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Don't Want You Like a Best Friend

The cover for debut novel DON'T WANT YOU LIKE A BEST FRIEND: Two Victorian debutantes, one brunette in a green and creme dress, one taller and blonde in a gold dress, stand slyly holding hands in front of a silhouetted purple crowd of partygoers, in front of deep coral windows. Author: Emma R. Alban. Blurb at top of page: "Top-tier wit, spice, and swoons!" - Evie Dunmore.
Cover designed and illustrated by the incredible Leni Kauffman

US On Sale:

January 9th, 2024 

from Avon Books

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Gwen has a brilliant beyond brilliant idea.


It’s 1857, and anxious debutante Beth has just one season to snag a wealthy husband, or she and her mother will be out on the street. But playing the blushing ingenue makes Beth’s skin crawl and she’d rather be anywhere but here.


Gwen, on the other hand, is on her fourth season and counting, with absolutely no intention of finding a husband, possibly ever. She figures she has plenty of security as the only daughter of a rakish earl, from whom she’s gotten all her flair, fun, and less-than-proper party games.

“Let’s get them together,” she says.


It doesn’t take long for Gwen to hatch her latest scheme: rather than surrender Beth to courtship, they should set up Gwen’s father and Beth’s newly widowed mother. Let them get married instead.


“It’ll be easy” she says.


There’s just…one, teeny, tiny problem. Their parents kind of seem to hate each other.


But no worries. Beth and Gwen are more than up to the challenge of a little twenty-year-old heartbreak. How hard can parent-trapping widowed ex-lovers be?


Of course, just as their plan begins to unfold, a handsome, wealthy viscount starts calling on Beth, offering up the perfect, secure marriage.


Beth’s not mature enough for this…


Now Gwen must face the prospect of sharing Beth with someone else, forever. And Beth must reckon with the fact that she’s caught feelings, hard, and they’re definitely not for her potential fiancé.


That’s the trouble with matchmaking: sometimes you accidentally fall in love with your best friend in the process.

USA Today

More Than a Best Friend

11th January, 2024

from Viking Books UK

UK + International English Language On Sale:

Cover designed and illustrated by the incredible Leni Kauffman

Book 2 of the Mischief & Matchmaking Series:

You're The Problem, It's You

Cover designed and illustrated by the incredible Leni Kauffman

US Preorder:

August 27th, 2024

from Avon Books

The enemies-to-lovers queer Victorian romance follow-up to Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend, in which a young lord and a second son clash, but find themselves thrust together again and again by their meddling cousins.

“That man is, without a doubt, the absolute most obnoxious…

Bobby Mason is sick of being second best: born the spare, never trusted with family responsibility, never expected to amount to much. He’s hungry to contribute something that matters, while all around him his peers are squandering their political and financial power, coasting through life. Which is exactly why he can’t stand the new Viscount Demeroven.


James Demeroven, just come of age and into the Viscountcy, knows that he’s a disappointment. Keeping his head down and never raising anyone’s expectations is how he’s survived life with his stepfather. To quiet, careful James, Bobby Mason is a blazing comet in his endless night, even more alive than he was at Oxford when James crushed on him from afar. But Mason is also brash and recklessly unapologetic, destined to shatter the fragile safety of James’s world. Worst of all, he keeps rubbing James’s failures in his face.

…hottest man to ever walk the ton.”

They can barely get through a single conversation without tensions boiling over. Neither Bobby nor James has ever met a more intriguing, infuriating, infatuating man.

If only they could avoid each other entirely. Bad enough their (wonderful but determined) cousins Beth and Gwen keep conveniently setting up group outings. But when an extortionist starts targeting their families, threatening their reputations, Bobby and James must find a way to work together, without pushing each other’s buttons (or tearing them off) in the process… 

You're The Problem, It's You

August 15th, 2024

from Viking Books UK

UK + International English Language Pre-Order

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Cover designed and illustrated by the incredible Leni Kauffman
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