To all of Regency London, Sebastian Traherne is a pretentious fop who prizes his tailor over his dukedom. In truth, he's an obsessively rational fellow protecting a secret marriage. When a prickly Welsh miss arrives at his crumbling castle one gloomy night, she upends his world-and every principle he holds dear. Worse, she believes in a silly fairy tale known as True Love.
Gwynna Owen might be the last true Princess of Wales, but she needs this very English duke to claim her legacy and vanquish a tyrant. When Sebastian quickly sees through her boy's disguise, she must plead her case with only a rusty dagger-and sapphire eyes that conjure what he most wishes to avoid.
Author's Note: This Regency historical, set in 1816, grew bigger and more sweeping than I planned. One early surprise may be a dealbreaker for some romance fans. If you're looking for a classic Regency historical that fits a formula, Lord Shallow may not be your cup of tea. Yet character will out. Here you'll find a man who is so much more than he seems and a woman who's finding her voice after years of having it suppressed. Their struggle as they make their way to one another is this story's truth.
About the Maitland's Rogues series: Andrew Maitland's group of daring English rogues risk all for their country. Hardened and deadly, they have no use for love-until it ensnares them...
Eileen Putman is the author of a dozen British historical and Regency romances. Her love of England's Regency period (1811-1820) has inspired her research trips to England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France and other countries -- there being no substitute for stepping on the soil that Beau Brummell and his champagne-polished Hessians once trod.
Her new release is "Lord Shallow," Book 2 in the Maitland's Rogues series of Regency historical romances.