased by her dad, eager to draw every bachelor in England to her front door. So when Lord Swainsbury comes knocking, Ellen assumes he’s another dreadful fortune hunter. Little does she know that Swainsbury has completely fallen for her—body, heart, and soul…The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex

Lieutenant Ian Worth needs a wife by Christmas. He has to find her, woo her, and wed her before he goes back to sea. Anne Lesley is a shy spinster with no prospects, so she accepts Ian’s hasty offer only for the security it will bring. But when a midwinter storm rolls in, things start to heat up between them…and they might just find true, honest-to-goodness love…It Happened Under the Mistletoe by Valerie Bowman

Oliver Townsende intends to avoid the hordes of marriage-minded misses at a friend’s holiday party. When he meets Miss Cerian Blake, who’s dodging her own unwanted set of admirers, the two decide to join forces and fake an infatuation to keep their suitors at bay. But when mistletoe becomes involved, will their Christmastime prank turn into a love to last all seasons?


A Scandal to Remember - The Reckless Brides

A Scandal to Remember
  • 3 Stars
  • Number: 9781250044587
  • Release: 2014-08-26
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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The rules of courtship are swept out to sea when a shipwreck offers a Reckless Bride a true taste of paradise…

CAN A WHIRLWIND ROMANCE

For too long, Miss Jane Burke’s father has taken advantage of her painstaking research. Heading to the South Seas to make her own name as a scientist despite the crew’s insistence that a woman aboard is bad luck, she isn’t prepared to be championed by a handsome ship’s officer who rouses longings inside her as wild as any storm…

LEAD TO A PROPER PROPOSAL?

For Lieutenant Charles Dance, a post on His Majesty’s survey ship Tenacious is just one more dutiful rung on the ladder of his career. Even a headstrong bluestocking on board is less troubling than the ship’s drunken captain—and the ferocious gales that drive the ship off course. Stranded on a remote island, passion blazes between them as hot as the sun, but it’s Jane’s love that Charles wants forever…


After the Scandal - Reckless Brides

After the Scandal
  • Number: 9781250044570
  • Release: 2014-03-25
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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In English society, the rules of engagement have stood the test of time. Until a Reckless Bride falls in deeply, scandalously in love…

CAN AN INDECENT PROPOSAL

When Lady Claire Jellicoe agreed to a walk in the moonlight, she never imagined her titled companion might have brutal motives. Nor could she have dreamed up such a brave rescue by the most unexpected savior of all: an inscrutable nobleman with a daring plan of escape—and a deliciously tempting embrace…

LEAD TO EVERLASTING LOVE?

Timothy Evans, the Duke of Fenmore, has palmed more treasures than he can count. Even for a man who grew up thieving in London’s stews, a stolen bride should be beyond the pale. But Fenmore won’t let scandal ruin the spirited beauty’s reputation. And now that she’s stolen his heart, how can he ever let her go…?

After the Scandal is a Reckless Brides novel from Elizabeth Essex


The Scandal Before Christmas - The Reckless Brides

The Scandal Before Christmas
  • Number: B00DK43OPQ
  • Release: 2013-10-08
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, Seasonal / Holiday, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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First in a’Tis the season for a new holiday novella from acclaimed author Elizabeth Essex! The Scandal Before Christmas is romance so good it’s scandalous…

 

Lieutenant Ian Worth needs a wife by Christmas, and he can’t afford to be choosy. He has to find her, woo her, and wed her before he goes back to sea—all within a matter of days.  

 

Anne Lesley is a shy spinster with no prospects, and nothing and no one to recommend her but her own self. She accepts the lieutenant’s hasty offer only for the comfort and security it will bring. But when a midwinter storm snows her and Ian in, they both find they got much more than they bargained for—laughter, light, and a Christmas filled with honest to goodness true love…

 

Look for the next novel in the sensational Reckless Brides series, After the Scandal, coming in April 2014 from St. Martin’s Paperbacks.


A Breath of Scandal - The Reckless Brides, #2

A Breath of Scandal
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  • Number: 9781250003805
  • Release: 2012-12-24
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Forced by her family into an engagement with a man she can never abide, Antigone Preston knows only a scandal will save her from a loveless marriage. But knocking a man down to the ballroom floor with her fists brings dangerous consequences. She may have ruined her reputation, but now she’s endangered her heart…

The son of an earl and a career navy man, Captain William Jellicoe has no interest in the frivolities of London—and even less in the institution of marriage. But there’s something steering him toward Antigone. He has never met anyone as brazen and unconventional as…himself. But will he risk it all for a woman who still has the breath of scandal hot on her lips?


Scandal in the Night - The Reckless Brides

Scandal in the Night
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  • Number: 9781250003812
  • Release: 2013-07-02
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Assuming a false identity as a prim and proper governess, the bold and beautiful Cat Rowan thinks she has finally escaped the wild misadventures of her past—and the wickedly handsome spy who seduced her in India. Imagine her surprise when her employer introduces his brother: the very same cad who destroyed her heart!

The Honorable Thomas Jellicoe cannot believe his eyes when he sees his beloved Cat—the Scottish beauty who nearly jeopardized his mission in India. Disguised as a horse trader from the bazaars of the Punjab, the British spy risked his life for one night of passion in her arms. But here and now—breaking all rules of decorum—one heated kiss ignites a flurry of gunfire. For their enemies have followed them home. And love is the greatest danger of all…


Almost a Scandal - The Reckless Brides

Almost a Scandal
  • Number: 9781250003799
  • Release: 2012-07-31
  • Author: Elizabeth Essex
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society’s rules of courtship. But—come hell or high water—they  always get their man…

For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place—at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues…

Dedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty—and distractingly gorgeous—Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally’s charade, and he’s furious. But he must admit she’s the best midshipman on board—and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of a battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test…


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