The Royal Ambition Series: The Dreadful Debutante, The Savage Marquess, Miss Fiona's Fancy, The Viscount's Revenge, The Chocolate Debutante, Lady Margery's Intrigue, The Paper Princess
by M.C. Beaton (1075 pages)
Countesses, Marquises, Lords and Ladies, Viscounts and Princesses all meet in the Royal series where they at once both live and try to avoid lives of scandal and sin. Here, many threads are skillfully interwoven in a highly entertaining series that never fails to please or fall short of its mark.
The Dreadful Debutante: Miss Mira Markham has tried all her life to please her father by acting like the unruly, tomboyish son he always wanted. But when she takes her hoydenish ways to London, she unexpectedly lights up the Season—and makes a most unexpected match.
The Savage Marquess: Miss Lucinda Westerville, an innocent country vicar’s daughter, strikes up an unlikely friendship with the wealthy but depraved Marquess of Rockingham, and the two pledge to be man and wife in name only. That is, until Lucinda begins to fall for her own husband—and realizes she may be in over her head.
Miss Fiona's Fancy: When her friends bet Fiona that she’ll never catch the attention of the handsome and eligible Marquess of Cleveden, Fiona wagers all she owns that she will. Now she risks losing everything—including her heart.
The Viscount's Revenge: When an insolent thief steals his family inheritance at gunpoint, arrogant Lord Charles Hawksborough vows revenge. And when he begins to fall for the impoverished Miss Amanda Colby, he begins to question the wisdom of his impending marriage to the wealthy and beautiful Lady Mary Dane. But Miss Colby is keeping a dangerous secret—one that, if discovered, could set all of London on its ear.
The Chocolate Debutante: A known bluestocking, Harriet Tremayne has no intention of marrying, or needing a man. But when she must brave the treacherous waters of London Society to help her niece find a match, she doesn’t count on attracting the attentions of Lord Dangerfield—or the unexpected desires of her unruly heart.
Lady Margery's Intrigue: The only man who will dance with confirmed spinster Lady Margery is Charles, the Marquess of Edgecombe, a man Margery simply can’t stand. Lady Margery is ready to give up on finding a match, until the spendthrift habits of her father’s bratty young bride force her to try to snare a rich husband. But the Marquess has other plans for Lady Margery—and she never plans on falling in love.
The Paper Princess: When Miss Felicity Channing flees an unwanted marriage match, she hides right under Society’s nose, impersonating the lovely Princess Felicity of Brasnia. But Lord Arthur Bessamy sees through her deception—and sets her heart on fire.