We’ve all had them. Guys whom you have nothing in common with but who refuse to get your hints of non-interest.
Well, Alice Collin’s problems in the 1890’s were far worse than just annoying pests. Her horrid step-father wanted to force her into an early marriage with a young man of his choosing so he could take charge of her valuable estate and strip it to the bone.
While he could force her to wear risqué dresses and endure the men’s company, she still found ways to chase them off.
Here is an event told by Victor Hamilton during a discussion with Jacko:
“You and Alice would make the perfect couple. You could just follow me around and laugh all day long.”
Her comment took Jacko by surprise. “She’s married, is she not?”
“Not…. Nor likely to ever be.”
Delighted to discover his heart might not be so foolish after all, his fingers rapped on his knee in excitement. “And why is that?”
Vic snorted as a sly grin appeared. “She loves to test suitors by fire.”
“Test them how?”
“My favorite was when Alice went rowing on the lake with Alton Dobbs.” Chuckling at the memory, Vic shared how Alice had tipped the boat then left him to fend for himself when he didn’t try to save her. “She failed to tell anyone he required rescue until two hours later, when during lunch, her mother asked her what she had done with Alton. After lunch, we went down to the lake and found him clinging to the boat, bleating for help.”
Jacko snorted in contempt. “Good. A man who would save himself before a lady is no man. He deserved to drown.”
“Not likely. The lake was very shallow. Had he bothered to stand, he would have discovered the boat was in four feet of water.”
“I’m glad she did not marry this fool. Tell me more.” Jacko leaned back and smiled. He liked Alice even more now.
“In London, she purposely cut the leads needed to control her carriage horse so they would break with the first hard tug. Then she allowed Sawyer Higgenbottom to drive her through the park. A man, playing an accordion, spooked the mare and off it went. Naturally, Higgenbutt, that was my nickname for him, yanked the reins. When they snapped and he realized he’d lost control of the carriage, the coward leapt to the ground without a single thought to Alice.”
“He broke his arm in two places during the fall.”
“And what of the lady?”
“Oh, she had trained her horse to voice commands. She was never in danger. After calling her mare to slow, she commanded it home, leaving Higgenbutt to fend for himself.”
“Good for her!”
Unfortunately, her step-father did far worse than attempt to steal her property. He ruined Alice so no gentleman would have her. Then he sent her sweet mother to Bedlam and paid to ensure she would die there...only Vic and Jacko intervened.
Jacko falls in love with Alice when he rescues her mother and brings her to Alice's country estate. Yet, he's been through this before. Proper ladies have no interest in a pirate gypsy, but knowing that could not alter his love for the beautiful young lady.
Jacko, a gypsy with a great love for stealing, rescues a suffragette from Bedlam. Upon returning the elderly woman to safety, he meets her blue-stocking daughter. Alice has decided she prefers managing her estate farms over London society. She is resigned to never marry until the handsome and surprisingly wealthy man with a dark past and several identities steals her heart.
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Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved normally. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
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The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Sleuth Romance)
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?
The Mesmerist — The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
Well Kept Secrets — The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.
Pack of Trouble — Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.
The Darkest Days — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.
The CrimeLords’ War — Vic is almost killed twice as she tries to prevent a CrimeLords’ War, stop a female Russian spy, and locate Xavier.
Toxic Diamonds — The Queen’s Diamonds have been stolen, Director Stone of Scotland Yard is missing, and there is a toxic gas that may kill hundreds of Londoners.
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