Historical Romance

The Detective's Dilemma

Kidnapped by his own target, this crooked cop is having one bad day. 

Detective Caleb Walker is foiled by his own industriousness. Determined to capture a criminal, he plants evidence—and is discovered by his higher-ups. Now blackmailed into being the strong-arm for a corrupt politician, he visits a poor widow he must convince to surrender her son. Yet something about her stirs his memory, and long-submerged desires. When she pulls a gun on him and demands he switch sides, he’s stunned, annoyed…and intrigued. 

No one will take her son from Julianna. Least of all her sinister ex-father-in-law whose abuse damaged her late husband. With the handsome detective smirking in her sights, Julianna must convince him to help her keep her baby safe from the very people holding Caleb in their powerful grip. In a desperate bid, she kidnaps the cynical Caleb—and struggles to ignore the heat sparking between them. 

As they pursue answers, secrets are uncovered—including Julianna’s and Caleb’s. Two imperfect hearts together may be enough to win the day. If their enemies don’t destroy them first. 

A gaslight historical set in New York City. This version includes an excerpt from Powder of Sin. 

"With colorful images, engaging characters and a fine eye for detail, Rothwell recreates the era beautifully."-RT Bookclub (for Somebody Wonderful) 

The Earl, a Girl, and a Promise


When a nearly naked woman crashes into his arms, Paul, the new Earl of Latterly, knows he's left his monk-like world behind. Raised apart from females by his misogynist father, Paul hardly knows how to speak with the delightful girl who's dashed out of the dance hall. But in a single night's tryst, they discover a passion he's long denied himself. Yet to his dismay, he learns Emma is the adopted sister of the very man he seeks. The true heir to the earldom, Paul's ne'er-do-well cousin.

Although she's tried to escape her free-loving mother's reputation, Emma consents to one night of lust...for a price. But as her heart falls for the stranger, she forgoes payment and flees into the night--only to find Paul on her doorstep again, seeking her brother. And offering an inheritance that will change her family's lives forever.

Her rapscallion brother needs training to blend with the ton, and Paul needs Emma's help. Fear of becoming his eccentric father makes Paul skittish, and Emma's outré family keeps the waters well-churned. But as Paul fulfills his promise to reveal the true heir, he and Emma must forge a new path to love. Before their pasts rob them of true happiness.

Warning; contains more sexual content than many Kate Rothwell titles.

The Earl, a Girl, & a Promise was a TOP PICK at theromancereviews.com!

Love Between the Lines


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Danger doesn’t deter this intrepid reporter—even when life and love are on the line.

Sir Gideon Langham wants the best for his flagship newspaper. Hiring daring female reporter Lizzie Drury, aka “Trudy Tildon,” seems like a wise choice—until he finds himself falling for a woman who’ll risk everything to get a story, including one that puts both their lives in danger.

Lizzie longs to write in-depth articles. When handsome Sir Gideon offers her a job as more than a stringer, she reluctantly leaves her New York beat for unfamiliar London. But as she pursues a murder investigation, ghosts from her past become all too real. Digging up dirt attracts the attention of powerful forces who won’t hesitate to stop Lizzie dead. Hanging in the balance are Gideon’s reputation—and Lizzie’s life. In a race to find a killer, Lizzie and Gideon must learn to trust each other…before it’s too late.


Somebody to Love


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Everything Griffin Calverson ever touched turned to gold, but his worldly success has only isolated him. Despite his millions, he is essentially alone and sworn to remain so -- until he meets Araminta Woodhall, whose sultry beauty sets his heart on fire. Griffin loves her beyond all reason -- though by the rules of his social circle, they cannot marry. But Araminta will not agree to be merely his mistress.

Raised in humble circumstances, Araminta has grown strong in the face of adversity -- her courage and pride have always gotten her through. But Griffin Calverson may be her only weakness -- and her only refuge in an unforgiving world. She can't seem to tell him goodbye...and she will settle for nothing less than all his love.


Finalist in RIO Best Historical

Five Blue Ribbons at Romancejunkie.com

Somebody Wonderful


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Michael McCann has a gentle way with women, and Timona Calverson is no exception, despite her ragged clothes. Though Timona may be no more than a mysterious woman, Michael is determined to keep her from harm, if only for one night. Timona can't bring herself to tell him who she really is - or that her rich family will pay handsomely for her return. She knows very little about Michael McCann, except that he is good enough to give his last cup of tea to a stranger, and compassionate enough to own the ugliest dog on earth. But the rugged Irishman's unexpected kindness has won her wayward heart - now and forever.

Romantic Times BookClub Finalist for Best First Historical

Reviewer's International Organization (RIO) finalist in Best Debut Novel and Best Short Historical categories

Won Golden Globe Award for Best Debut


Seducing Miss Dunaway


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Strong-willed Miss Mary Dunaway had a plan for her future and she would stop at nothing to reach her goal of working with the poor in London. She was even willing to ask a gentleman, a stranger, to help her. 

Twelve years later, the same gentleman reappears in her life. Although he doesn't seem to recall her, she remembers every detail of the kisses they shared. The attractive Lord Fellington apparently sees her as the saintly, nun-like matron of the foundling asylum. Very well, she has made her bed and now she lies in it, alone. Unless he has other plans? 

Warning: this story contains graphic sex ...but only a few pages of it.


Powder Of Sin


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A gaslit romance set in New York City. 

Wealthy heiress Rosalie Ambermere doesn't know why Gideon Reed sits scowling in her sitting room. Or why she finds him so appealing. She'd envisioned her heart falling to a serene gentleman, not to this unpolished, brooding man. And yet she finds Mr. Reed absurdly attractive. Surely her craving for his touch is due to the strange powder she recently inherited from her rakehell cousin. When Gideon offers to help her find a way to dispose of the aphrodisiac, she agrees. Best to be rid of the powder and her attraction to the man as soon as possible.

Hired as a keeper, former detective Gideon must follow his oversexed client Walter everywhere, including into lovely ladies' homes. Reed suspects Miss Ambermere is just another eager chapter in Walter's endless diary of bedroom conquests. Another hedonistic woman spoiled by inherited wealth, until he learns there's another draw for Walter -- the powder that could create disaster in the idiot's hands. He soon understands there is more to the alluring Miss Ambermere than meets the eye; perhaps enough to tempt even his disillusioned heart. Gideon must work with Rosalie to safely dispose of the powder without falling prey to the dangerous effects of pure chemistry.

Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Brief scenes of male/male sex and an orgy. It is hotter than most titles by Kate Rothwell. This book was originally published as Powder of Love by Summer Devon


Why did I change the name? An explanation here.


Her Mad Baron


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"Wow! What a nice surprise! THE MAD BARON is a wonderful treasure found. This is no disposable romance. It is an instant classic to be kept "on the shelf" and read over and over. . . Much more depth than the usual romance. Excellent emotional element. Highly recommended!" --Top Pick at TRR

 "Well there went my day. The Mad Baron is a read-in-one-sitting glorious romp of a book. Love it, love it, love it." --Valerie Parv

Nathaniel, the new Baron Felston, awakes from a fever to discover he's a prisoner on his own estate. At first, certain he's gone insane, Nathaniel learns potent opiates are the cause of his strange vision. But, barricaded in a small room, he can't outwit his mysterious jailer.

Determined to steal back one of her father's swords, Florrie Cadero gets more than she bargained for when she breaks into the baron's mansion. The dashing, drugged man in the locked room soon sweeps her into his story--and his bed. When she discovers they're trapped together, she devises a clever escape. Addicted to his captor's drugs and bent on revenge, Nathaniel seeks out the feisty thief who freed him. Florrie, now a shopgirl, has foresworn her life of adventure. But Nathaniel's offer of employment intrigues her. Together they must break his addiction and expose the villain who would destroy his life. 

Originally published as The Mad Baron by Summer Devon. This version includes the first chapter of The Powder of Love. Warning: Contains sexually explicit material.