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As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits: by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she's ever known-a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what's left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft. When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks and other terrifying creatures. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.
Descent of Kings: Book Two"It would not be the first time I made such a grave tactical error. I have made many. It is not your responsibility to save this world from the evil that threatens to consume it, Aras. Do not blame yourself for my shortcomings." --Prince Talon of the Amontir When his bonds to his cousins Hunter and Beryl are unexpectedly severed, Talon is devastated, fearing his kinsmen dead. In his darkest hour, Talon succors a young Wood Elf, Aras, unaware of the crucial role his new friend is destined to play. Prince Jargas thought he would never learn the secret of his grandsire's line and his lost heritage. He never suspected the answer might lie in a Dwarven dungeon or that it could cost him the life of his beloved twin sister, Jarina. Young apprentice trader Rion and his guard, Tarrell, thought Athanark would be their new home until they met Talon and Aras. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as new alliances are forged, men die, cities burn, and kingdoms fall. Everyone has secrets, and no one is who or what he seems.
This brand-new two-in-one volume contains the breathtaking conclusion to Harlequin's exciting crossline miniseries featuring the Carradigne royal family. One contemporary story and one compelling historical prequel follow five titles in the Harlequin Intrigue( and Harlequin American Romance( series. Original.
Charles Macdonald and his parents, exiled Scots, take refuge at the splendid and decadent eighteenth-century Versailles court of Louis XV. Charles, a ruthless and degenerate young man, is soon forced by his gambling debts into an arranged marriage with his cousin, Anne. Anne is beautiful and wealthy--and in love with Charles. But none of this prevents him from carrying on with his mistress, the Baroness de Vitale, who in turn inflicts cruelties and humiliations upon Anne. When Anne finds that her life is in danger, Charles must decide what sort of man he wants to be, and which woman he truly cares for.
After discovering she was the sole heiress to her uncle's vast fortune, Allison Sayre embarked on an amazing journey. She never imagined she would uncover a shocking family secret. Or, be drawn back into the life of Benton Lockart, a man whose powerful spiritual convictions had once inspired her. But an unspeakable tragedy had robbed Benton of his faith and the ability to accept her love. Could Allison convince Benton that hope and tenderness were only a prayer away?
In Heiress, two sisters meet at the funeral of one of the most prestigious men in the country, Dean Lawson, their father. Abbie Lawson, the dutiful genteel daughter bred in the lap of luxury and, Rachel Farr, a mistake born of a passionate love affair, are almost identical in appearance but are worlds apart. Only one daughter can be the heir to the endless oil fields and magnificent thoroughbreds. A fierce competition has arisen between the women, not only for the inheritance but also for the proof of a father's love. They should have been devoted to each other as friends and sisters, but they have become the most embittered of enemies. The Texas men they love watch as the rivals tear themselves apart to become Dean Lawson's heiress.
"When you open a book by Claire Delacroix, you open a treasure chest of words, rare and exquisite!"--Rendezvous"I seek a bride, the wealthiest heiress in Ireland."No woman can resist the charms of Rowan de Montvieux. But the dashing rogue is in no hurry to marry--until his family dares him to find a bride . . . or risk losing his inheritance. So Rowan sets out on a Bride Quest, vowing to wed only . . .The Heiress.But his journey is interrupted when a slave merchant offers to sell him a ragged peasant girl who carries herself like a queen. Intrigued and never imagining she is the sought-after Bronwyn of Ballyroyal, an heiress in disguise, Rowan buys her, offering her his protection if she will lead him to the bride he seeks.Never has he met a woman so proud, so beautiful, so defiant. He suspects she is no commoner and vows to uncover her secrets and melt her fiery resolve. But the perilous voyage to Ireland kindles passions that risk both their lives, as the slave girl who would not be mastered slowly takes possession of his wary heart. . . .Don't miss the first two novels in the breathtaking Bride Quest trilogy: The Princess and The Damsel, both available from Dell.From the Paperback edition.
Jamie Montgomery, an impoverished Elizabethan knight, is elated when he is assigned to escort Axia, the Lancaster heiress, to the castle of her betrothed. If only she will fall in love with Jamie 00 as Jamie's devoted older sister predicts 00 the family's financial woes will be solved. But Axia, who has spent her life closely guarded by her father's servants, is not the shy, cossetted flower Jamie expects. She's a hoyden, hell-bent on enjoying her precious moments of liberty before her marriage to a man chosen by her remote, eccentric father. After curtly informing Jamie not to bother declaring his love for her -- as all poor, handsome men seem wont to do -- Axia makes his life a misery, sneaking off to the marketplace, nearly breaking her neck on a runaway horse, and doing everything possible to delay the trip. Though she dare not admit it, even to herself, Axia dreads being wed to a stranger. Suddenly Jamie realizes that he savors even her most barbed words life the rarest nectar. . that he is falling desperately in love with this bold, maddening beauty. Now he must contrive a daring plan to win her freedom -- and win her proud, defiant heart for his own!
Jack Granger, counselor to the Deveraux shipping empire and totally devoted to the senior Deveraux, has been shadowing the love child of his mentor for nearly a decade. Granger had watched Daisy grow up from a petulant rich girl into a driven young woman with a mission to find her roots-a quest he had long prevented her from ever accomplishing. . . harboring his desire for her all the while. Both were outcasts searching for redemption and truth in an unforgiving world of wealth and deception. Instead, they found each other. . . without pretense or promises. But at what cost would they seek the future?
A New BeginningA youthful indiscretion has cost Lizzie Poole more than just her honor. After five years living in exile, she's finally returning home, but she's still living a secret life. Her best friend Ria's dying wish was for Lizzie to assume her identity, return to London, and make amends that Ria herself would never live to make. Bearing a striking resemblance to her friend, and harboring more secrets than ever before, Lizzie embarks on a journey that tempts her reckless heart once again . . . A committed clergyman, Geoffrey Somerville's world is upended when he suddenly inherits the title of Lord Somerville. Now he's invited to every ball and sought after by the matchmaking mothers of London society. Yet the only woman to capture his heart is the one he cannot have: his brother's young widow, Ria. Duty demands he deny his feelings, but his heart longs for the mysterious beauty. With both their futures at stake, will Lizzie be able to keep up her façade? Or will she find the strength to share her secret and put her faith in true love?
Haunted by one scandal too many, tabloid-savaged and vulnerable, Larissa Whitney turns her back on her gilded fortune. Desperately hiding from the paparazzi's relentless cameras, Larissa escapes to a small, secluded island, seeking refuge. But she's not alone-instead, Larissa finds herself face-to-face with Manhattan tycoon Jack Endicott Sutton.Now she's trapped on an island with a man she had a wild affair with five years before....A man she's still achingly attracted to. A man who knows the outrageous truth!
When their gazes clashed and held at the holiday party, she'd never envisioned wedding her father's right-hand man in a marriage that was more merger than love match. But Alysia Kingsley, heiress to a publishing empire, would do anything to please her ailing father and protect the legacy that was rightfully hers -- even take a husband who didn't love her.... Chase Osborne wanted her, though. And despite her virginal anxiety, Alysia breathlessly awaited their first night in the marriage bed. Though Chase had secrets, she knew he would worship her as a man worships his woman. But could he truly love her once he learned his "princess" wasn't all he'd believed her to be...?
Business tycoon and infamous playboy Alexio Christoulakis wasn't the marrying kind. Then one of the most powerful and wealthy men in Greece offers Alexio his daughter's hand in marriage, and Alexio decides that maybe a wife--especially one as compelling as Ione Gakis--might not be a bad idea after all. Unbeknownst to anyone outside of the Gakis family, Ione was adopted and has been fostered in an abusive and neglectful environment--a desperate prisoner on her tyrannical father's luxurious island. Marriage to Alexio can mean only one thing: escape. And if that means marrying a complete stranger and fleeing to England to find her real family, then the sooner Ione can get that wedding ring on her finger, the better. But despite his compassion for Ione, Alexio won't tolerate a runaway wife. And he's going to make damn sure Ione never leaves his side--or his bed!
The Princess And The RogueHugh Caldwell had spent twelve years fighting for England, without thought for the future. Yet when he rescued the fair Rosaleen, he knew he had finally found a prize worth protecting, if only he could convince the mysterious, blue-eyed beauty that her true place was by his side, forever.Rosaleen, heiress of Sarant, sought sanctuary at court, and Hugh Caldwell had agreed to get her there unharmed. Though never did she dream that in payment for his protection the impossible man would expect her to spend months amidst the squalor of his broken-down keep.
The third Bride novel is a charm--from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Sinjun Sherbrooke is bored with the London season, until she spies Colin Kinross across a crowded dance floor--and offers to be his bride... The Sherbrooke series also includes The Sherbrooke Bride, The Hellion Bride, The Scottish Bride, Mad Jack, The Courtship, Pendragon, The Sherbrooke Twins, Lyon's Gate, Wizard's Daughter, and Prince of Ravenscar.
Miss Jane Fairfield can't do anything right. When she's in company, she always says the wrong thing--and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can't save her from being an object of derision. And that's precisely what she wants. She'll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe. Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He's the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances--and he intends to give voice and power to the common people. If he makes one false step, he'll never get the chance to accomplish anything. He doesn't need to come to the rescue of the wrong woman. He certainly doesn't need to fall in love with her. But there's something about the lovely, courageous Jane that he can't resist...even though it could mean the ruin of them both.
When a holiday blizzard brings together a pair of reluctant lovers, the result threatens their reputations ... and may cost them their hearts.Feisty and independent American heiress Violet Howard swears she'll never wed a crusty British aristocrat. Will, the Earl of Moreton, is determined to salvage his family's fortune without succumbing to a marriage of convenience.But when a snowstorm leaves Violet and Will stranded and alone, their sudden chemistry will challenge good intentions. Seized by a desire that burns through the night, they'll toss reservations aside in favor of the heat found in each other's arms.Will their passion survive the storm? Will they realize they've found a love to last them through all seasons?
Chicago ex-socialite Amanda Delmar's father has cut her off, and now she must do the unthinkable--work. Single father Danny Tucker hires her to babysit his daughter, not knowing that this debutante might just find a place in his heart.
The story: Innocent debutante Madison Archer has hit the headlines for a scandal not of her making. Now, marriage to the unscrupulous Viktor Beck is the only way to save what's left of her reputation! The contract: Maddie has always featured in Viktor's plans to take over her father's company and expand his empire. The intense attraction between them only sweetens the deal he's offered.... The secret: Though love doesn't beat in Viktor's heart, he'll show Maddie just how hot their chemistry can be. But even this corporate shark is in for a shock-his wild socialite is still a virgin!
In polite society, the rules forbid young ladies to pursue their own passions and pleasures. But some rules are made to be broken . . . A DESPERATE CHARADE . . . To escape an unwanted marriage, Lady Viola Gambol flees to London and poses as a maid in a boarding house. Little does she know that the 'boarding house' is actually a brothel-until the owner auctions Viola off to the highest bidder! Viola vows to fight off the auction's winner, Julian Devize-but her immense attraction to the scoundrel is making that very hard to do . . . A SEDUCTIVE ENCOUNTER . . . Julian was hired to find missing heiress Viola Gambol, but first he must rescue his brother from a house of ill repute. When Julian sees the alluring maid being sold like a slave, he impulsively makes a bid to protect her honor. Julian has no idea that the woman he saved is the one he's been hired to find. But his honorable intentions take a scandalous turn as temptation leads to unrelenting pleasure . . .
In polite society, the rules forbid young ladies to pursue their own passions and pleasures. But some rules are made to be broken. . .A Desperate Charade. . .To escape an unwanted marriage, Lady Viola Gambol flees to London and poses as a maid in a boarding house. Little does she know that the "boarding house" is actually a brothel--until the owner auctions Viola off to the highest bidder! Viola vows to fight off the auction's winner, Julian Devize--but her immense attraction to the scoundrel is making that very hard to do. . .A Seductive Encounter. . .Julian was hired to find missing heiress Viola Gambol, but first he must rescue his brother from a house of ill repute. When Julian sees the alluring maid being sold like a slave, he impulsively makes a bid to protect her honor. Julian has no idea that the woman he saved is the one he's been hired to find. But his honorable intentions take a scandalous turn as temptation leads to unrelenting pleasure. . .
Desperately seeking a husband . . . Suzette is not like other heiresses; she wants a poor husband, a gentleman who will be so grateful for her dowry that he will allow her access to it so that she can pay off her father's gambling debts. When this alluring beauty encounters Daniel Woodrow-handsome, titled, single . . . and even more impoverished than she could have hoped for-it seems Suzette's wildest dreams have come true. But Daniel has not been truthful. Tired of being accosted by an endless stream of vapid coquettes and their fortune-hunting mothers, Daniel has decided to plead poverty to stop them in their tracks. Yet here is a most refreshing and delectable lady, who claims to be thrilled by his penury. Now all Daniel has to do to find true happiness is to keep a little white lie alive . . . while avoiding a villain who's determined to prevent this union by any means necessary.
When young Monica Winters Borrero loses her luminous mother in an accident at sea, she is exiled from the tropical paradise that was her home. Grieving and cut off from a life among El Salvador's elite, Monica and her American father move to Connecticut, vowing never to look back. Years later, an intriguing stranger, who has endured a terrible loss of his own, enters Monica's life, bearing an unusual request. Monica is propelled back to her lost world, retracing the shadowy last days of her mother, a marine scientist who had been on the brink of understanding the therapeutic applications of a rare, venomous sea creature. Now, her research is being corrupted by a secret clinic that claims the power to restore consciousness to the comatose. What Monica discovers will shatter the family's delicate truce with the past, and compel everyone involved to challenge their deepest notions of what it means to be alive. Atmospheric, thought-provoking, and timely. The Heiress of Water is a stunning parable of paradise lost and found.
Darbury, England, 1814Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend's baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word--even to the point of proposing to the child's father--a sea captain she's never met.When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.Amelia's detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she's forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.Graham's strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them."My kind of book! [It] grabbed my attention from the first lines and I eagerly returned to its pages." --Julie Klassen, Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author"If you are a fan of Jane Austen and Jane Eyre, you will love Sarah E. Ladd's debut." --USAToday.com
Darbury, England, 1814 Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything. Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friendÆs baby. SheÆll risk everything to keep her wordùeven to the point of proposing to the childÆs fatherùa sea captain sheÆs never met. When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one. AmeliaÆs detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, sheÆs forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride. GrahamÆs strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect. Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them. ôMy kind of book! [It] grabbed my attention from the first lines and I eagerly returned to its pages.ö ùJulie Klassen, Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author ôIf you are a fan of Jane Austen and Jane Eyre, you will love Sarah E. Ladd's debut.ö ùUSAToday.com