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New Releases for September 2015

Cover image for Jane Lark's The Secret Love of a Gentleman

Jane Lark

The Secret Love of a Gentleman
Harper Impulse
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Inferior and seduction are bitter tasting words…

How could Caro love and hate the same man? How could she be foolish enough to harbour that love for years; to hide herself away from the world because of her embarrassment over her failure to be loved in return? Because she is a fool… Yet Rob Marlow sees not that but courage in her, and this beautiful young man, who gives her back the strength she’s lost is someone she longs to cling to for the physical comfort she has missed since the end of her marriage.

Integrity, idealism and honour are at the heart of Rob Marlow, and yet he knows that perhaps pride is his weakness, but he thought it his only possible weakness until he spends a summer with his sister and discovers a new addiction, Caro, his brother-in-law’s dependent sister.

August 27, 2015
janelark.co.uk

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Bliss Bennet

A Rebel without a Rogue (The Penningtons)
Bliss Bennet
Print, eBook

A woman striving for justice

Fianna Cameron has devoted her life to avenging the death of her father, hanged as a traitor during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Now, on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, only one last miscreant remains: Major Christopher Pennington, who both oversaw her father’s execution and maligned his honor. Fianna risks everything to travel to London and confront the man who has haunted her every nightmare. Only after her pistol misfires does she realize her sickening mistake: the Pennington she wounded is far too young to be her intended target.

A man who will protect his family at all costs

Rumors of being shot by a spurned mistress might burnish the reputation of a rake, but for Kit Pennington, determined to win a seat in Parliament, such salacious gossip is a nightmare. To regain his good name, Kit vows to track down his mysterious attacker and force her to reveal why she fired on him. Accepting an acquaintance’s mistress as an ally in his search is risky enough, but when Kit begins to develop feelings for the icy, ethereal Miss Cameron, more than his political career is in danger.

As their search begins to unearth long-held secrets, Kit and Fianna find themselves caught between duty to family and their beliefs in what’s right. How can you balance the competing demands of loyalty and justice—especially when you add love to the mix?

September 15, 2015
www.blissbennet.com

Cover image for Kristi Ann Hunter's A Noble Masquerade

Kristi Ann Hunter

A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House)
Bethany House Publishers
Print, eBook
Inspirational

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pour her innermost feelings out not in a dairy but in letters to her brother’s old school friend, a duke—with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she’s heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marlow, her brother’s new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

When Marlow accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men—one she’s never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marlow is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda’s heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.

September 8, 2015
KristiAnnHunter.com

Cover image for Shereen Vedam's A Perfect Curse

Shereen Vedam

A Perfect Curse (The Rue Alliance)
Publlisher ImaJinn Books, imprint of Belle Books
Print
eBook

Who needs a prince, when you’ve got a huntsman?

Nevara Wood is desperate to change her life. Plagued by shifting sight, which skews her normal vision and shows her disturbing visions, she’s always felt odd and unlovable. And she greatly wants to be loved—especially by Mark Dimas, the man she has hero-worshiped since the day he saved her life. Her only chance at happiness lies in breaking the curse that afflicts her—and all clues to the source of her torment point to a town in Southern Spain. Unfortunately, her every attempt to travel to that war-ravaged continent is impeded by the very man whose love she wants to win . . .

Mark Dimas Alvaro is the last in a line of wizards charged by his ancestor, a magical huntsman, to secretly protect Nevara’s family. But Mark chafes at his role because it has cost him everyone he loves, most recently his beloved brother. He is certain that if Nevara would simply stay in England and not create any unnecessary magical waves, they could both survive for another generation. Instead, his stubborn charge’s persistent investigation into her past lands Nevara in imminent danger. Mark instantly prepares to wage a magical war to protect the woman he has sworn to protect . . . and has come to deeply love.

But Nevara’s innocent probing has awoken an ancient evil that has held a grudge against her charmed family for three centuries. And it will do everything in its power to ensure that this princess never gets to live happily ever after . . .

June 30, 2015
www.shereenvedam.com

Cover image for Constance Hussey's Trusting Lord Summerton

Constance Hussey

Trusting Lord Summerton

Now that she was free, Mary would never again allow another man into her life. Her battered heart was closed to friend and lover alike—but it was not closed to revenge. As eager as she was to bring down her enemy, however, she could not do it alone. She had to accept help—help which might be more dangerous than anything her foe might contrive. For the outstretched hand belonged to a man she had betrayed—her once fiancé, Lord Summerton, and she feared that deep in her heart lay the long-buried embers of the love they once shared.
Lord Summerton knew he was a fool to even think of tangling with Mary. She was trouble with a vengeance and he already had enough complexity in his life. He was sure their love had been but a young man’s fancy. Still, to see her so wounded and not offer his aid was beyond him—even knowing that a second betrayal would damage him past mending.

September 3, 2015
www.constancehussey.com

Cover image for Regina Jeffers's A Touch of Emerald

Regina Jeffers

A Touch of Emerald: (The Conclusion of the Realm Series)
Publisher Regency Solutions
eBook

Four crazy Balochs. A Gypsy band. An Indian maiden. A cave with a maze of passages. A hero, not yet tested. And a missing emerald.

For nearly two decades, the Realm thwarted the efforts of all Shaheed Mir sent their way, but now the Baloch warlord is in England, and the tribal leader means to reclaim the fist-sized emerald he believes one of the Realm stole during their rescue of a girl upon whom Mir turned his men. Mir means to take his revenge on the Realm and the Indian girl’s child, Lady Sonalí Fowler.

Daniel Kerrington, Viscount Worthing, has loved Lady Sonalí since they were but children. Yet, when his father, the Earl of Linworth, objects to Sonalí’s bloodlines, Worthing thinks never to claim her. However, when danger arrives in the form of the Realm’s old enemy, Kerrington ignores all caution for the woman he loves.

“The first fully original series from Austen pastiche author Jeffers is a knockout.” – Publishers Weekly

August 24, 2015
www.rjeffers.com

Cover image for Jo Ann Brown's Family in the Making

Jo Ann Brown

Family in the Making (Matchmaking Babies)
Harlequin Love Inspired Historical
Print, eBook,

Daddy Lessons

Arthur, Lord Trelawney, is an expert at carrying coded messages for the government—and a complete amateur in caring for children. Before courting a widowed acquaintance with two babies, he decides to practice with the rescued orphans sheltering at his family estate. A practical idea…until he meets their lovely nurse.

Maris Oliver is drawn to the principled, handsome nobleman, even if he’s expected to woo another woman. Both have secrets that threaten their safety and their fragile trust. But if Maris’s sweet charges have their way, Arthur won’t need to venture beyond his own front door to find a woman he’ll risk all to protect and love.

Matchmaking Babies: Seeking forever families and speeding up the course of true love

October 1, 2015
www.joannbrownbooks.com

Cover image for Jo Ann Brown's Her Longed-For Family

Jo Ann Brown

Her Longed-For Family (Matchmaking Babies)
Harlequin Love Inspired Historical

Meant-to-Be Mother

Lady Caroline Trelawney Dowling has always wanted a child of her own and her wish comes true when two abandoned children are temporarily turned over to her. She’s finding new purpose and joy—even more so after the handsome baron next door requests her help in renovating his house and refining his manners.

As the new Lord Warrick, Jacob has a host of duties, including updating his estate and providing an heir. Lady Caroline’s expertise in etiquette proves invaluable, and spending time together is a delight. But as the children’s origins are finally uncovered, can he keep her newfound family intact—and unite her dreams with his own?

December 1, 2015
www.joannbrownbooks.com

Cover image for Erica Ridley's The Brigadier's Runaway Bride

Erica Ridley

The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride (Dukes of War)
Intrepid Reads
Print, eBook

Miss Sarah Fairfax is having a wretched year. Her intended perished at war. His child is in her belly. To secure her future, she resigns herself to a loveless marriage. Just as she’s about to say “I do,” her fiancée returns from the grave to crash the wedding… but he’s no longer the charming, carefree man she remembers.

After being left for dead on the battlefield, Brigadier Edmund Blackpool is scarred inside and out. He fights his way home only to discover his intended before the altar with his best friend. He’ll be the one to marry her, no matter what she wants! But when his new bride disappears with his child, he must reopen his wounds to win the most important battle of his life.

September 1, 2015
ericaridley.com

Cover image for Shannon Donnelly's Lady Chance

Shannon Donnelly

Lady Chance (#2 Regency Ladies in Distress)
Cielito Lindo Publishing
eBook
Historical/Nothing more than kissing

In Paris of 1814, as Bourbon king again takes the throne, and the Black Cabinet—a shadowy group of agents employed by the British—is sent to unmask dangerous men and stop assassinations. When Diana, Lady Chauncey—known as Lady Chance—is recruited by her cousin to use her skill at cards to help him delve into these plots, she meets up with a man she thought dead. Diana finds herself swept into adventure and intrigue, and once again into the arms of the French officer she tangled with ten years ago. But she is no longer an impulsive girl, and he may not be the man she once thought was honorable and good.

After the recent defeat of his country, Giles Taliaris wants nothing more than a return to his family’s vineyards in Burgundy. But his younger brother seems involved in dangerous plots to return France to a republic. To get his family through these troubles, Giles can only tread warily. When he again meets meet the English girl he once knew and thought lost to him, he finds himself torn between duty and desire. Can he find his way through this tangle—and if he does, how can he convince his Diana to give up everything for him?

August 19, 2015
shannondonelly.com

Cover image for Liz Tyner's Forbidden to the Duke

Liz Tyner

Forbidden to the Duke (English Rogues and Grecian Goddesses)
Harlequin Historicals
Print
eBook

The expectations of a duke are simple:
1. Secure a suitable marriage.
2. Produce male heirs.

For Rhys Rolleston, Duke of Harling, however, it’s not so black-and-white when he catches Bellona Cherroll trespassing on his land. He’s captivated by this exotic beauty, but Rhys knows she’s the very antithesis of what a “suitable” duchess should be.

What should he do? Avoid her at all costs. What does he do? Invite her to live under his roof!

September 1, 2015
liztyner.com

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

Jacki Delecki

A Code of the Heart (Audio, The Code Breaker Series)
Doe Bay Publishing
Print, eBook, Audiobook

A Code of the Heart

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 20, 2015
jackidelecki.com

Cover image for Cheryl Bolen's Counterfeit Countess

Cheryl Bolen

Counterfeit Countess (Brazen Brides)
Harper & Appleton
Print, eBook
Historical/Some Sexual Contact

Daphne du Maurier award finalist for Best Historical Mystery

“This story is full of romance and suspense. . . No one can resist a novel written by Cheryl Bolen. Her writing talents charm all readers. Highly recommended reading! 5 stars!” – Huntress Reviews

“Bolen pens a sparkling tale, and readers will adore her feisty heroine, the arrogant, honorable Warwick and a wonderful cast of supporting characters.” – RT Book Reviews

* * *

Maggie thought she was married to an earl… but it seems that her late and unlamented husband lied to her from the day they met. Now—penniless and stranded in London—she has thrown herself on the mercy of the real Lord Warwick. What’s a counterfeit countess to do?

Edward, the Earl of Warwick, desires only to get rid of the beautiful woman who arrived at his house with no less than fourteen trunks, a younger sister, a maid, and a very large cat. Her preposterous explanation is of no importance—but her late husband held the clue to the identity of England’s greatest traitor, a clue the Foreign Service must get at any cost. Edward will have to guard her night and day—but he cannot guard his heart.

September 1, 2015
www.cherylbolen.com

Cover image for Shana Galen's The Rogue You Know

Shana Galen

The Rogue You Know (Covent Garden Cubs)
Sourcebooks
Print, eBook, Audiobook

She’s beyond his reach…
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London’s dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society’s most untouchable women—Lady Susanna Derring.

…and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London’s glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother—and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it’s too late. But as she descends into London’s underworld, she finds that nothing—not even Gideon—is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she’s willing to pay…for the love of a reformed thief.

September 1, 2015
www.shanagalen.com

Cover image for Kae Elle Wheeler's The Price of Scorn - book iv: Cinderella's Evil Stepmother

Kae Elle Wheeler

The Price of Scorn – book iv: Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother (Cinderella Series)
Kathy L Wheeler
Print, eBook
Historical FairyTale Fiction

Did you ever wonder why Cinderella’s evil stepmother was so mean? So vile? Fairy tales do not always end happily…

Fourteen years after Prince Charming and Cinderella are crowned as Chalmers King and Queen, Cinderella, Pricilla and Esmeralda gather at their mother’s deathbed. But Lady Hildegard Roche has nothing but resentment and scorn for the stepchild who culminates all that was stolen from her.

Stunned silent, the sisters learn how tragedy shaped their mother into the woman she became. The question is: Can the sisters forgive her?

August 27, 2015
kathylwheeler.com

Still Available in 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/

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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/

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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/

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Wendy LaCapra

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

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/

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