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AFFAIR 6/1997 ISBN: 0553574078 Charlotte Arkendale knew all there was to know about men. After all, she'd made a career out of steering marriage-minded women away from untrustworthy members of the opposite sex. Yet nothing could have prepared her for Baxter St. Ives--an arresting stranger too daring, too determined, too dangerous to be her new man-of-affairs. Still, perhaps he was the perfect person to help Charlotte investigate the recent murder of one of her clients. So she gave him a chance, never realizing that Baxter, a gifted scientist, would soon conduct a risky exploration into the alchemy of desire, with Charlotte as his subject. But even as he sets out to seduce Charlotte, a twisted killer lies in wait, ready to part the lovers...or see them joined together forever--in death.
DANGEROUS 5/1993 ISBN: 0553293176 At five and twenty, Prudence Merryweather knew very well the risks a woman took by visiting a gentleman in the dead of night. But bearding the notorious Earl of Angelstone in his den was the only way to stop him from engaging her hot-headed brother in a duel. And that was why she found herself ushered into Sebastian's forbidding presence at three in the morning--and thoroughly kissed before dawn. She was a country-bred innocent--and an intriguing experience for a man who dwelt more in the shadows than in the sunshine. Yet as her boldness drew Prue into one dangerous episode after another, Sebastian found himself torn between a raging hunger to possess her and a driving need to protect her. And the reckless beauty would soon need all the protection she could get...
DECEPTION 7/1993 ISBN: 0553565060 Once Olympia Wingfield has been free to devote all her time to her true passion: the study of ancient legends and long-lost treasure. but now, with three hellion nephews to raise, the absentminded beauty has very little time for research. Which makes it seem all the more serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia's library unannounced and proceeds to set her would to rights... Tall and dark, with long, windswept black hair, Jared Chillhurst is the embodiment of Olympia's most exotic dreams...a daring pirate, masquerading in teacher's garb, whose plundering kisses and traveler's tales quickly win her heart. Yet all too soon innocent Olympia will discover that he enigmatic and wickedly sensual Mr. Chillhurst is no lowly tutor but a future earl with a wealth of secrets - the kind that will lead them both on a perilous quest for a hidden fortune and a love worth more than gold.
DON'T LOOK BACK 5/2002 ISBN: 0553802003 ....lovers and partners-in-crime investigators Lavinia Lake and Tobias March continue their exciting newfound relationship, with its delicious mix of risky business, rising passion, and now--murder. Together, Lake and March undertake a tantalizing investigation that leads them from the glittering ballrooms of the ton to London's seediest taverns to a mesmerist whose therapies include treating ladies suffering from "hysteria" in a most unconventional method--and, not least of all, to the darkest reaches of men's psyches....
I THEE WED 4/1999 ISBN: 0553574108 It isn't easy making a living as a lady's companion when one possesses a sharp tongue and an original mind. That's why Emma Greyson has gone through three such positions in six months. Her current post at a tiresome country house party has her bored to tears--until an extraordinary encounter with the legendary Edison Stokes leads to a secret position as his assistant. Stokes is on a peculiar mission, searching for an anonymous thief who has stolen an ancient book of arcane potions. He suspects his quarry is among the party's guests--and that the villain is looking for an intuitive woman on whom to test a certain elixir. A woman just like Emma...For Emma, the new post brings unexpected passion and chilling danger. But when murder strikes, she realizes the awful truth. Unless she and Edison devise a scheme to outwit a merciless killer, she could forever lose the man of her dreams--and even her very life....
LATE FOR THE WEDDING 5/2003 ISBN: 0553802712 An invitation to a country house party at Beaumont Castle provides a perfect solution to Tobias and Lavinia's most exasperating challenge: how to escape the chaos of London for a remote, relaxing--and above all romantic--retreat from prying eyes and wagging tongues. But the lover's plans are foiled when their first cozy interlude of the weekend is disrupted by the appearance of a stunning woman from Tobias's past. Aspasia Gray's beauty is as haunting as her connection to Tobias. Her long-deceased fiancé was a friend of his--in addition to being an eccentric assassin. The mysterious nature of the bond between Tobias and Aspasia makes Lavinia more than a little uncomfortable. Especially as her first encounter with Aspasia occurs when she finds her in Tobias's bedchamber... It seems Aspasia is seeking protection--and solace--after receiving an ominous message that eerily recalls the past. Suddenly the obstacles standing between Tobias and Lavinia appear greater than just a little London gossip--and far more deadly. When events at the castle suggest someone is imitating the dead killer's methods, the team of Lake and March fervently pursue the investigation--and each other--as their leads take them from Society's most elegant haunts--and most discreet hideaways--to London's shadiest backstreets. As their relationship heats up, so does the intrigue. Soon Lavinia will have to employ all her talents to flummox the scoundrel who so rudely interrupted her rendezvous. And then she and Tobias can get back to more pleasurable affairs.
MISCHIEF 7/1996 ISBN: 0553571907 Imogene Waterstone has always prided herself on being a thoroughly independent young woman, but now she needs a man of implacable will and nerves of iron. That's why she invited Matthias Marshall, infamous Earl of Colchester, to her home in Upper Strickland. Who better than the legendary explorer to help her lay the perfect trap? Her scheme is simple, really: She plans to let it be known that when she inherited her uncle's collection of antiquities, she also inherited a map to a fabulous ancient treasure. She's sure that her enemy would risk financial ruin in pursuit of the mythical artifact. And to make doubly sure the scoundrel took the bait, she wants Colchester to pretend that he's out to seduce Imogene so that he, too, could get his hands on her map. Yet in all of her plotting, Imogene never anticipates Colchester's violent reaction to her request or her own electrifying reaction to him. Neither does she expect that a malevolent threat would emerge from the labyrinth of London--sinister enough to endanger her and Colchester's lives.
MISTRESS 7/1994 ISBN: 0553569406 After a year of grand adventures touring the classical ruins of Italy and Greece, Iphiginia Bright returned to England to discover that the real excitement was at home. It seems that her Aunt Zoe has fallen victim to a sinister blackmailer and only Iphiginia can hope to stop the culprit before he can do more harm. Her plan is inspired: Imitating history's most legendary beauties--Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Aphrodite--the former schoolmistress will remake herself, and descend upon London Society as the dazzling mistress of Marcus Valerius Cloud, the infamous Earl of Masters. Rumors hint that the Earl has disappeared at the blackmailer's hands, and by posing as his unknown mistress, Iphiginia is convinced she can ferret out the villain. Overnight, Iphiginia is transformed into a vision with a host of eager admirers, including one she does not expect -- the Earl of Masters himself, who strides into a shimmering ballroom one evening to cooly reclaim his "mistress". He is everything they say he is... arrogant, attractive, devastatingly seductive, and Iphiginia can't help but be enthralled. But when Marcus agrees to play along with her charade, she doesn't know that the determined earl has plans of his own: to tease and tempt her, until the beautiful deceiver becomes more than his mistress in name only.
THE PAID COMPANION 6/2004 ISBN:0399151745 The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical - he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He had his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiance will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion. After all, the sorry woman who must accept such employment are sure to be grateful for any favor. When he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, he believes his problem is solved. Her dowdy attire and pinned-up hair cannot hide her fine figure and the fire in her golden eyes. And her unfortunate circumstances, and secret dreams of a life on stage, make the Earl's offer undeniably appealing. But St. Merryn is clearly hiding something, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy Rain Street home. Elenora is soon to discover that his secrets are even darker than his decor, and this lark will be a more dangerous adventure than she'd been led to believe. And Arthur, Earl of St. Merryn, will find that the meek and mild companion he'd envisioned has become both a partner in his quest to catch a killer, and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.
RAVISHED 7/1992 ISBN: 0553293168 There was no doubt about it. What Miss Harriet Pomeroy needed was a man. Someone powerful and clever who could help rout the unscrupulous thieves who were using her beloved caves to hide their loot. But when Harriet summoned Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, to her aid, she could not know that she was summoning the devil himself... Dubbed the Beast of Blackthorne Hall for his scarred face and lecherous past, Gideon was strong and fierce and notoriously menacing. Yet Harriet could not find it in her heart to fear him. For in his tawny gaze she sensed a savage pain she longed to soothe...and a searing passion she yearned to answer. Now, caught up in the beast's clutches, Harriet must find a way to win his heart - and evade the deadly trap of a scheming villain who would see them parted for all time.
RECKLESS 12/1992 ISBN: 055329315X Phoebe Layton had always imagined Gabriel Banner a brave and valiant knight, which was why she went to him when she was in desperate need of help. But when she lures her shining knight to a lonely midnight rendezvous, Phoebe finds herself sparring with a dangerously desirable man who is nothing like the hero of her dreams. She fears she's made a dreadful mistake when Gabriel sweeps her into his arms and passionately embraces her. Yet it's a kiss that seals her fate. Now Gabriel must possess her -- even if he has to slay a dragon to do it!
RENDEZVOUS 11/1991 ISBN: 0553293257 Augusta Ballinger was quite sure that it was all a dreadful mistake. The chillingly pompous and dangerously disturbing Earl of Graystone could not possibly wish to marry her. Why, it was rumored that his chosen bride must be a veritable model of virtue and everyone knew that Augusta, as the last of the wild, reckless Northumberland Ballingers, was a woman who could not be bothered by society's rules. That was why the spirited beauty had planned a midnight encounter to warn the earl off, to convince him that she would make him a very poor wife indeed. But when she crawled in through his darkened study window, Augusta only succeeded in strengthening Harry's resolve: to kiss the laughter from those honeyed lips and teach this maddening miss to behave! How could he possibly know that it was he who was in for a lesson, as his brazen fiancee set out to win his heart, and an old and clever enemy stepped in to threaten their love, their honor, and their very lives?
SCANDAL 2/1991 ISBN: 0553289322 With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heals in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen-pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But the mysterious Earl of Blade is not at all what he seems. Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily... never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous wit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of his golden-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known...
SEDUCTION 3/1990 ISBN: 0553283545 Townsfolk called him devil. For dark and enigmatic Julian, Earl of Ravenwood, was a man with a legendary temper and a first wife whose mysterious death would not be forgotten. Some said the beautiful Lady Ravenwood had drowned herself in the black, murky waters of Ravenwood Pond. Others whispered of foul play and the devil's wrath. Now country-bred Sophy Dorring is about to become Ravenwood's new bride. Drawn to his masculine strength and the glitter of desire that burned in his emerald eyes, the tawny-haired lass had her own reasons for agreeing to a marriage of convenience. One was vengeance, and in its pursuit she would entangle Julian in a blackmail plot, a duel at dawn, and a dangerous masquerade. The other reason was dearer to her heart, but just as wild a quest: Sophy Dorring intended to teach the devil to love again.
SLIGHTLY SHADY 4/2001 ISBN: 0553583360 From the moment the stranger burst into her antiquities shop in Rome, Lavinia Lake knew he was nothing but trouble. He said he was in pursuit of a killer. He swore he was only trying to save her. Yet Lavinia was convinced that Mr. Tobias March was bent instead on destroying her. When the self-described spy hustled her all the way back to England, Lavinia vowed she would find a way to repay him in full. She never dreamed that Mr. March had in fact been telling the truth, that he had been hired to track down a powerful villain. And just as his investigation was heating up, he found it complicated by the most ungovernable, exasperatingand slightly shadywoman he had ever met. Lavinia most certainly never dreamed they would meet again, forced into partnership under shocking circumstancesor that their fiery disputes would spark a sizzling desire as overwhelming as the danger they faced....
SURRENDER 10/1990 ISBN: 0553285947 From the dazzling ballrooms of glittering London society to magnificent, cursed estate in the distant wilds of Yorkshire, comes the deliciously wicked story of a thoroughly unconventional courtship -- and a thrilling midnight rendezvous that could only lead to love... At four and twenty Victoria Huntington thought herself quite adept at fending off fortune hunters... until she came under siege from Lucas Colebrook, the darkly disturbing new Earl of Stonevale. Amidst the brightly plumed birds of the town, Lucas was a hawk. And when he held out the lure of moonlit rides and wild, reckless midnight escapades, Victoria found herself powerless to resist. But becoming Stonevale's companion in adventure was far more dangerous undertaking than Victoria could ever imagine. For the attractive Earl would use her every weakness to woo her, to win her, and ultimately to wed her. And soon the amber-eyed lady would find herself ensconced in a crumbling mansion deep in the English countryside... where the real reason for her hasty marriage becomes all too apparent...and where the ghosts of her dark-stained past are waiting to rise up in a terrifying plot that will threaten her life, her honor, and the only man she could ever love.
WICKED WIDOW 5/2000 ISBN: 0553574116 Madeline Deveridge is aware of the whispers behind her back, the rumors that she dispatched her husband to the next world and concealed her crime. But she has a far more pressing problem than her reputation as the Wicked Widow. It's impossible to believe that her late husband is haunting her and her aunt, but something odd is happening, and Madeline doesn't dare take chances. Summoning the brilliant, reclusive Artemas Hunt, secret owner of London's favorite pleasure pavilions and master of arcane talents, she blackmails him into providing help. As soon as the bargain is struck, Artemas and Madeline find their arrangement complicated by searing desire, and the frightening recognition that the ghost poses a very real danger. Now they must plunge into a world of intrigue and ancient mysteries, where a calculating killer--and a tantalizing passion--will not be denied.
WITH THIS RING 5/1998 ISBN: 0553574094 Leo Drake, the "Mad Monk of Monkcrest," is notoriously eccentric and unquestionably reclusive. But he is also a noted antiquities expert, which is why Beatrice Poole has demanded his reluctant assistance. The freethinking authoress of "horrid novels," Beatrice is searching for the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite, a mythic treasure she suspects played a role in her uncle's death. Beatrice finds Leo every bit as fascinating as one of the heroes in her novels--and she's convinced he's the only one who can help her. But after only five minutes in her company, Leo is sure he's never met a woman more infuriating...and more likely to rescue him from boredom. Yet the alliance may well prove to be the biggest mistake of their lives. For a villain lurks in London, waiting for the pair to unearth the Forbidden Rings--knowing that when they do, that day will be their last....
THE FURTHER OBSERVATIONS OF LADY WHISTLEDOWN 2/2003 ISBN: 0060511508 Includes "Thirty-Six Valentines" by Julia Quinn; "One True Love" by Suzanne Enoch; "Two Hearts" by Karen Hawkins; and "A Dozen Kisses" by Mia Ryan.
LADY WHISTLEDOWN STRIKES BACK 5/2004 ISBN: 0060577487 Includes "The First Kiss" by Julia Quinn; "The Best of Both Worlds" by Suzanne Enoch; "The Only One for Me" by Karen Hawkins; and "The Last Temptation" by Mia Ryan.
BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN 12/1997 ISBN: 0380789345 When Charles Wycombe, the dashing and incorrigible Earl of Billington, toppled out of a tree and landed at Ellie's feet, neither suspected that such an inauspicious meeting would lead to marriage. But Charles must find a bride before his thirtieth birthday or he'll lose his fortune. And Ellie needs a husband or her father's odious fiancée will choose one for her. And so they agree to wed, even though their match appears to have been made somewhere hotter than heaven ...Ellie never dreamed she'd marry a stranger, especially one with such a devastating combination of rakish charm and debonair wit. She tries to keep him at arm's length, at least until she discovers the man beneath the handsome surface. But Charles can be quite persuasive -- even tender -- when he puts his mind to it, and Ellie finds herself slipping under his seductive spell. And as one kiss leads to another, this unlikely pair discovers that their marriage is not so inconvenient after all ... and just might lead to love.. RR@H's Novel Thoughts
DANCING AT MIDNIGHT 12/1995 ISBN: 0380780755 When a suitor tells Arabella he's willing to overlook her appalling bluestocking tendencies on account of her looks and fortune, she decides to take a break from the Marriage Mart. During an extended stay in the country, she never expects to meet Lord John Blackwood, a wounded war hero who intrigues her like no other man. Lord John has lived through the worst horrors of war...but nothing could have been as terrifying to his tormented heart as Lady Arabella. She is intoxicating, infuriating...and she makes him want to live again. Suddenly he's writing bad poetry and climbing trees in the pitch-dark night...just so he can dance with her as the clock strikes midnight. And even though he knows he can never be the sort of man she deserves, he can't help wanting her. But when the harsh light of day replaces the magic of midnight, can this tormented soul learn to love again?
THE DUKE AND I 1/2000 ISBN: 0380800829 Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn't as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry--though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon's heart beating a bit faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that is seems a duke has declared her desirable. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, she soon forgets that their courtship is a complete sham. And now she has to do the impossible and keep herself from losing her heart and soul completely to the handsome hell-raiser who has sworn off marriage forever!
EVERYTHING AND THE MOON 3/1997 ISBN: 0380789337 It was indisputably love at first sight. But Victoria Lyndon was merely the teenaged daughter of a vicar. . .while Robert Kemble was the dashing young earl of Macclesfield. Surely what their meddlesome fathers insisted must have been true-that he was a reckless seducer determined to destroy her innocence. . . and she was a shameless fortune hunter. So it most certainly was for the best when their plans to elope went hopelessly awry. Even after a seven-year separation, Victoria-now a governess-still leaves Robert breathless. But how could he ever again trust the raven-haired deceiver who had shattered his soul? And Victoria could never give her heart a second time to the cad who so callously trampled on it the first. But a passion fated will not be denied, and vows of love yearn to be kept. . . even when one promises the moon.
GRETNA GREENE short story in SCOTTISH BRIDES 6/1999 ISBN: 0380804514 When Englishwoman Margaret Pennypacker learns that her brother has eloped to Gretna Green, she chases him all the way to Scotland, determined to prevent him from making a terrible mistake. When Scotsman Angus Greene learns that his sister has run away to London, he chases her all the way to England, determined to prevent her from making a terrible mistake. But when Margaret and Angus meet up at the border, their siblings are nowhere to be found, and this mismatched pair discovers that love often blossoms in the most unexpected places...
HOW TO MARRY A MARQUIS 4/1999 ISBN: 0380800810 When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of How to Marry a Marquis in her employer's library, she's convinced someone is playing a cruel joke. With three younger siblings to support, she knows she has to marry for money, but who might have guessed how desperate she's become? A guidebook to seduction might be just the thing she needs -- and what harm could there been taking a little peek? James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, has been summoned to rescue his aunt from a blackmailer, a task that requires him to pose as the new estate manager, and his primary suspect is his aunt's companion, Elizabeth. Intrigued by the alluring young woman with the curious little rulebook, he gallantly offers to help her find a husband ... by practicing her wiles on him. But when practice becomes all too perfect, James decides that there is only one rule worth following -- that Elizabeth marry her marquis.
IT'S IN HIS KISS 7/2005 ISBN:006053124X Meet Our Hero ...Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth's sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past .. and the key to his future. The problem is -- it's written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word. Meet Our Heroine ...All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She's fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there's something about her -- something charming and vexing -- that grabs him and won't quite let go ...Meet Poor Mr. Mozart ...Or don't. But rest assured, he's spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual -- and annually discordant -- Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth's every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other ... and that there is nothing as simple -- or as complicated -- as a single, perfect kiss.
MINX 9/1996 ISBN: 0380785625 It takes a minx to tempt a rogue ...Henrietta Barrett has never followed the dictates of society. She manages her elderly guardian's remote Cornwall estate, wears breeches instead of frocks, and answers to the unlikely name of Henry. But when her guardian passes away, her beloved home falls into the hands of a distant cousin.... And it takes a rogue to tame her. William Dunford, London's most elusive bachelor, is stunned to learn that he's inherited property, a title ... and a ward bent on making his first visit his last. Henry is determined to continue running Stannage Park without help from the handsome new lord, but Dunford is just as sure he can change things ... starting with his wild young ward. But turning Henry into a lady makes her not only the darling of the ton, but an irresistible attraction to the man who thought he could never be tempted. RR@H's Novel Thoughts
AN OFFER FROM A GENTLEMAN 7/2001 ISBN: 0380815583 Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball - or that Prince Charming would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight. Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other - except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid's garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?
ON THE WAY TO THE WEDDING 7/2006 ISBN: 0060531258 Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton believes in true love. And he is convinced that when he finds the woman of his dreams, he will know in an instant that she is the one. And that is exactly what happened. Except...She wasn't the one. In fact, the ravishing Miss Hermione Watson is in love with someone else. But her best friend, the ever-practical Lady Lucinda Abernathy, wants to save Hermione from a disastrous alliance, so she offers to help Gregory win her over. But in the process, Lucy falls in love. With Gregory! Except...Lucy is engaged. And her uncle is not inclined to let her back out of the betrothal, even once Gregory comes to his senses and realizes that it is Lucy, with her sharp wit and sunny smile, who makes his heart sing. And now, on the way to the wedding, Gregory must risk everything to ensure that when it comes time to kiss the bride, he is the only man standing at the altar...RR@H's Novel Thoughts
ROMANCING MR. BRIDGERTON 2002 ISBN: 0380820846 Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for...well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret...and fears she doesn't know him at all. Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone's preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph. But when Colin returns to London from a trip aboard he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same - especially Penelope Featherington, the girl haunting his dreams! But when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide...is she his biggest threat - or his promise of a happy ending?
THE SECRET DIARIES OF MIRANDA CHEEVER 7/2007 ISBN: 0061230839 2 March 1810 . . .
Today, I fell in love. At the age of ten, Miranda Cheever showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at ten, Miranda learned to accept the expectations society held for her—until the afternoon when Nigel Bevelstoke, the handsome and dashing Viscount Turner, solemnly kissed her hand and promised her that one day she would grow into herself, that one day she would be as beautiful as she already was smart. And even at ten, Miranda knew she would love him forever. But the years that followed were as cruel to Turner as they were kind to Miranda. She is as intriguing as the viscount boldly predicted on that memorable day—while he is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Miranda has never forgotten the truth she set down on paper all those years earlier—and she will not allow the love that is her destiny to slip lightly through her fingers . . . RR@H's Novel Thoughts
SPLENDID 5/1995 ISBN: 0380780747 American heiress Emma Dunster has always been fun-loving and independent with no wish to settle into marriage. She plans to enjoy her Season in London in more conventional ways than husband-hunting. But this time Emma's high-jinks lead her into dangerous temptation... Alexander Ridgely, the Duke of Ashbourne, is a notorious rake who carefully avoids the risk of love...until he plants one reckless kiss on the sensuous lips of this high-spirited innocent...and condemns himself to delicious torment. Little does he know that his passion has touched the very soul of the lovely enchantress...and committed them both to a lifetime of splendid ecstasy.
THIRTY-SIX VALENTINES short story in THE FURTHER OBSERVATIONS OF LADY WHISTLEDOWN 2/2003 ISBN: 0060511508
TO CATCH AN HEIRESS 7/1998 ISBN: 0380789353 When Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, she doesn't even try to elude this dangerously handsome agent of the crown. After all, she's been running from unwanted marriage proposals. Yes, Blake believes she's a notorious spy named Carlotta De Leon, but for six weeks until her twenty-first birthday, when she'll gain control of her fortune, hiding out in the titillating company of a mysterious captor is awfully convenient -- and maybe just a little romantic, too. Blake Ravenscroft's mission is to bring "Carlotta" to justice, not to fall in love. His heart has been hardened by years of intrigue, but this little temptress proves oddly disarming and thoroughly kissable. And suddenly the unthinkable becomes possible -- that this mismatched Couple might be destined for love.
TO SIR PHILLIP, WITH LOVE 7/2003 ISBN: 0380820854 Sir Phillip knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he'd proposed, figuring that she'd be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except
she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her
and more. Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking
and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except
he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled
and when he kissed her
the rest of the world simply fell away, and she couldn't help but wonder
could this imperfect man be perfect for her. RR@H's Novel Thoughts
THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME 12/2000 ISBN: 0380815575. "1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, This Author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London's most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better"... Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1814. But this time the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry - he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield - the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate's the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams... Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes to not make the best husbands - and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate's determined to protect her sister - but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony's lips touch hers, she's suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself...
THE DUKE WHO CAME TO VISIT 10/1996 ISBN: 0821754297 Regina Westfield, too tall and ill-at-ease to be a hit during her season, proves a smashing success at raising horses in a little village near Newmarket. She's independent, eccentric - and on the shelf. Until a coach-in-four accident brings the notorious Duke of Balfour to her country home. No one is as courageous as this dashing lord, no one more gallant - and no one a bigger scandal! Although this duelist and gambler may be the ton's most seductive scoundrel, he and Regina are soon sharing a sense of adventure...and a breathtaking kiss. But when a treacherous enemy endangers her young nephew's life, Balfour must reveal his true colors. Either he's as black as sin, or as pure as the shining white knight of a lady's most passionate dreams....
SISTER OF THE BRIDE 6/1997 ISBN: 0821756737 Lizzie Endicott is throwing her future away by remaining unwed. At least, according to her younger sister Cassie. And Cassie Endicott is making a mistake by allowing the wrong men to court her...according to her older sister Lizzie. Each sister hopes to find a suitor...for the other one. The first step is to get to London for the season. The second is to land a lord...or two. After consulting a fashionable astrological chart, Cassie finds a perfect mate for Lizzie: the Marquis of Worth. In truth, he would be perfect--were he not a confirmed bachelor and a rake. Nonetheless, Cassie has a plan to force a match between her spinster sister and the marriage-shy marquis. But it will require Cassie to carry out a charade of her own with the marquis's nephew Johnny, a handsome gamester. Now one misstep can mean ruin when Cassie and Lizzie take on the formidable ton in a dance of intrigue and scandal that could turn a pair of matchmaking sisters into two blissful June brides...
THE VALENTINE'S DAY HUSBAND short story in A VALENTINE BOUQUET 2/1997 ISBN: 0821755773 In northern England, legend proclaims that a lady will marry the first gentleman she meets...on Valentine's Day. Miss Deborah Kensington doesn't believe in such nonsense--until a carriage mishap brings her together with a rake of the first order, the notorious Marquis of Sunderland, who wins her heart in a most unexpected way.
THE VIRTUES OF PATIENCE short story in FOR MOTHER, WITH LOVE 4/1998 ISBN: 0821758926 Gregory Courtenay, the handsome Duke of Norwick, asks his mother to select a proper bride for him. Her choice, Miss Patience Cheswick--a lady as strong-willed and intelligent as she is beautiful--soon convinces the reserved peer of the virtues of a love match.
THE ACCIDENTAL BRIDE 6/1994 ISBN: 0821745972 Poor, plain Emily Vane! Her spoiled sister Elyza got the beauty and all the beaux. Now she had manipulated Emily into secretly exchanging costumes with her at a masked soiree so she could slip away unnoticed to a forbidden rendezvous, while wallflower Emily dreamed of being Elyza, the belle of the ball. It was so naughty a plan for such a nice girl...as was flirting with Charles Trevor. Emily hadn't meant to encourage the handsome suitor. Or to kiss him. Certainly, she never intended to become engaged. But Charles had long been smitten by the 'beautiful' Vane sister. And now, alas, quite by accident, he had proposed to the plain one! Honor-bound, Emily's groom was headed for the altar like a man condemned. Should she set him free? Or could she devise a most ingenious scheme to capture his heart before their June wedding day...and make the wrong bride the right choice after all?
THE ADVENTURESS 1/1996 ISBN: 0821751964 A Dangerous Liaison...Miss Diana Brown did what any impoverished beauty would do: She looked for a rich husband. Unfortunately, the one she found was a portly old miser whom she couldn't bear to kiss. Worse, no sooner had Diana accepted his suit than she fell in love...with the dashing Earl of Woodham, who valiantly rescued her from thieving highwaymen just like a hero from a novel. What was a lady betrothed to one man and in a swoon over another to do? A Perilous Desire...Resort to murder? Never! But a poisoned kipper had just finished off her bridegroom, leaving Diana suspected of the crime! Could an innocent miss clear her good name and land the biggest catch of the Upper Ten Thousand: The irresistible Earl of Woodham? Only by risking her pride, her future, her very life and, most of all, her heart.
BRINGING OUT BETSY 12/1994 ISBN:0821747886 The Duke of Littlefield is broke, so at the request of his family--but against his better instincts--he agrees to sponsor wealthy heiress Betsy Brightman's London season.
FAINT HEART 12/1990 ISBN: 1557734275 To uncover love in a Proud Heart... Courting Cecily Hammond seemed a hopeless cause for George Asherby. She was the belle of the Season, surrounded by elegant beaux, and intent on making a brilliant match. George had little to recommend him in her eyes -- as her chaperon's awkward country cousin, he boasted neither title nor polish, possessing only sweetness and sincerity... and an uncanny knack for embarrassing himself and upsetting their every encounter. But George was in love, determined to overcome his faint heart -- and win his fair Cecily. He plunged courageously ahead, entangling himself ever further in discouraging situations, until all seemed lost. Yet suddenly, Cecily began to find her sophisticated suitors eclipsed by the charmingly unpredictable George......
A GHOSTLY CHARADE 10/1991 ISBN: 0821735454 When her sister Phoebe summoned her to Grayson Hall for a fortnight before All Hallow's Eve, Lady Caroline Templeton was understandably intrigued. It seemed a ghost was stalking the corridors of this ancestral home, and Caroline's wit and bravery were urgently needed. Always the most level-headed of women, Caroline was certain the phantom was merely an earthly mischief-maker bent on frightening poor Phoebe out of marrying into the Grayson family. And the rather suspicious reappearance of the darkly handsome Damien Grayson, long presumed dead, supported her theory. But Caroline soon wondered if the perils posed by specters might be preferable to the unnerving effect this flesh-and-blood stranger seemed to have on her heart!
THE IMPROPER MISS PRYM 12/1991 ISBN: 1557736359 After a disastrous first season, Elizabeth Prym left London for her aunt's country estate. The plan was to transform her into a lady of gentility, to turn unremarkable Elizabeth into the belle of her second season. But no one expected her newfound beauty and popularity to go straight to her head! Dangling two rival suitors on a string, she toyed with the ton and played her role to the hilt. Only one man knew the true Elizabeth, the woman behind the powder and pearls. For it was her genuine beauty within that had already captured his heart....
AN INNOCENT IMPOSTER 5/1995 ISBN: 0821749447 Wondering how she will earn a living after she is undeservedly fired from her governess post in disgrace, Susan Layne is amazed when an accident involving a young woman who resembles her places Susan in the life of Arabella.
LADY LUCK 12/1992 ISBN: 1557738297 Lord Dorset finds that the shy, plain girl he married for money and left behind in London has not only become the proprietor of a high-class gambling house but a spirited beauty whom he must woo again.
THE LIGHT-FINGERED LADY 1/1989 ISBN: 0517008149 'This is not Sherwood Forest. It is London. And you are not Robin Hood. You are Prudence Pennhallow...'... But for Prudence, the idea of lifting valuables from fine ladies and gentlemen and turning them into money for the poor seemed an excellent one. And the extravagant affairs of the London Season proved to be the perfect cover for a bit of thievery. Perfect, that is, until Lord Brimley appeared on the scene. Fresh from his country estate and weary of milk-and-water misses, the dashing earl was quite taken with the mysterious Miss Pennhallow. Indeed, her elaborate schemes and feminine ploys kept him vastly entertained. Yet Brimley would not have been quite so amused had he known the danger his ladylove had fallen into. For another would-be suitor was moving in - with greed in his heart and blackmail on his mind...
THE LOST HEIR 8/1992 ISBN: 1557737584 Her money or her heart...Could the ruthless highwayman looming in the dark be the long lost Duke of Grayborough? Robbed at gunpoint by the handsome scoundrel, Susan Montague cannot imagine this to be true, yet his telltale birthmark is unmistakable. She reluctantly agrees to instruct him in some social graces - how else can this ruffian take his rightful place in the ton with his odious manners and shameless tendency to kiss unmarried girls? But even as Susan transforms him into a dashing duke, he remains a highwayman at heart. With nothing less than love at stake, he proves an unrepentant thief - and Susan's heart is the treasure he desires.
A MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS short story in A CHRISTMAS TREASURE 11/1992
MISS PLYMPTON'S PERIL 9/1994 ISBN: 0515114537 A summer at her cousins' home turns to near-catastrophe when Miss Evangeline Plympton falls victim to her own overactive imagination! An avid fan of Gothic novels, she fears she's stepped into a plot straight out of The Captive Bride...
THE WEDDING DECEPTION 5/1993 ISBN; 1557738971 Innocent young Celeste Hart had always been dearly loved - and properly spoiled. When her father lost the family fortune, her storybook life was in jeopardy. In a desperate attempt to help her family, Celeste promised herself to the elderly Duke of Duke of St. Feylands, a distant relative she once nicknamed "the Beast." Necessity had canceled out romance...until the duke introduced her to the charming Earl of Greenfield. The handsome earl was everything Celeste had ever dreamed of, but honor bound her to the cantankerous duke. It was a case of Beauty and the Beast - but who would break the spell?
THE AZURE CASTLE 9/1976 ISBN:0440002931
THE BLUE-EYED GYPSY 5/1974 ISBN:0440014007
THE COURT OF THE FLOWERING PEACH 9/1981 ISBN:0440114977 Katie Adair , the schoolmaster's beautiful daughter. She would be swept from seclusion in England to sail the China Seas with the brooding Rupert Llewellyn...
THE GENTLEMAN PIRATE 11/1975 ISBN: 0440046770 For Sheila O'Donnell, Regency England seemed a world away from the tropical plantation that she managed in the absence of its owner. But when Lord Lionel Maitland suddenly returned to his island estate from London with a party of elegant ladies and gentlemen, Sheila was plunged into a dizzying whirl of Regency romance and intrigue. Nothing had prepared Sheila for the wild ways of these jaded aristocrats. And no man had ever filled Sheila with such turmoil as Lord Lionel, so hateful one moment, so irresistible the next. How could Sheila protect herself from the cynical seductions of these Regency rakes and the painful mockery of these sophisticated women of the world? How could she hope to attract a man who had tasted the pleasures of highest society and enjoyed the favors of the most dazzling and witty of ladies? As a storm raged in Sheila's heart, and a hurricane roared outside the great plantation house, love proved that it could defy all odds to triumph in a most unexpected and delightful way.
A GIFT OF VIOLETS 3/1977 ISBN:0440128919 Beautiful young Viola Marchmont dearly loved and deeply respected her proud and distinguished father, Sir Anthony, Regency England's ambassador to Italy's romantic city of Florence. But now the depth of Viola's feeling was cruelly tested. A man who held her father in a mysterious grip demanded Viola in marriage as his price for releasing Sir Anthony from his bondage, and it was in Viola's hands that her father's fate rested. Giorgio Michieli was the scarred yet handsome stranger, and his mocking courtesy gave Viola no hint of the life that might await his bride at his ancient family estate. Marriage bells only filled her heart with anxiety as Viola moved over the threshold of the unknown, and plunged into a labyrinth of passion.
THE HEART AWAKENS 10/1977 ISBN:0440135257 Lady Diana Somerville was the toast of London that season, and her forthcoming marriage to Sir Geoffrey Loring was considered the match of the decade. Yet something inside her rebelled against the prospect of that cold and loveless marriage.
HIDDEN FIRES 5/1978 ISBN:0440106575 Lovely Deborah Stanton had sacrificed her own happiness to care for another. Now at last she was free....free to follow her heart's desire. Now Morgan Treverly was returning from war. She would know his tender embrace once more....But the newly titled Earl of Treverly sat cloaked in icy indifference. What had become of the warm, passionate man Deborah remembered? Was it too late to regain the rapturous heights.....to rekindle the burning desire that had sustained her through seven years of longing...to reclaim the passion that had once forged a promise of everlasting love?
LORD STEPHEN'S LADY 6/1976 ISBN: 0440097700
THE MOONLIGHT GONDOLA 1975
SCARLET SECRETS 1/1977 ISBN: 0440071780 Spirited young Vivian Lesley and her arrogant guardian, Lord Gilbert Seymour, were equally shocked to learn of each other's secret lives. Lord Gilbert could not condone his well-brought-up young ward's writing lurid novels under another name. And Vivian was enraged at learning that this man who so sternly rebuked her slightest impropriety was actually one of Regency London's most notorious rakes....Vivian vowed that Lord Gilbert would see himself mirrored as the villain her next romance. Lord Gilbert threatened to turn Vivian and her sisters out of his manor house if she dared write another line. Thus the battle between this strong-willed, hot-tempered pair was joined - with neither suspecting the other's most jealously guarded secret of all: the love that was blossoming deep in their secret hearts...
STORMY SURRENDER 1978 ISBN:0440169410 From storm-swept nights at sea, to a Caribbean interlude with an outlaw love, and a last reunion in New Orleans on the eve of its famous battle...From worlds apart they came together prisoners of destiny, captives of desire!
THE TOPAZ CHARM 1976 ISBN: 0440087780 When lovely Jeanne-Anne de St. Martin wed the dashing Marquis de Valerian, it was a marriage of necessity for her, and an amusement for him. Despite her French name, Jeanne-Anne was British through and through, and in the hostile nation of Napoleon she desperately needed protection. As for the Marquis, this proud, unbending young lady offered Guy an amorous challenge could not resist.
VIENNA DREAMS 1982 She found the magic of love in the city of music and dreams. A woman's place, the parlor, not the concert stage! But radiant Diana Ballantyne, pianist extraordinaire, had one year - a year before she would bow to her father's wishes, return to England, and marry. She had given her word, yet the moment she met the brilliant maestro, Baron Lukas von Korda, her fate was sealed. He touched her soul with music, kissed her lips with fire, filled her with unnamable desire. One minute warm and passionate, the next aloof, he mystified her, tantalized her. She longed for artistic triumph, ached for surrender, her passions ignited by Vienna Dreams.
WHITE JASMINE 1976
Millie J. Ragosta
GERAIT'S DAUGHTER 8/1982 ISBN:0385172745 In his maddening drawl, Sir James revealed the purpose of his visit: To seal the alliance between our families His Majesty commands that Sir Piers marry one of your daughters. To Refuse was treason.
CHRISTMAS EVE KITTENS 10/2001 ISBN: 0821770381 Anthology featuring "Christmas Cattitude" by Cathleen Clare, "Christmas Joy" by Wilma Counts, and "Christmas Miracle" by Debbie Raleigh.
A BRIDE FOR LORD BRASLEIGH 5/2001 ISBN: 082176814X Philip Marrow, Lord Brasleigh, has no choice--he must force a lady to marry. He needs to get his troublesome ward, Miss Bella Lowe, off his hands. Finding a willing groom is no problem, but finding Bella is! The disobedient chit-actually a delightful young miss determined to marry for love-has run away to escape the match. Now an exasperated Philip is tracking her down to show her what happens to a foolish woman on her own. Since he has never met Miss Lowe, he plans on playing the role of rogue and scare her back to London. Yet he never expects to ignite a passion he can't control...or find a lady who fights fire with a clever scheme all her own....
A BRIDE FOR LORD CHALLMOND 1/2001 ISBN: 0821767712 Simon Townsled, Lord Challmond, is off to his Devonshire country estate after the war, where he is sure to be safe from feminine wiles. But he doesn't count on feisty do-gooder Miss Claire Blakewell. Her wealthy papa has threatened to remarry and beget a new heir if Claire doesn't quickly march down the aisle. So Claire pretends to be smitten by Lord Challmond simply to divert her father from his wedding plans. Simon, a veteran of deception himself, is piqued at her audacity. With the skill of a practiced seducer, he sets out to turn the tables. But love is no game-and even a rogue must sometimes surrender...
A BRIDE FOR LORD WICKTON 3/2001 ISBN: 0821767968 Barth Juston, Earl of Wickton, believes the institution of marriage is simply a business matter. Since he's handsome, wickedly charming, and rich, he assumes a woman would be grateful to accept an arranged marriage with him. What a shock that beautiful Isa Lawford is not! Rebelling against Barth's callous disregard for love, his chosen bride-to-be insists she prefers someone else! Barth is amused...at first. Sure he can win her, he plans a campaign of tricks and ruses. But this overconfident lord is about to enter the most perilous battle of all: a fight for a woman's heart...
CHRISTMAS MIRACLE short story in CHRISTMAS EVE KITTENS 10/2001 ISBN: 0821770381 In a strange twist of fate triggered by a decidedly arrogant cat named Byron, Miss Grace Honeywell finds herself engaged to Mr. Alexander Dalford, a man she barely knows, but has already decided to dislike. Worse still, Alexander turns out to be as kind as he is handsome--making it difficult indeed for Grace to resist his charms. Can Byron bring the gift of love to a reluctant heart--and make holiday wishes come true?
THE CHRISTMAS WISH 11/2001 ISBN: 0821771698 Excluded from society by the outrageous deeds of her miscreant father, Sarah Cresswell leads a peaceful existence, devoting her time to those less fortunateuntil she's asked to help unearth the blackguard who stole a priceless treasure from Lord Chance. But the gentleman's superior attitude rankles Sarah's sense of dignity and she decides to put the dark-haired nobleman in his place by tracking down the thief and finding his jewels! As she guides Lord Chance through the seamy underside of London, Sarah realizes she no longer feels antagonism toward her handsome sleuthing companion
in fact, she's head over heels in love with him! But it's a love that can never be, not for the daughter of a notorious fugitive. Unless the Devilish Dandy himself steps in to make his daughter's most cherished Christmas wish come true...
A CONVENIENT MARRIAGE 2/2003 ISBN: 0821773755 Heiress Beatrice Chaswell always said she would marry only for true love. Shy, plump, and possessing little social grace, she fears she'll never find a husband--until fate smiles upon her in the form of the devastatingly handsome Gabriel Baxtor. To Beatrice's astonishment, Gabriel seems enchanted by her every move...and before long, she gladly surrenders her heart--and her hand in marriage. But after the wedding, Beatrice discovers the true motives behind Gabriel's sudden seduction...When Gabriel inherits a crushing family debt, he knows he must wed a woman of wealth to replenish his meager funds. Beatrice Chaswell is the perfect choice--until she learns of the real reasons he took her as a wife. Suddenly, the warm-hearted creature Gabriel had grown fond of becomes cold and distant, even turning his servants against him! Now, to save his marriage, Gabriel must start from the beginning. He must woo Beatrice all over again, and somehow find a way to mend her broken heart...even as he realizes that the lady he married for convenience may be the woman of his dreams.
THE ELUSIVE BRIDE Short Story in A TASTE OF CHRISTMAS 10/2002 ISBN: 0821772880 Amanda Worthington has no intention of marrying wealthy, annoyingly handsome Lord Barclay in order to cancel her selfish father's gambling debt. Her only hope is to delay the wedding long enough to sell her delicious jam cakes, repay the lord in sterling, and be done with him forever. The canny aristocrat has other intentions. And once he uncovers her game, he devises one of his own where the only prize is the lady's willing heart...
LORD CARLTON'S COURTSHIP 1/2000 ISBN: 0821764632 Lord Giles Carlton's first encounter with Miss Roma Allendyle had been, to say the least, indelicate. First he rescued her, even as she disguised herself as a grubby lad, from a mysterious ambush. Then he had no choice but to tend to her bullet wound. And now, decked in the very latest London mode, there stood before him that exquisite figure he had seen unclothed. When he learned of her secret search for a vanished brother, an agent of the Crown, Giles was impelled by honor-and nothing more-to offer his masterful assistance to this madcap pint-sized chit. Roma detested behaving like a proper lady, and scorned every dandy who danced attendance on her. Nor was she awed by the Season's prime catch, darkly aquiline Lord Carlton and his imperious interest in her affairs. Why she, who could outride and outshoot any gentleman, was perfectly able to locate her brother alone! But Roma would find in Giles a will to match her own, a passion to rival her fierce pride, and an outlandish stratagem of feigned love that could, for both of them, become too real to resist...
LORD MUMFORD'S MINX 8/2000 ISBN: 0821766732 When a woman appears at Stanholte Manor, claiming to be the real heir to the family fortune, Miss Cassandra Stanholte determines to prove her a fraud. Cassie´s one clue leads her to the most notorious neighborhood in London where she takes the drastic and dangerous measures of disguising herself as a courtesan. But her plan is hampered by the utterly charming Lord Mumford,. He´s a devilish nuisance, following her in the streets and appearing quite uninvited at her door! Cassie prays he´ll tire of his ridiculous obsession before he discovers the truth...and falls any deeper in love. ...Lord Luke Mumford is bored with his new responsibilities as heir to a ponderous fortune and vast estate. Once life was an endless adventure. Now it is a dull round of meetings and paperwork. Then the rakish earl stumbles upon an elusive and intriguing Cyprian, and suddenly, life seems very exciting indeed. Mumford determines to discover whatever secret the young miss is hiding. What starts out as an exciting game becomes something far more serious when the dashing earl finds he is losing his heart...
THE MERRY CUPIDS short story in VALENTINE ROGUES 1/2001 ISBN: 0821767720 Miss Bianca Stone never imagined her peaceful new country refuge was the family estate of the notorious Mr. Guy Ravendelland of two unexpected cupids out to make a perfect match.
MISS FRAZER'S ADVENTURE 2/2005 ISBN:0821777807 Miss Kate Frazer has spent most of her life trying to avoid the taint of her mother's scandalous reputation. To please her father, she stifles her naturally high spirits to become a model of propriety. But when her efforts are rewarded with a suitor who cares only for her dowry-and leaves her waiting at the altar on her wedding day-Kate determines that from now on, she will live as she chooses. Her first adventure will be a trip to London under an assumed name to enjoy the city's every daring delight. And woe to anyone who stands in her way-particularly her fiancé...Lucius Calfield wasn't looking forward to wedlock with the tediously suitable Kate Frazer, yet he is nonetheless chagrined when a violent storm makes him late for the ceremony. But embarrassment turns to astonishment when he finds that his normally biddable fiancée isn't waiting for him at the church. In fact, she's vanished entirely! Determined to solve the mystery of his missing bride, Lucius traces her to London, where he encounters a Kate who is unaccountably changed-and irresistibly enchanting. And although winning the heart of his erstwhile intended may prove a harder job than winning her hand, Lucius can't imagine a sweeter victory.
A MOTHER AT HEART short story in A HUSBAND FOR MAMA 4/2003 ISBN: 0821774913 Julius Sutton, the handsome new Lord of Rockworth, is stunned to open his door to a stranger who claims to be his long lost mother! Certain the elegant Mrs. Handson and her lovely young companion, Miss Charity Smith, are charlatans, he vows to expose them. However, when he invites them into his home, he cannot escape his tender yearning for a true familyor deter the passionate pairing of several lonely hearts...including his own
MY LORD ETERNITY 10/2003 ISBN: 0821775502 Seduced and cast aside by a rogue, Jocelyn Kingly survived the shameful scandal with her pride intact, as well as a new determination to save women less fortunate than she was. Her mission is aided by a well-intentioned vicar named Amadeus Fallow, whose services prove invaluable. Despite the fact that his presence on occasion makes her skin crawl with unease, his assistance is far preferable to the attentions of charming Lucien Valin. Rakish and self-indulgent, Lucien is exactly the sort of man she detests, even though her overwhelming attraction proves impossible to deny. But when the local brothels are terrorized by a plague of vicious murders, Jocelyn discovers that there is more to both Amadeus and Lucien than she ever imagined-and that a mysterious amulet in her possession is at the core of their dark, unearthly secrets. Can she trust the man who claims to be her friend...or will she surrender to the man who longs to be her lover?
MY LORD IMMORTALITY 12/2003 ISBN: 0821775510 Despite her impeccable lineage and delicate beauty, Amelia Hadwell has no interest in social demands-not when she must care for her brother William, whose otherworldly manner has convinced their family he is mad. Determined to care for him, Amelia is horrified to learn that he has been escaping to the East End, where a shocking series of murders has terrorized the neighborhood-and that her neighbor, Drake Ramone, is convinced William is the culprit! Desperate to safeguard her brother, Amelia accepts the offer of a hiding place from Sebastian St. Ives, a reclusive scholar to whom William has taken a liking. Drawn to the reserved, silver-eyed stranger, she is amazed when he reveals the unsettling reason for Drake's interest in William-and the danger an amulet in Amelia's possession represents. Yet nothing is as shattering as the realization that although Sebastian belongs to a world she cannot imagine, she has surrendered her heart to him with just one kiss.
MY LORD VAMPIRE 8/2003 ISBN: 0821775499 While the ton dances and gossips, another kind of society altogether claims the London night as its own. By the light of the moon, three noble vampires entrusted with the protection of their kind will discover that human desire is far from lost to them-and that love may be the only thing they long for more than life everlasting.
THE NAUGHTY KITTEN 3/2000 short story in SPRING KITTENS 3/2000 ISBN: 0821765388 When a wickedly handsome stranger lands in a ditch and loses his memory, all because of Wellington, Abigail Stadford's mischievous kitten, the least Abby can do is take him in. She's made a habit of nursing strays, but her gentle touch sparks more than healing in the bewitched and befuddled Lord Hugo Mumford.
NIGHT OF SEDUCTION short story in ONE NIGHT WITH A ROGUE 6/2003 ISBN: 0821775324 Soft-hearted Charity Malone wants nothing so much as to find a way to comfort her friend, Anthony, Lord Caldwell, who blames himself for his younger brother's death. But nothing she does or says seems to reach him
until the night he catches her in his garden, a feminine figure veiled by darkness. Suddenly, Charity finds herself engaged in a dangerous game of flirtation
dangerous because it can only end one way: with Charity in his arms and Anthony in her heart
ONE NIGHT WITH LUCIFER short story in ONLY WITH A ROGUE Determined to prove that women are equal to men, fiercely independent Diana Howard takes on ten challenges issued by Lord Luceford, society's most notorious rouge. But when she manages to bed the Toast of the Season--Lord Luceford himself--he gambles that he can claim a love of a lifetime...
A PROPER MARRIAGE 10/2002 ISBN: 0821773747 Coming from a family of gamblers, artists and poets, Adele Morrow has lived an eccentric, free-spirited existence. But her new role as wife to a noted scholar and prominent government member has forced her to conform to a life of dull duty and perfect order. Discarding her vibrant, daring gowns, Addy is outwardly the very model of propriety, though secretly she longs to be carried off by a dashing rogue--the sort of devilish man who could drive her wild with desire...At first, Adam Drake felt quite pleased with himself--he'd managed to turn a wild scrap of a girl into a quiet, unassuming wife who'd be no trouble at all...and no joy. A year later, unhappy and bored, Adam realizes that he has the compliant wife he demanded but desires the uninhibited beauty he once knew. Now, it is Adam's turn to change, and the quiet, conservative scholar will need a great deal of tutoring if he's to become a daring rake who can turn a perfectly proper wife into a very willing woman...
A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE 3/2003 ISBN: 0821773763 Ravishing Victoria Mallory knew exactly what she wanted in a husband.someone gentle and gallant with the soul of a poet. And when she met a man who seemed to embody her every romantic ideal, she counted herself most fortunate. But when Victoria decides to elope, her luck runs out. For a wicked mix-up leaves her locked in a delicious midnight embrace.with the wrong man! Now, to avert a scandal, Victoria must wed an arrogant, unyielding, darkly seductive rogue who is definitely no gentleman. This was no marriage, this was war! For years, Julius, Lord Claredon had avoided the parson's mousetrap. But now, to his fury, the rakishly handsome lord finds himself well and truly leg-shackled. It doesn't help that his new bride is the most opinionated female who's ever crossed his path. Or that, try as he may, he cannot ignore the desire she so artlessly provokes. Yet even as Julius wonders if he'll ever find peace again, a mysterious intruder breaches the Claredon estate. Now Julius and his willful bride must put aside their differences.long enough to avert a deadly peril, and discover a priceless love.
THE VALENTINE WISH 1/2002 ISBN: 0821771701 Driven to distraction over her feckless father's lawless shenanigans, lovely Emma Cresswell has traveled to Kent to start a new life--far from the glittery, gossip-plagued London ton. But her new job as a lady's companion proves far more difficult than she ever anticipated. For she must tend to the luckless lady and her witless, eccentric relations. And things only get worse when she encounters her employer's raucous, reckless nephew
Cedric, Lord of Hartshore, would rather tend to his farmland than attend social gatherings--and he's far friendlier with fortune tellers and actors than with stiff-necked aristocrats. Yet he somehow senses that beneath Emma Cresswell's conservative veneer lies a soul as passionate as his own. Now, as Valentine's Day approaches, Cedric resolves to look past her prim frocks and proper manners--and into her wild, rebellious heart...
THE WEDDING CLAUSE 6/2005 ISBN:0821778250 Molly Conwell's life has been quite unremarkable-until she learns the startling details of her late employer Lady Woodhart's will: The sum of 30,000 pounds will be divided equally between the deceased's grandson, Viscount "Hart" Woodhart, and Molly if they wed. If one or the other fails to appear, then the present party receives the entire fortune. Molly has no intention to wed Hart, but if she inherits the money she could help her brother regain his proper place in Society. Besides, she's convinced that her prospective groom, who has always accused her of being a fortune hunter, will not present himself. As Molly embarks on a daring charade, she discovers a fierce opponent in Hart -and an even fiercer desire for this dangerously handsome man who may prove impossible to resist...
THE WEDDING WISH 4/2002 ISBN: 082177171X Flirtatious Rachel Cresswell is always looking for fun--and so, on a lark, she cooks up a playful plot to seduce the man her aunt intended for her own daughter! To Rachel's delight, her plan meets with success--the good lady is shocked, indeed. As is Rachel when she finds herself striking up a friendship with her young, sheltered cousin, Julia. Rachel is determined to show Julia how grand life can be--and just as determined to keep her sly seduction scheme secret from her new suitor, Anthony Clarke. Having endured personal challenges that could easily have embittered a lesser man, Anthony has proven himself brave, serious, and deeply honorable. Surely if he learned of her rascally ways, he would think Rachel no more than a twit. It's a thought she simply can't countenance. Especially since, with Anthony, she's finally learning what it is to truly love...
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