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Devoted to the Crown, Larken's not about to let an interfering and not entirely innocent Mayfair miss disrupt his ruthless plans. Yet how can he be anything but tempted by this lady in a little black gown. Laurens presents two full-length novels of marriage and misapprehension. Jason, Duke of Eversleigh, was persistent, even though Lenore Lester had made it perfectly clear she was not interested. Lenore's brother Jack had every reason to hide the news of his recently acquired fortune -- he Lenore's brother Jack had every reason to hide the news of his recently acquired fortune -- he wanted a bride who would accept him for himself.
The Reasons for Marriage Lester Family, Bk 1 Lenore Lester was perfectly content with her quiet country life, caring for her father, and having no desire for marriage. She took steps to remain inconspicuous and tried her best to show indifference -- but no avail! The irresistible Duke of Eversleigh had found her out and was quite persistent in his affections Notoriously charming Jason, Duke of Eversleigh, could easily see behind Miss Lenore's brilliant disguise. Though the awkward lady hid behind glasses and pulled-back hair, she couldn't cover her beauty.
And Jason was ever determined to loosen the hold she had on her heart. She has to be attractive, kind, a good conversationalist If London society discovers his hidden wealth, he'll never find the right wife. Jack's heart races when he first lays eyes on Sophie Winterton. She is everything he desires -- and more -- but he is caught in his own trap. Believing that Jack needs to marry into wealth, Sophie rejects all his advances, certain he would never marry a poor girl like her.
As they play out a game of cat and mouse, can Jack convince her that she is the woman he wants -- and that he is the husband she deserves? The noise, pretension, and insalubrious odors of London have driven Miss Lavinia Taylor to a Cotswold village -- and a larger residence to accommodate her collection of stray animals. Her serene existence, however, is soon turned upside down by the neighbor she rescues from a curricle accident Her serene existence, however, is soon turned upside down by the neighbor she rescues from a curricle accident.
For while Charles Templeton may be a marquess and the handsomest of men, she judges him quite the clumsiest gentleman of her acquaintance. Why, then, is everyone below stairs plotting a match between them? A scandalous liaison has necessitated Charele's adrupt return to his estate. But country life quite robs him of his savoir faire -- not to mention his skill with the ribbons! And he cannot seem to win an argument with the sensible, bold Lavinia -- whom he deems a dowd even while he finds himself at her mercy.
How is it his servants find her as admirable as he finds her maddening This once-debonair lord must prove himself polished enough to engage her affections and win her heart forever Ian Lennard, the notorious Viscount St. Clair, need a wife and heir in order to keep his inheritance. So when a gossip column about his shady past destroys his engagement, Ian angrily confronts the anonymous Lord X-only to find that "he" is beautiful Felicity Taylor!
Since the dangerous rake is Since the dangerous rake is now short a bride, he decides that Felicity will do. Dark Whispers by Samantha Garver. Uncommonly tall and extraordinarily independent, Harriet Mosley regularly rushes in where other ladies fear to tread. Indulging her taste for adventure, Harriet's friends pay for her to visit a house of spirits, rumored to be haunted by figments of its tragic past.
Bow Street Runner Bow Street Runner Benedict Bradbourne is reeling from the loss of his business partner, who was murdered. Bradbourne's quest for vengeance has taken him from London's bustling streets and shadowy alleyways to a country estate whose corporeal residents may prove even stranger than the ghosts who supposedly dwell there. Intrigued by the bespectacled, mysterious Benedict, Harriet begins to feel the first flames of desire course through her blood.
But in the dark hallways of the ramshackle manor, something more sinister than ghosts stalks--and will do everything in its power to keep Harriet and Benedict apart forever Trapped in an old Saxon church, Lady Lily is dragged from her hiding place to the very feet of the warrior who's been hunting for her -- Radulf, the King's Sword, a man whose name all speak in fear. Yet when she looks into his coal-black eyes, it is not fear that makes her tremble So she lies to save her life -- and prays to save her heart.
Even though some instinct whispers that Lily's not who she claims to be, Radulf is helpless against his burning need to possess her. Furious when he discovers her true identity, he nevertheless marries her -- not to protect her from the king's wrath, he tells himself, but to keep a close watch on her. For Radulf was betrayed by a woman once before Irresistible Force Darius Carsington is a spectacularly handsome rake with a rare intelligence and no heart, a man who divides his time between bedding loose-moraled women and writing scholarly papers.
He finds society's "perfect darlings" exceedingly boring. But there's something But there's something intriguing, and not quite perfect, about faultless Lady Charlotte Hayward. He senses a crack under her polished surface, and finding it is a challenge he can't resist. Immovable Object Lady Charlotte is so beautiful, charming, and gracious that no one has noticed what an expert she is at Not Getting Married. Early on, she learned a painful lesson about trust.
In the years since, she's devoted her life to being all she ought to be? A Splendid Collision But the rules of attraction can easily overpower the rules of manners and morals, and sometimes even the best-behaved girl has to follow her instincts, even if it means risking it all. Handsome, eligible ranch owner Stuart York was not one to mince words. Ivy Conley, his younger sister's best friend, found out the hard way. During a night's stay at his Jacobsville ranch, Ivy wound up in Stuart's arms. The resulting fireworks singed them both Now, years later, Ivy is determined not to be treated like a little girl anymore.
Although still innocent, Ivy knows she has to fight her own battles, but for some reason Stuart is always fighting them for her, keeping her from harm. And safe in Stuart's arms Ivy feels like a woman And so she finds herself wed to a handsome, wealthy, and very distant stranger And so she finds herself wed to a handsome, wealthy, and very distant stranger. Jared seems determined to avoid her, leading a life of angry, drunken abandon.
Cassy has plenty of love to give, but how can she convince her husband to accept it? Since then, Jared has done his best to humiliate him by reveling in public debauchery--but his most golden opportunity presents itself when he is told he must marry to continue the family line. Cassandra Crawford--a social and financial nonentity--is perfect. He intends to ignore Cassy completely, thereby insuring that no heir is produced. But Jared never counted on his new wife's unexpected charm, compassion, and strength. Suddenly, his heart is launching a rebellion of its own, gradually drawing him into an unexpected love Beautiful Lady Katherine Steele was in desperate flight from the loathsome lord who threatened even more than her virtue after her husband's death.
Her only refuge was a castle deep in the heart of Scotland; her only safety lay in disguising herself as the widow of Lord Duncan MacLean, whose Her only refuge was a castle deep in the heart of Scotland; her only safety lay in disguising herself as the widow of Lord Duncan MacLean, whose death in far-off battle left the castle without a master. But Duncan MacLean was not dead. The devilishly handsome earl was very much alive--and his return to his ancestral home put Katherine at the mercy of a man who showed none.
MacLean would let her stay in this safe haven only if she played the part of the wife that she had pretended to be, and he made clear she had to play that part in every way. Katherine was torn between fear of the horrific evil that pursued her, and dread not only of MacLean's shameless desires but her own as well The Devil's Waltz by Anne Stuart. Christian Montcalm was a practical man, if a destitute scoundrel, but his plan to bed and wed the delectable Miss Hetty Chipple would take care of that sticky wicket.
However, there was a most intriguing obstacle to his success. Annelise Kempton desired nothing more than to come between this Annelise Kempton desired nothing more than to come between this despicable rogue and the fortune and virtue of her young charge. Certainly, Annelise understood the desperation that comes from hard times, but Montcalm would fail -- she would personally see to it.
All that stood in her way was a man whose rakish charm could tempt a saint to sin, or consign a confirmed spinster to sleepless nights of longing Spunky English girl overcomes impossible odds and outsmarts heathen villains. She knows everything a young lady Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont, is no knight in shining armor.
He charms, seduces, and leaves them -- with parting gifts of expensive jewelry to dry their tears. But good looks and charm, combined with money and rank, make him welcome everywhere. A Dove at Midnight by Rexanne Becnel. Born into a world of savagery and sorrow, Lady Joanna Preston had hidden her chaste, matchless beauty behind hallowed walls -- vowing never to love or take any man to husband. Never did she dream that one day a fierce and noble warrior-knight would come to claim Never did she dream that one day a fierce and noble warrior-knight would come to claim her Swearing eternal vengeance against a royal enemy, Sir Rylan Kempe, Lord of Blaeston, had ridden out in search of Lady Joanna -- heir to Oxwich Castle and the only woman who could help his worthy cause.
He found her cloistered away in a convent -- a virtuous enchantress who stoked the fires of a sinful passion, yet defied him at every turn. As the treachery of kings bound them together in holy union, his heart was conquered by this spirited maiden who demanded no less than her unconditional freedom -- and no more than his everlasting love. The Dragon Lord by Connie Mason. The Dragon Lord had no desire to wed an heiress he had never before seen. But a landless knight had few opportunities to win a barony, and a faithful subject had no choice but to obey his king.
Yet how to select a wife from the three women offered him? But a landless knight had few opportunities to win a barony, a a faithful subject had no choice but to obey his king. He had no taste for the grieving widow or the sharp-tongued shrew, so the meek virgin it must be. But high-spirited Rose knew she was no thornless blossom just waiting to be plucked.
Her gentle twin longed for a cloistered life, whereas Rose had never been known as a shrinking violet and was more than capable of standing up to a dragon. A clever deception would allow her sister to enter the nunnery while an unexpected bride awaited her unsuspecting husband for the most unforgettable deflowering of all.
Joanna was very relieved that Duque Rafael de Santiago was able to help her out of the embarrassing mess she'd got herself into -- but there were limits to her gratitude! She would not marry his younger brother, Manuel! The bizarre situation soon got completely out of hand, for Manuel The bizarre situation soon got completely out of hand, for Manuel tricked them both and publicly announced Joanna's engagement to Rafael.
What drove these brothers? They didn't consider Joanna's feelings at all! An ultimatum from her strict guardian, Lord Charles Gaunt, forces lovely young Miss Patricia Patterson to abandon her capricious and flirtatious nature and act the part of a perfectly well-bred young woman. Gareth Hamilton is stunned when he recognizes Emily Ensworth on his ship. The veil she wears is not enough to disguise her from him - or from the man hired to kill her. Whisking Emily to safety, Gareth realizes that the Black Cobra is on to them.
In order to protect her, Gareth must let Emily in In order to protect her, Gareth must let Emily in on the dangerous plot she is now intimately involved in. Emily Ensworth is no wilting flower. She knew the packet the dying soldier thrust upon her held vital information, and she has every intention of seeing it into safe hands. But she is also determined to bring the men trying to kill her to justice. Together, she and Gareth do their best to lure the Black Cobra and his men into the open. Putting their lives at risk draws Emily and Gareth ever closer together, the constant danger sparking a passion neither one can resist.
But with threats lurking around every corner, Gareth and Emily must work harder than ever to make sure that their newfound love isn't snuffed out before it ever has a chance. Not only had he been divorced under shocking circumstances from a young and innocent bride, but since that disastrous event he had Not only had he been divorced under shocking circumstances from a young and innocent bride, but since that disastrous event he had shown no scruples--and met no refusal--in conquering beauty after beauty.
The lovely Lady Leonora Talwin had heard all the stories about him and understood then only too well, having seen from her womanizing father's example how base and brutish men could be. Never, she vowed, would be fall victim to a rake like the scandalous Severne. But if Leonora thought she knew all too much about men, she knew far too little about her own foolish heart to daunt this lord who feasted on such feminine frailties Hidden Love Dashing Sylvester "Gil" Gilliland would no more think of ravishing -- much less marrying -- his comely childhood friend Chloe than he would his own sister.
But Gil's mother happily sees more to their bond than either yet realizes. And when the two innocents are And when the two innocents are caught in a deceptively compromising situation, she wastes no time in using it to her advantage -- and theirs Soon enough, the pair find themselves no less than engaged -- and no less than panicked at the very idea. But in a case of mother knows best, what seems a tender trap may free two stubborn hearts Cindy Territo is the janitor who cleans his office after hours. There's no reason they'd ever meet, no reason he'd even notice her There's no reason they'd ever meet, no reason he'd even notice her -- until, on a whim and a dare, Cindy crashes his company's Christmas ball.
She dances with her Prince and then, like a proper Cinderella, flees at midnight, leaving her heart behind. So when her father's business collapses and his most powerful enemy offers to help -- in exchange for Judy's company -- she agrees to join John McFarland on his remote Caribbean island. It isn't long before she discovers that John's far from the beast he seems to be! Even though society thinks her all but unmarriageable, Miranda Fenster still believes in true love.
She'll do anything to advance its cause, even confront the man whose disapproval is all that keeps her dear brother from making a romantic match. But Miranda's impetuous meeting But Miranda's impetuous meeting with the Duke of Kerstone has a far different outcome than she intended.
For when the cynical nobleman realizes she's been compromised by their tryst, he insists on nothing less than marriage. Now suddenly, the champion of fairy tale endings finds herself a most unlikely bride! But the other girl was not the stranger she had supposed. And the thrill of discovering a family she never knew existed was lost in knowing that the only man she could ever love belonged irrevocably to her sister.
Forced Offer by Gloria Gay. Society shuns Belinda Presleigh, believing she schemed to force a marriage offer from the Earl of Berrington. In spite of his resentment, the earl becomes attracted to Belinda, yet not in time to prevent her enemies from plotting against her. It was time to swallow his pride and face the obvious.
It would take a fortune to replenish his estate. He could neither borrow it nor earn it. Very well, he must marry it. Desperate and destitute, the devilish Lord Rival has drawn up a Desperate and destitute, the devilish Lord Rival has drawn up a list of wealthy women he might be willing to wed -- and Lady Olivia Fairfax is one of them.
But when he finally meets the mysterious spinster, she is not the easy conquest he expected Her quick wit, sweet temper, and passionate predilection for charity work completely entrance him and make it most difficult to bring his heartless seduction to its conclusion A Game of Scandal by Kathryn Smith. He had made a proposal of marriage But then they were, discovered in very compromising circumstances But then they were, discovered in very compromising circumstances -- and she disappeared. Now, years later, Gabriel enter's a notorious London gaming club to shockingly discover that the innocent woman he'd once wanted for his bride is now its seductive owner.
Lilith is astonished at the sight of Gabriel, and part of her longs to relive the days -- and nights -- spent in his arms. But the man she once loved can destroy the livelihood she has made for herself. For Gabriel is now a powerful man, one who is determined to shut down her establishment. Yet with each touch, each kiss, she begins to wonder if they could ever have a future -- and overcome the scandals of their past. Destitute and alone, Mina Halliday ventured into a notorious bordello and offered the only talents at her disposal -- her writing skill and her scandalous imagination.
Even if that means defying the orders of Chief Constable Salter Lambrick, a man who makes her feel like a wanton seductress instead of a plain-faced wallflower. Mina may be an innocent in a den of lust, but Salter detects the sensuality beneath her surface.
And uncovering the truth about the woman who stirs his deepest desires will be his most dangerous adventure yet…. The Glitter and the Gold by Marion Chesney. They'd been married under false pretenses. Now it was time to set matters to right. Fanny and her groom had been tricked! Both sets of parents had decided to recoup their families' losses by marrying their offspring to the progeny of a "rich" neighbor. The truth, however, The truth, however, was that neither family had a penny to its name. Charles was not the dark rogue of Fanny's girlish fantasies, but he was chivalrously determined that she should meet someone more appropriate than he.
And for her part, Fanny wanted Charles to find the woman of means who would be the answer to his prayers. Yet as each one set out to find someone for the other, both were left with the strangest sensation -- that quite possibly, true love might have nothing to do with riches A Governess of Distinction by Marion Chesney. Having inherited a Gothic horror of an estate and two fifteen-year-old brats to marry off, Lord Percy Hunterdon despaired. Nothing short of a miracle could make these two vile young ladies marriageable. He needed a top-notch governess. When Jean Morrison saw his ad, visions of a magnificent When Jean Morrison saw his ad, visions of a magnificent castle and a handsome viscount who would certainly fall in love with her.
She was half right! Gunfighter's Bride by Dallas Schulze. Boston socialite Lila Adams had a wedding day none of her guests would ever forget. It all started when Bishop McKenzie, a rugged gunslinger with whom Lila had spent one passionate night, barged up the aisle and claimed the bride as his own. Too shocked to argue, Lila was swept away to Colorado, Too shocked to argue, Lila was swept away to Colorado, and the adventure of a lifetime. A Handful of Heaven by Kristin Hannah. Devon O'Shea comes to the Yukon Territory in search of gold, but instead she finds Stone Man McKenna, a mountainous slab of animosity who believes the Yukon is no place for a lady.
When he attempts to convince her of this with a savage kiss, she finds herself feeling, for the first time in her When he attempts to convince her of this with a savage kiss, she finds herself feeling, for the first time in her life, feminine and alive. And Devon begins to wonder if she may have struck gold after all. The last thing in the world romance writer Katriane wanted to do was spend Christmas with her roommate's arrogant, infuriating brother.
A rugged Wyoming rancher like Egan Winthrop belonged in New York City about as much as she belonged out in the wilderness. But Egan's deep kisses But Egan's deep kisses and powerful embrace stripped Katriane of her defenses. And the offer of a visit to his ranch was nothing short of sensual blackmail.
Soon Katriane had lost her heart as completely as the heroines in her own novels. But how could she convince Egan that, unlike the women in her books, she had never yet been loved? The Heiress Companion by Madeleine Robins. Although an heiress with a tidy legacy of her own, Rowena Cherwood shunned her own shallow set to serve as a most competent companion to Lady Bradwell. That she was still unmarried at the ripe age of twenty-seven, she gave not a moment's thought. Not until, that is, Lady Bradwell's wandering son Not until, that is, Lady Bradwell's wandering son Lyn stumbled in for a visit.
Instant love? Instant warfare, actually. Rowena and Lyn could hardly be kept apart, they were so passionate in their hostilities She's been taught that pleasure is sinful Now Miss Lily Beecham is determined to find out for herself! A chance meeting with a viscountess, and Lily is invited to the ball. Freed from dowdy gowns and worthy reading, Lily charms Society.
Except for the cold, aloof -- and wildly handsome Except for the cold, aloof -- and wildly handsome -- Mr. Jack Alden. Lily soon learns that Jack's cool demeanor is belied by the warmth of his kiss. But at the end of the Season she must return to bleak normality.
Unless wicked Mr. Alden can save her from a future of good behavior Her Grace's Passion by Marion Chesney. Matilda, Duchess of Hadshire, was a virtual prisoner of a cruel husband who romanced his mistress under her nose. Her only joy was dreaming of the handsome Earl of Torridon--for he, too, was trapped in a Her only joy was dreaming of the handsome Earl of Torridon--for he, too, was trapped in a horrid marriage and longed for love and happiness.
Though she secretly wished for his death, Matilda never imagined the guilt that would plague her when the illustrious duke was befittingly murdered by his own lightskirt! And when she turned to Torridon for comfort, she discovered a few surprises in store for both of them Dying without legitimate issue, the late Earl of Rochester sent his butler extraordinaire, Reeves, to find his wild, illegitimate children and "civilize" them. Reeves must seek out the first of the earl's arrogant sons, Captain Tristan Llevanth, a one-time pirate, and teach him to be a Reeves must seek out the first of the earl's arrogant sons, Captain Tristan Llevanth, a one-time pirate, and teach him to be a gentleman.
A will of steel Tristan Llevanth gave up his free-wheeling life as a pirate to fight at Admiral Nelson's side. Wounded, Tristan will never again sail the seas he loves. Life has no more challenges. Or so he thinks, until Reeves brings a certain outspoken lady into the captain's uncultured househol An iron-clad spirit Reeves believes Tristan needs a spark to relight the fires of his soul.
And who better than lovely Prudence Thistlewaite, the bane of the captain's existence? Prudence wants nothing to do with her wickedly handsome, ill-tempered neighbor.
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Though he? When an emboldened Elizabeth soon demands, wants and needs more, will the former brigand, now London? Miles might be the most handsome lord in the realm, but he was also the most heartless, and proud of it. He was quite cold to the He was quite cold to the notion of romance, and turned icy at the idea of marriage.
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Alex longed to be with her English duke just once, as the passionate woman she truly was. To be swept off her To be swept off her feet, wearing the finest of gowns, would be a dream come true. But there was danger in such thoughts. What if Dominic ever found out the truth? Mary Winters harbored a secret deep within her heart. She'd borne the duke of Vail a child and was determined that no one -- not even the noble love of her life himself -- would ever uncover the truth. Afire with the passion of youth, Nick Stanton had lain with Mary Afire with the passion of youth, Nick Stanton had lain with Mary Winters.
Now, scarred by warfare in mind and body, he feared he'd be no fit husband to his beloved -- or father to the son now claimed by another man, a man whose one desire was to wreak vengeance on them all! Lucy Ellyson, the improper daughter of an infamous spy, saves the life of the Earl of Clifton. He intends to make her his countess after the war ends, but when he finally is able to return to her, he finds that she's vanished.
Meanwhile, Lucy is living a new life in the heart of Meanwhile, Lucy is living a new life in the heart of Mayfair. But she's as scandalous as ever, and when Clifton finally happens upon her, she's landed in the sort of trouble that only a hasty marriage can solve. He's more than willing to step in, but their future is all too quickly threatened by secrets from the past. Nothing ever goes right for Anne Royle -- the fair-haired middle sister no one ever seems to notice -- especially on the night of London's most anticipated society rout.
Thinking she's Thinking she's learned of evidence that might prove her noble heritage, Anne slips unnoticed into an earl's bedchamber to search for a bundle of secret letters. Suddenly, she is embroiled in a scandal with the rakish earl, one from which even her clever sisters and the Old Rakes of Marylebone can't extricate her. Laird Allan, the newly belted Earl of MacLaren, enjoys the life of a consummate bachelor. And, after one disastrous experience being publicly jilted, he intends to keep it that way.
Until, during a rout at his home, Laird and Anne's lives unexpectedly collide, when he stumbles upon her -- a woman he's never seen before -- rifling through his bedchamber. Suddenly their worlds are cast into turmoil, when they are discovered, by all of society, wrestling atop his tester bed -- and when questioned about her identity, the young woman has the audacity to claim she is HIS BETROTHED!
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Who are the Royle sisters? All of London is gossiping about the beautiful triplets who've taken the ton by storm. Their slightly scandalous behavior is the subject of gossip and it's whispered that they may be the "secret" daughters of the highest prince in the land. As for the oldest, Mary, she certainly has learned Every time she turns a corner, he is there -- tantalizing her, teasing her. Mary knows she must make an advantageous marriage, but surely Blackstone is the wrong man for her.
Isn't he? Blackstone is not about to let his brother become bewitched by some wily blueblood pretender. But until she came along, no woman has ever resisted his smooth, well-practiced seductions. Could it be that he's actually fallen in love with this infuriating chit? Lady Nicole Daughtry has vowed never to be vulnerable to any man. Despite the many suitors vying for the dazzling beauty's hand, she has seen the damage love can inflict and wants no part of it. Until she meets Lucas Paine, Marquess of Basingstoke, whose aura of danger and mystery draws her Until she meets Lucas Paine, Marquess of Basingstoke, whose aura of danger and mystery draws her like no other Lucas is a man with a mission--and a powerful thirst for revenge.
The last thing he can afford is the distraction of a pretty face. But a scandalous affair with Nicole could be just the cover he needs to outwit his enemies. With treachery everywhere, and Nicole's very life in his hands, Lucas will face his greatest challenge yet--to keep the lady safe from harm Texas, A last-minute marriage is one soldier's last chance to avoid court-martial--and one Englishwoman's first chance at love.
But when a young lady from England sought safe passage to California with the But when a young lady from England sought safe passage to California with the army, the rules said she would have to marry an officer. The colonel thought a woman's company might keep me out of trouble--and shackles.
I had no desire to trade one ball and chain for another, but when I first laid eyes on Miss Winthrop, all the senoritas in Texas couldn't drag me away from her So, I proposed--but I doubted our agreement would lead to anything more. She was a well-bred lady, and I was a soldier.
But during our long trip, there were moments when she forgot her modesty, and I could not help but admire her beauty. Certainly it was my duty to keep Miss Wintrop safe from marauders, but it soon became my ambition to lure her into my bed--and keep her there The Husband Hunt by Jillian Hunter. Catriona Grant is desperate. Fleeing a forced marriage in Scotland, she arrives on the doorstep of Rutleigh Hall seeking shelter as a distant relation, only to find that Knight Dennison, the Viscount Rutleigh, may be worse than the man she fled.
True to his dangerous reputation, Knight threatens True to his dangerous reputation, Knight threatens to toss the penniless, flame-haired impostor out -- until she produces the family ring as proof of her identity. Thrust into the role of guardian, the dark, compelling Knight has his doubts about the lovely Scottish lass, who's clearly keeping secrets -- but her wit, beauty, and artless grace are hard to resist.
When his sister starts husband-hunting for Catriona, the idea of any other man possessing her is suddenly unthinkable. For Knight realizes that there's only one possible groom for her: himself! How much temptation can a Highlander resist? He tried to run In his youth, Hugh MacCarrick foolishly fell in love with a beautiful English lass who delighted in teasing him with her flirtatious ways. Yet he knew he could never marry her because he was a second son with no prospects, Yet he knew he could never marry her because he was a second son with no prospects, shadowed by an accursed family legacy.
To avoid temptation, Hugh left home and trained as an assassin. She tried to forget him Jane Weyland was devastated when the Highlander she believed would marry her abandoned her instead. Years later, when Hugh MacCarrick is summoned to protect her from her father's enemies, her heartache has turned to fury - but her desire for him has not waned. Will passion overwhelm them? In hiding, Jane torments Hugh with seductive play.
He struggles to resist her because of deadly secrets that could endanger her further. But Hugh is no longer a gentle young man - and toying with the fever-pitched desires of a hardened warrior will either get Jane burned It isn't easy moving about Society dressed like a dandy-especially when one is a ruthless spy. But that's precisely the latest mission for Liar's Club agent Dalton Montmorecy.
Dalton is posing as Sir Thorogood, the elusive cartoonist whose scathing political caricatures have all of Dalton is posing as Sir Thorogood, the elusive cartoonist whose scathing political caricatures have all of London abuzz. The true identity of Sir Thorogood is a mystery, and Dalton hopes that impersonating him will flush out the real menace before his cartoons do further damage to the Crown. Now, if Dalton could only find a way to get the irksome, yet oddly appealing widow, Clara Simpson, off his trail When Clara meets Sir Thorogood at a ball, she's certain he is an impostor-because she's the true Sir Thorogood.
Secretly penning the cartoons under the frothy nom de plume, Clara hopes to save enough money so that she can leave her in-laws and find a new residence. Now she is determined to reveal an imposter's identity-and that means doing some undercover work herself. But pretending to be someone you're not has a funny way of making a woman do things she wouldn't ordinarily dream of-even if it drives her straight into the arms of her devilishly handsome adversary! From Publishers Weekly: With this delicious, witty confection, Dodd adds another early Victorian episode to her Governess Brides series and forsakes the angst that gave her earlier Governess titles Rules of Attraction, etc.
Widower Garrick Throckmorton is a careful man with a Widower Garrick Throckmorton is a careful man with a clear plan for the upcoming week: get his handsome, irresponsible brother, Ellery, engaged to a wealthy heiress; establish the highly accomplished new governess, Celeste, in his nursery; and uncover the mole in his spy network who is leaking English secrets to the Russians.
Celeste, the most benign-seeming item on Garrick's agenda, proves to be the sharpest thorn in his side when Ellery falls for the laughing beauty. To safeguard Ellery's impending nuptials, Garrick selflessly decides to seduce Celeste, but he ends up spinning a sensuous web in which he snares himself. Spunky and self-assured, Celeste fleshes out to be a genuine romantic heroine, and Garrick's self-discovery nicely parallels her own realization that she's falling for the supposedly less handsome and more stodgy brother.
Supporting characters such as Garrick's mother, an ex-spymaster herself, Celeste's dour father and Ellery's determined fiance add spicy humor to this delectable mix. Forecast: Reminiscent of the classic movie Sabrina, this heartwarming Victorian-era treatment will please Dodd's many fans. A three-city author tour and positive word-of-mouth will help this satisfying story sell its , first printing. Copyright Cahners Business Information, Inc.
But could she trust his intent? A childhood injury had made her fit to be no man's bride, and yet the Welsh warrior made her feel she'd a right to her A childhood injury had made her fit to be no man's bride, and yet the Welsh warrior made her feel she'd a right to her woman's heart. The Lady Becca surprised him, and that was rare, sir Blaidd mused.
Indeed, she had a fire that stirred him in unexpected ways. Though he could ill afford a dalliance on this secret mission for his king, he found himself entranced. Surely this was no mere idyll. Nay, this had the feel of forever! Try as she might, Lady Octavia Vaux-Daventry cannot make herself fall in love with her groom-to-be. But a marriage to one of society's wealthiest noblemen will provide her a life so unlike her impoverished London childhood, and fulfill the promise she made to her grandfather so long ago.
So it So it is more than inconvenient when the man who once possessed her heart bursts back into her world -- at the request of her betrothed -- and restarts a fire she thought was extinguished. Having earned a reputation as society's favorite criminal investigator, former Bow Street Runner North Sheffield cannot believe Octavia is the woman he's been hired to protect. If anything, she is more desirable than the day they were forced to separate -- and even more unwilling to let the passion that still flares between them break the promises she must keep. But North is determined -- not only will he do anything to keep his lost love safe, but he will risk it all to get her back into his arms again.
Lord Benjamin Rowland, the shy but wealthy Earl of Winchfield, wants only to be left in peace to pursue his studies of animals. He has little desire to be thrown together with a boisterous Incomparable like Lady Cassandra Blythe, lovely as she may be particularly since her brother brought He has little desire to be thrown together with a boisterous Incomparable like Lady Cassandra Blythe, lovely as she may be particularly since her brother brought scandal on both their families by eloping with Benjamin's sister ten years ago.
Cassandra is equally uninterested in Benjamin he's far too meek for her fashionable tastes. But when their relatives arrange a Season-long round of matchmaking, Cassandra discovers that the bookish biologist has hidden depths, and the pleasures of popular society pale in comparison to the unexpected passion she has found.
Dilys Byrn had been an inexperienced, easily infatuated young girl when she fell head over heels in love with handsome and dashing Lord Travis Gallant. But Dilys had reached the reasonable age of marriage now, and should have had enough good sense to forget the man who had become the most But Dilys had reached the reasonable age of marriage now, and should have had enough good sense to forget the man who had become the most notorious rake in London.
Yet while the most eligible gentleman of the ton courted her, Dilys courted scandal by clinging to her impossible dream of love--even though she knew how slim the chances were of that dream coming true An Invitation to Sin! Seven marriageable daughters. And Lord Zachary Griffin is just the man to help them. And leading exquisite Caroline Witfeld, the And leading exquisite Caroline Witfeld, the most spirited and least frivolous sister, to temptation would be wildly delicious.
If only she could set those high cheekbones, that aristocratic brow, and those powerful shoulders to canvas, her dreams would all come true. If I accept his offer to be his mistress, I could have the finest silks, the best carriage and be transformed from ugly duckling to a pampered, pretty swan! And although I would feel a virtuous pride in turning down the wicked rake, I also have an unmaidenly interest in exactly what the role And although I would feel a virtuous pride in turning down the wicked rake, I also have an unmaidenly interest in exactly what the role would entail.
Catriona is doing her best to resist the skillful seduction of the scandalous heir to the Earl of Strathconan. But kidnapped and shipwrecked with only this rake as company, her adventure has just begun. If she is to keep a roof over her siblings? When she finds a mysterious stranger with the face of an angel and the body of Adonis unconscious in the forest and with When she finds a mysterious stranger with the face of an angel and the body of Adonis unconscious in the forest and with no memory of his name or his past, she decides to claim him for her own.
Little does she know that her fallen angel is really the devil in disguise. Sterling Harlow, the notorious rakehell known as the? Devil of Devonbrooke,? With her sun-kissed cheeks and smattering of freckles, she looks every inch the innocent, but her curves possess a woman?
When she assures him he is the perfect gentleman, he wonders if he? He would have sworn he was not a man to be satisfied with mere kisses? As he attempts to uncover the truth before their wedding night, A Kiss To Remember ignites a passion neither of them will ever be able to forget Her husband--convicted of embezzlement! Julie had loved Luke deeply and passionately, but their happiness ended when he was caught lying, cheating and stealing.
For two years, while in prison, he had refused to see her. Julie's life was intolerable, and she wanted to end their mock Julie's life was intolerable, and she wanted to end their mock marriage. Suddenly Luke was adamant. And his power to hold her was greater than hers to escape Lucas Garrett is the last able-bodied man left in a town full of lonely women since the Gold Rush lured all the others westward So he turns to pretty, proper Priscilla Wentworth In return, he must help her find a In return, he must help her find a husband of her own.
But when he takes her in his arms, suddenly Priscilla must wonder if he is really the only man for her. Miss Lucille Lucy Monteith is about to escape to meet with her friends. Beautiful, blonde, with the calm frostiness so celebrated in the typical English beauty, Lucy is very different beneath Beautiful, blonde, with the calm frostiness so celebrated in the typical English beauty, Lucy is very different beneath her cool exterior.
Passionate, desperate to live her life, she has no intention of marrying the man her parents have picked out for her. Though Nic has always liked Lucy and now finds himself very tempted by her, he has no desire to be attached to such a seemingly proper and respectable young lady. He is convinced he can frighten Lucy away with some scandalously improper behavior.
Alas, a scandal erupts and it seems as if she will get to marry him after all, but this wasn't the way she wanted it to happen. And can they be happy if Nic feels forced into marriage? Handsome, suave, and carnal as the devil, Lord Elliot Rothwell is every woman's most secret fantasy in the living flesh. He first appears beneath her prison window as her savior—a sinfully attractive man whose charm and connections have ensured her release from an unjust arrest.
For Elliot Rothman didn't come solely on a mission of goodwill. He came to extract a promise that Phaedra won't publish a slanderous manuscript that could destroy his family's name, and he's not above bribery, threats, or bedding her to get his way.
And with each erotic encounter raising the stakes between them, Elliot discovers he's ever more reluctant to lose this sensual game…or the one woman who's every bit his match. Liberty Blue by Robin Lee Hatcher. Determined to escape her father's cruel domination, Olivia Vanderhoff forsakes her blue-blood roots and heads west. What she seeks is independence, freedom, and anonymity; what she finds is a new life, a new identity, and eventually a new love, on a rugged, isolated Idaho sheep ranch What she seeks is independence, freedom, and anonymity; what she finds is a new life, a new identity, and eventually a new love, on a rugged, isolated Idaho sheep ranch.
Sympathetic protagonists, an unbelievably controlling and unfeeling father, and a host of involving secondary characters combine with sizzling sexual tension and some good but not always credible plot twists to create a warm and satisfying novel. Now or Never. It's the last chance for Cynthia Brightly, the ton's most bewitching belle. Driven out of London by a secret scandal, she must find a grand husband at the Redmonds' house party before word of her downfall spreads all over England.
Unfortunately, someone at Unfortunately, someone at Pennyroyal Green is already privy to the whispers of broken engagements and dueling lovers: Miles Redmond, renowned explorer and—thanks to his brother's disappearance—heir to the family's enormous fortune. Miles set his sights on Cynthia once, at a time when the ambitious beauty thought herself too good for a second son.
But now he's the heir apparent, relishing in his control. He strikes a bargain with her: he'll keep Cynthia's steamy secrets and help her find a husband among the guests—in exchange for a single kiss. What could be the harm in a simple kiss? Cynthia is about to discover that it's enough to unleash fierce passion-and that Miles Redmond is most certainly like no other lover in the world.
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So when he asked her a matrimonial question, Lily was delighted then insulted. How could she marry a man who didn't love her, a man who only wanted a How could she marry a man who didn't love her, a man who only wanted a nanny for his child? Widower Tyler Kincaide never wanted to marry again. But he needed someone special to help raise his rambunctious daughter. Lily Brody had morals and yet Tyler couldn't understand her refusal of him.
She got under his skin. Soon, Tyler wanted to give her everything family, marriage and his love. The question was, would she accept him? Lonewolf's Woman by Deborah Camp. Orphaned, penniless, and determined to keep her family together, Elise St. John hastily arranges to marry the half-Apache Missouri landowner who has agreed to adopt her young sister. It is a marriage in name only, intended to make the unconventional adoption acceptable. But as they try to form a But as they try to form a family - a Baltimore debutante who can't even cook and an outcast Indian whose heart is closed to love - they are beset by needs and desires that they never anticipated.
For Elise, living with Blade becomes a sweet torment - for his vital masculinity awakens in her a new and wondrous yearning that's too dangerous to acknowledge and impossible to ignore. For Blade, true love becomes a tantalizing promise held just out of reach. And it is only when they are in greatest danger of losing everything that they find the fulfillment of their most splendid dreams. As a child, Rebekah Stoltzfus suffered a freak accident that left her legs paralyzed.
Now, confined to a wheelchair, she feels she'll never measure up to the expectations of her Pennsylvania Amish community that a woman should marry and raise a family. She longs to be loved, yet she prays for a She longs to be loved, yet she prays for a way to be self-supporting. Daniel Beachy wants to court Rebekah, but she believes that she is a burden and has convinced herself that love is not for her. Will Rebekah's search for a miracle come true?
Or, will she miss God's gift in her battle between self-pity and the determination to be independent? An Arranged Marriage. Is this any way to fall in love? When the scandalous Lord Dragoner returns to England, Delilah's hopes of a reconciliation are shattered. The husband who coldly abandoned her has come to seek a divorce The husband who coldly abandoned her has come to seek a divorce. But she is determined to win his heart, even if it means joining him in the dangerous world where no one can be trusted--not even his wife. Tempt him if you dare Darkly handsome and sensual, Lord Brand Risande -- known as "The Passionate" -- is temptation incarnate.
Now as this most feared warrior rides out to possess the lands he has won in war, he engages his most formidable enemy ever. Lady Brynnafar Dumont is prepared to do anything to protect her people -- even seduce the savage Norman knight who defeated her father. Prepared to face down a cold-blooded beast, she instead confronts a wickedly attractive scoundrel who wants nothing to do with her. It's enough to sting a lady's pride Innocent as she is, now she must use all her charms to defeat Lord Brand in the only battle worth fighting -- the one for his love.
Tall, dark, and handsome, he is known for his impeccable manners and good breeding. Benedict knows all the rules and has no trouble following them -- until SHE enters his Benedict knows all the rules and has no trouble following them -- until SHE enters his life. Small wonder her husband's high-born family disowned him. Now widowed, she's determined to give her daughter a stable life and a proper upbringing. Nothing and no one will disrupt Bathsheba's plans -- until HE enters her life To recover the would-be knights errant, Benedict and Bathsheba must embark on a rescue mission that puts them in dangerous, intimate proximity.
It's a situation virtually guaranteed to end in mayhem -- even scandal! But Benedict is in perfect control of events. Perfect control, despite his mad desire to break all the rules. Perfect control. Love and Cherish by Dorothy Garlock. She was only seventeen years old Running deep into the Kentucky wilderness from the low down family that dared to sell her, Cherish Riley knew that her enemies were relentlessly tracking her, and that she risked all the dangers an untamed land had to offer. She never She never dreamed that a tall, lean, buckskin-clad man with a large brown dog would offer his protection -- and that within hours he would propose marriage!
Sloan Carroll had no doubt that Cherish would make the prettiest little wife in the territory, but he was even more sure that she could give his motherless child the warmth and love she so desperately needed. He couldn't understand the hurt look on Cherish's face when he made his offer.