Rose Lerner's Books
Lively St. Lemeston Book 1
With his younger brother desperate to win the local election, wounded former infantry officer Nick Dymond has new marching orders: dust off the legendary family charm and maneuver a beautiful widow into a politically advantageous marriage.
Under her town’s by-laws, Phoebe owns a vote that only a husband can cast. Much as she would love to ignore the matrimonial candidate pushed at her by the handsome earl’s son, she can’t. Her teenage sister is pregnant, and Phoebe’s last-ditch defense against her sister’s ruin is her vote—and her hand.
Warning: Contains elections, confections, and a number of erections.
Lively St. Lemeston Book 2
Ash is heartbroken that his younger brother wants out of the con-artist life. But giving Rafe his wish seems simple. Find a wealthy, lonely woman, make sure she falls in love with Rafe, and his brother will be set.
Lydia is immediately drawn to the kind, unassuming stranger who asks to tour her family’s portrait gallery. The attraction seems mutual—until she realizes Ash is matchmaking for his younger brother.
When Lydia’s fiery kiss puts Rafe’s future at risk, Ash wonders if he was matchmaking for his brother…or for himself?
Warning: Contains secrets and pies.
Lively St. Lemeston Book 3
Out-of-work valet John’s instant attraction to Sukey isn’t convenient. Her manners are provincial, and her outdated cleaning methods—well, the less said about them, the better.
Sukey admires the man whose impassive façade hides a gift for laughter. But her heart warns her against falling for him, no matter how devastating his kiss.
Finally John gets a job offer—except he must be respectably married. Against their better judgments, he and Sukey make arrangements. But the knot is barely tied when Sukey realizes how vexing it can be to be married to the boss…
Simon Radcliffe-Gould’s career as an architect is stalled and his bank account is almost empty. Yet every week he finds himself losing money he can’t afford at Maggie da Silva’s bohemian gambling den, just so he’ll have an excuse to see the beautiful, irrepressible hostess.
Maggie thought she had her life sorted out. She has a best friend (with benefits), a successful business, and a truly spectacular wardrobe. But lately she’s been…bored. Intrigued by serious, shy Simon, she finds a way to draw him into reluctantly betting on her favors at the faro table. A few glorious nights are all she expects.
But when an old flame hires Simon to design a folly during a scandalous house party at his country estate, Simon asks Maggie to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done. Maggie would rather be his mistress, but she'll take what she can get...
Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London’s most prosperous women, but she’s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success. Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her the means to start her long, tortuous climb out of the gutter.
Sent to Serena for help to recover a stolen family heirloom, Solomon Hathaway is shocked to discover she’s the same bedraggled waif to whom he once gave his entire quarterly allowance. As they delicately tread common ground, they must negotiate a treacherous world of crime and espionage before they can find love.
Warning: Contains toasty warm pastries, scorching hot chemistry, and a web of treason that just might see England in flames.
When his father is killed in a drunken duel, Lord Nevinstoke leaves his wastrel ways behind and goes all in to restore the family fortune. Pretty, proper heiress Penelope Brown seems the perfect choice for a wife.
Penelope doesn’t believe in Grand Passion. She knows that marrying Nev was uncharacteristically impulsive of her, but she’s sure they can build a good marriage basted on mutual respect. Yet as the newlyweds deal with one disaster and scandal after another, she begins to fervently hope that her first taste of Grand Passion in her husband’s arms won’t be her last.
Four Times Percy Garrett Didn't Kiss [REDACTED], and One Time He Did. A short story set during the events of In for a Penny. Warning: contains SPOILERS.
The way of a man with a maid. Deborah Hathaway's first two weeks of marriage to Jonas...which do not go very smoothly. Takes place shortly after the events of A Lily Among Thorns. Warning: contains SPOILERS.
Poor child of Doubt and Death. Nick is a vampire and Phoebe is a dragon: a re-imagining of Sweet Disorder.
Do you know anything about canals? Ash and Rafe run a con on Aaron Burr. Set during Burr's 1808-9 visit to England, a few years before the events of True Pretenses.
Sometimes I also write mini-stories based on reader requests. You can find them all here.