It's 50 Shades of Grey meets Bridgerton in this sexy Victorian domestic discipline romance series! Set in Victorian times with happily-ever-afters. Contains serious Heads of Households, corrective discipline, and steamy love scenes.
1. Philip's Rules
2. Gabrielle's Discipline
3. Lydia's Penance
4. Benedict's Commands
5. Arabella's Taming
Pride and Prejudice meets Fifty Shades of Grey in this steamy tale of a stern lord and his new wife...
Widowed and desperate, Cordelia Astley knows the Marquess of Dunbury didn't marry her for love, but he once they're married, she finds herself falling in love with him. It would be a fairy tale ending if not for her wicked stepdaughter, Gabrielle.
Philip desires nothing more than a happy marriage and, at first, his new wife is perfect, except that she allows her stepdaughter to denigrate and manipulate her. His method of correction for both Cordelia and Gabrielle isn't what either lady expected, but Cordelia finds confidence in his support and care of her... unfortunately, Gabrielle appears determined to drive a wedge between them.
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Gabrielle Astley is quite used to being an afterthought, a burden, a nuisance...
As the only child - and a useless female one at that - to a Baron, she was both spoiled materially and neglected emotionally. After her father's death her stepmother remarries and Gabrielle’s new guardian is the stern and cold Marquess of Dunbury. There is hope of escaping their household, however, as the Marquess seems eager to marry her off.
Felix Hood had no thoughts of settling down in marriage - as the youngest of three brothers, he should be the last to wed. However, when he meets his best friend’s new ward and is tasked with the duty of helping guard her against any unsavory suitors, he can't help but be entranced by her. But he's not convinced he's ready for marriage, and his hesitation over formally courting her leads Miss Astley to turn to her other suitors, making him wonder if she's really worth the chase.
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She's sure her husband loves another woman...
To escape the scandal of trying to elope with an unworthy man, Gabrielle finds herself married to the man she loves - a charming rake and her guardian's best friend, Mr. Felix Hood. He's the third son of a Viscount, he's darkly handsome, and he's in love with her stepmother. Or so she thinks.
Felix Hood had been fighting the urge to be leg shackled ever since he met Gabrielle Astley, but once her honor was at stake, he knew he'd rather die then allow her to marry someone else. He's not a perfect man, and he has no experience with being in a relationship, but he's determined to make his marriage work, even if he has to discipline his fiery bride daily to do so.
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Tricked and trapped into marriage, there is no escape for this Duke but there is revenge...
When her home situation becomes unlivable, Lydia hopes to escape through a marriage and her qualifications for her new husband are not long. Unfortunately she's a too-old bluestocking with nothing to tempt a man into wedding her, and desperate times call for desperate measures.
The Duke of Manchester has been tricked and trapped into marriage with the quietly stunning Miss Lydia Stafford - he just doesn't know why. She's not a fortune hunter, she's not a social-climber, and she's still a virgin.
While she appeals to him on many levels, how can he trust a woman who trapped him into wedlock and won't explain herself? Isaac tells himself he could never love a woman who trapped him, but what if she had good reasons for doing so? What if, despite her secrets, he fell in love with her?
How to turn his lover into his wife when she wants nothing to do with marriage? It may be time for desperate measures...
Love? Marriage? Lady Christina Rowan, Dowager-Marchesse of Stanhope, doesn't think so. She avoids both heavy emotions and heavy commitments, and has ever since she discovered the truth behind her first husband's death. As a widow she's found freedom in having lovers without love. When she began to have feelings for her current lover, Benedict Windham, brother to the Duke of Manchester, she immediately cuts him loose before she can become too attached.
Or so she thought.
Time away from Christina has made Benedict realize how deep his own feelings for her run; not only is she the most exciting lover he's ever had, he's actually fallen in love with her. So when he returns to London for the Season, he's determined to court his former lover and turn her into his wife.
Why bother being good if it's not going to even be noticed, much less acknowledged?
Lady Arabella Windham, sister to the Duke of Manchester, has given up on ever attracting the positive attention of Lord Thomas Hood. After discovering he still sees her as the same hoydenish young woman she was in the past, no matter her current perfectly ladylike behavior, and realizing she will never match up to his infamous list of attributes for a wife, she throws caution to the wind and becomes more reckless than ever.
When her return to feckless and indiscreet behavior results in disgrace however, it's Lord Thomas Hood who is caught up in the scandal with her. With a strong-willed bride determined to make her new husband dance to her tune and a stubborn lord determined to curb his new wife's imprudent ways, is a happily-ever-after even possible?