Take it away, Charis!
Who's Who in the Bachelor Lords of London series...
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Who can resist the beautiful irony of Jane Austen’s most-famous opening line? It begs the question: Do single men, especially rich ones, truly give a hoot about finding a wife?
Well, certainly, I can speculate about modern day. In my experience, most modern bachelors want some variation of a nice car, weekends in Cabo, playoff tickets, another promotion, and a hot girlfriend with no expectations.
Would Elizabeth Bennett be impressed? Hardly. But how different were Regency bucks? My new trilogy, The Bachelor Lords of London, explores the relationships between three unattached gentlemen and the spirited young women who interrupt their best-laid plans.
It’s my pleasure to introduce the lords and the women who bring their freewheeling bachelorhoods to an untimely end.
THE EXILE: Lord Trevor, newly returned from parts unknown. Back in London to claim an earldom and disappear again.
THE EXPAT: American heiress Piety Grey, new to London and there to stay. On the run from greedy relatives who will only cease and desist if she is off the marriage mart. Suddenly, she needs a husband—even a false one—and fast.
THE PARAGON: Lord Bryson, disgraced viscount, rebuilding his life. In search of a viscountess, discreet and pure, a model of propriety. A proper, perfect wife.
THE PAST: Lady Elisabeth Hamilton-Baythes, devoted to rescuing young girls from the mean streets of London and not interested in being anyone’s wife. Except, perhaps, for one man—her own savior from years ago—who she’ll never meet again. Well, you know what they say about never.
THE LIBERTINE: Lord Beau, a naval officer and rakish second son. His brother’s title has landed in his lap, and he’ll do whatever it takes to prove he’s unfit to be a titled lord.
THE LADY: Lady Emmaline Crumbley, a young window who owes a deep debt. In payment, she agrees to transform an unwilling scoundrel into a proper gentleman.
And there you have it. The Bachelor Lords of London. Three men, two titles, one quiet, London Street. Will London ever be the same? Discover this and more as the trilogy unfolds in March, July, and October 2016.
The Earl Next Door
The Bachelor Lords of London #1
March 1, 2016
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Charis Michaels makes her Avon Impulse debut with the first book in her new historical romance series, The Bachelor Lords of London...featuring a brooding earl and the American heiress who charms him.
American heiress Piety Grey is on the run. Suddenly in London and facing the renovation of a crumbling townhouse, she’s determined to make a new life for herself—anything is better than returning to New York City where a cruel mother and horrid betrothal await her. The last thing she needs is a dark, tempting earl inciting her at every turn…
Trevor Rheese, the Earl of Falcondale, isn’t interested in being a good neighbor. After fifteen years of familial obligation, he’s finally free. But when the disarmingly beautiful Piety bursts through his wall—and into his life—his newfound freedom is threatened…even as his curiosity is piqued.
Once Piety’s family arrives in London, Falcondale suddenly finds himself in the midst of a mock courtship to protect the seductive woman who’s turned his world upside down. It’s all for show—or at least it should be. But if Falcondale isn’t careful, he may find a very real happily ever after with the woman of his dreams…
CHARIS MICHAELS is thrilled to be making her debut with Avon Impulse. Prior to writing romance, she studied Journalism at Texas A&M and managed PR for a trade association. She has also worked as a tour guide at Disney World, harvested peaches on her family’s farm, and entertained children as the “Story Godmother” at birthday parties. She has lived in Texas, Florida, and London, England. She now makes her home in the Washington, D.C.-metro area.