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Friends since childhood, Anais Darnby and Lindsay Markham have long harbored a secret passion for one another. When they finally confess their love, their future together seems assured, sealed with their searing embrace.But when a debauched Lindsay is seduced by a scheming socialite, a devastated Anais seeks refuge in another man's bed while Lindsay retreats to the exotic East. There, he is seduced again-this time by the alluring red smoke and sinister beauty of opium.Back home, Lindsay's addiction is fed by the vogue for all things Oriental-especially its sensual pleasures-in fashionable London society. In his lucid moments, Lindsay still lusts after Anais, who can neither allow him near nor forget his smoldering touch. Tortured by two obsessions-opium and Anais-Lindsay must ultimately decide which is the one he truly cannot live without.
Guard well your desires what ere' they may be for the Dark Lords scour the night looking for thee... Centuries-old legends tell of enchanted forests, said to house otherworldly beings who hold court in the deepest, darkest part of the woods. During the festival of Samhain, when the veil between the realms of reality and wonder grow thin, the Dark Lords are relentless in their carnal quest to dominate a maiden's soul FRANCESCA An enigmatic suitor with drugging kisses offers an ageing opera star all she has longed for: a dazzling career and a lifetime of unbridled passion, but she may choose only one... CELESTE With the festival of Samhain drawing near, a peculiar restlessness hovers over a young maiden, drawing her ever deeper into the night woods where a fallen angel seeks to claim her... MADELINE Imprisoned in a loveless marriage, Lady Briarton yearns for escape with a passionate stranger, but her unearthly saviour is not what he claims to be...
Despite their love for each other, lovemaking has become routine and predictable for the Duke and Duchess of Sutcliffe. Desperate to save their marriage, they begin exchanging passionate, erotic missives detailing needs and fantasies they never before dared to express. Soon, they're acting out those fantasies and discovering a consuming desire like none they've ever known...
He was the object of her secret yearning, the subject of her fevered erotic fantasies. And though she knew her dreams and desires were in vain, still she waited for him in Highgate Cemetary, her face hidden by a veil, hungering for some brief connection, some morsel of intimacy--for this was all she might ever hope for. He had seen her from his carriage, and her image had invaded his dreams and become his obsession. He wanted her as he'd never wanted anything before. And here, at Highgate, away from the confining restrictions of the real world, at last he received a taste of that sweet, luscious body--just enough to whet his appetite and ignite a consuming desire that would let nothing stand in the way of its fulfillment.
Of old, humans and Faeries have dwelt side by side in parallel realms. Only the canniest mortals recognize the alluring creatures that often walk-and lie-among them.The Fae of the Seelie Court cherish an ancient quarrel with their Dark counterparts: a curse born of anger and deceit. The Unseelie Court will perish unless one of its princes can win a woman's love-honestly, without coercion...and love her wholly in return.To halt the demise of his people, Prince Thane, the embodiment of Lust, infiltrates the Georgian court to seduce his mortal inverse. Noblewoman Chastity Lennox is purity incarnate-a prize worth winning. But Thane's quest is more challenging than he dreamed.No one has ever been able to resist his erotic charms. Chastity's resolve is maddening...and intriguing. It makes him want her all the more. But how to seduce one who seems above temptation? Discover her greatest weakness and become the essence of her deepest, most forbidden desires....t forbidden desires....
Naughty Bits 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the successful debut volume from the editors of SPICE BRIEFS, delivers nine unapologetically raunchy and romantic tales that promise to spark the libido.In this collection of first-rate short erotic literature, lusty selections by such provocative authors as Megan Hart, Lillian Feisty, Saskia Walker and Portia Da Costa will pique, tease and satisfy any appetite, and prove that good things do come in small packages.
Many lifetimes ago, the beautiful May Queen found exquisite seduction not with her husband, but in the arms of the Green Man-passionate ruler of all that is warm and light. And thus began the earth's most torrid love triangle.Now three women of diverse eras are drawn to the mystical site of the Celtic queen's tragic demise. Their fiery obsession ignited by Beltane Magic is barely perceived but erotically felt. Their passion would break an ancient curse-and reunite a love most profound.CARADriven by an unseen force, a Celtic maiden seduces the one man forsaken by law and principle-an Englishman soon for the priesthood...CATHERINEThe future lady of Fairfax House yearns for illicit nights and perfect love in the arms of her betrothed's cousin...EMMALINEShe inherits a decrepit house and garden that awakens in her a raw sexual awareness, the likes of which she can abide alone no longer...
Lucy Ashton had long ago given up her quest for true love. In the rarified society of Victorian England, Lucy plays the game-flirting, dancing and dabbling in the newly fashionable spiritualism. Even marrying when-and who-she's supposed to. If the stuffy Duke of Sussex cannot spark the passion she craves, he can at least give her a family, a home of her own, and a place to belong. But when her polite marriage reveals a caring and sensual man, Lucy begins to wonder if she can indeed have it all. But Lord Sussex is not the man the London ton has come to admire. And Lucy has some ghosts of her own, as well. Thus, when a blackmail scheme turns to threats of danger, the newfound peace of the Sussex marriage is cast upon the rocks. Passion has a price, Lucy learns. And not all ghosts stay buried.
With the scandalous nature of her birth to live down, Isabella Fairmont dreams of a proper marriage-even if a passionless one. She saves her deepest desires for the novel she dares to pen, wherein a handsome lord with dark powers seduces her. But then her courtship with an appropriate suitor is threatened by the sudden attentions of the reclusive Earl of Black...whose pale blue eyes and brooding sensuality are exactly as she described in her book. Isabella tries to resist the mysterious Earl of Black. Yet as he pursues her, with inexplicable knowledge of her past and kisses that consume her, Isabella fears she will succumb. If only the earl could tell Isabella the truth. With very real, and treacherous, thieves endangering her life, Black will need to protect Isabella from the very people she trusts the most....
In Victorian England vice of every kind can be purchased, and Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, makes certain he avails himself of every possible pleasure. Bored and jaded, he is as well-known for his coldness as for his licentious affairs with beautiful women.While these dalliances fulfill Matthew's every physical need, they secretly leave him numb and emotionally void. Until one night when he finds himself beaten, eyes bandaged and in the care of a nurse with the voice of an angel-and a gentle touch that soothes the darkness in him and makes him yearn for more.Yet Jane Rankin is a lowly nurse, considered shy and plain by most. There is no place for her amongst the lords and ladies of the aristocracy-despite Matthew's growing craving for the fire that burns behind her earnest facade. And then there is Matthew's secret. A secret so humiliating and scandalous it could destroy everyone he loves. A sin, he fears, not even the love of a good woman can take away...
Iain Sinclair, Marquis of Alynwick, is certain there is a special hell for him. An unrepentant rake, he holds nothing sacred-except for beautiful Elizabeth York. For years, Alynwick has tried to forget the woman he loved so well, and treated so badly. A woman who could hold nothing in her heart for him but hatred.All of society believes Elizabeth, the blind daughter of a duke, to be a proper young lady. But no one knows of her wanton affair with Alynwick. When Lizzy learns of her ancestor's ancient diary-filled with exotic tales-she longs to uncover the identity of the unnamed lover within and hesitantly agrees to allow Alynwick, who claims to have knowledge of the "veiled lady," to help her solve the mystery.Eager to be Lizzy's eyes, Alynwick brings the seductive text to life, and each night it takes greater effort for her to remember his betrayal. With each whispered word, her resolve gives way, without her knowing that a centuries-old secret will lead them to a present-day danger.
This steamy historical anthology features stories by "New York Times"-bestelling author Mary Jo Putney, "USA Today"-bestselling author Kristin James, and acclaimed author Charlotte Featherstone. Original.
On Solstice eve long ago, a Druid priestess and Norse warrior succumb to forbidden, erotic desire. Their passion is one that neither death, decree--nor time--can tear asunder. Now three women of later centuries begin their own sensual journeys, awakened by the ancient power of the priestess's words-"Burn bright of winter's desire." SABELINE experiences surprisingly unbridled nights with her betrothed's best friend in a lusty medieval tale. SINEAD...her body yearns for her husband, killed in the Crimean War-and for the officer who broke the tragic news. AISLING writes risqué stories under a secret pen name, but her real-life love life is a bore...until she makes a wish for her winter's desire that works only too well.
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