Flame and Ember

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A heartbroken man, a frustrated spinster, and a marriage of convenience that proves quite inconvenient.


Simon Kingsley is in desperate need of a wife. After years of searching, he finally found love. Unfortunately, she wed another, and now, it’s time to settle for someone with whom he can share his life. Love is no longer an option for a man whose heart is irrevocably broken.


Mina Ashbrook longs to marry for love but knows she’s too old, too plump, and too plain to catch a gentleman’s eye. And a marriage of convenience is better than being a spinster sister living off her brother’s charity. Simon may not love her now, but Mina knows there’s hope—if she can convince him that love comes in many forms.


Will Mina find a way to heal Simon’s heart? Or will the shadows of the past keep them from finding happiness together?

Though part of the Regency Love series, each book is a standalone sweet historical romance and can be read in any order.


"This is a delightful Regency, and I can't believe it's Nichols' first one. I recommend this book to fans of Regency romance and those who enjoy a romance with an unusual heroine. If Ms. Nichols publishes another Regency, I'd definitely like to read it."

Amazon Review

"I admit that I was irritated that this story was so captivating that I couldn’t put it down. Here I am, awake in the middle of the night because I HAD to know how it ended..."

Amazon Review

"This sweet love story was 'give me the chills' good..."

Amazon Review

"...It captivated me to the point I stayed up all night long just to hear the ending."

Audible Review

"It has been some time for this tremendously avid reader to have stumbled upon such a wonderful story! Wow! This story held such depth and breadth of understanding the frail human nature! I was extremely impressed with how this story unfolded..."

Goodreads Review

"Didn't want to put it down."

Amazon.uk Review