<p><h2>'It's pretty hard to pull off a good Georgette Heyer homage, but Moran makes it look easy' <i>i News</i></h2></p><p>A glittering web of intrigue, gossip, lust and long-held hatreds entangles young Queen Sophia of England and her secret lover, Captain Kitto Helford, as the great powers struggle to broker a peace in 1825, following the war between France, Britain and Russia.</p><p>Entangled in a glittering web of intrigue, gossip, lust and long-held hatreds, young Queen Sophia of England and her secret lover, Captain Kitto Helford, come to the great palace of Fontainebleau in 1825 as the great powers struggle to broker peace between France, Britain and Russia. But the queen – still known to her friends by her Russian name Nadezhda – has never been all that she seems. Only she knows where her true loyalties lie, or what her real purpose might be. Also caught up in the web is young Clementine Boscobel, friends with Kitto Helford since their childhood in Cornwall. Clever, independent, but hopelessly innocent amid the opulent sophistication of the French court, she begins to feel a dangerous attraction for Kitto and a mistrust of the queen. Soon they are all swept up into scenes of intense jeopardy, as Queen Sophia sets her endgame in motion.</p>
<p>A web of intrigue, gossip, lust and long-held hatreds entangles young Queen Sophia of England and her secret lover, Captain Kitto Helford, as the great powers struggle to broker a peace in 1825, following the war between France, Britain and Russia. </p>
<b>PRAISE FOR <i>WICKED BY DESIGN</i> AND <i>FALSE LIGHTS</i></b>: <br>
'A thrilling, sexy romp through brilliantly reimagined history. Hester is one of my very favourite heroines and it's probably best not to ask what I'd like to do with Crow ... Totally absorbing' Holly Hepburn. <br>
'Sweeping and romantic, with a hero to rival Ross Poldark, <i>Wicked by Design</i> is a fantastic and compelling novel that draws you in and paints a glorious alternative St Petersburg, keeping you hooked until the end' Imogen Edwards-Jones. <br>
'A swashbuckling, sparkling world of a novel [...] with a mad, bad and dangerous to know hero' Suzannah Dunn. <br>
'Excellent writing and characterization pushes it up several notches – with special mention for Hester: a fizzing-with-life, believable and resourceful heroine if ever there was one' <i>Daily Mail</i>. <br>
'A cross between Georgette Heyer, Dorothy Dunnett and Poldark' <i>iNews</i>.
The most exciting newcomer to sexy historical romance since Diana Gabaldon wrote <i>OUTLANDER</i>.
Third novel set in the world of <i>False Lights</i>, featuring Captain Kitto Helford, Crow's charismatic brother, as the leading hero.
MARKET: Diana Gabaldon; Georgette Heyer; <i>Poldark</i>.