Maggi Andersen fell in love with the Georgian and Regency worlds after reading the books of Georgette Heyer. Victoria Holt's Gothic Victorian novels were also great favourites. Maggi's free time is spent enjoying her garden and the local wildlife, reading, movies and the theatre. She lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of Australia.
A Baron in Her Bedby Maggi Andersen
Now that the war with France has ended, Baron Guy Fortescue arrives in England to claim his inheritance, abandoned over thirty years ago when his father fled to France after killing a man in a duel. When Guy is set upon by footpads in London,
London, 1816. A handsome baron. A faux betrothal. And Horatia's plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn.
Now that the war with France has ended, Baron Guy Fortescue arrives in England to claim his inheritance, abandoned over thirty years ago when his father fled to France after killing a man in a duel. When Guy is set upon by footpads in London, a stranger, Lord Strathairn, rescues and befriends him. But while travelling to his country estate, Guy is again attacked. He escapes only to knock himself out on a tree branch.
Aspiring poet Horatia Cavendish has taken to riding her father's stallion, "The General", around the countryside of Digswell dressed as a groom. She has become bored of her country life and longs to escape to London to pursue her desire to become part of the London literary set. When she discovers Guy lying unconscious on the road, the two are forced to take shelter for the night in a hunting lodge. After Guy discovers her ruse, a friendship develops between them.
Guy suspects his relative, Eustace Fennimore is behind the attacks on his life. He has been ensconced in Rosecroft Hall during the family's exile and will become the heir should Guy die. Horatia refuses to believe her godfather, Eustace, is responsible. But when Guy proposes a faux betrothal to give him more time to discover the truth, she agrees. Secure in the knowledge that his daughter will finally wed, Horatia's father allows her to visit her blue-stocking aunt in London.
But Horatia's time spent in London proves to be anything but a literary feast, for a dangerous foe plots Guy's demise. She is determined to keep alive her handsome fiancé, who has proven more than willing to play the part of her lover even as he resists her attempts to save him.
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Horatia Cavendish has vowed never to marry. She wants to pursue a literary career like her aunt, that is, until she meets sexy Frenchman Guy Fortescue. Except she doesn't exactly meet him under ideal circumstances. She dresses like a boy and goes out riding her father's spirited stallion (something that a proper young lady should not be doing), when she discovers Guy unconscious in the road after being attacked by ruffians. She can't abandon him so she does the next best thing and helps him to an abandoned cottage. With a raging snowstorm outside, she's forced to spend the night with him. That is the just the beginning of their secrets. Her literary career doesn't look so ideal the more she gets to know Guy. He's handsome, but has secrets of his own. I enjoyed the antics of Horatia and her habit of making things worse when she's only trying to help. The author does a great job in describing the growing chemistry between Horatia and Guy. While I enjoyed the storyline quite a lot, I was jolted out of the story too many times by the abrupt POV changes, often within the same chapter. There were no section breaks to alert me to a new POV and it took a few moments to figure out who's head we were in. I would have also liked to see a section break or even *** when the story moved from one day to another. All of the text just ran together and it was annoying. Despite this criticism, this is a fun and engaging story, but it could use some editing to give the reader the ultimate reading experience. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
A Baron in Her Bed takes the classic regency romance and crosses it with a historical thriller/mystery and provides a romantic read that keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat for the whole book. Set after the defeat of Napoleon and his exile Guy Fortescue a man who lived through the revolution in France and who is the heir to an English Barony. Guy meets the very unconventional Horatia when she is dresses as a groom so she can take her fathers stallion for a ride alone. We add intrigue to the mix after several attempts on Guy's life. This book has a lot going for it, long lost Baron's, self professed spinsters, spy's, attempted murder, sex, and rescues. I enjoyed the story and liked the characters, I found at a couple points during my reading I thought the story dragged a bit and some of the "misunderstandings" between hero and heroine were unnecessary and they never gained any ground in the story anyway. I liked that it was a regency with a little steam, not heaps and tons but more in line with how a real couple would feel and act toward each other even within the bounds of regency era morality. Over all a great trip back to regency England with a dash of spice and a helping of thriller.