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To Love and to Loathe

To Love and to Loathe

If you love Sophie Ranald, Jo Watson and Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons, you’ll love Martha Waters’ ingenious, laugh-out-loud rom-com, To Love and to Loathe!

‘Martha Waters’s To Love and to Loathe is sweet, sexy, and utterly fun. A love story with depth to match its humor, and refreshingly frank communication between its two headstrong leads – I adored it’ Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

Packed with saucy banter and delightful period details, this Regency rom-com is completely charming. Diana and Jeremy’s maddening and magical chemistry make this hard to put down’ Hannah Orenstein, author of Head Over Heels and Love at First Like

‘To Love and to Loathe is pure fun on every page. With their witty verbal sparring, steamy chemistry, and unexpected tender moments, Jeremy and Diana were made for each other but are the last to know it’ Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other and Twice Shy


The widowed Diana, Lady Templeton and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham are infamous among English high society as much for their sharp-tongued bickering as their flirtation. One evening, an argument at a ball turns into a serious wager: Jeremy will marry within the year or Diana will forfeit one hundred pounds. So shortly after, just before a fortnight-long house party at Elderwild, Jeremy’s country estate, Diana is shocked when Jeremy appears at her home with a very different kind of proposition.

After his latest mistress unfavourably criticized his skills in the bedroom, Jeremy is looking for reassurance, so he has gone to the only woman he trusts to be totally truthful. He suggests that they embark on a brief affair while at the house party – Jeremy can receive an honest critique of his bedroom skills and widowed Diana can use the gossip to signal to other gentlemen that she is interested in taking a lover.

Diana thinks taking him up on his counter-proposal can only help her win her wager. With her in the bedroom and Jeremy’s marriage-minded grandmother, the formidable Dowager Marchioness of Willingham, helping to find suitable matches among the eligible ladies at Elderwild, Diana is confident her victory is assured. But while they’re focused on winning wagers, they stand to lose their own hearts.


Praise for Martha Waters’ ingenious rom-com debut, To Have and to Hoax:

Delights with hilarious, high-concept romantic schemes…this joyful, elegant romp is sure to enchantPublishers Weekly, starred review on To Have and to Hoax

Cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed debut is served up with an abundance of cheeky charm and wonderfully wry wit’ Booklist, starred review

To Have and to Hoax is an authentic romantic comedyThis fun and fresh historical debut will delight readers with humor and romance as a young couple battles to win back each other’s affection’ Shelf Awareness

Endlessly charming…absorbing and clever and at times laugh-out-loud funny‘ Kate Clayborn, author of Love Lettering

To Have and to Hoax is a delightful battle of wits that’s funny and touching all at once. James and Violet are perfectly matched, and you’ll love watching the sparks fly as they both infuriate each other and fall in love all over again’ Jen DeLuca, author of Well Met

‘A laugh out loud Regency romp – if you loved the Bridgertons, you’ll adore To Have and to Hoax!’ Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Romance / Historical Romance

On Sale: 6th April 2021

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781472283887