A Lady’s Guide to Ruin (#1)

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A thief and a fugitive from the mental hospital where she was falsely committed, Joan Price is now on the run from her former partners in crime. But luck must be on her side—just when it seems all is doomed, she runs straight into the arms of Martin Hargrove, Earl of Fenbrook, who mistakes her for his distant cousin, Daphne. 

Lord Fenbrook has no intention of marrying, and certainly doesn’t consider his notoriously scatterbrained cousin a prospect. But her flighty persona seems to hide something far more intriguing—a secret self she trusts with no one. And Martin is determined to earn that trust…

When Martin’s sister discovers Joan’s charade, they strike a bargain: Joan can remain within the safe walls of Birch Hall, as long as she doesn’t allow Martin to fall in love with her—for their flirtation would surely ruin them both. She’s convinced she poses no threat to his heart, but she’s beginning to realize that her heart may be the one in danger. Especially as he seems very set on seducing her


“I highly recommend Kathleen Kimmel’s A LADY'S GUIDE TO RUIN. It is a Regency-era romance made special by the heroine, though the hero is delicious too and the plot engaging [...] I eagerly await the next in the series, A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO SCANDAL. It is, after all, lovely to discover a new author.”

Amazon Book Reviews

“[A] Regency-set debut […] enhanced by the excellent character development.”

Publishers Weekly

“Kimmel’s debut has plenty of plot, loads of action and a large cast of characters to keep readers interested [...] Kimmel demonstrates a talent for storytelling.”

RT Book Reviews

“Birch Hall is a lovely setting for a romance, and Kimmel describes the place beautifully. A LADY’S GUIDE TO RUIN is filled with steamy romance, secretive adventures, and well-developed characters that will have readers anxiously awaiting the second book in the Birch Hall series.”

Fresh Fiction

“A fast pace, a surfeit of diverse characters, and a complex plot add up to an engaging story and a credible debut with a most satisfactory conclusion. “

Library Journal

“The fact [that Joan] truly is such a different heroine makes for a fascinating aspect all on its own but when you add in all the elements of this story it was an adventure I couldn’t put down [...] I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys strong characters and solid stories.”

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