New Releases from Authors of The Beau Monde Chapter (Regency Historical) of Romance Writers of America
Six Gentlemen, One Pact… A Pact Between Gentlemen is the first book in the Regency Christmas Pact Collection, and includes novellas from Jerrica Knight-Catania, Aileen Fish and Julie Johnstone. After the death of an old school friend, six gentlemen make a pact to remain bachelors (and therefore save themselves the fate of their dearly departed friend). But as each fellow heads home for the holidays, how many of them will remain true to their word?
December 1, 2013 | Night Shift Publishing | Historical/Inferred Sexual Contact | eBOOK
Facing her second Christmas since the loss of her fiancé, Helena relies on her favorite traditions to bring back the joy of the season. Yet from stir-up day to bringing in the greenery on Christmas Eve, her cousin’s brother-in-law Duncan is underfoot, questioning her every action. As Duncan plays along with the outdated rites, he realizes how much he’s missed Helena’s laughter. When he hears she plans to re-enter the Marriage Mart next spring, he is struck with jealousy. Is he falling in love, or simply under the spell of the holiday season?
November 14, 2013 | Ellora’s Cave | Historical/Nothing more than kissing | eBOOK
Disgraced lady Charity West lives in the dark world of the city’s seedy underbelly. She’s used and abused, yearning for freedom, and her distrust of men runs deep…until she meets Highland rogue Logan Gilvry. Whisky runner Logan lives outside the law and is used to looking danger in the eye. Charity may just prove to be his most dangerous challenge yet. Her beauty is unrivaled, but it’s her fire that lures Logan. He’ll do anything to save Charity—even face her inevitable betrayal….
December 1, 2013 | Harlequin Historical | Historical/Some sexual content | PRINT/eBOOK
Miss Miranda Bartlett is on a mission to locate her missing friend. Determined hoyden that she is, she’ll do whatever it takes to get the answers she seeks too, even if that means dressing like a dandy, sneaking into a gaming hell, and surrounding herself with London’s worst reprobates. However, she didn’t plan on bumping into a Herculean gentleman along the way. The handsome and honorable Lord Harrison Casemore immediately thwarts her plans and seems determined to save her at every turn, making it more than difficult to accomplish her task. Ever since Harry Casemore spotted the exotic temptress trying to pass herself off as a fop, he’s been drawn to her. He hasn’t figured out what she’s after, but he’s fairly certain he’d sell his soul if she’d just let him help her with whatever it is.
December 1, 2013 | Night Shift Publishing | Historical/Nothing more than kissing | eNOVELLA
Even the most ruthless of rogues live by their own code of honor, and for Alexander Everett, the wicked Duke of Kelfield, his includes not seducing the ward of his oldest and dearest friend. However for a man who is accustomed to getting what he wants, the lure of the forbidden fruit is enough to drive him wild. When he finds himself under the same roof as the enchanting Olivia Danbury at a summer house party, he discovers the temptation of the lady is more than he can resist. Olivia, on the other hand, has the rest of her life all mapped out. When her fiancé returns from the Peninsular Wars, they’ll get married, settle down in the country and live happily ever after. The sinfully sexy Duke of Kelfield was not in her plans. But when she stumbles headlong into a compromising position with the passionate duke, her carefully constructed life quickly begins to unravel. In no time, Olivia must choose between the life she’s always planned and everything she never knew she wanted.
December 1, 2013 | Night Shift Publishing | Historical/Some sexual content | AUDIOBOOK
Six Gentlemen, One Pact… A Pact Between Gentlemen is the first book in the Regency Christmas Pact Collection, and includes novellas from Ava Stone, Jane Charles and Catherine Gayle. After the death of an old school friend, six gentlemen make a pact to remain bachelors (and therefore save themselves the fate of their dearly departed friend). But as each fellow heads home for the holidays, how many of them will remain true to their word?
December 1, 2013 | Night Shift Publishing | Historical/Nothing more than kissing
Dissolute aristocrat Lord Valiant Oakenhurst hides a sexy, supernatural secret—as a powerful incubus, he is able to influence others through erotic dreams. At an exclusive Christmas house party, his latest mission is compromised by the beautiful but deadly succubus Lucille Beaulieu. Though still drawn to his former lover, Val cannot forget her betrayal…. Hoping to atone for her past, Lucie uses her seductive powers to help couples find happiness. But she is distracted from her task by her own delicious dreams of the dark and dangerous Val. As the riotous festivities begin, their passion is reinvoked, but can a little Christmas magic restore their lost trust?
November 1, 2013 | Harlequin Historical Undone | Paranormal/Graphic sexual content | eNOVELLA
Lovely but impoverished Kate Billings sets off to become a governess, but through a mishap ends up joining an acting troupe instead. Cynical Lord Grayson also joins the troupe–in disguise–hoping to get to know Kate better.
December 1, 2013 | Camel Press | Traditional/Some sexual content | PRINT/eBOOK/PDF
Major Robert Kurland has returned to the quiet vistas of his village home to recuperate from the horrors of Waterloo. However injured his body may be, his mind is as active as ever. Too active, perhaps. When he glimpses a shadowy figure from his bedroom window struggling with a heavy load, the tranquil façade of the village begins to loom sinister. . . Unable to forget the incident, Robert confides in his childhood friend, Miss Lucy Harrington. As the dutiful daughter of the widowed rector, following up on the major’s suspicions offers a welcome diversion–but soon presents real danger. Someone is intent on stopping their investigation. And in a place where no one locks their doors, a series of thefts and the disappearance of two young serving girls demands explanation. . . As Robert grapples with his difficult recovery, he and Lucy try to unearth the dark truth lurking within the village shadows, and stop a killer waiting to strike again…
November 26, 2013 | Kensington | Historical/No sexual content | PRINT/eBOOK
Lady Isabella Porter and Lord Gerard Malden have known each other since they were children. Isabella thinks of Gerard as someone who teased her unmercifully and made her feel inadequate as a young girl. This is a very unfortunate state of affairs for Gerard because he has loved Isabella for many years. A sudden, fierce snowstorm and misplaced notes informing both of a change of plan mean Isabella and Gerard are forced to spend the Christmas holidays together in very unusual circumstances. Gerard realizes he must use the time he has been given with Isabella to change the opinions she formed as a girl so she may look upon him with favor and, if he is fortunate, lasting affection.
November 7, 2013 | Ellora’s Cave | Historical/Nothing more than kissing | eBOOK
RT Book Club’s Best Regency Romance of 2005, now available as an audiobook!
Lady Dearing became society’s most notorious widow after kissing a stranger at a masquerade but two years later, his memory still haunts her dreams. Sir Jeremy Fairhill has given up hope of finding her, but when he investigates the infamous widow who’s taking in children from London’s Foundling Hospital, his sense of duty clashes with a dangerous passion for the elusive, alluring Lady Dearing.
September 24, 2013 | Historical/Some sexual content | PRINT/eBOOK/AUDIOBOOK
“Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters.” —Sally MacKenzie Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife… Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh…
November 7, 2013 | Kensington | Historical/Some sexual content | eBOOK/POD
Secret Desires Faith Pelly is tired of being the responsible daughter. She longs for adventure with a man who will introduce her to the secrets of carnal desire. But she never dreams she will meet the Savage Rake who flirts with her, seduces her and takes her as his own… Dark Secrets Asked to investigate charges of treason, the Earl of Westbrook attends a house party determined to discover the truth. That includes using all his sensual wiles on the lovely Miss Pelly, a beguiling young woman eager for erotic excitement with a man who will fulfill all her secret fantasies. And he plans on being that man…
November 26, 2013 | eKensington | Historical Erotica/Graphic Sexual Content | eBOOK
Over the past six months, Lady Sara Downey lost her husband to another woman, found herself destitute, then discovered she was a widow. Fighting to survive, she opens a dress shop in London only to become the victim of a vicious blackmailer. Ever since his wife ran off with another man, Philip St. James, the sixth Duke of Brentwood, vows never to fall prey to the conniving female gender again. Imagine his surprise when a chance meeting finds him staring into the beautiful eyes of the widow of his ex-wife’s lover. While he’s able to fight the immediate attraction, his conscience and honor won’t allow him to ignore the fact she is being tormented by an unknown assailant. He promises to protect Lady Downey, but can he guard his heart from the sweet widow?
November 1, 2013 | Historical/Graphic sexual content | PRINT/eBOOK
Deborah Moore has learned her lessons well – feel nothing, reveal less, and trust no one. Now widowed with a child of her own, she leads a lonely, cloistered existence, counting her farthings and thinking she is safe. When five-year-old Julian is lost one bitter December day, she discovers how tenuous that safety is. Evan Haverfield has lived thirty carefree years, hunting, laughing, and dancing among London’s high society. His biggest problem has been finding excuses not to marry. But his life changes when he finds Julian Moore half-frozen under a hedge and carries him home to his mother. The young widow hides behind a mask, hard and reserved, but Evan sees glimpses of another woman, wistful, intelligent, and passionate. She’s vulnerable, desirable — and completely unsuitable for the heir to Northridge. Alone in the earliest hours of a new year, Evan teaches Deborah to waltz. Can he teach her joy and laughter? Will love sweep away the shadows of her past and reveal the luminous woman she could be?
November 7, 2013 | Taliesin Publishing | Historical/Some sexual content | eBOOK/PDF
THE REDHEADED RAKE
It was a dull day at White’s, the day he agreed to the wager: seduce bed and walk away from the lovely Lady Leisterfield, all by Twelfth Night. This holiday season, Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, planned to give himself a gift.
THE INNOCENT WIDOW
She was too proper by half—or so was the accusation of her friends, which was why her father had to find her a husband. But Lord Leisterfield was now gone a year, and Grace was at last shedding the drab colors of mourning. The house felt empty, more so during the coming Christmastide, and so tonight her coming out would begin with a scandalous piece of theater. The play would attract rogues, or so promised her friend the dowager countess. It would indeed. The night would bring about the greatest danger—and the greatest happiness—that Grace had ever known.
November 1, 2013 | Burroughs Publishing Group | Historical/Some sexual content | eNOVELLA
Whitfield Calder, Earl of Danning, would much rather spend a fortnight fishing than entertaining three eligible young ladies. But when his valet insists that marriage is an earl’s duty, Whit agrees to a house party. He has no intention of actually proposing to anyone . . . until flame-haired Ruby Hollingsford declares she’d never accept him anyway. Ruby might have been tricked into attending this charade, but she certainly won’t compete for the earl’s affections. Yet Whit isn’t the selfish aristocrat she envisioned. And with a little trust, two weeks might be ample time for an unlikely couple to fall headlong in love.
December 3, 2013 | Love Inspired Historical | Inspirational/Nothing more than kissing | PRINT/eBOOK
Without dowries and the opportunity to meet eligible gentlemen, the five Barlow sisters stand little chance of making advantageous marriages. But when the eldest attracts the attention of a wealthy viscount, suddenly it seems as though Fate is smiling upon them. Lucy knows that she owes it to her younger sisters to encourage Lord Bexley’s attentions, since marriage to a peer will secure their futures as well as hers. The man of her dreams has always looked like Andrew Livingston. But he’s always treated her like a child, and, in any case, is betrothed to another. Perhaps the time has come to put away childhood dreams and accept reality…and Lord Bexley. Andrew has returned from the Peninsula with more emotional scars to deal with than just the lame arm. Surprisingly, it’s his sister’s friend “Little Lucy” who shows him the way out of his melancholy. He can’t help noticing that Lucy’s grown up into a lovely young woman, but he’ll need a little Christmas magic to win her for himself.
November 21, 2013 | Ellora’s Cave | Historical/Nothing more than kissing | PRINT/eBOOK
In this thrilling introduction to her Renegade Royals series, Vanessa Kelly transports readers to the court of King George III—where a London street urchin unwittingly plays Cupid, ushering in a new era—and ultimately a new kind of royal… With her widowed mother working long hours as governess to the royal children, Linnet St. Clare must look after her siblings and run the household. Now she must add to her worries the fate of Dominic, a poor orphan who has inspired the wrath of the king himself. Clearly Linnet has no time to consider her own desires—much less notice the attentions of a certain handsome, powerful magistrate… Sir Anthony Tait is at a loss for how to capture Linnet’s interest. If only she would be still long enough for courting. Outright seduction seems the only answer. But will his kisses be enough to persuade her—or might Anthony have something to learn from young Dominic about matters of the heart? And in saving the boy’s future, might Anthony and Linnet at last create their own?. . .
November 26, 2013 | Kensington Zebra | Historical/Some sexual content | eNOVELLA