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Catherine's Star

Catherine's Star
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781419944581
  • Release: 2014-01-02
  • Author: Janice Bennett
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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While searching London to find all the places mentioned in the Regency novels she adores, Andrea Wells spots an intriguing gentleman in historic costume who mysteriously appears and disappears. She becomes obsessed with him after finding his portrait in a scandal rag, accompanied by the story of his death in 1810 and the tale of a cursed Russian icon known as Catherine’s Star, and visits his home, Greythorne Court, to learn more about him.

The current occupant of Greythorne is convinced Andrea can travel back through time, and she says Andrea must go back and find the missing Catherine’s Star to save the Court.

However, when Andrea dreamed of living in Regency England, she didn’t count on murderous spies or falling in love with a man whose imminent death is tied to the fate of a priceless icon.

A Blush® paranormal romance from Ellora’s Cave

Publisher’s Note: This book was published elsewhere in 1990 under the title A Timely Affair. It has been edited for EC publication.

Blush sensuality level: This is a suggestive romance (love scenes are not graphic).


Holly and Mistletoe

Holly and Mistletoe
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781419949159
  • Release: 2013-11-28
  • Author: Janice Bennett
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Seasonal / Holiday, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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For the Carstairs’ young music instructress, Christmas means finally being able to repay a debt of honor…if her two lively charges don’t get in the way of her pride—or her heart.

A Blush® Regency romance from Ellora’s Cave

Publisher’s Note: This story was previously released elsewhere in 1990 under the title The Holly Brooch. It has been revised for Ellora’s Cave.


Desperate Gamble - Bow Street's Best, #3

Desperate Gamble
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781419939174
  • Release: 0001-01-01
  • Author: Janice Bennett
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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Benjamin Frake of Bow Street is accustomed to solving murder cases involving members of the highest levels of society—and seeing romance blossom between his suspects. Romance for himself is the last thing on his mind, until he meets Annie Gooden, a maid at one of London’s elite private gaming hells. Unfortunately for Frake’s wistful dreams of love, Annie is the primary suspect for his latest case. Besides having more motive, she’s found standing over the victim’s body, holding the murder weapon.

Frake’s logic tells him she is probably guilty but his instincts, and his heart, tell him otherwise. His attempts to win her confidence are roundly rebuffed. Annie has a very good reason not to love or trust Runners and she has no intention of changing that now. For the sake of his heart, and possibly Annie’s life, Frake realizes this is one case he must solve quickly.

A Blush® Regency romance from Ellora’s Cave

Blush sensuality level: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content).


Fairytale Wedding

Fairytale Wedding
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781419939051
  • Release: 2013-03-06
  • Author: Janice Bennett
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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After shepherding her spoiled young cousin through a London Season, Miss Georgiana Simms wonders if her previous post as a harassed governess had not been easier. Now, having brought a matrimonial prize up to scratch, all the girl can think about is turning her winter wedding into a fairytale event, and Georgie is faced with the task of organizing a ceremony and reception that will live up to her charge’s romantic expectations.

Then the bridegroom’s cousin, the Earl of Whitfield, comes to offer his assistance and Georgie is thrown into turmoil. That he intends to flirt with her she cannot doubt. Nor can she doubt that she is in peril of losing her heart. It is clear that once this fairytale wedding is a fait accompli, Whitfield intends to make her an offer. And she is well aware that the sort of offer tendered by a gentlemen of his position to a penniless companion and governess does not include marriage.

Blush sensuality level: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content).

A Blush® Regency romance from Ellora’s Cave

Publisher’s Note: This story was previously published elsewhere under the same title. It has been edited and expanded.


Fortune's Hunter - Bow Street’s Best, Book Two

Fortune's Hunter
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781419938931
  • Release: 2012-11-22
  • Author: Janice Bennett
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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Because of the terms of her father’s will, Lady Henrietta has long known she must marry her unpleasant second cousin Desmond Galbraith, seventh earl of Tavistock. When a man who epitomizes her romantic daydreams walks into her engagement ball, she’s appalled to discover this is another second cousin, Roland, heir apparent to the earldom, returned from his long banishment in India. Her childhood memories of him are confused and vague, but she’s often heard the terrible stories of his cruelty. Then Desmond drinks a mocking toast to Lady Netta and dies of oleander poisoning…

Could Roland have murdered him for the title? While Benjamin Frake of Bow Street sets about uncovering clues and investigating suspects, Lady Netta is torn between both fear of, and undeniable attraction to, this older cousin. While she begins to question all she has ever known of Roland, he makes it clear she’s part of a past he only wants to forget. Netta soon realizes that in risking her heart, she might also be risking her life.

Blush sensuality level: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content).


Ivory and Steel - Bow Street's Best, Book One

Ivory and Steel
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781419938399
  • Release: 2012-07-12
  • Author: Janice Bennett
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Closed: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
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Miss Phyllida Dearne loves tragedy but she prefers it to remain on the stage. After their opera party is drugged, Phyllida awakens to find her sister Louisa, Marchioness of Allbury, has been murdered—with a steel blade hidden beneath the ivory sticks of Phyllida’s fan. First on the scene is the marquis’s old friend, Captain Lord Ingram. Phyllida’s immediate attraction to him is shattered as he makes it clear he disapproves of her as much as he did her sister. But dreams of romance die hard.

Benjamin Frake of Bow Street sets to work at once uncovering clues and investigating suspects. Phyllida and Ingram join forces to assist the Runner and Ingram’s antipathy toward Phyllida blossoms into friendship—and something much more. Phyllida fights against what she is certain are her unfounded hopes of love as she fears he has an ulterior motive. Frake has made it clear Ingram is a very likely suspect and Phyllida finds her logical mind, which can believe in Ingram’s guilt, in aching conflict with her heart, which cannot.

Publisher’s Note: Previously published by elsewhere with the title A Mysterious Miss. Blush sensuality level: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content). Book Length: Novel


Moonlight Wish - Book three in the Wishing for Love series.

Moonlight Wish
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781419927591
  • Release: 2010-07-29
  • Author: Janice Bennett
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Cerridwen Press
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When Lady Edwina Langston’s grandfather orders her to marry his heir or be cut off without a penny, she makes a heartfelt wish on the full moon to be her own mistress. Xanthe, her fun-loving fairy godmother, sweeps her off to Brighton’s summer season, where Eddie’s ability at piquet can lead her to wealth—or ruin. When her spurned groom, the dashing and dangerous Viscount Ashtead, aids her in her new career as a genteel gamestress, is it out of the growing love she longs for—or as a plot to win her grandfather’s fortune?

Xanthe and Titus must spin a magical web of romance to entangle this mistrustful pair into the true freedom of love.

Publisher’s Note: This story was previously published elsewhere. 


Starlight Wish - Book two in the Wishing For Love series.

Starlight Wish
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781419928000
  • Release: 2010-06-17
  • Author: Janice Bennett
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Cerridwen Press
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When Major Aubrey Kellands becomes the fifth Earl of Daventry, he returns from the Peninsula to the ancestral home he has not seen in eleven years. He finds both household and estate in complete chaos and decides he needs a sensible wife to help him restore order. His whimsical wish on a star brings Xanthe—his fairy godmother—and her cat Titus. Xanthe announces she will hold a house party over Christmas at his home, thus granting him the opportunity to find the wife he truly needs.
 
Miss Desdemona Lynton is lively and mischievous—the exact opposite of the wife Daventry seeks. Her humor—and her relentless pursuit of housebreakers who plague the neighborhood—enthrall him despite his best efforts to ignore her. His heart and his head are in deep conflict, and only Xanthe’s magical humming can help him discover that what he really needs—and wants—is love.
 
Publisher’s Note: This story was previously published elsewhere.


Haunting Flame

Haunting Flame
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781419925528
  • Release: 2010-05-20
  • Author: Janice Bennett
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Cerridwen Press
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Length: Novel
 
When Captain Anthony, Lord Lambeth, returns from the Peninsular War, he is crippled in both body and spirit. He has just inherited an estate in desperate need of repairs and no money to make them. He can’t stomach making the marriage of convenience his family urges on him, avoiding it by vowing to fulfill a promise to his dying friend to look after his impoverished little sister—by marrying her.
 
The lively Calpurnia Rycroft has worshipped Tony since they were children and is appalled by his depression. She agrees to an engagement to give him time to recover—though it will break her heart when he eventually marries someone more suitable.
 
The ring he gives her turns icy on her hand and a ghostly flame emerges from it. Callie realizes the ghost wants something from her, but is it revenge or help? The search is on to find the answers, but as Tony’s spirits improve, Callie sees her chance of love slipping away.
 
Publisher Note: This story was previously published elsewhere.


Candlelight Wish

Candlelight Wish
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781419923319
  • Release: September 3, 2009
  • Author: Janice Bennett
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Cerridwen Press
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Book Length: Novel
 
When Phoebe Caldicot loses her much-needed job as an instructress at a select Bath seminary, she knows exactly whom to blame. Sir Miles Saunderton, the elder brother of one of her pupils, is managing, infuriating and the last man she ever wants to see again. As she gazes into a candle flame, she wishes for security. Marriage seems her only option, but where can a penniless ex-schoolmistress find a suitable husband?
 
The rippling water in a silver bowl stills, and Lady Xanthe Simms and her huge white cat Titus see the image of the desperate young lady. But desperation and wishes are what keep life busy and entertaining for the resourceful fairy godmother. With a melodic hum—and the fluttering to the floor of one of her gold-tipped wing feathers—Lady Xanthe sets forth to grant Phoebe the opportunity to make her wish come true. But opportunities are never certainties…
 
Publisher’s Note: Previously published elsewhere.