While recovering at his uncle's estate from wounds sustained in the Sudan, Jack Cameron-a loyal Scottish captain in the British army-is haunted by the words of a dying officer: one of Her Majesty's Black Dragoons is aiding the slavers they were sent to suppress. But how will he uncover the traitor without sending the culprit to ground? He finds a way while listening to the voices beneath his open window-particularly those of Addie Hoodless, a beautiful widow, and her brother, Ted, a famed artist commissioned to paint portraits of the Black Dragoons' senior officers.
Posing as an artist, Jack decides to infiltrate the close circle of friends at Ted's studio to listen in on the unguarded conversations of the officers. But first, he must win Addie's trust despite the emotional wounds of her past. Will Jack dupe the only woman he has ever loved or stand down from hunting the traitor? If his real identity is exposed, Addie's life will be in terrible danger.
Effervescent bon vivant Lucy Eastlake is a young operetta singer whose star is on the rise in Edwardian London. Though struggling to maintain her beloved great-aunts’ household, she holds fast to the belief that “things will work out.” Now, with the fiftieth anniversary of a siege her great-aunt Lavinia lived through approaching, it looks like Lucy is right, because a fortune is due to be divided among the survivors. All Lucy and her great-aunts have to do is travel to a small Pyrenees town to claim Lavinia’s share of a fabulous treasure in rubies. What could be more simple? Professor Ptolemy Archibald Grant is the brilliant, straitlaced grandson of a British lord who also withstood the siege. When his grandfather asks him as a matter of honor to escort his old love on the journey, the about-to-be married professor agrees, not expecting Lucy to be part of the bargain. Losing the great-aunts en route, the handsome buttoned-down professor finds himself caught up in Lucy’s quirky, bewildering, and probably illegal efforts to reunite with them, as he is drawn further and further into an inexplicable infatuation with the free-spirited singer. What could be more complicated? But when unwilling attraction gives way to sizzling passion, both will be forced to confront the age-old question of whether love trumps honor…or the other way around.
Beautiful, bold and brilliant Avery dreams of becoming a member of the Royal Astronomical Society — and the only way she can join the all-male society is to disguise herself as a boy. After helping Giles, Lord Strand, escape a disastrous engagement she is certain he will assist in her daring masquerade. No lady would ever come up with such a preposterous scheme, and no gentleman would accept . . . but fortunately for Avery, Giles is no gentleman. A bargain is struck between the stargazing adventuress and society’s most sophisticated lord. He will sponsor her as his prodigy and she will cover for him as he hunts London’s darkest warrens for a missing colleague from his shadowy past. But time and again Giles finds his quest compromised by his fierce and unwise attraction to the lovely girl who, though no lady, may well be the one dame to finally unlock the secrets of his heart.
She needs a lesson in desire . . . Lady Catherine “Cat” Sinclair must rescue her impoverished family by marrying a wealthy suitor. But there is one problem: she knows nothing of seduction. But Thomas Montrose — a rake who has long set the ton ablaze with his passion — may be able to help. Can Cat persuade him to give her a few scandalous lessons? But he may get schooled . . . Now retired to the English countryside, Thomas has bid adieu to his libertine days. Yet the impudent maiden with the shocking proposal ruffles his nerves when she claims he is no longer a master seducer. To prove her wrong, he agrees to teach her all about desire. But he never imagines his ravishing student will learn so quickly . . . or that she will tempt him beyond reason.
In the glittering world of Regency England, Anne Wilder plays a dangerous game. A widowed lady by day, by night she becomes a masked thief preying on society’s elite. She roves high above London’s black rooftops, compelled by phantoms from her past to take ever greater risks. Until her restless spirit led her into Colonel Jack Seward’s trap . . . where seduction may be her only way out. She’d played him for a fool, taking advantage of his hungry response to escape from his clutches. But as Jack hunts for the thief, his heart falls captive to a self-possessed widow. Torn between illicit passion and tender love, Jack is duty-bound to capture the audacious criminal, even if it means ripping society apart to do so. Now, he stalked her through the ton, never realizing the lovely widow who captured his heart was the same woman who roused his most violent passions.
At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.
Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his own hands: he raids a ball and makes off with four likely brides . . .
Miss Marilla Chisholm-the bonniest lass in Scotland, and an heiress to boot.
Miss Fiona Chisholm-her older sister, another fine choice (but for that tiny stain on her reputation).
Lady Cecily Tarleton-true, she's an English beauty, but very, very rich.
Miss Catriona Burns-without name or fortune, clearly someone made a mistake.
Oh, yes. And one very irate duke.
Because somewhere there must be one lady most willing to love a Scottish lord.
Determined to prove her worth as a budding archeologist, Ginesse Braxton vows to solve one of the world's greatest mysteries - to find the location of the lost city of Zerzura. Unfortunately, no man dares take the risk of escorting an unwed young lady across the open desert. But on her way to Egypt, Ginesse engages in a daring deception - she will switch places with Mildred Whimpelhall, who is traveling to meet her fiancé, an officer posted deep in the Sahara.
Years before, cynical adventurer Jim Owen disappeared from his former life to escape the dark secrets of a troubled past. Betrayed by the woman he loved and scorned by proper society, he agrees to carry out a danger-fraught task: escort Mildred Whimpelhall across a lawless desert to her intended. But Jim is about to learn that "Mildred" isn''t exactly what she seems...and the dangers they face together are eclipsed only by an even greater peril: falling in love, against all reason, with another guy's bride.
"Take one enchanting, free-spirited woman and one hard hearted loner, toss in some witty dialogue [and] some heated passion, and you have the perfect recipe for romance - The Other Guy's Bride." -Christina Dodd, author of In Bed with the Duke
Three of the brightest stars of historical romance invite you to a party at the country home of the Honorable Marquess of Finchley
Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly, needs a wife, so his sister hands him a list of delectable damsels and promises to invite them' and a few other gentlemen'to her country house for what is sure to be the event of the season.
Hugh will have time to woo whichever lady he most desires . . . Unless someone else snatches her first.
The invitation list includes:
* The horse-mad but irresistibly handsome Earl of Briarly
* The always outspoken Miss Katherine Peyton
* The dashing war hero Captain Neill Oakes
* The impossibly beautiful (and painfully shy) Miss Gwendolyn Passmore
* The terribly eligible new Earl of Charters
* The widowed Lady Georgina Sorrell (who has no plans to marry, ever)
And your hostess, Lady Carolyn Finchley, an irrepressible matchmaker who plans to find the lady most likely . . . to capture her brother's untamed heart.
Three of the brightest stars of
historical romance invite you to a party at the country
home of the Honorable Marquess of Finchley
Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly, needs a wife, so his sister
hands him a list of delectable damsels and promises to invite them,
and a few other gentlemen, to her country house for what
is sure to be the event of the season.
Hugh will have time to woo whichever lady he most desires . . .
Unless someone else snatches her first.
The invitation list includes:
-The horse-mad but irresistibly handsome Earl of Briarly
-The always outspoken Miss Katherine Peyton
-The dashing war hero Captain Neill Oakes
-The impossibly beautiful (and painfully shy) Miss Gwendolyn Passmore
-The terribly eligible new Earl of Charters
-The widowed Lady Georgina Sorrell (who has no plans to marry, ever)
And your hostess, Lady Carolyn Finchley, an irrepressible
matchmaker who plans to find the lady most likely . . .
to capture her brother's untamed heart.