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Colin and Amy's story…
Book 1 of Chase Family Series: The Jewels

London, 1666

Amethyst Goldsmith makes dazzling jewelry, but her future isn’t nearly as bright as the pieces she creates. Though custom dictates she wed her father’s apprentice, her heart rebels against the match. In mere days Amy will be condemned to a stifling, loveless marriage, and she sees no way out—until the devastating fire of 1666 sweeps through London, and tragedy lands her in the arms of a dashing nobleman who knows a diamond in the rough when he sees it…

Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, has his future all figured out. He’s restoring his crumbling castle and estate to its former glory, and the key to its completion is his rich bride-to-be. But the Great Fire lays waste to his plans, saddling him with trouble—in the form of a lowly shopkeeper’s daughter with whom he’s most inconveniently falling in love…

Series Info

Chase Family Series: The Jewels

In 1651, the four Chase children were orphaned when their parents died defending their king in the English Civil War. Raised on the Continent in the midst of Charles II’s exiled court, they accompanied his triumphant return to England in 1660. For those close to the king, the Restoration meant more than the return of the monarchy. The family estate was restored to oldest brother Jason, now the Marquess of Cainewood, and his younger brothers were granted smaller estates and titles as thanks for their family’s sacrifice. But none of the Chases have found love…

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Book Info

  • A full-length novel of 120,000 words (about 480 printed book pages)
  • R-rated content: Steamy love scenes! If you prefer sweet books, The Earl's Unsuitable Bride is a sweet version of this book.
  • Originally published by Penguin Putnam (Signet Books)


  • Top Ten Bestseller on Kindle, iBooks, and Nook
  • Nominated by Romantic Times for Best First Historical Romance!

Quotes from Reviewers

Ms. Royal's first book is a roaring success with exciting characters, snappy dialogue, and a wonderful love story. Amethyst will capture your heart and attention along with Amethyst, Colin, and the rest of the gang. —Robin Peek, Under the Covers (Highly Recommended)

I simply could not put this book down; from beginning to end the characters were filled with compassion and humor which captured my undivided attention. You could not possibly ask for more in a romance novel today—believable characters, comedy, adventure, marriage, births…and last but not least, beautiful love scenes that were expertly done. As Ms. Royal's first book, Amethyst is captivating…I cannot wait [for the next book]! —Carol Steele, Romance Communications (starred review)

Amethyst is a promising debut from an author who should find an appreciative audience among historical romance fans. —Wendy Crutcher, The Romance Reader (4-heart review)

Amethyst is a fine debut for a career that seems poised for takeoff! —Janine Taylor, Romantic Leads

Lauren Royal knows how to make history come alive. An accomplished debut! —Patricia Gaffney, author of The Saving Graces

A wonderful read! With a deft pen, Lauren Royal captures all the pageantry, excitement, and color that was Restoration England. —Kathe Robin, Romantic Times (4-star review)

An enchanting tale…The history of England in the 1660s is an intricate part of the story and makes it truly fascinating. Amethyst is a delightful debut! —Suan Wilson, Old Book Barn Gazette

This passionate story will keep you up long after bedtime, laughing one minute and crying the next.…[Amethyst will be] an instant favorite of every historical reader. —Emerald, Love Romances.com

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