The Lord d’Arenville has good looks, almost like a Greek sculpture, but has been called the Ice Earl because of the way he treats women. Tallie, a resident tutor, is busy planning a party for him. Then, she accidentally overhears him in conversation: “What I want for my wife, is someone who has good teeth and wide enough hips for childbearing.” Is that all he thinks of women? She becomes angrier still when she overhears that he thinks she’d make him a good wife!
Gallant Waif Kate Farleigh was absolutely stunned when her refusal to accept Lady Cahill's offer of 'charity' resulted in her being swept away in her sumptuous carriage. But the real reason behind the older woman's antics became stunningly clear upon meeting Lady Cahill's enigmatic grandson, Jack Carstairs. Wounded in the war and disowned by those he loved, Jack locked himself in his country estate. Kate wouldn't stand for such behaviour. Now, Jack has a new purpose -- to steer clear of Miss Farleigh's attempts to interfere with his lifestyle. Because, if he wasn't careful, Kate might succeed in making him want to re-join society! Tallie's Knight Miss Thalia Robinson, a destitute orphan, was fortunate that she had been allowed to look after her cousin Laetitia's three adorable children. Tallie usually spent her quiet life lost in daydreams, but the arrival of a house party to aid Magnus, Earl of d'Arenville, to find a wife, turned her world upside down. Magnus's cold facade had been pierced by a delightful small girl, and now he wanted his own children. For that, he needed a wife. But things didn't go according to Laetitia's plan, for he ignored the debutantes that were presented and was taken by Tallie's loving treatment of the children. He decided that she was the one he would marry!
The Literary Art of the Harlequin Mills & Boon Romance
Author: Laura Vivanco
Laura Vivanco's study challenges the idea that Harlequin Mills & Boon romances are merely mass-produced commodities, churned out in accordance with a strict and unchanging formula. She argues that many are well-written, skilfully crafted works, and that some are small masterpieces. For Love and Money demonstrates the variety that exists beneath the covers of Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. They range from paranormal romances to novels resembling chick lit, and many have addressed serious issues, including the plight of post-Second World War refugees, threats to marine mammals, and HIV/AIDS. The genre draws inspiration from Shakespearean comedies and Austen's novels, as well as from other forms of popular culture. " “Laura Vivanco’s For Love and Money is an impressive study of the popular fiction of Harlequin Mills and Boon that is a must read for any student of popular fiction and for those who write and love the genre” —Liz Fielding, author of over 50 Harlequin Mills & Boon romances. “Deep learning, wide reading, and clear thinking are very much in evidence in Vivanco’s exploration of HM&B. A welcome addition to popular romance criticism.” — Professor Pamela Regis, author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel. "Laura Vivanco’s analysis of the category romance is both meticulous and inspiring. And while Vivanco limits her examples and discussions to category romances by Harlequin Mills & Boon and the HQN imprint, her application of Frye’s mimetic modes begs for expansion to texts and authors across the genre. This piece of literary criticism should serve as a template for romance scholars to move from defending the genre to discussing its values and complexity as a literary art. — Maryan Wherry, Journal of Popular Romance Studies