In 1805 three little girls decided to create a "boys club" because boys have more fun. Their childhood was filled with sword fighting, horse racing, and archery. Now in 1815 they are all grown up and expected to join Society. Who will marry such independent and deadly misses?
Trials of Artemis
(Regency, Hot) Loving Lord Lucifer...
An independent bluestocking sneaks into a library to read rare Greek texts and ends up with a husband instead.
Jacqueline "Jack" Walters loves archery and Greek military history. In her third season she has failed to inspire so much as one marriage proposal and is planning to settle into the quiet life of a spinster.
Gideon Wolfe, Earl of Harrington, has been avoiding marriage but a case of mistaken identity in the library has left him saddled with an argumentative and unwilling fiancée.
What readers are saying:
"I enjoyed seeing the relationship play out between
the two main characters, especially since the author decided to make
them both forthright and honest with each other, being able to pick up
on emotional cues, instead of relying on misdirection and
misinterpretation to lengthen the story, as is usually the case in this
"Their characters and their relationship develop at an almost
perfect pace as the book progresses (with bumps along the newlywed road,
of course). If you like a strong female, this is the book for you."
About the Author
What her fans are saying:
"...a wit so sharp it should have a warning label..." ~ Dusk Pennington
Sue London began writing short stories about horses and teen sleuths when she was seven years old. After that she traveled to distant worlds, fought with swords and sorcerers, and played with a few undead things. As you might have expected, this means she went into accountancy. Well, maybe that was an odd plot twist, but that's the difference between real life and fiction - fiction has to make sense.
In her twenties she developed a deep affection for romance, especially enjoying the work of Nora Roberts, Mary Balogh and, most recently, Courtney Milan, Rose Gordon, Lauren Royal, Danelle Harmon, and Diane Farr. You can thank those authors for leading a sci-fi tomboy into writing historical romances set in the Regency period.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was a wonder, well plotted way to spend an afternoon. I positively adore this novel, could not put it down.
Great characters. Excellent pacing. Sexy and well written.
Trials of Artemis by Sue London Haberdashers Series Book One Jacqueline Walters has resigned herself to being a spinster and she’s okay with that. She does not need a man. Jack is considered a bluestocking and lives up to her name when she sneaks off to the library at a ball. Who knew desiring to read some Greek could get her in so much of a tangle? Gideon Wolfe, Earl of Harrington, had no plans of marrying. Unfortunately a rendezvous gone wrong ends up getting him leg-shackled to a woman who has no desire to be with him. He feels the same way as she would drive him to drink if it wasn’t already his favorite hobby. Jack and her friends, George and Sabre, formed a ‘boys club’ when they were young, the Haberdashers. They are quite handy with all weapons. What Jack isn’t handy with is having a man and worse yet...the one man she would never have married. **Sexual Content
A lovely historical romance, Trials of Artemis was an enjoyable read. Definitely a great romance. Jack was a fun character. She was sassy and refused to let anyone walk all over her, without falling into the trap of just being mean. I liked her. She was a strong character and one that was really likable. Gideon was also great. He could be a jerk at times, but he was very sweet at heart. He might have a habit of pushing people away, but, when it came down to it, he was intensely loyal to those he cared about. I really liked him. I thought he was great. The romance was lovely. Jack and Gideon were perfect together, balancing each other out. The heat between them was definitely steamy. I thought they were lovely together. The plot was fast paced. I was kept interested the entire way through and I really enjoyed the story. There was a twist near the end that I never saw coming. It held a few surprises and it game the book some thrill, which I liked. The ending held some problems for me. There were a lot of issues that could have been explored. The difference in political opinions between Jack and Gideon, Gideon's distrust of women that stemmed from his neglectful mother. But, it was all introduced, yet not resolved. It was more like they all suddenly decided that none of those issues were a problem anymore. We don't see any of the resolution, just, boom, it's all fixed. That really messed with the book. I would have absolutely loved this book if I had seen that resolution. But, without it, it felt like the book ended abruptly and I was left with a lot of questions. It didn't ruin the book but it definitely knocked it down a few notches. Trials of Artemis was a lovely historical romance. It wasn't perfect, but it was definitely a great read. Lovers of romance, you should give this book a try. *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Jacqueline "Jack" Walters and her two closest girlfriends created a special group for themselves known as The haberdashers when they were just eight years old. These Haberdashers prefer boyish pursuits like weapons over girlish ones. Amongst the ton, Jack is known as a bluestocking and would rather spend time reading books than attending balls. So after two seasons, she has come to terms with not marrying and becoming a spinster. That is until an accidental encounter with an earl changes everything. Gideon Wolfe, Earl of Harrington, has no intentions of on marrying. Ever. But when he is caught in a compromising position with Miss Walters, he does the only thing he: he offers to marry her. Jack is of course outrages as she has no intention on marrying either. She figures she will go along with the engagement for a few weeks and then break it off. But when someone leaks the scandal to the papers, it forces their hand into an immediate marriage. Can Jack survive a marriage to a brooding, overbearing man? And Can Gideon get used to his new wife's saucy mouth and headstrong ways? While I may focus a lot on contemporary romance novels, I truly enjoy a good Regency Era historical romance story. The main characters in this are similar to what you may find on other books of this genre: a young virginal maiden and the older, rakish man. However the interesting twist here is the Haberdashers club and that Jack isn't your typical bluestocking. Not only is she smart and well read but she is also very accomplished in weaponry. Gideon is exactly what I like in my English gentlemen as he has got that whole dark and brooding thing going on, with a slight air of danger. I loved how these two would butt heads and argue which would lead to incredible passion. I'm also a fan of stories in this era where the couple grows to care for each other after they are thrown together. This is a wonderful story that contained humor, a little suspense and a healthy dose of passion. I enjoyed all of it and dove right into book two: Athena's Ordeal.
Regency Romance and I usually don't get along so well, but Sue London's Haberdashers are 19th century women that I can get behind. Trials of Artemis is Book 1 in this series, and what a great start Ms. London is off to! Right off the bat our lead characters, Jack (Jacqueline) and Gideon are entangled in a situation of, let's say mistaken identity which leads them to become readily engaged - something neither had intended to become. Here we meet our believable and slightly smug cast mates. Jack is an unconventional woman for the times. Not simply living to become a socialite wife, but a life-breathing, make a change kind of woman. With an attitude that will have no man walking all over her in her future, becoming engaged to an Earl means she should hold herself to a new social standard. Enter the Earl, Gideon. A man who lacks a certain charm, but makes up for it in the passion of heated frustration. Together our heroine and hero toss their fire back and forth at each other. So often that just when you think our characters are going to find release for their tension, Ms. London pulls a quick plot change and you're left begging for them to just finally get on with it. And you know what it I'm talking about. I was immediately drawn to this plot, I enjoy characters who don't stand down, who are willing to do what's right, yet fight for their own beliefs. The plot follows the lines of mistrust and disappointment leading to acceptance and love. I really enjoyed the development of the story, Ms. London offers enough in each department of history, humor, lust, and action. I am already settling in nicely with book 2, whose's characters we are briefly introduced to in book 1.