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.
When a slip of her tongue brands the major an ogre, his chances of marriage disintegrate. Determined to put things to rights, Isabella sets out to revive the major's marriage prospects. How better 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.
"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
"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 novel 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
When not reading or writing, Emily can be found hiking, preferably somewhere off the beaten track. 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. She has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America RITA award, National Readers Choice, Booksellers Best, and Sir Julius Vogel awards, and has won the Australian Romantic Book of the Year and New Zealand Romance of the Year awards.