Professor Viola Bennett has written a scathing review of Stephen Silkwood’s latest novel, finding his detective hero Max quite a brute–and now she gets to share a stage with him on a panel. Oh, but there’s more: eleven years ago, when she was a tender 17-year-old, he was her first love, and her first kiss!
Hugh Rowland isn’t fit to marry (or so he was told). Being unattached, he is perfect for Sir Parker’s unorthodox assignment: to go undercover as a street thief and infiltrate a crime ring masterminded by members of the Ton. Hugh is doing well with his assignment, too–until he rescues Rebecca Westcott from a rogue in the street. When Rebecca insists on “saving” her street thief by installing him as a servant in her family’s house, Hugh struggles to maintain his disguise. As for Rebecca, she cannot understand why she feels that the rough and criminal servant is the only man she could ever love . . . if she could save him from himself.
Brandon Wycroft, Earl of Stockport, and the investors in his proposed textile mill have been plagued by a cat-burgler who is bent on shutting down their venture. One night, as Brandon and his colleagues are meeting, the burglar strikes his own home. When he corners the crafty creature, he discovers that the person who has plagued his project is a woman–and a very sexy one who is willing to use her wiles to escape. Frustrated in more than one way, Brandon swears to discover the identity of the desirable woman he dubs “Cat.”
Nicholas Drakon and his Romanian clan have finally been released from the centuries-old curse that turned them into stone by day and gargoyles by night. Now, just as the wealthy and dashing Drakon brothers are reintegrating into human society, a cat-burgler steals the first of two ancient runes that are the only things preventing a catastrophic reversal that would threaten the precious peace that had finally descended on Romania. Daniella Ferreria, the thief-with-a-heart-of-gold who is responsible for the first burglary, soon turns up at Drakon Castle, determined to get her hands on the second rune. Then, changing circumstances force Daniella and Nicholas to work together to solve their ever-growing problems (and their ever-growing attraction).