The Demon's Mistress
The Demon's Mistress was a RITA finalist.
The Demon's Mistress was first published in In Praise of Younger Men, Signet, 1st Mar 2001 .
It became available as a stand-alone e-book, 23rd Jul 2011.
This novella is also available in an omnibus edition, Three Heroes, NAL, 1st Jun 2004 trade, with two connected novels, The Dragon's Bride, and The Devil's Heiress.
It is set in Jo Beverley's Rogues' World in the Regency period.
Read an excerpt of this story here.
Read my article, In Praise of Younger Men, that inspired this anthology.
More info is available here:
Lord Vandeimen returns home from Waterloo to ruined estates, his family all dead. His attempts to recreate something of his heritage leave him deep in debt, and he is ready to commit suicide when a woman bursts into his room with an extraordinary proposal. Mrs. Maria Celestin, widow of a wealthy foreign merchant, will pay him a small fortune to pretend to be her betrothed husband for six weeks.
Van cannot refuse, but he is wary of this outrageous good fortune. He is also intent on getting into the widow's bed. He doesn't expect to be dragged back into life, and into love, or into a battle to win the woman who bought him.
"Darkly erotic." -- Publishers Weekly
"Poignant..." -- Romantic Times