Series & Title: Devilish Debutantes, Book 1: Hell Hath No Fury
Author: Annabelle Anders
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Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing INC.
Release Date: July 17, 2017
Genre: Historical, Comedy, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Love Affair With Fiction
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, 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.
If Cecily could commit murder, get away with it, and not feel guilty about it, she'd probably do it. However, she's not that kind of person, though Lord knows her husband, Flavian, deserves to be six feet underground.
Unbeknownst to Cecily, Flavian didn't court or marry her because he loved her. He married her because he needed her dowry. This kind of reasoning wasn't uncommon behind many marriages of the time. While some married for true love, many more married for wealth and status. Flavian was one of those men. Plus he's in love with someone else, a woman he has no problem showing off in public while his wife watches. Honesty always seems best in these kinds of situations before the vows are said and the marriage is consummated, but since it wasn't given, Cecily will do what it takes to get out of this farce of a marriage.
This is where Stephen comes in. He's Flavian's cousin and about a month too late in coming to help save his cousin's estate from ruin. He's standing in the wake of Flavian's monstrous disaster with Cecily, unsure of where to begin, what to say, or how to make everything right. Fortunate, or unfortunate (depending entirely on how you feel about this whole thing), for him, Cecily has a plan. That involves him. And her. And possibly a scandal.
What Cecily lacks with Flavian is more than made up for with Stephen. He's the opposite of Flavian, but he's no rebound relationship. He's a forever man, one that Cecily desires to be with, share a life with, grow old with.
Revenge is not a dish best served cold. It's best ladled out in doses with a calculating smile and steady hands. Navigating the ton was not for the faint of heart. Gossip mongers with nothing better to do are more than willing to whisper the comings and goings of the scorned wife while turning a blind eye to the wandering husband. But it was worth it. The cost of happiness is often seen as too high depending on where you stand when it's presented. But if you believe you're worthy of it, if you believe you deserve better than the lot you've been given, if you are determined to have what was viciously taken from you, the cost is piddly.
Honor and duty collide in this romance. Toss in a healthy dose of revenge, and it's a battle from beginning to end. But it's the heart that ultimately speaks louder than logic, and helps bring a well-deserved love and happiness to Cecily and Stephen.
Married to the same man for over 25 years, I am a mother to three children and two Miniature Wiener dogs. After owning a business and experiencing considerable success, my husband and I got caught in the financial crisis and lost everything; our business, our home, even our car.
At this point, I put my B.A. in Poly Sci to use and took work as a waitress and bartender.
Unwilling to give up on a professional life, I simultaneously went back to college and obtained a degree in Energy Management.
And then the energy market dropped off.
And then my dog died.
I can only be grateful for this series of unfortunate events, for, with nothing to lose and completely demoralized, I sat down and began to write the romance novels which had until then, existed only my imagination.
I am happy to have found my place in life. Finally.