MARRYING MISS MONKTON: Sir Charles Osbourne has made a promise against his better judgment. He will rescue one Miss Maria Monkton and deliver her to her betrothed - a man whose reputation he little cares for. Travelling alone with her protector, Maria finds herself falling in love - but she is promised to another and Charles has no mind for marriage! BEAUTY IN BREECHES: Wildly unconventional orphan Miss Beatrice Fanshaw has one goal - to claim back her ancestral home from the devilish Julius Chadwick, Marquess of Maitland, who makes her heart beat quite erratically! Knowing Julius's weakness for a flutter, she decides to play the distinguished but disreputable Marquess at his own game. A wager is on - the fastest horseman wins! Astride her horse - in her breeches - should she win the wager, Beatrice is poised to name her forfeit!
Her life changed overnightWhen Anna Preston was introduced to her estranged family at their Belhaven estate, London's glamorous set became her new milieu, with never-before-dreamt-of trips to Paris and the French Riviera. There was now even the chance of a place at Oxford University.Thrown headlong into this exciting new world, she needed a solid rock to cling to, and this she found in Alex Kent. Having escaped the revolution in Russia as a boy, Alex was an impressive-if enigmatic-man. He sought to protect Anna from the perils of her new life, but even he couldn't keep her from the dangers that came with falling in love....
A CONVENIENT HUSBANDRescuing Lavinia Renshaw from a Venetian canal was one thing. Accepting her surprising proposition of marriage was quite another. Maxim Purnell thrived on taking risks. However, his situation was complicated enough without taking on a wife.But there was no denying Lavinia had succeeded in piquing his curiosity-and desire. To come in to her considerable legacy she needed a husband, and she intended their arrangement to be a marriage of convenience only. So what would happen if Maxim decided to make her his wife for real?
The Wicked Lord MontagueLord Giles Montague has always lived his life just the way he wants-fighting on the battlefields and fighting off the ladies of London's ton. But the notorious Montague is now the heir to Castonbury Park, forcing his reluctant return to the family estate.Since growing up with the Montagues, Miss Lily Seagrove has known that Giles is arrogant, rude...and infuriatingly handsome. But she's of Gypsy heritage, and although Lily might be able to get under his battle-scarred skin, can she dare to dream of becoming lady of the manor?The Housemaid's Scandalous SecretReturning to Castonbury Park is just another job for Colonel Ross Montague. With his family in disarray, he promises to do his utmost to see decorum restored once more. Until he's sidetracked by the beguiling eyes of Castonbury's newest maid-Lisette.When neither can deny their blazing desire, all society's rules are discarded. In a house where gossip is rife, Lisette must try her best to keep her salacious liaison a secret or risk losing her job...and her heart.
Taming SerenaSerena Carberry first met Lord Christopher Brodie when he saved her from assault by the wretched Sir Thomas Blackwell-who vowed revenge on them both. Horrified to learn that Kit is to stay with her father at Carberry Hall, Serena is unable to forget that the dashingly handsome young man has witnessed her unwitting indiscretion. But when her father is implicated in a Catholic plot against the king, it is Kit who comes to Serena's rescue. Loving him could only be a mistake, when the turmoil surrounding them is bound to tear them apart. Should she dare to risk her heart?
Eligible, attractive Alex Montgomery, Earl of Arlington, has always done just as he pleases. Society ladies adore him, and a string of mistresses warm his bed. He's yet to meet the woman who could refuse him. . . . Then he's introduced to the strikingly unconventional Miss Angelina Hamilton. Their animated altercations and her dark, passionate eyes affect him more deeply than he cares to admit. So Alex makes up his mind to tame this headstrong girl. But the beautiful Miss Hamilton has plans of her own--and they don't include marriage to a rake!
Destitute and desperate, Jane Lucas knows there is one place where she can find refuge-her childhood home. Landing on the doorstep, Jane is confronted with a new lord of the manor! Devilish Colonel Francis Russell is known for his fierce reputation in battle. The civil war may be ended but, by stepping over the threshold, Jane fears she's crossing enemy lines. She will use every weapon in her arsenal to claim the home that's rightfully hers, starting with her bewitching charm. . . ;but then she goes and falls under the colonel's spell!
Guy St. Edmond, returning warrior, will let nothing stand in the way of his desireSpoken of only in whispers-and with a name that strikes fear into the hearts of his enemies-Guy St. Edmond wields his ancient sword like the Devil and his charm like a weapon. Confronted with a woman who does not cower before him, he finds his interest is aroused-but Jane Lovet is sworn to another.Yet her engagement is soon broken by Guy's ruthless intervention, causing a scandal that echoes around the royal court. Forced into marriage, he can't deny that having the desirable Jane at his side night after night promises untold pleasures....
Found out!Heloise Edwina Marchant longs for the beauty and comfort of her former life, before she was forced to flee her family home. Coming to London in the guise of a boy, she has learned the hard way how to survive among the hovels and alleyways of St. Giles. There is shame in having to pick the pockets of unsuspecting passersby, and the inevitable happens-she is caught!The gentleman who seizes hold of her is not angry for long. In fact, his firm kindness is almost her undoing. For he has come to St. Giles with a purpose-and she will help him if she doesn't want to be reported to the authorities. But how can she agree, when at any moment this good-looking man could find out that he is a she?
This Harlequin Historical bundle includes The Fall of a Saint by Christine Merrill, At the Highwayman's Pleasure by Sarah Mallory and Mishap Marriage by Helen Dickson.<P> THE FALL OF A SAINT: Honorable--and handsome to boot!--Michael Poole, Duke of St. Aldric, has earned his nickname "The Saint." But the ton would shudder if they knew the truth. Because, thrust into a world of debauchery, this saint has turned sinner! With the appearance of fallen governess Madeline Cranston--carrying his heir--St. Aldric looks for redemption through a marriage of convenience. But the intriguing Madeline is far from a dutiful duchess, and soon this saint is indulging in the most sinful of thoughts...while his new wife vows to make him pay for his past. <P> AT THE HIGHWAYMAN'S PLEASURE: Embittered by injustice, Ross Durden leads a double life: gentleman farmer by day, roguish highwayman by night. He has sworn to right the wrongs of the past, but danger lurks around every corner--not least when he sets eyes on the beautiful daughter of his sworn enemy. Celebrated actress Charity Weston is no stranger to disguises herself. But when a darkly daring masked man steals a kiss, she is drawn into a web of intrigue even she could never have imagined. <P> MISHAP MARRIAGE: When Captain Zack Fitzgerald sails into Santamaria with his rugged, dangerous appeal, for Shona McKenzie he's a ticket to freedom. And then her sister-in-law's scheming places them in a highly compromising situation. Although Zack is mesmerized by Shona, marriage would destroy his plans to obtain guardianship over his child, so he devises a plan to make sure the forced wedding stays a sham. But weeks later Shona shows up on his London doorstep, and Zack must learn to deal with a very unexpected, very defiant wife....
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HIS WIFE WAS ENGAGED TO HIS FOULEST ENEMY...Held at gunpoint by a highwayman, Laura Mawgan is shocked to discover that the charming masked stranger is none other than her husband-believed to have been killed by pirates two years ago, only days after their wedding. Languishing in a French prison, Lucas Mawgan has dreamed of returning home to his young wife-and of taking revenge on Edward Carlyle, the man who separated them. The man who is now his "widow's" betrothed. Will Lucas prove that Carlyle is no gentleman, and get back in his wife's good graces-and back into her heart?
Break as many hearts as you please, Marcus, but you'll not break mine. In the dark days of rebellion against King James, a woman is wagered on a turn of the cards. . . Marcus, Lord Reresby, is the loser. Now he must marry the daughter of the man he hates. Her beauty, spirit and fortune will be some small recompense--and he has never found it difficult to tame women before. . . But passionate Catherine will not be tamed. She makes no secret of her hatred or her dangerous political beliefs, and Marcus comes to realize that he has let a rebel into his house. . . and his heart!
'Your discretion and good behaviour would be most appreciated...'Returning to Castonbury Park is just another job for Colonel Ross Montague. With his family in disarray, he promises to do his utmost to see order and decorum restored once more. That is until he's sidetracked by the beguiling eyes of Castonbury's newest maid-Lisette.An affair would be most improper...but when neither can deny their blazing desire, all society's rules are discarded.So, in a house where gossip is rife, Lisette must try her best to keep her salacious liaison a secret...!
Mistress for a night...Lord Dunstan found Miss Louisa Fraser captivating, though she was another man's mistress. He couldn't have been more startled-or pleased-when she offered herself for one night of passion if he would save her and her misguided brother from financial ruin. So, on the appointed night, Lord Dunstan received the shock of his life. His bewitching miss was a virgin!Beloved wife for eternity...What started out as an innocent proposition turned into a marriage of convenience where neither party could trust the other. Would the birth of their child and imminent danger bring these two lost souls to a confession of their soul-searing love?
MARRIAGE IN MINDWith the restoration of King Charles II to the throne, his exiled supporters were jubilantly returning home, wealthy landowner Lucas Fox among them. Once a notorious pleasure seeker, Lord Fox now found himself ready to settle down to a quiet life on his estate. All that was missing was a wife....Proud and impulsive Prudence Fairworthy captured his interest-and made his blood run hot. Pru was suspicious of his true motives and the mystery surrounding his past, and Lucas knew she would not be won over easily. But there was untold pleasure to be found in the art of persuasion....
Sir Charles Osbourne has made a promise against his better judgment. He will rescue one Miss Maria Monkton and deliver her to her betrothed--a man whose reputation he little cares for. Maria is taken aback when Charles strides toward her with the silent sureness of a wolf. Traveling alone with him is unsettling. And then it hits her: should she marry a man she doesn't know when she's falling in love with her rescuer--a man with no mind for marriage!
Few defy Lord Rockford and come away unscathed Victoria Lewis has grown up in the long, dark shadows cast by Stonegrave Hall. Yet when the master takes her sick mother into his care, she must finally confront the man whose presence is as brooding as his windswept Yorkshire lands. Men quake at Lord Rockford's mere command, yet this slip of a girl defies him at every turn! His fury at her is matched only by his desire, and Victoria's pure innocence burns brightly in the darkness of the hall. But the light threatens to lay bare secrets that could ruin them both.
FIRST COMES DECEPTION...THEN COMES MARRIAGE When Captain Zack Fitzgerald sails into Santamaria with his rugged, dangerous appeal, for Shona McKenzie he's a ticket to freedom. And then her sister-in-law's scheming places them in a highly compromising situation. Although Zack is mesmerized by Shona, marriage would destroy his plans to obtain guardianship over his child, so he devises a plan to make sure the forced wedding stays a sham. But weeks later Shona shows up on his London doorstep, and Zack must learn to deal with a very unexpected, very defiant wife.... "A fun, entertaining read." -RT Book Reviews on Beauty in Breeches
In a seedy tavern in the backstreets of London, a case of mistaken identity leads respectable Miss Delphine Cameron to be unwittingly ravished by a devilish colonel: Lord Stephen Fitzwaring. Now she's had a taste of lovemaking and, against her better judgement, she craves it again....But the colonel has ruined her honor, and there is only one way they can avoid a scandal-Delphine must marry her dark-eyed seducer!Now Lady Delphine Fitzwaring must decide between a life of chastity...or succumbing to her husband's irresistible temptation....
Hester Atkins was always a quiet, unassuming woman-until she's driven to commit a crime of desperation. Now on the run, she takes refuge in the home of her former suitor, Lucas Fryston. The Grange has stood abandoned since he sailed to America to begin a new life after the English Civil War...or so Hester thought. Lucas has returned to England, and their reunion reawakens a passion that neither can deny. But with Hester's past catching up to her, will one night of pleasure be all they can ever share?
She's Everything He Despises-And Desires...When Captain Stuart Marston meets, woos and then marries Cassandra Everson in Barbados, he is unaware of her real identity. And then the truth is revealed-she is none other than the daughter of his enemy, a notorious pirate who has terrorized the seas.Cassandra is unable to understand why her once passionate husband can no longer bear to be near her. When they're forced to spend days-and nights-together, it's more than obvious that Stuart still desires her. If only she can make him see that she's still the loving, steadfast woman he first lost his heart to....
SHE WAS NO MAN'S PROPERTY! To the dismay of his daughter Eve, Lord Somerville bequeathed his property to his business partner, Marcus Fitzalan. However, Marcus will only inherit it on one condition-he must marry Eve. Eve can hardly believe her father has sold her into the arms of a man she despises, a man who ruined her reputation three years ago! But the attraction between Eve and Marcus cannot be denied, and soon Marcus convinces Eve to agree to a marriage of convenience for the sake of the inheritance. Will their marriage-in-name-only ever blossom to one of love?
Amanda O'Connell is in a scrape. If she doesn't find a husband while she's in America, her father will marry her off against her will. Then Christopher Claybourne-a dark, mysterious rogue sentenced to death-inspires a plan. She'll marry him secretly, and then return to England a widow. Everything works perfectly, until Amanda meets her father's new racehorse trainer. He's gorgeous, he's a gentleman and he'shellip;her husband! Christopher has escaped, determined to clear his name. Then he'll claim what is rightfully his- his title and his bride!
William Lampard, distinguished military captain, kept London abuzz with scandal. Against his better judgment, he made a wager to seduce Miss Cassandra Greenwood. But despite her provocative ways, and the impudent sway of her skirts, he quickly realized that her innocence and goodness put her above a mere dalliance. Should Cassandra believe the gossip? She knew she had spiked William's interest, but to get to know the infamous captain properly would be dangerous--and exciting. And therein lay his appeal. . . !
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