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A feud between King Stephen and Empress Matilda brought chaos to Isavel de Tracy's life, so much so that she found herself hostage in exchange for her brother Edmund's safety. But through it all, she held fast to the memory of a tough but tender soldier, Guy fitzAlan. How could she guess that when they finally met again, the circumstances would turn him against her? On the run from a scheming empress, they were forced to be together, and Guy's sense of betrayal made him savagely angry. In the face of such disbelief, how could Isabel tell him the truth?
Deception Kept Them Apart...But this time Dan Ashburn was here to stay. Judith Avetonw as ready to marry the ever-virtuous and popular Charles Truscott-until her former lover stormed back into her life! Six years ago, her stepmother's vicious lies had forced Judith to refuse Dan's proposal and send him away. And now his cold stare told her that he was beyond forgiving and had forgotten nothing. Though his return confused her, she began to see that Dan's intentions were far from virtuous. But to resist him would be the ultimate betrayal of her own deepest desires!
Twas Madness!The blood of her people stained his hands, yet Ceridwen ap Morgan ached for his touch. Though Lord Raymond Beauchamp sparked fear throughout the Marches, her woman's heart knew that this dragon of a man nursed secret wounds in his soul. And she must wed this enigma. She shuddered-but was it from darkest dread...or deepest desire?Treaties Be Hanged!Raymond Beauchamp saw no advantage in wedding Ceridwen. Her very presence raised unwelcome ghosts of memory, and marriage to anyone would only interfere with older, darker vows he'd made. Yet he feared 'twas already too late! For his blood, once hot for revenge against his barbaric brother, now burned only for her...!
JAKE MALONE HAD NOTHING MUCH TO BELIEVE IN-UNTIL HE HEARD AN ANGEL SINGING IN THE DESERT....Under the blazing Colorado sun a miracle happened. Soulless Jake Malone began to care about Alexandra Merritt, an indomitable, heaven-sent beauty, and the small, squalling life she'd helped bring into this world. But could she help Jake forgive himself his past so that they could have a future?
Faith Hudson Was Falling In Love With Her Husband!Her marriage was a disaster. Her husband was better off in Boston without her. It had been clear to her then, and it was even clearer now that she'd traveled west and made her home on a Texas ranch. She had no plans of ever returning.But Max Hudson wanted her back. It had taken him three years to find her, and he wasn't going home without her. It was a matter of principle....Until he realized he was more in love with the woman Faith had become than he ever could have imagined. And that love just might be what Faith had needed all along.
Desperate Times Called For Desperate Measures...And widow Cassandra Logan was as desperate as they come. Who could blame her for the audacious falsehood she told for the sake of her baby? No one-except maybe straight-arrow rancher Morgan Tolliver, who had every right to distrust her lying ways!When his passion outpaced his suspicions, Morgan knew he was in trouble. After all, Cassandra had suddenly appeared at the ranch carrying nothing but a trunkful of lies. So when exactly had he dismissed her deceit and accepted the truth of his love?
When she left quiet Oxford for her esteemed father's London home, Dorothea Bright never dreamed she'd be thrown into intrigue and danger with the likes of adventurer Jack Temple. As disreputable and troublesome as the man was proving to be, Dorothea was shocked to discover that she was enjoying herself immensely.Digging secrets out of Dorrie Bright was tougher than excavating any archaeological marvel. But Jack Temple swore that the oh-so-prim daughter of his dastardly ex-partner would help him uncover an ancient artifact before her father did.Trouble was, he kept getting distracted from his purpose by the endless layers of passion hidden beneath Dorrie's very proper exterior!
A Witch, A Warrior And The Wilds Of Scotland...!'Twas like a quest out of legend, Merrick MacAndrew knew, but he would risk anything to save his dying son-even kidnapping Allegra Drummond, whose mystical healing talents ran apace with her power to set his heart ablaze!What enchantment, this? A giant of a Highland lord had torn Allegra Drummond from idyllic seclusion to do his bidding! No matter that his reasons were noble, rousing her compassion and concern. Merrick MacAndrew had used a life-transforming magic of his own to bind her to him forever-heart, body and soul!
A widow before she'd even been a wife-Mary Margaret Hampton was in big trouble! Lonely loggers. One genteel lady. A dangerous combination, Tom Randall thought. He was trying to run a business, not a tea party! And if obstinate Meggy Hampton didn't hightail her moonlight and magnolias back south, the sweet sparks she was igniting would make the camp-and his passion-explode like the Fourth of July!
On the surface, Fan Winslow appeared to be the prim and proper housekeeper of Feversham Hall. In actuality, she was secretly heading a notorious smuggling gang based off the rambling estate's stormy coast. The arrival of Feversham's new owner, Captain Lord George Claremont, however, threatened to ruin her thriving business.Having lived down the shame his rakehell father had brought upon their family, George Claremont lived by his honor and the kingdom's laws. Dubbed the Silver Lord for his feats in battle as much as for his sterling reputation, the celebrated navy hero was duty bound to stop any and all illegal activity on his property...even if the villain was a mysterious beauty with eyes no man could resist. Would turbulent passion be enough to forever unite lovers on opposite sides of the law?
Suddenly...fatherhood! Or close enough, anyway. Wealthy banker Nicholas Garvey was stunned to learn he was now the legal guardian of a niece, Amanda, he hadn't known he had. But the bigger surprise was the child's beguiling nanny, Carlinda Donnelly, a woman who effortlessly made him yearn for the unexpected pleasures of hearth, home... and heartfelt love. Nicholas and Carlinda are soon married and embroiled in a plot to protect Amanda from danger. These characters hold your attention. Good sexual tension.
EMBOLDENED BY GRIEF, LYONESSE OF RYONNE HAD DONE THE IMPOSSIBLEby ensnaring the infamous Rhys of Faucon, the blackguard who had shattered her dreams. But now imprisoned in her castle's tower, the Mighty Falcon posed an even greater threat, for his slightest touch made her heart take wing and sent her soaring...straight into his powerful arms!The Devil Faucon, they called him, yet Rhys was pleased, for it kept his enemies at bay. Unfortunately the lovely Lyonesse counted herself among them, despite the desire that flared between them. And their uneasy truce would soon be destroyed when she learned a newfound alliance bound her to him as his bride.
SHE WAS A WOMAN WITH IDEAS...AND THAT WAS TROUBLE!All the same, James Garrow found himself wildly attracted to Lady Susanna Childers. True, their wedded union arose from mutual need-with no mention of love. Yet the longer he knew his firebrand bride-the greater grew his desire...!She was deep in the Highlands, a long way from London Society. Still, Susanna Childers vowed to make the best of the bargain she had struck with the enigmatic laird who was now her husband. Besides, he had saved her life once and would again, if need be. So love didn't matter-or did it?
Jack Dakota swore his ramblin', gamblin' days wereover. It was time to settle down and make a home for his newfound son-especially since fate had dealt him a hand that included Hallie Ryan, a Western spitfire sun-kissed with true grit and glory!Though Hallie Ryan vowed to do anything to save Eden's Canyon, she hadn't counted on heart-stoppin' handsome Jack Dakota buying the ranch out from under her-then asking her to help run it. But though their partnership would save her home, would she lose her heart in the bargain?
Nobles Were Not To Be TrustedRowena had learned this in childhood when her knightly father had abandoned her. And now Sir Christian Greatham, afire with vows of vengeance, insisted she was heir to a powerful legacy. But she wanted nothing of titles and lands. What her heart desired-yet was forever denied-was Christian!Christian Greatham was determined to restore the daughter of The Dragon to her rightful position. Why else had he risked all to bring Rowena out of the wilds of Scotland? It couldn't be love-for the headstrong beauty was suspicious of all things noble-especially him!
Felicity Lyte Was In a QuandaryHow could she tell her cherished paramour of his impending fatherhood? Hawthorn Greenwood, despite his straitened circumstances, would surely make a responsible, honorable offer of mariage-which Felicity could never accept. For she would only wed him in truebound love-or not at all!Thorn Greenwood had thought to but share an idyllic Season with Lady Lyte-and instead found his soul's partner. But Felicity had abruptly ended their liaison. Did she think him a fortune hunter? A rank falsehood that, for the only wealth he sought was the bounty of her love!
Women Could Not Be TrustedBartholomew, Earl of Norwyck, had well learned that bitter lesson from his traitorous first wife. What, then, should he make of "the Lady Marguerite," a mysterious beauty who claimed ignorance of her true identity? Was she an enemy sent to destroy him-or an angel come to heal his wounded soul?Bartholomew had saved her from a shipwreck, only to dash her upon the rocky shores of his darkest suspicions. But if Marguerite were truly one of his blood-sworn enemies, how then to explain the desire that pulsed between them-threatening to engulf them in a heat as fierce as any flame?
Kitty Conover was a familiar figure in Misery. Dressed in buckskins, with her yellow curls tucked under a widebrimmed hat, she'd been known to follow a herd of mustangs for weeks. She felt as comfortable under the stars as she would in her own bed. She knew every odd-shaped rock, every mountain peak, every bend in the trail. As for surprises, she'd learned years ago to expect the unexpected and ride them to their conclusion.But Bo Chandler was the one surprise Kitty couldn't handle. While nursing the badly wounded Bo, she'd felt the first stirrings of true love-and didn't like it one bit! She might know a thing or two about mustangs, but men were a completely different breed. And she wasn't about to trust her heart to a stranger who could spark her passion as fast as a lightning bolt lights up the sky!
Hanna Malloy Was Desperate To Make Her Way WestAnd Cale Elliot was the perfect choice to launch her into a life of adventure. Now, since their hasty wedding, the legendary bounty hunter dared her daily to try new things. But would it be wise to fall in love with her own husband?What was a New Orleans belle like Hanna doing married to a half-breed sharpshooter like him? Cale wondered. True, she needed his wilderness savvy as much as he needed her polish, but how on earth had their convenient business arrangement taken a sharp turn toward "can't live without you" love?
Eli Chandler didn't need a redheaded wildcat to complicate his life. What with a fiancée gone missing and a wily gambler on the loose, the ranch manager had enough on his plate. So why did he hunger after the boss's daughter, with a newly whetted appetite for love?Delilah Jackson could appreciate that. Just as she could appreciate the shocking way he made her feel without even trying-reminding her she was a woman first and a rancher second!
Revenge is his mission...No one had ever caused such fire in Travis Rafferty's blood as Civil War nurse Meredith Carter. Yet when the prisoner of war attempted an escape, she'd betrayed him and his bedraggled men. Now, years later, he's led west by vengeance, with nightmares of battle on his heels. This time, Meredith won't get away...Love is his due...Meredith has to persuade Travis of her innocence. But how can she convince him of anything when she reacts so wildly just standing next to him? Nursing his wounds is the only way to show him how she feels, that she could no more betray him than her own soul....
A Gift Most Rare by Miranda JarrettSara had never thought to see her precious Rev ever again. Yet here he was, come to stay for the holidays in the very home where she was a governess...and bringing up the painful memories of their shared past.Christmas Charade by Lyn StoneBeth didn't want a husband. But when she agreed to marry handsome Jack as part of a scheme, she didn't expect to be playing with her heart.The Virtuous Widow by Anne GracieEllie was afraid she had no future. Left to her own devices now that her husband had passed away, she worried for her daughter's welfare as well as her own. But her world changed when a stranger landed on her doorstep.
Yale Conover lived for the thrill of the game. And though he was a man who scorned most of the laws made by mere men, he never actually considered himself an outlaw. He preferred to think he was a law unto himself.Now his own code of justice had brought Yale's life full circle, for a decision to help a widow and children escape a gang of cutthroats had reunited him with Cara McKinnon, the girl he'd left behind. A girl no more, Cara had become a courageous, captivating woman who made him hunger for things a man like him normally avoided: home, hearth and the love of a good woman! But could their rekindled love survive a desperate flight through the Badlands?
One unforgettable kiss from Nick Hastings had ended Amanda Van Patton's girlhood and ruined her for other men. Now he'd married her, but only to win some benighted wager! Well, if he expected her to adorn his bed like a spanking new trophy, he was in for a rude awakening. For as of their wedding night, all bets were off...! A whirlwind courtship won Nick Hastings both a bride and a bet he barely remembered making. But unless he could convince his indignant, impassioned Amanda to take a chance on love, their firecracker physical chemistry would go snap, crackle...stop! Harlequin Historicals #622
The Altar Made An Inauspicious Start To MarriageBut because dire financial straits had bound her to the enigmatic Earl of Caldbeck, Catherine Maury resolved to make the best of it. Yet could she break through his mysterious restraint and uncover the secret of his true nature?Charles Randolph, Earl of Caldbeck, had always guarded his emotions closely, and an insidious danger to his people only deepened his reserve. But now that he'd taken fiery, greathearted Catherine to wife, he could feel that the walls around his heart were close to tumbling down!
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