Dear Reader, In my "Brides" trilogy, three unconventional young women vow they will never marry--only to be overtaken by destiny. The Accidental Bridecould only be the story of Phoebe, the "awkward" one. . . . For four years, Cato, the Marquis of Granville, had been just another man--the uninteresting, somewhat intimidating husband of Phoebe's older sister. But then her sister died, and Phoebe seemed a reasonable substitute. Her forced engagement to him should have been quite a cold-blooded arrangement. . . except that one day Phoebe looked at Granville--really looked at him--and saw what she'd never seen before: he was darkly, breathtakingly attractive. Once she'd noticed, she couldn't seem to stop noticing, and suddenly Phoebe was disastrously in love. It would be nothing short of torture to be married to Granville, knowing he didn't love her and never would. After all, Phoebe was not the kind of woman men fell in love with--Phoebe with her untidy hair, her rumpled clothes, and her fingers forever ink-stained from the poetry she wrote. When running away does not solve her problems, Phoebe decides to try something a little different--something that involves a little change in wardrobe, a daring new attitude, and a bit of brazen seduction. Granville is about to discover that his awkward Phoebe is woman enough even for him. . . . Warmest wishes, Jane Feather P. S. Be sure to watch for Olivia's story,The Least Likely Bride, coming in hardcover in early 2000.
At Queen Elizabeth's palace, intrigue abounds. And when a naive girl with a gift for keen observation enters the court, she can hardly imagine the role she will play in bringing England indeed, the whole of Europe to the brink of war. Nor can she foresee her own journey to the brink of ecstasy and beyond. . . . When she becomes a junior lady of Queen Elizabeth's bedchamber, Rosamund is instructed by her cousin, the brilliant and devious secretary of state Sir Francis Walsingham, to record everything she observes. Her promised reward: a chance at a good marriage. But through her brother Thomas, Rosamund finds herself drawn to the forbidden, rough-and-tumble world of theatre, and to Thomas's friend, the dramatic, impetuous playwright Christopher Marlowe. And then Rosamund meets Will Creighton a persuasive courtier, poet, and would-be playwright who is the embodiment of an unsuitable match. The unsanctioned relationship between Rosamund and Will draws the wrath of Elizabeth, who prides herself on being the Virgin Queen. Rosamund is sent in disgrace to a remote castle that holds Elizabeth's cousin Mary Stuart, the imprisoned Queen of Scots. Here, Walsingham expects Rosamund to uncover proof of a plot against Elizabeth. But surely, nothing good can come of putting an artless girl in such close proximity to so many seductive players and deceptive games. Unless, of course, Rosamund can discover an affinity for passion and intrigue herself. . . . New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jane Feather conspires with history to tell this dazzling story about two very real, very wily queens and one impassioned young woman whose life they change forever.
In this spectacular new romance from acclaimedNew York Timesbestselling author Jane Feather, fate deals one stubbornly single young woman and one deceptively heartless man a shocking hand in a high-stakes bet. But is love in the cards? Jack Fortescu gambles to win, and this time his prize is not only his rival's lavish mansion but everything in it- including the man's beautiful sister! But when it comes to games, Jack has met his match. . . . Left homeless by her brother's escapade, Arabella Lacey has two appalling choices: pack her bags-or agree to marry the lunatic who's taken over her house. Why would such a handsome-and outrageously wealthy-man want such an unromantic arrangement? Arabella intends to find out, and have a little fun in the process at Jack's expense . . . literally. As Jack discovers that his reluctant bride is no ordinary beauty, he feels a stir of admiration, among other emotions, that wasn't part of the bargain. Now he's the one with everything to lose. . . . From the Paperback edition.
In this exhilarating new novel of romance and intrigue,New York Timesbestselling author Jane Feather tells the tale of an adventurous young woman and the hardened spy who is unexpectedly-and most inconveniently-captivated by her. . . . Independent and inquisitive, Meg Barratt wants nothing to do with any stifling society marriage. Meg yearns for the kind of passion that exists only in books-until a violent storm lands her on the high seas with the most dangerous and seductive man she's ever encountere...
Dear Reader, Almost Innocentis a romance that is particularly dear to me, with a heroine who surprised me with her strength and resourcefulness, and a hero who will always be one of my favorites. Growing up behind the impenetrable walls of an English fortress, young Magdalen does not know that she is the illegitimate daughter of a powerful English prince and his murdered French mistress -- or that she has been a pawn in the struggle between England and France ever since she slipped from her dying mother's womb. All she knows is that she longs for excitement. And then one day, as if in answer to her prayers, the splendid figure of Guy de Gervais, a true knight in shining armor, rides into her cloistered world and spirits her away. For Magdalen it is love at first sight. The one and only love of her life. Yet Guy sees only his responsibility to keep Magdalen safe until she can be wed to his nephew and thus fulfill her political destiny. Then duty calls Guy to the bloody battlefields of France, and when he returns, time has transformed Magdalen into a stunningly sensual beauty. Suddenly the noble knight is fighting the fiercest battle of his life: against a searing desire for a woman he cannot have. I hope that you will be thrilled by Magdalen and Guy's passionate love story, and that you will have as much pleasure reading it as I had writing it. Warmest wishes, Jane Feather P. S. Don't miss my latest novel,The Widow's Kiss, featuring an enchantress who has been widowed no less than four times . . . and the formidable hero who finds himself reluctantly falling under her spell. From the Paperback edition.
In this exhilarating new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather, a trio of spirited sisters secretly run a thriving matchmaking service. But these three good catches of impeccable pedigree have little interest in matrimony themselves--until, one by one, they meet their matches. Constance Duncan may be the eldest of three sisters, but she has more important things on her mind than finding a husband--for herself, at any rate. Through the Personals services of her popular newspaper, T...
Includes Rushed to the Altar, A Courtesan's Scandal, Bound by Your Touch
A boxed set that includes all three romantic tales in New York Times bestseller Jane Feather's sexy and scintillating Blackwater Brides trilogy. Includes Rushed to the altar, A Wedding Wager, An Unsuitable Bride, and an excerpt from Jane Feather's next novel!
A Fiery SirenOnce she had been Annabel Spencer, a proper British subject; now she is Ayesha, the most coveted prize of the powerful Akbar Khan -- who offers her to an Englishman for a night of pleasure...a night that ignites a burning desire.A World Weary SoldierStationed in an exotic, remote outpost where the glory of the British Empire has faded, Lieutenant Kit Ralston masks his bitterness behind a cynical facade. But when he meets Ayesha, a scintillating, jade-eyed temptress, his hungry heart awakens.Vowing to rescue Ayesha and make her his own, Kit abducts her -- but can the power of their love overcome the obstacles they face?
Hailed for her captivating blend of romance and sensuality, New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather has enchanted readers and critics alike. In this second book in her dazzling new trilogy, Constance, Prudence, and Chastity Duncan, London's most charming young matchmakers, are faced with a ruinous lawsuit--and it's up to the brainy, beautiful middle sister to extricate them. No sooner had the Duncan sisters' Personals service turned a profit than their controversial newspaper, The Mayfair Lady, ...
In this enchanting trilogy from "an accomplished storyteller" of "rare and wonderful" romance (Los Angeles Daily News), three unconventional women vow never to marry--only to be overtaken, one at a time, by the exquisite pleasures of unexpected love. Now all three of Jane Feather's novels are together in one delightful eBook bundle: THE HOSTAGE BRIDE It's bad enough that Portia Worth is taken in by her uncle, the Marquis of Granville, after her father dies. But it truly adds insult to injury when the outlaw Rufus Decatur, the Granvilles' archenemy, attempts to abduct the Marquis's daughter--only to kidnap his bastard niece by accident. Portia, a misfit with the audacity to believe herself the equal of any man, does not take kindly to being abducted--mistakenly or otherwise. Decatur is in for the challenge of his life--both on the battlefield and in the bedroom. THE ACCIDENTAL BRIDE With her untidy hair, rumpled clothes, and ink-stained fingers, Phoebe Carlton isn't the kind of woman men fall in love with. But after her older sister dies, she seems like a reasonable substitute to her sister's husband, Cato, the Marquis of Granville. Only when Phoebe looks at Granville--really looks at him--does she fall disastrously in love. A cold-blooded engagement will be torture, knowing this darkly, breathtakingly attractive man would never love her. So Phoebe decides to try something different--a little change in wardrobe, a daring new attitude . . . and a bit of brazen seduction. THE LEAST LIKELY BRIDE One moment Lady Olivia Granville is strolling along, her nose buried in Greek philosophy; the next she's plunging down a rocky cliff, only to regain consciousness on a pirate ship. Her captor, though, is no ordinary pirate. The wickedly handsome master of the Wind Dancer is a physician and an artist. And when he turns his glittering eyes on her, he sees not the bookish young girl Olivia has always been, but a passionate beauty ready to embark on the adventure--and the love--of a lifetime.
Fleeing a fiery inferno, beautiful, artisocratic Bryony Paget falls unconscious into the arms of a handsome stranger. She awakens with no memory of her proud aristocratic past--only the stirrings of desire kindled by her mysterious rescuer. American patriot Ben Clare has no time for romance--or for the dark-haired beauty who interfered with his midnight raids for liberty. But he cannot resist Bryony's innocent passion -- and together they steal joy amid the strife of bitter war. Too soon the cruel discovery of Bryony's true identity forces her to choose between the Loyalist father she adores and the rebellious man she could never live without. Publication of Chase The Dawn debuts our program to reissue select backlist favorites of Jane Feather's classic historical romances as we continue to publish her new novels.
Dear Reader,What comes to mind when you think of a diamond slipper? Cinderella, perhaps? That's what Cordelia Brandenburg imagines when her godparents arrange amarriage for her with a man she's never met--a marriage that will take her to Versailles, far from the rigid confines of her childhood home. The betrothalgift is a charm bracelet with a tiny, glittering diamond slipper attached...as befits a journey into a fairy-tale future.But Cordelia--young, headstrong, and completely adorable--runs into trouble right away. Her escort to the wedding is the golden-eyed, sensual, teasing Viscount Leo Kierston. For Cordelia, it's love at first sight. Yet Leo seems to see only a spoiled child--perhaps it's the way she cheats at chess--and Cordelia is determined to show him the woman beneath.There is, however, no escaping her arranged marriage. She's devastated to discover that her new husband is an utterly loathsome tyrant who will stop at nothing to satisfy his twisted desires.My heart went out to Cordelia as she struggles courageously against a man determined to break her spirit. But her husband has a secret, one that will bring down the vengeance of Viscount Kierston and all who have reason to hate him.I hope you'll enjoy this love story of two of my very favorite characters.Warmest wishes,Jane FeatherP.S. The charm bracelet makes its next appearance in The Silver Rose.Look for it next summer.From the Paperback edition.
Dear Reader, My new story begins on a terror-filled night when two babies--identical twin girls of noble birth--are separated. One grows to womanhood as the frail, manipulative ward of the handsome young earl of Harcourt. The other becomes an enchanting, street-smart urchin who earns her way as a traveling player on the streets of England and France. The two girls' paths might never again have crossed if Harcourt hadn't run into Miranda in the midst of an exuberant performance. The resemblance to his ward is unmistakable--uncanny, in fact. . . and an ambitious plot begins to take shape in Harcourt's mind. His ward, Maude, will commit herself to a convent rather than marry the love-struck king of France, who will soon be traveling to London to claim her. What if Miranda were to take Maude's place? Harcourt is confident that with the right training, the right clothes, and the right attitude, the lithe, carefree Miranda will captivate society--and the king. So begins Harcourt's breathtaking scheme to turn an ugly duckling into a gorgeous swan. But if he succeeds too well, Miranda may become something irresistible--even to Harcourt. . . . It's a delicious dilemma and a dangerous deception. . . and the twists and turns surprised even me. Warmest wishes, Jane Feather
An original e-Novella from beloved New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather, set in the time period made popular by Downton Abbey!When Imogen Carstairs discovers that her fiancé Charles Riverdale has been carrying on an affair with another woman throughout their betrothal, she immediately calls off the engagement, just three days before the wedding. In the wake of social scandal and a broken heart, Gen retreats to her family's sprawling country estate with her sister, Esther. But Beaufort Hall proves not as distant an escape as she'd hoped, and Gen is compelled to wonder if she can let herself trust Charles again after such a betrayal. Should she follow her head...or her heart?
Dear Reader, Here is the first of my new "Brides" trilogy, in which three unconventional young women vow they will never marry--only to be overtaken by destiny. Bride #1 is the outspoken Portia. . . . It's bad enough that seventeen-year-old Portia Worth is taken in by her uncle, the marquis of Granville, after her father dies. As the bastard niece, Portia knows she can expect little beyond a roof over her head and a place at the table. But it truly adds insult to injury when the Granvilles' archenemy, the outlaw Rufus Decatur, hatches a scheme to abduct the marquis's daughter--only to kidnap Portia by accident. Portia, who possesses more than a streak of independence as well as a talent for resistance, does not take kindly to being abducted--mistakenly or otherwise. Decatur will soon find himself facing the challenge of his life, both on the battlefield and in the bedroom, as he contends with this misfit of a girl who has the audacity to believe herself the equal of any man. . . . Warmest wishes, Jane Feather P. S. Phoebe, the "awkward" one, will be next, inThe Accidental Bride. Watch for it in early 1999.
When a spymaster proposes marriage as a cover, it might be madness for a lady to indulge in...A HUSBAND'S WICKED WAYSBestselling author Jane Feather beguiles with this sparkling story of the alluring secrets hidden behind the elegance of Regency London, when a lovely young woman discovers the danger...and delight...of risking everything for love.Aurelia Farnham believes she is happy living in London's stylish Cavendish Square. But with her friends Livia and Cornelia both married now, Aurelia is the only one still husbandless, and sometimes she longs for more. Then Colonel Sir Greville Falconer storms into her life, delivering a letter from her late husband, a war hero, which reveals he was a spy -- the colonel's spy. Now Greville needs Aurelia to continue the patriotic mission and partner him as he exposes a ring of Spanish spies who have infiltrated London society.The attentions of the charismatic Greville excite Aurelia as his mock courtship blurs the line between pretense and reality. When the simmering attraction between them ignites into passion and the danger of Aurelia's double life escalates, Greville insists on marriage as the best way to protect her. Now Aurelia realizes she has more than shadowy antagonists to fear, for she's lost her heart to a dashing spymaster who will one day slip away as suddenly as he appeared....
New York Timesbestselling author Jane Feather has won legions of fans and critical accolades for her unique blend of sizzling seduction, dangerous intrigue, and passionate adventure. In this second of two romances featuring two unconventional sisters whose quest to solve the mystery surrounding their lives puts each of them in the path of an irresistible hero, Jane Feather tells the story of a young bride in peril and a mysterious English lord who find themselves at the center of a sinister plot. . . an...
Dear Reader, In my Brides Trilogy, three unconventional young women vow never to marry, only-one by one-to be overtaken by destiny. Scholarly Olivia is most certainlyThe Least Likely Bride-- One moment Lady Olivia Granville is strolling along a path, her nose buried in a tome of Greek philosophy; the next she is plunging down a rocky cliff. When she regains consciousness, she is naked and unwittingly trapped on a pirate ship. Her captor, though, is no ordinary pirate. Wickedly handsome, disturbingly mysterious, the grey-eyed master of the Wind Dancer is both a physician and an artist, and admits to making his living from the sea. Most disconcerting of all, when he turns his glittering eyes on her, he sees not the stammering, hopelessly bookish young girl Olivia has always been, but a passionate, beautiful woman who can, if she chooses, embark on the adventure and the love of a lifetime. I invite you to share in Olivia's passionate, enchanting adventure. Warmest wishes, (signed)Jane Feather P. S. For Portia's story, be sure to readThe Hostage Bride, and you will catch Phoebe's story inThe Accidental Bride. And look for my next novel, TheWindow's Kiss, in early 2001-- in which my heroine has been widowed not less than four times! From the Paperback edition.
She turned his life into chaos even as she melted his heart... The injured "boy" Sir Daniel Drummond rescues from a British battlefield is no boy at all, but a vivacious young enchantress fleeing her tyrannical father. Moved by her plight, her spirit, and her mesmerizing beauty-and his own young daughters' need for a mother- the dashing nobleman impulsively offers to wed Henrietta "Harry" Ashby, who promptly throws his life and household into disarray. Headstrong, impetuous, wildly unconventional, "Harry" knows precious little about wifely duties. But the irrepressible miss understands the importance of unwavering loyalty when danger threatens. And she knows daring ways to set a man's passions aflame- and the sensuous secret to transforming a marriage of convenience into a union of everlasting ecstasy and love.
From New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather comes the first of a wonderful new trilogy, The Blackwater Brides, set in the sensually im-proper Georgian period, in which three noble brothers discover they will be forced to find brides under highly unusual circumstances. Jasper Sullivan, Earl of Blackwater, needs a prostitute. Not in the usual way, however. His wealthy uncle's will promises to divide his huge fortune among his nephews if each rescues a fallen woman . . . by marrying her! And since Jasper's estates were already mortgaged to the hilt before he inherited them, when he catches a pretty young prostitute trying to pick his pocket, he immediately makes his proposal. Clarissa Astley is not at all what Jasper believes. The orphaned daughter of a prosperous merchant, she is searching the seedier districts of London for her young brother, abducted by their evil guardian, who wants the little boy's inheritance. But she needs powerful help, and the darkly handsome Earl of Blackwater is certainly that. So she pretends to be exactly what he assumed-- a risky charade for an innocent virgin. But when passion flares between Jasper and Clarissa, the deception becomes even more difficult to handle. . . .
An Arranged MarriageFree-spirited Sophia is a tempestuous heiresscapable of turning heads and breaking hearts. Orderedinto a loveless marriage that could bring her even greater riches, Sophia accepts her fate-until she sets her eyes on Adam, the virile nobleman who is to escort her to her future husband's estate.Adam is immediately captivated by Sophia'sheated sensuality, which sears through his cool reserve and makes him forget his duty. As for Sophia,she is powerless to resist his intense masculinity andair of mystery. Rebelling against her impending marriage, Sophia willfully surrenders herself body and soul to Adam's intense passion...only to discover that the price of forbidden love could be her life.Free-spirited Sophia is a tempestuous heiress capable of turning heads and breaking hearts. Ordered into a loveless marriage that could bring her even greater riches, Sophia accepts her fate -- until she sets her eyes on Adam, the virile nobleman who is to escort her to her future husband's estate.Adam is immediately captivated by Sophia's heated sensuality, which sears through his cool reserve and makes him forget his duty. As for Sophia, she is powerless to resist his intense masculinity and air of mystery. Rebelling against her impending marriage, Sophia willfully surrenders herself body and soul to Adam's intense passion...only to discover that the price of forbidden love could be her life.
Dear Reader, Like the rose in the haunting tale of "Beauty and the Beast," a silver rose on a charm bracelet brings together a beautiful young woman and a battle-scarred lord. . . . In my story, Ariel Ravenspeare has been taught to loathe the earl of Hawkesmoor and everything he represents. Their two families have been sworn enemies for generations. But it's one thing to hate him, and another to play the part her vicious brothers have written for her--trapping Hawkesmoor into a marriage that will destroy him, using herself as bait. Forced into the marriage, Ariel will find her new husband unexpectedly difficult to manipulate, as well as surprisingly--and powerfully--attractive. But beneath the passion lurk the strands of a long-hidden secret. . . a secret embodied in a sparkling silver rose. I hope you will be as caught up in Ariel and Hawkesmoor's love story as I was. Warmest wishes, Jane Feather
Warm up on a winter's night with three passionate love stories from three shining New York Times bestselling authors! Jane Feather leads an unwitting Yuletide traveler down a twisting path. . . . Edward Vasey, Viscount Allenton, is journeying precariously through a snowstorm when his coach is overtaken by highwaymen! Robbed of his money, Ned takes refuge at Selby Hall, where a spirited beauty with a shocking secret may steal something more--his heart. Sabrina Jeffries unlocks the heart of an embittered lord. . . . When a coach accident strands heiress Elinor Bancroft at the home of the notorious Black Baron, she discovers the Christmas Day heartache that darkened his soul years ago--and her generous heart brings a festive air to his home and reawakens his spirit to love. Julia London sends a debutante into the wintry Scottish wilds. . . . Searching for her rakehell brother, an earl lying low in the wake of a scandalous affair, Fiona Haines is led by a rugged Highlander who obscures his scarred face. As they journey on, Fiona draws closer to her brave, enigmatic protector--but will fury or passion ignite when he reveals his identity?
A New York Times Bestseller Owen D'Arcy was a sophisticated spy whose charms had never failed him -- until now. Sent by the French ambassador to seduce the lovely confidante of the cousin of the Holy Roman Emperor, Owen had no doubt he would succeed. But when he swept Lady Pen Bryanston into his embrace, intent on capturing both the young widow and her royal secrets, he was met with laughter. For her part, Lady Pen Bryanston couldn't comprehend why a man of his ilk would be interested in her -- yet the thought of it caused shivers of excitement. And then, in a heartbeat, Pen realized he was exactly the man she needed to solve the mystery that had long tormented her.
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