A Lady without a Lord

(Book 3 in The Penningtons series)







A viscount convinced he’s a failure
For years, Theodosius Pennington has tried to forget his myriad shortcomings by indulging in wine, women, and witty bonhomie. But now that he’s inherited the title of Viscount Saybrook, it’s time to stop ignoring his responsibilities. Finding the perfect husband for his headstrong younger sister seems a good first step. Until, that is, his sister’s dowry goes missing . . .
A lady determined to succeed
Harriot Atherton has a secret: it is she, not her steward father, who maintains the Saybrook account books. But Harry’s precarious balancing act begins to totter when the irresponsible new viscount unexpectedly returns to Lincolnshire, the painfully awkward boy of her childhood now a charming yet vulnerable man. Unfortunately, Theo is also claiming financial malfeasance. Can her father’s wandering wits be responsible for the lost funds? Or is she?

As unlikely attraction flairs between dutiful Harry and playful Theo, each learns there is far more to the other than devoted daughter and happy-go-lucky lord. But if Harry succeeds at protecting her father, discovering the missing money, and keeping all her secrets, will she be in danger of failing at something equally important—finding love?

Available 2/14/17

Praise for A Lady without a Lord:

“Theo and Harry are likeable, attractive and fully-rounded characters whose flaws and insecurities make them seem that much more real.  Theo is completely adorable; a loveable rogue who has spent so long believing himself to be the idiot his father kept insisting he was that he fails to see that his intelligence is of a completely different, yet equally valid kind, and that he is gifted in other ways.” —All About Romance


About the author….

Bliss Bennet writes smart, edgy novels for readers who love history as much as they love romance. Despite being born and bred in New England, Bliss finds herself fascinated by the history of that country across the pond, particular the politically volatile period known as the English Regency. Though she’s visited England several times, Bliss continues to make her home in New England, along with her husband, daughter, and two monstrously fluffy black cats.

Her historical romance series, The Penningtons, includes A REBEL WITHOUT A ROGUE, A MAN WITH A MISTRESS, and A LADY WITHOUT A LORD.

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A LADY WITHOUT A LORD by Bliss Bennet is a delightful Regency Romance. Book  in the “Penningtons”, series, but can be read as a stand alone. However, readers may find they would enjoy learning more of the Penningtons, by reading Book 1, “A Lady Without a Rogue” and Book 2, ” A Man Without a Mistress”, however, not necessary to thoroughly enjoy ” A Lady Without a Lord”. Set against the backdrop of Lincolnshire, England.

Theophilius Pennington, a Viscount, with a learning disability, who thinks he’s undeserving and convinced he’s a failure. Harriot Atherton she is the one, not her steward father, who maintains the Saybrook account books. What a secret! Theo is dutiful, but irresponsible and Harry  is the dutiful daughter and very playful. When, Theo learns his sister’s dowry has disappeared, he travels to Lincolnshire to learn who is the culprit. Could it possibly be his childhood friend, Harry, or her father’s diminishing wits.

Steady paced, adventure filled, with engaging characters, and a well thought out storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed watching playful Harry and the vulnerable Theo  comes to terms with their growing attraction. There was so much more to this couple than the happy-go-lucky Viscount  and the devoted daughter. Will they find there HEA, and true love, or will  all be lost to Harry’s secret, finding the real culprit, and the missing money?

An enjoyable and satisfying read! Strongly recommended for fans of Regency Romance, were the hero has a learning disability and the power of love, healing and the strength of family. I was very intrigued and am looking forward to what’s next.  I had no complaints on this fantastic read! I enjoyed Theo and Harry’s story!

Ms. Bennet has written a well thought out, well balanced and extremely delightful tale of love, romance and growth. Powerful and compelling! Well done!

I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR



A deaf aristocrat fights to protect all he loves from a killer he cannot hear

Moments before the wedding, Christopher Sterry finds the groom, his twin brother, murdered. One would expect Christopher to become the next Earl of Longford. No one would be surprised if he married his twin’s almost-bride, Helen Grove. She is, after all, his closest friend and confidante.

Except Christopher is deaf in an inflexible world that believes a deaf mute is no better than a barbaric half-wit, unfit to be an earl and quite capable of murdering his brother.

Helen waits at the altar while her groom lies murdered in the folly. But there is no time to mourn. Christopher is in danger and so, it appears, is she.  Born to marry the earl of Longford, whoever that may be, Helen ignores her own risks and crosses into the line of fire to protect the man who holds her heart.

Lady Eleanor solves crimes more thoroughly than any male magistrate. So when Christopher, her godson, is condemned without evidence, she sets out to prove both his innocence and his competence as earl. If she fails, Christopher will die… or be returned to an asylum worse than hell.

  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Winterbourne Farm Publishing, LLC. (January 28, 2017)
  • Publication Date: January 28, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MT7BNH2
  • Length: 257 pages
  • Lady Eleanor Mysteries, Book 2


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About the author…..

An Accidental Writer ~

Writing was a tool, not a toy, until a stay in a haunted hotel and a bookcase full of dog-eared romances. Hooked, Becca read old romances, new romances, both sexy and sweet, until her own tales begged to be written.

Living in Florida, Becca divides her time between dreaming up stories, diving deep into history, kayaking, and swimming. Her husband gives her the space she needs by fishing in the mangroves and waterways, or watching football (the English sort) with his British buddies. Becca and her hubby break the routine with adventure travel; though, at heart, Becca is a homebody believing there is no greater playground than inside the mind.







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THE GATEHOUSE by Becca St. John is an extraordinary Regency Romance. Book 2 in her amazing  “Lady Eleanor Mysteries” series, can be read as a stand alone. See, “Summerton”, book 1.

What a unique story, a deaf hero, Christopher Sterry, the possible next Earl of Longford, after his brother and twin is murdered on what was supposed to be his wedding day and Helen Grove, his brother’s almost bride, his best friend and confidante. But will Christopher’s disability cause him more harm, or will his peers be able to accept him for what he really is, a capable, deaf mute in an incapable world, or will he lose all, and be condemned as a murderer, because of his disability.  Helen puts herself in the sights of a killer, and to save the man who holds her heart. Enter…..Christopher’s god mother, Lady Eleanor, who solves crime better than any man could do, and is determined to prove her god son’s innocence and his competence to be the next Earl of Longford.  Or will Christopher be sent back to an asylum?

Fast paced and very impressive. I loved how Ms. St. John interweaves Christopher’s disability into the story, into the plot in a realistic way, without deeming the hero as incompetent. She also emphasised how Christopher reads lips and uses an interpreter . Well done! The reader can tell how much research and hard work went into developing Christopher’s character. I loved how Christopher’s god mother, Lady Eleanor, and Helen supported his innocence and how they supported him throughout the story.

Ms. St. John, took a story that had many complications and made it her own. Whew, she has written a masterfully and brilliant story. This story has so much to offer readers in this complicated, but well thought out story. A page turner for sure! Bravo, Becca St. John. You don’t want to miss “The Gatehouse”. An absolutely must read Regency Romance with a touch of Gothic intrigue.  A unique story with some very unique characters and a very different plot. Enjoyable and satisfying read.

I received a complimentary copy.

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR