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Damien Hathaway is entranced from the moment he sees Miss Lindsay Phillips walk into his church. Although she's betrothed to a gentleman of the "ton," Damien is determined to find the pure heart he's sure exists underneath all the ruffles and lace. Original.
Intensely emotional and honest, this collection of searing poems about love, loss, jealousy, and fear, explores the literary and social landscape of post revolutionary Russia. Sharply addressing the conflicts between the life of a poet and that of a mother and wife, this enlarged volume, masterfully translated, includes five major poem sequences, one of which was written in 1915 for the poet's lover Sofia Parnok and another in response to poet Rainer Maria Rilke's death. Invoking Stalinist Russia as an underlying theme, this compilation also covers politics and history.
Lady Marianne scarce dreamed it possible her life could get any worse!That was before she found herself transplanted to the wild highlands of Scotland-land of savage barbarians-and the promised bride of a doddering old Scot. But when a boldly handsome warrior arrived at her door, she knew her prayers had been answered....Adair MacTaren had come in friendship, but one look at the comely lass standing before him addled the young man's mind beyond repair. The tempting Norman lady lured him like a siren-yet he had no wish to be rescued. And 'twas no time before the brash chieftain's son had sworn to free Marianne from her loveless betrothal-and claim her for his own ladywife!
Nestled in the rural Italian hillside lies the ancient home of the aristocratic Montefalco family. Surrounded by fields of fragrant lavender, it's a beautiful, secluded hideaway. Ally Parker has come to Italy with questions about her past only Gino, Duc of Montefalco, can answer. Swept away to his magical country estate, Ally begins to fall in love with the brooding Italian duc. But will the secrets and sins of the past keep Gino from making Ally the rightful bride of Montefalco?
A young woman marries the master of a castle, scarcely knowing him. She learns of a legend that the previous Bride of Pendorric cannot rest in her grave until a second bride has met her death.
In a time of strife and treachery, an English nobleman dares to fall in love with the rebellious Welsh beauty he has captured in the name of king and country Exiled to the wilds of northern Wales as part of King Henry I's shrewd efforts to suppress the power of England's noblemen, Randulf FitzHugh prepares for war. He and his army will build a fortress on the ramparts of Rosecliffe, then return to London in triumph. Josselyn ap Carreg Du loathes the English conquerors who are ravaging her homeland. Yet the only way to vanquish the invaders is to unite her people against them by wedding a cruel Welsh warmonger she despises even more. But when the seductive English noble who leads the assault against the Welsh turns the tables by taking her prisoner, Josselyn becomes a pawn in a political power struggle that can have no true victor. As hate flames into unexpected desire, uniting two bitterly divided enemies, Josselyn and Rand must battle a far more formidable adversary: their traitorous hearts. The Bride of Rosecliffe is the 1st book in the Rosecliffe Trilogy, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
An Unmarried Bride?How could you cope with a man who anticipated your secret fantasies even before you had them yourself...?Daniel Pryor had made a career out of turning people's dreams into reality. Now it was Beth's turn.... He'd pulled her from the depths of Santa Barbara harbor-the wedding dress Beth had been wearing was no protection against the charge of attraction between them. But Beth had to resist Daniel's temptation. Because once he'd fulfilled her dreams, he would turn his interest to someone else...wouldn't he?
Respectable showgirlWhen the widowed boardinghouse keeper he has come to rescue turns out to be a scantily-clad showgirl, Jed Doulan knows he's in for trouble. With his shadowed past, he'd be mad to let this spirited-and surprisingly innocent-woman get close.Rebellious brideBound by a hasty marriage to her reluctant hero, Rachell Carlson senses his struggle to keep a distance between them. But the message in Jed's eyes makes her pulse quicken-and even dares her to believe in love.
Lady Raine had need of a Husband. But not just any man would do. She required a man of honor to protect her young brother's inheritance. And from the moment she laid eyes upon Benedict Ainsworth at court, she knew her search was over. But her scheming had just begun. Entranced by Raine's breathtaking beauty, Benedict, Baron of Brackenmoore, would have moved heaven and earth for the intriguing lady. Though when she tricked him into a marriage of convenience, he was determined to make her his wife in more than name only. Season's Brides book 2.
FOLLOW THAT BRIDE! All Deannie Hollis had to do was woo and wed Brodie Trueblood to honor the promise she'd made her father. Regaining her birthright was all the feisty single gal had ever dreamed about. But never, in all those imaginings, had she considered what she would do if she actually fell in love with the sexy cowboy she had to marry...and couldn't keep! So, as the pianist played the wedding march for the third time and the preacher's eyes turned heavenward, the wedding guests waited for the bride to make her appearance. Would Deannie walk down the aisle or hightail herself to the nearest town...and hope that her own Texas Trueblood would find her?
WHAT A WEDDING! Angie Ellison had just married a gorgeous mystery man in a hastily arranged wedding ceremony. Clearly, the folklore about the comet passing by her small town was true--it affected everyone's morals! Surely that was why she was looking forward to her wedding night with one heck of a bad boy... Sexy undercover agent Ethan Zorn wasn't interested in silly comet lore, shotgun weddings or sticking around this crazy town once his assignment was over. But he also knew it wasn't the comet making him act like such a hot-and-bothered newlywed in love. It was Angie... BLAME IT ON BOB: The comet passes through once every fifteen years...but leaves behind a lifetime of love!
After morphing into 187 very large white rats in the name of self-preservation, Jules Duchon is back to his portly self, a member of that secret class of New Orleans citizens known as the undead. Though he would like nothing better than to spend his nights raising hell and biting flesh in his beloved French Quarter, duty calls when an exclusive club of blue blood vampires demands that the 450-pound cabbie find out who is attacking its young and beautiful members. Adding insult to injury, he has to enlist the help of a former foe: a black vampire named Preston. What's a vampire to do? Without the love of a woman to ease his pain, Jules isn't convinced that his undead life is worth living. He doesn't desire Doodlebug (she may be a woman now but Jules knew her back when she was just a boy) any more than he longs for Daphne, a rat catcher who nourishes a crush the size of Jules. No, only Maureen will do. Once a beautiful stripper with nothing but curve after curve to her bodacious body, now she is mere dust in a jar. But Jules will move heaven and earth to get her back, even if it means pulling her back from the dead.
ONE OF LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST ROMANCES OF THE YEAR Kaki Warner's newest novel in the series about unlikely brides who make their way west--and find love where they least expect it. For fans of Linda Lael Miller and Jodi Thomas... Margaret Hamilton escaped the Irish slums of Five Points as the ward of a wealthy Manhattan widow, but only marriage can make her future secure. Railroad mogul Doyle Kerrigan needs a well-connected wife. It seems a perfect match...until a shocking revelation sends her fleeing from the wedding reception. Desperate to make a fresh start, Margaret takes on a new identity and heads West, finally stopping in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, a dying mining town of little interest to anyone. Here, she finds new purpose, beloved friends to replace the family she's lost, and a home at last. But two men from Margaret's past are on her trail. One is seeking vengeance, the other truth. When they both arrive in Heartbreak Creek, she must choose between the town she has come to love, and the man who might finally capture her heart....
This collection combines stories set in Welty's special province, the rural South, with stories having a European locale. This gives a wider range to her fiction and demonstrates the remarkable talent of one of the finest short-story writers of our time. "Humorous, piquant, graceful" (Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Sewanee Review).
She's the vampire that could destroy a nation.At least, that's what Pinkerton detective Finn Dunne thinks of Tara Fox. Capturing her aboard a ship sneaking its way northward, he's convinced she's been sent to take out President Lincoln. While she's certainly the most attractive assassin he's ever faced, that won't keep him from his duty.Tara has always been caught between worlds. As a vampire born and raised in Key West, she has many friends among the humans. Many friends that are now fighting and dying in the raging Civil War.When her strange dreams began, she thought of them as abstract visions. But she now knows that she must travel to Washington, D.C., and protect the president at all costs. Finn still won't trust her, despite what he's seen. And if Tara has to go through him-or bring reinforcements-to save Lincoln, she will do whatever it takes, even if it costs her her heart.
THE BATTLE-WEARY WARRIOR HAD FINALLY MET HIS MATCH... More warrior than woman, Lady Julianna D'Arcy had sworn to defend her home against all enemies. She knew not if her unexpected guest was friend or foe, but infinitely more dangerous than any adversary was the way the mere sight of Sir William Bowman stirred her blood unlike any man she'd ever seen before! "Have a care who you call traitor, milady, else I'll be forced to judge you traitor instead!" "With what reason?" she asked. "I am a true loyal subject of our king-- " "Are you? I know nothing of you, lady - not so much as who you are, or the name of this place. A lady dressed in warrior's garb. 'Tis uncommon, you must admit - rare enough to raise questions in a curious man's mind." He cupped her chin, then slid his fingers down along her neck and over her shoulder before stopping just above her breast. "A puzzle to entice a man," he murmured. "Or a siren meant to lure a man to your bed and render him your slave?"
Caroline Monday knows better than to trust the dark and dangerous Morgan Blakely, Marquis of Clayton and England's infamous spy. Plotting revenge against a powerful enemy, Morgan will stop at nothing to secure Caroline's help-even claiming that she's a long-lost heiress and not the penniless orphan she'd thought herself. Yet as she's drawn into a world of old grudges and long-buried secrets, where the past is unraveled and the future uncertain, Caroline yearns to believe Morgan's words...and to give in to a desire that's stronger than her fear....
Born in squalid London at the turn of the eighteenth century, a girl makes a fresh start in the New WorldFanny's father, Henry Harding, has known Oliver Barebones since the two men were children. Together they survived the Great Plague and the Great Fire, and now they are rich, middle-aged, and unmarried. Everyone's shocked when Oliver, a lifelong bachelor, falls headfirst for a superstitious young girl named Rose. In two days he's decided to marry her. For the Hardings and the Barebones, it will be years before they find such happiness again. Ruin comes to them all in the shape of Alfred Montagu, a cold-hearted moneylender who ensnares them in crushing debt and schemes to marry Fanny. After her father dies, Fanny attempts to take refuge in France. It's not far enough to escape her troubles, so with Oliver and Rose, she departs for a far-off place called Connecticut, dodging Montagu by diving into the teeth of dangers no London girl could ever imagine.
When the heroic werewolf Navarre is trapped in the twilight realm, his Shadowmen comrades are unable to rescue him. Only a passionate woman with a spirit as wild as his own can set him free.... Oil heiress Marissa Vasquez fled the jungles of Belize to avoid becoming a pawn in her vicious uncle's wicked schemes. Though she has found temporary sanctuary in little Twilight, Tennessee, only in her dreams does she taste freedom. At night, her spirit intertwines with a magnificent black wolf, and they run together under the glow of a forest moon. When a wounded stranger is brought to the camp where she is hiding, she glimpses in his eyes the mysterious being who has been the partner of her visions. But before she can explore her strange reaction to this man, they are kidnapped and imprisoned once again. Navarre is a shapeshifting Shadowman, captured by the evil Vladarian vampire who hopes to control Marissa. Injured and blind, he struggles to regain his warrior's strength as they fight for their freedom -- and their lives. Together, their spirits form a powerful link matched only by the passion they discover in each other's arms. But can a mortal woman attain true love with a man who is half wolf? And will their enemies give them time to find an answer?
THE BRIDE'S SEDUCTION Becoming Cole Langford's bride had been a dream come true for Trisha--even if their marriage was only temporary. And now that the year was up, she decided to toss her good-girl image and finally seduce her hot-blooded groom--before she lost him forever. When once-burned Cole impulsively wed his childhood pal, he hadn't planned on wanting her "in that way." But when his innocent bride transformed into a ravishing beauty, he was suddenly imagining making Trisha his wife in every way.
SHE WAS ALL HE HAD EVER WANTED When Edouard Gillet, Comte de Trouville, wed the beauteous Lady Anne of Naincroft, he thought he had found his heart's desire. But was the passion he had willingly declared from the battlements shared by his newly pledged bride? Or would the unspoken secret still between them destroy their newfound happiness? Though it would break her heart, Anne prayed that Edouard would leave Scotland behind and return to the Court of France. For the longer he stayed, the greater the risk he would discover that her son was not all he seemed--and the mighty comte was surely not a man who could accept anything less than perfection.
WHAT COULD THE KING WANT WITH AN UNKEMPT URCHIN? Even one as sensuous as a fairy queen? Wolfram Colston could not fathom the royal command to bring Kathryn Somers to Court. A hoydenish sprite, she was nothing like the noble ladies of London--yet everything like the woman of his dreams! No matter what was whispered about her heritage, Kit Somers refused to go off with Sir Colston, a lone wolf of a knight pledged to Henry V, for how would her betrothed ever find her? And what would be her fate if she road away in the arms of such a brooding, darkly handsome man?
Caleb Tanner has a reputation for being a playboy with an aversion to weddings. He's determined not to marry, but he's surrounded by women scheming to get him to the altar! Caleb needs a decoy: a bride on loan. . . Sabrina Saunders isn't thrilled about moving in with Caleb. The man's far too attractive for his own good! He's also her agency's biggest client so she's forced to play the part of Caleb's bride-to-be. It's only for a couple of weeks -- or so they both think!
David has never forgotten Eden, or the passion they once shared. Now, on her return to Sydney, seeing her tend her patients on the children's ward reminds the gorgeous paediatrician that he could never fulfil her dreams of a family. But he longs for Eden. There must be a way to make her happy ; at his side and as his bride. . . /