Stephanie Laurens, Gaelen Foley, and Loretta Chase
Royal Weddings: An Original Anthology
Avon Impulse, April 5, 2011, Nook and Kindle editions: $1.99
You are cordially invited
To help celebrate the Royal Wedding of
Prince William to Catherine Middleton
As we present a 77 page original anthology
Written by three utterly wonderful authors!
Stephanie Laurens' The Wedding Planner: Lady Margaret is proud plan the ton's most important nuptials—including that of a prince. But it's Lady Margaret who falls in love . . . with dashing Gaston Devilliers!
Gaelen Foley's Ever After: How scandalous! Eleanor Monford, Countess of Archer, is in love with her own husband. And as Princess Charlotte of England weds Prince Leopold, Eleanor's “secret” is about to come out.
Loretta Chase's The Jilting of Lord Rothwick: On the eve of Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert, the Marquess of Rothwick learns his fiancée, Barbara Findley, has broken their engagement! So he desperately rides out of London to seek her out . . . and to win her back.
Anthologies are always an interesting exercise in different authors' views of a single theme. Royal Weddings was written in celebration of the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, but its theme is other royal weddings, real and imagined. Stephanie Laurens creates her own French prince for her Royal Wedding in The Wedding Planner. Gaelen Foley sets Ever After at the wedding of Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg. Loretta Chase's The Jilting of Lord Rothwick occurs on the eve of Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert.
Despite the unifying theme (or perhaps because of it), each author's voice stands in high relief within the anthology.
Stephanie Laurens' characteristic style is unmistakable to anyone who has read her previous books:
She humphed and held her tongue. And now the fiend stood before her, twinkling at her again.
As he walked—prowled, the man never simply walked—to his place in line, she looked down at her list, grasped the pencil tied to wrist and, lips, compressed wrote in capitals beside the name Duc de Perigord: GASTON
And, yes, she saw it in his eyes. He was—truly was—looking at her.
Looking at her like a predator, waiting for her to run.
So he could pounce.
When I think of Galen Foley, I think of her vivid description and lush love scenes. Her entry in Royal Weddings does not disappoint.
When she was naked but for her white, gartered stockings and the necklace he'd put on her earlier, he thrust her against the wall with a groan. Elle reveled in his wild abandon and hastened to finish undressing him. He laid her in his bed, then shed the rest of his clothes and joined her with fire in his eyes.
'Good.' With a decadent smile, she raked her nails lightly over his broad shoulders. 'I'll be your mistress and your wife,' she whispered.
From Loretta Chase I expect humor as well as brilliant characterization. In The Jilting of Lord Rothwick, we get both.
The butler's face went white then red, and his eyes widened in terror.
Rothwick, who often had this effect on servants and, sometimes, his relatives, took no notice of the butler's panic but stomped in, leaving a trail of muddy puddles behind him on the marble floor.***
'I should never have expected this of you,' she said. 'Getting drunk after being jilted. Could you not do something less clichéd?'
This anthology is a treat: little jewels from three favorite authors in celebration of an upcoming wedding.
The Republic of Pemberley