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HE'D WON HER IN A GAME OF CARDS! Gavin Alexander, sixth Earl of Seabrooke, needed an heiress--fast! His newly acquired title came with a mountain of debts, and he was fast losing face with polite society. So when Thomas Chesterton offered his sister--and her fortune--to him in repayment of a gaming debt, Seabrooke thought his problems were over. Unfortunately, his betrothed, Miss Frederica Chesterton, was not one to go meekly to her fate. In desperation, Frederica infiltrated Lord Seabrooke's household, posing as an assistant housekeeper. While there, she unearthed two disturbing discoveries. Lord Seabrooke was guarding a secret. And Frederica was close to losing her heart in spite of it!
Sheltered and studious, Rowena Riverstone can't wait to experience London for the first time. She especially looks forward to meeting many of the forward-thinking gentlemen whose opinions she has followed in the papers for years. But it is the mysterious and dashing Noel Paxton who stirs her senses, even as she mistrusts his motives in befriending her, a bluestocking spinster from the country. In his quest to expose a dangerous spy and traitor, Noel has taken on the persona of the legendary Saint of Seven Dials. When he meets Miss Riverstone, he is first distracted, then fascinated, for she is clearly more than she appears on the surface--but what? Merely a highly educated--and opinionated--innocent, or the very traitor he seeks? Finding out promises to be both dangerous and delicious. But will his heart be at even greater risk than his life?
How, without a moment's forethought, could stunning. Miss Quinn Peverill be engaged to be married to a man she barely knows? Lord Marcus Northrop is handsome and daring, and doubtless a prize for any willing maid. But all it takes is a small series of mishaps and a whiff of scandal, and suddenly this stranger is her groom-to-be! Marcus cannot possibly marry! It would interfere with his life. Still, there is something to be said for this sensuous, headstrong lady -- and the desire she enflames within him simply cannot be ignored. What he doesn't know is that Quinn guards secrets of her own -- and shares with him a lust for perilous adventure. But will this passion be enough to join two dangerous double lives when neither Quinn nor Marcus dares to love?
Azalea by Brenda HiattAzalea Clayton was nobody's fool. After the death of her parents and guardian, she was determined to make her own way in the world. When her unscrupulous uncle tried to steal her inheritance, she thwarted him. When her young husband was supposedly lost at sea, she managed to go on. But what was she to do when her husband miraculously returned from the dead and announced his plans to marry someone else!The Cyprian's Sister by Paula MarshallIt was a case of mistaken morality! Miss Bel Merrick was the decorous daughter of a clergyman whose sister, Marianne, had set out to seek her fortune in dubious ways. Before she died, Marianne had attempted to blackmail the nephew of Lord Francis Carey a mistake Bel soon came to regret. Lord Francis assumed she had followed in her sister's footsteps, and he set out to make her pay for her sister's avarice in kind!
Lady Pearl Moreston would first sacrifice her virtue and live life as a chambermaid before she'd acquiesce to her stepmother's demands and wed overbred Lord Bellowsworth! In fact, posing as a maid is precisely what Pearl does to escape her fate -- a deception that could prove disastrous for the impetuous bluestocking. Luckily, Luke St. Clair comes to her rescue. Now here is a man worth losing one's innocence to: strong, dashing, daring, worldly...and nary a drop of noble blood in him! Luke is intrigued by this minx who seems unusually knowing for her tender years...and whose intoxicating beauty makes him light-headed in her presence. But Luke is not the adventurer the winsome Pearl believes him to be. And though her soft, succulent lips are begging to be kissed, Luke is honor-bound to never reveal to her his true identity. Yet how long can passion's flames be restrained before two delightful deceivers are forced to drop their masks and surrender to the sweet, sensual fire?
For the past three years, Dina Moore has lived as a virtual prisoner of her bullying brother, Silas. Though they share custody of their estate, their parents' will decreed that if Dina reaches the age of twenty-one unmarried then her half of the inheritance will revert to her brother. Since Silas has already gambled away his half of the fortune, he is determined that Dina shall never marry! Dina, by no means a passive victim, learns of her brother's plans and runs away with a vague plan of marrying a kind stranger. Instead, she prevents the marriage between a fortune hunter and a naÃ¯ve heiress. When the heiress' grateful brother, Grant Turpin, discovers that his sister was saved by Dina, he offers her his gratitude. Dina, naturally, tells him that she would prefer his hand in marriage. Never one to turn his back on anyone or anything that needs help, Grant reluctantly agrees ã ¬ittle did they expect that this marriage of convenience would turn so quickly into a marriage of passion ...
What You See Sheltered and more than a little naïve, Lady Nessa Haughton was raised to be a model of English virtue. But beneath the inexperienced young widow's prim yet exquisitely beautiful exterior beats a willful heart longing for a taste of wickedness that would shock her proper sister and the rest of London Society. Isn't Always The new Marquis of Foxhaven, dashing Jack Ashecroft, is England's most revered war heros and its most notorious hellion. Though he's inherited his beloved grandfather's title, Jack must reform his rakish ways to gain his fortune. Vowing to earn respectability, he sets out to find a proper wife--a woman above reproach who can redeem his reputation. What You Get Irresistibly drawn together, Nessa and Jack each seem to be exactly what the other wants--or so they think. Will their mutual attraction lead to true love, or irreparable ruin for them both?
The Lady Will Not Be Broken ... With soft whispers and a gentle touch, Tessa Seaton can tame the wildest beasts. The daughter of an impoverished baronet, controlled by an unscrupulous uncle, her remarkable talent for calming and riding unbroken horses makes her a valuable asset, though she dreams of independence and stables of her own one day. Then Lord Anthony Northrup unexpectedly gallops into her life. ... The Gentleman Will Not Be Deterred At first, Anthony is shocked and angered by the fetching maid who fools unsuspecting souls into purchasing unsuitable steeds. But when he realizes Tessa acts out of love, the dashing nobleman is enchanted. He must release the remarkable lady somehow from her distasteful servitude and have her to cherish forever. But Tessa is no damsel in distress and she will not be tamed; rather, it is she who must set Anthony's heart free with her unique gift and passionate fire.
The ton is abuzz over the arrival of Sarah Killian, a stunning stranger who shrouds her past in mystery. And no one is more intrigued than Lord Peter Northrup. The handsome rake wants to know everything about this enigmatic beauty who has so enflamed his curiosity and desire. But the enchantress guards her secrets well, even as she pulls him into a world of danger any self-respecting gentleman would be well advised to avoid. Penniless and dependent on haughty London relatives, Sarah is nevertheless determined to find her missing brother, a search that is leading her into the realm of the legendary hero-thief, the Saint of Seven Dials. She could desperately use the help of Peter Northrup, the dashing "Prince Charming" whose seductive sensuality she finds irresistible. But can she trust this man with the truth, let alone with her heart ... especially when she is forced to assume the identity of London's most notorious criminal?
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