The Love List by Deb Marlowe

Deb Marlowe’s newest book is a regency romance with more than a hint of suspense. It is set in London in 1814, where beautiful young Brynne Wilmott is engaged to the wealthy and powerful Lord Marstoke. Brynne realizes that her new fiancé is a scheming brute when he attempts to assault her in a quiet room at a ball shortly after their engagement. The assault is interrupted when the handsome Duke of Aldmere enters the room, searching for Lord Marstoke to speak to him about a serious family matter. Thankful for the reprieve, Brynne runs home to her father, only to realize that he still expects her to marry Marstoke in order to further his own political ambitions. Feeling totally abandoned, she flees to the well-known Hestia Wright for shelter.

Wright is a former courtesan and royal mistress, and her home, Half Moon House, is a shelter for any woman in trouble. What Brynne does not know is that Wright is also one of Lord Marstoke’s oldest enemies. Enraged, Marstoke plans to exact his revenge by publishing a Love List, similar to the actual Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies that was published 1757-1795, which was a directory of London’s ‘ladies of the night.’ Marstoke’s Love List will include Brynne and Wright, and involve the Duke of Aldmere’s family as well. Brynne and Aldmere must work together to stop Marstoke before it’s too late, while managing the growing attraction they feel for each other.

The Love List is the first in the new Half Moon House series by Deb Marlowe. You can meet Marlowe and hear more about this new series and her other historical romances in our Meet the Local Romance Authors program at North Regional Library on Saturday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m., or Eva Perry Regional Library on Sunday, March 23, at 2:30 p.m. Marlowe will be joining other local romance authors to discuss different types of romance novels and their creative processes. Please visit our website for more details.

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