We are so excited to bring you this exclusive cover reveal for An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire by Manda Collins! First, a note from Manda Collins herself:
“Hi Frolic Readers! I’m so excited to be with you today for the big reveal of the cover for An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire, the second book in my Victorian mystery rom com series!
The first book, A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem, follows Lady Katherine Bascomb and Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham as they work together to solve a series of serial murders and fall in love along the way. It also introduces Miss Caroline Hardcastle, the unconventional daughter of a wealthy manufacturer and co-author, with Kate, of the newspaper column “A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem” and her nemesis, sporting columnist Lord Valentine Thorn. From the moment they appear on the page together, there is tension between Caro and Val. It’s obvious the two share a past, and in The Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire, we’ll discover what brought them together and what broke them apart. Can the necessity of setting aside their differences to find a missing actress help these two find their way back to happy ever after? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
I so adore this cover! Caro driving the carriage while Val hangs onto his hat is a perfect encapsulation of their relationship. I can’t wait until I can share their story with you too!”
About An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire:
England, 1866: Miss Caroline Hardcastle has finally found purpose in her life, bringing attention to insidious crimes against women. But her parents’ unexpected return from the Continent jeopardizes Caro’s hard-won freedom. They present her with an ultimatum: marry into a title . . . or else. Caro is confident that no gentleman would wed an on-the-shelf journalist, no matter how large her dowry is. But when a dear friend goes missing, Caro finds her best ally is also the nobleman she once dreamed of marrying.
Ever since a devastating heartbreak in his younger years, Lord Valentine Thorn has stayed clear of the parson’s trap. Only now, with the lineage in danger, does Val agree to find a bride—with the condition his heart remains unattached. But when his cousin becomes entangled in the disappearance of a young actress, Val finds the only one with any answers is also the only woman he ever dreamed of marrying. Despite their complicated history, Caro and Val reluctantly agree to an alliance, vowing to ignore the passion that still burns between them. Yet with danger growing nearer, can they move forward from the past—before death does them part?
Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with three cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and more books than strictly necessary.