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Undeniably sexy, book one in the gripping and racy Scarlet series is guaranteed to satisfy. Defiantly single, career-driven Sarah Evans has a secret love for rugby - but has no time for sportsmen lotharios who stray away. A blast from the past sends unexpected sparks flying in her direction when she runs into Tom Murray; rugby player, tycoon, and the ultimate Casanova. She resolves to stay away from him despite the obvious attraction, but he can't keep away from her - he wants her and nothing's going to get in his way. While they can't keep their hands off each other, Sarah doesn't want a relationship, especially not one with a rugby player with a playboy reputation. Sticking to her guns, she knows he'll move on sooner or later, and she just has to defend her heart from Tom's remorseless attacks. But for him, this isn't a game; he wants her in ways he doesn't understand, and needs to convince Sarah the same. Can Tom convince her he really is playing for keeps?
When charismatic adventurer James Brooke travels to Borneo on the schooner Royalist, he plans to make a great fortune establishing trade between the natives and the British Empire. But even in his flights of fancy, he'd never imagined that he would end up rajah of his own country. The story is told by John Williamson, a young sailor who has travelled with Brooke since he set out from England. They find themselves mixed up in Borneo's civil war, political divisions, and intrigue, being forced further and further away from their dreams and ideals and struggling to establish the British presence on the island - as, meanwhile, love grows between them ... Based on the true story of James Brooke, the first White Rajah of Sarawak, this tale of adventure and love is set against the background of a jungle world of extraordinary beauty and savagery.
Distraught by tumultuous events in Borneo and separated from his lover, John Williamson comes to India to make his way with the East India Company in the frontier city of Cawnpore. Here, he struggles to fit in; a gay man in a straight society; a farm labourer's son in a world of gentleman's clubs and dinner parties. Yet he finds himself falling in love with the country, and in particular with a young nobleman in the court of a local lord, and begins to think he can make a good life for himself there. But whispers of mutiny and insurrection abound in the local populace, and when the country is plunged into war, Williamson must choose whose side he is really on. Set against the bloody backdrop of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, Williamson's adventures chronicle events which shocked the world and shaped the future of the Indian nation.
A tale of spies and skulduggery in the Napoleonic Wars as Britain invades Argentina. James Burke joins the army determined to work his way up through the ranks and become a gentleman. He never set out to be a spy. But with Napoleon rampaging through Europe, the Duke of York needs agents and Burke is plucked from the infantry and sent on a mission to the Spanish colonial backwater of Argentina. His mission is to give the country's freedom fighters aid so that they may break free from Spanish rule at an opportune moment for Britain. Yet when Burke arrives, he finds himself falling in love, both with the Land of Silver, and Ana O'Gorman, lover of a rebel leader determined to bring about Burke's downfall ...
1814. Napoleon is on Elba and Europe is at peace. But in Paris, Napoleon's agents are plotting his return. James Burke, His Majesty's confidential agent, is sent back into action as he infiltrates plots to assassinate the Duke of Wellington and kill the French king. Pursuing his most deadly foe yet, Burke moves from the defeated soldiers of Paris to the crème de la crème in Brussels to a final showdown on the field of Waterloo as French and British armies clash in the defining battle of the age. The third instalment in the His Majesty's Confidential Agent series; perfect for fans of Richard Sharpe.
1798. James Burke, British spy, is in Egypt. His task: to investigate the rumour that Napoleon is planning an invasion. It turns out that the French are coming and Burke is too late to stop them. Undeterred, he works with the Bedouin to delay Napoleon's soldiers while trying to get word to the British Navy so that they can destroy the French fleet. He's got enough on his plate without protecting Bernadita, the Spanish slave he rescues from her cruel master - but Burke can't leave a damsel in distress, even with hired killers on his trail ... Set against a meticulously researched background of the Napoleonic Wars, Burke's adventures reach a dramatic climax at one of Britain's greatest naval victories, the Battle of the Nile.
The true story of the daredevils who took on the force of nature ... and won Winter 2013-14: six of the most enormous storms ever to show up in the North Atlantic slammed in to the UK. As buildings fell and valleys flooded, one group of maverick Welsh surfers tackled the sea head-on. Code Black tells the story of how the Welsh surf scene made history during two months in which conditions made their country rival Hawaii - apart from the cold.
Aim High is an inspirational book written by the UK's leading wheelchair athlete, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. She has won 16 medals, eleven of which are gold, countless European titles, six London Marathons and over 30 world records have catapulted this Welsh wheelchair athlete so firmly into the public consciousness. Aim High reveals what has motivated her through her best and worst times.
Recent widow Casey Briggs is all about her upcoming charity bachelor auction. She doesn't have time for dating. Her heart isn't strong enough yet. But when one of their bachelors is arrested and she finds herself a hunky guy short, she employs her best friend Annie to find her a new guy pronto. Enter Nick Murphy - handsome, kind, and not very hard to look at, thank you very much. And he quickly makes her feel things she hasn't felt in a while. A very long while. Casey's not sure if she's ready for it - the whole moving on thing. But as she prepares to auction Nick off, she's discovering that her first hunch was correct - he's damn near priceless.
Cariad means love... discover the new Cariad Singles collection of spicy romances. Jill and Cole are competing for the title of Best Chef. The spicy, sizzling and heated televised contest fuels a lust in Jill she'd rather keep buried. She can't be staring at the man's muscles ... he's her competition! During a quick cooking throwdown things start to simmer and it becomes harder and harder for Jill to ignore that she's smitten in the kitchen. Cole's suggestive glances and sly smiles aren't helping her any. When fate puts her in his shower and then his chivalrous nature puts her in his borrowed clothes, there's no way to deny the natural heat between them.
The first book in the TV Dectective crime series by Simon Hall. The TV Detective finds television reporter Dan Groves newly assigned to the crime beat, and in a state of angst about it. He needs a crash-course in police work; the solution is to shadow Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen on a high-profile murder inquiry, which doesn't go down well with some members of the police force. The victim is a notorious local businessman, Edward Bray, a man with so many enemies that one of the problems the inquiry faces is having a surplus of suspects. Bray is killed at a prearranged meeting, in a lay-by on a dark and storm-lashed night, by a blast through the heart from a shotgun. Adam investigates and uncovers a tantalising question, which seems to be at the heart of the case: why was the killing planned for a different day, but put off apparently because the weather was sunny? Tensions abound between Dan and the police, and he comes close to being thrown off the case - until the detectives come to realise he might actually be helpful, in using the power of television to tempt the murderer into a trap.
The fourth title in Simon Hall's TV Detective series. A terrorist outrage in a sacred building shocks the country. But that is just the start of the scandal which is about to unfold. Television reporter Dan Groves lies unconscious in a hospital bed. Outside, Britain is transfixed by the bombing, a radical Islamic plot, a secret service double-cross, and a murderous cover-up. And two questions - What role could Dan have played in exposing the scandal, when he lay sedated as the story broke? And where does the Balance of Guilt lie? Praise for Simon Hall: "Fiendishly clever" The Scotsman "A compelling thriller ... difficult to put down." New Books Magazine
A New Cariad adult contemporary romance featuring a love affair against the backdrop of Tuscany that sees the blossoming sexual relationship between Izzy and Valentino. Izzy, a woman shattered by the man who was supposed to protect and cherish her, sets out on a journey to mend her broken heart and discovers a passion greater than she had ever imagined. Valentino, a man driven to expand his family's empire and bury his own tormented past, finds a desire that runs deeper than the vines he tends. Enthralled with each other, Izzy and Valentino want a real relationship but can't let go of their painful pasts. Izzy seeks her independence while still trying to hold onto Valentino, but he will not settle for pieces of her love and half-hearted trust. Will these two broken souls, who were brought together by fate and bound by an irresistible attraction, be strong enough to overcome their own insecurities and give love a chance.
Cariad means love... discover the new Cariad Singles collection of spicy romances. Tarot reader and New Age market trader Lucy finds the cards can't help her when it comes to deciding between two very different men. Jon the tattoo artist is sex on legs as well as being fun to hang out with, but Lucy's not sure she wants to tame a real bad boy. Toby, the new market manager, on the other hand, is smart, sexy and in control, but may not be quite what he seems. As the Waterleigh Bridge arts and crafts market gets ready for a Christmas Fayre with a difference, Lucy needs to work out who she can trust - with her heart as well as her head.
A man will do anything if he is desperate enough. Following his disastrous attribution of a forgery to Rubens, famous art expert Matthew Pierce's only chance of redemption is to help the dangerous Lord Marr purchase a reputedly cursed fresco for his sickening collection of the macabre. As Matthew and his wife Victoria are dragged into an underground world of gruesome murders and the profane, their only hope of salvation lies in uncovering the truth of the cursed fresco. Is it a genuine work by the master Giotto? Is it truly cursed? Is there a link with secret C.I.A experiments on people's minds? And how could Dante's Inferno link Giotto and Pope Boniface in the creation of a cursed work of art? Matthew's rationalist mind is tested to the point of insanity as he wrestles with these questions.
The startling conclusion of Fresco. A man will do anything if he is desperate enough. Returning from his gruesome quest around Europe Matthew discovers his wife Victoria is missing. Wanting to rid them both of the hateful Fresco Victoria has broken into Lord Marr's Castle and is now held hostage by Father Nicholas. Worse, Matthew is arrested on suspicion of multiple murders, including Victoria's. Matthew's descent into hell accelerates as new sadistic murders force him to finally confront the shocking truth behind the fresco, and the carnage it has caused over centuries.
A true story of shattered childhoods... Following her escape from Nazi Germany and the loss of her family Judith searches for unconditional love and acceptance. In a bleak boarding house she meets her future husband - another Jewish refugee who cares for her when she is ill.Tragically she associates illness with love and a pattern is set. Judith's behaviour eventually spiral into anorexia - a disease little known or understood in 1950's Britain. While she starves herself, Judith forces Ruth, her daughter, to eat. She makes elaborate meals and watches her consume them. She gives her a pint of custard before bed each night. As the disease progresses roles are reversed. Ruth must care for her mother and loses any hope of a normal childhood. The generation gap is tragically bridged by loss and extreme self-loathing, in this moving true story of a family's fight to survive.
This sensational collection of quality short stories is perfect for the mainstream fiction market. The writing style is deft and stylish but accessible on many levels making it attractive to those buying for book groups and readers who enjoy quality short fiction. Ruth Joseph lives in Cardiff, Wales where she is part of the strong Jewish community. She has a strong, evovative voice which speaks directly to the reader about guilt, love and food. Her work has previously been published by Honno, Parthian and Loki.
Set against the backdrop of life in the Welsh valleys, Granelli's edgy novel delves into addiction and the psychotic mind and leaves the reader reeling. James Read is a troubled man in his forties. A gambling addiction has destroyed his life, career and marriage. After a period living on the streets he ends up in a hostel, where he meets Colin, a Falklands war veteran with schizophrenia. The novel is played out against the backdrop of Colin's crazed mind and insane plans. As James' life begins to recover, so the danger that Colin represents begins to escalate. Colin becomes James' nemesis and pushes him toward the limit of endurance. The novel concludes in climactic and dramatic fashion.
Losing It is set in the world of Baldock, local drug dealer and hard man of the Welsh Valleys. When one of his drug-runners, TJ, starts taking his own cut, it proves to be a big mistake. Baldock's reaction is explosive and violent. Baldock's life is not straight forward. At home sits his dependent, wheelchair-bound father, a WWII veteran who has no idea about his son's drug empire. This taut father and son relationship is the backdrop to Baldock's increasingly desperate need to find and deal with TJ. Looking for TJ, Baldock neglects his father's needs with incendiary results that will change his life forever.
Mark Richards, having rebuilt his life after a traumatic, deprived past, is a private investigator in London. When his beautiful girlfriend, Lena, is brutally and sadistically slain his life is turned upside down. In his search for her killers, he becomes hunter and hunted, exacting revenge whilst trying to stay alive. His quest turns into a bloody rites of passage, which takes him from London to the Midlands, to the hills of south Wales, and, ultimately, to Amsterdam, where the savage climax of the book is played out amidst the seedy back alleys of the red light district. "Dead Pretty" is fast moving, full of dramatic set pieces, a murderous journey with a twist in its tail. Mark Richards finds out more than he ever wanted to know, old demons rear up again in his mind, and he has to reach deep into his soul to survive.
The Loner is the third in the Polvellan Mysteries, a warm-hearted series set in beautiful Cornwall. When Jess Trevanion goes to deliver some plants to John Preece, a reclusive neighbour in Polvellan village, she is shocked and saddened to find him dead. When talk turns to the funeral arrangements, Jess's sadness becomes resolve when she realises that, like herself, very few people knew the real John Preece - although he'd lived in the village for many years, his background is a mystery. Jess uses her investigative skills to research John's family, and is surprised and horrified by what she finds out. Meanwhile, Jess also discovers the story behind Marigold's, a famous local venue, and her relationship with old flame Tom Peters continues to progress.
Wayne and Clarissa are a young London couple whose immediate families are about to meet for the first time. Trying to create harmony between the parents is hard enough, but in this case there are eight parents, step-parents, and partners to cope with. Wayne comes from a working class background and Clarissa, an upper-middle class one. They are deeply in love but tensions arising from the forthcoming gathering have created a rift, and it's touch and go whether their relationship is strong enough to survive the event. With more than just an engagement on the line, can these two families come together - or will their differences rip them all apart?
When David meets Bridget at a school reunion, he unexpectedly finds himself falling for her. With problems at work and a failing marriage, David feels he's going nowhere, and mysterious, enigmatic Bridget draws him out of his shell. He's overjoyed when, against all odds, she returns his interest - but what is it in her past that makes her reluctant to reveal her true feelings? As their relationship progresses, David starts to think he may realise his dreams - but will he get everything he's ever wanted, or is it all too good to be true? A Street Cafe Named Desire is a humorous yet thought-provoking view of contemporary relationships and the difficulties people face as they take unexpected new paths once the first flush of youth is over.
Eloise Stokes's first professional photography assignment seems to be a straightforward family portrait. But the rich, colourful Epsom family - father Cedric, step-mother Mimi, twin sons Rick and Jake, and sister Honey - are intrigued by her understated talent and she is soon sucked into their wild world. As the initial portrait sitting becomes an extended photo diary of the family over an intense, hot weekend, Eloise gradually blossoms until she is equally happy in front of the lens.