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.
Verity Clifford does not look her best when she emerges from the convict hold in the ship’s steerage after the end of the long sea voyage to Jamestown. Unjustly accused of theft, the ex-governess has saved her virtue by trading away almost every scrap of her clothing. When Gray Garnett–a wealthy American plantation owner who has just been jilted by his intended British bride–sees her body so brazenly exposed, he has no doubt about her profession before her deportation.
When the imperious Duke of Strathrannock suddenly summons his eight-year-old, orphaned niece to be raised as his heiress and the future leader of his Clan, her guardian, Fiona Windham, is filled with indignation. How dare the man who had–along with his bigoted father–disinherited her brother-in-law for marrying an Englishwoman try to separate Fiona from her ward?
Carrie Gray has a very annoying neighbor. She’s a house sitter for a wealthy prince who owns apartment 12B, and the millionaire playboy next door, Trent Tanford, just can’t seem to give his girlfriends proper directions to apartment 12A! “Tanford’s Troops” come knocking at all hours of the day and night, looking for him, and she finally decides it’s time to talk to him about it!
Young widow Leigh Bransom is having her baby on the side of a deserted Texas highway! She thought she could make it to help, but in West Texas, things are too far apart for that. A dirty, rugged young cowboy named Chad Dillon happens by, and skillfully delivers her baby in the bed of his rusty old pickup truck. He then takes her to the nearest hospital, and vanishes without a trace, leaving behind some flowers, and a sweet kiss on her cheek.
Spoiled socialite Amira Forsythe is in a bit of a mess…the terms of her grandmother’s will make it so that she must marry before her thirtieth birthday, in order to inherit! So she approaches Brent Colby, the man she left at the altar eight years ago, for a business arrangement.
Dr. Jake Dalton grew up in Pine Gulch, Idaho, and is pretty happy with his life, overall–he came back after finishing his studies to become the town’s doctor. It’s tiring work, but well worth it. As he’s headed home late one night, he spots a vehicle on the side of the road, a woman struggling to change a tire. He’s not seen Maggie Cruz in a long, long time!
Jenna Reed, self-avowed dowdy schoolmarm (at the ripe old age of almost-thirty–don’t get me started!) has finally decided to do something wild, and see the world. She’s got a trip to Europe all planned for the summer break, and is rather excited about the idea of meeting a lovely man for a wild fling while she’s there…
Jordan Lake and Nick Thorne have a problem–they’ve been carrying on a weekly affair for some time now, but their fathers are bitter enemies, thanks to sheer stubbornness, and a tragedy in the distant past. They have to sit in court and stare malevolently at each other while their fathers battle out this latest lawsuit, but that’s not really what they’d like to be doing…