Lori Hilden is the author of historical and time travel Regency romances.
In 1990, Lori read her first historical romance novel by one of her favorite authors, Johanna Lindsey. She’s been hooked on the Regency Period ever since.
Starving to learn more about history and to capture the authenticity of the time era she loves, Lori attended the University of Michigan, where she graduated at the top of her class, earning a Bachelor’s in history and a minor in art history. She’s been typing away on her computer ever since.
Finding time to write hasn’t always been easy for Lori, who has a son 15 months older than her boy/girl twins. She lives in Michigan with her husband, three children and two dogs.
Book Two in the Bewildering Love Series
A VENGEFUL PLOT SET IN MOTION…
Throughout his life, Aiden Northwood, the Earl of Sinclair, was told by his mother that Lady Veronica Witley was responsible for taking away his father’s love. After the passing of his father, Aiden travels to London to right the wrongs of his past.
A CHANCE WORTH TAKING…
Lydia Witley doesn’t know what to make of the dashingly handsome Aiden Northwood. The man blatantly jeopardizes her reputation with his obvious desire of her, and yet her resistance toward him is futile. Lydia knows with surety that they will marry and she awaits the earl’s proposal with growing impatience.
When lies unfold turning existing love into travesty, can second chances and forgiveness be found?
The Vengeful Earl is a historical romance set in the Regency Period during the Napoleonic Wars. It is book two in the Bewildering Love Series.
Book One in the Bewildering Love Series
The Feeling of Destiny…
Lady Evelyn Marie Manning finally arrives amid the excitement of the London Season. Can she find the perfect suitor? Paxton Witley, the Earl of Devonhurst, is noble, unbelievably handsome, protective, and kind. Evelyn finds it difficult to focus on her suitors when he is near.
Once Bitten, Twice Shy…
Paxton Witley is in London to find his sister a husband. But he has no intention of getting married himself, ever. Even so, his fight to distance himself from the persistent Lady Evelyn proves futile. He finds Evelyn achingly beautiful. He can’t help being captivated by her honesty and her growing feelings toward him.
Danger comes in many forms. Will Paxton be able to save Evelyn from a French spy holding her captive? Does Evelyn know enough of the earl’s past to protect herself?
The Perfect Suitor is a historical romance set in the Regency Period during the Napoleonic wars.
A Frightening Stalker…
Desirea Leighton, a Hollywood starlet with a quick temper, arrives in London for a photo shoot, only to find herself hiding with a woman in a closet. But this closet holds a tunnel, and the tunnel is really a wormhole that leads to nineteenth-century England, where they meet three very angry Regency lords with trust issues.
A Desperate Escape…
Panicked, Desirea flees the Regency lords and she hides in an alley, shaking with fear and confusion as night descends. The handsome victor of a nearby brawl proves to be Desirea's hero.
The Duke of Lancaster, Ellis Pemble takes Desirea home with him, but not for the reasons Desirea assumes. The duke decides to incorporate Desirea into his household.
The spoiled starlet is not happy to find herself downgraded to the position of maid, and she sets out to win the heart of this single-minded duke with a superiority complex.
A Feeling of Belonging…
Ellis and Desirea fall in love, but Ellis refuses to contemplate marrying his maid. Among nosey, flirtatious neighbors, Desirea and Ellis are able to prevent scandal with the stories they concoct, but there is one neighbor who knows the truth, and she sets out to destroy the love Desirea and Ellis share.
Desirea's Quest is a time travel, Regency historical with paranormal elements.
Book Two in the Alter Ego Series
Lady Clarissa Mayfield’s troubles have amassed. The most pressing, saving her father from harm. And if this means dealing with the pessimistic views of the devastatingly handsome Marquis of Camden, then so be it. Drawn toward the ridiculed, the daring Clarissa knows the recluse marquis is a troubled man. But she believes she has the wherewithal to save him.
Grayson Mathers, the Marquis of Camden believes himself unworthy of love, until he sees possibilities in the form of Clarissa Mayfield. The optimistic beauty intrigues him. Unfortunately, Grayson cannot garner an introduction with the young lady until he discovers why his only living relative is lying to him and how much trouble his family is in this time.
Unbeknownst to him, Grayson’s driver decides to kidnap Lady Clarissa. What’s even more shocking, is once she’s by his side, Grayson decides he must keep her.
The Ultimate Awakening…
Grayson and Clarissa’s story is a passionate journey of awakenings, of trying to move away from past terrors that haunt a person’s soul for eternity, and move into the light and comfort of love. Among quirky relatives and friends, lies and secrets, and antics that involve sneaking off to party of sexual favors, Clarissa and Grayson find true love through a process of healing and understanding, along with quite a few untruths and desperate plans.
Born Reckless is a historical romance set in the Regency Period.
A Desperate Escape...
London Miranda Burton has been dying inside since she lost her son. In a desperate attempt to feel alive once more, she quits her job and travels to London, England. While visiting an historic pub, she's pulled into a hidden time portal against her will. London finds herself hurtled into the nineteenth century.
Three Angry Regency Lords...
Lord Nankin, Declan Devinn, has his hands full with his seven siblings, his soon-to-open gentlemen's club, and the English government, the representatives of which don't wish to see him quit his life as a spy. Then a beautiful woman from the twenty-first century tumbles into his life. Regardless of his responsibilities, Declan is drawn to London Burton in a way he's never felt toward any woman.
London finds herself constantly blundering in the social setting into which she has been thrust, and she yearns for home. But Declan will do whatever it takes to capture this special beauty's heart and make her stay with him forever. When London's arrested for treason and later taken hostage by a traitor to the Crown, Declan proves he's a man she can count on — and she only had to travel more than 150 years into the past to find him.
London's Quest is a fast reading, humorous romp. Don't miss the next book in the Destiny Series, Desirea's Escape, the story about the mega celebrity Desirea Leighton who was responsible for pulling London Burton into the time portal while fleeing a stalker.
A case of mistaken identity…
Shunned by the majority of people she meets due to her illegitimacy, Abigail Gibbons is grateful when she's summoned from school by the Earl of Waterford to become his wife's paid companion. But unbeknownst to Abigail, the earl passes, leaving Abigail's uncertain future in his grandson, Jackson Danvers, bone-meltingly handsome hands. Upon meeting Abigail, Jackson serves her the greatest insult by accusing her of being his late grandfather's paramour. The scoundrel! But Lady Waterford is sweet, and Abigail takes the needed position…earning her a constant viewing of the man who's hooded gazes and lingering stares have the ability to make her blood simmer with desire.
A switch at birth…
To procure himself a necessary heir, the late Earl of Waterford switched his granddaughter Abigail Gibbons for a baby boy, Jackson Sethos Rameses Danvers, the newly made Earl of Waterford. The same domineering man who falls hopelessly in love and marries his grandmother's too lovely companion―only to have her deceive him in the end.
A family secret revealed…
Through, society's censure, an attempt to end Abigail's life, a mother who believes siblings are about to wed, and Jackson finding out his life was made up of falsehoods, Abigail and Jackson's love triumphs over the challenges. The headstrong Abigail refuses to allow her one true chance at happiness to slip away without a battle, while Jackson discovers how everything pales in comparison to Abigail's love. He realizes he is the man Abigail deserves…a man who has nothing left to lose but his heart.
A Necessary Heir by L.A. Hilden was a fantastic read. I am partial to historic fiction. I love reading about the London elite falling in love. This story did not disappoint. The entire process of falling in love, marrying and all the trials and tribulations that go with it were laid out in full. The only thing this book left to me wanting is more. I wish that it could go on forever. However, that cannot be.
Unlike your typical historic romances where the handsome aristocrat seduces the young girl into his bed before they have even wed, this young couple follows the propriety of the time. I like that. It is true to the period in every sense.
L.A. Hilden writes in a way that makes you feel like you are there. You have a vested interest in this couple's lives. When they hurt, so do you. Their joy is yours to share. My favorite line in the book is repeated numerous times. It is, “Stuff and Applesauce.” I can picture the matronly woman saying this. I can even picture my own grandmother using this line. It put a smile on my face each time I saw it.
This book will definitely please historical romance readers of all ages. Although there are a few sex scenes, they are not distasteful. The storyline is believable. It could honestly have happened to some or many. How many titled men would do anything for a male heir? I found myself angry for the characters and inspired by their strength as they worked through their own personal dramas.
I found it nearly impossible to put this book down. Each time I had to put it down, I dwelled on what would happen next. I wondered where the story line would lead. I pondered what I would do if I were in the characters shoes. I considered what I would do if it were my own story.
L.A. Hilden did an astonishing job with A Necessary Heir. I have never read another historical romance like hers. It is original and enjoyable. I look forward to reading many more of her books.
~Tiffany A. Higgins, children’s author
Reviewed on 06/14/2011 by ReviewTheBook.com Member Tiffany Higgins
This has to be one of my favorite book that I have read. The pace was smooth, allowing the reader to flow from one page to the next. It was also filled a few twists and turns along the way.
The characters were brilliant as well as. Abigail was a great character to watch and the more I read, the more I wanted to know more about her. As family secrets are revealed and love blooms, this novel will have you entranced.
A lovely historical romance well suited for adult readers.
Reviewed on 05/17/2011 by ReviewTheBook.com Member Angela Simmons
Rating: 4 Cups
Abigail Gibbons is beautiful and well educated, and has the bearing of a duchess. She is, however, illegitimate, and the stigma limits her choices in life and how the world sees her.
Jackson is the new Earl of Waterford. He is tall, blonde, handsome, and autocratic. He is at his wits’ end trying to sort out the mess his grandfather left behind.
Abby is grateful to the Earl of Waterford for offering her a position as companion to his wife. She suspects that he paid for her education at a good school. When she gets to London, she is distressed to find that the old earl has died and his grandson has no idea who she is. Insulted and distraught, she flees to a friend’s house. Jackson is soon put right by his grandmother and sent to find Abby. She loves her new position and employer, who treats her like a member of the family. The two fall in love, but an earl does not marry a bastard. Abby is not quite who she seems and neither is Jackson.
Ms. Hilden has written an entertaining and well researched historical romance. The characters are very real, with all of the virtues and foibles of people of any time period. Abby is a wonderfully sympathetic character who does not let her circumstances limit her. She also does not let anyone push her around. Jackson is overbearing but has a good heart. He is a bit too fond of making Abby jealous which can be annoying but overall I did like him. The plot grabbed my interest right from the start and held it to the very end. I really liked the interaction between the main characters and Abby’s friend Clarissa with her overbearing father and colorblind mother was a bit of comic relief.
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September 23, 2011
This review is from: A Necessary Heir (Paperback)
A Necessary Heir
A necessary Heir is a the greatest historical novel I have ever read. I love reading about people falling in love, and this story did not disappoint.The entire book shows the characters falling in love, marrying, and all the troubles that go along with it. This story is true to the period it was written for. L.A. Hilden has written this book, in a way to make the reader fell as if she is Abigail, showing all the feelings the young woman has. You can not help but smile as you read this story.
This book will please all readers, either historical romance or others. In the past, how many times have people given up their biological child to claim a male heir? It shows the strength that the young woman has growing up to think she was illegimate, when in fact she was the true daughter of the Earl of Waterford.
Once you pick this book up it is not reasonable to put it down until it is finished. I realized that someone has actually lived this life or something close to it. I recommend everyone to buy this book, as it is the best historical romance novel I have ever read. It is Enjoyable and I look forward to reading more of L.A. Hilden's books. Go and get yours....now.
Abigail Gibbons grew up with the stigma of being illegitimate. Not only was she born out of wedlock, she has no clue who her father is. In the time period she lives in, this is a major flaw, one that causes her to be an outcast. When she meets and falls in love with Jackson Danvers, the new Earl of Waterford, she fears her illegitimacy will keep him from being accepted into society if they marry. Then she finds out that the late Earl of Waterford switched Abigail and Jackson at birth in order to secure a male heir.
What do you do when you suddenly realize your whole life you were living a lie? Being stripped away of all you thought you were shows the world your true colors. Abigail and Jackson react very differently to the news. Both feel betrayed by the late Earl of Waterford and both are angry. Abigail has lived all her life being shunned, this has made her a very strong woman and it shows. Jackson, on the other hand, has had everything easy in life and doesn’t handle it as well as Abigail. He feels like he doesn’t deserve her now that he’s not the Earl of Waterford anymore.
L.A. Hilden’s A Necessary Heir is a well-written historical romance filled with strong characters. There’s love, betrayal, and angst. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it for fans of historical romances. With Hilden’s skillful pen, it’s easy to imagine yourself in Abigail’s place. Hilden does a wonderful job bringing to life the emotional ups and downs of her characters. The sex scenes are tastefully done; they are almost sweet and have an innocence to them that seems well suited to the time period. True to the genre, despite the trials and tribulations they face, there is a happy ending.
Reviewed on 03/31/2012 by ReviewTheBook.com Member Nicole Mahoney
Jamie rated it 4 stars
Lady Clarissa Mayfield is having a bad season. Her mother is picking out horrendous clothes for her to wear, her father’s life is being threatened and now she’s just been kidnapped.
Grayson Mathers, Marquis of Camden, is also having a bad year. He finds himself enraptured with Clarissa but he cannot pursue. His brother is mourning the death of his wife, which Grayson blames himself for. But his brother is keeping a secret and it could ruin the family, which is why he stays away from Clarissa. Until his driver decides to kidnapped the object of his desire for him.
I can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud while reading a historical romance in the first couple of pages. Poor Clarissa is kidnapped then found hanging with her legs out of the carriage window by Grayson, the man she planned to ask for help regarding her father. Grayson is just as stunned finding her in this precarious position and tries to make the best of it.
The chemistry between them is immediate. Clarissa wants to hate Grayson but she can’t help but fall under his spell. But with the secrets he carries he doesn’t want to pull her into his life. She doesn’t care though and works on earning his trust and love. She makes him feel, something that he doesn’t believe he deserves. She is there for him to confide in without judgment. She loves him unconditionally and won’t back down even when he tries to push her away.
“You, sir, are the one causing my distress.” Her fingers went to her temples. “How dare you insinuate that you had me kidnapped in order to protect me. The entire idea is preposterous. You have compounded my problems, not aided then. Oh, saints be praised. God save women from well-intentioned men.”
I thoroughly enjoyed Born Reckless. I was captured right in the beginning and I didn’t want to stop reading. I found myself falling for Grayson, even with his secrets, the same way Clarissa did. He’s a good guy. He’s not your typical Regency rake that we read about so much. He’s honorable, maybe not as much as he should be, but he wants to do right by Clarissa. He loves her and he’s not afraid to let her know. I like that about him.
Born Reckless is full of secrets and lies, but also full of romance. It’s full of witty dialogue that will have you laughing and secrets that will break your heart. This was my first book by LA Hilden but I will keep an eye out for more.
You get to see both London and Declan's sides to this story, plus a couple of the supporting characters which I love. So much is going on in the background while London is being held and it was nice to have the other points of view to tell the whole story. It was easy to follow the changes in view as well. I really enjoy time travel books and this one didn't disapoint.