Janet Mullany, granddaughter of an Edwardian housemaid, was born in England but now lives near Washington, DC. Her debut book was Dedication, the only Signet Regency to have two bondage scenes (and which was reissued with even more sex in April 2012 from Loose-Id). Her next book, The Rules of Gentility (HarperCollins 2007) was acquired by Little Black Dress (UK) for whom she wrote three more Regency chicklits, A Most Lamentable Comedy, Improper Relations, and Mr. Bishop and the Actress. Her career as a writer who does terrible things to Jane Austen began in 2010 with the publication of Jane and the Damned (HarperCollins), and Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion (2011) about Jane as a vampire, and a modern retelling of Emma, "Little to Hex Her," in the anthology Bespelling Jane Austen headlined by Mary Balogh. She also writes contemporary erotic fiction for Harlequin, Tell Me More (2011) and Hidden Paradise (September, 2012). Find out more about Janet at www.janetmullany.com.
The Malorie Phoenix (Regency Historical Romance)by Janet Mullany
Benedict de Malorie, Earl of Trevisan, can never forget the masked woman he met one night at a London pleasure garden. The clever pickpocket stole his heart and his family's prized jewel – the Malorie Phoenix. But the family treasure reappears in Benedict's darkest hour, returned by its thief,
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She plays a deadly game, but nothing is as dangerous as love.
Benedict de Malorie, Earl of Trevisan, can never forget the masked woman he met one night at a London pleasure garden. The clever pickpocket stole his heart and his family's prized jewel – the Malorie Phoenix. But the family treasure reappears in Benedict's darkest hour, returned by its thief, along with the unexpected gift of his infant daughter.
Believing that she is dying, Jenny Smith leaves her daughter in the custody of the baby's blueblood father. Seven years later she finds herself in good health and alone, yearning for her only child. To raise enough money to support them both, she takes part in a daring escapade that requires her to impersonate a woman of quality. She fools the ton and Benedict himself.
When Jenny finds herself entangled in a murderous plot against Benedict, the father of her child, her carefully laid plans begin to fall apart. All she wants is her daughter back, but she never thought she'd fall in love with Benedict. Revealing her part in the plot means she will almost certainly lose Benedict and their daughter forever. But continuing to play her role puts them all in terrible danger.
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I love this book! Another homerun for historical romance and author Janet Mullany! When it comes to writing historical and regency romance, Janet Mullany has become one of my favorite authors of the last few years. Beginning with her first novel Dedication, Mullany has been described by many authors of her genre as the ‘love child of Jane Austen and Lord Byron.’ Janet isn’t scared write what readers want and to show them that even in the historical world of Jane Austin-like society, heroes and heroines, can have hot sex with erotic heat that is just as pleasurable as if it happened today. With her sassy twists to tried and true character driven plots, she opens a window onto strong women who are independent thinkers, survivalists is a world that caters to a man’s needs, and who enjoy it all just as much as their male counterparts. We may have been taught about drawing room etiquette, but Janet Mullany’s stories show even the regency drawing room can add spice to an erotic encounter. In her new historic novella, Mullany gives a new, refreshing twist to an often overused story plot of a woman down on her luck and the surprise baby on the way scenario. In The Malorie Phoenix, we’re introduced to pick-pocket Jenny Smith, whose taste for fancy dressed gentlemen’s pockets gives her more than she bargain for when she makes drunken Benedict de Malorie her mark in Vauxhall Gardens. It doesn’t help that unknown to her; she has pinched the famous family heirloom, the Malorie Phoenix, which Benedict is getting ready to offer to his future bride as an engagement present. Their one-night accidental encounter sets both Jenny and Benedict on life changing paths that have Benedict jilted by his fiancé, and Jenny finding out she is pregnant. Months later when Jenny is ill and thinking she is dying, she reaches out to Benedict at his estate to deliver their daughter Sarah (who he has no clue about) to raise, and uses the famous Malorie Phoenix as proof of whom she is. Not realizing that Benedict is dealing with the devastation of his family’s prized stables burned to the ground, and is now the new Earl of Trevisan due to both his father and brother being killed in the fire, she disappears before Benedict can even ask any questions about her or the baby. But this is a romance, and what wouldn’t a good romance be without a jump into the future that finds Jenny healthy and fighting for a fortune her wealthy protector has left her to create a financial future for herself and her daughter. Not knowing how to handle the legal aspects of her inheritance, because of her position, she accepts financial help from a friend of her deceased protector to impersonate the missing daughter of a wealthy businessman. The daughter, a product of rich society, Jenny doesn’t realize she is standing in as, has not only developed a colorful and independent character away from her family and friends, but she’s also the jilting fiancé of Benedict de Malorie. So what happens when Jenny and Benedict cross paths once again? Will sparks fly? Will Jenny be able to claim her daughter? And why has she been paid to impersonate a woman who has a connection to Benedict? From love, passion, shattered pasts and revenge, this story has it all. I couldn’t put the book down, and I know you will feel the same way. You need to read this book, and I know you will love it. Great job Janet Mullany … I can’t wait for the next one!
If you are in the market for intrigue and action, you might try Janet Mullany’s new book, The Malorie Phoenix. A chance encounter with Benedict Malorie leads Jenny Smith to an unexpected pregnancy. After the birth of her child, she is quite ill. Almost dying, she locates Malorie and hands over her precious baby. Nine years later, she leaps on an opportunity to get back the child she so lovingly gave up. But danger has followed, placing her life as well as her daughter, Sarah, and the man she has fallen in love with, in jeopardy. Sarah is an engaging child who will touch your heart. Jenny’s hardships will pull you in, as much as Malorie’s is to overcome.