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Just when she agrees to settle for an arranged marriage, Geni falls in love– with a man who thinks she’s somebody else…

Geni Bayles has made some pretty poor choices when it comes to men. So she finally agrees to meet the suitor her mother has chosen, a painfully shy baronet from the country. When she encounters Sir Richard Latimer, however, she finds him witty, considerate and charming—but only because he thinks she’s a maid. She decides to continue the deception just long enough to learn his true personality.

Richard knows he has a duty to marry a rich woman to restore the estates on which so many people depend. But he would give anything to marry a fun, clever girl like the maid he’s just met. And just kissed.

He’s fallen for the right girl for the wrong reason. She’s made the wrong move for the right reason. They just might be perfect together—if it weren’t for the complete lack of trust.

Illustration to 'She Stoops to Conquer' 1885 Edwin Austin Abbey 1852-1911 Presented by a group of admirers through John Singer Sargent 1924

Illustration to ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ 1885 Edwin Austin Abbey 1852-1911 (Courtesy of The Tate Britain)

The Story Behind the Story:

Deceptive Behavior is a modern take on Oliver Goldsmith’s 18th Century farce She Stoops to Conquer.  Technically, it’s the third book in the Love & Lunacy series, but the common thread between the stories is the connection with the crazy Wright family, so the plots aren’t dependent on one another and the books can be read in any order. I did want to recapture the crazy energy of the first books, however, so as with A Certain Want of Reason and The Appearance of Impropriety, I wrote most of the first draft of Deceptive Behavior during a NaNoWriMo challenge.

I’m not sure how the idea popped into my head, but once it did I realized it fit perfectly. I already had some of the characters and plot devices in place such as the brother with no qualms about tricking people and the confidante with her own thwarted love story.  As I continued to write, I realized that my tale really begins where Goldsmith left off. In his play, we see a couple fall in love despite a case of mistaken identity, and when the deception is resolved, everyone laughs. Then the audience applauds and the curtain falls. But what happens after that? Now two people are married who don’t really know each other and are not sure whether they can trust one another. And the real fun begins!


“Dolan pens a delightful Regency farce. Fans of the genre will enjoy the case of mistaken identities that Geni (aka Lizzie) and Richard land in. While the hero and heroine are both interesting and sympathetic characters, it is the secondary cast that truly steals this show. The eccentric siblings Helen and Geoffrey and the parents of all of the families attending this small house party create moments of comic genius that make this story stand out from the crowd.”
–Kate Girard, RT Book Reviews

“This has to be one of the funniest historical romances I’ve read in months. From the beginning you become enraptured with a cast of characters that are truly eccentric.”
–Angieleigh, Romancing the Book Reviews

Favorite Quote: “Perhaps I was distracted by the sight of your mother falling into her plate of potatoes.” (selected by Romancing the Book Reviews)

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Historical information and interviews that tell the stories behind this book:

Have women gotten sluttier over time? Or do romances just make it seem that way?….

About beagling and other hobbies…

Guest Kate Dolan

About Almacks 


Austen fans take heed