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Ford and Violet's story…
fifth in the Chase Family Series

England, 1673

The Ashcroft family motto is "Question Convention," and eldest sister Violet agrees with the sentiment completely. For one thing, she's not planning to marry. Plain Violet is smart enough to realize any suitors would be after her large inheritance, or else interested in her beautiful younger sisters—and she'd much rather spend her time improving her mind than risking her tender heart…

After wasting six years wooing a lady who eloped with another man, Ford Chase, the handsome and eccentric Viscount Lakefield, has had it with women. Ford is passionate about his scientific pursuits and doesn't need to find love, thank you very much. When an unwelcome distraction—in the form of his six-year-old niece—is dropped in his lap, he enlists the help of an uncommonly intelligent neighbor named Violet. But Violet's surprising allure proves to be even more distracting, leading to a passion the likes of which he's never even imagined…

Series Info: Chase Family Series

The Marquess of Cainewood and his siblings are eminent members of King Charles II’s merry English court. But Jason, Colin, Kendra, and Ford are also family—which means they’re loud, argumentative, and always meddling in each other’s lives. As the four Chases find their paths toward true love, they help and hinder one another through bouts of passion and despair on their way to happily ever after…

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Book Info

  • A full-length novel of 104,000 words (about 416 printed book pages)
  • R-rated content: Steamy love scenes! If you prefer sweet books, The Viscount's Wallflower Bride is a sweet version of this book.
  • Originally published by Penguin Putnam (Signet Books)


  • Top Ten Bestseller on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and Google Play
  • Nominated for Rose Award!
  • Nominated for Reviewers Choice Award at SingleTitles.com

Quotes from Reviewers

Both Violet and Ford are charming…this breezy summer read will satisfy [Royal's] rapidly growing fan base.Publishers Weekly

Lauren Royal introduces us to the eccentric and enchanting Ashcroft family in her newest novel.…This delectable romp is sure to be just the confection readers need for a sweet night's read…the utterly adorable characters and the addition of real historical personages as well as a sweet love story is guaranteed to charm. —Kathe Robin, Romantic Times BOOKclub

Royal deftly mixes brief appearances from historical figures and fascinating period details into the plot of her latest engaging romance, and the delightfully unconventional cast of characters gives her the chance to display her gift for understated humor. —John Charles, Booklist (American Library Association)

Lauren Royal treats readers to another winning novel, filled with laughter and humor…sensual scenes that sizzle, and another eccentric family fans will fall in love with. I just can't describe how much I enjoyed and recommend this story; you'll just have to get a copy of your own and sit back for an evening of fun. You won't want to put Violet down until you reach the end. —Carol Carter, Romance Reviews Today

Fans of Amanda Quick will find this romantic pair to be exactly their cup of tea. —Amanda Killgore, Huntress Book Reviews

…The first book of a delightful new series, this zany romp is full of humor and characters you wish lived next door. I love the way Ms. Royal has blended real historical facts throughout this adorable read. —Kathy Baker, Waldenbooks

A delightful story starring two, for the most part, endearing, brilliant eccentrics.Midwest Book Review

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