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AN ATTRACTIVE WOMAN UNDER HIS ROOF...!Left orphaned and destitute, Miss Sophie Langford had no choice but to throw herself on the mercy of her mother's family, namely the Duke of Belfont. But instead of the elderly gentleman she had envisaged, she was confronted by the fifth duke, James, a most eligible bachelor.The presence of Sophie's widowed sister enabled James to take Sophie into his household, although he little guessed what he had let himself in for. Sophie was quite unlike any other lady of his acquaintance-she certainly had no hesitation about speaking her mind! So why did he find her so damnably attractive?
Rescue from an unlikely source!Abducted and taken aboard a merchant ship bound for India, Charlotte Gilpin desperately searches for ways to escape. The heiress certainly doesn't expect rescue from the most unlikely of sources-Captain Alexander Carstairs, a man with whom she has crossed swords in the past.Alex isn't sure what to make of Charlotte's claim to have been kidnapped-he wouldn't put it past this spirited woman to have cooked up the whole thing to avoid her father's matchmaking. But in the confines of the ship this confirmed bachelor unexpectedly finds Charlotte getting under his skin...again!
Driven by grief and an implacable thirst for vengeance, Captain James Drymore has one sole purpose in life-to hunt down the men who killed his wife. A beautiful young lady in distress distracts James for the first time.Having rescued Amy, James discovers she hasn't escaped unscathed-she has lost her memory! As the conflicted captain slowly puts together the complex pieces of his mysterious lady's past, he realizes he needs to let go of his own. Can he and Amy build a new future-together?
The only thing that Dominic could be certain he knew about Emma was that she had been lying to him. He wasn't even sure that Emma Woodhill was her real name. So why on earth was he falling in love with her? Especially when he was already engaged to someone else?Despite all this, Dominic was determined to discover the truth and give Emma all the help she neededhellip;.
Lady Esme Vernley's unconventional first meeting with a handsome gentleman in Hyde Park has damned him in the eyes of her family. His departure from protocol, far from offending her, however, just fires Esme's curiosity. Felix, Lord Pendlebury, is taken with this debutante's mischievous smile. But his secret mission for the Duke of Wellington in France could jeopardize any relationship between them--especially when he discovers his past amour has just arrived in town.
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Shocking Society!Jane had broken her engagement to Harry Hemingford and sent him packing after his scandalous behavior. So why was he back now, just when Mr. Allworthy had proposed? Her suitor was undoubtedly a good match, but had she ever really fallen out of love with Harry?Was safety really more important than the joyous happiness she found in Harry's arms? Perhaps Society's opinion should just go hang!
Saving Lydia...Lydia Fostyn is being coerced into marrying an odious older man when Ralph Latimer, Earl of Blackwater, returns from exile and stirs up painful-and passionate-memories.Ralph is responsible for the tragedy that brought about her family's hard time, and he decides he must do the honourable thing and marry the beauty. But, as drawn to Lydia as he is, dare he get involved with a woman who appears to be aiding and abetting smugglers on his land near the Essex marshes...?
Stowaway...or wife! Commodore John Drymore's mission is clear. Sail to France, rescue Comte Giradet from prison and bring him and his daughter back to England safely. But Lisette Giradet defies the Commodore at every turn and soon gets under his skin more deeply than the bullet in his arm. Desperate to rescue her brother from the guillotine, Lisette smuggles herself back on board ship. With her life in jeopardy, she's given no choice-she must assume the role of the commodore's wife!
BETRAYED...For one long, hot summer Frances and Marcus had meant everything to each other. And then he betrayed her by marrying someone else. At seventeen, Frances had possessed an inner fire, a joy of life. Now, years later, Marcus, Duke of Loscoe, is confounded by the ice-cold society hostess she has become.Having learned how to suppress her youthful dreams and desires, Frances, Countess of Carringham, can't deny she's pained to hear that Marcus is looking for a new wife to care for his motherless child. Nor can she disguise that she is still susceptible to his charm....
From Friends to LoversWhen their parents married, James, Earl of Corringham, and Lady Lavinia Stanmore became as close as brother and sister. Now, years later, James has outgrown his rakish ways and is burning with a love for her that he longs to reveal.However, he faces a rival in the mysterious Lord Wincote. Torn between James and the handsome stranger, Lavinia's feelings are thrown into turmoil. But is this man really what he seems? The more Lord Wincote persists, the more Lavinia wonders if she should be looking for love a little closer to home....
An Unwilling MistressDuncan, Lord Risley, is challenged by a bet to try his luck with actress Madeleine Charron-when he should be looking for a suitable wife. He takes her to dinner, and discovers strong feelings for this beautiful woman who is so clearly a lady. But how can he contemplate marrying outside his class?Madeleine yearns to be accepted by society, but she is not willing to become any man's chÃ¨re amie. The burning question is: what is more important-love or reputation?
Homeless and penniless, Rosamund is forced to marry Lord Harry Portman. In return for a comfortable life, she must produce an heir! Harry's attraction to Rosamund is unsettling. It threatens the terms of their convenient marriage-and his undercover work bringing criminals to justice! Guilt over his first wife's death tortures Harry. But when Rosamund falls into danger, he has to find the courage to let go of the past and fight for the woman he loves. . . ;.
Impoverished beauty Diana Bywater must keep her circumstances secret--her job with Harecrofts depends on it! Then an unwanted marriage proposal from the younger Harecroft son threatens everything. . . . No stranger to secrets himself, Captain Richard Harecroft is suspicious of this obviously gently reared girl who has turned his brother's head. He is determined to discover if she is a gold digger out to exploit the family. But the closer he gets, the more the mystery of Diana deepens--and the more he desires her as his bride!
All she wanted was a little adventure. . . Even though she adores her godmother, Molly Martineau cannot help but find life in the countryside a little dull! At seventeen, she longs for balls and parties and the excitement of a London season. So who could blame her for finding the dashing Captain Stacey very attractive? And surely it was not entirely silly to follow him on the road to London? Forced to take the waif under his wing, the captain soon realizes that his heart may be in trouble! But with his affairs in such a tangle, what could he offer a gently bred girl?
Just who is Miss Fanny Draper? Alexander, Viscount Malvers, is sure the beautiful girl on the public coach is not who she says she is. Her shabby clothing and claim of being a companion cannot hide the fact that she is Quality. He's intrigued. This captivating miss is definitely running away, but from what--or whom? Alex is adept at getting under her guard, but Lady Emma Lindsay must keep up the pretence. As her feelings grow, so does her dilemma. Maybe a lady can follow her heart, but a poor companion certainly can't--and Miss Fanny Draper she must remain!
The Rakes Last Mistress! Determined to overthrow a notorious smuggling operation, gentleman thieftaker Sir Ashley Saunders will let nothing stand in his way! Until he runs up against spirited Pippa Kingslake, whos just as determined to protect her own interests With a string of demanding mistresses in his past, Ash thinks he ll handle Pippa with ease. Still unsure where her loyalties lie, Ash vows to keep her safe. But could Pippas fierce independence end Ashs case and his rakish ways? The Piccadilly Gentlemens Club Seeking justice, finding love
RUMORS WERE FLYINGHer name was on everyone's lips. They were agog to find out what Miss Elizabeth Harley had been doing down at the East India Docks. And in such shocking apparel! Why, her uncle's generosity in giving her a London season had been thrown back in his face. Elizabeth had not meant to sully her good name. All she'd craved was a chance to travel. Andrew Melhurst had come to her rescue when she needed him most, but should she consider marrying him to save her reputation?
Widowed Lady Charlotte Hobart and her two young daughters have lived comfortably under her father- in-law's roof, but everything changes on his death. The new Lord Hobart fills Easterley Manor with his disreputable friends and treats Charlotte with contempt. With no money, and nowhere to go, she feels suddenly bereft--and not a little frightened. Viscount Stacey Darton wants to protect Charlotte, and to do that he has to pretend to be as bad as the rest of the unwelcome houseguests. It's obvious to Stacey that this tall, elegant lady is no light-skirt but a true gentlewoman. She is also proud, so whatever he does to help her must be done in secret.
As a member of the renowned Piccadilly Gentlemen's Club, Jonathan Leinster has been instructed to ensure the return of a runaway. Louise Vail has fled to her birthplace, hoping to find her family-but handsome Jonathan stops her in her tracks! Jonathan's task is simple: escort the spirited miss promptly home. Then he learns Louise can use a sword, play whist and has the courage of a lion! Now, Jonathan finds himself embroiled in her search-wanting to claim her as his own!
To Choose a HusbandIsabella's grandfather, the Earl of Westmere, insists she take a husband-and she must choose which of her four second cousins it must be. In desperation, Bella turns to Robert Huntley, the cousin with whom she's shared many a childhood adventure.A distinguished captain of the Hussars, Robert finds himself agreeing to her outrageous suggestion of a pretend engagement. He tells Bella he has no desire to be shackled in a loveless marriage, and their engagement must end once she's had a Season in town. Why, then, is he tantalized by thoughts of Bella, and the pleasures their marriage could bring them both?
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1840Preparations for the young Queen Victoria's wedding have thrown all of London into a frenzy-but for Lady Emily Sumner, her own marital dilemmas eclipse all the excitement!Forbidden to marry her beloved Lieutenant Richard Lawrence by her strict, status-conscious mama, Emily's chance at wedded bliss seems out of reach. . . But as Maid of Honour to the Queen, Emily discovers she has a secret weapon-royal approval! And with Queen Victoria's blessing, surely Emily's happy ending can't be too far behind. . . ?
Well over six feet tall, with broad, broad shoulders, he was the best-looking man Lady Lucinda Vernley had ever seen--and the most insufferably rude! With her family expecting her to make a good marriage according to her station, how could she possibly be fantasizing about a man she had seen working on her father's estate? It was tempting, though, to dream of a world where there were no social boundaries or rules. Myles Moorcroft didn't dress the gentleman, but by his manner there was something about him that had Lucy well and truly attracted and intrigued. . . .
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