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Locked away by her reclusive and intensely protective father, the recently deceased "Mad Lord of Northumberland," Melissa is beautiful and educated but painfully naïve about the real world--and the dark secrets of her birth. Now in the care of her uncle, the Earl of Braddock, she must prepare to enter London society and find a proper husband, a task that grows complicated when she falls for the one man she can never have. Just as a promising new life begins to eclipse her tragic past, she'll find herself consumed by a forbidden love that could destroy it all. . . Praise for the novels of Jane Goodger"Gentle humor, witty banter, and attractive characters. " --Library Journal on Marry Christmas "A touching, compassionate, passion-filled romance. " --Romantic Times on A Christmas Waltz
A Hotly Contested Claim A bastard by birth, James Devlin lives on his own terms--until a twist of fate reveals that he is the true Duke of Blackwood. Though the brooding bachelor swears to hold on to his freedom, he does intend to take back his childhood home. But once at Wyndmoor Manor, he discovers an arresting adversary in Bella Sinclair. Her hot-blooded claim to his home is amusing. . . and arousing. Which is why he isn't leaving until he takes possession of everything--starting with the bewitching Bella. . . A Sensual SurrenderBella is furious when the Duke barges into her home, declaring it rightfully his! The willful widow is not about to give up her haven without a fight, no matter how determined the Duke is--or how sensual the battlefield. But once she's sharing a house with the beguiling barrister, she is in danger of losing everything--one deep, slow kiss at a time. . . Well-matched lovers. . . witty comradely repartee. -Publishers Weekly on In the Barrister's Chambers Tantalizing. . . revenge, secrets and misunderstandings. . . with sizzle. --Romantic Times on Lady of ScandalScintillating. --Booklist on A Perfect ScandalLively, engaging. . . Gabrielle's barristers will have you swooning! --Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author
There Are Sins"Do unto others. . . " Carefully, he carves the words into their flesh. The victims are all young, brunette, pretty. But she's the one he really wants. The others are just a way to ease the rage that has festered for years, until the only thing that calms him is his knife slicing through skin. . . You Never LiveDetective September Rafferty--Nine to her friends--recognizes the artwork that arrives in the mail. She created it back in second grade. Now a killer's words are slashed across it in what looks like blood. He knows her. September's investigation leads to her old classmate, Jake Westerly. She wants to believe Jake is innocent. But trusting anyone could be her last mistake. . . To RegretEvery slight, every slur, he remembers them all. They turned him into a monster, and now they will suffer for it. Starting with September, he'll show them that the past can never stay hidden, and the time of vengeance is at hand. . . Praise for Nancy Bush's Blind Spot"Engrossing. . . twists you won't see coming!" --Karen Rose, New York Times bestselling author "Atmospheric. . . sure to cause shivers. " --Book Page "Bush keeps the story moving quickly and ends with an unexpected twist. " --Publishers Weekly "Nancy Bush always delivers edge-of-your seat suspense!" --Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author
Some Secrets will follow you to your grave. . . When Liv Dugan ducks out of work for lunch, it's just an ordinary day. When she returns, she stumbles onto a massacre. All her colleagues at Zuma Software have been shot. Only luck has left Liv unscathed, and that might be running out. . . Liv suspects the shootings are tied to her past--and to the package she recently received from her long-dead adoptive mother. Sensing she's being followed, Liv jumps into a stranger's car and orders him to drive. Her "hostage" complies, listening carefully as her story unwinds. Skeptical at first, he ultimately begins to believe all Liv's fears are justified. . . Together, Liv and her unlikely confidant try to uncover the truth about her adoptive family, her birth parents, and her troubled childhood. Because somewhere in Liv's past is a secret worth killing for, and a nightmare she can never outrun. . .
Thief Of HeartsForced to resort to a life of crime in order to support his siblings, Asher Cordell is now ready to walk the straight and narrow path. But when an old rival, the Marquis of Ormsby, infuriates him with his insipid arrogance, Asher cannot resist stealing the pompous fool's famous diamond. However, he's shocked to discover he isn't the only intruder in Ormsby's library. The culprit is none other than his beautiful neighbor, Juliana Greeley. Asher has known Juliana since childhood and has always harbored a secret affection for her. When she asks Asher to steal letters Ormsby is using to blackmail her sister, he's happy to oblige. Embarking on a bold scheme that gives way to an equally fiery passion, the adventurous pair discover a love neither can live without. . . A fast plot packed with clever twists keeps the action and passion blazing. --Publishers WeeklyBusbee. . . is a pleasure to read. --BooklistBusbee is back and better than ever! --Julia QuinnDelicious. . . fast-paced, intriguing. --Affaire de Coeur
In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman's courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war--and an irresistible passion. . . Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister's murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies. . . and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He'll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what's left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.
A Vampire In Chains Held captive in a basement prison, wrapped in silver chains, the vampire Gideon is too weak to fight the monster who enslaves him. For years, she's tapped his precious blood like a fountain of youth--sustaining him with human females she captures for his pleasure. But with the latest victim she brings him, he senses something intriguingly different. Something dangerous, yet oh so tempting. Kay Alissano is no ordinary woman. Every full moon, she must answer the call of the wild--unleashing the wolf within. As daughter of the Shadow Pack's Alpha, Kay is extremely powerful--and when she's offered up to Gideon, she doesn't surrender easily. In wolf form, she might be able to unchain Gideon's heart and set them both free--if only he can resist the urge to consume her, body and soul, before the next full moon. . . "Ashley is a master storyteller. " --Romantic Times"A classic vampire tale of sensual, spine-tingling suspense. " --Christine Feehan on Desire After Dark"A master of her craft. " --Maggie Shayne
A Vampire's Kiss. A Woman's Surrender. Tall, dark, mysterious--and with a faint scar on his cheek that only makes him more gorgeous--Kaiden Thorne is one schoolgirl obsession Skylynn never forgot. Now, returning to her childhood home after eight years, she can't believe her reclusive neighbor is still living across the street--and hotter than ever. Skylynn doesn't know how Kaiden manages to stay so young, virile, and impossibly attractive. But she knows she wants him. . . even if he harbors a fearful secret he refuses to tell her. When Kaiden sees the beautiful young woman Skylynn has become, he can no longer control the bloodlust that is his true nature. Once he pulls Skylynn into his arms, presses his lips against hers--and accidentally draws blood--he longs for more. Only she possesses what he wants and what he needs. Only she can save him or destroy him. But once Skylynn agrees to help Kaiden battle his darkest desires, there is no turning back. . . Ashley is a master storyteller. --Romantic TimesA classic vampire tale of sensual, spine-tingling suspense. --Christine Feehan on Desire After DarkA master of her craft. --Maggie Shayne
Four special holiday offerings from today's favorite authors remind us that when love is on your list, you never have to stop believing. . . "A Winter Wonderland" by Fern MichaelsAngelica Shepard left New York for Christmas in Colorado to relax and unwind--but an out-of-control snowboarder almost had her laid to rest. When she wakes up in the hospital, all she remembers is the handsome angel who saved her. . . "The Joy of Christmas" by Holly ChamberlinNot all happiness is good for you--or that's what Iris Karr thinks when she decides to move away instead of marrying her sweetheart Ben. Even years later, living with that decision isn't easy--until a familiar face comes to call her home for the holidays. . . "The Christmas Thief" by Leslie MeierElizabeth Stone is ready for a white Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine--until a fancy Yule ball at the Florida hotel where she works dumps snow on her plans. The sponsor's jewels have gone missing and the police are asking about her ties to a cute mystery guest. Good thing Elizabeth's mother, Lucy Stone, flew down to surprise her. 'Tis the season for a little investigating. . . "The Christmas Collector" by Kristina McMorrisEstate liquidator Jenna Matthews isn't one for Christmas nostalgia. But when one grandmother's keepsakes suggest a secret life, unwrapping the mystery leads Jenna--and her client's handsome grandson--to the true heart of the holiday spirit. . .
One of a kind. Kat Martin's heroes are as rugged and tough as they come, but honor rules no matter how hot the temptation. . . For reporter Hope Sinclair, writing about the recovery of a sunken Spanish treasure off Pleasure Island should be her big break. Yet Hope can't help feeling she's been hand-picked for this job for all the wrong reasons. Someone wants Hope out of New York--and off a story that could blow a corruption case wide open. But if they think sending her to paradise will shut her up, they've got another thing coming. . . Treasure hunter and former Navy SEAL Conner Reese isn't happy to have Hope along for the ride. He doesn't need the publicity, nor does he want a gorgeous redhead driving his crew--and himself--to distraction. But there's something else. Conner can sense extreme danger, and danger is following Hope Sinclair very, very closely. . . Praise for Kat Martin's Midnight Sun"Terrific, adventurous fun. " -RT Book Reviews"An interesting setting, perfect pacing, compelling plot, fascinating detail, charming secondary characters, and a resourceful and likable pair of protagonists. " --Booklist "A terrific contemporary romance. " --Booklist
One of a kind. Kat Martin's heroes are as rugged and tough as they come, but honor rules no matter how hot the temptation. . . Call Hawkins just wants to be left alone and leave the past where it belongs. The bleak beauty of Dead Horse Creek is a perfect place to get away from the world. . . a place where nothing exists to remind him of everything he's lost. His isolation is complete--until Charity Sinclair arrives fresh from New York City. Stunningly beautiful and stubbornly independent, she's also shamefully ignorant of the untamed wilderness. . . and the very real dangers she'll face if Call doesn't teach her a thing or two. But even with Call's grudging help, Charity's dream of life in the Yukon may have led her into something much more savage than the forest: A menace as endless as the long days that run together without darkness--and a killer who won't let anything come between him and perfect, deadly vengeance. . . Terrific, adventurous fun. -RT Book Reviews
The envelope delivered to Shelby Cole's Seattle home contains no return address, just a photograph of a little girl. Shelby knows at once that this is the daughter she was told died at birth. And in that moment, Shelby knows something else: she needs to go back to Bad Luck, Texas.
In this mesmerizing tale from the author of the Guardians of Eternity series, a traitorous vampire is determined to destroy the Veil that has long separated vampires from human blood--and the passions it ignites. Only the Immortal Rogues, three vampires charged to protect their kind, can hope to stop his deadly rampage. . . Amelia Hadwell has no time for London's nightlife. Not when her beloved brother's odd ways have their family threatening to institutionalize him. And not when she is questioning her own sanity after being confronted by a murderous shadow creature--then being saved by a captivating stranger, a man who belongs to a world she cannot imagine. Reserved and scholarly, Sebastian St. Ives has been content without human desires--until they are reawakened by the delicate, brave Amelia, whom he is meant to protect. For the young woman has no idea she possesses the key to a ravenous vampire's dark victory. Now Sebastian must shield her from both a killer and his own growing attraction--or bond with her completely, and forever. . . Praise for My Lord VampireThe romantic dynamic is smoldering and the seduction focuses on compelling trust, increasing the appeal. -Publishers Weekly
Hidden in the shadowy caves and caverns of the Scottish Highlands, secret vampire clans wage dark battles both deadly and passionate. . . "Dark Embrace" by Hannah HowellWhile searching for his clan's demon Lost Ones, Raibeart MacNachton encounters an ethereal beauty running for her life. The decision to play hero is easy; fighting the urge to ravish the enchanting Una Dunn is more difficult-especially when Raibeart learns they share a powerful connection. "The Guardian" by Michele SinclairThe immortal Dorian vows never to fall in love with a mere human-until he meets the beguiling, arousing, Moirae Deincourt. She stirs a longing in Dorian that he dares not quench. But when Moirae's life is put in danger, her true nature is revealed-and the lust that rages between them can no longer be controlled. . . "A Knight Beyond Black" by Jackie IvieVampire Iain Duncan MacAvee has stepped forward to claim the woman he betrothed years ago-only to learn that the tempting Lady Tira knows nothing of the engagement. Though Tira feigns disinterest, the Duke's animal-like charisma has unleashed her most carnal desires-a hunger only Iain can satisfy. . .
In the hands of New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell, the Scottish Highlands come alive with treachery, intrigue, and unforgettable love. . . Able to ride, wield a sword, and throw a dagger as well as any man, flame-haired Ainslee of Kengarvey is more warrior than lady. Yet even her awesome skill as a horsewoman won't help her outrace the knight who pursues her. An Anglo-Norman who has won favor with the King, Sir Gabel de Amalville must prove his loyalty by crushing the rebellious MacNairn clan. Seizing the youngest daughter of the chief gives him a necessary advantage. But having sequestered Ainslee in his isolated castle keep, he soon finds himself the prisoner of a passion he never could have foreseen. Now, as the shadow of war descends upon the Highlands, Gabel will follow his heart into battle--for the love of the sensual woman who has captured him, mind, body and soul. . . Praise for Hannah Howell and her Highland novels"The pages fly. . . escapades and sizzling love scenes to keep every reader satisfied. " --Romantic Times"Few authors portray the Scottish highlands as lovingly or colorfully. " --Publishers Weekly "Another classic. " --Romantic Times
Welcome to the quiet coastal town of Clare Point, Delaware, where the Kahill vampire clan has made its home for centuries. . . and where one vampire's love for a human woman could put their entire world at risk. . . RavenousAs a member of his clan's kill team, Liam McCathal helps rid the world of undesirables. It's the perfect job for a vampire of his talents--except that lately, Liam is getting a little too good at it. Which is why he's back home to cool off, when Mai walks into his antique store and changes everything. Liam's not in the habit of making friends--least of all with beautiful, exotic human females. But something about Mai ignites a spark he hasn't felt in over a century. When Mai's uncle is killed and her father threatened, Liam takes on a ruthless crime boss and puts every vampire in Clare Point in danger of discovery. Because Mai's father has secrets too, and Liam is edging ever closer to losing his reputation, his clan, and the woman he would do anything to protect. . .
Hell To PayLeo Bailey may have been born to poverty, but ruthless business sense and sparkling intelligence have made money worries a thing of his past. It doesn't hurt that the Devil himself has granted Leo the ability to read the future. But even infallible predictions are a déclassé commoner's trick to some members of the ton. They'll never see Leo as their equal--one good reason to prove himself their better. And a noble marriage is an obvious start. Bookish Anne Hartfield, daughter of a baron, is hardly the flashiest miss on the marriage market. But her thoughtful reserve complements Leo's brash boldness in an attraction neither can deny. A whirlwind courtship sweeps Anne and Leo into a smoldering marriage before either can believe their luck. But happiness built on Leo's dark powers can't last. Soon, Anne will have to save her husband. . . or lose her heart. . . Zoë Archer mixes my two favorite things--paranormal and historical--brilliantly! --Colleen GleasonPraise for Zoë Archer and Her NovelsRomantic and wonderfully original. --Shana AbéThe action explodes on page one and the pace never lets up. --Ann AguirreCrackles with adventure. --Mary Jo Putney
For three years, Lady Veronica Smithson has been perfectly happy as a widow--and thoroughly independent. Still, the right gentleman could provide the benefits of marriage without the tedious restrictions. And in Sir Sebastian Hadley-Attwater, renowned explorer and rogue, Veronica is sure she has found him. Sebastian will come into his inheritance in a matter of weeks--if his family deems him responsible enough. There's no better way to prove his maturity than with a wife. But though Veronica will share his bed, she refuses to marry. However, Sebastian has a plan: An intimate sojourn at his new country house will surely change Veronica's mind. For Sebastian never takes no for an answer. And he intends to persuade his Christmas mistress that they belong together--in this, and every season to come. . . "This Victorian yuletide romance provides erotic sizzle and delectably clever dialogue on every page. " -USA Today
In this sparkling holiday collection, eight acclaimed authors unwrap the most daring of Regency delights. . . Christmastime in England--a time for passionate secrets, delicious whispers, and wicked-sweet gifts by the fire. From a spirited lady who sets out to save her rakish best friend from an unsuitable engagement, to a bold spy who gets the unexpected chance to win the woman he's always loved, to a vicar's daughter who pretends to be a saucy wench, these holiday tales will make you curl up in front of the fire for a memorable season of mischief and mistletoe. . . "No one writes historical romance better. " --Cathy Maxwell on Mary Jo Putney"Breaks just about every rule in the book and makes us beg for more. " --Romantic Times on Jo BeverleyJo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Susan Fraser King, Anne Gracie, Joanna Bourne, and Cara Elliott are the ladies otherwise known as the Word Wenches. These eight authors have written a combined 231 novels and 74 novellas. They've won awards such as the RITAS, RT Lifetime Achievement award, RT Living Legend, and RT Reviewers Choice award. Several of them are regulars on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Learn more at
Babysitting a bunch of ice skaters isn't special agent MickVinicor's idea of a good time, but it's the only way to investigate the bizarre murders that seem to follow Sasha from city to city.
Persuasion Always Wins. . . On a mission to investigate treason, Privateer Marquis Warrick Barry believes he'll have no trouble getting the information he seeks from Karly Bane--the dark-haired beauty the Crown has ordered him to marry. But none of Warrick's tactics work. Unable to deny the hunger the fiery temptress elicits in him, Warrick realizes he must use seduction to persuade his new wife to trust him--both in and out of the bedroom. . . When Passion Is The Prize. . . As the daughter of a pirate, Karly knows she has nothing in common with the aristocratic Warrick--except an overwhelming mutual attraction. And though Warrick's intentions appear honorable, Karly cannot bring herself to reveal her closely guarded secrets. But when danger threatens to tear them apart, she must decide if she can share herself fully with the man who is now her husband--and if she wants a love that can last forever. . . Praise for Renegade"A wild ride of an adventure. . . " --Romantic Times Book Reviews "Lyrical, sensual, passionate. " -Shannon McKenna, New York Times bestselling author
UNSTOPPABLE Dr. Cameron Kalamos and Eleanor Russo make an unbeatable team - science and magic, working hand in hand to confront the darkness besetting humankind. STRAYAt the center of that darkness stand the powerful mage Houses, but the brutal murderer Ellie and Cam are hunting seems to be affiliated with none of them. SEDUCED When nothing is as it seems, and danger meets desire head on, sex can be an act of war. For Ellie, ensnared between the man she loves and the one she must destroy, the battle is about to begin. . . Praise for Shadowman "Equal parts mystery, sexy romance, scary drama and fairy tale, this book is guaranteed to thrill and chill. " ~ RT Book Reviews"If dark adult fairy tales appeal to you, you should definitely check this series out" ~ Fiction Vixen27,500 Words.
SHADOW The world is growing dark with it as mysteries from antiquity and legend creep into our time, bringing a new world of danger, beauty and. . . MAGIC Dr. Cam Kalamos has dedicated his life to studying its strange properties, but nothing is more intriguing than a woman whose soul is split in half, one part under her control, one part bent on. . . SEDUCTION How can he resist the lure of a lover with no inhibitions and an insatiable desire to possess him? Both Ellie and her shadow want Cam, but there is an innocent child to be rescued from the forest and the strange fae creatures of. . . TWILIGHT Love, loyalty, betrayal--which will rule? As Ellie sends her other self into the darkness, there is only one certainty: Trusting in shadows is a dangerous game. Praise for Shadow Bound "Powerful and fast-paced. . . a riveting read. " --New York Timesbestselling author Nina Bangs "Don't forget to breathe. " --Huntress Reviews21,000 Words
The debut of a wonderful new series, The Scoop is #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels's introduction to The Godmothers, four unforgettable women who are about to get a whole new lease on life . . . Teresa 'toots' Amelia Loudenberry has crammed a great deal of living -- not to mention eight much-loved husbands -- into her varied and rewarding life. Once again single, Toots is ready to taste life again, and fate has just handed her the perfect opportunity . . . The owner of the gossip rag where Toots's daughter works is about to lose the paper to his gambling debts. Eager to keep her daughter employed among the movers and shakers of Hollywood, Toots calls on her three trusted friends --Sophie, Mavis, and Ida --to help pull some strings. Together, they hatch a plan that proves you should never underestimate Southern ladies of a certain age, and that each day can be a gift, if you're willing to claim it . . . Praise for Fern Michaels and the Godmothers series 'Michaels's engaging version of the Golden Girls. ' - Booklist 'Witty, charming, and complicated. ' - RT Reviews
A man's past doesn't have to map his fate, especially when a woman holds the key to his destiny in this timeless novel by New York Times bestselling author and legend in historical romance Mary Jo Putney. . . Disinherited and disgraced, Reginal
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