"This story has it all: damsels in distress, villains, heroes, romance, suspense, mistakes & misunderstandings, all wrapped up in one cannot-put-it-down story."
~ Goodreads reviewer
She's one of London's beauties ... He's London's ogre.
Lady Isabella Knox enjoys her independence. She collects strays—dogs, kittens, runaway brides—but she has no intention of collecting a husband.
Major Nicholas Reynolds returned from the Battle of Waterloo a hero. He's had enough of soldiering; all he wants now is a bride ... but his scarred face sends young ladies fleeing—literally.
When a slip of her tongue brands the major an ogre—and his chances of marriage disintegrate—Isabella sets out to undo the harm she inadvertently caused. How better to revive the major's marriage prospects than for the two of them to indulge in a make-believe flirtation? They both know it's not real, so where's the danger?
But Isabella is soon in over her head—and so is Major Reynolds.
"I thoroughly enjoyed this retelling of Beauty and the Beast! A delightful comedy."
~ Goodreads reviewer
(Lady Isabella's Ogre is a new version of Beauty and the Scarred Hero, which was published under the penname Emily May. The last few chapters have been rewritten. Some things are the same, some are different...)
Q & A with the author
How would you describe your writing?
Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She's why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you've not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I've also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.
Who would like this book?
This book would appeal to readers who like the historical backdrop and humor of Georgette Heyer and the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan.
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About the Author
She loves to travel and has lived in Sweden, backpacked in Europe and North America, and traveled overland in the Middle East, China, and North Africa. Her varied career includes stints as a field assistant in Antarctica and a waitress on the Isle of Skye.
Emily writes historical romances as Emily Larkin and fantasy novels as Emily Gee. Her websites are www.emilylarkin.com and www.emilygee.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great read, totally different beginning to a romance novel . I had become jaded, reading so many predictable historicals for my book club. Great job re-vamping a former work. Totally entertaining, I highly recommend this book. Then, for an extra treat, check out Ms Larkin's Baleful Godmother series .
I wasn't sure how I would feel about this story but I was pleasantly surprised and I'm glad I gave it a chance. It has a nice flow and although I did find the ending slightly predictable, the story leading up to it was good with amusing, charming characters. Overall, I really enjoyed it.
Interesting characters both main and supporting. It made an enjoyable read. Will look for other books by this author! pbn
Enjoyable and unique, with a fast pace, this book was worth reading.