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New Releases for August 2015

Cover image for Kristi Ann Hunter's A Lady of Esteem

Kristi Ann Hunter

A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House)
Bethany House Publishers
eBook
Inspirational/Nothing more than kissing

Miss Amelia Stalwood may live in London at her absent guardian’s townhouse, but she’s never actually met any nobility, and instead of aristocrats, her closest friends are servants. Quite by happenstance, she’s introduced to the Hawthorne family and their close family friend, Anthony, the reformed Marquis of Raebourne. They welcome her into their world, but just as she’s beginning to gain some confidence and even suspect she may have caught Anthony’s eye, she’s blindsided by an unexpected twist in her situation accompanied by nasty rumors. Will she lose her reputation when the world that has only just accepted her turns its back on her, or will she rest in the support of the friends who’ve become like family and the man who’s shared his faith and captured her heart?

July 7, 2015
http://kristiannhunter.com/

Cover image for Elizabeth Cole's Beneath Sleepless Stars

Elizabeth Cole

Beneath Sleepless Stars (Secrets of the Zodiac)
SkySpark Books
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

A lady haunted by nightmares, a duke chased by death, and an answer hidden in the night sky…

Insomnia and a passion for astronomy keep Lady Violet Holloway awake all night. She’s content to remain alone with her telescopes and treatises, until an unexpected marriage proposal changes everything. Though she’s never met him, Violet is handed off to a lord whose name is only mentioned in whispers.

Alexander Kenyon is the Duke of Dunmere…better known as the Duke of Death, after losing three wives under unusual circumstances. He’s learned his lesson about the dangers of falling in love, so this marriage is purely for convenience. He has no time for a bride anyway, no matter how intriguing she is. As an agent of the Zodiac, he is tasked with solving a string of perplexing murders hinting at a political conspiracy.

As the stars spin overhead, the date of the next murder draws near. Violet and Alex must work together to stop it, or risk losing the life they’ve found together.

Beneath Sleepless Stars is the fifth novel in the Secrets of the Zodiac, a series of full-length historical romances: Featuring sexy storylines, complex characters, and international intrigue, set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars.

June 20, 2015
http://elizabethcole.co/

Cover image for Georgie Lee's The Captain's Frozen Dream

Georgie Lee

The Captain’s Frozen Dream
Harlequin Historical
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Can he salvage her reputation?

Trapped in the Arctic ice, intrepid explorer Captain Conrad Essington was driven on by thoughts of his fiancée, Katie Vickers. Finally home, he’s ready to take her in his arms and kiss away the nightmare of that devastating winter.

Except the past eighteen months haven’t been plain sailing for Katie, either. With Conrad believed dead, and her reputation in tatters, Katie has relinquished all hope of her fiancé ever returning to save her. Now he’s back, can the dreams they’ve both put on hold at last come true?

August 1, 2015
http://www.georgie-lee.com/

Cover image for Jacki Delecki's A Code of the Heart

Jacki Delecki

A Code of the Heart (The Code Breaker Series)
Doe Bay Publishing
Audiobook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

A Code of the Heart Book 3

Miss Amelia Bonnington has been in love with her childhood hero since she was eleven years old… or so she thought until a not-so proper impassioned and unyielding kiss from the not-so honorable and equally disreputable Lord Derrick Brinsley, gave her reason to question the feelings of the heart.

Lord Brinsley, shunned from society for running off with his brother’s fiancée, hasn’t cared about or questioned his lack of acceptance until meeting the beguiling Amelia Bonnington. One passionate moment with the fiery Miss Bonnington has him more than willing to play by society’s rules to possess the breathtaking, red-haired woman.

Amelia unwittingly becomes embroiled in espionage when she stumbles upon a smuggling ring in the modiste shop of her good friend. To prove her French friend’s innocence, she dangerously jumps into the fray, jeopardizing more than her life.

On undercover assignment to prevent the French from stealing the Royal Navy’s deadly weapon, Derrick must fight to protect British secrets from falling into the hands of foreign agents, and the chance at love with the only woman capable of redeeming him.

July 10, 2015
http://www.jackidelecki.com/

Cover image for Sandra Masters's Once Upon a Duke

Sandra Masters

Once Upon a Duke (The Duke Series)
The Wild Rose Press
Print, eBook
Historical, Graphic Sexual Contact

Serena, an artist and widow, has no desire for another husband. When she meets Geoffrey Austen, attraction sizzles to a scorch. Stolen days and nights ignite forbidden passion. Geoffrey asks Serena to be his mistress, but she wants commitment, love and marriage, not an affair with a notorious rake.

Geoffrey realizes Serena might be the one woman who can care for his tortured soul, and maybe release his demons. The magic they shared is shattered when he learns she has been forced into an engagement with another. He vows to save her even at the cost of his own life.

Will Geoffrey’s gallantry prove he truly loves Serena?

If he survives, will Serena surrender all to him?

July 24, 2015
http://authorsandramasters.com/

Cover image for the anthology Dancing in the duke's arms featuring Miranda Neville, Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen, and Grace Burrowes

Miranda Neville

Dancing in the Duke’s Arms
Miranda Neville, Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen, Grace Burrowes
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Why Do Dukes Fall in Love?

Every summer the cream of society gathers at the Dukeries, named for the ducal estates concentrated in one small corner of Nottinghamshire. While the entertainments include parties, balls, and a famous boat race, the ducal hosts and their guests find adventure, passion, and happy ever afters. Four heartwarming stories from four bestselling authors of historical romance.

MAY I HAVE THIS DUKE? by Grace Burrowes
The governess is determined to leave, but the duke’s plans for her dance to a different–and far lovelier–tune!

DUCHESS OF SCANDAL by Miranda Neville
She was too wild, he was too proud… When the Duke and Duchess of Linton meet after years of estrangement, they may discover they were made for each other after all.

WAITING FOR A DUKE LIKE YOU by Shana Galen
When Princess Vivienne of Glynaven’s family is massacred, she escapes to England only to be pursued by assassins. The Duke of Wyndover comes to her aid, but is he the man she’s been waiting for?

AN UNSUITABLE DUCHESS  by Carolyn Jewel
The Duke of Stoke Teversault would like to marry, but the woman his heart has settled on would make an unsuitable duchess.

June 26, 2015
http://mirandaneville.com/

Cover image for Lillian Marek's Lady Emily's Exotic Journey

Lillian Marek

Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey (Victorian Adventures)
Sourcebooks
Print, eBook
Historical/Inferred Sexual Contact

From sensible, sheltered girl

Safe in the embrace of her loving family, Lady Emily Tremaine longs to feel more intensely alive. Surely the magic and mystery of Assyria and the fabled ruins of Nineveh will bring about the transformation she seeks.

To the woman his heart desires

Scarred by his past and estranged from his noble grandfather, French adventurer Lucien Chambertin desires neither a home nor the chains of emotional attachment. He seeks only to explore the far reaches of the world. But he did not know the world contained the likes of Lady Emily-whose curiosity and sense of wonder match his own.

August 4, 2015
http://lilmarek.indiemade.com/

Cover image for Kelly Bowen's You're the Earl That I Want

Kelly Bowen

You’re the Earl That I Want (The Lords of Worth)
Forever/Grand Central
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

THE EARL DOTH PROTEST . . .

For businessman Heath Hextall, inheriting an earldom has been a damnable nuisance. The answer: find a well-bred, biddable woman to keep his life in order and observe the required social niceties. But it’s always been clear that Lady Josephine Somerhall is not that woman. Once a shy slip of a girl, Joss is now brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball gown. . .

BUT THE LADY KNOWS BEST

In her heart, Joss has always loved Heath, the one person she’s always been able to count on. That doesn’t mean she wants to marry him though. Without a husband, Joss can do as she pleases – and now, it pleases her to solve the mystery of an encoded file given to Heath by a dying man. It’s put Heath in peril once, and Joss won’t let that happen again. She’ll do what she must to ensure the earl’s safety. And to remind him that what she lacks in convention, she makes up for in passion.

August 25, 2015
http://kellybowen.net/

Cover image for Kelly Bowen's A Lady's Guide to Skirting Scandal

Kelly Bowen

A Lady’s Guide to Skirting Scandal (The Lords of Worth)
Forever Yours/Grand Central
eNovella
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Lady Viola Hextall is bored—of the ocean, her chaperones, and the woeful lack of available dukes on the ocean voyage from London to New York. Scrambling for any diversion short of jumping overboard, Viola strikes up a conversation with the ship’s rough-hewn, blue-eyed surgeon—and discovers an immediate cure for what ails her…

To Nathaniel Shaw, Viola has the bearing of a lady and the spirit of an adventurer—an unlikely combination that he finds utterly irresistible. So he’s hoping to convince Viola to leave the stifling ballrooms of London high society behind because there is a big, wide world just waiting for them to explore—together.

August 4, 2015
http://kellybowen.net/

Cover image for Heather Boyd's Miss Radley's Third Dare

Heather Boyd

Miss Radley’s Third Dare (Miss Mayhem Series)
LLD Press
Print, eBook
Historical, Some Sexual Contact

What a woman wants…

The only person who ever understood what Julia Radley wanted most in life was the man who ruined her reputation and secured her victory in a bold swimming race. She does not hold Valentine Merton accountable for the harsh criticisms made against her character until he suggests the only way to smooth over the scandal of his defeat is to wed as soon as possible.

… the gentleman must dare.

After picking himself up after proposing, Valentine Merton is even more determined to tame the wild girl next door. The future he wants within the clockmaker’s guild depends on their speedy marriage. A few sweet words or, as a last resort, another brazen dare is sure to persuade her to take a chance on him… and his family.

Miss Radley’s Third Dare is the third novella in the Miss Mayhem Series.

August 4, 2015
http://heather-boyd.com/

Cover image for Alicia Quigley's The Contraband Courtship

Alicia Quigley

The Contraband Courtship (The Arlingbys)
A Heyer Love, Inc.
eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Malcolm Arlingby, Rowena’s headstrong brother from A Collector’s Item, settles into his new life as the Earl of Wroxton. Content to while away his time in the decadence he missed during his exile from England, Malcolm hasn’t been paying attention to the duties that come with the title. A letter from the mistress of a neighboring estate warns of smugglers using Malcolm’s lands for their dastardly deeds and he must finally put aside his entertainments to handle the business of being an Earl.

Helena Keighley, the one who sent the letter, is not the sour spinster Malcolm was expecting, however. She is a beautiful, vibrant and equally headstrong woman who is more than ready to take Malcolm to task for ignoring his duties. As the pair becomes embroiled in solving the problem of the smugglers, a strong attraction develops. The smugglers aren’t going without a fight, though.

Will his new neighbor bring Malcolm all the things he never knew he wanted? Or, will the smugglers destroy it all? Find out in The Contraband Courtship.

June 25, 2015
http://www.aheyerlove.com/

Cover image for Vikki Vaught's Lady Overton's Perilous Journey

Vikki Vaught

Lady Overton’s Perilous Journey (Honorable Rogue)
Secret Cravings Publishing
eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

When her son’s life is threatened, Anissa, Marchioness of Overton, seeks refuge by sailing to America. Before the ship reaches the high seas, sparks fly between her and Captain Alex Hawks. Although the young widow may be lonely, and afraid, she cannot risk the diversion a romantic entanglement could bring, no matter how much she wants to lose herself in the captain’s embrace.

The Captain vows to protect the young Lord Overton, but can offer no assurance that the marchioness will leave his ship with her virtue intact. Alex is drawn to Anissa’s beauty and courage, as a hummingbird is to the nectar of a flower. How long can he fight a losing battle before he surrenders and makes her his own?

Will Alex be able to keep this remarkable woman and her child safe? Will his passion for Anissa be enough or will their differences keep them apart?

July 11, 2015
http://vikkivaught.com/

Cover image for Sally MacKenzie's What to Do with a Duke

Sally MacKenzie

What to Do with a Duke (Spinster House)
Kensington Zebra
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosing—or fall unexpectedly, madly in love…

Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be lounging in the library than circling the ballroom in search of a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town’s infamous Spinster House is open for a new resident, she jumps at the chance to put all this marriage business behind her. But first she must make arrangements with her prospective landlord, Marcus, the Duke of Hart—the most handsome man she’s ever seen, and the only man who’s ever impressed her in the least…

With her wit, independent spirit, and not least of all her beauty, Marcus can’t help but be stirred by Cat. It’s terribly unfortunate he’s not looking to marry, given the centuries-old curse that left his family with the Spinster House to begin with. No duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. But is there a chance the curse could be broken—in true fairy-tale fashion—by an act of true love? The race to Happily Ever After is about to begin…

August 25, 2015
http://www.sallymackenzie.net/

Cover image for Sandra Schwab's The Lily Brand

Sandra Schwab

The Lily Brand
Sandra Schwab
eBook
Genre Type Historical/Some Sexual Contact

FOREVER MARKED

Troy Sacheverell, fifth earl of Ravenhurst, was captured in France. He’d gone to fight Napoleon, but what he found was much more sinister. Dragged from prison to an old French manor on the outskirts of civilization, he was purchased by a rich and twisted widow. And more dangerous still was the young woman who claimed him.

Lillian had not chosen to live with Camille, her stepmother, but nobody escaped the Black Widow’s web. And on her nineteenth birthday, Lillian became Camille’s heir. Her gift was a plaything: a man to end her naiveté, a man perfect in all ways but his stolen freedom. Yet even as Lillian did as she was told, marked that beautiful flesh and branded it with the flower of her name, all she desired was escape. In another place, in another world, she’d desired love. Now, looking into burning blue eyes, she knew there was no place to run. No matter if should she flee, no matter where she might go, she and this man were prisoners of passion, inextricably linked by the lily brand.
And while her heart remained locked in ice, his burnt with hate. Would they ever find true happiness?

(This book was first published in 2005 by Dorchester Publishing.)

July 25, 2015
http://www.sandraschwab.com/

Cover image for Wendy LaCapra's Lady Scandal

Wendy LaCapra

Lady Scandal (Furies Series)
Entangled Scandalous
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Blurb London, 1784

Sophia Baneham has lived in the poison of her dead father’s shadow for longer than she cares to admit. Now she exists outside of polite society’s influence, holding gambling parties for London’s most dangerous men. When a man walks into one of her soirees, a compelling mix of charisma and icy control, he offers the lady of sin a wager she can’t refuse…

Lord Randolph is a spy in the service of His Majesty, but he’s given an oath to protect the daughter of his mentor. Even as his gamble of marriage starts to spiral out of control and his passions ignite, Randolph is determined that he’ll handle things his way.

But when danger closes in, Randolph won’t just have to protect Sophia from an intended killer. He’ll have to protect her from himself…

July 14, 2015
http://www.wendylacapra.com/

Still Available in 2015

Cover image for Ann Lethbridge's The Duke's Daring Debutante

Ann Lethbridge

The Duke’s Daring Debutante (Beresford Abbey)
Harlequin Historical
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Disgraced by His Grace!

Frederick, Duke of Falconwood, has vowed never to marry, instead dedicating himself to protecting his country. But when he’s caught in a very compromising position with a coquettish debutante, Freddy does the only thing that will salvage her reputation—he proposes marriage!

Even though Minette Rideau craves the stoic duke’s touch, she knows she can’t become his wife. For giving in to her desires will reveal a shameful secret, putting much more than her virtue in jeopardy…

July 1, 2015
http://ann.lethbridge.com

Cover image for Kathleen Baldwin's A School for Unusual Girls

Kathleen Baldwin

A School for Unusual Girls
Tor Teen, Macmillan
print, ebook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies–plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

May 19, 2015

Cover image for Jo Ann Brown's Promise of a Family

Jo Ann Brown

Promise of a Family (Matchmaking Babies)
Harlequin Love Inspired Historical
Print, eBook
Inspirational/Nothing more than kissing

Family in Training?

After rescuing six children abandoned in a boat, Captain Drake Nesbitt is determined to ensure their safety and locate their unknown parents. But first, he needs someone to nurture the babies. He’s grateful for the support of kindhearted Lady Susanna Trelawney.

Although Susanna has given up all hope of marriage and happiness after her fiancé’s betrayal, the adorable children evoke all her maternal instincts. Soon she’s falling for her tiny charges—and their handsome rescuer. Can Susanna convince committed bachelor Drake that he’s more than just a onetime hero, but a man who has room in his heart for a family after all?

August 1, 2015
http://joannbrownbooks.com

Cover image for Susan Gee Heino's Miss Farrow's Feathers

Susan Gee Heino

Miss Farrow’s Feathers
Susan Gee Heino
Audiobook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

Miss Meg Farrow gave her heart to the wrong man once, now the last thing her reputation needs is the foul-mouthed parrot she just inherited. But is the mysterious—and far too attractive—parrot trainer who shows up at her door really here to help them, or does he have something else in mind? She’s not sure what she dreads most, getting the cheeky man out of her house, or letting him into her heart.

June 13, 2015
http://www.SusanGH.com

Cover image for Colleen Ladd's The Duke's Despair

Colleen Ladd

The Duke’s Despair
Colleen Ladd
Print, eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

The Duke of Ransley despairs of getting his ward safely launched. She’ll be lucky to make it through her first Season without permanently blotting her copybook. He’s somehow managed to raise a perfect hoyden, and fixing that will take some doing. But he doesn’t need the help of some marriage-mad woman using his ward to get close to him.

Althea Ravenshaw has neither the need nor the desire to marry. Her heart goes out to Ransley’s ward, saddled with a fire-breathing dragon of a guardian, and she can’t help trying to keep the girl out of trouble. Someone has to, for Ransley clearly isn’t equal to the task.

Neither of them realize that someone is deliberately trying to ruin the girl, someone who will stop at nothing to send Ransley and his ward packing. And he has no objection to including Althea in his plot if she continues to interfere. If Ransley and Althea do not use all their wits, and find the will to actually work together, they will have something far more important than a reputation to despair of.

July 1, 2015
http://www.colleenladd.com

Cover image for Barbara Monajem's To Kiss a Rake

Barbara Monajem

To Kiss a Rake (Scandalous Kisses)
Soul Mate Publishing
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

WHEN A LADY IS ABDUCTED BY MISTAKE…

Melinda Starling doesn’t let ladylike behavior get in the way of true love. She’s secretly helping with an elopement, when she’s tossed into the waiting coach and driven away by a notorious rake.

REVENGE REALLY DOESN’T PAY.

Miles Warren, Lord Garrison, comes from a family of libertines, and he’s the worst of them all—or so society believes. When Miles helps a friend to run away with an heiress, it’s an entertaining way to revenge himself on one of the gossips who slandered him.

Except that he drives off with the wrong woman…and as if that wasn’t scandalous enough, he can’t resist stealing a kiss.

July 29, 2015
http://www.BarbaraMonajem.com

Cover image for Regina Scott's Eloquence and Espionage

Regina Scott

Eloquence and Espionage (The Lady Emily Capers)
Regina Scott
Print, eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

Sometimes life really is romantic. Bluestocking Ariadne Courdebas never thought she’d play the heroine in her own romantic novel until a chance encounter with handsome intelligence agent Jason Sinclair pulled her into the world of espionage. Now with the help of her sister Daphne and friends Priscilla Tate and Lady Emily Southwell, she’s chasing French spies across 1815 London and uncovering treasonous plots that could the shape the outcome of the war with Napoleon, all while pretending to be engaged to Sinclair. It would be perfectly thrilling if she could just manage to secure vouchers for that exclusive club Almack’s like all the other debutantes! As secrets and scandals collide, she finds herself wishing for more than just pretend. Can Ariadne use her considerable eloquence to convince Sinclair to play her hero, forever?

June 22, 2015
http://www.reginascott.com

Cover image for Sweet Summer Kisses anthrology featuring Erin Knightley, Susana Ellis, Aileen Fish, Lily George, Marie Higgins, Elizabeth Johns, Heather King, Cora Lee, and Bess McBride

Erin Knightley, Susana Ellis, Aileen Fish, Lily George, Marie Higgins, Elizabeth Johns, Heather King, Cora Lee, Bess McBride

Sweet Summer Kisses (Limited Edition Box Set)
Indiewrites
Ebook
Traditional, Nothing more than kisses

Bluestockings and wallflowers seek happily-ever-afters. Only handsome, respectable and deeply romantic persons need apply. Dukes and marquesses will be given special consideration. Apply within.

This anthology contains nine fun, heart-tugging, and wholesomely romantic Regency novellas that are as sigh-worthy as they are sweet, brought to you by USA Today and national bestselling, award-winning authors.

Deceived by a Duke by Erin Knightley, USA Today bestselling author

When strangers meet during a summer sojourn to the continent, love soon blossoms under the Spanish sun. But things aren’t all what they seem. When Libby discovers her English gentleman isn’t at all who she thought he was, can their new relationship survive the shock of being . . . Deceived by a Duke?
(Originally published May 2014)

Captivated by the Wallflower by Aileen Fish, USA Today bestselling author

Finding the perfect husband for wallflower Lady Susan is a means to an end for Viscount Knightwick. Falling in love is not part of his plan. Can he keep his heart safe while making hers happy?

A Most Suitable Match by Lily George, national bestselling author

Can confirmed bluestocking and matchmaker Louisa Bradbury compose her own happily ever after with Thomas, the wallflower of the rich and powerful Wright family?

Stealing the Duchess by Marie Higgins, national bestselling author

When Julian Stratford seeks out to steal the duchess as an act of revenge, he mistakenly steals the wrong sister–a wallflower, no less. As they work together to try and solve the mystery, they soon discover that not only are their lives in danger, but so are their hearts.

First Impressions by Elizabeth Johns, national bestselling author

A widower earl, still in need of an heir, reluctantly sets off for London in search of a wife. He infinitely prefers the role of recluse to that of dashing beau. The Season’s Incomparable prefers books to balls, and cannot wait until the Season is over. Their initial prejudices prevent them from feeling they would suit, but an unlikely source may give them another chance…

Treasure Beyond Words by Heather King

Having trusted the wrong man, bluestocking Amelia Burcott is forced to seek employment as a governess in order to support herself. Little does she realize, when she joins the household of the Earl of Raftesbury, that he has a secret as great as her own and needs the right woman to help him conquer his past.

The Earl’s Beloved Match by Bess McBride, national bestselling author

Bluestocking Cora Prentice has no intention of marrying…ever. Tobias, the Earl of Momford, has no intention of marrying…ever. But Aunt Mimi has other plans for them as she sets out to make a match between her goddaughter and her adopted nephew!

Save the Last Dance for Me by Cora Lee, award winning author

When Lady Honoria Maitland reunites with her old friend Benedict Grey, she proposes an arrangement: a faux courtship that will smooth wallflower Benedict’s re-entry into society and appease her dying father. But Honoria’s clever plan failed to account for Benedict’s heart…or her own.

The Third MacPherson Sister by Susana Ellis

Rebecca’s older sisters took the ton by storm while she herself has failed to attact a suitor in four Seasons. Miles is pondering his urgent need for a wife when Rebecca lands in his lap in the nave of Bath Abbey. A match between them seems ordained by the heavens… except for the little matter of his past history with her sisters.

June 23, 2015
http://aileenfish.com

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Cheryl Bolen

Countess by Coincidence (House of Haverstock, Book 3)
Harper & Appleton
Print, eBook, PDF
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

When I want a lighthearted, sigh-worthy romance, I read Cheryl Bolen.–Lauren Royal

The final book in the House of Haverstock — another of Cheryl Bolen’s classic marriage-of-convenience stories.

To extricate himself from financial difficulties, John Beauclerc, the Earl of Finchley, concocts a scheme to marry a stranger who’s answered his advertisement. He’ll show his grandmother! That lady’s withholding money until he can demonstrate more maturity and less scandalous behavior. At six and twenty, the last thing he wants is to settle down. He goes to the church at St. George’s Hanover Square to wed Miss Margaret Ponsby of Windsor, send her on her way with £100, and continue to pursue wine, women and faro with his fun-seeking friends. After the ceremony, he realizes he’s married the wrong woman. Miss Margaret Ponsby of Windsor obviously thought the wedding was to occur at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Lady Margaret Ponsby was at St. George’s in London. How can he extricate himself from this wretched marriage—a marriage over which his grandmother is ecstatic?

If only Lady Margaret Ponsby weren’t so shy. When the lanky young (though most disreputable) earl she’s worshipped from afar for as long as she could remember asks her to move to the church’s altar with him, she’s powerless to decline. Even after a wedding ceremony begins, she still remains mute. She must be standing in for Lord Finchley’s true bride. But once she realizes she really is married to Lord Finchley, she determines to do everything in her power to make this a dream marriage. Even if it means imitating her clever, talkative sister.

July 7, 2015
http://www.CherylBolen.com

Cover image for Cerise DeLand's Her Beguiling Butler

Cerise DeLand

Her Beguiling Butler (Delightful Doings in Dudley Crescent, Book 1)
ebook, PDF
Historical/Graphic Sexual Content

The lovely widow at No. 10 Dudley Crescent hopes to lead a merry life without any husband to replace the elderly one she recently buried. Yet Lady Ranford finds herself in a quandary. Her new butler, Finnley, is not only the most obstinate man she’s ever met, but he’s also a virile enigma.

She’s never been lured to naughtiness with a man. Heaven knows, she certainly shouldn’t fantasize about the tall, dark, scowling creature who runs her household like a finely tuned clock.

But she can’t help herself. She needs to taste him—or dismiss him.

Finnley, poor fellow, has a few risqué dreams of his own about how he’d like to handle the delectable widow. Alone in his rooms, he resolves to deny how her humor riddles his mind and how her beauty steals his breath away.

None of his solutions are proper.

All of his desires are quite…dear me…scandalous.

But what’s a butler to do when the very life of his beloved employer is at stake? And he cannot control his need to protect her and…ahem…bed her?

July 22, 2015
http://cerisedeland.com

Cover image for A Summons from Danby Castle anthology featuring Jerrica Knight-Catania, Samantha Grace, Lily George, Olivia Kelly, and Marie Higgins

Jerrica Knight-Catania, Samantha Grace, Lily George, Olivia Kelly, Marie Higgins

A Summons from Danby Castle
Night Shift Publishing
Ebook
Historical/Some Sexual Content

Revised and Reissued Classics!
Previously found in A Summons From the Duke (out of print) and A Summons From His Grace (out of print), the powerful Duke of Danby summons all of his wayward grandchildren home for the holidays in collection 1 of 2, including:
Jerrica Knight-Catania’s Loving Mister Lockwell
Samantha Grace’s Twice Upon a Time
Lily George’s A Second Chance For Christmas
Olivia Kelly’s It Could Only Be You
Marie Higgins’s Becoming a Lady

July 7, 2015
http://www.jerricasplace.com

Cover image for A Summons from the Duke of Danby anthology featuring Ava Stone, Aileen Fish, Julie Johnstone, Jane Charles, and Suzie Grant

Ava Stone, Aileen Fish, Julie Johnstone, Jane Charles, Suzie Grant

A Summons from the Duke of Danby
Night Shift Publishing
Ebook
Historical/Some Sexual Content

Revised and Reissued Classics!
Previously found in A Summons From Yorkshire (out of print) and A Summons From His Grace (out of print) and A Summons From the Castle (out of print), the powerful Duke of Danby summons all of his wayward grandchildren home for the holidays in collection 2 of 2, including:
Ava Stone’s A Counterfeit Christmas Summons
Aileen Fish’s The Viscount’s Sweet Temptation
Julie Johnstone’s Gift of Seduction
Jane Charles’s Compromised For Christmas
Suzie Grant’s A Caribbean Jewel For Christmas

July 7, 2015
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Samantha Grace

The Best of Both Rogues (Rival Rogues series)
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Print, ebook
Regency Historical/Some Sexual Content

The worst thing Mr. Benjamin Hillary ever did was leave his bride-to-be on their wedding day. 
The hardest thing he will ever have to do is watch her marry another man.

After two long years abroad, Ben finds Eve every bit as captivating as she was the first time he saw her, and he vows to set things right.

Lady Eve Thorne has a new man in her life, and Ben is nothing but trouble. She is no longer a starry-eyed young woman, and now that he’s back, he can go hang for all she cares. At least that’s what she keeps telling herself…

July 7, 2015
http://samanthagraceauthor.com

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Regina Jeffers

His American Heartsong (The Realm)
Regent Solutions
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

LAWRENCE LOWERY, Lord Hellsman, has served as the dutiful elder son his whole life, but when his father, Baron Blakehell, arranges a marriage with the insipid Miss Annalee Dryburgh, Lowery must choose between his responsibility to his future estate and the one woman who makes sense in his life. By Society’s standards, MISS ARABELLA TILNEY is completely wrong to be the future baroness: She is an American hoyden, who demands that Lowery do the impossible: Be the man he always dreamed of being. (A Companion Novel to the Realm Series)

May 27, 2015
http://www.rjeffers.com

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Ally Broadfield

A Midsummer Night’s Kiss
Ally Broadfield
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Four wonderful, Regency Romance novellas written by Stacy Reid, Lily Maxton, Nicola Davidson, and Ally Broadfield

THE MARQUESS AND I

Lady Willow Arlington, hauntingly lovely, is also blind and known by the ton as the dowry-less daughter. Alasdair Morley, the Marquess of Westcliffe, is in need of an heiress, but Lady Willow should be the last person he craves after she was persuaded to reject his offer of marriage when he was a mere third son. Passion reignites between them, and he makes an enticing offer she cannot resist, drawing them into a dance of lust and love despite the misgivings in his heart.

MIDNIGHT WISH

Heiress Jane Cartwright wants a suitor who likes her instead of her dowry. Her parents want a titled son-in-law. When a stranger falls out of a tree and lands at her feet at the Midsummer Ball, she’s intrigued with this charmingly awkward, science-minded man. She thinks her deepest wish has been answered when she finds out he’s titled. But Jane learns that wishes can be fickle, and her whirlwind romance might just be too good to be true…

ONCE UPON A PROMISE

Long abandoned by her aristocratic soldier husband, Emma Montclair craves a formal separation. To forget the man who pulled her into his glittering, stifling world, introduced
her to sizzling passion, then broke her heart.

Home at last, Major Caleb Montclair offers the wife he never stopped loving a counter-bargain: Grant him the six weeks until Midsummer Night to win her back. But even as old
tenderness rekindles, lost time and shocking secrets threaten their second chance…

AND THEN THE MOON

After unexpectedly inheriting a viscountcy, Duncan Newfield must join society. He seems to be the only one not enjoying the Midsummer Night’s Ball – until he discovers Lady Madalene Parish hiding in the garden. Her father, Lord Gilmanton, has ordered her to accept a marriage proposal, any marriage proposal, by the end of the season. A bargain is struck and they

June 29, 2015
http://allybroadfield.com

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Ann Lethbridge

Lady Sybil’s Vampire (A Most Peculiar Season)
Ann Lethbridge
eBook
Paranormal/Graphic Sexual Contact

In Regency London all is not it seems. Vampires live among humans, hiding their secret powers from their hosts in shadows.

Unbeknownst to Lady Sybil Lofstrom she is descended from a race of Fae who got caught in the middle of the Wars of the Races and were exterminated by all sides. Fearing she is losing her mind, she tells no one about the creatures of the night only she sees. Until one of them draws her into his Vampire world with his kisses. The Vampire King’s Shadow Blade, Anton Count Grazki cannot believe there is a human woman, one he finds irresistible to his lonely heart, who can see through the vampire cloak of shadows. Her unique ability means her death unless he can find some way to keep her safe.

June 1, 2015
http://www.annlethbridge.com

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Maggi Andersen

Lady Faith Takes A Leap (The Baxendale Sisters, Book Two)
Maggi Andersen
eBook, eNovella
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Dutiful daughter Faith Baxendale just wants to please. Faith isn’t as adventurous as her younger sister, Hope, gadding about the Continent with their aunt, nor as rebellious as her elder sister, Honor, who planned to become a card sharp. And Faith couldn’t lose herself in her art like sixteen-year-old, Charity. Even Mercy, at fourteen, shows more backbone!

After Faith’s first Season ends, her father urges her to marry the man of his choice. But when Lord Vaughn Winborne, a neighbor Faith had a crush on while still in the schoolroom, arrives home for the Brandreth’s hunt ball, surprising even to herself, Faith is drawn again towards a man her father would never consider.

The youngest Brandreth male, Vaughn, is the black sheep of the family. His elder brother, Chaloner, Marquess of Brandreth, still looks upon him as a reckless youth, and Vaughn is determined to prove him wrong.

A chance comes in the form of a scandal not of Vaughn’s making, and he must learn to trust Faith, who, when all’s said and done, has always known her own mind.

June 1, 2015
http://www.maggiandersenauthor.com

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Vanessa Kelly

How to Marry a Royal Highlander (The Renegade Royals)
Kensington Zebra
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Illegitimate yet thoroughly irresistible, the Renegade Royals are leaving behind their careers as daring spies for the greatest adventure of all…

At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It’s a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he’s ever met…

After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she’d likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren’t trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…

June 30, 2015
http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com

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Elizabeth Bailey

Regency Quintet Summer Edition (Regency Quintet)
Elizabeth Bailey
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

A collection of five sparkling Regency Romances, including four best-selling authors.

Lord Orpington’s Wager by Fenella J Miller
Persuaded by her mother to act as chaperone to her godmother’s daughter, young widow soon realises there is more to it. She has no intention of marrying again, but it seems Lord Simon Orpington – along with both their mothers – has other ideas.

A Most Unusual Governess by Amanda Grange
When poverty forces Sarah Davenport to become a governess, she finds herself in conflict with the arrogant but devastatingly handsome Lord Randall. When danger threatens, he is the only one she can trust.

An Improper Suitor by Monica Fairview
Julia Swinton, of independent fortune and with no need for a husband, is shocked into action by her grandmother’s threat to marry her to notorious rake, Lord Thorwynn. Avoidance throws her into a series of hair-raising adventures.

Gentlemen in Question by Melinda Hammond
Fleeing his homeland from the Terror, Camille, Comte du Viviére, seeks refuge with relatives in England. His arrival draws his cousin Madeleine into a dangerous web of intrigue involving the enigmatic Beau Hauxwell. But which man is the villain?

Seventh Heaven by Elizabeth Bailey
A fast-moving humorous Georgian romp: a sweet and crazy tale of the poet and the wealthy widow. Can Lady Louisa Shittlehope’s common sense save her from an unwise attraction to Septimus Berowne, poet, and stop her falling in with his disreputable gold-digging family?

May 26, 2015

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Collette Cameron

Virtue and Valor (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series)
Soul Mate Publishing
eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Bartholomew Yancy never expected to inherit an English earldom and had no intention of marrying. Now, the Earl of Ramsbury and last in his line, he’s obligated to resign his position as England’s War Secretary, find a wife, and produce an heir. Only one woman holds the least appeal: Isobel Ferguson, an exquisite Scotswoman. Brought to Scotland to mediate between feuding clans, he doggedly woos her.

Disillusioned with men pursuing her for her attractiveness, rather than her unusual intellect, Isobel has all but abandoned any hope of finding a husband in the Highlands. Not only does she believe Yancy no different than her other suitors, he’s a notorious rake. She’s been told he’s practically betrothed. Therefore, his interest in her cannot possibly be honorable, and so she shuns his attentions.

When Isobel is mistakenly abducted by a band of rogue Scots, Yancy risks his life to rescues her. To salvage her compromised reputation, her brother and father insist she marry him. Yancy readily agrees, but Isobel—knowing full well she’s fated for spinsterhood by refusing his offer— won’t be coerced into marriage.

Can love unite a reluctant earl and a disenchanted beauty?

June 24, 2015
http://collettecameron.com

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Victoria Kincaid

Pride and Proposals
Victoria Kincaid
Print, eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

What if Mr. Darcy’s proposal was too late?

Darcy has been bewitched by Elizabeth Bennet since he met her in Hertfordshire.  He can no longer fight this overwhelming attraction and must admit he is hopelessly in love.

During Elizabeth’s visit to Kent she has been forced to endure the company of the difficult and disapproving Mr. Darcy, but she has enjoyed making the acquaintance of his affable cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam.

Finally resolved, Darcy arrives at Hunsford Parsonage prepared to propose—only to discover that Elizabeth has just accepted a proposal from the Colonel, Darcy’s dearest friend in the world.

As he watches the couple prepare for a lifetime together, Darcy vows never to speak of what is in his heart.  Elizabeth has reason to dislike Darcy, but finds that he haunts her thoughts and stirs her emotions in strange ways.

Can Darcy and Elizabeth find their happily ever after?

May 12, 2015
http://victoriakincaid.com

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Jane Lark

Magical Weddings
IndieWrites, inc
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

A box set including two Regency stories, one being the next part in Jane Lark’s Marlow Intrigues Series.
The Jealous Love of a Scoundrel

Magical Weddings includes 14 NEW RELEASES, written expressly for this set.

Whether real or only in the hearts of the bride and groom, the magic of weddings is undeniable. And irresistible! As these 15 enchanting happily-ever-afters by bestselling and award-winning authors prove.

From sweet to spicy, the romances bundled into this set cross time and unite hearts, cast spells of laughter, battle wedding jitters and fight back tears, while weaving love’s hopeful magic throughout 1400 pages.

June 16, 2015

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Tina Gabrielle

At the Spy’s Pleasure (In The Crown’s Secret Service)
Entangled Publishing
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

After years of marriage to a selfish man who preferred gambling to his young bride, Jane, the widowed countess of Stanwell, now seeks what she was long denied—a satisfying lover. Naturally, a lady needs a list of eligible candidates, which doesn’t include the dangerously handsome (if far too arrogant) Gareth Ramsey…until he steals a sinful kiss from Jane’s all-too-willing lips.

Reputed as an arrogant barrister, Gareth’s real occupation is as a spy in the service of His Majesty, and his suspect is on Jane’s list of possible lovers. With her life in danger, there’s no safer place for Jane than with him—and in his bed. But Jane is as distracting as she is infuriating, and keeping her by his side while he pursues his mission might just endanger them both…

May 26, 2015
http://www.tinagabrielle.com

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Heather Boyd

An Improper Proposal (Distinguished Rogues, book 6)
LLD Press
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

In life there are choices…

Spinster Iris Hedley was once the darling of the ton until her father lost his fortune through an illness of the mind. Reduced to living as a penniless guest while her father rots in debtors prison, she’s determined to escape unscrupulous robbers who’ve set her to spy on the ton by the only means possible—by becoming a wealthy mans mistress. Unfortunately for Iris, her proper upbringing never covered intimacy or seduction so she asks the one man she trusts for help with private lessons in the duties of a mistress.

…in love there is but one

Martin Andrews, the Earl of Louth, may have a soft spot for tiny Iris Hedley, especially after her father fled London with a horde of debtors nipping at his heels. Her request for lessons in seduction leaves him reeling and although tempted it’s an offer he must refuse for her own good. Convinced she’s headed for heartbreak, he sets out to prove that surrendering to wicked pleasure is not worth the sacrifice of her future only to discover that her problems are more complicated than his own.

June 9, 2015
http://www.heather-boyd.com

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Shirley Marks

An Elaborate Hoax (The Gentlemen of Worth)
Montlake Romance
Print, eBook
Traditional/Nothing more than kissing

Now that she’s seen her three nieces—daughters of the Duke of Faraday—successfully married off, Mrs. Penelope “Penny” Parker finds herself adrift. But the lovely widow is not without purpose for long. Wealthy bachelor David Cavanaugh is in desperate need of a pretend wife—and he’s convinced that Penny would be perfect for the role.

Risking scandal and her good reputation, Penny agrees to accompany David to the country and play the part of his blushing bride in order to make his grandmother’s final days more restful. She vows to do anything to appear part of a loving couple—even if that means going along with David’s seven-year ruse about his fictional family.

But Penny and David’s game of make-believe starts feeling all too real. Has Penny found a match of her very own? Or will she and David be parted forever once the curtain comes down on their show of romance?

June 2, 2015
http://www.ShirleyMarks.com

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Gloria Gay

Enchanted Summer
Gloria Gay
Print, eBook
Historical/Implied Sexual Contact

When Celia Meade’s uncle impulsively offers Celia and her family a chance at a better life by inviting them to live at his estate near Bath, he is surprised by his daughter Caroline’s animosity against the Meades. Caroline’s hatred of Celia began when Celia attended her aunt’s funeral and Caroline noted the immediate attraction between Celia and Caroline’s choice for a husband, Lord Robert Merrick. Running into each other again in the woods that adjoin Lord Merrick’s property the attraction between Lord Merrick and Celia blossoms into love in the warm days of summer. Enraged that Lord Robert’s sister encourages her brother by planning trips and picnics with Celia, Caroline calls a meeting with her father and Celia, and extracts a promise from Celia to not see Lord Merrick again with the threat that she will force the Meades to leave her house. To ease the tension, Celia accepts a month-long stay at a friend’s home but while Celia is away Caroline plans the downfall of Celia’s family.

May 14, 2014
http://gloriagay.com

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Elizabeth Boyle

Mad About the Major (The Bachelor Chronicles)
Avon Impulse
Print, eBook
Historical/Graphic Sexual Contact

Lady Arabella Tremont has spent her entire life protected and overshadowed by her restrictive father. But she is a Tremont, after all, and the morning after she is nearly ruined at a ball by a handsome stranger, Arabella’s father demands she make an arranged match with the heir to a dukedom. In desperation, Arabella takes matters into her own hands.

Major Kingsley is in London to avoid his parents’ dreadful house party. To his surprise he runs into the enticing—and unforgettable—minx he met at a ball the previous night. Arabella, or Birdie, as he knows her, insists he owes her three favors—for he’s put her in a terrible pinch. Kingsley agrees, if only to delay his trip home and because the notion of spending the day with this enchanting bit of muslin is too tempting to resist. But all too quickly he discovers Arabella’s requests are hardly what he expected…

June 2, 2015
http://elizabethboyle.com

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Maggi Andersen

Lady Faith Takes A Leap (The Baxendale Sisters)
Maggi Andersen
eBook, eNovella
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Dutiful daughter Faith Baxendale just wants to please. Faith isn’t as adventurous as her younger sister, Hope, gadding about Italy with their aunt, nor as rebellious as her elder sister, Honor, who planned to become a card sharp. And Faith couldn’t lose herself in her art like sixteen-year-old, Charity. Even Mercy, at fourteen, shows more backbone!

After Faith’s first Season ends, her father urges her to marry the man of his choice. But when Lord Vaughn Winborne, a neighbor Faith had a crush on while still in the schoolroom, arrives home for the Brandreth’s hunt ball, surprising even to herself, Faith is drawn again towards a man her father would never consider.

The youngest Brandreth male, Vaughn, is the black sheep of the family. His elder brother, Chaloner, Marquess of Brandreth, still looks upon him as a reckless youth, and Vaughn is determined to prove him wrong.
A chance comes in the form of a scandal not of Vaughn’s making, and he must learn to trust Faith, who, when all’s said and done, has always known her own mind.

June 1, 2015
http://www.maggiandersenauthor.com

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Georgie Lee

Lady’s Wager
Georgie Lee
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

Charlotte Stuart is an heiress dedicated to charitable causes who’s been betrayed by the false love of a fortune hunter before. Ridiculed by Paris society for her mistake, she vows never to fall victim to the weakness of love again. Driven back to England by the collapse of the Peace of Amiens, she enters London society and meets Lord Edward Woodcliff, a handsome Viscount in straightened circumstances. Falling for Edward means risking being humiliated again.

Edward has come to London to find a wife. Made leery of marriage by his father’s disastrous second marriage, Edward feigns poverty in order to find a woman who loves him and not his wealth. He loses his heart to the independent and spirited Charlotte, but her fear of being betrayed, and his hesitation to make a matrimonial mistake, prove difficult to overcome.

All seems hopeless until Edward challenges Charlotte to a wager. If he wins, he gains her hand in marriage. If he loses, then Charlotte is free of him. Charlotte accepts the wager only to lose her hand and her heart to Edward. Now Charlotte must put aside her fears of being betrayed by love long enough to let Edward into her life and admit he is the man of her dreams.

April 20, 2015
http://www.georgie-lee.com

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