Melanie Hilton on 1949 in Norfolk, England, UK. She has been immersing herself in history, real and fictional, for as long as she can remember, and her first attempt at historical fiction at the age of eight was three pages of improbable medieval drama set in the local castle. Some considerable time later she joined forces with a friend and became one half of the writing partnership Francesca Shaw -- what began as a decidedly tipsy storytelling session in a Burgundian vineyard led on to a series of Historical Romances, all but one set in the Regency period. Career changes meant that the partnership had to end and she now writes as Louise Allen about her favorite historical period alone -- which means she can keep all her gorgeous heroes to herself.
She lives in England in a village in Bedfordshire with her long-suffering husband who is not only a wonderful cook, but also the perfect inspiration for every romantic hero imaginable. All their spare time is spent at their Norfolk cottage on the coast where, although they have no pets, they are permitted to share the garden with a very bossy pheasant called Percy.
Harlequin Historical - 1197
WHAT USE ARE DRAWING-ROOM MANNERS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT? Falling unconscious in the Egyptian sand at Cleo Valsac's feet is not part of Lord Quintus Bredon Deverall's plan. He's supposed to be whisking this young widow away from her father's dusty camp and back to England -- to her aristoc...
Harlequin Historical - 1189
A lady with a secret sorrow Reeling from heartbreak, Lady Laura Campion transformed herself into the infamous Scandal's Virgin of high society -- flirtatious, alluring and utterly shocking -- yet always stopping short of absolute ruin. But now she has new hope -- the daughter she thought lost i...
Harlequin Historical - 1182
A journey into pleasure… The night before dissolute Lord Denham is about to embark on his grand tour, he meets an unexpected complication. In boy's clothes that barely conceal her delectable curves, his childhood friend Lady Althea Curtiss -- desperate to escape an arranged marriage -- arrive...
Harlequin Historical - 1169
A lord in want of a wife Ruined and on the run, Julia Prior is in desperate straits when she meets a gentleman with a shocking proposal. Certain he is close to death, William Hadfield, Lord Dereham, sees Julia as the perfect woman to care for his beloved estate when he is gone -- if she will fi...
Harlequin Historical - 1153
What does it matter if society spurns me? Following a disastrous incident at a house party, Lady Isobel Jervis is exiled to the country to avoid further scandal. At the imposing Wimpole Hall, she meets architect Giles Harker. He is as eye-catching as the elegant house, but shockingly arrogant-an...
Harlequin Historical - 1137
THE SECRET LIFE OF MISS PHYLLIDA HURST Having survived the scandal of her birth with courage and determination, the beautiful Phyllida has reached a precarious balance within the ton. And in just one moment Ashe Herriard, Viscount Clere, blows her world and her carefully made plans to pieces. ...
Harlequin Historical - 1121
TO OBEY HIS DUTY IS TO DENY HIS HEART Anusha Laurens is in danger. The daughter of an Indian princess and an English peer, she's the perfect pawn in the opulent courts of Rajasthan. Even so, she will not return to the father who rejected her. Arrogant angrezi Major Nicholas Herriard is charge...
Harlequin Historical - 1111
Hugo, Earl of Burnham, hates Christmas! Snowbound in widow Emilia Weston's cozy alehouse, with her young twins, he's surrounded by festive preparations. Hugo's cynical heart is in danger of being melted…. How much longer can he avoid the mistletoe? ...
Harlequin Historical - 1081
A SHOCK PROPOSAL Sophia Langley's life is in turmoil. When she learns of her estranged fiance's death in a shipwreck, the last thing she expects is for his twin brother, Callum Chatterton, to make a shock proposal! Her inner romantic objects to a marriage of convenience -- and brooding Cal makes ...
Harlequin Historical - 1077
SHIPWRECKED -- AND SCANDALOUS! Shipwrecked and washed up on an island, Averil Heydon is terrified -- and being rescued by mysterious roguish naval captain Luc d'Aunay doesn't calm her fears! Virginal Averil knows that falling for Luc is dangerous, but the pull of their sexual attraction is delicio...
Harlequin Historical - 1073
Vivacious lady Perdita Brooke prides herself on her social poise...except when faced with devastatingly dashing Alistair Lyndon. The dreamy young man Dita once knew is now a hardened rake, who clearly does not remember their passionate night together...however much it's emblazoned on her memory! ...
Harlequin Historical - 1060
OUT OF THE BROTHEL... Wrongly accused of theft, innocent Celina Shelley is cast out of the brothel she calls home and flees to Quinn Ashley, Lord Dreycott, for safety. But the heat in the daredevil adventurer's eyes tells Lina that the danger is just beginning.... AND INTO THE RAKE'S BEDROOM! Lina...
Harlequin Historical - 1056
FROM PRIM AND PROPER… Seduced, abandoned and pregnant, Arabella Shelley is determined her baby’s father will support them. Horrified to discover his death, she is shocked at the demand of his brother, the handsome, inscrutable Viscount Hadleigh. To legitimize her unborn child, she must marry hi...
Harlequin Historical - 1052
FROM SERVANTS' QUARTERS TO MASTER'S BEDROOM! Meg Shelley eloped to escape her reverend father's iron rule. Now widowed and stranded in France, she's desperate to return to her sisters. When Major Ross Brandon is left unconscious on the Bordeaux docks, Meg grabs her chance -- posing as his wife, ...
London, 1814 Innocent Laurel Vernon is living a nightmare after being kidnapped and put up for auction in one of London's most notorious brothels. Only the memory of private enquiry agent Patrick Jago gives her strength. Even though she only knew him for a few days, Patrick made her feel both pr...
Harlequin Historical - 1020
Major Hal Carlow is a self-confessed rake and is not fit company for the impoverished and proper Miss Julia Tresilian. But Brussels just before the battle of Waterloo is a social hot-house that throws them together. Hal is certain that he does not want a wife. Julia knows she must make a sens...
Harlequin Historical - 996
FROM IMPOVERISHED MISS TO RESPECTABLE WIFE The closest milliner Nell Latham has come to high society is making fashionable bonnets for ladies. But when she's asked to deliver a message to the Earl of Narborough, she's soon swept up in a web of intrigue and scandal! Marcus, the Earl's sinfully sex...
Lady Rowan Chilcourt agrees to masquerade as a simple lady's maid to help her friend avert an undesirable marriage. But while working among the servants she meets the handsome Lucas Dacre. As Christmas approaches, Rowan begins to fall for Lucas, until she discovers that she isn't the only one masqu...
WE'VE HEARD TELL OF THE SHOCKING HIGH-SEAS ADVENTURES OF A CERTAIN HIGH-SOCIETY LADY -- MISS R --! Alone and in danger, Clemence Ravenhurst is forced to flee her beloved Jamaica, and she falls straight into the clutches of one of the most dangerous pirates in the Caribbean! Nathan Stanier, disgra...
RUMORS ABOUT THAT SENSIBLE LADY M -- HAS FALLEN FOR THE INFAMOUS MR. H -- Lady Maude Templeton has turned down many a marriage proposal. Why? She wants to marry for love--and her heart is set on one man alone. Theater owner Mr. Eden Hurst is sexy, talented, intelligent--and resoundingly ineligibl...
Hidden behind a mask, Jonathan Kirkland, Lord Redcliffe, has disguised himself as a highwayman to win a wager: to collect kisses from the first five women who pass. With only one kiss left, victory seems easy...until he encounters Miss Sarah Tatton, who has fled on horseback to escape her vile fian...
WE HEAR THE NOTORIOUS MR. R -- HAS HAD HIS ATTENTION CAUGHT BY THE UNLIKELIEST OF TREASURES... Stumbling upon his dowdy cousin Elinor on the Continent, Theo Ravenhurst hardly believes his luck. His dangerous lifestyle appears to have finally caught up with him, and her family connections could be ...
A DASHING BEAUTY IS LAYING WASTE TO THE TON, BUT NEVER DID WE EXPECT PERFECT GENTLEMAN LORDS -- TO BE ENTRAPPED BY SUCH BEHAVIOR! Rumors fly that Gareth Morant, Earl of Standon, is to be wed. He cannot honorably deny them, but he won't be forced into marriage. Encountering a respectable governess...
A certain proper lady of our acquaintance is flirting with ruin. yet even the most virtuous would find it hard to resist such a dashing soldier... Freed from her unhappy marriage, Belinda, Lady Felsham, plans to enjoy herself. She suspects that the breathtakingly handsome Major Ashe Reynard is e...
It is whispered about the Ton that one Mr. R -- long known for his ability to escape the honest bonds of matrimony in favor of a dishonest day's work -- has finally met his match! He knows that escorting the haughty Grand Duchess of Maubourg to England will not be an easy task. But Jack Ryder, s...
Harlequin Historical - 877
Julia Livia Rufa is horrified when barbarians invade Rome and steal everything in sight. But she doesn't expect to be among the taken! As Wulfric's woman, she's ordered to keep house for the uncivilized marauders. Soon, though, Julia realizes that she's more free as a slave than she ever was as a s...
Harlequin Historical - 892
The liberty of trade... Miss Bree Mallory has no time for the pampered aristocracy! She's too taken up with running the best coaching company on the roads. But an accidental meeting with an earl changes everything.... The luxury of the Ton... Soon, beautiful Bree has established herself in...
Desperate to escape the respectability of English high society, despite the paroxysms of panic from her in-laws, wealthy widow Lady Morvall runs away to Middle East-alone. Until in Constantinople, she finds herself with the decidedly improper Andrew Fenton - an enigmatic man who is very keen to te...
Harlequin Historical - 849
RESPECTABLE GENTLEMAN...ACCIDENTAL PIRATE! Benedict Casper Chancellor, Earl of Blakeney, is the kind of elegantly conservative English lord that Alessa despises. She wants nothing to do with him--even if he is shaped like a Greek statue come to life! But the maddening man seems determined to wre...
Harlequin Historical - 830
A sparkling Regency Christmas in a sleepy English village! Guy Westrope, Earl of Buckland, was not a gentleman used to encountering opposition to his will. But the quick-witted, stubborn and delectable Miss Hester Lattimer was proving to be more than a match for him.... Local ghost stories...
"Do you always get your own way, Miss France?" "I try to," Lily confessed. "I do not see the point of being extremely rich if one does not get the benefit from it." Miss Lily France has launched herself upon the Marriage Mart in style! The wealthy and beautiful heiress is determined to honor her ...
Betrayed by marriage Miss Marina Winslow assumed she would never marry. Then Justin Ransome, Earl of Mortenhoe, proposed a sensible, practical, passionless match. Marina knew it was madness to accept his bargain when she had tumbled head over heels in love with him, but his honesty touched her. P...
Harlequin Historical - 982
COULD HE REALLY FIND HER ATTRACTIVE? Miss Decima Ross knows for a fact that her overbearing family regularly remind themselves to 'Marry Off Poor Miss Dessy'. But who would ever want a graceless, freckled beanpole like herself? Hearing that she is once more to be paraded in front of an eligible...
Is she a highwayman's bride... Marrying a highwayman awaiting execution is Miss Katherine Cunningham's only hope -- for that way her crippling debts will die with him. But it turns out that her new husband, Nicholas Lydgate, is innocent -- and the son of a duke! or the wife of a marquis? Kather...
She would go to the ball! Before, Miss Talitha Grey had been penniless and without marriage prospects. Now she'd inherited a fortune and, thanks to Lady Parry, she was to be launched into society! Tallie vowed to make Lady Parry proud by being the model débutante...But Tallie was harbouring a sham...
Harlequin Historical - 809
RUNNING AWAY FROM LOVE! Miss Joanna Fulgrave has turned herself into the perfect society catch to be worthy of dashing Colonel Giles Gregory. But all her hard effort to improve herself comes to nothing when it looks as if Giles is about to propose -- to someone else! Deciding that bad behavio...
Harlequin Historical - 793
Hebe Carlton had little idea of her own charm until Major Alex Beresford arrived on the island of Malta. She made no attempt to cast out lures and treated him with warm practicality, showing an insight and ability to read him that few others had managed. His attentions made Hebe blossom, and her st...
The rake had lost his memory...Beautiful widow Amanda Clare woke up in a strange bed, lying next to a tall, dark, very handsome stranger! Knocked out in a stagecoach accident, they'd been rescued and it had been assumed that they were married - reason enough to put them to bed in the same room! Ama...