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New Releases for November 2014
A Christmas in Bath (Brides of Bath)
All the characters from the first five Brides of Bath books will be serving up some Christmas cheer in this novella, while Glee Blankenship sharpens Cupid’s arrow.
Unbeknownst to scholarly Jonathan Blankenship, his sister-in-law Glee has decided this Christmas he needs a little push to make him see that his dear friend of four years, Miss Arbuckle, will make his perfect mate.
Sale price of $.99 only for preorders and release day. Thereafter, the price will be $2.99 (digital). Print price is the same.
November 4 2014
A Diamond in the Rough (The Dangerous Liaisons series)
CAN A DESPERATE LORD AND AN IMPUDENT CADDIE MAKE THE PERFECT MATCH
Miss Derrien Edwards is not a typical Scottish lass. Opinionated and headstrong, she dares go where no woman has gone before—the golf links at St. Andrews. With her bouncy blond curls tucked under a woolen cap and her freckles hidden by smudges of dirt, she satisfied her love of the game by passing as a young caddie—a male caddie!
Adrian, Lord Marquand is not a typical English lord. Careful and self-controlled, he spurns the gaming hells and brothels frequented by other members of the ton in order to engage in his own secret passion of landscape design. But when his wastrel father bets the ancestral estate on a game of golf, it’s up to him to save his beloved home. His trip to Scotland to learn the game throws his well-ordered life into turmoil, especially when he’s paired with an impudent caddie. Secrets swirls, and soon he must decide whether to take a chance on love that is not par for the course.
November 1, 2014
Sweeter Than Sin (The Dangerous Liaisons series)
CAN THE HEALING POWER OF CHOCOLATE MEND TWO BROKEN HEARTS?
Her reputation ruined by one impetuous mistake, Lady Kyra Sterling lives as a recluse, determined never to make herself vulnerable to love again. Then she meets Rafael, a half-Spanish, half-English war hero.
Hoping to heal his own inner guilt over the death of his cousin, Rafael has come to England to visit his uncle. He doesn’t expect to strike up friendship with his neighbor, the shy Lady Kyra, but when he coaxes her into helping him translate his Spanish grandmother’s notes and recipes for chocolate, a special bond begin to form. But then the man who ruined and then jilted Kyra returns, demanding marriage and her dowry. Now she must choose: make herself vulnerable again and seek Rafael’s help, or quietly return to her reclusive life and succumb to a loveless marriage.
November 1, 2014
When Bella Holsworthy returns to England after fifteen years roaming the globe with her husband, an elderly diplomat, she quickly finds herself in a position more perilous than any in her travels—the Court of King George IV. As the newly elevated Earl and Countess settle into an unfamiliar life in London, this shy, not-so-young lady faces wicked agendas, society’s censure, and the realities of a woman soon to be alone in England.
Unaccustomed to the ways of the beau monde, she is disarmed and deceived by a dissolute duke and a noble French émigré with a silver tongue. Hindered by the meddling of her dying husband, not to mention the King himself, Bella must decide whether to choose one of her fascinating new suitors or the quiet country life she has searched the world to find.
November 28 2014
Tall, Dark, and Royal (The Renegade Royals)
He’s the man behind the mission to track down the illegitimate children of England’s Royal Princes and help them get their due. But his deepest desire is far more personal…
Magnificent and stubborn. Fourteen years apart had not changed Chloe Steele, or Dominic Hunter’s love for her. He’d been a street urchin, a boy raised at court, and finally a magistrate, yet he’d never belonged anywhere–except by her side. Now Chloe devoted herself to girls threatened by scandal–like she had been. But she was in danger, and Dominic was determined to help–and hopefully make up for lost time…
Even in childhood, Dominic had made Chloe feel safe. Now she also felt thrillingly flustered by the powerful man he’d become, and by the longing he inspired. Because Dominic meant not only to protect her, but to untangle the lies that had separated them. Yet for Chloe, surrendering to temptation may be easier than risking a future that could ruin them both…
November 25 2014
A Spy Unmasked (The Crown’s Secret Service)
The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware–known in society as the new Earl of Kirkland–planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a “guest” at a masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation. Until he’s quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him…
Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice’s shining sword, determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert’s betrothed in order to infiltrate the Inventor’s Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia’s reputation… and both of their lives.
November 10 2014
Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventures (Victorian Adventurers)
Lady Elinor is searching for treasure
The intrepid Lady Elinor Tremaine is caught up in the Victorian fervor for exploring distant lands. Her travels throw her back in the company of an old friend—this time far from the security of polite society.
And uncovering the secrets of her own heart
Harry de Vaux, Vicount Tunbury, has loved Lady Elinor for as long as he can remember—but his family’s sordid background put her completely out of his reach. Prowling through Etruscan ruins in Italy with Elinor is exquisite torture. She is so close, and so forbidden…
November 4 2014
Sheri Cobb South
Family Plot (Another John Pickett Mystery)
The third installment of the John Pickett series of humorous Regency mysteries finds Bow Street runner Pickett in Scotland investigating a woman found unconscious on the beach—a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the local laird’s daughter, a girl missing and presumed dead for the last fifteen years. Pickett is surprised and gratified to discover that the woman was found by none other than Lady Fieldhurst and her three young nephews—and that her ladyship has registered at the seaside inn as Mrs. Julia Pickett. When old Angus Kirkbride dies only hours after announcing his intention of changing his will in his daughter’s favor, “Mr. and Mrs. Pickett” must join forces to discover the truth about a family reunion suddenly turned deadly.
November 19 2014
The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide
The definitive guide to seduction…
The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies—who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook—but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart.
Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.
How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?
November 7 2014
It’s Never Enough
Lady Selina Durwood has been in love with Lord Robert Crestor since she was a young girl. As the years passed by and their relationship matured, it was assumed by all who knew them they would eventually marry. But before leaving to join the fight against Napoleon, Robert releases her from any such agreement.
Invited to spend the Christmas holidays with her parents at Robert’s family’s estate, Selina agrees to attend believing Robert is still stationed with his cavalry in Brussels. But upon entering the kitchen with her maid for a late-night meal, she unexpectedly encounters Robert.
Through his strange questions and behavior, it becomes clear to Selina that Robert is quite confused about her feelings for him. Will she be able to convince him that he is the only one for her? With a little help, she just might.
November 6 2014
What A Lady Demands (The Eton Boys Trilogy)
Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one.
Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.
November 4 2014
Rogue Spy (Spymasters)
Ten years ago, he was a boy, given the name ‘Thomas Paxton’ and sent by Revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service. Now his sense of honor brings him back to London, alone and unarmed, to confess. But instead of facing the gallows, he’s given one last impossible assignment to prove his loyalty.
Lovely, lying, former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from her safe rural obscurity by threats and blackmail. Dusting off her spy skills, she sets out to track down a ruthless French fanatic and rescue the innocent victim he’s holding—only to find an old colleague already on the case. Pax.
Old friendship turns to new love and Pax and Camille’s dark secrets loom up from the past. Pax is left with the choice — go rogue from the Service or lose Camille forever.
November 4 2014
A Scandalous Wager
Notorious Widow Lisbeth Carslake, Countess of Blackhurst was acquitted of her husband’s murder, but no one believes in her innocence. Known as the Black Raven, bringer of bad luck and death, she is eviscerated by the gossips and mocked in the clubs. She’s also the subject of London’s most scandalous wager.
Oliver Whitely, Earl of Bellamy, needs money, but it takes more than a few drinks to take on The Black Raven Wager. He finds himself drunk, at her house, and – more surprisingly – inside, and agreeing to a business proposal at the end of a fire poker. She will let him win the wager, and he will help find her husband’s killer before the killer finds her. But business agreements don’t mean trust, and Lisbeth certainly doesn’t trust Oliver, her body’s reaction to him, or her heart.
Love may be the biggest gamble of their lives, but is it a wager their hearts can afford to lose?
November 8 2014
A Christmas Reunion
Gabriel Shepherd has never forgotten his humble origins. So when he discovers a war orphan at Christmastime, he resolves to find a home for her—even if that means asking help from the very family who found and raised him, only to cast him out for daring to love the wrong woman.
Lady Catherine Trevilan has spent five years poring over the British Army’s casualty list, dreading the day she sees Gabe’s name. She’s never forgotten him, and she’s never forgiven herself for not running away with him when she had the chance, though she’s agreed to a marriage of convenience with a more suitable man.
When Gabe returns home on Christmas leave just days before Cat’s wedding, a forbidden kiss confirms their feelings haven’t been dimmed by distance or time. But Cat is honor-bound to another, and Gabe believes she deserves better than a penniless soldier with an orphan in tow. How can Cat reconcile love and duty? She must convince Gabe she’d rather have him than the richest lord in all of England…
November 24 2014
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Tammy Jo Burns
Seducing the Ruthless Rogue (The Rogue Agents)
As Director of The War Office, Stuart McKenzie, has proven himself capable of making difficult decisions in times of crisis and keeping government secrets safe. When he walks in on someone ransacking his study he quickly moves to apprehend them, only to be tossed on his back as the burglar escapes into the night.
Cassie’s father has become a pawn in the fight against Napoleon. When the enemy kidnaps him, she will do anything it takes to get him back – including stealing government secrets from Stuart McKenzie, the Director of the War Office.
When Cassie is caught, she reluctantly agrees to Mack’s assistance as there is something far more sinister going on. As Mack embarks on his mission, he will find that enemies are often closer than one would think and that sometimes your ally will come in the least likely form. When passion erupts between Mack and Cassie, they find their lives forever altered. But just as they believe their lives to be free of danger, a new threat is lurking about, promising to rip their happiness away from them. Will they be able to trust each other enough to defeat this new threat, or will they be torn apart for all eternity?
October 20 2014
A Scandalous Rogue
Bound by Scandal
Better a rich man’s doxy than a poor man’s wife…or so her father, a dissolute gambler, assures Olivia Hart on the evening he trades her virtue to a scandalous rogue as payment for his debts. Now Olivia’s only hope of salvaging her reputation and safeguarding her sister depends upon a too-handsome scoundrel whose every look, every touch, tempt her to toss aside honor and yield to her passions. She must not succumb…
Tempted by Love
A reclusive nobleman haunted by his past sins, Gabriel Townsend, Lord Beaudeville, wants no new gossip attached to his name as he escorts his sister through her season. When a seemingly random encounter throws a young lady of gentle birth in his path, Gabriel suspects a devious marriage trap. To divert this disaster, he must join forces with a woman he knows he should despise, even as she stirs his desire and awakens long-denied dreams…
As irresistible passion leads to love, a desperate enemy sets out to destroy them. Will they discover the truth behind the nefarious plot? Or will a new scandal prove the ruination of their fragile alliance?
October 6 2014
Honor Among Thieves (The Honorables)
Grave robbing ain’t no job for a lady…
To pay off her recently deceased brother’s debts, however, Lorna Robbins must take drastic measures. When she happens upon a resurrectionist gang stealing his corpse, she does the unthinkable and joins the criminal outfit to save her family estate and her younger sibling. For the first time in her lonely, duty-driven life, Lorna finds herself leading a treacherous and exciting double existence. By day, she becomes a popular lady of the ton, relying on society gossip to help her body-snatching gang. By night, she becomes the grave robber known only as the Blackbird.
Surgeon and anatomy teacher Brandon Dewhurst relies on resurrectionists to bring him the specimens he needs to further his research on pregnancy. When his usual suppliers become unreliable, and then downright sinister, he’s reluctantly drawn further into the black market. As Lorna and Brandon both target the same body—a pregnant woman who is still very much alive—they find themselves powerfully drawn together time and again while trying to maintain their own respectable facades. But this daring duo is courting danger, and romance is a complication neither can afford.
October 27 2014
The Rebellious Heart (The Heart Trilogy)
The Rebellious Heart starts in the summer of 1813 and moves into the winter, a particularly bitter one which plays a major role in the plot. The Rebellious Heart, is the last book of the original Hearts Trilogy, telling the story of Ethan Hawthorne and Melissa Preston, who didn’t want to be in Ireland in the first place.
They are not much taken with each other, either. Ethan will eventually inherit an earldom and Kendall House, so it makes sense to come to Ireland to learn about the estate, but he would rather remain a dashing young blade in London. Melissa has been dispatched to stay with her brother in Ireland by her mother who is at her wits’ end, not knowing how to cope with her daughter’s unwillingness to accept marriage at any price. Reluctant allies, they escape from the estate to Dublin, which has the merits of being a city, but they now have to cope with one another. Love is all around them, but love is not as easy as it looks.
October 13 1995/ October 12, 2014
Spy Fall (Regency Spymasters)
When a fiery French parachutist lands on a drunken Lord Cosmo Dunsmore, he surmises she’s an angel sent from above. But is she a spy after something far more sinister than his debauched soul?
A fearless parachutist is out of her depth…
Mari Lamarre is gaining fame for her daring aeronautic endeavors, but her riskiest adventure begins when she collides with the darkly charismatic son of the Marquess of Aldridge. If her mission succeeds, Cosmo’s father will be ruined.
A rakehell falls for a dangerous woman…
Surrendering to a fierce passion, the two embark on a torrid affair, even as Cosmo vows to protect his family at all costs. But in doing so, will he risk losing the captivating beauty who’s swept into his life and made off with his heart?
October 22 2014
Shana Galen, Miranda Neville, Carolyn Jewel, Grace Burroughs
Christmas in the Duke’s Arms
Holiday anthology from bestselling authors Grace Burrowes, Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen and Miranda Neville. The Duke’s Arms is an undistinguished little inn in the tiny village of Hopewell-on-Lyft. But one Christmas season sees both inn and village seething with adventure, intrigue, rabbits, and, above all, love as four couples find Yuletide happiness.
October 15 2014
The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane (Rhymes with Love)
As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor’s house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.
Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her “improvements,” and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he’s scorned society ever since his return…until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.
“RITA Award–winning Boyle (If Wishes Were Earls, 2014) once again displays her deft hand at combining buoyant wit with deep emotion. With its perfectly matched protagonists, surfeit of simmering sexual chemistry, and deliciously amusing cast of secondary characters, the latest addition to the Rhymes with Love series is entrancing in every way.” -Booklist
“The fresh take on Beauty and the Beast and Boyle’s fine storytelling and fabulous characters make this a not-to-be-missed romance. Readers will delight in the sharp dialogue, fast pace, humor and poignancy even as they laugh through their tears.” —Romantic Times, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick!
October 28 2014
The Accidental Countess (Playful Brides)
CAN A SCANDALOUS CHARADE
For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.
LEAD TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE?
After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?
October 28 2014
The Captain’s Dilemma
He had already risked everything –except his heart. When captured French army engineer Alexandre Valmont learns why his officer’s parole has been wrongly revoked and he’s been placed in a war prison, he knows returning to France is the only way he can clear his name and restore his honor. On the run after escaping the prison, he has been depending on luck and his wits to avoid recapture. After he crosses paths with the beautiful daughter of a local baron, he becomes the unwilling recipient of her help when he is injured. Merissa Pritchard knows she may be committing treason by helping the handsome Frenchman, but she is drawn to him by forces she hardly understands. Hiding him and keeping her activities secret becomes more and more difficult with the passage of time. And as she comes to know him and falls in love, she also knows she is headed for certain heartbreak. Or is she? Alex wants to go home, not only to restore his name and honor, but also to help rebuild the nation he loves, cast into chaos by Napoleon’s wars. He hasn’t counted on losing his heart in his enemy’s country, or finding himself a wanted man. Can Fate hold any future for him other than heartbreak?
“Charming, suspenseful and romantic… a keeper!” –Affaire de Coeur
“Eastwood turns conventional expectations upside down in the most wonderful ways….a beautiful romance with gentle freshness and irresistible grace.” (4+) –Romantic Times Magazine
The Lady from Spain
Holt Medallion finalist
“…a wonderful love story full of cleverly plotted intrigue…topped off with an intensely powerful resolution.” (4 ? stars) Romantic Times
The Courtesan’s Book of Secrets
To save his family legacy, Rafe Densmore must seize a courtesan’s infamous register. No one can ever know how his father betrayed his country! One person stands in Rafe’s way–the beautiful Cornelia, Comtesse de Vane.
In the card rooms of Paris, Rafe and Cornelia made an unbeatable…intimate team. Until, convinced of Rafe’s desertion, desperate Cornelia married an elderly comte. Now, returning to London an impoverished widow, she’ll do anything to possess the register.
Even if that means becoming Rafe’s partner once again….
October 1 2014
Brenda Hiatt, Lynn Kerstan, Allison Lane, Gail Eastwood, Alicia Rasley, and Elena Greene
A boxed set containing six novels from six award-winning authors — Brenda Hiatt, Lynn Kerstan, Allison Lane, Gail Eastwood, Alicia Rasley, and Elena Greene. Each novel features a variation on the theme of masquerade. Whether it’s disguise or deception or secret identities, the characters have reason to mask themselves. But true love can see through even the most elaborate charade. Available at a 99-cent introductory price for kindle, nook, apple, and Kobo readers. For detailed information on the set and its novels, go tohttp://www.facebook.com/RegencyMasquerades
October 13 2014
Season for Desire (Holiday Pleasures)
Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once.
Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts—along with kisses that require no mistletoe—and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side…
The Dressmaker’s Duke
Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan, is determined to be the antitheses of his depraved father, repressing his desires so severely he is dubbed “the Monk” by Society. But when Olivia Weston turns up demanding payment for gowns ordered by his former mistress, Rhys is totally flummoxed and inexplicably smitten. He pays her just to remove her from his house, and mind. But logic be damned; he must have this fiercely independent woman.
Olivia’s greatest fear is becoming a kept woman. She has escaped the role of mistress once and vows never to be owned by any man. Rather than make money in the boudoir, she chooses to clothe the women who do. But when a fire nearly kills her friend and business partner, Olivia’s world goes up in smoke and she is forced to barter with the lofty duke.
As their lives weave together, Olivia unravels the man underneath the Monk, while Rhys desires to expose the lady hiding behind the dressmaker. Will his raw passion fan a long-buried ember of hope within her? Can this mismatched pair be the perfect fit?
September 26 2014