The Steadfast Heart

March 8, 2013

Natasha Phillips has been left alone too long. With most of her family deceased and her brother Peter fully committed in the war on the Peninsula, she’s been marooned in the country with an old aunt. Now that Napoleon has been defeated and Peter is facing deployment to the Americas, he must find a way for his sister to have her first Season. That’s where his friend Major Cameron Talbot comes in: he’s to keep an eye on Natasha, screen her suitors, and offer himself up as a chaperone. As a favor to his friend, Cam agrees–but with trepidation, because everything he hears about the outspoken, impulsive, educated Tasha clashes with his idea of the perfect woman.

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The Surprising Lady Rochedale

November 1, 2012

When the dissolute Lord Rochedale runs over Miss Candice Marston with his carriage, he thinks he’s found the answer to all his problems. Due to the conditions of his father’s will and the insistance of his uncle-guardian, he will not receive his inheritance unless he marries before his next birthday and remains so for a full year. The quiet and reserved Candice seems like an ideal candidate for a sham marriage, allowing Rochedale to continue his bachelor’s life uninterrupted.

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For Love of a Pagan

October 10, 2012

He had known her for just less than three weeks when he asked her to become his pillow-friend.

Paul Christos, wealthy Greek ship-owner and olive-grower, is used to getting what he wants–and he wants the young English tourist Tina for a mistress!

Trigger warning: Below the fold are spoilers, including suggestions and depictions of violent behavior.

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Impoverished Miss, Convenient Wife

September 20, 2012

Phoebe Benedict is prepared for a fight when she shows up (with a kitten) at Simon Clare’s doorstep. After all, he was expecting his sister Diana to come and care for his dangerously ill son, Robert. Instead, Phoebe arrives. Simon Clare is known for his temper, and he has been a recluse since he was injured and scarred by an engine upon which he was experimenting. He is also scarred by his past–one that he would hide from the delectable Miss Benedict. Only her skill with Robert persuades Simon to keep Phoebe on.

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Rivertown

August 2, 2012

Sarah Tallentire is in a difficult position: she is the daughter of a wealthy strip-miner in Rivertown, and the man she is involved with is an avid environmentalist who opposes everything her father represents. Lance Glover–a hill-person who rose above his roots and became a local school teacher–has always been fascinated with her. Then, suddenly, Sarah and Lance find themselves a married couple, living under her father’s roof. Sarah never anticipates the anger roiling through the Rivertown community until the strip-miners dig up the bodies of two children whose parents wouldn’t give up their land. This callous event leads to a bitter conflict between the hill-people and miners, Yankee welfare workers and conservative local factions, and Lance and Sarah. As the battle heats up, Sarah finds herself being ripped to pieces–to whom must she be loyal? Her father . . . or her husband?

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The Scandalous Wager

July 21, 2012

When a group of old friends liven up their card game by putting unusual stakes on the table–distasteful duties and worthless old things that they would like to get rid of–it’s all in good fun. That is, until their drunken guest, the young Vicomte Duvalier, offers up his old maiden aunt in exchange for a worthless Irish bog! Disgusted by the wager but constrained by honor to play his hand, the Earl of Rotherham plays to lose. But the woman who shows up on his doorstep is not the dowdy old spinster that he’d been led to expect.

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Afraid

July 12, 2012

Years ago, the Duke of Darlington (aka “The Dasher”) found his cousin brutally beating his thirteen-year-old, half-starved daughter. Outraged, the Duke disowned her father and carried the injured girl to safety. Now, the Duke has learned that the tearful, bleeding child he left in the charge of a French convent five years earlier has turned eighteen. She’s also inherited an immense fortune that’s made her the target of fortune hunters. Immediately, the Duke sets off to Paris to retrieve her and do his duty, launching her in Society and securing a suitable husband. However, the young woman he finds is nothing like he expected: first, Fiona is stunning; second, she worships him as her savior; third, she is absolutely terrified of men.

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The Twists and Turns of Love

July 2, 2012

Major Adrian Chester knew he shouldn’t have taken a shortcut that took him off the main road out of London. Of course, the country boobies and the backroads led to his Phaeton’s wheel breaking and a most unacceptable delay in his journey north! It also, however, leads him to seek help at a run-down manor house, where the young, innocent, and impoverished Petula Buckden has been struggling to make ends meet since the death of her father. Enchanted by her sweetness, so different from the London charmers he’s used to, Adrian steals a kiss before he drives away, determined never to see the lovely maiden again.

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Vampire Sheikh

June 28, 2012

Josslyn Haliday has suffered a lot of losses in Egypt. First, her mother disappeared into the desert, leaving behind her archeologist husband and three daughters. Then, years later, her father vanishes into the sands as well. Now, in the space of a single summer of research, both Josslyn’s sisters have gone missing, too. Gemma’s final words of warning echo in her ears: Beware the vampire.

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Lady Blue

June 24, 2012

When Meriel Hathaway is turned away without references from her first post as a governess, she has nowhere to turn. She lost her job for slapping her bratty charge after he poured ink all over her hair. Now, Meriel’s freakishly blue locks leave her few options for employment. Therefore, when handsome prankster Lord Farr approaches Meriel with an unusual gig–impersonating a castle ghost, the infamous, blue-skinned, blue-gowned, blue-haired “Lady Blue”–she cannot refuse his proposition.

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