Wednesday, December 20, 2023

NOW IN PRINT! The Viscount of Shadows (The Rakes of St. Regent's Park #6) by Karyn Gerrard @KarynGerrard #Historical


                                                          The Viscount of Shadows 

(The Rakes of St. Regent's Park #6)

KG Publishing 

Release date: Nov 14, 2023

Cover by EDH Professionals


Oliver Wollstonecraft, Viscount Tensbridge, and recent member of The Rakes of St. Regent’s Park, has a secret: he leads a double life. He sits on a progressive parliamentary committee by day, crafting laws to benefit the less fortunate. But by night, Oliver tests those values, acting as The Sentinel, a masked protector of the underprivileged. Nothing shakes his stoic resolve until he comes to the aid of a bold and fiery woman who turns out to be a lady detective. She awakens emotions Oliver believed were well hidden.


Claudia Ellingford has secrets of her own. The illegitimate daughter of a villainous duke, she spent the past ten years surviving on the streets. Recently hired by The Galway Investigative Agency, Claudia relishes her exciting new occupation. But nothing prepared her for seeing a masked man lurking in the shadows and patrolling the alleys of a notorious section of London. What is more shocking is that the stuffy viscount who hired her is the vigilante that stirred her dormant desire.


Claudia and Oliver become swept up into a perilous situation, with a vicious criminal determined to discover The Sentinel’s true identity. But what is also in danger is their hearts, facing their doubts, and finding a path to lasting happiness.


Vigilante Viscount! Lady Detective!



Claudia scanned the crowd and located Nottingham. By all accounts, he was good-looking if your preference ran toward smug, middle-aged elites. The baronet already had a pint of bitter in one hand and a plump woman in the other. He buried his face in the woman’s generous bosom, his mouth latching on to the barely-revealed nipple peeking out of her low-cut blouse. The woman laughed naughtily, whispering in his ear. Someone grabbed Claudia’s shoulder and spun her about, pulling the shawl from around her head. The garment fluttered to the ground. Three men stood before her; their gazes were lascivious and threatening. She had expected this, as a woman alone was unsafe in this area.

“Here, sod off and all!” she yelled, using her Irish accent. “I belong to Grindhouse Pete, eh? So, you’d best shove off and leave me be, you bleedin’ muckshites!” Claudia had no idea if Grindhouse Pete was still in control of this part of the rookery, but the men’s hesitation meant the name still carried some weight.

“Pete won’t mind if we have a taste,” one man rumbled. “I’ve never had me a redhead afore. Wonder if she’s red—down there?” The other men chuckled salaciously.

“A taste?” She slowly raised the hem of her frayed plaid dress, giving the men a flash of leg. Claudia stealthily reached for her knife. “A taste of what, ducks?”

With the men now distracted, she grabbed the knife from her rawhide holder and swung around in an arc, making contact. 

One of the men screamed, his hand covered his cheek. Blood oozed between his fingers. “The bitch cut me!”

Before Claudia could react or reply, someone dropped down from above. In a flash of dark leather, the tall man—she assumed it was a man considering the width of the shoulders and the muscular build—battered one of her attackers with what appeared to be a truncheon. 

He then spun to face the other men, pulling a large dagger from his coat. “This is my territory,” the muffled voice dangerously hissed as he held the blade to one of the men’s throats. “Leave now if you want to live.”

The men needed no further inducement. They grabbed the beaten man, brought him to his feet, and hurried out of the alley. The tall man turned to face her as he tucked the knife away. 

His territory? 

Be damned if she would wait for this leather-clad rookery boss to lay his hands on her. Claudia lifted her leg and kicked him right in the bollocks. Or at least she hoped so, as ascertaining the target remained challenging in the dark. She must have made at least partial contact as the man descended on one knee, his breath expelling in wheezing gasps.

“I was trying to help you,” he bit out.

“I don’t need any assistance,” she replied, speaking in her own voice. “I had the matter under control. Who are you?”

The man grunted as he stood. “The Sentinel, at your service.”


“You’re a vigilante? Really? Why?” Vigilantes were not unheard of in the seedier sections of London, and many people considered them a necessity, considering there were segments of the city that coppers refused to police. Someone had to protect the poor. But Claudia thought those urban tales came from a London of long ago. How interesting.

“And who are you?” he asked, disregarding her questions. 

She took a step closer to get a better look. The man was encased in leather from head to toe, from the long coat, waistcoat, shirt, trousers, boots, and scarf around his head. Claudia could not tell if the mask hiding his facial features was leather. Perhaps not. He slipped his truncheon into his belt, the dagger under his coat, then pulled his floppy hat lower over his brow to conceal his eyes. 

Claudia reached into her cleavage and handed a card to him. “I am with The Galway Investigative Agency. Sorry about the kick. I thought you were a rookery boss.”

“I’ll live,” he mumbled. Claudia surmised that he took the card and slipped it in his coat pocket, for it was too dark to read the thing anyway. “Then go about your investigating and be gone. It is not safe hereabouts. And you shouldn’t carry anything that can identify you.”

“I am aware it is not safe,” she bellowed. Although Leather Man had a point about the card, she would never admit it aloud. Althea and Eleanora had mentioned it might be best not to carry identification. Claudia should have surmised they meant the business cards as well. Live and learn.

He stepped toward her, but Claudia held her ground. He clasped her arm and brought her in close enough that she caught a brief and faint whiff of bergamot and lime. She always had an excellent sense of smell. The odor was an expensive men’s cologne, meaning this man was not working class. Though the mask muffled his voice, he did not have the cadence of the lower stations of society. 

She raised her chin defiantly, catching his gaze—and a brief glimpse of light-colored eyes, though she could not quite make out the shade. Blue, gray, or green? It was hard to tell. The Sentinel pulled her into the shadows, causing her to gasp and grab his arm. Solid muscle flexed under her grasp.

“A further word of advice,” the deep, muted voice intoned. “Before kicking men in the bollocks, ascertain if they are friend or foe.” He nuzzled her neck, causing a frisson of awareness to pass through her. And a jolt of excitement.

He released her arm and stepped farther back into the darkness.

“I will do as I like!” she called out.

 But she was talking to damp, foggy air. The Sentinel had disappeared. 

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Karyn Gerrard is a multi-published author from the East Coast of Canada. She loves to write sensual historical and contemporary romances. Tortured heroes are an absolute must.

 Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keep her moving forward.
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