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When tragedy strikes, taking with it the only family Anastasia Lintel has ever known, she must adapt to an unexpected new life.

 

London 1830…

 

Anastasia never wanted for more than a simple existence, arranging flowers in her father’s shop, catering to the soft-palmed elite. However, Nathaniel Fitzpatrick, Duke of Avondale, descends on the flower shop like an invading storm, removing Anastasia from her ordinary world with little explanation, and thrusting her into his extravagant life.

 

She quickly realizes the Duke is the least of her troubles when she meets his four scandalous brothers. Each sibling is rivaling in intensity, physical prowess, and the unrelenting quest to see her gone, but none is as dangerous as their leader, Clinton Fitzpatrick.

 

With their wealth, power, and mystery, these Lords set a stage that is far from ordinary. Anastasia could lose herself in their glittering world that is anything but what it seems. She must be able to survive them until she turns one-and-twenty, or gets married, whichever comes first.

 

Anastasia’s litany of questions regarding The Duke’s guardianship over her will have to wait while she tries to figure out how to manage her new role and the tormenting Lords that come with it.

 

 

What Readers are Saying

 

“I have a NEW BOOK BOYFRIEND!” – DJReader, Amazon Reviewer

“Before you even finish with the FIRST CHAPTER the author has ENTANGLED YOU.” – Girly Girl Book Reviews

 

“Lords is a fast, EXCITING READ. It definitely ticked off all my boxes.” – Mommy Needs a Book

 

“I have yet to be bored with a Stacy Von Haegert book, and I can happily say that at this rate, I never will! FANTASTIC read!” – Brittney Still, Amazon Reviewer

 

“What men! This was one of the BEST STORIES I’ve read this year!” – Donna, Goodreads

 

Excerpt

 

Anastasia caught up to Clinton at the stables, after she had given a piece of her mind to his horrid brother. Fletcher had just laughed, clearly pleased that he, once again, held the upper hand. She was fuming by the time she spotted Clinton, leading a pretty horse into a small outdoor arena.

     

Anastasia gathered what was left of her pride and made her way over. “I want you to know that what you saw back there was not what it looked like.”

                            

 “How can something not look like what it is? Tell me, does this horse look like a cow?” He turned the chestnut loose.

                            

 Anastasia shook her head in frustration. “Your brother was…”

                            

 “It does not matter what it looked like.” He faced her. “It only matters that it does not progress.”

                            

 “I assure you, it will not. If you could just keep your brother away…”

                            

Clinton chuckled. “That will not happen. You will have to stay away from him.”

                            

Anastasia found her hips with her hands. “That would be easier if he did not pop-up in private bedchambers, and turn innocent dances into scandalous fabrications fit for the gossip columns.”

                            

 “No dance is innocent when executed correctly,” he replied with a smirk. “As for the bedchamber part, I will talk to him. Now, have you ever ridden a horse?”

    

Anastasia decided it was best to bypass any questions she now had regarding the various virtues of dance. “Thank you.” She paused as the horse trotted by. The prancing chestnut’s sweet equine scent kicked up all sorts of fond memories from days past. “I have missed that smell. I used to watch the Palace horses for hours when I was little,” she explained. “I always wanted to ride them, but father said they were not for riding. Not by us, anyway.”

                            

“You lived close to the Palace?”

                            

 “No, we lived there, but only until I was five.” She continued to watch as the regal creature shook its long neck. “My father was the head gardener.”  The animal made a second pass. This time its intelligent, dark eyes looked into hers. They reminded her of Clinton’s, confident and mysterious. “What breed is he?”

                            

Clinton did not respond immediately, but when Anastasia looked at him, he was studying her closely. “He is an Arabian,” he answered, his sights still fixed on her. “How old are you?”

                            

“I am seventeen.” She titled her head, bemused. “What does my age have to do with riding?”

                            

“Nothing, I was just curious.”

                            

“Needless to say, I am most excited about this lesson,” Anastasia replied, attempting to steer the conversation back on course. “I have always loved horses. When can I mount him?”

                            

“You cannot,” he said flatly. “He is mine.” Clinton nodded toward a paddock on the hill. “You will learn on her.”

                            

Anastasia followed his line of sight to the short, swayed-back, old nag, ready to nod off where she stood beneath a shade tree. “Oh.” She supposed starting on a more docile horse was best for a beginner. “She is lovely.”

                            

The snort that followed left her wondering which beast had produced it. She turned her head to see it was Charles, newly arrived and leaning over the fence. “She has one foot in the grave. It will give you good practice, if you ever need to sit in a bowl.”

                            

“Best that she learn to sit first,” Clinton stated. “Riding will come after she has a feel for her seat.”

                            

Charles clapped his hand to his thigh. “Who are you? And, what have you done with my brother?” he laughed. “Surely you do not think she is too demure for a real horse?” Charles winked at Anastasia when his brother looked back at the mare. “I bet our cousin here can handle a pretty wild ride.”

                            

The last comment earned him a stern look from Clinton. “Why don’t you focus on your own lessons, Charles?”

                            

The younger Fitzpatrick merely leaned against the fence and smiled. “I have nothing better to do until then.”

                            

Clinton hoisted himself over the fence’s railing and picked up a bridle that was hung over a post. “Maybe you will learn a few things.” He headed for the larger paddock.

                            

Anastasia was left no choice but to follow after him. To her annoyance, Charles also trailed them. She could practically feel his gaze on her bottom as they walked towards the old mare. Do not pay him any mind, she instructed herself, even as her teeth ground together. 

     

Instead, she focused on Clinton’s backside, and immediately felt guilty for her hypocritical nature. He had discarded his jacket already, leaving his linen shirt to cling, unabashedly, over his large shoulders and back. The thin fabric concealed just enough to make a curious mind wonder what divots and trails lay beneath it. 

   

Her eyes wandered lower, past a trim waist secured tightly with a wide leather belt, to a sight that should probably be illegal. Snug black pants hugged two perfectly tight cheeks that cut in ever-so-slightly at his hips.  For reasons beyond her understanding, she wanted to run her hand over the rise of his ass and follow down that rivulet that led to those muscular thighs. Good Lord! The man was sculpted better than the statue of David.

                            

He stopped suddenly, his gaze swinging sharply to his right. Anastasia nearly stumbled over her own feet and her cheeks heated. This was all she needed, to be caught ogling one of her captors’ sinfully perfect backside.

                            

Mortified, she quickly cut her eyes to the horse. “What is her name,” she inquired, trying to recover from her wayward thoughts.

                            

 “Shh,” he ordered.

                            

The intensity of his tone took her aback. “Is she skittish?” Anastasia lowered her voice.

                            

“Take Anastasia back to the house, now!” he said tightly, his sights locked on whatever it was he spied across the pasture.

                            

Anastasia was beyond confused. She tried to shield her eyes from the sun and strained to see off in the distance, to where Clinton was looking. The rolling of the hill made it impossible from her shorter vantage point.

                            

“Come on.” Charles took her by the elbow, a stony expression replacing his earlier mirth. “I will be right back,” he confirmed, as he pulled Anastasia back toward the stables.

                            

“No,” Clinton countered. “Start your training with her. And Charles,” The look he shot his brother brooked no argument. “Say nothing.”

                            

The next thing Anastasia knew, she was being led quickly across the lawn and shuffled through the front doors, without another word as to what on earth was going on. 

 

 

 

 

 

A Few Reviews

 

Linda S Adams

5.0 out of 5 stars Unparalleled Author and story

Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2021

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I don’t usually like to say what the story is about or hints about the book because that gives away too much but I do like to give accolades to the writer the author and this author is unparalleled. While reading her books you become engrossed so much that you can see the characters face their expressions you can feel the emotions they’re feeling it says if you’re right there to me that is a unique talent and Stacey has that talent. Her stories have everything in it and there’s no guessing what’s coming up next because you just don’t know she keeps you enthralled. No there is some sexual tones in the book but it is done with class and it’s a beautiful experience. I recommend this book I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in reading it thoroughly and grossing exciting romantic book this is it ladies the book you’re looking for. I will be looking for her other books and I hope she comes up with a sequel to the Lords they are after all four other brothers who are equally as exciting as Clinton was I just love this book I really loved it I will read it again it’s an unforgettable book she’s an unforgettable writer

 

KcDuchess

5.0 out of 5 stars Vivacious characters and enigmatic plot entwined into amazing novel!

Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2017

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I had no idea what to expect when I started to read Lords and I it is an understatement, that I was positively surprised!

 

Lords is a historical romance, and I loved how Stacy Von Haegert portraits the period. The food, clothes, surroundings and how people behave… Von Haegert has done her homework well. Reading this book, it felt more like watching a movie in my head rather than just reading. Lords is a literary time machine.

 

The plot is consturcted in an ambiguous way, keeping the reader interested all the way to the last page. I like how the novel carries many storylines intertwining them into a perfect book. Anastasia is a shop keeper’s daughter. She loses her father in an accident, and suddenly she is wrenched from her familiar surroundings, and she finds herself living in a household of lords, all unattached and free to roam. She needs to find out what is behind this peculiar and unconventional arrangement. As it turns out, there are others after the same answers, and there are many twists and turns before the truth is out.

 

The characters are vivacious, and they have a depth to them. Anastasi is feisty and smart, yet delicate and feminine. Oh, and the Fitzpatrick men… they are vigorous, hard-headed, loyal and ready to fight for what they believe in.

 

Kindle Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars Historical has never been more amazing!

Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2017

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OH. MY. GOD!!!

 

How on earth did the author manage to create such a magnificent story is beyond me! The characters are so powerful you can realate and feel each and every one of their feelings. You find yourself actually living their experiences with them. And the epilogue made me cry my eyes out! I swear the marriage proposal is as romantic as, if not more romantic, than Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice one!!! It was absolutely breathtaking!

Lords has become without a doubt my favourite historical romance and I was convinced that the author could not top Perkin’s story in the White Rose Trilogy.

A must read for sure!!! You will absolutely fall in love with Ana and Clinton!!!

 

DCaruthers

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written love story that is unforgettable.

Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2021

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This is a book that you won’t regret purchasing and getting lost in. A perfect love story written by an author that has an amazing ability to weave an unforgettable tale written so well that I felt lost in the pages of her book. I not only fell in love with the main characters but his whole family and hope to read their stories too in the near future. I am looking forward to book 2 in the series. Well done!

 

Stacie

4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book

Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2017

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This is the first book I have read from this author, and I have to say I was impressed. The time period was rare, that in-between time between the Regency Period and the Victorian. Anastasia is a flower shop owner’s daughter… or so she thinks, and Clifton is a brother of the Duke who takes her in after her father dies. It was well written and the plot flowed well. There were a few surprises in the plot that I liked.

 

The only things that kept this book from being a 5 star review were the use of Titles. Under her fictitious name of Anastasia Littleton, Anastasia should have been addressed as “Lady Anastasia” not “Lady Littleton” as she wasn’t married to a Lord Littleton, but suppose to be the daughter. And the King should have been addressed as “Your Majesty” not “Your Royal Highness” or “Your Highness,” those were his titles before ascending to the throne.

 

I do look forward to reading more from this author.

 

Lori Hammons

5.0 out of 5 stars I totally love this story and especially the Fitzpatrick brothers

Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2017

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I totally love this story and especially the Fitzpatrick brothers. Anastasia’s life is turned upside down (or is it right side up) when her shopkeeper father is fatally wounded in an accident. She is left as a ward of a Lord she has never met, who has 4 very obnoxious brothers. What the brothers don’t realize is they do indeed need Anastasia’s female influence in their lives. If only she can convince them she is not what they think. But then maybe Anastasia is not what she thinks, either.       

 

 

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