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About Ellie St. Clair
Ellie has always loved reading, writing, and history. For many years she has written short stories, non-fiction, and can hardly believe that she is now living out her dream writing historical romance.
In every era there is the chance for romance, and Ellie enjoys exploring many different time periods, cultures, and geographic locations. No matter when or where, love can always prevail. She has a particular soft spot for the bad boys of history, and can't help but write of strong, feisty heroines.
Ellie and her husband love nothing more than spending time at home with their two sons and Husky cross. Ellie can typically be found at the lake in the summer, pushing the stroller all year round, and, of course, with her computer in her lap or a book in hand.
Hearing from readers always makes her day!
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When the Duke's away, the servants will play!
Welcome to Hartland Abbey. The country estate of the Duke of Devon. The home is a stately mansion and a hub of England's social scene. Such luxury can only be maintained with an army of staff that remains whether the family is in residence or not. These are the people who live, laugh, and love while they serve.
Lose yourself in the below-stairs romances of the Duke of Devon's servants in:
House of Devon by Amanda Mariel and Tammy Andresen
A Touch of Temptation by Ellie St. Clair
Tempting the Scoundrel by Tracy Sumner
Courting Temptation by Amanda Mariel
Tempting the Footman by Lauren Smith
Tempted by the Windflower by Sue London
The Baron's Tutor by Tammy Andresen
Tempting Taffy by Meara Platt
When she fell into his arms, it was love at first sight.
A man who read books, who noticed a wallflower like her, who rescued her from an oncoming horse with ease? He seemed too good to be true. One fixed boxing match later proved he was just that.
Damien Hondros knows his role. He is the protector of the Hondros family, one of the most notorious in London. His role is to be the enforcer, the fighter, the man who speaks with his fist. But his role is at war with his true nature, as that of a peacemaker, of a man who would rather spend his afternoon in a reading room than a boxing ring.
One woman seems to understand that. Which is probably why Damien finds himself drawn to Grace Mulberry. And while Grace knows that the fighter is all wrong for her, she can’t help her attraction to the other side of Damien, the gentle soul that only she seems to see. As a woman who has spent her life in the shadows, she is astonished that he not only notices her but pursues her. There must be a reason for it.
The clash between their families points to a forbidden love between them until Damien’s brother asks him to learn more about the Mulberry family business. Damien is unable to deny the request, but fears the day when secrets are revealed and trust betrayed -- unless their love is strong enough to prevail.
Except that night of deceit leads to a mistaken identity and the duke finding his new governess. A governess who is out to steal his painting -- and perhaps his heart.
Calliope Murphy was determined to prove to her family that she was as capable as the rest of them. That she could paint a copy of a priceless masterpiece and steal from a pompous, arrogant duke. But when Calli is discovered and mistaken for the new governess, one night of deceit becomes a much longer game -- one that Calli is not sure she can win.
Jonathan Saville, the Duke of Hargreave, should be able to attain anything he desires. His fortune is as large as his entailed lands, and his title is enough to cause young women to overlook his surliness and vie for the role of his bride. But Jonathan learned long ago never to trust, and never to let anyone in too close -- most especially not his overeager niece and nephew, nor the far-too-tempting new governess.
Posing as the governess to the Duke of Hargreave, Calli relishes the opportunity to spend as much time as she can with the painting she must perfect. But the more time she takes, the closer she becomes to the children -- and the duke himself. As their relationship changes, she realizes she can never betray him -- but what other option does she have?
When the deception is complete, Calli isn’t sure what all will be stolen -- the painting, the duke’s trust, or, most at risk, her heart.
For readers 18+ due to some steamy scenes.
She’s the only one he’ll ever love. And the only one he can never have.
The love of her life abandoned her. Injured. Penniless. Alone. Juliet Simpson is now making her own way in the world, by any means necessary -- including a scheme in disguise with a payout that would change her life forever. All she has to do is pretend to seek marriage to the baron, steal his jewels, and replace them with forgeries until she’s captured the greatest prize of all -- his diamond necklace. Then one night, an innocent glance with a footman changes everything.
Xander Murphy is relieved that his role of footman is only a means to an end. It’s a simple job. Get in. Find the jewels. Steal them. Get out. Return to his family. He just never expected that the baron’s intended bride is the one woman who haunts his dreams -- the one he can never forget and who has no business being here, in the very life that he tried to save her from.
When neither Juliet nor Xander have any intentions of leaving nor ceding the jewels to the other, they decide there is only one thing left to do -- work together. But while they each are determined to focus on the jewels -- and only the jewels -- old feelings resurface and begin to battle with all that first tore them apart.
Will trust between the two of them ever be possible again? Or will old wounds and family loyalty prove too strong for a second chance romance overcome?
Lord Edmund Marshville, a former soldier and the second son of an earl, has one desire — to be left alone with his scars and his memories in his remote Hollingswood Estate. When he gives in to his mother’s plea to attend his brother’s engagement party, he doesn’t realize how life altering one night can be. For when his brother must marry the woman he compromises, suddenly Edmund takes on the role of groom to his brother’s original bride, a role he has no wish to assume.
When Hannah and Edmund return to Hollingswood, it doesn’t seem like they will ever be married in anything more than name, until they begin to uncover secrets hidden for decades. Will attempting to reunite lost loves help them find their way to each other, or do the fates have other plans for them?
For readers over 18 due to steamy content.
Or so thought the geological community. A fossil hunter working on the shores of Lyme Regis, Rose wants to make a name for herself, on her own merit. It won’t be easy for a working-class Black woman, but she is determined not to let anything impede her goals. Especially not geologists who would prefer to discredit her than to allow a woman in their ranks.
Lord Peregrine Belmont has floated through life as the second son of an earl. A painter and a dreamer, he is often forgotten about, which is just the way he likes it – until his brother’s death changes everything. For suddenly Perry is not just Perry, but Lord Belmont, the future Earl of Sheriden. A life of duty and responsibilities await, despite his longing to retreat to his family’s home in Lyme Regis and enjoy a slow-paced life.
When Perry visits Lyme, he is immediately captivated by the stunning, intelligent woman who saves his life and, in the process, unearths a skeleton that just might change both of their futures. For despite all that stands between them – an earldom, a betrothal, and Rose’s determination not to depend on a man – they just can’t help but fall in love.
But will that love be strong enough to battle all that stands in their way?
For readers over 18 due to steamy content.
Alice Cunningham has always disdained a rake like Benjamin Luxington, but one thing could be said -- the man knew how to kiss. Perhaps it was worth potential ruination.
Only, Alice wants more than he can ever give. She wants love, romance, marriage -- the very things she writes about in her serial romances. But Benjamin isn’t interested in any of those things. Of that, she is well aware, which is why she should stay far from a man like him. So why can’t she stay away even though she, a woman who always writes a happily-ever-after, knows there is but one way this could end?
Benjamin knows he brings nothing but trouble to those he loves, which is why he has no intentions of ever settling down. When Alice begins asking the wrong people too many questions, however, her life is put in danger and Benjamin finds himself her unlikely savior and bodyguard. He soon realizes, however, that her greatest danger may not be those threatening her -- but rather his own inability to resist her.
Can they find out who holds malice toward Alice and save her life before they each lose their hearts?
This Regency romance contains some steamy content.
Her secret will save a legacy. But it could also break her heart when faced with a duke caught between two identities.
The daughter of a famed architect, Rebecca Lambert has been raised among the nobility yet understands the circumstances of her birth. Becoming an architect is a dream, not an option, until she must assume an identity to protect her father’s name.
No one was pleased when Valentine St. Vincent was shockingly named the Duke of Wyndham -- least of all Valentine himself. He has always led with his fists, but now he must become the man his brother was supposed to be.
When Valentine hires Rebecca’s father, she takes on the work herself. But as she spends more and more time at the duke’s homes, she finds herself hopelessly falling for a man she can never have. For the Duke of Wyndham must marry a woman for her dowry and respectability -- two things Rebecca can never provide.
Will Rebecca and Val resign themselves to the lives chosen for them, or those they were born to live?
Designs on a Duke is a steamy regency romance.
The Bluestocking Scandals series
1 - Designs on a Duke
2 - Inventing the Viscount
3 - Discovering the Baron
4 - The Valet Experiment
5 - Writing the Rake
6 - Risking the Detective
7 - A Noble Excavation
8 - A Gentleman of Mystery
Lady Fredericka “Freddie” Ashworth might never marry for love, but she will settle for a marriage of convenience.
When her intended duke marries another, she must find another suitable candidate. She needs a husband she can tolerate who will provide for her and accept her gift of tinkering and skills of designing and woodworking. But where to find such a man?
A chance connection with a childhood acquaintance stirs her interest, for Lord Miles Luxington seems to be exactly the man she is looking for. He may be cold, standoffish, and unfriendly, but she senses there is more to him.
The truth is, his cold exterior has hidden his affliction for the entirety of his life. If the secret was ever revealed, his father would follow through on his threats to ensure the bloodline remained unsullied. When Freddie proposes a courtship, Miles is hesitant, but his desire for her soon overcomes the risk that if she were to discover his secret, he just might lose everything.
Will their marriage become a life of regret, or one of love greater than either of them could ever have imagined?
Jemima St. Vincent may now live in one of the finest homes in London, but she hasn’t let that change anything. She is still going to become a renowned chemist -- even if she has to put out a few fires along the way. At the age of twenty-six, she is determined to support herself, as it has become abundantly clear that no man wishes to marry the peculiar sister of a man with no fortune -- even if he is a duke.
As the valet -- and best friend -- of a new member of the nobility, Archie Thompkins has come a long way from his humble beginnings. But that doesn’t mean he will ever feel at ease in the new life he has assumed, particularly when secrets from his past come back to haunt him. The only way to cope is to do what he has always done best -- protect those he loves.
Archie agrees to look after his best friend's sister, despite their aggravation toward one another and her insistence she is fine on her own. No one is more shocked than the two of them when the sparks between them begin to burn much differently. But when Archie’s own past begins to threaten Jemima, he must decide if she is more at risk with or without him. Jemima is up for playing with fire -- if only the stubborn man will let her.
For readers over 18, due to some steamy scenes.