- Bianca Schwarz
- January 12, 2021
- Fiction – Romance | 416pp
- Trade Paper 978-1-77168-210-7 $16.99
- Ebook 978-1-77168-211-4 $7.99
The Innkeeper’s Daughter
Well-researched, gritty, but yet romantic, The Innkeeper’s Daughter is the first in a darkly entertaining historical romance mystery series set in Regency London, complete with a beautiful girl in peril, a flawed gentleman spy, a nasty pimp, and a sinister hell-fire club with deadly secrets.
In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, comes across a badly beaten Eliza, desperate to escape her cruel stepfather. Realizing she has nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home in Mayfair.
There, as she recovers, Henry introduces the lovely Eliza to a world of art and literature she never knew existed. But Eliza’s brutal world follows her to London, where the salons of the aristocratic elite co-exist with the back alleys of the criminal underworld. Thankfully, Henry, a secret agent to the crown, is able and willing to deal with the man Eliza’s stepfather had sold her to, and the pimp who plans to enslave her.
As romance blossoms between them, Eliza unearths an old secret that leads them into the dark sadistic world of sex trafficking, and finally allows Henry to identify the traitor responsible for selling military secrets to the French, causing the death of thousands.
A natural at the spy game, Eliza proves herself a worthy partner in their fight for truth and justice. But with time running out, and the fate of one girl hanging in the balance, Henry and Eliza must find a way to outwit a nasty pimp and eliminate a dangerous enemy agent.
“A gritty, steamy series opener full of dark twists and hot trysts.” — Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author
“Schwarz launches her Gentleman Spy Mysteries series with an immersive and suspenseful Regency romance. The magnetic love scenes and enticing mystery will have readers eagerly anticipating the next installment.” — Publishers Weekly
“The Innkeeper’s Daughter is a sumptuous, sensual Regency romance that teases the senses and recalls the golden age of romance novels.” — Foreword Reviews
“From the brutal opening pages, to the tenderest of love scenes, THE INNKEEPER’S DAUGHTER took me on a ride of contradictory emotions. Sadistic villains paired with beautiful regency details made this story unforgettable, but it is truly the characters who steal the show. Eliza is a delight, Sir Henry March has my heart, and our author, Bianca M. Schwarz, has me eagerly awaiting the next book.” — Amanda Linsmeier, author
“Historically well researched with enthralling characters and excellent storytelling. Absolutely wonderful.” — C. H. Armstrong, author of The Edge of Nowhere