Unmasking Miss Appleby (Baleful Godmother, #1)

Unmasking Miss Appleby (Baleful Godmother, #1)

by Emily Larkin

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"Sexy, unusual, and vastly entertaining. The best historical romance I've read this year."
~ Anna Campbell, author of the Dashing Widows series

"A ridiculously wonderful story!"
~ NetGalley reviewer

On her 25th birthday, Charlotte Appleby receives an unusual gift: the ability to change shape. 

Penniless and orphaned, she sets off for London to make her fortune as a man. But a position as secretary to Lord Cosgrove proves unexpectedly challenging. Someone is trying to destroy Cosgrove and his life is increasingly in jeopardy.

As Charlotte plunges into London's backstreets at Cosgrove's side, hunting his persecutor, she finds herself fighting for her life—and falling in love…

"The best historical romance I have read all year."
~ Rachel @ Heroes & Heartbreakers

"THIS IS SO FUN. I want to grab people on the street and make them read it!"
~ Goodreads reviewer

Length: Full-length novel of 94,000 words
Sensuality level: A hot Regency romance with steamy love scenes 

Q & A with the author

How would you describe this series?

It's Regency England with a dash of magic. I hope to take readers on a journey from the glittering ballrooms of the aristocracy to the dark underbelly of Regency England – with passion, danger, adventure, romance, and a little magic thrown into the mix. 

Why did you write this series?

I wanted to get my well-bred heroines out of the drawing rooms and put them in the way of adventure and romance. But I didn't want to write a series where magic is common; I wanted to write a series where only a few characters have magic, and it's a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows.

How would you describe your writing?

Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She's why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you've not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I've also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.

Who would like this series?

This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, the emotion of Mary Balogh and Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!

What order should I read the series in?

Each book, whether a novel or novella, can be read as a standalone, but many readers prefer to read them in order. And although the series is set in Regency England, a quartet of medieval novellas form the prequel.

The ideal reading order would be:

The Fey Quartet (series prequel)
Maythorn's Wish 
Hazel's Promise
Ivy's Choice
Larkspur's Quest

The Baleful Godmother series
Unmasking Miss Appleby
Resisting Miss Merryweather
Trusting Miss Trentham
Claiming Mister Kemp
Ruining Miss Wrotham
Discovering Miss Dalrymple

Plus three more interlinked Baleful Godmother series to come.

Happy reading!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153368658
Publisher: Emily Larkin
Publication date: 11/07/2016
Series: Baleful Godmother , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 6,254
File size: 947 KB

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Unmasking Miss Appleby (Baleful Godmother, #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great meaningful story to read. Let's you see the less glamorous side of Regency society. Its a page turner, well worth your time. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emiky Larkin wrote a grand regency romance. There was bit of the fae in Charlotte's world. Mystery in Lord Cosgrove's life. Combine the two and you have a doorway to entertainmen! I had to sleep, but not all night! After three hours I was up and turning pages!! This was not a cliffhanger. There wee rcplicit sex scenes, but they are an integral part of the plot. I recommend this to mature, adult readers, with big bladders!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot and characters sure were different and def not your run of the mill romance from the 1800's Overall book was entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, will be buying the next in the series
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Unmasking Miss Appleby is my first book by Emily Larkin. Ms Larkin has impressed me with this fantastic story. This book had threads of drama, action, suspense, paranormal abilities, sizzle, humor and phenomenal, lovable characters weaved together. Think it can't be done? It can, and Ms Larkin not only did it, she did it well. I totally enjoyed this historical romance and look forward to reading more from Emily Larkin in the future. Unmasking Miss Appleby is book 1 of the Baleful Godmothers Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I'm giving this book 5 stars only because I can't give it 6.
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AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Book source ~ NetGalley Charlotte Appleby is living a miserable life with her aunt and uncle. Sure she has a roof over her head and food to eat, but they treat her like crap. So when a Faerie shows up in her room on her 25th birthday and says she has to bestow a gift on her, what’s a woman to do? Pick one and get the hell out of Dodge, that’s what. Charlotte chooses the gift of metamorphosis or shape-changing. The best part is: it’s not just shape-changing, it’s life-changing for Charlotte. This is one of those books that will grab your fancy and not let go until the end. Charlotte has to pick a gift and the Faerie bestowing it is not like the fairy godmother in Cinderella. She’s like the ones in Grimm Fairy Tales, she may have to bestow a gift, but she’s going to be cruel if she can get away with it. Charlotte is no dummy though and asks questions and carefully weighs her options before choosing her gift. The year is 1805 and Charlotte’s options are limited. So she decides to shift into a man and apply as a secretary to a Lord from an ad she sees in the paper. She may be a poor relation now, but at one time her mother and father made sure their daughter had a well-rounded education. She’s confident she can do the job. She’s not so sure about being a man. Luckily, Lord Cosgrove takes a chance and hires her, uh, him, uh, Charlotte who is now Christopher Albin. Lord Cosgrove is having some difficulties that a mere secretary would have a hard time helping him to investigate. But Charlotte is in a unique position. She can change into any person or animal and sneak into places neither one could go. The plot is twisty, the characters are wonderful, and Charlotte’s adventures into shape-shifting are fun to witness. Add some romance to the mix (it’s complicated) and it’s the perfect storm. I had a hard time putting this book down. I couldn’t wait to see what was on the next page. Who was the one causing Cosgrove all the trouble? When would he find out about her shape shifting? What would happen when he did? The suspense builds at a steady pace until the big finale. Wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much angst, and shape shifting, and tears, and rage. Doesn't make me want to read more books of this series.
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Yes, I read the whole book. As annoying as it was; I just have to complete a task. (There's probably a name for this behaviour) but I found the whole paranormal crap quite annoying.
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
I've loved all the books about the Baleful Godmother. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. On Charlotte's twenty fifth birthday she was granted a wish by a Fairy who owes a favor to the female relatives of the one who did the the favor. Charlotte is living with an aunt and uncle who really don't like her. She is called Charity so she won't forget her place. When she is granted her wish, it is metamorphosis. She can change into any animal she wishes including a different human. She decides to turn into a young man who takes a job as a secretary to Lord Cosgrove. She finds she is falling in love with him. She keeps getting aroused and her pego gets stiff. This is not acceptable so she wishes it to go down. This keeps happening. Lord Cosgrove likes the young man and answers questions that are inappropriate but never suspects he is not what he seems. Someone is targeting Lord Cosgrove by breaking windows and other acts of vandalism. Charlotte who is known as Crispin helps find out who and why he is being targeted. It has to do with Lavinia,the Lord's deceased, unfaithful wife. Miss Brown who is Charlotte begins an affair with Lord Cosgrove. During an attack on Lord Cosgrove, Crispin/Charlotte turns into a bear and chases the attack away giving away his secret as well. Crispin just tells Lord To strive that he was granted a wish, but not that he is really a woman. The Lord still doesn't know it is Charlotte/Miss Brown. Something Crispin does gives away that Charlotte is Miss Brown and Crispin. He throws Crispin out but he gets hurt and helps him heal. Will Lord To strive take Charlotte/Crispin/Miss Brown back? There are secrets that hurt, incest and much more going on. It was somewhat confusing unless you were really on your toes. I did not care for the changing back and forth and the deception. Just too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read a couple of this authors books and thought I'm not going to like this one. Boy was I wrong! Great story, got into it immediately and hated putting the book down even to cook dinner.
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Vesper1931 More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Appleby is totally surprised to find on her 25th birthday that she has been granted a wish from her Faerie godmother - but can she choose wisely. Given her current situation she becomes a man, and applies and is given the position of secretary to Lord Cosgrove. Unfortunately someone is trying to destroy Cosgrove's reputation and kill him. Can they solve the mystery of who and why. Really enjoying this series though I have not read them in the right order. The writing style is very easy and enjoyable to read and I like the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little prepostrous but enjoyable. The biggest mystery was how the author was going to reconcile the romance between a human and a shape shiffter. Since I enjoyed the romance, l was happy with her solution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining book. I really enjoyed the story from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved this story. It has such an unusual plot to it. I read alot, so to have something a little different is great. I'm looking forward to the other books in the series.