• Series: A Dare to Defy Novel (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse
  • ISBN-10: 0062849697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062849694




"Magical. 5 stars!" — Cara's Book Boudoir

Beautiful Cornwall locations, kisses in a beach cave with a magic pool, a horseback ride in the rain, soul-searching conversations you won't want to miss, and steamy sex scenes!

Madeleine Atherton is no typical American heiress, sent to England to marry an English lord. A brilliant college graduate, determined to become a published author, she wants to marry for love. After receiving a proposal from a future duke, Madeleine flees the London Season for Cornwall to seek her sister's advice, never expecting her decision to be complicated by a dark, handsome earl she's certain she dislikes.

Charles Grayson, the Earl of Saunders, is a dreamer who secretly works as an inventor. Although under pressure from his mother and gravely ill father to marry his cousin, Charles cannot find the words to propose.

Thrown together unexpectedly at his family estate in Cornwall, Madeleine and Charles grow increasingly close. As they struggle to rise above their intense attraction over a summer that becomes increasingly scandalous. Madeleine and Charles will both be forced to make a difficult choice. Can two dreamers dare to defy convention and find their own happily ever after?


"5 stars. The beauty, power and drama of the windswept coast draw an English lord with a dubious reputation and an American heiress together in late Victorian Cornwall; but will his past, and her loyalties, keep them apart? These seemingly unsurmountable obstacles make for a page turning story as guarded attraction turns to a passion that cannot remain unrequited." —Austenprose

"A page turner! Ms. James excels at engaging her readers from the very first chapter and creating characters and conflicts to which readers are easily drawn … The private moments where they reveal their hidden dreams and share unique understandings with each other were heartwarming to witness. And the moments where they surrender to their all-consuming desires are exquisitely heart-stopping … I heartily recommend this praiseworthy series to any readers looking for a stimulating and splendid Victorian-era romance! 4.5 stars." —Austenesque Reviews

"The story was absolutely beautifully written and the plot magical. 5 stars." — Cara's Book Boudoir"

"These are two people who readers will champion, fall for, and whose 'happily' they always remember." —WTF Are You Reading?

"I enjoyed this historical romance book from beginning to end … I really liked both Madeleine and Charles. I always enjoy a heroine who is a reader or writer and I love a hero that is more than just a rake or a rogue. I thought they complemented each other well ... I look forward to the next title in this historical romance series. 4 stars." —Night Owl Reviews

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Dare to Defy Series



"A compelling and exhilarating romantic adventure that is sure to charm and engage readers and lovers of historical romance, full of simmering chemistry and wonderful homages to Jane Austen and the Brontës. I could not put it down!" -Austenesque Reviews