*Desert Isle Keeper*
"Grabbed my attention from the first page and didn't let me go until the end."
~ Caz @ All About Romance
If he helps her, he'll ruin her...
Eleanor Wrotham has sworn off overbearing men, but she needs a man's help—and the man who steps forward is as domineering as he is dangerous: the notorious Mordecai Black.
The illegitimate son of an earl, Mordecai is infamous for his skill with women. His affairs are legendary—but few people realize that Mordecai has rules, and one of them is: Never ruin a woman.
But if Mordecai helps Miss Wrotham, he'll ruin her.
"One of the most entertaining, heartfelt, and romantic books I have read in forever!"
~ Carla @ NetGalley
"An outstanding story that I just could not put down! I finished this book in one sitting."
~ Shakera @ More Books Please Blog
Length: Full-length novel of 94,000 words
Sensuality level: A hot Regency romance with steamy love scenes
Q & A with the author
How would you describe this series?
It's Regency England with a dash of magic. I hope to take readers on a journey from the glittering ballrooms of the aristocracy to the dark underbelly of Regency England—with passion, danger, adventure, romance, and a little magic thrown into the mix.
I think the series could also be labelled Regency Noir, because it falls on the darker, grittier side of the romance fence, although each book contains humor, too. The stories are emotional, but not sweet (there's sex, violence, and my heroes do swear rather badly at times!).
Why did you write this series?
I wanted to get my well-bred heroines out of the drawing rooms and put them in the way of adventure and romance. But I didn't want to write a series where magic is common; I wanted to write a series where only a few characters have magic, and it's a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows.
But … do magic and Regency England go together?
Definitely! Many, many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I've thought that Regency England and magic go very well together.
What was the catalyst for this series?
A magazine article I read in which celebrities were asked what magic power they'd choose and why. That got me thinking! (I'd choose shapeshifting, by the way.)
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 series?
This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, the dark and sensual 'noir' feel of Anna Campbell, the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved the characters, the plot, the writing; I loved the spirit of the book. I can't wait to read more of Ms Larkin's work.
This was such an amazing story. I have loved all the stories in the series so far.. They are definitely worth reading.
Best in this series so far! I enjoy her characters and her writing, will miss them when I am done with this series.
Mordecai is a great hero; Eleanor is an idiot much of the time and annoying.
Mordecai was a true gentlemen and a pleasure to read. To see a man go to such lengths to help a woman he barely knows made him a great Hero. To learn he paid attention to Nell from afar and learned her character showed what a great husband he would be to her if she accepts him. So many obstacles was thrown in his way of pursuing her, just made me root for him more. I also enjoyed the magic aspect of the story even though it really wasn't a big part of it. It's been awhile since I have read a historical romance novel and it was a bit shocking to read about a heroine that knows nothing about sex. It seems so unreal that a woman can be that innocent after reading today's contemporary novels. I grew up on HR and I enjoyed dipping my toes back into this genre. I've never read Emily Larkin before and I'm happy to find that I really enjoyed this story and will be looking for more of her books. ARC provided by NetGalley.
First let me say this, read this book! If you ever enjoyed a historical romance this is the book that you absolutely must read immediately. If you’ve ever considered reading a historical romance, this is the book that you should begin with. I was awarded this book on Netgalley after its publication date. Due to that fact and obstacles in my life, I placed this one lower on my ARC list and ignorantly allowed it to sit there. I am an idiot! This was one of the most entertaining, enlightening, heartfelt and romantic books I have read in forever! I’m not really sure what I was expecting going into this but what I received was a book that will stay with me always. The characters are so real and, in my opinion, true to the time period. Their speech and actions were written in a manner that I didn’t get bogged down but hurried to consume more of it. I could not get enough. I felt like I was gorging myself on this story and yet still so very hungry for more. I’m not going to get into what happens, and not because there is a huge twist or a deep secret, but because the simple act of reading the words and learning more and more as each page was turned was so very enthralling to me. (Did you see that? Enthralling? Yeah, I’ll try to tone it down some.) I will say that Mordecai is the perfect historical hero and he’s got the alpha thing down ladies. Nell is a strong heroine that is so very sweet and yet she isn’t going to irritate you with stupid decisions. This couple is just…perfect. I absolutely loved how every night Mordecai would…oh wait, I said I wasn’t going to tell you anything. You’ll have to read it to find out what this incredible hero does. Here’s a warning, he’s going to steal your hearts! Now picture this, me giddy, twirling, dancing and skipping because not only did I just finish this book, but there are more out there that I haven’t read yet! As previously stated, this was an ARC and this is absolutely my honest opinion.
How far would you go to find your missing sister? How much would you defy society norms in the name to find your sister? Eleanor needs to find her sister, Sophia, who ran off with a guy, creating such a scandal that her betrothal was abruptly ended. Now she needs help finding Sophia, but who can she turn to when every man in her life is domineering? On the flip side, what can you do when the only guy willing to help you is seen as a man of low morals in the eyes of society? Mordecai Black is known amongst the ton for his affairs with well-known ladies, but the one woman he wants only knows him by his reputation, but not the man. He is a man of means with a heart of gold. And is in love with Eleanor. Can they find Sophia and recognize they are meant for each other? Another outstanding story that I just could not put down! I finished this book in one sitting. The writing was great along with amazing story telling. You were on the edge of your seat waiting on information on Sophia while hoping love blossomed. Truly amazing!
I really enjoy Regency romances and this is one of the best of its kind. Such a well written story with never any dull moment. Totally worth the sleepless night that I spent reading it! Can't wait to read more of Emily Larkin books. I received a free copy of this book and voluntary chose to review it.
The first time I picked up one of Emily Larkin’s books and read the blurb about faery godmothers, I thought that sounded a bit silly and almost didn’t bother to read it, but I read it anyway… and then I bought everything else she had written. This series of books would suit fans of historical romance generally; the supernatural elements are only a small part of the tales, fun, but they don’t detract from the books generally. The central characters in in her stories are all very intelligent, likeable and well developed, and the plots keep readers guessing, both around the romance between the central characters and other narratives running through the books. Ruining Miss Wrotham is no exception, I particularly liked the central characters Mordecai Black, who is open minded, kind despite his large and imposing appearance, and Miss Wrotham who makes a determined and resourceful heroine. The story is not just about the romance between the characters, but follows the search for Miss Wrotham’s missing sister. I was given an advance reader’s copy of this book, which I am very happy to review, thoroughly enjoyed, and couldn’t put down once I had started.