Hannah Pace needs a pretend husband, just for the weekend! She’s told her long-lost mother that she’s married–well, she was, then, see, but isn’t now, you understand? So in desperation, she hits up the local bad boy Nick Archer. He’s a local wheeler and dealer who stays just on the good side of the law, but boy is he handsome…
Jenny Kent is a foundling, a nobody. But she has a friend, one Bella Rossini, who’s been helping her along of late, and they’re the best of pals, even loaning Jenny her name so that Jenny can work at the fabulous Italian-themed Venetian Forum market in her Australian hometown…until they’re in a car crash, and the real Bella is killed, and everyone thinks that she is Bella…
Meanwhile, in Italy, Dante Rossini has a problem on his hands; his beloved grandfather is dying, and wants to see the grandchild he has never met, and wants to make amends for banishing his own son from the family all those years ago. Dante must go to Australia, and bring Bella home!
Cole Sawyer, Army Ranger, has just returned from a devastating tour of duty in Afghanistan. He blames himself for the death of a group of soldiers, because the suicide bomber that he didn’t shoot was a woman; he hesitated a beat, and that was all it took. He reacts on instinct the day he sees a bank robbery start to unfold, but moments later, the real robbers escape, with Lisa Meador’s toddler son! Frantic to save her child, she and Cole engage in a pursuit that will cross Texas.
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.
Five months ago, Elena Richards had finally had enough. Her husband Travis was a bully, mean and violent, and she had decided it was over, after he took her to a high mountain ridge–knowing of her fear of heights!–and had sex with her there. But he never came down that mountain after she walked down alone, and his body was never found.
Elena is pregnant from that last encounter–and suddenly, Travis walks back into her life, but he’s got amnesia–he remembers very little of his past life, and he’s a very different man! Or is he?
When the shipwrecked Marc de Courtenay washes up on the shores of French-occupied Scotland, he is picked up by the badly-scarred Lady Isobel Dalceann. Since her late father had been one of the few Scottish lords to refuse to bend to French rule, her castle has been under siege for ages. Nevertheless, something draws Isobel to Marc. She allows him into her keep, where she nurses him back to health. They also fall in love–but can their love survive when Marc returns, the head of the army that has been sent to crush Dalceann once and for all?
Note: This book deserves a TRIGGER WARNING, not just in the rating, but also above the fold.
Tess Norton is not looking for a Man To Do anymore–she’s looking for a Man To Marry. But when the handsome and wealthy Dash Black, for whom she tends plants in his office, invites him to be his date to a party where a wealthy financier will be…well, it’s just a party, right?
After being abandoned at the alter by Oliver, Viscount Elmont, Rebecca Creighton supports her family by writing penny tracts that sing the praises of a moral life. Then, her former suitor reappears, proposing marriage again. Little does Rebecca know that he has offered for her only because his estranged father has promised to pay Ollie’s debts if does so. For him, it’s Fleet, France, or shackling himself to “the Paragon”–a fate almost worse than prison. Curious, Ollie’s best friend, the poet and philanthropist Sir Michael Fairgrove, disguises himself as a valet to see the plain little shrew for himself.
“Freddy Tyne’s gone and done it, by damn . . . Took him donkey’s years, but his sticky fingers’ll be lightening my purse from now till lilies bloom in hell” (1).
Playboy Valentine North is horrified when his cousin–who has spent his married life in the wilds of Canada–dies, leaving Val two little savages as wards. There’s no way that he’s going let the little monsters upset his comfortable life, and there is no way he’s going to let some sneaky governess trap him into the Parson’s Mousetrap! So, he concocts an outrageous plan: he’ll disguise himself as his own man of business, hire a house and a governess, and wash his hands of the brats. When his band of comrades wager that Val will be incapable of managing the affair and will end up married within a year, he is even more determined to carry out his plan.
Chloe Moreno has faked her own death and fled across the country to escape her abusive, sadistic husband, Dr. Felix Moreno–plastic surgeon to the stars. Under an assumed name, she has resumed her former profession as a nurse. At first, her only problem is her incredible attraction to her boss, Dr. Derek Colton. Then, she starts to get wedding momentos that make her wonder if her cover has been blown. Who can she turn to for help except Derek, whose mission in life is to rescue others?