The Novels

The Reluctant Countess

England.  1777.

Young girls are going missing and Eleanor Barrett is determined to find them.  She will risk everything - love, scandal, and even her own life.

Lord Giles West seeks a conventional bride, but when he meets the unconventional Eleanor, he realizes their attraction is undeniable.

The Reluctant Heart, Part One

Night has fallen. Someone stole James Clifton’s horse. Now he’s alone, on foot, and in danger.

Eighteen-year-old Molly Flanagan spends her days being invisible.But when the sun sets, she traverses the poorer sections of Dublin dressed as a boy, and armed with her wits and defensive skills.

When three men attack James, a young man comes to his aid, then disappears into the night.

The Reluctant Heart, Part Two

Secrets. Murder. Revelations.

James Clifton’s nemesis is stalking Molly Flanagan, because even the dark heart of his enemy can see James loves Molly.

But Molly plans to fulfill a promise then disappear. Unfortunately, she’s already in the crosshair and it’s too late to escape.

If you’re a fan of plot-twisting surprises and romantic suspense, you’ll love the conclusion, Part Two of the Reluctant Heart.

The Reluctant Heart Box Set

Night has fallen. Someone stole James Clifton’s horse. Now he’s alone, on foot, and in danger. This poor section of Dublin is no place to be caught after dark. When three men attack James, a young man comes to his aid, then disappears into the night.

Eighteen-year-old Molly Flanagan spends her days being invisible—a nobody. But when the sun sets, she visits those she’s teaching to read and write, traversing the poorer sections of Dublin dressed as a young man, and armed with her wits and the defensive skills she learned at the Sisterhood School.

Weeks pass, fate throws Molly and James together, again…this time she’s dressed as a woman of his class, not a young man. They’re attracted to one another, but Molly rebuffs him. She has no time for unexpected entanglements. Her family think she’s dead, and she prefers it that way. Her return to Ireland, after a six-year absence, is temporary and she must finish her business and leave before her secrets are exposed.

A promise to her dead mother drew Molly home and now a chance meeting could heal her reluctant heart or turn into a deadly end. If you’re a fan of plot-twisting surprises and romantic suspense, purchase your boxed set of The Reluctant Heart (Parts One & Two) today!

The Falcon and the Pheonix

A Soldier. A Scoundrel. A Maiden.
Medwyn Caddick sailed away to war-torn Spain a gawky sixteen-year old and returns eighteen months later a seasoned surgeon and a scrappy beauty.
Major Gabriel Ingram is the sole survivor against Napoleon’s army at the Battle of Corunna. Captain Romary Sinclair is a devilishly-handsome, fast-talking, profiteering smuggler.
And there is no such thing as 'smooth sailing' when you're out to woo the headstrong Medwyn.

The Reluctant Bride, Part One

Would you risk your lift to save your children?  Well, the widowed Lilly Lampton is about to find out.  Ned Lampton has murder on his mind.  His chosen prey - his nephews.  Lilly outwits her amoral brother-in-law by taking her boys and disappearing.
A chance meeting in a Welsh backwater, with Lord Maxwell Howard could spell and end to her troubles, but Lilly trusts no one.  And as Ned's hunters close in, Lilly and her sons flee to London.
If you are a fan of plot-twisting surprises and uncommon heroines, then The Reluctant Bride, Part One, is for you!

The Reluctant Bride, Part Two

Would you risk your lift to save your children?

Well, the widowed Lilly Lampton is about to find out.  Ned Lampton has murder on his mind.  His chosen prey - his nephews.  Lilly outwits her amoral brother-in-law by taking her boys and disappearing.
A chance meeting in a Welsh backwater, with Lord Maxwell Howard could spell and end to her troubles, but Lilly trusts no one.  And as Ned's hunters close in, Lilly and her sons flee to London.
If you are a fan of plot-twisting surprises and uncommon heroines, then The Reluctant Bride, Part Two, the conclusion of Max & Lilly's story, is for you!

The Short Stories

The Griffin and the Rat-Catcher

Ewan Griffin's gambling club suddenly develops a rodent problem. He sends for the best rat-catcher in London, and is shocked to discover a woman answering his summons.