Book One in the Dare to Defy Series:

Victorian historical romances set in Cornwall about smart, feisty American heiresses who defy society’s expectations to follow their dreams.

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To escape an arranged marriage, an American heiress poses as a governess in Cornwall ... and may end up exactly where she belongs.

Brainy and college-educated, American heiress Alexandra Atherton will do anything to avoid marriage to the English peer her mother has chosen for her--even abandon the life of privilege she's always known. But as her escape goes horribly wrong, Alexandra must invent a new identity to gain the help of a handsome stranger.

Thomas Carlyle, the Earl of Longford, sweeps in and out of London disguised as a humble artist, earning just enough to keep his ancestral Cornwall estate afloat. When Alexandra crashes into his life, she awakens feelings and desires that he vows will stay buried. Despite himself, he needs this beautiful newcomer, for his sisters have run off another governess.

Alexandra is surprised to find she thrives in her new position at Longford's home. But as she grows closer to Thomas and his sisters, and her relationship with the emotionally guarded earl unleashes their hidden passions, the truth Alexandra's been forced to hide may end up coming between her and the only man she's ever loved.

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Book Two in the Dare to Defy Series

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An aspiring author and a brilliant English earl fight against the conventions of society -- and their attraction to each other -- in the second book in the Dary to Defy series by USA Today bestselling author Syrie James.

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?

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Book Three in the Dare to Defy Series
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A devastating duke goes head to head with an American heiress who's determined to become the first woman architect in England.

Lance Granville, the Tenth Duke of Darcy, was none too pleased to give up his career in the Royal Navy to inherit the family title, complete with an ancient castle he needs to renovate. When an architect arrives on his doorstep, Darcy is astonished to discover that she's a woman.

Kathryn Atherton has one goal: to become the first woman architect in Britain. Marriage doesn't figure in her plans. Despite the odds, her schooling is behind her. Now she needs experience. When she's sent to a small tidal island in Cornwall to remodel a castle, the last thing Kathryn wants is to be attracted to its roguishly handsome owner.

Kathryn is determined to keep things professional, but the sizzling attraction between her and the duke quickly blazes out of control. When Darcy learns that Kathryn is an heiress whose fortune would save St. Gabriel's Mount, he wages the most important battle of his life: to woo and win the woman who's captured his heart. But duchesses can't be architects. And Kathryn has worked too long and too hard to give up her dreams ....

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