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Never Say "Never" To Passion. . . Lizzie Paxton's dream in life is to be a widow--if only she could skip the wedding and the husband. When her childhood friend Captain James Marlowe proposes a marriage in name only, she accepts, knowing she'll have the independence she craves once he sets sail. Though James is the only man Lizzie trusts, she doesn't trust the scintillating desire he evokes in her. James knows he shouldn't get involved with anyone, especially with his uncertain future. But he just can't help himself when he overhears Lizzie's declaration. Though he's promised her a marriage of convenience, he wastes no time in seducing her and taking her over the precipice of desire. Yet not even his beautiful wife can deter him from his cause. But when Lizzie discovers her husband has deceived her, James must choose between devotion to duty and loyalty to the woman he cannot live without. . . "Intrigue, sensuality and romance collide. " --Jenna Petersen "Elizabeth Essex's The Pursuit Of Pleasure is elegant, evocative, and absolutely dangerous to a good night's sleep. " --Courtney MilanWhen not re-reading Jane Austen, sipping tea or mucking about her garden, Elizabeth Essex can be found at her computer, making up stories about people who live far more interesting lives than she. It wasn't always so. Elizabeth graduated from Hollins College with a BA in Classical Studies and Art History and then earned her MA from Texas A&M University in Nautical Archaeology, also known as the archaeology of shipwrecks. While Elizabeth loved the adventurous life of a working archaeologist, after writing and reading all those dry, dusty reports on ship construction, she would daydream about how lovely it would have been if only someone had fallen in love on just one of those ships. And so now she writes stories about just that. Elizabeth lives in Texas with her family.
What was to be a grand adventure for Melissa MacGregor -- an escape from the wilds of her Scottish home into the whirl of the London social scene -- seems to pale before the promise in the passionate gaze of Lincoln Ross Burnett. Though they exchange but a few words before parting after a chance encounter on her grandfather's lands, Melissa instantly knows this bold stranger is her destiny, while Lincoln realizes his heart has been claimed forever and he will never be complete until Melissa MacGregor is his bride. But there are serious obstacles impeding the well-smitten Viscount Cambury's pursuit of glorious romance: sixteen of them -- all big and brawny, six named Ian and all named MacFearson. The bane of Lincoln's youth, Melissa's stifling, disapproving uncles are now determined to rob him of his newfound happiness. Yet he is equally resolved to confront the peril -- and to pursue his exquisite obsession all the way to London. . . and to the ends of the earth, if necessary.
Though confined by prison walls, King Crawley was a powerful man. Still able to call the shots. Still able to give worse than he got. Revenge was justice. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth-and a mind for a mind. He plotted a unique kind of murder in which death would come long before the body gasped its last breath. One in which killer and victim would be one and the same. Sydney Raferty was his target-and through her, he would make her father pay. His weapon was undetectable, untraceable, because it didn't belong in any arsenal. Nevertheless, it was capable of total annihilation. King Crawley's weapon was love. Sydney Raferty was King Crawley's first victim. There were two others on his list: Dakota Raferty and Asia Raferty. For Crawley, revenge is sweet. KING CRAWLEY He nursed a hatred so strong, prison walls couldn't contain it. Powerful and cunning, he vowed to do to her what had been done to him SYDNEY RAFFERTY LORD In one short day, she had become wife... and widow. Soon, even the memory of her brief happiness began to fade. Now it was replaced by confusion and terror. It couldn't really be her husband's voice she heard calling out to her in the night shadows-or could it? BENNO DEMARTINO He was her dark knight, whose desire for his best friend's widow was matched by fear that his love was cursed. For he, too, was haunted-by a secret he had buried in the past.
When Grace Hammond's parents die in a double suicide, Grace inherits a house no one in the family even knew existed.
QUADRUPLETS ON THE DOORSTEP captures not only the joys and challenges of caring for four infants, but also the dangerous emotional waters and depths such care entails. Will unmarried April Sullivan be able to keep the infants?
Shelby Chapelle was a loner whose ideal night involved old sci-fi flicks and chocolate. But last year, she met the tall, tattooed Becca Gallagher and her life changed. Together with Goth-poet Amber Fellerman and number-obsessed Elisa Crunch, they formed the Queen Geek Social Club and set out to find others of their kind. FIRST RULE OF THE QUEEN GEEKS, NEVER LET GUYS GET IN THE WAY. This year, Becca has big plans for the Queen Geeks. She thinks working on the club's website and planning GeekFest (a talent show of geek-tastic proportions) should be Shelby's number one priority. Guys have always been strictly secondary to the goal spreading geekiness to every corner of Green Pines High School... and then the world! But sophomore year heats up when Shelby is swept off her feet by the karaoke stylings of a guy named Fletcher. Then Becca and Amber fall for the same guy, which results in a cursed love triangle. (Or a doomed love rhombus, if you count Shelby and Fletcher.) The going can get tough when Queen Geeks fall in love, but Shelby knows that being true to your inner geek is the most important thing. That, plus peace, love, and chocolate.
It's not easy being the Queen of Broken Hearts. Just ask Clare, who has willingly assumed the mantle while her career as a divorce coach thrives. Now she's preparing to open a permanent home for the retreats she leads, on a slice of breathtaking property on the Alabama coast owned by her mother-in-law. Make that former mother-in-law, a colorful eccentric who teaches Clare much about love and sacrifice and living freely. When Clare's marriage ends in tragedy, her work becomes the sole focus of her life. While Clare has no problems helping the hundreds of men and women who seek her advice to mend their broken hearts, healing her own is another matter entirely. Falling in love again is the last thing she wants. So when Lex--a charismatic, charming, burly sea captain--moves to town to run the marina, Claire insists they remain friends and nothing more. But even though she fights it, she begins to fall for him only to find she has a rival, his estranged wife Elinor.
Hidden among the remote hills of eighteenth-century England lives a powerful clan of shape-shifters who've become the stuff of myths and legends. They are thedrákon--supersensual creatures with the ability to Turn from human to smoke to dragon. Now a treacherous new enemy threatens to destroy their world of magic and glittering power. For centuries, they thought themselves alone at Darkfrith, but the arrival of a stunning letter from the Princess Maricara sent from the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania suggests the existence of a lost tribe ofdrákon. It is a possibility that the Alpha lord, Kimber Langford, Earl of Chasen, cannot ignore. For whoever this unknown princess may be, she's dangerous enough to know about thedrákon's existence--and where to find them. That, as Kimber can't help but concede, gives her a decidedly deadly advantage. And, indeed, it wouldn't be long before Maricara breached the defenses of Darkfrith and the walls around Kimber's heart. But the mystery of the princess's real identity and the warning she has come to deliver, of a brutal serial killer targeting thedrákonthemselves, seem all but impossible to believe. Until the shadowed threat that stalks her arrives at Darkfrith, and Kimber and Maricara must stand together against the greatest enemy thedrákonhave ever faced--an enemy who may or may not be one of their own. They have no choice but to yield to their passionate attraction for each other. But for two such very differentdrákonleaders, will an alliance of body and soul mean their salvation, their extinction...or both? From the Hardcover edition.
A good man can be hard to find, and curvaceous Jalila Goodwyn has had enough bad dates to know. But while Jalila is describing the hilarious details of her latest encounter over brunch with her girlfriend, another diner overhears her story and makes her an offer she can't refuse. Television producer Keenan Armstrong believes Jalila's search for love would make a hit reality show. Suddenly Jalila's the star of Queen of Hearts , with a string of fine bachelors vying to win her attention--though it's Keenan who's really turning up the heat. But before the big finale, Jalila will have to figure out what's real, what's fantasy and what's truly worth fighting for. . . .
It would be called the Wars of the Roses, but it all began with one woman's fury... Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England, cannot give up on her husband-even when he goes insane. And as mother to the House of Lancaster's last hope, she cannot give up on her son-even when all England turns against him. This gripping tale of a queen is at its heart a tender tale of love: passionate, for her husband, and motherly, for her only son. Praise for Susan Higginbotham's novels: "Higginbotham's talents lie not only in her capacity for detailed genealogical research of the period, but also in her skill in bringing these historical figures to life with passion, a wonderful sense of humor, honor, and love." -Historical Novels Review Online "Once I began The Traitor's Wife, I couldn't stop. When the electricity went out one night, I actually found myself reading by flashlight!" -Sharon Kay Penman, bestselling author of Devil's Brood
An aspiring DJ flees her affluent upbringing and begins an affair with a mysterious stranger in a sizzling new street novel from the author of "The Rolexxx Club."
Poised on the brink of insanity due to her ability to read minds and feel the emotions of others, Miranda Grey, unable to look anyone in the eye, gets supernatural guidance from David Solomon, a vampire who sympathizes with humans, which has ignited a war among his kind.
Royal maid Arabelle fantasizes about taking the queen's place, but not for power or riches. She wants to be pleasured by the queen's secret consort. Watching them together arouses cravings that her trysts with other men and her sensual encounters with her fellow maids cannot satisfy. She longs to be given licentious commands from the mysterious man, and to give orders in return. Then, in the secret halls of Versailles, Arabelle's fantasy comes true with even more wicked pleasures than she imagined.
Accident, or Divine Plan? Castillian princess Isabella's unlikely inheritance of Spain's crown and her arranged marriage to a handsome, rash ally opens the door to her greatest dream: a united, powerful and enduring kingdom. This is Lawrence Schoonover's gripping and elegant story of intrigue, hard combat, and the love of a woman for her country, her religion, and her dynamic and flawed partner and husband.
In the year 1147, Queen Eleanor and King Louis traverse to Jerusalem for the Second Crusade. Along with her fancy bedding and wine, the wily young queen brings five lovely and talented women: her spies. Among them is the beautiful widow Isabella de Lacey, whose duty is to infiltrate Emperor Manuel's inner circle and skillfully extract information. Will he aid the queen's cousin or betray the alliance for one with the Turks? To find out, Isabella must woo the emperor's man, Raoul, whose soul is as black as his eyes and whose passion both terrifies and captivates her.
Modern day textiles expert Sharon Reynolds discovers a bit of parchment with an astounding piece of information regarding the true heir to Henry VIII's throne. Before she knows it, she is swept back in time and into the arms of Richard Grenville, Queen Elizabeth's stable master -- and the man who should be king.
King Henry VIII had many wives--and many lovers--but his first well-known mistress might be the most fascinating of them all. As the beautiful daughter of courtiers, Elizabeth 'Bessie' Blount is overjoyed when she secures a coveted position as maid of honor to Katherine of Aragon. Her beauty and charm captivate many at court, but all are shocked when she captures the attention of the king himself. Though Henry has always felt kindly toward his queen, no one has ever ignited his passions the way Bess does. Both are swept up in a royal affair, and there are whispers that the queen ought to be worried for her throne. When Bess gives birth to a healthy son--something the queen has never been able to do--the whispers become a roar. But little does Bess know that the Boleyn girls will soon come to court with their own aim to steal the heart of the king . . . As Henry's love for her begins to fade, Bess must turn to her trusted friend, the illegitimate son of Cardinal Wolsey, to help her move beyond life as the queen's rival.
To inspire their love-play, Maeve weaves this intoxicating, erotic bedtime tale for her husband. Queen Philomena's love-life has been prescribed by duty. Hardly more than a child when she married the aged king, the young widow yearns to experience the ways of love in one singular night of passion before entering another loveless marriage of state. Sent to the Queen's chamber to "amuse" Her Majesty, Dante is handsome, fascinating. . . and much too insolent. At first, Philomena is determined to assert her control, but as the night progresses, she discovers pleasures she'd never imagined and surrenders to ecstasy.
Death divided them. . . until a desperate mission to conquer the dark lord reunited them For renowned archaeologist Kendra Johnson, working with her former lover, now her rival, was inconceivable. Nolan Galloway had betrayed her during a gruesome tragedy. And yet, born with the Vesica Piscis birthmark, the two were chosen for their special skills. . . and destined to join forces once again. Nolan had never stopped loving his ex-fiancÉe. Teaming with her on this dangerous assignment tested his restraint. Above all, he had to protect her, as their enemy was hot on their heels. On the hunt for the emerald sphere, they had to believe in the power of good. . . and love.
Orders were orders, but battle-weary undercover agent Kit Anderson chafed at seeking refuge from death threats in the house of her new boss, Coast Guard Lieutenant Noah Trayhern. Noah's cold authority masked inner demons to rival her own; his rough kindness sliced through her careful defenses. Suddenly her safe-house was under siege-from the inside!-and the danger was to Kit's heart...Look for more titles from New York Times bestselling author Lindsay McKenna. And don't miss The Loner, coming in July 2013!
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. But what if you can't tell which is which? When attorney Izzy McNeil's home is broken into, right after her boyfriend, Theo, moves in, she ignores the coincidence. When Theo is arrested on charges of fraud, she wants to believe he's innocent. But when a neighbor is found dead, she can't ignore that something is very, very wrong. Izzy also can't forget how Theo was inexplicably turned down for a mortgage. Or his recent moody silences. Or how a stranger warned her that Theo needs to "accept responsibility..."Thrust into Theo's case, Izzy must walk the line between attorney and lover to prove that Theo is innocent. But only Izzy can decide whether trusting Theo will keep her safe...or throw her into unimaginable danger.
That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert--he's the main course! Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that? Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger's bedroom pretty quickly--once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That's a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into . . . if he can just get Lissianna to bite.
In the New York Times-bestselling author's latest Arcane Society novel, a paranormal killer pushes an unlikely duo's powers and passions to the limit. Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening's events. Dark energy, emanating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she is rescued by a man she has met only once before, but won't soon forget. Owen Sweetwater inherited his family's talent for hunting the psychical monsters who prey on London's women and children, and his investigation into the deaths of two glass-readers has led him here. The high-society types of the exclusive Arcane Society would consider Virginia an illusionist, a charlatan, even a criminal, but Owen knows better. Virginia's powers are real-and they just might be the key to solving this challenging case.
My name is Taylor, and damn but my life changed overnight. One moment I was just a regular girl working two jobs to pay my bills, and next thing you know, I'm uncovering secret metal disks at my boss's house. Now I'm reading minds, dream-walking and being saved from bad guys by Mr. Dark and Brooding.That would be Ryder Langston, my new next-door neighbor. He's sex on legs but he's also a secret agent from another world-no joke. I believe him now because he dragged me back here "for my protection" after he discovered someone was trying to assassinate me on Earth. It isn't working out so well.There's a war going on, one that's been fought for generations. Ryder's having trust issues (not that it's stopping us from falling into bed), and it turns out I'm connected here, if you know what I mean. The target on my back finally makes sense, but there's nowhere left to hide...132,000 words
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