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Vivian Rael-Lamont lives peacefully in the small town of Penzance, Cornwall, where everybody believes her to be widowed, when in truth she left London unwilling to let her husband's exploits taint her family name. All's well, until someone threatens to reveal her married status and expose her to scandal - unless she can obtain an original signed copy of a Shakespearian play, owned by none other than the reclusive and mysterious William Raleigh, Duke of Trent. Vivian is unexpectedly drawn to Raleigh and, for the price of passion, he ends up joining her quest to catch the blackmailer, a discovery which only leads them to more danger. And although their bond only grows stronger, they soon realise the fruitlessness of their relationship - a married woman of noble background cannot enter into an illicit affair with the Duke of Sin.or can she?
One of Catherine Coulter's first novels--lavishly rewritten. The #1 New York Times bestselling author turned The Generous Earl into The Duke--and fans swooned over the tale of romance and suspense set in 19th-century Scotland. Penderleigh Castle is the home of the Robertsons, who have just been dealt a terrible blow. Their new master, already an English duke, has just been named the Scottish Earl of Penderleigh. Ian Carmichael, Duke of Portmaine, is proud, aristocratic, handsome as the devil's right hand, and kinder than any grousing Robertson has a right to expect. Brandy Robertson--the old earl's granddaughter--takes one look at the duke and her heart goes ballistic. The problem is, the duke is already engaged, and if that isn't bad enough, someone wants to kill him...
Aboard her privateering ship, The Seaflower, Captain Imena Leung is the law. Ashore she answers only to her liege, Duke Maxime. They are a powerful couple, with an intense attraction neither can disguise nor deny. As a nobleman, Maxime is destined to wed strategically, so his seductive advances must be purely for pleasure. And what self-respecting pirate denies herself any pleasure?Their delicious dalliance is prolonged when Imena is forced to abduct Maxime to thwart a political plot against him. At sea, with a stunningly virile man bound and held in her private quarters, Imena can imagine-and enact-any number of intoxicating scenarios.The heat between captain and captive is matched only by the perils that beset The Seaflower and her crew. Violent storms, marauding corsairs and life-or-death sex games on a desert island-how fortunate for the seemingly insatiable lovers that danger and desire go hand-in-hand.
What is a roguish young nobleman supposed to do with a shockingly lovely young ward? The Duke of Blakewell believes he'd better marry her off as soon as possible, before he gives in to temptation himself... But Henrietta doesn't want a husband-- she wants her independence... Sure that she carries a curse that killed her previous guardians, Henrietta just wants the duke to sign over her inheritance before something terrible befalls him... In a moment of passion, they become scandalously entangled, and suddenly the duke must take Henrietta's curse seriously, and she must take drastic measures to save the one man she could love...
The French duke's contract bride!Lance Malbois, Duc du Lac: a hardened military man with a scar that crosses his cheek--and reaches right to his heart. But all he wants is to hold a child in his arms and be called 'Daddy. 'Andrea Fallon: pregnant, widowed and alone, she's determined to give her baby the father and family she never had. The perfect solution: a marriage of convenience. . . '
How was Victoria Houghton supposed to work for Duke Charles Frederick Mead? The gorgeous royal had never met a woman he couldn't seduce--until now. Victoria despised the duke--and his family. They had gained control of her family business in a hostile takeover, then downgraded her to Charles's personal assistant. Well, there was very little she would personally assist Charles with! She had to resist her burning attraction to him. . . even as he was kissing her into business-meets-pleasure submission.
Vengeance would be his . . . Ian Wentworth arrives in London with one goal: revenge. Now a duke of enormous wealth, he should settle down to the business of marrying and producing heirs. But nightmares of an ordeal from his past haunt him at every turn. All those he believes responsible have paid with their lives. All but one: Viola Bennington-Jones, the lovely Lady Cheshire. And he will not rest until he sees the tempting beauty suffer. Viola keeps her secrets-and there are many-safe from society's prying eyes. When she first spies Ian at a glittering ball, the rush of recognition immediately turns to panic. Does he remember the tender touches that once passed between them? Does he feel the electric passion that binds them still? Or does he blame her for the awful horrors her kin bestowed upon him? The enigmatic duke holds her captive: in desperate thrall to his powerful sensuality, her future-and her heart-in his hands.
Brooding Hawk St. Claire, Duke of Stourbridge, believes Jane Smith to be a mere servant girl--albeit a remarkably attractive one! So when genteel Miss Jane is wrongly turned out of her home for inappropriate behavior following their encounter, the duke takes her in as his ward. Although Hawk is the first man to make Jane's pulse race, she knows she cannot risk falling for his devastating charm. A marriage between them would be forbidden--especially if he were to discover the shameful truth about her. . . .
The Duke's Courtship-4 Novellas of the Windham series by New York Times bestselling author Grace BurrowesTHE COURTSHIPThe first novella to be published by New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes features the foundation story for her bestselling Windham series. This is the tender story of love tested and won, and how Percy Windham, the dashing and brilliant man who was never supposed to become the Duke of Moreland, wooed Esther Himmelfarb, the amazing lady who became his beloved Duchess.THE DUKE AND HIS DUCHESSIn this second prequel novella to the popular Windham series, Grace Burrowes continues the story of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland through the tumultuous and bittersweet first years of marriage and parenthood. Percival Windham is a second son and cavalry officer when he weds the beautiful Esther Himmelfarb. Percy and Esther must grow into the nobility they've been resisting and stand together, or face the threat of destroying their young family and the beautiful love that started out with such promise...MORGAN AND ARCHERThis sparkling short story ties back to Grace Burrowes' popular Windham series with characters introduced in The Virtuoso and Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal. Archer Portmaine is investigating a plot against the Crown when he meets Morgan James, a young lady who believes her hearing problems make her a poor candidate for marriage, although her disability provides the key to unraveling Archer's mystery--and to capturing his heart.JONATHAN AND AMYIn Lady Eve's Indiscretion, the Marquis of Deene wanted to wrest custody of his niece Georgina from her wealthy Irish father, widower Jonathan Dolan. Now Jonathan needs Deene's assistance to help him woo Miss Amy Ingraham, Georgina's proper, pretty governess. Jonathan must be clever, determined, and above all else honorable if he's to win not only Amy's hand, but the respect of a society only too willing to judge him harshly.
Disgraced by His Grace! Frederick, Duke of Falconwood, has vowed never to marry, instead dedicating himself to protecting his country. But when he's caught in a very compromising position with a coquettish debutante, Freddy does the only thing that will salvage her reputation-he proposes marriage! Even though Minette Rideau craves the stoic duke's touch, she knows she can't become his wife. For giving in to her desires will reveal a shameful secret, putting much more than her virtue in jeopardy...
The Duke of Malmesbury's daughters discover that passion can derail even the best-laid matrimonial plansLady Cecily is known as the "Ice Princess" because of her cool blond beauty and her refusal to wed any of her several eligible suitors. She has no choice but to obey her father, the Duke, who wants Cecily to marry the one man who can assure the family's social and financial positions: the arrogant and infuriating Viscount Ravenwood, who has been her enemy since childhood. A marriage of convenience is all she expects from their pairing--she has no idea that Ravenwood conceals a deep secret, or just how determined he will be to claim her heart. Cecily's sister, Lady Brittany, is relieved that she doesn't have to take part in the husband hunt in London's marriage mart--though as a duke's daughter, she is considered a prime catch. Comfortably engaged to amiable Lord Anthony Faringdon, she knows that though they may not be a love match, she and Tony will get along just fine--that is, until she meets his best friend, the darkly handsome Marquess of Cheriton, whose eyes pierce her very soul. Brittany's comfortable life and perfect plans will be overturned by her increasingly passionate feelings for the irresistibly charming Marquess.
A classic Signet Regency Romance from beloved author June Calvin. AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME The beautiful Viscountess Deborah Silverton has vowed never to wed again. The death of her hateful husband ended an unspeakable nightmare. On the other hand, she desperately wants to see her sixteen-year-old daughter Jennifer safely married. If Jennifer does not find a decent husband, either her grasping guardian will auction the girl off to the most odious libertine in the realm, or she will be snapped up by one of the seductive rakes circling like sharks around her. Fortunately, the Duke of Harwood is in London. Not only is Harwood as handsome as he is wealthy, his wife's death has left him in clear need of a spouse. How could he possibly resist a young lady as lovely as Jennifer? But Deborah is shocked to find that she is the focus of the Duke's flirtatious attentions. Struggling to suppress her growing passion for the Duke, Deborah is determined to convince him to wed Jennifer. But Harwood's keen wit, iron will, and subtle wiles, might just persuade Deborah to forget her disdain for marriage and succumb to her secret desire for the Duke...
Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, exercises the pragmatism for which he's infamous when his preferred choice of bride cries off, and her companion, Lady Thea Collins, becomes his next choice for his duchess. Lady Thea's mature, sensible and even rather attractive-what could possibly go wrong?As a lady fallen on hard times, Thea doesn't expect tender sentiments from His Grace, but she does wish Noah had courted her trust, lest her past turn their hastily arranged marriage into a life of shared regrets. Is His Grace courting a convenient wife, or a beautiful disaster?Praise for Grace Burrowes:"Burrowes has a knack for giving fresh twists to genre tropes and developing them in unexpected and delightful directions [with] consistently excellent writing, deep and layered stories, and intelligent and compassionate characters." -Publishers Weekly"Warmth, sensuality, and humor infuse Burrowes' writing." -Booklist"Burrowes continues to captivate and enchant!" -Fresh Fiction
A Daring Duke...Eliot Fitzharding, Duke of Guilford, once visited Penny House to enjoy the games of chance. Now he finds that his heart beats faster-not at the turn of a card, but at the thought of matching wits with Miss Amariah Penny, the fashionable club's proprietress.Amariah, a clever copper-haired beauty, enjoys Guilford's company as well...perhaps too much. If only he were not so wickedly attractive!When an unknown gambler accuses Penny House of harboring a cheat-and threatens violence if the man is not expelled-Guilford comes immediately to Amariah's rescue. But as the two of them race to shield Penny House from the rumors, they risk becoming an item of choice gossip themselves....
Former governess Jane Wood is on borrowed time-and she doesn't want the fairy tale of her Grand Tour to end. She awaits the arrival of her employer, Richard Farren, Duke of Aston, with trepidation....To widower Richard, meek and mousy Miss Wood is unrecognizable as the carefree and passionate Jane. Seeing Venice through her eyes opens his mind and heart to romance!Yet a sinister threat hangs over their newfound happiness: to protect Jane, Richard will have to overcome the demons of his past and persuade her to become his proper wife....
The famous soprano, Lottie English, is--unbeknownst to anyone--really the Lady Charlotte Hughes. Colin has been admiring Lottie from afar for almost three years when he finally decides to ask her to be his mistress. Instead, Lady Charlotte suggests they marry so that he can finance a European tour for her, and he can have her legally. Colin agrees, and soon discovers someone at the theater is trying to hurt her. But it's only when her dressing room is vandalized does Charlotte reveal that she possesses a rare, unpublished piece by George Handel that she supsects is the reason for all the violence. Fortunately, Colin secretly works for the government as a forger, and together they concoct a plan to set up the thief. As they work together, they discover true love in the face of danger.
A Most Unconventional MatchWhat governess would refuse a duke? Exuberant, opinionated, irrepressible Leah Shaw, that's who. Since her arrival at Renforth Hall, the Duke of Northam's young son has thrived. Leah, intent on traveling abroad, insists she will stay for one year only. Marriage would change everything-if only Hayden Latimer, the duke, knew how to woo a woman who wants nothing to do with matrimony.All the duke's wealth could not buy Leah the one thing she cherishes most: her independence. But if an overprotective father can give his son room to grow, can she learn to put down roots? For it's every woman's prerogative to change her mind...when her heart is guiding her toward love.
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Scorned Duke.Lady Isabelle Milborne would pay in hell for her treachery-even if he went there with her! Three years ago, Belle had participated in her late husband's wager, which had ruined Justin, the Duke of Westmore. And now the duke would stop at nothing to see justice served....But the stricken expression on Belle's face when Justin made his ruthless proposition struck at his conscience. And all too soon the dark-haired beauty awakened feelings in him that he'd thought long dead. Now Justin wondered if he could ever be content with just having Belle as his mistress for the Season...or if he'd need her in his life forever!
The setting was picture-postcard perfect; the hero, bonafide royalty. Sabrina's worst fear was that she would wake up and discover it was all a dream. Duke--and Doctor--Marco Calvetti had almost run her off the road. Now Sabrina was playing houseguest in his Amalfi-coast villa. Marco's romantic words and skilled hands gave new meaning to the term bedside manner, but his brooding eyes hid secret wounds. . . or was it a secret agenda? Either way, the duke promised her a New Year's she would never forget. . . .
The "Seven Deadly Sins" lived for scandal and delighted in disgrace, but now they must repent-in marriage! A sin he cannot forget The Duke of Exeter knows it's time to find a bride, and he's determined to locate the passionate minx who enticed him in a pitch-black library. But how can you find someone you've never really seen? Then, while supervising his young ward's education, he is irresistibly attracted to her exquisite new teacher. He keeps wondering if they've met somewhere before, never suspecting she's the woman he's never forgotten after his one night of sin. A wicked secret As a beloved instructress at an exclusive school for young ladies, Lady Siusan Sinclair is a model of deportment. But no one knows her secret-that she fled London for Bath, her reputation on the verge of tatters, her fortune lost. Still, no matter how hard she tries, she can't forget the knee-weakening kiss of the man who led her astray . . .
Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancee, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart. Hart has it all--a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him--his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss--his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart though he realized it too late. Now, Eleanor has reappeared on Hart's doorstep, with scandalous nude photographs of Hart taken long ago. Intrigued by the challenge in her blue eyes--and aroused by her charming, no-nonsense determination--Hart wonders if his young love has come to ruin him . . . or save him.
Attraction...and secrets on a sun-drenched island...Supermodel Jemima Dare needs to get away from it all. Traveling incognito, she flees to a Caribbean paradise in search of peace. But there's no peace to be found with Niall Blackthorne around! He's aristocratic in the luxury resort, irresistible on the beach...and a danger to Jemima's heart wherever he is.Jemima and Niall are both hiding who they are.But when you fall in love this hard, this fast, hiding seems even harder than telling the truth....
He came to the colonies for one reason: revenge. Drake Amberly, Duke of Hawk Haven, won't leave South Carolina until he's unmasked the colonial spy who killed his brother. Yet the more he sees of spirited Elise Cooper, the more he's moved by the happiness she brings him...never suspecting the dangerous secret she hides.Her faith drives Elise to spy for the rebels, dreaming only of freedom for her homeland. Then she meets Drake, and learns that love could be hers, as well. When his pursuit of "The Fox" brings him dangerously close to the truth, she'll risk everything to prove that love and forgiveness are all they need.
When Trevor Phillips finally returns home to claim his inheritance, he's astonished to find the estate in shambles. Still, he has no great desire to be rusticating in the country & it's only the enchantingly beautiful--& shockingly young--Dowager Duchess, Sara, who captures the rake's very masculine interest. But while Trevor is determined to lure Sara into his arms, she is equally determined to entice this confirmed bachelor into doing his duty by finding him a bride. Trevor has made it quite clear that nothing could be more boring than to marry a nice debutante & produce an heir. And in Sara he discovers a passionate woman who is unlike any other he's ever known. But what he hasn't yet told her is that he has a plan of his own. . . & her future depends on her answer to his proposal.
Whose secret is more scandalous -- his or hers? Sought after by all the ladies, Thomas Flander, the darkly handsome Duke of Ravensfield, is never far from the whirl of London society. All of that changes, though, when the duke discovers his fortune has been squandered away and he must devise a plan to save his legacy. The only problem is he must stay at his country estate and his absence has tongues wagging all around town. Only one woman, the beautiful, tempestuous Lynnette Overton, is bold enough to find out what's keeping the duke away. Intent on winning a bet to uncover the secret behind the duke's withdrawal, Lynnette, who has something to hide herself, concocts a plan to install herself in the duke's country estate...and lure him into her bed. But can Lynnette expose the duke's secret and still win his love?
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