Scandalous Regency Women

Well-behaved women rarely make history, so you won’t find any here…

The Diamond of London by Andrea Penrose

This fictionalized account of the life of Lady Hester Stanhope, breathes life into the memory of a Regency-era adventuress who defied societal norms. With intelligence and determination, she intelligently exploits the rules of the ton, even earning the favor of Beau Brummell. However, her quest for an egalitarian marriage faces challenges, leading to forbidden affairs and unexpected betrayals. As England enters war, Hester discovers courage, strength, and an unforeseen legacy. Penrose’s narrative sparkles with impeccable research and attention to detail, bringing this historical figure to life.

The Cutthroat Countess by Minerva Spencer

In Regency-era England, where societal norms are rigid, Jo “Blade” Brown stuns as a blade expert circus performer at Farnham’s Fantastical Female Fayre. Unaccustomed to staying in one place and loath to reveal details about her complicated past, Jo nevertheless finds unexpected friendships there as well as a burgeoning attraction to Honorable Elliot Wingate, whose life she once saved. As their connection deepens, Jo grapples with dangerous secrets from her past in a tale of love, self-discovery, and trust, challenging the norms of a man’s world.

Murder in Drury Lane by Vanessa Riley

Lady Abigail Worthing’s marriage to an absent lord offers some comforts, including a box at the Drury Lane theater, a place that has become her refuge. However Abigail’s sanctuary is disturbed when a body is discovered in the middle of a performance. The magistrate urges her to avoid involvement, fearing for her safety, but Abigail, with her penchant for sleuthing, cannot resist. As she digs into the mystery, she uncovers a complex drama involving gambling debts, a popular actress, a connection to the abolitionist cause, and the fate of Drury Lane itself…

Earls Trip by Jenny Holiday

The humor and heart of Ted Lasso blends with Bridgerton‘s charm and a touch of The Hangover in this Regency romp featuring three earls on their yearly guys trip. Urgent news interrupts their plans, leading them on a mission to prevent scandalous ruin for family friends. After rescuing childhood pals Clementine and Olive Morgan, the trip takes a different tune, especially after Clementine makes an indecent but thoroughly tempting proposal to Archibald Fielding-Burton, the Earl of Harcourt that has him hot under the collar. Earls plus girls makes for daring and uproarious fun in this bromantic comedy!

Accidentally His by Sabrina Jeffries

Lady Verity, part of the trio of unconventional female party planners in Regency London, finds herself entangled with Rafe Wolfford, a viscount’s heir on a mission to uncover a spy. Rafe courts Verity to investigate her potential involvement, but as fate and desire intervene, their alliance becomes more complex. Verity, scarred by a disastrous engagement, is wary, while Rafe harbors secrets of his own. Their journey from a strategic arrangement to a true marriage requires daring and trust amidst the stricture of the ton.

Murder at the Merton Library by Andrea Penrose

Amidst the hallowed halls of Oxford, the Earl of Wrexford is thrust into a murder investigation when a rare manuscript vanishes and the librarian is found dead. Simultaneously, Lady Charlotte, writing under the pseudonym A. J. Quill, scrutinizes a suspicious laboratory fire in London linked to a revolutionary steam-powered ship. As they uncover clues, they unravel a web of deceit, with sinister forces at play. As the stakes rise Wrexford and Charlotte must navigate this intricate puzzle before a nefarious conspiracy engulfs them in darkness.