This book is close to my heart as it follows the imaginary life of a feisty French woman during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. I named the heroine after my paternal grandmother’s maiden name, Cecile Tremblay. My grandmother was a voracious romance reader who only read in French. I was so tickled when I was able to give her copies of my French translations.
She passed away late last year, so she won’t get to see a book featuring “her” heroine, but I think she would have enjoyed reading about her historical “doppleganger”.
The Dueling Duchessby Minerva Spencer
Kensington. (Wicked Women of Whitechapel, Bk. 2). May 2023. 288p.
ISBN 9781496738110. pap. $16.95
Expert markswoman Cecile Tremblay, a French expat in Regency England, is the new owner of Farnham’s Fantastical Female Fayre, an all-women circus. It’s a far cry from the life she imagined while growing up in France, but after the French Revolution took nearly everything from her—and an unscrupulous relative in England finished the job—she’s not unhappy with the life she’s made for herself. Her only regret is the brief affair she had with Gaius Darlington, the darling of the ton, which ended disastrously. Then Guy’s life takes a turn when a long-lost relative strips him of his title, and he turns his attention to winning her back—the only woman he’s ever loved. Cecile’s not about to forgive and forget, though; she’s going to make Guy work to earn her love.
VERDICT Readers who enjoyed The Boxing Baroness won’t want to miss Spencer’s sequel. Indeed, anyone who appreciates strong, unconventional heroines—and the Regency-era heroes who know (or at least manage to learn) better than to take them for granted.
So, first off there is book 2 in THE MASQUERADERS series, THE POSTILION.
I loved writing this book. This has one of my favorite kick-ass heroine scenes of all times. This scene made Mr. Spencer turn green, but BOY did this bad guy get what he deserved!
Anyhow, here is the lovely cover and a link to Amazon as well as one for all other vendors:
A Wickedly Witty Age Gap Romance With Love Between the Classes!
PHOEBE book 1 in THE BELLAMY SISTERS is a sensual, sexy, and heartwarming love story about the girl next door and the powerful, wealthy stranger who changes her world forever. Minerva Spencer’s characters are witty and unforgettable and her romances are perfect for fans of Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas, and Meredith Duran.
Meet the Bellamy sisters, five young women who will do anything to save their siblings and keep the wolf from the door.
Lady Phoebe Bellamy will do anything to save her family estate—even marry the devil himself…
The Bellamy family has only four months before they’ll lose the very roof over their heads. While Phoebe’s older sisters venture out into the world to earn the necessary funds, Phoebe herself—plain, levelheaded, and responsible—stays home to care for her younger siblings and parents. But then she meets Viscount Needham, a fabulously wealthy, brand new peer, and everything changes.
When Phoebe learns that her father is determined to marry one of his daughters to Needham, she knows it’s time to act. She certainly can’t imagine saddling any of her beloved sisters with the brutally handsome upstart. So, she does the unthinkable and proposes to Viscount Needham herself…
Paul Needham attended the best schools, belongs to all the proper clubs, and can buy and sell half the House of Lords and still have money to spare. And yet the ton still treats him with disdain. Marrying one of their own is the fastest way to legitimize his place in society. But that doesn’t mean that he has to like his bride. He certainly won’t ever love her. Their marriage will be nothing but a mutually beneficial business arrangement.
Except it doesn’t feel like a simple transaction when Phoebe is in his arms…
They are complete opposites with nothing in common. Class differences and prejudices divide them. Is love enough to bridge their two worlds—or are they destined for heartbreak?
PHOEBE is the wickedly witty and sensually steamy first book of a five-book series. Each story in THE BELLAMY SISTERS stands alone.
Duchess Benedicta de Montfort stands to inherit a fortune . . . if her guardian doesn’t kill her first.
The only way to avoid whatever the unscrupulous man has planned is to hide until Benna comes of age. With the help of a family retainer, Benna becomes Ben Piddock, a postilion seeking employment. Benna knows horses and she’s been mistaken for a tall, skinny boy all her life—so how hard can it be? Very hard, it turns out—especially when she falls in love with her handsome employer, Jago Venable, the new Earl of Trebolton.
Jago was working as a country doctor when he inherited his family’s earldom in Cornwall.
Along with the unwanted title is a bankrupt estate that’s a royal mess and a raft of needy, impoverished relatives. One of the few bright spots is his new employee, Ben Piddock, a clever, dedicated, and unexpectedly witty lad—who is no lad, at all! Jago is amazed that Benna manages to hide her beauty from the world while working twice as hard as any man. But as much as he admires and wants her, there’s no way he can pursue a romance with his servant—no matter how bewitching. Yet beyond all reason, and despite his best intentions, he can’t seem to stay away.
I am working on a new website and in a few months I’ll have a page dedicated to audio books, but in the meantime, I’d like to share a couple of new books that are coming out and some that will be coming soon.
All my audio books are available at every ebook retailer and you can also request them through your library.
If you click on the cover you will be taken to Amazon, where you can read about the book itself as well as learn about the narrator.
It is launch day for Book 5 in THE ACADEMY OF LOVE series, DANCING WITH LOVE!
Their mercenary marriage of convenience was perfect…until love got in the way…
Mary Barnett has never dreamed of marriage and family. Scarred and wary, she’s done everything she can to avoid men. Operating her family’s vast business is the only future she has ever wanted. Mary had no way of knowing that her father would place conditions on her inheritance. Namely, she will only retain control of her father’s empire if she marries. And not just to any man, but a peer of the realm…
The last time his family tried to force Miles Ingram to marry for money, he rebelled, abandoned society for good, and went off to war. His subsequent employment as a dancing instructor might have been enough to sustain him—but when his brother dies, saddling him with a destitute earldom, Miles can no longer hide from his obligations. He’ll need to marry a wealthy woman, and fast…
They’re complete opposites, but their goals are perfectly aligned. And it’s not long before they realize their hearts aren’t as far apart as they initially thought. Miles and Mary know their dance with love can only end in happily ever after, or heartbreak. But which one will it be?
This reverse beauty and the beast story will give you all the feels! HEA guaranteed.
Yep, you read that right! 12 super steamy Christmas novellas for only .99!
Here are the links, the first one for Amazon only and the second will take you to a page of retailers and you can choose your ebook seller:
You only have about 2 more weeks to snag a copy of these Twelve novellas from your favorite historical romance authors featuring never-before-published steamy holiday stories.
Don’t miss this limited time collection—on sale only from November 1-December 31, 2022.
My contribution features a character from both my OUTCASTS and REBELS OF THE TON, series, Antionia Redvers…
by Minerva Spencer
Antonia Redvers has been completely and madly in love with the infamous privateer Captain Lucas “O Duque” Cruz, her father’s best friend, since she was a girl. This Christmas, Toni is done waiting—she’s finally going to get her duke…
Check out these brief descriptions for the 11 other fab novellas!
The Duke Who Came to Christmas Dinner
by Amy Rose Bennett
When a bah-humbug duke is invited to Christmas dinner by his widowed neighbor, the sweet-as-a-sugarplum daughter of his former estate steward, his initial reaction is to say no…until he recalls their long-ago first kiss beneath the mistletoe…
Mrs. Peabody and the Unexpected Duke
by Grace Callaway
When former lovers Hawker and Mrs. Peabody are paired on a spy mission over the holidays, they uncover the deepest secret of all: the truth of their own hearts.
Yule Be My Duke
by Darcy Burke
When enemies John and Cecilia are trapped alone in a cottage during a snowstorm, they know marriage will be imminent, but can they become lovers by morning?
The Frosty Duke
by Lila DiPasqua
When a socially awkward mathematician spinster seeks to enlist the aid of a handsome, skillful rake—things may not go to plan.
Desert Island Duke
by Kate Bateman
When Caro Montgomery is shipwrecked with her brother’s infuriatingly attractive best friend, Max Cavendish, their survival depends on working together. But will their island prove to be a tropical paradise. . . or pure hell?
Her Duke at Midnight
by Christy Carlyle
When a young widow and an infamous duke meet at a country house party during the holiday season, the attraction that sparks between them takes them both by surprise.
Her Duke With Benefits
by Jess Michaels
After confusion and a storm trap old friends Leo and Alice together for the holidays, long hidden desires and feelings come to the surface. But if the duke offers his heart before their time together is over, will she take that gift?
The Duke Deal
by Valerie Bowman
When a young duchess asks her estranged husband to pretend they’re happy during a Christmastide house party to fulfill her grandfather’s dying wish of seeing the entire family together at the holidays, the duke agrees…with one condition: he wants an heir.
My Duchess, My Wife
by Sasha Cottman
With a castle full of relatives at Christmas, a Scottish duke comes up with more than one naughty way to distract his wife.
Undressing the Duke
by Erica Ridley
When the Duke of Southbury informs his charming French valet of his impending dismissal, Vachon has only a fortnight to convince the duke to change his mind… and take a chance on love!
Right Place, Wrong Duke
by Elisa Braden
Widow Lucie Carmichael is not about to let the Duke of Dingwall evict her family from their ancestral home, even if that means engaging in a little abduction.
The list features 147 books across 15 genres and my feisty baroness made it onto a list of only 10 romance novels.
Here is part of what they have to say about THE BOXING BARONESS:
“Spencer splendidly manages the slow-burn romance that unfolds between the two wonderfully matched protagonists, weaves together an increasingly treacherous imperial spy game that catches the couple in its grip, and crafts a team of fascinating, and decidedly skillful, secondary characters. The result is a captivating mix of thrilling romance and bravery.”
I’m including the link below. The books are listed in alphabetical order, so you’ll find me if you read all the way to the bottom.
Annis Bowman lost everything when she trusted the wrong man. Now, she needs money, and she needs it fast. Finding a wealthy husband is her only viable option. It’s just her wretched misfortune that the only man who truly interests her is poor as a church mouse.
Henry Singleton, the new Earl of Rotherhithe, is ready for desperate measures. He’s tired of not knowing if women are interested in him—or his wealth. Switching identities with one of his employees is the perfect solution. So, imagine his disappointment when the lovely Annis turns out to be a heartless fortune hunter…
When a series of unfortunate events—and a huge coincidence—trap them in a marriage neither expected, can Annis and Henry overcome the misunderstandings, lies, and suspicion that stand between them? Or is their chance for a happily ever after doomed from the start?
Get ready to meet your newest book boyfriend. This steamy and sexy marriage of convenience story will give you all the feels on your way to a happily ever after.
Here is the story many readers have been waiting for… the twisted, hot, and mysterious tale of Mr. Smith!
Mr. Smith has lived his entire adult life with one goal in mind: Revenge.
Thanks to the wealth and power he has amassed over the years, that goal is almost within reach.
The only other thing that he’s ever wanted is a child of his own. But with his lifelong plans finally coming to fruition, now would be a terrible time to start a family …
Besides, finding a woman who is willing to tolerate his voracious and adventurous appetites is extremely unlikely. Until Moira Dunsmore—a far too mysterious and intriguing courtesan—enters his life. Striking a bargain with Moira to bear his child is too appealing an opportunity to pass up.
Smith never imagined that Moira would be so open to his unconventional lifestyle—or so accepting of his live-in male lover. And he certainly never expected to feel anything for her.
But she is… And he does …
Love is something Smith has had precious little experience with in his life. Can he trust in love—and Moira? What if the price of their happily ever after is his long-awaited revenge?
Their Master, book 5 in the VICTORIAN DECADENCE series, is a sensual and emotional historical romance novel featuring a mysterious, bisexual hero, a heroine who is far more than she claims to be, a gorgeous and oh-so-eager body servant, and a happily ever after that none of them ever saw coming.
Download today and get ready to fall in love with the most unconventional lovers that Victorian England has ever known.
THEIR MASTER contains plenty of hot f/m, f/m/m, m/m, ménage action with lots of spicy bedroom scenes. This book is for adult readers who are not easily triggered or offended.
As I stare out my office window at the leafless trees I can’t help wondering WHERE THE HELL HAS THE YEAR GONE??
And it has been a busy one… Thus far I’ve written 5 books and 1 novella! Yes, isn’t that INSANE? The novella is the one that is launching today, in the humorously titled DUKE IN A BOX anthology, which includes 12 steamy, holiday themed stories including DUKES!
My novella is called AUDACIOUS and takes place after the events in my book INFAMOUS. This is Antonia’s story, Richard and Lucien’s younger sister who had a wedding fiasco in INFAMOU. Anyhow, this is a ‘dad’s best friend’ romance with an age gap, lots of pining, and–of cours–an HEA and lots of steam packed in for your holiday pleasure.
You can grab a copy at any place Ebooks are sold. Below are 2 links, one for Amazon and one that will take you to a menu to choose your retailer: