Romances Coming in September 2012!

Autumn arrives bringing a great basket full of new romances ūüėÄ

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1) Out September 1 *Book 1 in Jewels of the Ton series* (NEW SERIES!)

Summary:

He had a perfectly orderly life…

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable‚ÄĒthat’s the way he likes it. But he’s in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossip papers link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn’t begin to describe what happens next…

Until she came along…

Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It’s disruptive to have the duke who is the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William’s darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide…

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2) Out September 4 *Book 2 in Reforming the Scoundrels series*

Summary:

The Marquess of Fenris has loved Lady Eugenia from the day he first set eyes on her. Five years ago, pride caused him to earn her enmity. Now she’s¬†widowed, and he’s determined to make amends and win her heart.¬† But with their near explosive attraction, can he resist his desire long enough to court her properly?

After the death of her beloved husband, Lady Eugenia Bryant has come¬†to¬†London¬†to build a new life. Despite the gift of a medallion said to have the power to unite the wearer with her perfect match, Eugenia believes she won’t love again. And yet, amid the social whirl of chaperoning a young friend through her first Season, she finds a second chance at happiness.

Unfortunately, the Marquess of Fenris threatens her newfound peace. Eugenia dislikes the man, but the handsome and wealthy heir to a dukedom is more charming than he has a right to be. Constantly underfoot, the rogue disturbs her heart, alternately delighting and scandalizing her.  And when their relationship takes a highly improper turn, Eugenia must decide if the wrong man isn’t the right one after all.

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3) Out September 4 *Book 1 in Whispers of Scandal series* (NEW SERIES!)

Summary:

What is society to do when the diamonds of the first water are caught in compromising situations, one after the other? Can the young ladies survive the season with their reputations intact…or will the scandalous whispers surrounding them bring about the ultimate ruination?

When Lady Elena Morrow, the reigning belle of the ton, suddenly disappears, her family is desperate to find her‚ÄĒand to keep the story from spreading through London society like wildfire, before her reputation is ruined. Unfortunately, it may be impossible to avoid a scandal. Viscount Andrews, better known as the Raven, London‚Äôs most notorious rake, has gone missing at exactly the same moment.

Benjamin Wallace, Lord Heathton, is more accustomed to untangling political difficulties, rather than those of the heart. But when he is pressured to help find Lady Elena, he can‚Äôt refuse‚ÄĒthe distraught father is also his wife‚Äôs uncle. Now he must find the beautiful debutante before the connection to Andrews does away with her innocence‚ÄĒassuming the vulnerable young lady wants to be found.‚Ķ

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4) Out September 18 *Book 1 in The Duchess Diaries series* (NEW!)

Summary:

BESTSELLING AUTHOR KAREN HAWKINS ONCE MORE SETS SCOTTISH HEARTS AFIRE WITH A SCINTILLATING NEW SERIES FEATURING THE UNCONVENTIONAL BALFOUR FAMILY.

Urged by her favorite nephew, the intimidating Duchess of Roxburghe agrees to transform a thorny Scottish rose into a lovely bloom. But even she isn’t prepared for fiery Rose Balfour.

At seventeen, Rose fell wildly in love with Lord Alton Sinclair, known as Lord Sin for his wicked ways. Stung by his indifference, the starry-eyed girl tried to win an illicit kiss, but then panicked and pushed the notorious rakehell into a fountain. Leaving Lord Sin floating among the lily pads to the mocking laughter of his peers, Rose escaped back to the obscurity of the Scottish countryside.

Six years later, Sin convinces his aunt, the Duchess of Roxburghe, to invite Rose to her annual house party, where he plans to get revenge by making Rose the laughingstock of polite society. To his astonishment, he finds she has become an alluring woman who threatens to turn the tables on his nefarious plans. Thus Sin and Rose begin an epic battle of the sexes that becomes more passionate at every turn. Eventually, one will have to surrender . . . but to vengeance? Or to love’s deepest passion?

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5) Out September 18 *RE-ISSUE*

Summary:

Benedict Wincross appears in Camilla Ferrand’s life as quickly as the gunfire pursuing him. Though his name belies the fact, he is obviously no gentleman. But Camilla realizes Benedict may be just what she needs: a temporary fianc√© to satisfy her family’s worries.

And Benedict needs something in return: an entr√©e into Chevington Park, Camilla’s estate, to conduct an undercover investigation into corruption‚ÄĒwithout Camilla’s knowledge. Each was drawing the other into a dangerous deceit‚ÄĒfor even if they survived the danger of Benedict’s mission, how would they undo the love between them?

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6) Out September 25 *Book 1 in Sons of Sin series*

Summary:

Will a week of seduction…

Desperate to save her sister’s life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic-even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.

…Spark a lifetime of passionate surrender?

Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?

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7) Out September 25 *Book 5 in Inferno Club series*

Summary:

Meet the courageous men of the Inferno Club as they face their greatest challenge yet: marriage!

Sebastian, Viscount Beauchamp, lives by a code of honor, and now honor dictates he must marry Miss Carissa Portland. He has no regrets over stealing a kiss from the adorable little busybody‚ÄĒa fitting punishment for putting her delectable nose where it didn’t belong. But now, caught in a compromising situation, he knows he must make her his bride. He’s faced danger before‚ÄĒbut nothing like this!

Carissa is not a gossip‚ÄĒshe’s a “lady of information.” And all she was trying to do was warn the rakehell Beauchamp away from an irate husband. But even she can’t flaunt Society, and while her head tells her that Beau’s a notorious scoundrel, her heart‚ÄĒand her body‚ÄĒare captivated by his dangerous charm. But when Carissa next goes snooping, the secrets she uncovers about the Inferno Club may prove even more hazardous than falling in love with her own husband.

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8 ) Out September 25 *Stand-alone*

Summary:

The passionate new love story from # 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae, Stephanie Laurens

Neville Roscoe, notorious and enigmatic, lives resolutely outside society, bound only by his own code of honor‚ÄĒuntil challenged by his desire for the one woman he cannot have.

Miranda Clifford is a lady imprisoned by rigid respectability‚ÄĒuntil tempted by a passion beyond her power to deny.

Flung together in peril, through danger and intrigue, they discover a love impossible to ignore . . . or keep.

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9) Out September 25 *Book 3 in The Scandalous Brides series*

Summary:

SHE BREAKS ALL THE RULES…

Sophia White knows she will never marry into polite society. The illegitimate daughter of a nobleman, she works at the Tantalus Club, a discreet establishment for gentlemen‚ÄĒand her only suitor is a pastor who wants to save her soul. So when Sophia is invited to spend the holidays at the estate of Adam Baswich, the devilishly handsome Duke of Greaves, she is delighted‚ÄĒand determined to enjoy her last nights of freedom before surrendering her hand‚Ķ

TO CAPTURE A NOBLEMAN’S HEART

Inviting Sophia for Christmas is a daring courtesy on Adam‚Äôs part, but he soon finds the pleasure is all his. Sophia is beautiful, courageous, and stubbornly self-sufficient despite her scandalous circumstances‚ÄĒand not at all the kind of woman he could possibly marry. Adam knows he must find a wife by his thirtieth birthday or he will lose his fortune. But can he defy convention‚ÄĒand convince Sophia‚ÄĒto risk it all in the name of true love?

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10) Out September 25 *Book 3 in The Falcon Club series*

Summary:

Gentleman’s Rule #1: If a lady is virtuous, deny her nothing.

Beautiful Diantha Lucas understands society’s rules: a young lady must find a man to marry. But Diantha has a bigger goal and she’s not afraid of plunging into adventure to achieve it. When daring, dashing Wyn Yale rescues her, she’s certain he’s just the man she needs.

As an agent for the secret Falcon Club, Wyn knows his duty, but he‚Äôs not about to admit he‚Äôs a hero of any sort. He has a plan too: steal a prized horse, murder an evil duke, avenge an innocent girl, and probably get hung for it‚ÄĒin that order. Wyn can‚Äôt afford to be distracted by a pretty face, even one with delectable dimples and kissable lips. But how can a country miss and hardened spy solve their problems when they can‚Äôt keep their hands off each other?

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11) Out September 25 *Book 2 in Lost Lords of Pembrook series*

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Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped‚ÄĒto the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle‚ÄĒawaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright.

Once upon a time, he was Lord Tristan Easton‚ÄĒnow he is Crimson Jack, a notorious privateer beholden to none, whose only mistress is the sea. But all that will change when exquisite Lady Anne Hayworth hires his protection on a trip into danger and seduction. . .

Desperation brought Anne to the bronzed, blue-eyed buccaneer. But after the Captain demands a kiss as his payment, desire will keep her at his side. She has never known temptation like this‚ÄĒbut to protect her heart, she knows she must leave him behind. Yet Tristan cannot easily forget the beauty‚ÄĒand when they meet again in a London ballroom, he vows he won’t lose her a second time, as fiery passion reignited takes them into uncharted waters that could lead the second lost lord home. . .

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12) Out September 25 *Book 1 in Secret Brides Trilogy* (DEBUT!)

Summary:

HOW TO STOP A WEDDING

Young, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill,has strong opinions on marriage. When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action. She will not allow another hapless girlto fall prey to a man‚ÄĒparticularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago. Anonymously she writes and distributes a pamphlet entitled ‚ÄúSecrets of a Wedding Night,‚ÄĚ knowing it will find its way into his intended‚Äôs innocent hands‚Ķ

HOW TO SEDUCE A WIDOW

Devon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton, desires a good wife and mother to his son‚ÄĒsomeone completely unlike Lily Andrews, the heartless beauty who led him on a merry chase five years ago only to reject him. When Devon‚Äôs new fianc√©e cries off after reading a certain scandalous pamphlet, he vows to track down the author and make her pay. But when he learns it‚Äôs his former fianc√©e Lily, he issues a challenge: write a retractionor prepare to be seduced‚ÄĒto find out how wonderful a wedding night canbe‚Ķ

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13) Out September 25 *Book 2 in Wylder Sisters series*

Summary:

Notorious for her free-spirited antics, Lady Elizabeth Wylder revels in attention‚ÄĒbut not the sort that leaves her humiliated when her future husband, the Duke of Hawkesworth, fails to appear for their much-anticipated first introduction.

So when a chance encounter leads to a sizzling kiss with a dangerously handsome stranger, she nearly succumbs. The shock of finally meeting her betrothed only to come face to face with her rakish would-be seducer inspires fury‚ÄĒand fans the flames of a fire that both Lizzie and the Duke acknowledge is a most agreeable way to start a marriage. In her husband‚Äôs arms, Lizzie knows she has found love. But is the passion that accompanies endless nights of erotic discovery enough to persuade a duke whose scandalous lineage and lifestyle prevent him from giving his heart completely?

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14) Out September 25 *ANTHOLOGY*

Summary:

In this sparkling holiday collection, eight acclaimed authors unwrap the most daring of Regency delights. . .

Christmastime in England–a time for passionate secrets, delicious whispers, and wicked-sweet gifts by the fire. From a spirited lady who sets out to save her rakish best friend from an unsuitable engagement, to a bold spy who gets the unexpected chance to win the woman he’s always loved, to a vicar’s daughter who pretends to be a saucy wench, these holiday tales will make you curl up in front of the fire for a memorable season of mischief and mistletoe. . .

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15) Out September 25 *Book 2 in The Bridal Pleasures series* (SPECIAL RE-ISSUE)

Summary:

Miss Violet Knowlton knows the dangerous boy she watches in secret from her window is someone a proper young lady should avoid. Yet temptation overcomes her. Kit scoffs at her offer of friendship -until, slowly, her innocent trust opens a door to a world he’s never known…a world where Kit can break off the shackles of his shameful past.

Then Kit disappears from Violet’s life. Lost, she dedicates the next decade to becoming a true lady, only to have her world turned upside down one night at a ball in London. There she encounters a handsome and celebrated sword master – and recognizes him as her childhood friend. Soon the flames of their forbidden past reignite into a passion neither of them can refuse.

Kit can no more resist his first love now than he could years ago. But she’s been promised to another. Sworn to protect her, he vows that he will also find a way to possess her…no matter what stands in his way.

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Romances Coming in May 2012!

As we’re nearing summer, it’s time to finish up work and make plans for vacations! ūüėÄ These brand new exciting romances are sure to get you in the mood for summer!

1) Out May 1 *Book 1 in The Survivors’ Club series* (NEW SERIES!)

Summary:

Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has seen her share of tragedy, especially since a freak accident took her husband much too soon. Content in a quiet life with friends and family, the young widow has no desire to marry again. But when Hugo, Lord Trentham, scoops her up in his arms after a fall, she feels a sensation that both shocks and emboldens her.
 
Hugo never intends to kiss Lady Muir, and frankly, he judges her to be a spoiled, frivolous‚ÄĒif beautiful‚ÄĒaristocrat. He is a gentleman in name only: a soldier whose bravery earned him a title; a merchant‚Äôs son who inherited his wealth. He is happiest when working the land, but duty and title now demand that he finds a wife. He doesn‚Äôt wish to court Lady Muir, nor have any role in the society games her kind thrives upon. Yet Hugo has never craved a woman more; Gwen‚Äôs guileless manner, infectious laugh, and lovely face have ruined him for any other woman. He wants her, but will she have him?
 
The hard, dour ex-military officer who so gently carried Gwen to safety is a man who needs a lesson in winning a woman’s heart. Despite her cautious nature, Gwen cannot ignore the attraction. As their two vastly different worlds come together, both will be challenged in unforeseen ways. But through courtship and seduction, Gwen soon finds that with each kiss, and with every caress, she cannot resist Hugo’s devotion, his desire, his love, and the promise of forever.

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2) Out May 1 *Book 1 in Belgrave Square Affair series* (NEW SERIES!)

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In this tantalizing new novel of untold wealth, unbridled privilege, and unspeakable scandals, a family shakes the very foundation of proper Victorian Society‚ÄĒand sets the bluebloods to blushing..

When the wealthy middle-class Laurie family purchases a home in exclusive Belgrave Square, London Society is aghast. After all, the consensus is that they’re nothing but lowborn commoners-a family of nouveau riche daring to marry into the aristocracy. Others believe it’s an attempt to prove that their wealth makes them equal to nobility. Only one thing is certain: Belgrave Square will never be the same again.

Upon his father’s death, Alexander Laurie feels the best way to provide his family with the privileges they deserve and secure their business is to establish ties with the London ton. And the best way to do it is by marrying an aristocratic bride. But when his business rival’s beautiful daughter‚ÄĒthe one person who can destroy his plans‚ÄĒappears in London, Alex must defeat her attempts at sabotage.even if that means stealing kisses from the enemy…

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3) Out May 1 *Book 4 in Lost Lords series*

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Grey Sommers, Lord Wyndham, never met a predicament he couldn‚Äôt charm his way out of. Then a tryst with a government official‚Äôs wife during a bit of casual espionage in France condemns him a decade in a dungeon, leaving him a shadow of his former self. Yet his greatest challenge may be the enigmatic spy sent to free his body‚ÄĒthe only woman who might heal his soul.

Half English and half French, Cassie Fox lost everything in the chaos of revolution, leaving only a determination to help destroy Napoleon’s empire through her perilous calling. Rescuing Grey is merely one more mission.  She hadn’t counted on a man with the stark beauty of a ravaged angel, whose desperate courage and vulnerability touch her frozen heart as no one ever has.  With Grey, she can become the passionate woman she has long denied.

But a spy and a lord are divided by an impassable gulf even if they manage to survive one last, terrifying mission….

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4) Out May 1 *Book 1 in Fitzhugh Trilogy* (NEW SERIES!)

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When the Duke of Lexington meets the mysterious Baroness von Seidlitz-Hardenberg aboard a transatlantic ocean liner, he is fascinated. She is exactly what he has been searching for‚ÄĒa beautiful woman who interests and entices him. He falls hard and fast‚ÄĒand soon proposes marriage.

And then she disappears without a trace…

For in reality, the ‚Äúbaroness‚ÄĚ is Venetia Easterbrook‚ÄĒa proper young widow who had her own vengeful reasons for instigating an affair with the duke. But the plan has backfired. Venetia has fallen in love with the man she despised‚ÄĒand there‚Äôs no telling what might happen when she is finally unmasked‚Ķ

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5) Out May 1 *Book 5 of Windham series*

Summary:

Maggie Windham is the Duke of Moreland’s eldest, but illegitimate, daughter. She leads a retiring, dignified life… until stolen letters bring Maggie to investigator Benjamin Hazlit’s door.

When it becomes clear Maggie is being blackmailed, Benjamin becomes determined to find not just the letters, but the way to Maggie’s heart.

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6) Out May 1 *Book 5 in The Rogues’ Dynasty series*

Summary:

Her Writing Talent is Causing All Kinds of Trouble…

The daughter of a famous writer, Catalina Crisp has helped her father publish a parody that makes Iverson Brentwood’s whole family the talk of the town, and not in a good way.

Because He’s the Reality Behind the Story…

Furious and threatening, Iverson storms into Catalina’s house, demanding satisfaction, but the infamous rake has finally met his match. With her cool demeanor and intense intelligence, Catalina heats his blood like no other woman in his notorious history…

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7) Out May 22 *Book 1 in Cinderella Sisterhood series* (NEW SERIES!)

Summary:

Is This Love Real?

Raised in a girls‚Äô school, Annabelle Quinn longs for the world outside the walls of the academy. When she‚Äôs hired as the governess to an orphaned duke, Annabelle never expects the child‚Äôs breathtakingly handsome guardian to capture her imagination‚ÄĒor her heart.

Or Are They Living in a Fairytale?

Falling for his young nephew’s governess is an irksome complication in Lord Simon Westbury’s orderly life, but Annabelle’s quiet beauty and wry intellect are too much to resist. Meanwhile, a mysterious danger looms over the remote Cornwall estate. Will their newfound desire stand the test of time? Or are some happy endings just too good to come true?

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8 ) Out May 22 *Book 4 in Hurst Amulet series*

Summary:

A DETERMINED EXPLORER

When famed Egyptologist Michael Hurst discovers that the infamous Hurst Amulet is hidden in Scotland, he insists his trusted assistant, Miss Jane Smythe-Haughton, accompany him north. Strangely, the usually unflappable Jane seems perturbed by their destination‚ÄĒthe mysterious Isle of Barra. A fascinated Michael watches as his staid assistant transforms, revealing intriguing layers of mystery and vulnerability. Could he be about to uncover not one, but two, precious treasures?

A DAUNTLESS PRINCESS

Once her clan‚Äôs princess, Jane fled Barra years ago to avoid a forced marriage. Since then, she has made her living as efficient Miss Smythe-Haughton‚ÄĒthe perfect (and highly paid) assistant. Now she must confront her secrets . . . including her feelings for her irascible employer, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Michael Hurst.

A PERILOUS PLEASURE

Others are also searching for the missing amulet, however. Can Jane and Michael learn to trust each other in time to solve two riddles: the location of the Hurst Amulet, and the meaning of the vivid passion flaring between them?

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9) Out May 22

Summary:

Adopting the guise of a buttoned-up spinster is nothing new for Chloe Hardwick. But under the watchful eye of her unnervingly handsome employer, the Marquess of Marland, for the first time Chloe yearns to be unbuttoned!Yet he sees her only as his assistant, the efficient Hardwick‚ÄĒnot as Chloe the woman.

Determined to escape Braedon’s cold detachment, Chloe leaves. And when he pursues her to London, determined to entice her back, Braedon is utterly unprepared for what he finds there‚ÄĒthe real Chloe Hardwick‚Ķ.

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10) Out May 22 *Book 1 in The Scandalous St. Claires series* (NEW SERIES!)

Summary:

A hundred years has passed since the bitter rivalry between the St. Claires and the Huntingtons began. But in London, the feud goes on . . .

UNDER THE COVER OF NIGHT, NOTHING IS FORBIDDEN
Lily St. Claire will do anything for the family that saved her from the streets. With their support, the young widow has become the hostess of The Devil’s Fancy, London’s most exclusive gaming den. She’s determined to restore the St. Claire family fortune, lost a century before to the despised Huntington clan. But a ghost from her past may be her ultimate undoing . . .
Lord Aidan Huntington is handsome and wealthy, with a taste for adventure and a reputation for wickedness. A gambler and a rake, Aidan can’t resist a seductive woman with secrets – but one naughty night with Lily leaves him wanting more. As Lily is drawn into London’s dark underworld by an old enemy, Aidan will risk everything to save the woman who has awakened his deepest desires.

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11) Out May 22

Summary:

From riches to rags, Grace has had to swallow her pride and get a job as a baker. But everything changes when she’s the beneficiary of a surprise inheritance.

Her benefactor’s deal comes with a catch: give up her life of toil and live in luxury only if she marries his illegitimate son, a prisoner of war. It’s an offer she can’t afford to refuse. But her husband-to-be is dying, and he begs her to take one of his men instead‚ÄĒto marry purely out of mercy‚Ķ.

A marriage of convenience with a complete stranger… Could this arrangement ever work?

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12) Out May 29 *Book 2 in Smythe-Smith Quartet*

Summary:

Anne Wynter might not be who she says she is . . .

But she’s managing quite well as a governess to three highborn young ladies. Her job can be a challenge‚ÄĒin a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or might be a comedy‚ÄĒno one is sure), and tending to the wounds of the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he’s the first man who has truly tempted her, and it’s getting harder and harder to remind herself that a governess has no business flirting with a nobleman.

Daniel Smythe-Smith Might be in mortal danger . . .

But that’s not going to stop the young earl from falling in love. And when he spies a mysterious woman at his family’s annual musicale, he vows to pursue her, even if that means spending his days with a ten-year-old who thinks she’s a unicorn. But Daniel has an enemy, one who has vowed to see him dead. And when Anne is thrown into peril, he will stop at nothing to ensure their happy ending . . .

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13) Out May 29

Summary:

‚ÄúA young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants.‚ÄĚ Aunt Allegra

A lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth‚ÄĒa match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by “untoward attentions.”

But the same can’t be said when the Duke of Preston happens along Tabitha’s path. He spies a rebellious streak in her that matches his own and he makes it his mission to save her from such a passionless match, interfering in her life at every turn. All too soon, Preston‚ÄĒwhose very name spells ruin‚ÄĒhas Tabitha caught between the good fortune that guarantees her security, and his kiss, which promises an entirely different kind of happily-ever-after.

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14) Out May 29

Summary:

Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play‚ÄĒboth 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 with 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.

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15) Out May 29

Summary:

“A Dangerous Game”

As Lady Justina Wincott’s brutal guardian, Viscount Biddeford promises any disobedience from her will cost her son dearly. A pawn in his games of court treachery, the beautiful widow is forced to tempt secrets from his enemies and seduce allegiance from his friends. Yet even Biddeford’s wrath won’t make Justina sully the only man of honour she’s ever known…

Sir Synclair has earned his honour in blood and muck. War taught him the way to victory is rarely clean – but the passion Justina sparks in him is not to be ignored. Never mind the predators who crave her beauty, or Biddeford’s ruthless wiles; he will have her as his wife. And yet if he is to wed Justina, his fiercest battle may be with the lady herself…

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16) Out May 29 *RE-ISSUE*

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A celebrated beauty, Madeleine DuMais’s cleverness is her greatest asset‚ÄĒone she puts to good use as a spy for the British. Assigned to help break up a smuggling ring in the south of England, she arrives at the quaint resort town of Winter Garden and meets her partner in subterfuge: Thomas Blackwood.

Unlike any man she has ever met, Blackwood’s quiet confidence and mysterious intensity send shivers of pleasure coursing through her. And, despite the danger, as duty gives way to desire, Madeleine aches for Thomas’s gentle touch on her body . . . on her heart . . . on her soul.

For surrender holds its own sweet reward . . .

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HAPPY MONTH OF READING! ūüėÄ

 

Romances Coming in March 2012!

Can you believe we’re already 3 months into the year? How time flies! Thankfully there are loads more new romances to keep us entertained as we had further into 2012…

1) Out March 6 *Book 1 in Fairbourne Quartet*

Summary:

A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise.¬† Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors.¬† So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and charming front man who will do¬†her bidding…
 
All would have proceeded smoothly–if it weren’t for the maddening interference of Darius, the arrogant Earl of Southwaite, who has been her father’s “silent partner” and now shares ownership of Fairbourne’s.¬† An earl, of course, has no interest in running an auction house–and¬†Darius is certainly not interested in allowing the lovely Miss Fairbourne to run it either, her ludicrous scheme notwithstanding.¬† Clearly the business must be sold.
 
But the headstrong Emma is like no other lady he has ever encountered, refusing to follow his dictates.¬† Holding his temper in check, Darius decides to attack on a different front.¬† There is another way to achieve her surrender, one far more pleasurable for both of them…

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2) Out March 6 *Book 2 in Jaded Gentleman series*

Summary:

After the darkness of a dungeon in India, artist Josiah Hastings found that years of imprisonment left his eyesight weak and failing.

So when the fiery beauty of Miss Eleanor Beckett appears in his vision amidst the bleak grays of a London winter, he knows he’s found his muse and one last chance at a masterpiece…

But is this a match made in heaven?

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3) Out March 6

Summary:

After four disastrous engagements, Penelope Rastmoor wants nothing but to travel to Egypt.

To escape her brother’s plan to marry her off, she’s determined to find herself such an improper fiance that he would do anything rather than let her wed.

Enter the notoriously unscrupulous Lord Harris Chesterton…

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4) Out March 6 *Book 1 in Bridal Favors series*

Summary:

The dazzling wedding of fashions of A Lady’s Favor dress shop are guaranteed to make any girl the talk of the ton. But the brides aren’t the only ones falling in love….

Lady Helaine‚Äôs father was cast out of society as a liar and a thief‚ÄĒa scandal which renders her unfit for marriage. In order to provide for herself and her mother, she adopts an assumed name and runs a dressmaker‚Äôs shop that specializes in bridal wear for ladies of high society. Helaine is happiest immersed in silk and satin, but she lives in terror that someone will learn her true identity and she will lose everything‚Ķagain.

Robert Percy, Viscount Redhill, is entranced with the mysterious Helaine and weaves a web of seduction sure to ensnare the delectable dress designer. Yet too late he learns the heartbreaking truth about who she used to be. Now he must find a way to overcome the past to claim Helaine as his own. But what chance has love when a secret mistress becomes a scandalous wife?

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5) Out March 6 *E-book DEBUT!*

Summary:

Her heart longs for justice, but her body clamors for sin.

Once the darling of high society, Mazie Chetwyn knows firsthand how quickly the rich and powerful turn their backs on the less fortunate. Orphaned, penniless and determined to defy their ruthless whims, she joins forces with a local highwayman who steals from the rich to give to the poor.

Then the pawn broker snitches, and Mazie is captured by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. A man who is far too handsome, far too observant…and surely as corrupt as his father once was.

Sensible, rule-driven Trent Carthwick, twelfth Earl of Radford, is certain the threat of the gallows will prompt the villagers‚Äô beloved Angel of Kindness to reveal the highwayman‚Äôs identity. But his bewitching captive volunteers nothing‚ÄĒexcept a sultry, bewildering kiss.

And so the games begin. Trent feints, Mazie parries. He threatens, she pretends nonchalance. He cajoles, she rebuffs. Thwarted at every turn, Trent probes deep into her one vulnerability‚ÄĒher past. There he finds the leverage he needs and a searing truth that challenges all he believes about right and wrong.

Warning: The delicious, if left-brained, hero might forever change all you think you know about the Robin Hood legend. Contains razor-sharp wordplay, skinny dipping and tortured hearts.

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6) Out March 20 *Book 3 in Blackthorn Brothers series*

Summary:

Meet the Blackthorn Brothers‚ÄĒthree unrepentant scoundrels infamous for being mad, bad and perilous to love.Who is the darkly handsome Don John “Black Jack” Blackthorn? With his air of mystery and menace, the whispers about him hint of highwayman or government agent or even dark prince. But no one knows what it is Black Jack does‚Ķor how dangerous he can truly be. Now Jack’s mentor has disappeared, and Jack must track him down before it’s too late. His unlikely help: the man’s daughter‚ÄĒthe very woman Jack had once wooed and betrayed.Lady Tess Fonteneau knows more about the fine art of clandestine activities‚ÄĒand about the mysterious Mr. Blackthorn‚ÄĒthan he realizes. As their journey leads them on the adventure of a lifetime, their reunion is fraught with passion, high-stakes danger and the one twist of fate Jack never saw coming‚Ķ.

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7) Out March 20 *Book 2 in Ladies in Disgrace series*

Note: This is the US version released by Harlequin Historical

Summary:

Considered a spinster, Lady Drusilla Rudney has only one role in life: to chaperone her sister. So when her flighty sibling elopes, Dru knows she has to stop her! She employs the help of a traveling companion, who looks harmless enough….

Former army captain John Hendricks is intrigued by this damsel in distress. Once embroiled with her in a mad dash across England, he discovers that Dru is no simpering woman. Her unconventional ways make him want to forget his gentlemanly conduct…and create a scandal all their own!

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8 ) Out March 20

Note: This is the US version released by Harlequin Historical

Summary:

She must make a deal with the devil himself!

Portia Tofton has always yearned for brooding Mateo Cardea.¬† His dark good-looks filled her girlish dreams–dreams that were cruelly shattered when Mateo rejected her hand in marriage.

Now Portia’s home has been gambled away, and Mateo is the only man she can turn to.¬† This time, however, she has in her possession something he wants–and she finds herself striking a deal with the devil himself.

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9) Out March 20 *Book 3 in Danger & Desire series*

Note: This is the US version released by Harlequin Historical

Summary:

Sophia Langley is faced with a heartbreaking dilemma. Her childhood sweetheart Daniel Chatterton and betrothed has been lost in the wreck of the Bengal Queen and without the marriage her family will be plunged into dire financial straits.

Callum, Daniels twin, haunted by the loss of his brother, and driven by a sense of duty, offers for her ‚Äď but can she marry a man she does not love? And has Callum made the biggest mistake of his life?

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10) Out March 27 *Book 2 in Spindle Cove series*

Summary:

Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove’s confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland.
Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be… anywhere but Spindle Cove.

These unlikely partners have one week

  • to fake an elopement
  • to convince family and friends they‚Äôre in ‚Äúlove‚ÄĚ
  • to outrun armed robbers
  • to survive their worst nightmares
  • to travel four hundred miles without killing each other

All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.

What they don’t have time for is their growing attraction. Much less wild passion. And heaven forbid they spend precious hours baring their hearts and souls.

Suddenly one week seems like exactly enough time to find a world of trouble.
And maybe…just maybe…love.

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11) Out March 27 *Book 4 in Burgundy Club series*

Summary:

They couldn’t be more different‚ÄĒbut there’s one thing they agree on . . .

In London after a two-year exile, Lord Blakeney plans to cut a swathe through the bedchambers of the demimonde. Marriage is not on his agenda, especially to an annoying chit like Minerva Montrose, with her superior attitude and a tendency to get into trouble. And certainly the last man Minerva wants is Blake, a careless wastrel without a thought in his handsome head.

The lights and din of her debutante ball set Minerva’s teeth on edge. Surely a moment’s rest could do no harm . . . until Blake mistakes her for another lady, leaving Minerva’s guests to catch them in a very compromising position. To her horror, the scandal will force them to do the unthinkable: marry. Their mutual loathing blazes into unexpected passion but Blake remains distant, desperate to hide a shameful secret. Minerva’s never been a woman to take things lying down, and she’ll let nothing stop her from winning his trust . . . and his heart.

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12) Out March 27

Summary:

BY CANDLELIGHT, SHE LURES HIM…
Glittering court socialites and underworld cutpurses alike know that Adrian Ferrers, Earl of Rivenham, is the most dangerous man in London. Rivenham will let nothing‚ÄĒnot the deepening shadow of war, nor the growing darkness within him‚ÄĒinterfere with his ambition to restore his family to its former glory. But when tasked by the king to uncover a traitor, he discovers instead a conspiracy‚ÄĒand a woman whose courage awakens terrible temptations. To save her is to risk everything. To love her might cost his life.AT SWORDPOINT SHE DEFIES HIM…

Lady Leonora knows that Rivenham is the devil in beautiful disguise‚ÄĒand that the irresistible tension between them is as unpredictable as the dilemma in which Nora finds herself: held hostage on her own estate by Rivenham and the king‚Äôs men. But when war breaks out, Nora has no choice but to place her trust in her dearest enemy‚ÄĒand pray that love does not become the weapon that destroys them both…

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13) Out March 27 *Book 4 in the Courtesan Court series*

Summary:

Andrew Rossiter has used his gorgeous body and angelic face for all they‚Äôre worth‚ÄĒshocking the proper, seducing the willing, and pleasuring the wealthy. But with a young son depending on him for rescue, suddenly discretion is far more important than desire. He‚Äôll have to quench his desires‚ÄĒfast. And he‚Äôll have to find somewhere his scandalous reputation hasn‚Äôt yet reached‚Ķ

Miss Gemma Peartree seems like a plain, virginal governess‚ÄĒor so she hopes. No matter how many sparks fly between them, she has too much to hide to catch Andrew‚Äôs eye. But with a stormy Scottish winter driving them together, it will be hard to keep her secrets. Especially when Andrew feels he has found the woman who can restore his soul‚ÄĒone kiss at a time‚Ķ

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14) Out March 27 *Book 3 in Secrets of Hadley Green series*

Summary:

The surprising news that dashing steward Harrison Tolly, illegitimate son of the Earl of Ashwood, is the rightful heir to his father’s estate comes at a most inopportune time. With a wedding on the horizon and a baby on the way, a new life of privilege and prestige would be a blessing but for one problem: his heart belongs to another woman.Harrison keeps his desires for his employer’s wife, Lady Olivia Carey, so hidden that even she does not know of his devotion. Her callous husband, Marquis Carey, went into a rampage after Olivia’s troublesome younger sister returned from her tour of Spain pregnant, and Harrison impulsively stepped in to save the entire family from scandal. Now, like Olivia, he is trapped in a loveless arrangement.

When a tragic accident claims the marquis‚Äô life soon thereafter, can Harrison seize his chance and cast aside one sister for another? Or will doing so expose the Carey family‚Äôs darkest secret‚ÄĒand ruin his only chance to win Olivia‚Äôs heart?

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15) Out March 27 *Book 2 in The Royal Entourage series*

Summary:

Six Regency heroes ‚ÄĒ One royal hangover

Last night was a blur.

This morning is a shock.

Tonight will be a secret…

The Duke of Norwich has two rules: never marry and never go to sea. So on the morning after the most extravagant royal bachelor party of the century, he is stunned to find himself aboard a storm-tossed ship and locked in the arms of a proper lady.

The Countess of Derby has two rules as well: never give away your heart and never let anyone get in the way of your life’s deepest passions. But Esme cannot resist Roman when all seems lost at sea. Yet when their ship returns to London, everything will be forgotten . . . as long as they can keep their secret from the Prince Regent. For if the future king commands them to marry, all their fondest dreams will be ruined. But where love is concerned, some rules are made to be broken…

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16) Out March 27 *Book 3 in Lords of the Seventh House series*

Summary:

A Mysterious Lord under A Vow of Chastity…A Virgin Who Must Seduce Him to Save Her Life
 
Lord Ramsay has waited years to exact his vengeance on the scheming courtesan who sent his sister to the guillotine. Now the courtesan’s grown daughter is completely under his control. Her virginity is essential for the ancient rite that will give him the mystical powers he’s worked to master since his sister’s death. But Ramsay isn’t prepared for the vulnerable, courageous woman he finds–a woman with powers of her own.¬†

Zoe has only one weapon against the fate that awaits her…seduction. Only that will rid her of the virginity Ramsay so prizes. Yet even as Zoe uses her charms to bewitch her abductor, Ramsay’s haunted, Pisces soul weaves a sensual spell around her too. Soon, the two will be bound together by a passion as bright as the stars–and locked in a desperate struggle against an ancient sorcery that can only be vanquished by love.

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17) Out March 27 *Book 2 in The Scandalous Brides series*

Summary:

One year ago, Lady Camille Pryce left her haughty fianc√© at the altar‚ÄĒfor good reason. Not only was the marriage arranged before she could even walk, her betrothed was too smug to exert himself to meet her! Now, disowned, with no husband or family to support her, she‚Äôs left with one option: go to work in the notorious Tantalus Club‚Ķ

A gentleman‚Äôs gaming house run by a woman, the Tantalus is no place for a proper lady; so, to save face, her jilted fianc√© must retrieve her. But banned from the club, he‚Äôs forced to employ his ne‚Äôer-do-well cousin instead. A handsome, experienced rogue, Keating Blackwood is the perfect man to lure Camille away. But the moment they meet, Keating instead wants to save her‚Ķfor himself. Impossible? Perhaps. But if Camille can make the ultimate player lay his cards on the table‚ÄĒand risk his heart‚ÄĒall bets are off‚Ķ

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18) Out March 27 *Re-issue*

Summary:

The Rake

Known as ‚Äúthe despair of the Davenports,‚ÄĚ Reginald Davenport lived a reckless, rakish life while waiting for his hated uncle to die and leave Reggie an earldom.¬† Then the rightful heir claims the title and property and offers Reggie one last chance: Strickland, the estate where he was born and the site of his greatest joys and sorrows. Reggie returns to Strickland, resolving to build a healthier, more honorable life‚ÄĒif he can.

The Reformer

Young Alys Weston fled her home in despair, vowing never to trust another man.  Over the years, she’s built a good life with a foster family and a position as steward of Strickland.  She uses her skills to help her people, and her initials to convince the elderly earl who owned the state that she’s male. 

Then the new owner appears in all his dangerous masculinity and threatens everything Alys holds dear.  Good resolutions crumble when two passionate, complicated people are drawn together despite their best judgment.  Can love lead to redemption and trust? Or is it too late?

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19) Out March 27 *Re-issue*

Summary:

Everyone knew the earl of Penhollow needed a wife, so one thunderous night the villagers gathered together to ask the ocean to deliver a bride to the bachelor lord…

When Pierce Kirrier rescues a mysterious beauty from the billowing ocean waves, he has no idea who she is or where she came from. But at first sight of this enchanting maiden, he knows he must claim her for his own. Taking her back to Penhollow Hall, he pampers her like a princess, determined to win her trust and her heart.

For Eden, awakening in an elegant bedchamber in a remote corner of Cornwall is like a perfect dream. In Pierce’s arms she has discovered true love, true joy, and a passion she never imagined could exist. Yet she knows in her heart that, once her secret past catches up with her, her dreams could be shattered . . . forever.

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HAPPY MONTH OF READING! ūüėÄ

New Romances for April 26!

Seeing as how April 26 is a day when several new romances are to be released, I thought I’ll update everyone on which romances are coming out using a neat little slide show!

And now for the breakdown; Click on each cover for more info (I’ve also included book trailers)

Juicy New Trailer-Nowhere Near Respectable by Mary Jo Putney

OUT APRIL 26, 2011

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Romances Coming in April 2011!

New month, new romances… ENJOY! ūüėÄ

1 ) Out April 5 *DEBUT*

Summary:

Miss Eva Black spent her life concealing her mother’s past as a courtesan. Now a spinster, her beauty hidden away under a dour disguise, Eva spends her days schooling courtesans to be suitable wives. But one vengeful duke does not appreciate Eva turning his mistress into a lady. He plans to seduce Eva into becoming what she detests: a courtesan. But he doesn’t expect her to be a woman of such beauty and so many secrets.

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2 ) Out April 5

Summary:

Only Victoria knows the truth about dashing, dissolute, dangerous Saber Lawrence‚ÄĒthat he is a renegade prince plotting to seize control of his country. To ensure her silence, Saber kidnaps Victoria and carries her away to his castle deep in the woods. There they hide the truth about their past: a glittering ball, angry words, a passionate kiss. He vows to vanquish her reserve ‚Ķ but soon finds an English governess is not so easily seduced ‚Ķ

Between persuasion and passion, they realize that only together can they defeat the enemies determined to destroy them. But will Saber discover too late that a woman’s heart is a treasure more priceless than any kingdom?

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3 ) Out April 5

Summary:

One look at the towering ocean-side manor that is to be her new home, and exiled socialite Susan Stanton knows: This is a place haunted by secrets and riddled with menace.

For Susan, there is no escaping it. At best she can stay clear of the most dangerous element of all–dark-haired smuggler Evan Bothwick, a man whose shaded countenance cannot hide his wicked intent.

But Susan has a secret of her own–a special gift that renders her privy to the darkest mysteries lurking within the walls of the manor and in the labyrinthine cellars beneath. And the only man who can help her make sense of it all is Evan, the very scoundrel and rogue she would do anything to be able to resist…

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4 ) Out April 26 *Third and final book in Love by Numbers trilogy*

Summary:

She lives for passion
Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips…and precisely the kind of woman the Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.
He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening–risking everything he holds dear–he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety.She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove
that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.

Excerpt coming soon!

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5 ) Out April 26

Summary:

The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister – now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas’s vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe’s unsuspecting daughter.

Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue-banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie-Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is, and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.

Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes…

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6 ) Out April 26 *Fourth book in Rarest Blooms series*

Summary:

The Duke of Castleford has been so bad for so long that scandal can’t be bothered to rise up around him anymore. To alleviate the boredom of his privileged life, he occupies himself with drinking and whoring, not to mention the occasional duel. When something piques his interest, however, he has been known to emerge from his ennui and employ his considerable mental faculties to finding answers to the questions that fascinate him.

When Daphne Joyes rejects this notorious hedonist’s seduction, she assumes that he will forget about her and continue on his path to hell. Instead her beauty, grace and formidable composure captivate him, and she becomes one of those fascinations to him. That he intends to have her, and soon, is actually the least of the dangers that his pursuit of her presents. More troublesome is his interest in her past and her history, and the way he keeps poking his nose into the secrets behind the distant relative’s bequest that gave him ownership of the property where she lives.

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7 ) Out April 26 *Third book in The Impossible Bachelors series*

Summary:

Every woman dreams of saying ‚ÄúI do.‚ÄĚ Jilly Jones did‚ÄĒand years of a deeply imperfect marriage followed. Now living in London and working in a charming bookshop, the free-spirited Jilly is perfectly content with her newfound independence‚Ķuntil she meets a dashing naval officer who sparks her longing for a real happily ever after.

Captain Stephen Arrow is just home after years of service, and he’s in no hurry to give up his hard-won freedom. The meddlesome bluestocking Jilly Jones is exactly the kind of woman he doesn’t need…But there’s something about her that keeps drawing Stephen back to the bookshop. With her sparkling wit and understated beauty, she seems like a surprisingly real match for Stephen. But will a scandalous chapter in Jilly’s past stand in the way of their heated attraction? For this bachelor, nothing is impossible…

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8 ) Out April 26 *Second in Writing Girl series*
Summary:
Lord Simon Roxbury is a godsend to gossip columnists everywhere. this notorious rake has recently been caught in an extremely compromising position by none other than¬†The London Weekly‚Äės Lady of Distinction. Rumor also has it that Lord R received an ultimatum: be wed or be¬†penniless.

As A Lady of Distinction, Lady Julianna Somerset typically reports on other people‚Äôs scandals, but soon she finds herself embroiled in a very public battle with an irate Lord Roxbury‚Äďone that leaves her reputation in tatters and her position at¬†The Weekly on the line.

With no other choice available, these two enemies unite in a marriage of convenience to rescue both their reputations and secure his fortune. With their rivals intent on revealing the charade, Lady Julianna and Lord Simon inevitably surrender to temptation. It may just be a love match after all…

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9 ) Out April 26 *Third book in Lost Lords series*

Summary:

Damian Mackenzie us a bastard and a gambler and society‚Äôs favorite reprobate. But to Lady Kiri Lawford he‚Äôs a hero‚ÄĒbraver than the smugglers he rescues her from, more honorable than any lord she’s ever met, and far more attractive than any man has a right to be.¬† How can she not fall in love‚Ķ?

But Damian Mackenzie has secrets that leave no room in his life for courting high-born young ladies‚ÄĒespecially not the sister of one of his oldest friends. Yet when Kiri‚Äôs quick thinking reveals a deadly threat to England‚Äôs crown, Damian learns that she is nowhere near as prim and¬† respectable as he first assumed… and the lady is far more alluring than any man can resist…

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HAPPY MONTH OF READING!!! ūüėÄ

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