Deborah Simmons

USA Today Bestselling Author

The Last de Burgh


February 2013

The final book of the series focuses on Nicholas, the youngest of the de Burgh brothers. After making a vow to a fallen knight, Nicholas is thrust into a world of arcane relics, hidden messages, the powerful Knights Templar, and the mysterious Emery Montbard, who is not what she seems. But Nicholas harbors a secret, too, and faces a foe even the de Burghs cannot best.

"Beautifully written... Deborah Simmons is a master of combining intrigue with history." - Cataromance



Glory and the Rake


January 2012

Glory Sutton is determined to revive Queen's Well, the spa that has been owned by her family for hundreds of years. But someone doesn't want the once popular watering hole to reopen. Could it be the Duke of Westfield? Glory finds the nobleman's sudden interest in her business unnerving. Yet she must work with him to solve the mysteries swirling around the age-old waters, including a certain legend about love. . . A 2012 finalist for the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

"This historical romance has danger, intrigue and a thrilling mystery." - Romantic Times

"Captivating reading." - Long and Short Reviews

The Gentleman's Quest


February 2010

After the events that occurred in The Dark Viscount, Christopher Marchant retreats from the world. But the arrival of an enigmatic young woman forces him into actione. Soon the two are on a frantic quest to find a volume of forgotten lore, while avoiding a host of unknown pursuers. A finalist for the 2011 Daphne du Maurier Award for Mystery/Suspense.

"Deborah Simmons pens a tale filled with danger and intrigue, and don't forget the romance, in The Gentleman's Quest." - CataRomance

"Fast-paced action, dark secrets and an interesting couple make this a quick, light roller coaster ride of a read." - Romantic Times


Reynold de Burgh: The Dark Knight


August 2009

Reynold de Burgh left his family and its legacy behind, but is he fleeing from his destiny or running toward it? When he is told that he must fulfill a quest to slay a dragon and rescue a damsel in distress, Reynold thinks it the stuff of legends. Yet he soon stumbles across a deserted village, where a beautiful woman begs for his help . . .

"It's a romantic story of a true knight in shining armor and the woman who inspires him to slay dragons. Engaging characters, authentic dialogue and lots of surprise twists captivate readers." - Romantic Times

"Deborah Simmons has penned a novel designed to leave a smile on your face when you turn the last page." - CataRomance

The Dark Viscount


October 2008

Siblings Kit and Sydony Marchant are thrilled by the legacy of a medieval manor house, but their new home is plagued by odd rumors and strange discoveries. Intrigued by the overgrown maze that looms over the rear of the property, Sydony delves into its disturbing history. But even more disturbing is the sudden arrival of Viscount Hawthorne, a former neighbor with whom she shares a history of her own.

"Simmons grabs readers with a well-crafted Regency-set romance. A stormy, bleak landscape; a dark, unwelcoming manor house and mysterious goings-on in the overgrown ominous maze lend a chilling gothic flavor." – Romantic Times

"Dark and dangerous doings make The Dark Viscount an excellent and enjoyable read." – CataRomance

"The Unexpected Guest"


The Brides of Christmas Anthology

November 2005

The holiday anthology is reissued by HQN in a beautiful trade sized edition with large type. Included here, "The Unexpected Guest" is the only novella to focus on a member of the de Burgh family.

"Deborah Simmons is a talented writer whose stories I always look forward to reading - and this one is no exception." - All About Romance

A Lady of Distinction


May 2004

When Morgan Beauchamp delivers a shipment of artifacts to Egyptologist Lady Juliet Cavendish, it is rumored that he has unleashed an ancient curse upon the household. But Lady Juliet is more concerned with the explorer's ability to unleash her passions, urging her from her staid existence toward a life of adventure. A 2005 RITA Finalist originally published by Berkley.

“A Lady of Distinction has a large element of suspense to hold your interest throughout the story, a more sensual tone. . .humor and wit to spare, and adventure to keep you reading for hours.” – Romance Reviews Today.

"A bit of THE MUMMY and a lot of Indiana Jones merge in this entertaining nonstop read...Simmons creates engaging characters and spices up her romance with plenty of action and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat." - Romantic Times

A Man of Many Talents


June 2003

After Christian Reade, Viscount Moreland, debunks a famous haunted house, he is inundated with requests for his services. Although he has no interest in ghosts, he finds himself answering a summons from the intriguing Miss Parkinson of Sibel Hall. Originally published by Berkley.

"Deborah Simmons presents a charming Regency "Ghostbusters" with a little mystery twist and a sweet confection of a love story." - Romantic Times

“Readers looking for a light, funny, and smart story can find it here.” – All About Romance

"The Notorious Duke"


The Love Match Anthology

March 2002

When a friend wagers Pagan that there is at least one woman who is not dazzled by his charms, he accepts. But he finds himself schooled by Scholastica Hornsby, a member of one of Brighton's most eccentric families and an outspoken advocate of the budding movement for women's rights. Then all bets are off as "The Notorious Duke" makes a Love Match.

"Simmons never fails to please her fans." - Romance Reviews Today


My Lady de Burgh


November 2001

Blaming the rash of family weddings on some sort of curse, Robin de Burgh tries to find a cure, but instead he stumbles across murder, mystery . . . and his own mate.

“Would you like to read a funny, sexy story with enough atmosphere to transport you to the past, but one that does not overdose you with period language or history lessons? Deborah Simmons’ latest might just fit the bill.” – All About Romance

"A dash of mystery, a smidgen of humor, a full serving of romance with a hint of 'double, double, toil and trouble' make this my new favorite of the de Burgh series - but only until Deborah Simmons writes the next one." - Romantic Times

"The Bachelor Knight"


A Knight's Vow Anthology

September 2001

Sir Berenger Brewere receives an urgent summons to the keep of his old patron, Clement St. Leger only to be greeted by Clement's daughter instead. Guenivere enjoins him to remember his vow to the St. Legers, but marriage to her is asking too much of him. And how can Beren fulfill his duty without facing his past?

"Nice fun, this story." - Mrs. Giggles

"The Companion"


The Officer's Bride Anthology

May 2001

In Simmons' heart-warming novella "The Companion", a destitute relative hired by the dowager countess of Hawthorne is taken aback to discover her duties involve the earl himself, a veteran of Waterloo.

"Readers will be in for a treat - make that three treats, with The Officer's Bride." - All About Romance

“Simmons once again delivers characters that steal your heart.” – Bookaholics

My Lord de Burgh


October 2000

Stephen de Burgh, the black sheep of the family, is offered a chance to redeem himself by escorting a mysterious heiress to Wales. But unlike most women who swoon over the handsome charmer, Brighid l'Estrange wants nothing to do with him.

“And in this wonderful story - as is the rule in this stellar series - the heroine is a unique, fabulous gem, and with her healing abilities, her hero’s perfect match!” - Affaire de Coeur

"Deborah Simmons continues this series with her usual skillful recreation of time, place and character, and achieves a luminous novel about a journey toward a celebration of self, and a love story not to be missed." - Romantic Times

The Gentleman Thief


January 2000

Amateur sleuth Georgiana Bellewether stumbles across a jewel robbery and eagerly pursues the thief. But as she matches wits with the nobleman responsible, he steals her heart as well in this Regency romp, a Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist.

"Definitely reread material, one to savor again and again." - Mrs. Giggles

"Not only is it witty, romantic and funny, it is beautifully written. . .I laughed from the first page, not only at the charming repartee between the hero and heroine, but at the many clever twists and turns the story takes." - All About Romance

"The Unexpected Guest"


The Brides of Christmas Anthology

December 1999

In this USA Today bestseller, Deborah Simmons revisits Campion Castle, where the worst weather in living memory threatens to curtail the de Burghs' celebration until the arrival of a mysterious visitor who changes the course of the holiday - and their lives.

"The Brides of Christmas is a delightful, funny, magical and joyful Christmas read." - Romantic Times

Robber Bride


April 1999

The third in the de Burgh series finds Simon set upon by a band of brigands - led by a woman. Has the great knight finally met his match?

"The latest de Burgh brother's downfall is totally captivating." - Affaire de Coeur

“The de Burgh series just keeps getting better and better with its gripping tales of love, power, passion, and adventure.” – Rendezvous


The Last Rogue


September 1998

Although Viscount Raleigh enjoyed playing matchmaker to his friends, he never anticipated his own nuptials. But when circumstances force him to wed Plain Jane Trowbridge, he finds married life to his liking in this Regency romp.

"The Last Rogue is a prime example of master storyteller Deborah Simmons' character-driven plots...filled with wonderful sensuality and a basic joy of living." - Under the Covers

"Charming, delightful, and funny too! The Last Rogue is one of the most delightful books I have read this year. The dialogue was hilarious, the main characters were adorable, and the supporting characters were perfect. I give this book keeper status - five hearts - two thumbs up - and, an A." - All About Romance

The de Burgh Bride


February 1998

The second title in the popular de Burgh series finds Geoffrey de Burgh ordered to wed the Fitzhugh, an infamous termagant who killed her first husband in cold blood. Can the scholar of the family tame his bride?

“Deborah Simmons has a way with words and the turn of a phrase that is truly beautiful in its rendition.” – All About Romance

"Once again, Simmons has brought together wonderful and passionate characters...in this thrilling and dangerous story." - Affaire de Coeur

"A Wish for Noel"


The Knights of Christmas Anthology

November 1997

In Simmons' first novella, "A Wish For Noel", world-weary knight Benedick Villiers returns to his keep to find an unwanted ward determined to celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas - and give him the most precious gift of all.

"...most emotionally fulfilling of the tales." - The Romance Reader

"Delightful reading!" - Rendezvous

Tempting Kate


July 1997

Kate Courtland is determined to wreak revenge upon the Marquis of Wroth, the man said to have compromised her sister, but when she waylays him at gunpoint, both the lady and the nobleman end up with more than they bargained for . . .

"With Tempting Kate, author Deborah Simmons has proven that she is a multiple personality author, capable of writing in more different styles than any other romance author this reviewer has read." - All About Romance

"Deborah Simmons' utterly delightful and charming light romance is a sweet and steamy little confection that is sure to charm Regency readers." - Romantic Times

Maiden Bride


September 1996

In this sequel to The Devil's Lady, Nicholas de Laci seeks revenge upon his old enemy. But marriage to the man's niece changes his mind - and his life - in ways the wounded warrior never imagined.

"Maiden Bride's plot is excellent, enchanting, and exciting...I couldn't put it down." - Rendezvous

"Maiden Bride has humor, sensuous love, and tremendous characters that make it a sure bet!" - Literary Times


The Devil Earl


May 1996

Dark and brooding and rumored to have done murder, the Devil Earl was everything Prudence Lancaster's imagination could conjure and infinitely more seductive than anything she had ever created. In his presence, the dreamy authoress became a sultry sleuth, hungry to solve the mystery of Ravenscar's missing brother and to save the Devil Earl from his own wicked legacy.

"Absolutely magnificent, TDE demands reread after reread." - Mrs. Giggles

"The Devil Earl is a wonderfully written romance, complete with passion, love, mystery and a terrific cast of characters." - Romantic Times

Taming the Wolf


September 1995

The first of the de Burgh family series focuses on the eldest of the seven bachelor brothers. Ordered by his father to escort Lady Warenne back to her home, the Wolf of Wessex soon has his hands full in this road romance.

"What an adventure! Taming the Wolf was funny, challenging, and exciting, with an underlying danger to heighten the senses. This romance was sooo good!" - Affaire de Coeur

"This thrilling, fast-paced romance presents a breathless love story and a whole family of promising Medieval heroes." - Romantic Times

The Vicar's Daughter


February 1995

Known for his devotion to duty and order, the earl of Wycliffe finds his carefully planned schedule - and his entire life - uproariously upended when he meets the vicar's daughter.

"The Vicar's Daughter is a fun-loving adventure that is absolutely wonderful!" - Affaire de Coeur

"Delightful, simply delightful!" - All About Romance

"This one has found a place on my shelf for keepers." - Rendezvous

The Devil's Lady


October 1994

In Simmons' first medieval, Aisley de Laci must take a husband from among King Edward's knights. Determined to elude the altar, she chooses the reclusive Baron Montmorency, but her plans turn awry when she is summoned to Dunmurrow, the baron's isolated keep, to marry a man so shrouded in dark rumor and shadow that she never sees his face.

"Simmons guarantees the reader a page-turner as she skillfully weaves a tapestry of words about a tormented man and a woman who leads him from the darkness of hell into the blazing light of love." - Romantic Times

The Squire's Daughter


February 1994

Although Justin St. John scorns The Worthington Curse and all else in his scandalous existence, his one-time neighbor is not so sanguine. The squire's daughter, all grown up and determined to rescue her former idol from he hedonistic ways, manages to engage his heart and unravel an old mystery, as well.

"Simmons demonstrates her growing talent in this murder mystery Regency romp." - Affaire de Coeur




Silent Heart


August 1993

A French noblewoman who ventures into the heart of Revolutionary Paris in search of her father finds allies in a mute stable hand and a mysterious savior known only as the Panther in this homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel and eighteenth-century France.

"A historically accurate and well crafted tale." - Romantic Times

"A powerfully poignant romance..." - Affaire de Coeur

Fortune Hunter


July 1992

In Simmons' second book, Viscount Sheffield is in need of a wealthy wife to save his heritage. But none seems to suit him except Melissa Hampton, whose contempt for her suitors has earned her the title of Lady Disdain. Can the fortune hunter change her mind and rescue them both?

"Fortune Hunter is a light-hearted, delicious Regency romp that tickles the reader's funny bone." - Romantic Times

A Heart's Masquerade


October 1989

Danger forced her to don a disguise. Love forced her to risk all.

Genteel Catherine Amberly flees her childhood home for adventure on the high seas, but the threats she thought left behind follow her into the heat of the tropics. And soon she faces a more potent danger in the form of Ransom Duprey. The privateer captain has his own enemies and suspicions about the beautiful young woman who seems to know him better than he does himself. Originally published by Avon.

"This is a fun-filled adventure with pirates, villains, lords and ladies, suspense, romance, and much more." - Bookbug