Debutantes, widows and the occasional courtesan test society’s boundaries in Beverley Oakley’s wicked, passionate historical romances dripping with scandal, intrigue and suspense.
In the Scandalous Miss Brightwells series, a pair of irrepressible sisters and their bumbling brother play matchmaker, often with hilarious or unexpected results.
Daughters of Sin is the series for readers in the mood for an intrigue-laden, Regency-set ‘Dynasty’, as two nobly born sisters and their illegitimate half-sisters compete for love and gilt-edged marriages while trying to bring a handsome, dangerous traitor to justice.
And Fair Cyprians of London is about a group of determined and clever courtesans at a high-class Soho brothel who use their wit and beauty to avenge past betrayals - and who find lasting love along the way.
How can there be a happily ever after? is a question many a reviewer has asked before admitting to being delighted and satisfied by the unexpected plot twists and surprise endings.
So have a look around. Hopefully, you’ll find your next historical romance with a difference right here!
Hearts In Hiding Series
With a murderer hot on her heels, becoming the greatest treasure in a bored aristocrat's collection may be Jemima's only hope of survival.
Jemima's talent for ancient languages has given her father the advantage as an archaeologist and treasure hunter but when he is murdered on the verge of announcing their greatest discovery, Jemima must resort to creative means to stay alive and claim her rightful prize.
Cressida must learn the skills of a courtesan and the cunning of a spy-master to regain her once-devoted husband's affections. Cressida, Lady Lovett, believes her reluctance in the bedchamber—caused by a brush with death during her last childbirth—has driven her husband into another woman's arms.
Sequel to Her Valentine’s Secret, which appears in the Valentine’s Day Anthology.
Lady Athelton’s St Valentine’s Ball should have been a time for love, not vengeance, as the once carefree Lisette plots the demise of the man she once loved. Lucien Monteil might now be the darling of post-revolutionary France but Lisette knows he betrayed her family and sent her father to the guillotine.
If only the reawakening of long dormant feelings for the handsome viscomte didn’t threaten Lisette’s determination to achieve that which her father was denied: justice. If only justice didn’t come at the cost of her heart.
Daughters of Sin Series
She was determined to secure the succession, he was in it for the pleasure. Falling in love was not part of the arrangement.
When dashing twenty-five-year-old Stephen Cranbourne arrives at the estate he will one day inherit, it’s expected he will make a match with his beautiful second cousin, Araminta
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Respectability or love? London's most celebrated actress, Miss Kitty La Bijou, has almost achieved her heart's desire. Mistress to handsome Lord Nash and the unacknowledged illegitimate daughter of Viscount Partington, she has fame, beauty and the affections of the handsome lover she believes was predestined for her.
Fair Cyprians of London Series
A rich man’s hobby is a poor girl’s ruin during the years of early photography
It’s 1878 and London’s most beautiful and hard-hearted prostitute, Grace Fortune, is preparing for her next job. She’s the special initiation ‘gift’ procured by a mother in fashionable Mayfair for her son’s twenty-first birthday.
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Honour? Or her heart’s desire?
Two years ago, Felix Lord Durham believed that Hope, the vicar’s beautiful daughter, had chosen to live in Germany as a governess rather than accept the marriage proposal he’d hinted at.
Why else would she have failed to appear for their final secret assignation? Why else would Felix be given snippets about her new life on the Continent from various sources?
"My beautiful Revenge."
Four years ago, Faith’s mysterious benefactress falsely accused her of stealing and deposited her in Madame Chambon’s exclusive brothel.
There, Faith was to learn how to entrance London’s noble gentlemen with her learning in philosophy, politics and art.
Her body was to be saved for the greatest enticement of all: revenge.
Faith doesn’t care what she has to do. She lives only to fulfil a bargain that will set her free.
But when Faith is recruited as the muse of a talented, sensitive painter whose victory in a prestigious art competition turns them both into celebrities overnight, she discovers the reasons behind her mission are very different from what she'd been led to believe.
Now she is complicit in something dark and dangerous while riches, adulation and freedom are hers for the taking.
But what value are these if her heart has become a slave to the man she is required to destroy?
Keeping Faith is book 3 in the Fair Cyprians of London series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Scandalous Miss Brightwell Series
Fanny is used to trading on her wits and beauty to ensure her family retains its tenuous hold on respectability. While her reprobate brother gambles away their fortune, and her feather-brained sister threatens to destroy the girls’ collective reputation by succumbing to any lure cast her way, Fanny is regarded as the Brightwell family’s saviour.
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Would a potential suitor be bolder if he were told the lie that the object of his desire had only six months to live?
Sweet, pretty Thea Brightwell’s dull, quiet life with her crotchety aunt is about to be turned upside down by a visit to Bath and a chance encounter with handsome Mr Grayling.
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The matchmaking Brightwell sisters have a new mission: to rescue two lost souls and unite their passionate hearts.
When Miss Eliza Montrose’s extraordinary bravery wins her the respect of matchmaking queens Fanny and Antoinette Brightwell, the sisters decide they must find a worthier suitor for the young woman they’d initially disliked.
But Eliza has her own reasons for agreeing to marry their odious cousin, George Bramley. Reasons that have nothing to do with love!
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A seven-year secret. A tragic misunderstanding. Can love outwit fate in this twisted tale of misadventure and thwarted dreams?
Earl Quamby’s niece, Katherine, and Jack, a foundling home lad adopted by a local family, have been loyal friends for as long as they can remember.
Duchess of Seduction
Cressida must learn the skills of a courtesan and the cunning of a spy-master to regain her once-devoted husband's affections.
Cressida, Lady Lovett, believes her reluctance in the bedchamber - caused by a brush with death during her last childbirth - has driven her husband into another woman's arms. Desperate to learn the truth behind Lord Lovett’s increasing absences, she follows him to Mrs. Plumb's notorious Salon of Sin, expecting the worst. Instead, Cressida discovers an unlikely ally who equips the innocent young wife with some tricks of the demimondaine's trade and sparks in Cressida a desire to set to rights an old injustice. But when Cressida transforms herself into the vixen of her husband's dreams, she also sets in motion a series of unforeseen consequences. Unless she can unravel a mystery and right the wrongs of the past, she stands to lose more than just her once-adoring husband. What readers are saying... "This is almost a 'coming of age' novel for the Regency woman, a liberating and thrilling ride that will have you reaching for your partner to rekindle your romance." ~ Amazon Reader.
With a murderer hot on her heels, becoming the greatest treasure in a bored aristocrat’s collection may be Jemima’s only hope of survival.
Blue-stocking Jemima Percy envisioned a quiet, reclusive life of research. But the glittering world of the demimondaine becomes her refuge after she flees her father’s murderer, an unknown, ruthless, antiquities collector who will stop at nothing to get his hands on Jemima’s ground-breaking discovery.
Other Books by Beverley Oakley
Three full-length Regency romances. A spoiled heiress masquerading as a shipwrecked governess, a widow with a tarnished reputation seeking her lost son, and a debutante pretending to be married… These very different Regency heroines dare everything for love!
Wicked Rogues. Handsome Aristocrats. Destined for love, one and all! Heather Boyd, Donna Cummings, and Beverley Oakley have teamed up to bring you three utterly romantic love stories to warm your heart!Click Here For More Details!
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