Victorian-inspired HF with f/f Romance - doppelgängers, decadence, and deception
Hey! I’m Sophia. I live in the Bay Area and I write a column for Audiofemme about the local music scene. I love punk music, baking, and making art with colored pencils and watercolors.
Favorite Authors: JKR, Tamora Pierce (if you have anything even remotely comparable to her style, PLEASE MESSAGE ME!), Laura Ruby, Cassandra Clare, Sally Rooney
I’m not the best person for angels, fae, dragons, blood magic, or heavy gore.
Under pressure from her status-hungry aunt and uncle, orphan Carolina hopelessly pursues the unpredictable William. However, her infatuation catches the attention of a Spinner, a devious trickster from local legend. Claiming to want to help her, the Spinner splits Carolina into two different versions of herself–the confident high society girl she wishes she was, and the drab farm girl she feels she is.
When her attempts to cover up her Other self end up exposing William’s dark secrets, Carolina must take him hostage to prevent him from ruining her chances at living a normal life again. Determined to find a cure for her “problem,” Carolina embarks on a journey across the Nightlands with the mysterious and beautiful ex-servant Elizabeth. Searching for answers, Carolina will encounter a mansion of debauchery, have conversations with cockroaches, and master of her own brand of magic, all while balancing emerging feelings for Elizabeth, who has secrets of her own.
Meanwhile, her Other self stays behind, covering for both of them. But as William gets closer and closer to escape and a malevolent witch begins to stalk Carolina’s every move, keeping her two selves separate seems less like safety and more like an invitation for trouble.
If they are all to survive, Carolina must find a way to pull herself together–literally–before her precarious new life of magic and adventure comes crashing down around her.
Carolina dug her fingers into her arm under the table. He must feel her eyes on him, how they raked his face like a knife across a plate.
His eyebrows raised slightly as he regarded her across the silver bowl of fruit. He must have felt her watching him, the hot coals of her eyes burning a trail of fire across the laden table. She looked away, staring instead at the lace edge of the tablecloth, but she knew he had read her too easily.
I want you.
Curse her uncle for being friends with his father. She couldn’t understand why Lord Bryon kept him around; her uncle was so desperately trotty. If given the opportunity, he would plate Lord Byron in gold and prop him up in their entry hall like a trophy.
Whatever her aunt and uncle thought, the regard of the Wheatons felt much more like a curse to Carolina. Maybe they joked about pairing her up with William, maybe they kept sharing not-so-secret glances and nudging the two of them into forced conversation, but it was much too late for pleasantries; Carolina’s feelings for Lord Byron’s only son had become a dull, aching thing that clawed its way up her throat whenever he looked her way.
I want you so badly.
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