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She will give him what he desires. But first, a small favor . . . Lady Christina Fairhaven is devoted to her adoptive family-and most protective of her wayward brother. So when battle-scarred and world-weary Captain Gavin Briggs arrives at her cottage bearing shocking news-that she is the granddaughter of an aged, bad-tempered duke- Christina is stunned . . . temporarily. She will not meet the duke who abandoned her when she was a child; Gavin will not receive his significant-and much needed-reward. However, should the good Captain agree to help her locate and rescue her endangered sibling, then perhaps . . . But with a fortune at stake, the road to London is paved with peril. Treachery awaits them . . . not to mention attraction, temptation, and a most unanticipated passion. To regain his soul, to protect his lady, Gavin must be more than brave. To win his love, Christina must be positively . . .
Her life is in the hands of a man she dares not love . . . Lady Isabel Louvet is a woman of noble birth, wit, courage, and beauty. But though these qualities make her an excellent bride, they cannot save her when, on the night she was meant to choose a groom, wild Scottish brigands storm the walls of her father's castle. As what should be a celebration turns to terror and bloodshed, Isabel is carried away from her family to be offered to a Scottish chieftain as a slave . . . or worse. But unbeknownst to Isabel, she has a champion, a feared warrior and knight of legend named Anvrai d'Arques. His visage bears the scars of battle, but his heart remains pure in its devotion to country and king—that is, until he sets out to rescue Isabel. Her fierce spirit of survival stirs his passion more than combat ever could, and with her touch his world forever shifts. Now, with the Scottish on their heels and a country on the brink of war, they must go forth in battle together—to save themselves, to protect their countrymen, and to find a love that can set them both forever free.
"Get out, ye bloodthirsty half-breed!" Since the infamous Battle of Falkirk, Cristiane MacDhiubh had these words -- and worse -- hurled at her in the village streets. Half Scot, half English, she could claim no place as home -- until the Lord of Bitterlee, as gallant a knight as any could dream, came in search of a bride...! Marriage had been naught but sadness for Adam Sutton, yet duty demanded he wed again. Cristiane MacDhiubh, as fey and wild as his own island fiefdom, might rouse his forgotten passions. But brave of heart though she might be, could Cristiane ever heal his sorrowing soul?
WHAT COULD THE KING WANT WITH AN UNKEMPT URCHIN? Even one as sensuous as a fairy queen? Wolfram Colston could not fathom the royal command to bring Kathryn Somers to Court. A hoydenish sprite, she was nothing like the noble ladies of London--yet everything like the woman of his dreams! No matter what was whispered about her heritage, Kit Somers refused to go off with Sir Colston, a lone wolf of a knight pledged to Henry V, for how would her betrothed ever find her? And what would be her fate if she road away in the arms of such a brooding, darkly handsome man?
Chivalry demanded he cherish and protect any woman in need. Yet Marcus de Grant had never felt this more strongly than when he laid eyes upon Keelin O'Shea. Though driven by a sense of honor to rival his own, this Irish princess was sore in need of his warrior's blade -- and his chivalrous heart! Guardian of her clan's sacred talisman, Keelin O'Shea had ever put duty before desire. Yet one sight of Marcus de Grant emerging from the river, golden and glorious as some ancient god, sent a sweet ache of yearning through her for things that could never be!
A Knight With A Dark Soul Sir Hugh Dryden undertook his quest for a bride with a guarded heart. But two years of captivity had deadened his desire for any woman. So why, then, did the sight of a mere country girl in distress stir such tenderness in him? And why did simply carrying her from danger set his pulse pounding? Without a proper dowry, no gentleman would ask to marry Sin Tudor. Most made less respectable offers -- excepting the knight who'd rescued her from certain death. The man was strong and dangerous looking -- and she'd had the most unfamiliar longing to touch him. But what sense were flights of fancy when he was surely bound for battle -- and Sin about to be banished to a nunnery... ?
To escape the ghosts of his past, warrior Lachann MacMillan will forge his place in the world through battle and cunning. What he doesnt count on is the passion of a lifetime . . . For Lachann, safeguarding his clan comes before life, limb, and especially love. A political marriage in Kilgorra will ensure that MacMillan lands are protected; so much the better that his bride doesnt stir his blood. But what of the intriguing woman who arouses so much more . . . and lives in the very castle where Lachann is to wed?A nna MacIver is content to serve in her stepfathers household despite the cruelty of her stepsister, Catriona. She has a sanctuary to which she can escape and no romantic notions to impede good sense . . . until Catrionas intended bridegroom arrives in Kilgorra and shows Anna the meaning of desire. Now, with a clans future hanging in the balance, Anna and Lachann must decide if love is a risk worth taking . . .
How Could He Love This Daughter Of Treason...?Yet with his heart so full, his passion so afire, how could he not? Nicholas Hawken had never found a woman so attuned to his touch, his taste, his very being, as Lady Maria Burton. Though if her father proved traitorous, he was duty bound to expose him...and so destroy their love!From household drudge to daughter of a duke, Maria Burton had been forever transformed. But nothing had been as soul-shattering as what she'd experienced with Nicholas Hawken, infamous scoundrel, intriguing rogue...and truebound mate-of-her-heart!
Women Could Not Be TrustedBartholomew, Earl of Norwyck, had well learned that bitter lesson from his traitorous first wife. What, then, should he make of "the Lady Marguerite," a mysterious beauty who claimed ignorance of her true identity? Was she an enemy sent to destroy him-or an angel come to heal his wounded soul?Bartholomew had saved her from a shipwreck, only to dash her upon the rocky shores of his darkest suspicions. But if Marguerite were truly one of his blood-sworn enemies, how then to explain the desire that pulsed between them-threatening to engulf them in a heat as fierce as any flame?
MORE THAN MAGIC...Beautiful and mysterious Lilly Tearwater was no lady. She was a fraud! With a wager at stake, Samuel Temple planned to find a scientific explanation for the mysterious apparitions that supposedly occurred at her inn and then settle down into a quiet, scholarly life. But Sam's plans fell apart when he met the exotic beauty, because she seemed to be practicing her magic on him!Emotionally scarred from his recent captivity in the Sudan, Sam found the very thought of human touch-let alone intimacy-repugnant. But now he found himself desiring Lilly with every fiber of his being. And somehow Sam sensed that a decidedly unladylike Lilly could offer him the adventure of a lifetime....
To burn with passion . . . to surrender to the power of a man's desire . . . Kathryn de St. Marie's years in a French convent have taught her such things are forbidden. Still the chaste Norman beauty dreams of a soul-stirring love. But cruel destiny intrudes when she is taken prisoner by Scot barbarians--though a kinder fate intervenes when she is rescued by proud, haunted Edric of Braxton Fell, a bitter Saxon lord displaced by Norman rule. Though he despises the conquerors, Edric can sense that Kathryn is different--gentle and giving, yet possessing a fire that enflames Edric in turn--and he grudgingly allows her into his broken life. For Kathryn's capture has tainted her in the eyes of her people, and she can never again return home. Her future rests in the strong hands of her enemy champion . . . and in a long-cherished dream of a perfect seduction and a dangerous, rapturous love.
The prince of pleasure . . . To the ton, he is a wealthy and powerful royal, the dashing and enigmatic Prince Thomas of Sabedoria. And to Lady Margaret Blackmore, he is irresistible. Innocent in the ways of true passion, Maggie has lived a life chaste and proper-until now. Mad with a desire unlike anything she's felt before, she would do anything to tempt Thomas to her bed. But he hides a damning secret . . . In truth, Thomas is no prince. He is Thomas Thorne, sent away for a crime he did not commit. Hell-bent on revenge, he would do anything to destroy his worst enemy, even seduce the man's innocent sister. But he did not count on the one thing that could spoil his perfect plan-falling in love with the beautiful lady in question. Now he must choose between his fervent wish for justice and his devotion to his tempting conquest . . .
Drawn to her avowed enemyBaron Mathieu Fitz Autier expected some resistance when he staked his claim to the Saxon land he'd won in battle. But he never imagined that the former lady of the manor would have the courage to fight back-with an arrow aimed at his head!Lady Aelia saw her world slipping away as the Normans took control of her beloved home. Worse, she was drawn to Fitz Autier-her avowed enemy. She would not give in to the passion she sensed in this fierce warrior: not when he was honor-bound to deliver her to a Norman king. The journey ahead was sure to test them both beyond reckoning.
When she left quiet Oxford for her esteemed father's London home, Dorothea Bright never dreamed she'd be thrown into intrigue and danger with the likes of adventurer Jack Temple. As disreputable and troublesome as the man was proving to be, Dorothea was shocked to discover that she was enjoying herself immensely.Digging secrets out of Dorrie Bright was tougher than excavating any archaeological marvel. But Jack Temple swore that the oh-so-prim daughter of his dastardly ex-partner would help him uncover an ancient artifact before her father did.Trouble was, he kept getting distracted from his purpose by the endless layers of passion hidden beneath Dorrie's very proper exterior!
A Proper Governess Should Never. . . Assist a handsome stranger, alone on an unfamiliar road . . . unless the rake happens to be her new employer. Take a position in a crumbling manor . . . especially if the household staff has been replaced by unruly former soldiers. Allow her young charge entrÉe to her heart . . . for once done, it will be impossible to maintain proper distance. Permit her charge's uncle a breathtaking kiss under a star-lit sky . . . henceforth she will most certainly lose composure whenever he is near. And above all, she should never, ever fall completely, irreversibly in love with her employer . . . for nothing good can possibly come of it.
A bride on the run . . . A young lady escapes to Scotland in the dead of night, desperate to avoid the horrid marriage her guardian had arranged. Traveling alone, fearing for her safety, Brianna Munro finds shelter at the imposing Castle Glenloch. She intends to stay for just one night . . . but then Brianna encounters Hugh Christie, Laird Glenloch, and all her best-laid plans vanish into the Highland air. The stubborn chit says she's a lady's maid, running from a vengeful employer on the way to Dundee. But Hugh can see that the bold beauty is hiding something, just as plainly as he can see that he won't be able to resist her. Brianna's tempting body was made for pleasure, and Hugh has never been one to deny himself the delight of sin. He'll have to convince Brianna that he's not like the other men she's known--and that being taken by a laird one stormy night is just the beginning of a lifetime of ecstasy.
A new land, a new time . . . To protect his people from a great evil, Merrick Mac Lochlainn, newly crowned high chieftain of his clan, must travel forward in time nearly 1,000 years. But when he awakens in nineteenth-century England, he has no memory of his mission to save his race, nor can he recognize Jenny Keating, the spirited young beauty who calls herself his wife. A new love . . . Orphaned and on the run from a cruel headmaster, vulnerable and alone, Jenny never dreamed of being rescued by any man, much less a chivalrous and handsome warrior like Merrick. Drawn to his powerful physique and mysterious ways, she begins a dangerous deception and poses as his beloved. But her feelings of desire are all too real. Together they will battle a dark threat that jeopardizes their very lives, all the while tempting each other with a passion too powerful to resist.
One Thought Consumed Her: Escape!Lucy Kendal would do anything to leave the convent she'd called home since girlhood. But never had she dreamed the world contained such danger-and such desire-as she'd experienced firsthand. Though Sir Alexander Breton had rescued her countless times, he also stirred in her a sense of wildness-something he was honor bound never to fulfill!One Emotion Compelled Him: Grief!Widowed knight Alexander Breton had gone crusading to retreat from sorrow. Indeed, he was to take monastic vows after fulfilling a sacred quest for a dying friend. But fate decreed he would instead find Lucy Kendal, the brave, beauteous innocent, who needed protection...and needed him!
When the feisty lass he rescued makes off with his treasure map--his only key to restoring his clan--Dugan MacMillan tracks down Lady Maura Duncanson, and, taking her hostage, prepares to sell her to a wealthy old baron until he realizes that he wants her for himself.
No woman could tame him . . . He moves with the grace of a predator--savage, dangerous, wild. For Grace Hawthorne, the newly arrived stranger is unlike any man she has ever known. Proud, defiant, mesmerizingly masculine, he flouts convention and refuses to enter into proper society. Is he the real Anthony Maddox, heir to a glittering earldom? Or an arrogant imposter, sworn to claim what doesn't belong to him? Including Grace. Practically engaged to another, the well-bred lady's companion is now entrusted with the task of civilizing the primitive nobleman. Determined to fulfill her duty and nothing more, she tries to ignore her growing desire for Anthony, but it is a futile endeavor. As they come together in a scandalous secret liaison, Grace must choose between the conventional life she was born to lead . . . and a future with a man as unpredictable as he is irresistible.
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