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 Cranborne arrives at the estate he will one day inherit, it's expected he will make a match with his beautiful second cousin, Araminta.
But while proud, fiery Araminta and her shy, plain sister, Hetty, parade their very different charms before him, it's their mother, Sybil, a lonely and discarded wife, who evokes first his sympathy and then stokes his lustful fires.
As Stephen introduces Sybil to every pleasure she's been deprived of, duty and passion become a deep and mutual love. But with the unexpected arrival of a contender to the estate, Sybil realises that what she's set in motion to save the family might have tragic consequences.
Her Gilded Prison is Book 1 in the Daughters of Sin series, a Regency-set 'Dynasty' that follows the love story of Viscount Partington's wife, her two nobly-born daughters, and the rivalry between them and the viscount's illegitimate daughters as they compete for love during a London Season.
Her Gilded Prison starts the aristocratic saga of several generations, with the pursuit of a traitor within their midst and a strong espionage theme. It can, however, be read as a stand-alone.
What Readers are Saying:
"This pairing breaks many a stereotype, pushes the envelope repeatedly but even though you see the obvious trainwreck coming, it's hard to turn away from. Her Gilded Prison is the reason guilty pleasures are so addictive."
"This was a totally unique story. The characters were well developed and the plot was one I had never seen and thoroughly enjoyed."
Book 1: Her Gilded Prison
Book 2: Dangerous Gentlemen
Book 3: The Mysterious Governess
Book 4: Beyond Rubies
Book 5: Lady Unveiled~The Cuckold Conspiracy
Heat rating: sizzling.
About the Author
Beverley Oakley was seventeen when she bundled up her first her 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. Unfortunately drowning her heroine on the last page was apparently not in line with the expectations of romance readers so Beverley became a journalist.
Twenty-six years later Beverley was delighted to receive her first publishing contract from Robert Hale (UK) for a romance in which she ensured her heroine was saved from drowning in the icy North Sea.
Since 2009 Beverley has written more than thirteen historical romances, mostly set in England during the early nineteenth century. Mystery, intrigue and adventure spill from their pages and if she can pull off a thrilling race to save someone’s honour – or a worthy damsel from the noose – it’s time to celebrate with a good single malt Scotch.
Beverley lives with her husband, two daughters and a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy the size of a pony opposite a picturesque nineteenth century lunatic asylum. She also writes Africa-set adventure-filled romances tarring handsome bush pilot heroes, and historical romances with less steam and more sexual tension, as Beverley Eikli.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Decent read only thing I didn't like was letting lady julia off without consequences I wanted to see her squirm and try to get out of the mess and the ending left me wanting more and I'm too broke for another book right now lol
Her Gilded Prison by Beverley Oakley is a great read. This historical romance is a well-written book. Ms Oakley has given us a story with a phenomenal cast of characters. Stephen and Sybil's story is loaded with drama, bits of humor and sizzling hot sexy bits. Sybil is married to a man that doesn't want her...but his heir does. This is a bit of a twisted tale, but a great read. I enjoyed reading Her Gilded Prison and look forward to reading more from Beverley Oakley in the future. Her Gilded Prison is book 1 in the Daughters of Sin Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
This book is we'll written and kept the reader engaged to the end. Marital compromise at best but for whom. A love story with a wicked twist. Received this book in exchange for a honest review.
This was a different and intriguing romance. Stephen struggles to pay his mother's debts and suddenly he is an heir. He visits his benefactor and family, and things get interesting. Stephen realizes what he wants and aims to get what he wants. Sybil is not the heroine you expect but she has lived a very miserable life, and I was glad she got some happiness. I received a copy of this book through Candid Book Reviews in exchange for an honest review.
Her Gilded Prison (Daughters of Sin) by Beverley Oakley Reviewed for Candid Book Reviews Beverley Oakley broke every rule in the romance manual creating Stephen and Sybil. There was scandal, intrigue and consequences for every move this couple made. Her Gilded Prison tells the story of a woman who will sacrifice anything for her daughters, even her own happiness. Stephen is a temptation she doesn't need but finds hard to resist. This pairing breaks many a stereotype, pushes the envelope repeatedly but even though you see the obvious trainwreck coming, is hard to turn away from. Her Gilded Prison is the reason guilty pleasures are so addictive.
The plot had so much potential but the characters as was the execution of the story lacked any creativity or spark to make this a great read. The end was even more crushing by happening so quickly without tying up the lose ends. Left me feeling very cheated as did the uninspiring love scenes. Not a horrible story but one which made me feel more of a prisoner myself in having to read it to the end. Recommend only reading this if you are bored to bits and are stuck in your own gilded prison, otherwise it is better to just skip it.