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New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp's delectable Willowmere series continues with the story of the accomplished and pretty widow who takes on the American Bascombe sisters for their London debut--only to discover that, when it comes to love, she is the one who is unprepared.Married young to a charming but improvident army officer, Eve Hawthorne was widowed with little left except for a few extravagant trifles. Desperate to avoid her domineering stepmother, she accepts employment as chaperone to the Earl of Stewkesbury's American cousins. Who better than a levelheaded widow to remind these young girls that they no longer live on a frontier? But when she flirts with a handsome stranger who turns out to be the earl's brother Fitz, Eve worries she's given the wrong impression. Trying to prove herself responsible--with Fitz challenging her at every turn--is hard enough, but a blackmailer with an interest in Eve's prior marriage proves far more troubling. With the earl away, Eve can turn only to Fitz for help. But dare she confide in him, when getting too close to this confirmed bachelor might risk her heart to his alluring ways?
Old enough to remember his beginning, Chance Becket has spent all of his thirty years trying to forget, hiding his unsavory youth behind a society marriage and a prestigious position with the War Office. But now the widower must confront his past and return to the windswept coast of Romney Marsh...where the ghosts of his childhood still linger.Newly hired governess Julia Carruthers is delighted to be in charge of Chance's young daughter and eager to escape the confines of London. Yet the excitement of the journey to her employer's strange home is nothing compared to the attraction between them. And when Julia sees something she should not, she wonders if Chance's sudden intentions are prompted by ungentlemanly desires or his need to protect his family's secrets.
Previously published in the print anthology Partners in Crime. During a lull in business, Tommy and Tuppence amuse themselves by perusing the papers personal columns. One cryptic ad reads, "Three hearts . . . 12 tricks . . . Ace of Spades . . . finesse the King. " Tommy is certain it is a secret message indicating a crime about to be committed.
Garth Elkton finds Sylvia's car in a ditch and rescues her from freezing weather and other adventures. Despite his heroic efforts, Sylvia doesn't treat him like her knight in shining armor. An abusive marriage has made her wary of all men. When troubled teens in her church-sponsored youth center need a camp retreat, Garth volunteers his ranch and sets out to prove to Sylvia he was a gentleman to be trusted.
Ivan Bunin from his personal experience of his youth has written these stories set in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century of Russia and the countries that he visited and of France, where he spent the last thirty years of his life.
A Secret Child... When Lucy Rushton's lover was killed in battle, she was his brother, formidable viscount Drake Strickland, to protect her unborn child. The marriage tore her heart, yet after their vows were sealed, Lucy saw another side to her stern husband--a compassionate, captivating gentleman of substance who lured her in ways Jeremy never had! A Secret Love... Duty-bound to care for lovely Lucy, Drake never expected sharing his home would warm his cold, bare life. And when her eyes flashed with provocative beauty, sending an irresistible invitation, he longed to believe his wife's heart was wholly his.
In 1887 twelve-year-old Eliza, disguised as a boy and traveling to Colorado in search of her missing father, falls in with a gentleman outlaw and joins him in his illegal schemes.
INESCAPABLE, UNDENIABLE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST! In a Mayfair ballroom, beautiful Emma Northcote stands in amazement. For gazing at her, with eyes she'd know anywhere, is Ned Stratham-a man whose roguish charm once held her captivated. But that was another life in another part of London. With their past mired in secrets and betrayal, and their true identities now at last revealed, Ned realizes they can never rekindle their affair. For only he knows that they share a deeper connection-one that could make Emma hate him if she ever discovered the truth.... "It's witty, wicked and wonderful!" -RT Book Reviews on Mistress to the Marquis
THEY HIDE IN THE SHADOWS Behind the world of men, their own world exists, with its own rules, its own goals, its own fierce battles and veiled enmities. They are shape shifters, torn between a human form and an animal one. They've existed in every generation and evolved their own organizations, which keep them safe. And the number one rule of all these organizations is that only shifters lives count. Humans are like insects, ephemeral and inconsequential, and can be slaughtered at will. Kyrie Smith, a panther shifter, was raised as a foundling. Now for the first time in her life, she has a home and a place. With her boyfriend Tom Ormson, a dragon shifter, she is part owner of a diner. But suddenly her life is thrown in turmoil. Someone--or something--has been killing shifters in large numbers, and an ancient dire-wolf shifter has come to town to punish the killers. Dante Dire is the enforcer for the most powerful and oldest of the shifter organizations, and anyone, human or shifter, who gets in his way will be eliminated without mercy. . . .
The complication they don't want... Lady Katherine Kinloch survived captivity once. Now the notorious captain of her own ship, she refuses to let anyone jeopardize her hard-won freedom. But on a voyage to England to fight for her family's endangered estate, Katherine is thrown off course when she unknowingly rescues celebrated naval captain James Warre...a man who stands for everything she despises. The passion they desperately need... Haunted by regret for his role in her dark past, James is determined to be more than the cold, calculating officer Katherine expects. Her seduction is his obsession, but his pride hangs in the balance if he gives in to temptation. And hiding beneath the scorching attraction between them lies a secret that could force the two apart for good.
A seductive beauty turns the tables on a gentleman gaming for the guiltiest of pleasures in this rich and sensual Regency romance from beloved newcomer Cecilia Grant. Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play--both in and out of the bedroom. Not afraid to bend the rules to suit her needs, she fleeces Will Blackshear outright. The Waterloo hero had his own daring agenda for the gaming tables of London's gentlemen's clubs. But now he antes up for a wager of wits and desire with Lydia, the streetwise temptress who keeps him at arm's length. A kept woman in desperate straits, Lydia has a sharp mind and a head for numbers. She gambles on the sly, hoping to win enough to claim her independence. An alliance with Will at the tables may be a winning proposition for them both. But the arrangement involves dicey odds with rising stakes, sweetened with unspoken promise of fleshly delights. And any sleight of hand could find their hearts betting on something neither can afford to risk: love.From the Paperback edition.
Tara Chace may be the most dangerous woman alive. She can seduce you into believing she's the woman of your dreams--or kill you with the icy efficiency of an executioner. As the new head of Special Operations for British Intelligence, she no longer has to court death in the field--she wants to. Throw away the old rules, the old school, the old-boy network. The world of international espionage is about to learn the hard way that spying is no longer merely... A GENTLEMAN'S GAME Greg Rucka's electrifying thrillers have pushed the boundaries of suspense fiction to where few have dared to go. Now, in A Gentleman's Game, one of the genre's most fearless writers brings readers of international espionage his most fearless heroine yet: a no-holds-barred woman who's as lethal as an assassin's bullet. When an unthinkable act of terror devastates London, nothing will stop Tara Chace from hunting down those responsible. Her job is simple: stop the terrorists before they strike a second time. To succeed, she'll do anything and everything it takes. She'll have to kill again. Only this time the personal stakes will be higher than ever before. For the terrorist counterstrike will require that Tara allow herself to be used as bait by the government she serves. This time she's turning her very life into a weapon that can be used only once. But as she and her former mentor race toward destiny at a remote terrorist training camp in Saudi Arabia, Tara begins to question just who's pulling the trigger--and who's the real enemy. In this new kind of war, betrayal can take any form. . . including one's duty to queen and country. Based on the graphic novel series that won the coveted Eisner Award, A Gentleman's Game is an electrifyingly realistic, headline-stealing thriller with an unforgettable protagonist--one who redefines every rule she doesn't shatter.
It's been six years since Luke Travis has seen his native England. . . ;and his son, Sam. But his hopes for a joyful reunion are shattered when he learns that Sam wants nothing to do with him. There's one ray of hope-Luke's former sister-in-law, Bobbie Gardner. The kindhearted woman has been a mother to Sam for all these years, and she promises to help mend the breach between father and son. But can Luke trust another Gardner? His wife betrayed and abandoned him, and his father-in-law took his son away. Bobbie must prove to him that she is not her sister, or her father, but a woman who is all that Luke could wish for in a wife.
Dog groomer Yvette Coulier dreams of living the life of the wealthy clients she services. Tired of rich men who want fun and games but no commitment, she's thrilled to get a mysterious invitation from the Black Stockings Society. When she wears her sexy sheer stockings to work the next day, she catches the admiring eye of Nate Blackwell. . . . Nate craves a taste of the simple life, out of the spotlight and away from all the demands and obligations taking a toll on his sanity. So he makes this sexy siren a deal: he'll introduce her to the upper crust she longs to rub shoulders with if she lets him pose as her valet. Soon this fairy tale has a twist when passion forces them to take off their masks. . . to expose their hearts.
Christopher Marchant's mood matches the storm clouds that gather above his mansion. Yet when lightning illuminates a stranded beauty he must do as any gentleman would. Although, once rescued, she must be on her way. . . . But if Hero Ingram leaves empty-handed her uncle will punish her. Christopher is caught off guard by her willful rebellion--and he's sure he's caught a hint of vulnerability in her defiance. . . . As a gentleman he must protect her and make her quest his own. But as a red-blooded male. . . ? She has awoken him from his slumber!
When three teen-aged boys suspect that their English teacher is responsible for their friend's disappearance, they must navigate a maze of assured clues, fraying friendships, violence, and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment before learning the truth. Gritty, fast-paced, and brutally real, this debut novel takes an unflinching look at what binds friends together -- and what can tear them apart.
The Green Berets--a legendary corps of soldiers whose exploits made military history. But now, its very identity and role as a fighting force may be forever changed . . . Until the war in Iraq, Special Forces were the military's counterinsurgency experts. Their specialty was going behind enemy lines and training insurgent forces. In Afghanistan, they toppled the Taliban by transforming Northern Alliance fighters into cohesive units. But since that time, Special Forces units have focused on offensive raids. With time running short, the Green Berets have now gone back to their roots. Award-winning journalist Kevin Maurer traveled with a Special Forces team in Afghanistan, finding out firsthand the inside story of the lives of this elite group of highly trained soldiers. He witnessed the intense brotherhood, the rigorous selection process, and the arduous training that makes them the best on the battlefield. Here, Maurer delivers a compelling account of modern warfare and of a fighting force that is doing everything in its power to achieve victory.
"NO GUNS NO HATRED NO VIOLENCE." Ken Follett and Rene Louis Maurice's exciting account of the European crime of the century.
Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, sprang from an early passion for the derring-do and larger-than-life heroes of classic comic books. Now, once more mining the rich past, Chabon summons the rollicking spirit of legendary adventures-from The Arabian Nights to Alexandre Dumas to Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories-in a wonderful new novel brimming with breathless action, raucous humor, cliff-hanging suspense, and a cast of colorful characters worthy of Scheherazade's most tantalizing tales.They're an odd pair, to be sure: pale, rail-thin, black-clad Zelikman, a moody, itinerant physician fond of jaunty headgear, and ex-soldier Amram, a gray-haired giant of a man as quick with a razor-tongued witticism as he is with a sharpened battle-ax. Brothers under the skin, comrades in arms, they make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D. 950, living as they please and surviving however they can-as blades and thieves for hire and as practiced bamboozlers, cheerfully separating the gullible from their money. No strangers to tight scrapes and close shaves, they've left many a fist shaking in their dust, tasted their share of enemy steel, and made good any number of hasty exits under hostile circumstances.None of which has necessarily prepared them to be dragooned into service as escorts and defenders to a prince of the Khazar Empire. Usurped by his brutal uncle, the callow and decidedly ill-tempered young royal burns to reclaim his rightful throne. But doing so will demand wicked cunning, outrageous daring, and foolhardy bravado . . . not to mention an army. Zelikman and Amram can at least supply the former. But are these gentlemen of the road prepared to become generals in a full-scale revolution? The only certainty is that getting there-along a path paved with warriors and whores, evil emperors and extraordinary elephants, secrets, swordplay, and such stuff as the grandest adventures are made of-will be much more than half the fun.From the Hardcover edition.
Nick Jefferson can't resist a challenge, or a blonde! So when the latest platinum-haired woman to cross his path challenges him to cook her a romantic dinner, he accepts. Unfortunately Nick could burn water. . . Chef Cassie Cornwell is not Nick's type - she's a brunette, and the only woman to turn Nick down. She's disappointed he wants her to prepare a seduction feast rather than to share one. Unless Cassie can persuade him that blondes aren't necessarily more fun. . .
A history of dueling in many countries from around the world. The author takes the reader through the different phases of the duel from insult to resolution and details the rise and decline in its popularity. Includes several recountings of famous duels.
The sixties may have come to other parts of North Carolina, but with Mama pregnant again, Daddy struggling to find work, and nine siblings underfoot, nobody in the Holler has much time for modern-day notions. Especially not twelve-year-old Livy Two, aspiring songwriter and self-appointed guardian of little sister Gentle, whose eyes' don't work so good yet. Even after a doctor confirms her fears, Livy Two is determined to make the best of Gentle's situation and sets out to transform the family's scrappy dachshund into a genuine Seeing Eye dog. But when tragedy strikes, can Livy Two continue to stay strong for her family?
Anne Langton (1804-1893) arrived in Upper Canada in 1837 to join her brother John on his settler farm near Fenelon Falls, Ontario. An accomplished miniaturist, landscape artist, and writer, Langton documented ten years of family and community hardship and growth in her journals, letters, and art, and traced her own physical and psychological transformation from cultivated Englishwoman to hard-working pioneer settler. She became an exceptionally influential member of the community, developing the first school and library in the area, ministering to the sick, undertaking charitable work, and hosting community events, all the while continuing to record her reactions to her new world in her writing and artwork.First published in 1950, A Gentlewoman in Upper Canada is a classic work of early pioneering literature. This new, significantly expanded edition includes many of Langton's original illustrations and reveals Langton's views on writing, art, and women's social and familial roles in nineteenth-century Europe and Canada. In her extensive introduction, Barbara Williams contextualizes Langton's life and work and reflects on them in light of current scholarship in life writing, art history, and early emigrant, cultural, and social history. This is the definitive edition of Anne Langton's important text.
The last thing you need when you're on holiday is to become involved in a murder. For most people, that would easily qualify as the holiday from hell. For George Gently, it is a case of business as usual. The Chief Inspector's quiet Easter break in Norchester is rudely interrupted when a local timber merchant is found dead. His son, with whom he had been seen arguing, immediately becomes the prime suspect, although Gently is far from convinced of his guilt. Norchester City Police gratefully accept Gently's offer to help investigate the murder, but he soon clashes with Inspector Hansom, the officer in charge of the case. Hansom's idea of conclusive evidence appalls Gently almost as much as Gently's thorough, detailed, methodical style of investigation exasperates Hansom, who considers the murder to be a straightforward affair. Locking horns with the local law is a distraction Gently can do without when he's on the trail of a killer.
Because of a man with a red beard, Inspector Gently's plans for a peaceful holiday in the Scottish countryside have gang agley. Gently first encounters Redbeard when driving on the highway leading north from London; his Sceptre almost collides with Redbeard's Cortina. Then, on his first evening in the Highlands, as he is strolling near the Bonnie Strathtudlem, he again spots Redbeard, standing high on a crag above the glen, peering at Gently through his binoculars. Next morning, the body of one Donnie Dunglass is found, face down on the heather on the braes above Strathtudlem, near where Gently had seen Redbeard. The killer was good at his work. A nice clean job. Not much blood. Just a single hole in the back where someone had stabbed him with a dirk--in the best Highland tradition. Gently feels it his duty to inform the local constabulary about the presence of Redbeard--and against his will he is involved in a baffling game of hunt-the-killer.
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