The Roxton Family Saga is unsurpassed Georgian romance —Cheryl Bolen, NY Times bestselling author
Roxton Family Saga Book 3: Dair and Rory’s Happily Ever After
1770s London and Hampshire.
Alisdair ‘Dair’ Fitzstuart, hero of the American Revolutionary war and heir to an earldom, known by all as a self-centered womanizing rogue. But his dashing and rugged façade hides a vulnerable man with a traumatic past. He will gamble with his life, but never his heart, which remains his own.
Aurora ‘Rory’ Talbot, is a spinster and pineapple fancier who lives on the periphery of Polite Society. An observer but never observed, her fragile beauty hides conviction and a keen intelligence. Ever optimistic, she will not be defined by disability.
One fateful night Dair and Rory collide—the attraction is immediate, the consequences profound. Both will risk everything for love.
Romance. Drama. Intrigue. Family secrets. There’s never a dull moment for the 18th Century’s first family.
RONE Award Winner: Best Historical Novel (Post Medieval), Chatelaine Award First in Category Winner: Outstanding Works in Romantic Fiction, The Chatelaine Book Awards for Romantic Fiction: Official Finalist, and B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree.
Character-driven romantic adventure
Non-explicit, mild sensuality
Story length 148,000 words (not including bonus material)
The Roxton Family comes to life in audiobook, featuring the irresistible "smooth as melted chocolate" voice of award-winning, RADA-trained British actor Alex Wyndham
Many readers enjoy Lucinda Brant's books as part of a wider series since her characters inhabit the same meticulously-researched 18th Century world with people and events cross-referenced throughout. Should you wish to read each series in chronological order, here is the sequence:
Roxton Family Saga
1740s NOBLE SATYR (Renard and Antonia)
1760s MIDNIGHT MARRIAGE (Julian and Deb)
1770s AUTUMN DUCHESS (Antonia and Jonathon)
1770s DAIR DEVIL (Dair and Rory)
1770s PROUD MARY (Mary and Christopher)
1780s SATYR’S SON (Henri-Antoine and Lisa)
Salt Hendon Series
1763 SALT BRIDE (Magnus and Jane)
1767 SALT REDUX (Antony and Caroline)
SALT HENDON COLLECTION — boxed set with bonus novella SALT ANGEL
Alec Halsey Mysteries
Spring 1763 DEADLY ENGAGEMENT (Country house murder and mayhem)
Autumn 1763 DEADLY AFFAIR (A poisoned vicar and the mysterious Miranda)
Winter 1763 DEADLY PERIL (Bloody intrigue abroad)
Summer 1764 DEADLY KIN (Evil lurks in Edinburgh) In progress
About the Author
LUCINDA BRANT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Georgian historical romances & mysteries. Her award-winning novels have variously been described as from 'the Golden Age of romance with a modern voice', and 'heart wrenching drama with a happily ever after'. Lucinda lives most days in the 18th Century (heaven!) and is addicted to Pinterest. Come join her in her 18th Century world: http://www.pinterest.com/lucindabrant/
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite In this fourth book in the Roxton series - Dair Devil - Lucinda Brant continues the saga of the Roxton family and delights her fans with another passionate romance, the story of Alisdair ‘Dair’ Fitzstuart and Aurora ‘Rory’ Talbot, granddaughter of Lord Shrewsbury, England’s Spy Master General. Set in the 1770s, the story encompasses politics and intrigue, both at home and abroad, and also the secrets and lies a great and powerful family perhaps needs to conceal. Dair Fitzstuart has justifiably earned his nickname ‘Dair Devil’ because, to all concerned, he appears to be the epitome of a reprobate and a womanizing scoundrel. Amazingly, he has emerged unscathed from his exploits on the battlefield and his exploits in society keep tongues wagging incessantly. With a history of past mistresses, he is the most unlikely person to find Aurora attractive. She is unmarried, and despite her fair, understated charms, she has neither the ravishing beauty nor great fortune that would more than make up for her physical deformity, a twisted foot. Their first meeting is particularly inauspicious. A prank that Dair engages in to help a friend win the affections of a lady goes disastrously and scandalously wrong. Against a background of military espionage, unrest in the colonies, hints of treason and double crossing, this seemingly doomed romance blossoms. But trouble looms and various people are not too pleased with the idea of a union between Dair and Rory. What a sensuous read, with Dair himself oozing sex appeal on every page. One word that epitomizes this book is passion: the passion and tumult of the times in which the Roxtons live; the passion of love, and also the passion of ambition, both thwarted and realized. From the elegant swish of satin skirts to the flutter of a flirtatious fan, readers will be transported into a world of vivid detail, and will emerge knowing more than they could ever have imagined about this colorful and vibrant era. The author takes readers right into the heart of this wonderful romance, and they will experience each heartbeat and thrilling moment as Dair and Rory discover and explore their love. There are also brilliantly drawn lesser characters, with their pettiness, spite and narrow-mindedness, as well as others altogether much more appealing. Readers who have been avidly following the Roxton series will be delighted to pick up on clues from previous books. Ms. Brant has a gift for intertwining those threads into a constantly developing tapestry. This series has created a superb niche readership of the Georgian era. I have read all the books from Book One, so it was a delight to connect with familiar characters. For readers coming new to this series, I would recommend starting at the beginning, although the author’s skill in weaving in back story means this book can be read as a stand-alone. Highly recommended.
This is only the second review I've posted, although I've read hundreds of Regency and historical romances, and I loved Dair and Rory's story. Alisdair "Dair" Fitzstuart, Earl of Strathsay and heir to a Dukedom, romps through the introductory chapters, where he meets the lovely but physically challenged Aurora "Rory" Talbot. Readers of Lucinda Brandt's Roxton Family series ("Noble Satyr," "Midnight Marriage," and "Autumn Duchess") will recognize many of the characters in "Dair Devil," but for those new to the series this story easily stands on its own. The opening chapters introduce us to the main players, and with brilliantly descriptive scene-setting Ms. Brandt sucks you in. A romance hero in the classical style, Dair is a devilishly handsome former navy officer and sometime spy, while the spymaster's granddaughter Rory is a pretty wallflower teetering on the brink of spinsterhood. Rory's physical handicap is a malformed foot. She uses a cane and special shoe to help her walk. When she meets Dair he literally sweeps her off her feet, never noticing her handicap. They are immediately smitten, but circumstances, family, and duty intervene, keeping the couple apart until their HEA. Having read several other Brandt historicals, I already knew that she provides a fun and satisfying read. A healthy mix of humor and pathos always inspires my emotional investment, as does loving sexuality gently and tastefully used to better understand the protagonists, and Dair and Rory's mutual attraction is sensual and erotic without being explicit. It was the little touches throughout this story that kept me captivated, such as a lavender ribbon purloined and treasured, Rory's fascination with pineapples, and many more too numerous to recount here. Of the hundreds of titles in my library, I can count on two hands (and have fingers left over) the number of romances I've wanted to re-read. Only a third of the way through "Dair Devil" I was already planning to read this book again. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series, which will feature Dair's widowed sister Mary.
What can I say, except that I agree with all the other positive reviews. Love the series but, this is by far, my favorite! It has a little bit of everything and is truly uplifting and a joyful read! LORRAINE
We are proud to announce that DAIR DEVIL: A GEORGIAN HISTORICAL ROMANCE by Lucinda Brant is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Lucinda Brant always has interesting plots, creative, strong characters, and events often based in true history. I like that she weaves her stories around the characters of one book, but also in her own subtle way, introduces characters who will show up later, so she sets the stage well, and leaves the door open to adding more layers to her series. In the audio versions for this series, Alex Wyndham is shown to be a master of narration bringing the different characters to life through his ability to create varied, yet believable, voices/accents for each character. You can really get a feel for the character since he seems to have the ability to allow their personalities to shine through as well. My favorite characters from this book, were Dair, who is one of the new characters, vaguely mentioned in "Autumn Duchess". Rory, the intellectual equal of many a man, and of course, Antonia, the Duchess of Roxton from book one. Their were many memorable/enjoyable moments in the story, both happy, and sad, that I really can't easily discuss them without giving away the entire story, which I do not wish to do..... Their was one incident at the beginning of the story, where a group of young men, all friends of course, climbed in through a window of a studio in nothing but loin cloths and chased a group of dancers around the room pretending to scare them, so their buddy could come in and save the day which would win him the heart of his desired one. It was quite funny as It sounds so much like something a group of young fellows would devise, without putting much thought into any subsequent consequences, to help on of the friends look to be the hero to win a ladies heart. Didn't quite turn out as planned though, and caused some embarrassing moments for those involved, but was still very amusing. I would most definitely recommend "Dair Devil" to all of my friends to read, but I'd suggest they do so after either reading or listening to the previous 3 in this series. If you haven’t already listened to the audio versions of these book, or read the books of the series, I’d say you are really missing out. The only things about the book I didn’t like, was the ending… It’s somewhat of a cliff hanger I think, and I tend to be impatient… LOL
Posted by: mkonmar99 This is my first Lucinda Brant story and I'm happy to say, it won't be my last. I have been a Jane Austen fan since the early 90s, and love reading anything from the Georgian/Regency period. So when it was suggested that I should give Dair Devil a try, I couldn't resist. I read the story in mere days; it was an easy, fun, and exciting tale. It held my interest from beginning to end with entertaining characters, lovingly described settings, and promised romance. I have to say the story starts off with a funny scene that has the hero and heroine bump into each other -- literally, and accidentally. Alisdair 'Dair' Fitzstuart, is a dashing rogue that could be typical in any romance novel really. He seems to be completely perfect, but he hides secrets about his personality, fears, and career that give him enough internal flaws to be truly human. Aurora 'Rory' Talbot is a darling of a heroine. Her personality is so lovely that I really enjoyed and appreciated her character. She has a malformed foot and it seems to be such a big deal to others, but not to those who truly know and love her and, most importantly, not to Rory or Dair. She functions quite well with it and even though the snooty ilk look down their noses at her, or pity her, she goes about the story not feeling sorry for herself or putting herself down. Her grandfather, the Spymaster General, and brother, Lord Harvel Grasby, are very good to her and need her very much, so her role in the story is great because she can flourish in her own environment. She has a cool hobby of growing pineapples (so exotic) and has a general kind heart to everyone. If she were real, I'd love to be friends with her. I also adore her godmother, the Duchess Antonia. She is one fabulous lady. I think I'd be friends with her too, she thinks with her heart, but is super smart and savvy. I was not fond of Rory's brother’s wife, Lady Drusilla ‘Silla’ Grasby, or HER brother, William ‘Weasel’ Watkins, but they had more than a few funny and memorable scenes. As the hero and heroine go on to find love and face trouble along the way, we are taken to mysteries that unfold, and bad histories that haunt the present. Many secrets come to light, and many are wished to be forgotten permanently. So tell me, how could anyone not be intrigued by espionage, blackmail, long-forgotten memories, the promise of romance, and a taboo island? This story is chock-full of that and much more. This was a fun read and I have to say, as an aside, I would love to know the story of Bill Farrier, Dair’s batman. Perhaps there will be a book for him too someday? Here’s to hoping…. Well, I'm going to head next to the kindle store to look at Ms. Brant's other works and then probably her Facebook page to see what next is cooking for the Roxtons. Happy Reading, Friends!