A Fop and His Fortune, a novella by Zelah Meyer.
It’s currently available for Amazon Kindle, and on Smashwords. A print version is also available.
Please note – there appears to be an issue with Kobo UK not listing the books, though they are on the US store. As a work-around, Kobo users in the UK can purchase an epub version via Smashwords.
Sir James Beauleigh hasn’t seen Jenny Davenport since they were children. Arriving to take over his late uncle’s estate, he accidentally overhears Jenny complaining that her family is hoping for a match between the two of them.
When James decides to tease the Davenports by pretending to be a vain and foolish fop of a man, he doesn’t expect the act to last more than a day.
However, when Portia Perrault (a femme-fatale low on finances but not on audacity) falsely declares that James is her long-lost fiancé and threatens to use a local law to entrap him into marriage with her, the foppish pretence may be the only way for James to escape her clutches.
The trouble is, Portia doesn’t care how ridiculous he appears as long as he is rich and titled, and he is fast falling in love with Jenny, who holds him in disgust.
It will take a masked ball, a duel, and more than just a powdering of persuasion to resolve matters.
A Fop and His Fortune is a lighthearted romance set in a Regency-flavored make-believe world.