This is a novel about a Byzantine princess who is forced to marry an Ottoman sultan, although she and his son love each other. There is intrigue, love and hate relationships, sexual scenes. The events are historically accurate; the people and their actions were real. Of course the conversations and personalities are the author's creations, although she seems to have based the personalities on historical descriptions of them nd their actions and reactions. English spelling of many words. The spelling of names and places is accurate. Bosporous and Bosphorous are both used in the book, and the Strait so named can be spelled both ways,so I left the spellings as the author did them.
Bestselling author Bertrice Small continues the blazing adventures of raven-haired, emerald-eyed Skye O'Malley. This time, she is a pawn in the bitter war between England's Queen Elizabeth, and Mary, Queen of Scots. Once again, unprotected and alone, she must fight for her children. At the command of Queen Elizabeth, Skye marries the cruel Duc de Beaumont de Jaspre. Although her new life is horrid at first, Skye transforms it with her hot-blooded desires--only to be shaken with the news that her beloved former husband may be alive in Algiers. Her daring flight into eroticism and danger leads her ultimately to her heart's true destiny--as bold and sensual as Skye herself. She is a woman born to be loved by men, yet too proud and incomparable to answer to anything but the call of her own passionate soul."Bertrice Small creates cover-to-cover passion, a keen sense of history and suspense."PUBLISHERS WEEKLYFrom the Paperback edition.
Jasmine's eldest daughter, Lady India Lindley, is a prideful beauty accustomed to having her own way. Despite her parents' disapproval, she defiantly elopes with the earl of Oxton's heir. But the ship upon which the young couple are traveling is taken by Barbary pirates and the proud beauty finds herself slave to Caynan Reis, the dey of El Dinut, a mysterious man with a secret past. India doesn't expect to fall in love with this infuriating man whose will is as strong as hers, but she does. Then a revolt within the ranks of the Janissary Corps tears the lovers apart. Will they find each other again, and live happily ever after?
The daughter of a powerful desert cheiftain, beautiful raven-haired Zenobia, a descendent of Cleopatra, witnesses at an early age the shocking brutality of renegade Roman soldiers and vows to hate all of the blue-eyed strangers forever. Despite that pledge, she falls hopelessly and passionately in love with Marcus Alexander Britanus, a Roman. And it will take all her cunning and skill in war to keep the precious erotic rapture she can find only in his arms...."Bertrice Small creates cover-to-cover passion, a keen sense of history and suspense."PUBLISHERS WEEKLYFrom the Paperback edition.
Nearly a spinster at twenty, Lady Fortune Lindley is leaving Scotland to return to her birthplace at Maguire's Ford, a vast Ulster estate that she will inherit only if she marries an Irish Protestant. To that end, Fortune has agreed to consider a match with the Protestant aristocrat William Devers, a man suited to her wealth and status. But it is the rebellious and disinherited Catholic elder brother, Keiran Devers, who! steals her heart, driving William to a black and murderous fury. While Fortune and Keiran's forbidden ecstasy explodes, jealousy and intolerance lead to an unthinkable tragedy-and a destiny that will test Fortune's will to survive in a struggle to claim a new land, and a new legacy
THE NEW HISTORICAL ROMANCE FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR BERTRICE SMALL As the undisputed queen of sensual romance, Bertrice Small brings history to life through indomitable women who live with wit, intelligence, and courage and love with fierce delight. Now, the New York Times-bestselling author of Hellion and The Love Slave, sweeps us to a time and place of fiery power struggles, where one woman holds the key to a country's future--and to her own consuming passion. BETRAYED When Fiona Hay offers Angus Gordon her virtue in exchange for a dowry for her sisters, she so intrigues the rogue that he demands a higher payment: she will be his mistress. Thus begins a sensual battle of wills and carnal delights. Destiny soon draws the ardent lovers into the turbulent court of King James. Determined to rule a unified Scotland, the king sees a perfect spy in Fiona--a woman of incomparable beauty, uncommon shrewdness, and uninhibited sensuality. The king's political scheme forces her away from the man she loves . . . and into the arms of a wild and passionate Highlander, The MacDonald of Nairn. Will this cold-hearted and his callous betrayal forever destroy Fiona's chance at happiness?
Blaze Wyndham, the daughter of impoverished nobility, is forced to wed an older man she does not know, a stranger who must win her heart before he can awaken her as a woman. He is Edmund Wyndham, Earl of Langford, whose love fills her life with happiness-and whose cruel death leaves his young bride aching with loss and stripped of all defenses but her own pride and courage in a world ruled by men's appetites and ambitions. There is no way that Blaze can say no when king Henry is roused by her ravishing beauty and demands her surrender with all the awesome power of his position and virile attraction of his person. Blaze becomes not only his mistress but his confidante as he makes his intricate moves on the chessboard of history, heading toward a divorce that will shock the world... and toward marriage with the scheming Anne Boleyn. Meanwhile, Blaze is ordered to wed again, this time violently against her will-for her proposed bridegroom is none other than the dashing, rakish Anthony Wyndham, younger brother of the husband whose memory Blaze does not want to betray.
A hundred years have passed since the Faerie woman Lara last saved Hetar. Her youth and beauty remain as always. The waning years, however, have taken many of her friends and kin. And those who remember her heroism in times of peril are few.All the while Lara's son, the charming but nefarious Twilight Lord Kolgrim, waits patiently for his moment. Kolgrim won't repeat his father's mistakes by waging war. His way is more subtle but just as sinister-not even Lara's formidable powers will be able to stop him. Though all seems lost, Lara still clings to the hope that she can fulfill the prophecy to unite the people of Hetar.As darkness once again falls over her land, Lara finds that, more than ever, she needs the wisdom, love and support of the handsome Shadow Prince, Kaliq. In their greatest trial yet, Lara and Kaliq will finally meet her long-foretold destiny...together.
The prolific Small (Forbidden Pleasures; The Last Heiress) launches a stylish new historical romance with this action-packed erotic tale set in the English and Scottish borderlands just before and during the Tudor period. Small's never-say-die heroine is the beautiful and stubborn Adair Radcliffe, the countess of Stanton-and the bastard daughter of Edward IV. Orphaned at six during the War of the Roses, Lady Adair is taken in by King Edward and raised in the royal nursery. At 16, she flees to her family's estate to avoid a planned marriage. Undeterred, the king marries her by proxy to a 14-year-old. Adair refuses to accept him, and he is killed later by Scottish raiders, freeing her to wed handsome neighbor Andrew Lynbridge. That union ends when Andrew is killed during a dynastic struggle. The new king brands Adair a traitor and strips her of her title and property. Much worse is in store, as Scottish raiders capture and sell her into slavery. She and Conal Bruce, her new master and a local lord, fall in love and wed, and Adair looks to the future in her Scottish home. Small again delivers what her fans have come to expect-a strong heroine and steamy romance-in what promises to be a popular series. (Oct.)
Jasmine had been forced into marriage twice. Rebelling at King James' decree that she wed Jemmie Leslie, fifth earl of Glenkirk, she fled to France with her children. But her youngest, the illegitimate offspring of Jasmine's hot-blooded lover. Prince Henry Stuart, is the king's only grandson. Now time is running out on Jasmine's idyll of freedom; coming for her and her little boy is the man she both fears and desires... His anger white-hot, Jemmie Leslie has come to France to possess Jasmine, by force if necessary. Once, they shared a night of unforgettable passion, but her rejection of their betrothal stunned and maddened him. Yet once he sees her again Jemmie vows to win the elusive Jasmine back-to take her beyond ecstasy.
Aurora Kimberly is not one bit interested in becoming a duchess, yet it would seem that is the future her late father planned for her. The marriage contract, however, calls for a Charlotte Kimberly to wed with Valerian Hawkesworth, the Duke of Farminster. As both Aurora, and her stepsister, Calandara, were christened with the first name of Charlotte, and as the duke has never seen his intended, the girls switch places, for Cally very much desires to be a duchess. But you should be careful what you wish, as Aurora and Cally soon learn; and life is never quite as simple as it seems. 18th C. England and Caribbean.
From one of the original masters of romance, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Bertrice Small invites you back to the magical, sensual world of Hetar.The time of peace is over. After the murder of her husband, Lara-half faerie, half human-must leave the home she has made in the Outlands and follow the destiny that has long called her. Using her brilliant sword and even sharper mind, Lara must journey toward the coast, seeking alliances to protect the future of her land. But when treachery binds her once more in chains, the green-eyed beauty is taken far beyond the world she knows. Only there will she discover that destiny has a mind of its own-and that true passion knows no boundaries.
"A new chapter on the Arthurian legend, master storyteller Small introduces us to the Pendragon descendants, whose craving for adventure and passion is equal to none. " --Romantic Times Averil She may be the Lords illegitimate daughter, but Averil knows her dazzling beauty can buy her what she wants most: marriage to a great and powerful lord. But fate has other plans in the rugged form of Rhys FitzHugh. Thinking her the sole heiress, the penniless bailiff kidnaps the beauty. Now, to salvage his honor, he must marry the openly hostile Averil and accept his greatest challenge--winning her love, her loyalty, and her trust. . . Maia As the legitimate heiress with a hefty dowery, Maia can have any man she chooses, namely Emrys Llyn, a descendant of Lancelot and the Lady of the Lake. But strange, dangerous rumors surround the handsome Emrys. . . his name means "immortal," and two of his wives have died suddenly under mysterious circumstances. Can her unwavering love prove his innocence. . . or will Maia suffer the same fate as Emryss previous wives? Junia As charming as she is irrepressible, Junia is the Lords youngest daughter. Her father has long since given up trying to control her whims. Junia is content to roam the countryside where she can be alone with the golden-haired Richard de Bohun, whom she meets and loves in secret. But he is the son of her fathers sworn enemy, and loving him may cost more than she could ever imagine. . . "Mixing ancient myth, magic and desire, Small gifts readers with passionate tales of extraordinary, empowered women who rule their lives and loves. " --Romantic Times"Bertrice Small is a legend. . . " --Linda Lael Miller
In this lush new novel, Bertrice Small has created a moving story of consuming passion and undeniable love set against the noble splendor of Georgian England. . . .As the daughter of the richest man in England, Allegra Morgan attracts a number of fortune hunters willing to overlook her flawed pedigree to gain her enormous wealth. Her most ardent suitor is the arrogant but impoverished Quinton Hunter, duke of Sedgwick, who has little to offer a prospective wife except his grand title. Allegra decides that if she must marry, she might as well be a duchess. So she agrees to the match with one condition: her husband must never ask for her love. She has seen the misery love can cause and has vowed to give her heart to no man--especially a dangerously alluring duke.Quinton is dazzled by his new wife's grace and fortitude, as well as the fierce desire that rages between them. Despite his best intentions, he finds himself falling in love with her. Then the terrors of the French Revolution hit close to home, and the two of them set off on a treacherous adventure that could cost them everything . . . including their final chance at happiness.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Enchantress Mine is a breathtaking tale of high adventure and unbridled passion that sweeps from 11th-century England to exotic Byzantium. In this eagerly awaited new historical romance, Bertrice Small transports us back to the year 1066, a time of fierce loyalties and even fiercer passions for spirited Mairin St. Ronan. Ravishingly beautiful, with gleaming red-gold hair and violet eyes, she travels with her English diplomat father to the mysterious and exciting East. There, she is schooled in the ways of love by handsome Prince Basil of Byzantium -only to lose him at the deadly hands of his jealous lover! It isn't until she returns to England and meets Josslin de Combourg, a knight of William the Conqueror, that she discovers the passionate purpose of love. But there is a dangerous man who wants Mairin's love for himself - Eric Longs word, a brutish guard she knew in Byzantium who has now returned to England. When Mairin visits court, Eric kidnaps her and forces her to accommodate his desires. Will she ever know the blazing passion of Josslin's love again?
Replacing a social life with a career, bestselling romance novelist Emily Shann has gotten by on a vivid imagination, hiding a shocking secret that not even her publisher suspects-until she's asked to write something that's hotter, sexier, more explicit, and true to life. Emily has nowhere to turn for advice except to her new editor--tall, dark, and handsome Michael Devlin-who's already stirring her fantasies. So is the Channel-a secret network designed to tutor women in the art of sensual delight. Now more willing than ever before, she must convince Devlin to teach her everything he knows... if her literary fantasies are finally to become unedited flesh-and-blood reality.
SHE WAS CALLED BELLE FROM HELL. . . .As fierce and indomitable as any man, Isabelle of Langston rules the family lands with an iron hand after her father's death. But the brazen beauty meets her match in Hugh Fauconier, bold knight and rightful Saxon heir to Langston Keep. By the King's hand, he is made her husband. Hugh's virile prowess reveals to Belle the delicious pleasures of the flesh, as their turbulent days of verbal sparring melt into nights of erotic abandon.But a treacherous plot enslaves Hugh to the evil Vivienne d'Bretagne, a sorceress whose sexual magic is as powerful as it is dark. Discovering the castle lair where her husband is enchanted, Belle is caught, and rendered helpless by the twisted passion of Vivienne's brother, Guy. But not even her captor's devious ecstasy can destroy her will to free her beloved Hugh. . . .From the Trade Paperback edition.
Eleanore of Ashlin had promised her life to God--until fate intervened. With her brother's untimely death, Eleanore becomes the heiress of an estate vital to England's defenses. Now she is ordered by royal command to wed one of the king's knights rather than take her final vows. With resistant heart, but ever obedient to King Stephen's will, she complies. Ranulf de Glandeville is all too aware that his innocent bride wants no man; yet his patience, gentle hand, and growing love for his spirited young wife soon awaken Eleanore to passions she never knew. But their love will soon be threatened by a depraved woman who will put Eleanore's life in jeopardy--and the young bride's love to its greatest test. . . .
Bertrice Small's New York Times bestsellers have won the hearts of countless readers, time and time again. With INTRIGUED, Jasmine's spirited youngest daughter continues SKYE'S LEGACY as she learns the price of love- and desire. On her mother's advice, Lady Autumn Leslie leaves war-torn England for France in the hope of making a suitable match. The wealthy and handsome Marquis d'Auriville is all she could wish for in a husband, but when Autumn is widowed only a few years after they are wed, she believes she will never give her heart to another man. Yet as two kings-Louis XIV and Charles II-boldly bid for her affections, Autumn is plunged into the heady world of court intrigue, where powerful men will not hesitate to use a beautiful woman for their own ends-or barter her for their own pleasure. Yet it is Gabriel Bainbridge, the Duke of Garwood, a face from Autumn's past, who is determined to become her passionate, and only, destiny...
From the book Jacket: Capturing the hearts and imaginations of millions worldwide, Bertrice Small's novels always deliver the lush sensuality her readers expect. In JUST BEYOND TOMORROW, Jasmine's strong-willed son, Patrick Leslie, continues SKYE'S LEGACY when he takes a wife who wants no husband. .. With his father dead and his mother in France, Patrick à Leslie, Duke of Glenkirk, discovers the obligations of the estate and its people are now his alone. But during a day of hunting, a chance meeting ensures that he will not be alone much longer, for to obtain the deserted castle and lands adjoining his, Patrick must agree to take something else, as well-a bride. Flanna Brodie, heiress to Brae, is as vibrant and beautiful as the Scottish countryside, and just as wild. She wants no man-only her freedom. But the passions Patrick awakens in her run deeper than those of the flesh. The independent Flanna is determined to champion the royal Stuarts' cause, and restore Charles II to his throne despite her husband's objections. Patrick knows the dangers of such political intrigues; that the Stuarts have always brought misfortune to the Leslies of Glenkirk, and that a roguish king will ask far more of the naive duchess than a simple vow of fealty- forcing Patrick and Flanna to choose between the threat of wounded pride, and the promise of a lasting love both secretly yearn for...
Abducted from a life of privilege, she was sold into slavery in a distant land. For Lady Janet Leslie there would be no escaping the harem of the wealthy and powerful Sultan Selim. But from the moment the handsome ruler spied his breathtaking "Cyra," was captivated -- by the fiery desire that coursed through his veins. She belonged to him, body and soul -yet it was he who was enslaved.Praised for her keen sense of history and remarkable storytelling powers, the bestselling author of The Spitfire displays the passionate magic that has made her a national favorite -sweeping the reader into the romantic past, from the magnificence of Renaissance Europe to the perfumed splendor of a Sultan's court.
Welcome, dear reader, to the world of Hetar, a realm of Forest Lords, of Shadow Princes and Coastal Kings. A land of passions, both civilized and savage. Where the social classes know their place, but where anyone can, under the right conditions, advance to the highest pinnacle. This is a place where pleasure is never censured, but encouraged, and where deception and desire may be intertwined. The orderly, elegant veneer of refined Hetar can no longer ignore the rebellion brewing in the Outlands, a dangerous place of both magic and mystery. From the city that is the very center of Hetar, Lara, the beautiful half-faerie daughter of John Swiftsword, ventures forth on a journey that will awaken her, both body and soul, as she learns the true meaning of love that will last an eternity #151;and a searing passion that will change the destiny of Hetar forever.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author and master of romance Bertrice Small welcomes you to the magical, sensual World of Hetar. For Lara, a half faerie, half human, her beauty is a blessing and a curse. Sold into a Pleasure House by her father, she commits herself to a lifetime of servitude. But even in a place where pleasure is not censured but encouraged, her otherworldly beauty proves too much for her suitors.When Lara escapes, she is introduced to a new way of life, and an incredible man who opens her eyes to the growing unrest among their people... and the extraordinary destiny that awaits her. Lara will journey the depths of desire and despair to find a love that will last an eternity-a love that will change Hetar forever.
Renowned as the "reigning queen of romance, New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small concludes the Friarsgate Inheritance saga with this dazzling tale of passion, intrigue, and seduction set against the glorious backdrop of King Henry's sixteenth-century court.... Elizabeth Meredith, the youngest daughter of Rosamund Bolton, is nothing like her sensible sisters. Impatient with fancy manners and careful speech, the young beauty has shunned the royal court in favor of a quiet life at Friarsgate. That is, until she learns that in order to protect the future of the land she loves, she must venture into the court of King Henry VIII to find a suitable husband. Elizabeth quickly scandalizes the royal court by forging a friendship with the king's friend Anne Boleyn and by indulging in a delicious flirtation with Flynn Stewart, a bastard brother of King James V of Scotland. But her real future lies back at Friarsgate, where her admitted weakness for Scots sends her into the strong arms of Baen MacColl. Yet Elizabeth's greatest passion is for her lands; and Baen MacColl's loyalties may lie elsewhere. Can Elizabeth and Baen overcome the barriers that threaten to separate them? And can Elizabeth, by following the calling of her heart, still protect Friarsgate?
Despite her breathtaking appearance at Queen Elizabeth's court, Valentina's innocence was shattered when she discovered that her true father may have been the lusty Sultan Murad of Istanbul. Needing to learn more, she set sail for the East in a dangerous erotic journey toward the truth...."Bertrice Small creates cover-to-cover passion, a keen sense of history and suspense."PUBLISHERS WEEKLYFrom the Paperback edition.
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