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About the Book

Never Hire a Hero

Title: Never Hire a Hero
Series:
Fortune's Brides: Guarding Her Heart #3
Author:
Regina Scott
Publisher:
Edwards and Williams
Release Date:
December 11, 2023
Genre:
Sweet Regency Romance

Three children and a marriage of convenience may be his biggest challenge yet 

A former elite soldier, Stephen Roth was trained to be ruthless as he served as bodyguard for kings and princes. So why would his English patroness, Lady Belfort, and her cat, Fortune, arrange for him to take a position as the tutor to the heir of Alldene Castle and the boy’s siblings? And why does the children’s mother, Lady Alldene, look at him with shining eyes, as if he could be some sort of hero? This was not the sort of challenge he bargained for! 

A peer in her own right, Thea, Countess of Alldene, was raised in Alldene Castle and taught how to rule over it. But nothing prepared her for the death of her husband and the villainy of the man he appointed as guardian for her children. If a tutor with a razor-sharp gaze will prevent that man from taking her sons away from her, she’s willing to put up with Roth’s rough-shod ways. 

But the castle holds a secret that may prove Thea’s undoing. When danger threatens, she turns to the one man who might be able to keep them all safe. Could a marriage of convenience over Christmas prove that heroes can turn up in the least likely places? 

If you like warm, witty historical romances, with a touch of mystery, then you’ll love this historical romance by an award-winning, bestselling author. 

“All readers who love Regency and historical romances need to pick up stories by Regina Scott. The author has never disappointed me. I am very happy to recommend any of her novels.” – Huntress Reviews 

Hire yourself a hero, today.

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About the Author

Regina Scott

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first novel was published, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She now has now published more than 65 works of warm, witty romance and more than 1 million copies of her books are in reader hands. She and her husband of 30 years reside in Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier. Regina Scott has learned to fence, dressed as a Regency dandy, driven four in hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research, of course.

Connect with Regina by visiting reginascott.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.

Author Guest Post


Oh, Christmas Tree! 

By Regina Scott 

 

Christmas trees, a common fixture in many homes during this festive season, were somewhat scarce during the Regency period, in which I set a lot of my stories. So, I haven’t had much of a chance to use the tree, even though several of my stories happen around Christmas. 

 

That is, until now. 

 

My December release, Never Hire a Hero, is set in 1825, slightly after the Regency period, but before Victoria ushered in so many traditions we know today, like Christmas cards and caroling. My hero, Stephen Roth, however, is from Batavaria, a made-up mountainous country between France and today’s Germany. And he grew up with a Christmas tree. 

 

Germany used Christmas trees as early as the 1400s. German soldiers fighting on behalf England brought the custom to American around 1777, when they celebrated Christmas during the Revolutionary War. So, Roth’s family went out into the forests around their home, cut down a tree, and brought it into the house to decorate on Christmas Eve. This is what he hopes to do with Thea, my heroine, and her children, now that he and Thea are joined in a marriage of convenience. But he runs into a few, um, obstacles. 

 

“We should confer with Mr. Price and Mr. Wilson first,” Thea told him. They are our groundskeeper and head gardener.” 

 

He frowned. “You own all the land. I thought we’d merely hike into the closest woodland and find a suitable tree.” 

 

“We have no woodland that is not carefully designed and tended, sir,” she informed him with a smile. “This is England, not the mountains of Batavaria.” 

 

Ah, that smile. It curved his lips and warmed her heart.  

 

“Perhaps you would be so good as to send for them, then,” he suggested.  

 

A short while later, the two men came to join them. Mr. Price was as thin as a willow, with flyaway blond hair already mussed from pulling off his hat in deference. Mr. Wilson was built more like an oak barrel, wide in the middle and blunt on both ends. His bald dome gleamed in the candlelight. 

 

“Gentlemen,” Thea greeted them. “My husband tells me we must have a Christmas tree.” 

 

They frowned.  

 

“A Christmas tree?” Mr. Wilson asked, glancing at the butler as if for confirmation. 

 

Roth rose to address them, towering over both, and Mr. Price blinked so quickly she wondered his eyes did not tear up.   

 

“A fir, pine, or spruce,” Roth told them. “Six or seven feet tall. Well formed, not too thickly branched so as to leave room for decorations.” 

 

Mr. Wilson’s face was a study in confusion. “What sort of decorations?” 

 

“Small paper stars, ribbon, and the like,” Roth told him. 

 

“Won’t the paper just wilt in the rain?” Mr. Price asked. 

 

“We will be cutting the tree down and bringing it into the house,” Roth explained. 

 

They both stared at him. 

 

Mr. Price recovered first. “Your ladyship, I must protest. The plantings were authorized by your father. They are most harmonious. To pluck out a tree…” He clutched his chest as if Roth had asked for his firstborn. 

 

“If I may,” Mr. Wilson interjected. “There is a copse of Norway spruce along the southern edge of the home farm. I’ve noticed they’re starting to crowd each other. Taking one of them shouldn’t hurt.” 

 

Mr. Price gazed at Thea hopefully. 

 

She looked to her new husband. “Would a Norway spruce do, Roth?”  

 

He nodded slowly. “That may be sufficient. Tomorrow, we will bundle the children against the cold and find out.” 

 
How do you decorate for Christmas at your house? 

 

 


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