Sunday, December 21, 2014

Free and Discounted Historical Romance Novels

Final stretch! My kids are on their Christmas break, so I'm really looking forward to having more time for reading and reviewing. ^_^

I'm also done with all the ARCs and review requests for the year, so I'm looking at my own TBR for books to read -- what's funny is that I already have a ton of books on my TBR, but I keep looking at freebies and discounted books on all the e-tailer sites and I want to get a few more.

And here are this week's featured free and discounted historical romance novels found on Amazon:


About the book:

FROM DISTRESS TO DISASTER

Catherine Pelliston simply would not abide by her father's wishes and marry the slovenly Lord Browdie. But her escape through the streets of London only seemed to lead her from bad to worse. First, she was robbed. And then, her supposed "rescue" by a kindly old woman stranded Catherine in a bordello -- where the handsome Viscount Rand was intent on sampling her wares! A dire predicament indeed -- especially when the dashing aristocrat decided to assume full responsibility for the ravishing runaway by taking her, quite against her will, into his home. But little did Catherine know that her struggle to preserve her virtue had inflamed the debauched gadabout's heart ... and might well net her a husband worth desiring!



About the book:

An unusual proposal and an intriguing whodunit set in the sumptuous Regency period, with a passionate love story at its centre.

Under the terms of his father's will, widower Alexander Cavendish must remarry before he turns 30, but the suspicions which surround his first wife's death mean that his choices are limited. On impulse, he picks a stranger, offering her security and protection in return for marriage.

Helen Norton has few options in life and accepts the proposal, but she quickly comes to realise that everything in Alex's home is not as it seems. When attempts are made on her life, Helen realises that if she is to stand a chance of surviving, she must solve the riddle of his first wife's murder.

Is Alex a killer, or is he Helen's devoted husband? Was his first wife an adulteress or simply a loving mother? And if not Alex, then who among this family of aristocrats had the motive to kill?



About the book:

England, 1815

The eldest of three sisters, Lady Alexandra Chase has always done what was expected of her. But when the man she's loved since her girlhood returns from a long spell abroad, she quite suddenly finds herself hoping the fine lord her brother has picked for her won't propose. She decides that if he does, she'll quite improperly turn him down -- that is, until the man of her hopes and dreams informs her he has no intention of marrying her.

The last time Tristan Nesbitt saw Alexandra, he was a common man with no hope of ever wedding the daughter of a marquess. Seven years later, he's now Lord Hawkridge, which should make him eminently suitable for the woman who long ago captured his heart. But a dreadful scandal has tarnished his name in England -- a scandal so horrid that marrying Alexandra would ruin not only her flawless reputation but her whole family. For Alexandra's own good, he must fight his relentless desires and stay far away ...



About the boxed set:

The Eldest Langley - Lady In Disguise.
To save her family from ruin, Miss Olivia Langley is forced into a dangerous charade –- pulling on a disguise, she takes to the road as a highwayman. Disaster strikes when she robs the one man she had hoped never to see again. Five years ago Lord William Ryder broke Livvy's heart. Now he has returned, and she fears that if anyone can succeed at unmasking her deepest secrets, it will be him.

The Middle Langley - Lady In Demand.
Miss Phoebe Langley doesn't fit into society. She’s willful and outspoken. Oh, and not only is she in business, she once earned her living as a highwayman. Not the type of scandalous behavior appropriate for a debutante. She shouldn't care what people think about her, especially the stuffy Viscount Finneous Levermarch, but she does, and even worse, she soon realizes she has feelings for him.

The Youngest Langley - Lady In Distress
Isabella was the Langley sister everyone overlooked. Injured in the same accident that killed her parents, pain had become a constant part of her life, forcing her to observe from the sidelines. But now, after several months in a Scottish Clinic, she is no longer the same woman. Determined to take charge of her life and set her dreams in motion, she goes after the only man she has ever loved: Luke Fletcher, a man not born into her world but the only one she has ever wanted.



About the novella:

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SIMPLE ...

With one more errand to go—the purchase of a hunting falcon -- Andrew Blackshear has Christmas completely under control. As his sister’s impending marriage signals the inevitable drifting apart of the Blackshear family, it’s his last chance to give his siblings the sort of memorable, well-planned holiday their parents could never seem to provide.

He has no time to dawdle, no time for nonsense, and certainly no time to drive the falconer’s vexing, impulsive, lush-lipped, midnight-haired daughter to a house party before heading home. So why the devil did he agree to do just that?

IT COULDN’T BE MORE DELICIOUSLY MIXED-UP ...

Lucy Sharp has been waiting all her too-quiet life for an adventure, and she means to make the most of this one. She’s going to enjoy the house party as no one has ever enjoyed a house party before, and in the meanwhile she’s going to enjoy every minute in the company of amusingly stern, formidably proper, outrageously handsome Mr. Blackshear. Let him disapprove of her all he likes -- it’s not as though they’ll see each other again after today.

... or will they? When a carriage mishap and a snowstorm strand the pair miles short of their destination, threatening them with scandal and jeopardizing all their Christmas plans, they’ll have to work together to save the holiday from disaster. And along the way they just might learn that the best adventures are the ones you never would have thought to plan.



About the book:

The first Book In a New Trilogy (Scottish Dream Trilogy)

Winner of the Holt Medallion for Best Historical Romance
Winner of Romantic Times Award for Best British-Set Historical Romance

THE PROPOSAL

Driven to undo the evil wrought by her dead husband, Millicent Wentworth must find a way to save her estate and free the innocent people he enslaves. Her only hope is a marriage -- in name only -- to the notorious widower the Earl of Aytoun.

THE GROOM

Devastated by the tragic accident that killed his wife and left him gravely wounded, Lyon Pennington, fourth Earl of Aytoun, is tormented by the accusations that blame him for the catastrophe. Filled with despair, he lets his mother lure him into a marriage of convenience -- for the sake of a good-hearted woman on the verge of financial ruin.

THE DESIRE
Under Millicent’s gentle gaze, Lyon begins to regain his strength and his wounded heart begins to heal. And soon Millicent discovers that beneath his unruly beard and grim demeanor, Lyon just may be the most handsome -- and caring -- man she’s ever encountered. For the first time in her life, she realizes that she is alive -- alive with a smoldering desire for the one man she’ll love forever ...



About the book:

Victorian Romance. When her father's murderer returns from the dead to threaten her family, Abigail Bradford attempts to warn him off, but soon learns chasing a ghost is no easy task.

Stephen Nolton, Viscount Ashbury, stumbles upon Abigail in the dirty streets of London's East End. Able to read auras of good and evil after an electromagnetic experiment went terribly wrong, Stephen hovers on society's edge, keeping secret his unique skill and personal mission. Despite his fascination with the lady and her unique golden aura, he intends to keep his distance.

Desperate to protect her family, Abigail turns to the one man she believes can aid her. In Stephen's arms, she finds so much more than she hoped. Stephen tries to resist his desire for the independent beauty, afraid she'll unravel his secrets. But when he discovers the murderer is linked to his own past, he must decide how much he's willing to risk for love.



About the boxed set:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Cheryl Bolen and USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans are joined by Barbara Monajem, Collette Cameron, Wendy Vella, Heather Boyd, and Lauren Smith in this exciting collection of regency romances. Be CAPTIVATED BY HIS KISS in these seven emotional stories of second chances, scandalous wagers, and the quest for true love. Lose yourself again and again in beautifully written romance.

His Lordship’s Vow by Cheryl Bolen - The exceedingly plain spinster, Miss Jane Featherstone, helps the earl she loves woo an heiress in order to honor the deathbed vow Lord Slade to his father.

To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone by Bronwen Evans - Marcus Danvers, the Marquis of Wolverstone, is renowned for his cynical demeanor. It's rumored that long ago, a beautiful woman broke his heart. Now he lives life for pleasure. That is, until the beautiful, as she is deceitful, Contessa Orsini re-enters his life with a wager he cannot resist.

The Christmas Knot by Barbara Monajem - Widowed and destitute, Edwina White takes a job as a governess in a haunted house, and if that’s not trouble enough, her new employer is the one man she’d hoped never to meet again.

Bride of Falcon by Collette Cameron – Faced with spinsterhood, Ivonne Wimpleton takes fate into her own hands, determined to win the heart of her wholly unacceptable childhood love ... scandal be damned.

Christmas Wishes by Wendy Vella – Desperation makes strange bedfellows, and when the only person left to turn to is a dissolute Rake, Miss Hero Appleby realizes she is about to forsake more than her reputation.

Miss Watson’s First Scandal by Heather Boyd – Overworked London banker David Hawke had two goals for his week in the seaside town of Brighton: one, recover a debt from a friend and two, relax for his remaining holiday. Marriage wasn’t part of the plan ... until the girl next door barges in and turns his life upside down.

The Duelist’s Seduction by Lauren Smith - Helen Banks, disguised as her twin brother, fights a duel against Gareth Fairfax but he has other ideas in mind of how to have Helen repay her debt starting with a sinful kiss and a wicked embrace ...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Review: Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran


Fool Me Twice (The Rules for the Reckless Book 2) by Meredith Duran
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Olivia Johnson and Alastair de Grey live worlds apart: the former is a poor orphan who has had to make her own way in the world and the latter is a duke, who was on track to becoming Prime Minister. But they have something in common: Olivia was dealt a bad hand in life and Alastair discovered that his wife (and some close friends) have betrayed him.

But the similarity between them ends there: Olivia has refused to be defeated by the setbacks in her life. She has always chosen to move forward. It's actually quite heartbreaking to see how readily Olivia accepts the reality of her life, as though she has come to expect the misfortunes that come her way, but, at the same time, I can't help but admire her because she shows such resilience and determination to keep on living.

On the omnibus, she had been tallying sums in her head, calculating her options. It was time to consider what she'd most wanted to avoid: fleeing to the Continent, someplace far enough away that Bertram would never think to look for her there.

She glanced up at the drawings she'd tacked on the wall. They were benign prints clipped from magazines: an ivy-covered cottage with a lamp burning in the window. A village sleeping beneath the snow. Treacle dreams, but she could not scorn them -- or let go of them, no matter how hard she tried.
- page 11

Alastair, on the other hand, has locked himself in his bedroom for the past ten months since his wife died. He has lost his career, his friends, his brother -- and now people are calling him mad. He has even lost the respect of his own household and it is in disarray, giving Olivia the opportunity to "sneak in," accepting the position of housekeeper. Olivia's intent is really to recover letters, which she knows Alastair has -- letters that she would use as leverage against a man named Betram, who wants to get rid of Olivia.

When life deals you a terrible blow, how do you recover from it? It is easy to say that we need to brush the dust off and rise up, but quite difficult to do. Alastair has had ten months to sift through his feelings of betrayal, hurt and anger, but he hasn't recovered yet -- he has found a reason to leave his rooms and continue on living. I think Olivia is a wonderful addition to his household and to his life -- she is the perfect teacher to guide him through life. I think that, if anyone had the right to tell Alastair off, it is Olivia, who has experienced the worst and survived.

"You have every advantage." Her voice was fervent. "There is no reason you can't go back into the world, have everything you feel you've been denied. I tell you -- if I had your advantages, I would remake myself!"
- p. 192

It's beautiful and brave and funny reading how Olivia tries to coax Alastair back to the land of the living -- granted her reasons aren't all pure, but I really loved her tenacity (and her outrage over seeing all those beautiful books just piled on the floors) -- at the end of the day, Duran highlights that everyone, everyone -- duke, peasant, king, lady, housekeeper, maid -- sometimes just needs someone who will listen, someone who will show that they care. In a sense, there's a reversal that happens within Olivia has she gets to know Alastair even more: she was also out to fool him, to take from him -- Olivia becomes Alastair's fiercest advocate, even when she hadn't set out to be.

..."Very well, then, answer me: why were you crying?"

"Because I am not the person I hoped to be. And I dislike myself for it."

That told him nothing. "What do you mean? Who had you hoped to be?"

"Someone better. Someone who abided by her ideals."
- p. 192

There is no doubt that our hero and heroine are both passionate people: the degree of Alastair's emotions can be seen by how deeply he has been affected by his wife's adultery and treachery -- so, imagine what happens when that passion is directed at one another. All that desire, all that attraction, all that intensity, all that frustration -- what stops Alastair from opening his heart to Olivia is his fear of being betrayed again, and Olivia has never had a reason to trust anyone except herself. It's ironic that the two people who most deserve a chance at happiness are the same two people who are most suspicious of it. It was breathtaking to read as they struggled between giving in to the attraction and resisting it. (There's a beautifully poignant conversation between the two in Chapter 16, by a pond. Read it and feel your heart crumple and twist and sigh.)

The girl was beautiful. The garden was beautiful. He had kissed her once, and he could kiss her again. But he owed her better; he saw that, suddenly, for it was she who had drawn him out, her and only her whom he would have walked toward.
- p. 212

What stands between the two of them are letters that Alastair's wife wrote to her lovers (some were Alastair's political adversaries and others were Alastair's political allies) -- they were the breaking point for Alastair. To discover his wife's treachery and her true feelings for him destroyed him. But these same letters are the key to Olivia's safety. She needs a particular set of letters to ensure that Bertram never bothers her again. It's quite interesting how Duran lays out the stakes on a scale, and our hero and heroine have to choose between what matters most and what they need the most. I really can't talk much about this part (avoiding spoilers), but I will say that the author does a good job of developing on this part of the story.

No one in Scotland Yard knew of the letters Margaret had written, or of the lovers she had kept, or of the countless betrayals she had made in the dark, pressing her body to her lovers' bodies, speaking into their ears of her husband's plans, the schemes with which he sought to defeat them in Parliament. On that night, Alastair had not known yet, either. He had still been telling himself a story, believing it: their lives had been perfect until now.
- p. 19

It's difficult to put to words how amazing Meredith Duran's writing is. Admittedly, I don't read her books frequently, but, when I do, her stories always pack an emotional wallop that leaves me speechless. I've had this book for a while, but was worried about reading it because it's actually book 2 in a series -- but I had been very, very curious about it, so I decided to read it anyway, and I'm so glad I did.

Fool Me Twice is book 2 in Meredith Duran's The Rules for the Reckless series. To find out more about Meredith Duran, click below:
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition

Thank you to Shabby Blogs (http://shabbyblogs.com/) for the free frame!

Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Mary of Buried Under Romance and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.


Amethyst (Chase Family Series Book 1) by Lauren Royal, published February 2000

Blurb: 
London, 1666

Amethyst Goldsmith makes dazzling jewelry, but her future isn’t nearly as bright as the pieces she creates. Though custom dictates she wed her father’s apprentice, her heart rebels against the match. In mere days Amy will be condemned to a stifling, loveless marriage, and she sees no way out -- until the devastating fire of 1666 sweeps through London, and tragedy lands her in the arms of a dashing nobleman who knows a diamond in the rough when he sees it ...

Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, has his future all figured out. He’s restoring his crumbling castle and estate to its former glory, and the key to its completion is his rich bride-to-be. But the Great Fire lays waste to his plans, saddling him with trouble -- in the form of a lowly shopkeeper’s daughter with whom he’s most inconveniently falling in love ...

I have to say, I am a big, big fan of Lauren Royal and remember very fondly how I scoured the world (read: the Internet) to complete my paperback set of her three trilogies. Amethyst is her debut novel and it's currently free on Amazon. What's amazing about Lauren Royal is she is writing about the same family, but in different generations. I've mentioned before that I'm looking forward to reading a new book from Lauren Royal -- from her Q&A on Goodreads, she says she's working on something new. I'm looking forward to it. ^_^

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: The Baron Next Door by Erin Knightley


The Baron Next Door: A Prelude to a Kiss Novel by Erin Knightley
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A kiss, a simple kiss becomes the ultimate expression of everything her hero and heroine feel -- and Erin Knightley does it so eloquently. She is one of the very few authors who can turn a simple kiss into the most electrifying, most explosive, most exciting, and most emotional moment in a romance novel. The kiss becomes more meaningful considering it is being shared by a grouchy baron and a gifted pianist.

On the outside, he looks fine, but, Hugh Danby suffers from debilitating headaches from the injuries he sustained as a soldier. There are triggers for these attacks and, unfortunately, music is one of those triggers. Hugh has rented a house in Bath at his sister-in-law's suggestion, hoping the quiet and the waters could help his condition. He discovers that the waters are helping, but Hugh also discovers (too late) that there is no quiet to be had in Bath, having arrived at the height of Bath's first music festival. And then discovering further that his neighbor is one of the musicians aspiring to be part of the event.

Can you hate the music but not the musician? Hugh has a hard time behaving well around Charity, seeing her as the cause of his suffering, but he also can't help but enjoy Charity's cleverness and spirit. Charity was the "jilted" party in A Taste for Scandal and she actually came to Bath to escape the gossip about her. Neither our hero nor our heroine is looking for a romantic attachment at the moment: he's there to be alone and her only goal in Bath was to participate in the music festival, but, the stars and the universe all conspire, and our hero and heroine both have to deal with unexpected feelings for each other.

The music festival is a big part of the story and it's amazing how accurately Knighhtley depicts small-town politics: Charity and her group aren't allowed to play because May plays a guzheng, a Chinese instrument. The author highlights how different-ness isn't accepted and how conformity is valued, but Knightley also uses this as an opportunity to form a bond between the three ladies -- I hope to read more of May and Sophie.

"Oh, my word, Charity said, wiping tears from the corners of her eyes. "You two shall be the death of me, I can already tell." After the odd dinner last night, it felt wonderful to laugh with people she actually liked.

May patted her arms. "No, darling -- we shall be the life of you. Anyone who blushes as easily as you has not had nearly enough adventure in her life."
- Chapter 5

The Baron Next Door also chronicles Hugh's journey of accepting his new self. It's never explicitly stated but Hugh seems to think himself as less of a man (and unworthy of living and loving) because of his injury. He has hidden from the world, and had not really taken his place in society as Baron Cadgwith.

He gave himself a mental shake. Christ, he didn't used to be like this. It was hard to remember when he had readily laughed and flirted with young women, but it had happened. Back when he was young and naive, and was whole in body and spirit. With the dull pounding in his head blossoming to sharp jabs, he lifted his goblet to his lips and drained the rest of his wine.
- Chapter 4

Part of my reflection after reading this novel was the idea of "the right partner" -- Charity had a wonderful match with Richard (A Taste for Scandal), but it wasn't right for either one and Richard ended up marrying someone else. Dering (the Earl of Derington) loves music and is an old friend of Charity and her family -- he would also have made a great match for Charity. Of the men in Charity's life, Hugh posed the greatest challenge: imagine a life with a man who cannot ever be part of the one thing that defines your life.

But love is never about the easiest or the most straightforward route -- and Hugh and Charity will come to realise this in their story.

The Baron Next Door was a truly pleasurable novel to read. I loved the banter between the hero and heroine: so much annoyance and so much attraction. What I like about how Knightley develops her characters' love story is how she really mixes up elements and personalities, and waits for the chemical reaction that results from it. When the moment is right, when the combination has reached the right temperature ... fireworks.

"God, Charity," he rasped, hugging her to him before pulling away. His eyes roamed over her face before meeting her gaze. He shook his head. "What you do to me."

Good. She liked knowing he was every bit as affected by her as she was by him. "If it's anything like what you do to me, I think we may be in trouble," she said ...
- Chapter 24

This is the first book in Erin Knightley's Prelude to a Kiss series (and is connected to A Taste for Scandal). To find out more about Erin Knightley and her books, click below:
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Free and Discounted Historical Romances

11 days to Christmas!

I'm almost done wrapping and sending out gifts, and then I'll need to wrap the gifts for my 2 kids. How goes your holiday preparations?

This week, I discovered that two of my favourite Jude Deveraux historical romances are currently on sale for $1.99 each. (I've actually never seen her books go for this low.)


About the book:
Happily betrothed to Dr. Lee Westfield, Houston is every bit the good girl she was raised to be. So when faced with Kane Taggert's brash marriage proposal, Houston is outwardly shocked. But beneath her gracious demeanor lies a woman of hidden longings -- and her defenses begin to melt the second this rugged stranger touches his hungry lips to hers.



About the book:
Her name was Aria ... a beautiful, arrogant princess from a small European kingdom. Stranded in a storm of intrigue near the Florida Keys, she is swept ashore and into the arms of dashing J.T. Montgomery, an officer of the American Navy. Disdainful at first, Aria is secretly tantalized by the handsome Lieutenant's brash independence ... and beneath her proud reserve, J.T. discovers a woman of sensuous fire. To escape her enemies, they return to her royal domain -- with Aria posing as an American bride. But if their daring charade succeeds, Aria must choose -- between the kingdom she was born to rule, and the man she was destined to love!


And, here are this week's featured Free and Discounted Historical Romances found on Amazon:


About the book:
Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly -- so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

But that is precisely what she gets.

Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he's up to, he realizes there is more to her than her spectacles and her quiet ways. And he's determined to lay her every secret bare before she can discover his. But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match ...



About the book:
What would you do to save the ones you love most?

Sold into slavery by the men who were supposed to kill her, Angelia Gualtiero must now convince the man who purchased her to help her. Lia would do anything to save her little brother from her murderous aunt, even marry a man she knows wants nothing more than use of her body.

Marcus Renfield Halden, Ninth Duke of Caversham, needs an heir to secure his legacy and the futures of his young sisters from a desperate cousin whom he suspects of targeting him in pursuit of the title and fortune. When he sees a woman running from her guard in a market in Tangier, he is at first captivated by her beauty. After Ren learns her story, he's in awe of her bravery. He then makes Lia an offer she cannot refuse.

Her brother for an heir.

What neither expected was to fall in love.

Caversham's Bride is set in 1819. Locations include Genoa, Tangier, London and the hero's merchant ship.



About the book:
AN UNATTAINABLE ROGUE ...

For seven years, Lord Garrett Sinclair -- the ruggedly handsome illegitimate son of the Duke of Pembroke -- has been traveling abroad with no intention of ever returning home to Pembroke Palace ... until his father commands that he must marry by Christmas in order to thwart a family curse or lose his inheritance forever. Haunted by a tragic accident that has hardened his soul, Garrett entrusts his brothers to seek out a bride who will agree to a marriage in name only. Her reward? A sizable share of his inheritance -- payable immediately after the wedding night ...

A BEAUTIFUL TEMPTRESS ...

Lady Anne Douglas has been ruined by scandal and disowned by her father. Facing a life of poverty and spinsterhood, she leaps at the generous terms of the marriage contract to ensure her independence. But the charade of a two-week engagement proves more of a challenge than either anticipated when they cannot resist the intoxicating lure of the marriage bed. Anne knows they will part ways after the wedding. Will she dare risk her heart for two weeks of pleasure in the arms of an irresistible rogue? Or will her surrender become her undoing after a most unexpected turn of events mere hours before the wedding?



About the book:
Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn't time for silly soirees. He doesn't need time -- he needs her!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family's annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia's guerrilla tactics, he's up to his cravat with tinsel... and tumbling head over heels in love.



About the book:
12th century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the Usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made.

For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind -- to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all.

Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death -- nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.



About the collection:
From bestselling authors Barbara Ankrum, Adrienne deWolfe and Sharon Ihle come three fresh novellas, featuring three firebrand ladies, each determined to make her mark while making her match.

ETHAN'S BRIDE - 27,000 word sequel to CHASE THE FIRE (Wild Western Hearts, Book 4)
Violet Bradford desperately wants a child. Believing herself barren, she answers Dr. Ethan Walker's advertisement for a mail-order bride in Colorado, knowing he only wants one thing: a mother for his young daughter. Surely the joys of motherhood can compensate for a loveless marriage. But Ethan's broken heart won't stop tugging at hers. And Ethan soon realizes he must risk his heart again or risk losing it all.

SHADY LADY - 26,000 word prequel to DEVIL IN TEXAS (Velvet Lies, Book 4)
Fiery singing sensation, Sadie Michelson, thinks falling in love is bad for business -- until William "Cass" Cassidy, a hotheaded gunslinger, sets his sights on wooing her. But when a Texas Ranger arrives in Dodge City to extradite Cass for a crime of passion, Sadie must use all her wits and wiles to lure the law from her man's trail. And that means risking everything -- including Cass's love.

BAREBACK BRIDE - 25,000 word sequel to THE BRIDE WORE SPURS (The Inconvenient Bride Series, Book 1)
Expert horsewoman, Shannon Winterhawke runs away from home to join the Buffalo Bill Wild West extravaganza. Shannon is hired on the spot, but the show's head horseman, Seth Edwards, simply sees another flighty gal looking for a cowboy fling before settling down with some unsuspecting fool. But all bets are off as Shannon slowly sneaks into Seth's heart and lassoes him with his own rope.



The collection contains:
Rose Gordon’s His Yankee Bride: From the movement Carolina Ellis sees one Mr. John Banks, she knows she must have him -- no matter the cost. John Banks wants nothing to do with the scandalous, sweet talking, ever-present, American beauty named Carolina, or so that’s what he keeps saying ...

Christi Caldwell’s My Lady of Deception: For Georgina Wilcox, only child of the notorious traitor known as “The Fox”, there are too many secrets to count. However, after her interference results in great tragedy, she resolves to never help another ... until she meets Adam Markham.

Lord Adam Markham is captured by The Fox. Imprisoned, Adam loses everything he holds dear. As his days in captivity grow, he finds himself fascinated by the young maid, Georgina, who cares for him.

Ruth Hartman’s Love Birds of Regent’s Park: Lucy Ashbrook discovers that birds aren’t the only pleasing things at the Regent’s Park Bird Sanctuary. A certain Sanctuary worker, Oliver Barrow, has stolen her heart. But Oliver has a secret that just might get in the way of anything more than friendship developing between them. Can they find a way to be together in spite of the many obstacles?

Katherine Bone’s Duke by Day, Rogue by Night: Constance Danbury’s only hope of escaping a forced marriage is to trust a clandestine pirate, a man who must choose between vengeance and protecting his identity, an act that forces him to cross into more dangerous territory… losing his heart.

Patty Kiyono’s Searching for Lady Luck: A pretty lady named Rose seems to bring Charlie Brannigan good luck every time she appears. Could she be his ticket back to the big time?

Moriah Densley’s Song for Sophia: Desperation has led Anne-Sophia Duncombe to a life of exile. Still, she is always just one mistake away from capture and a marriage she would rather die than endure. As a last resort to remain hidden from her former life, Sophia attempts a radical scheme; a life of humility and disguise.

Kim Bowman & Kay Springsteen’s Something Like A Lady: Jonathan Durham, Fourth Earl of Seabrook, needs a wife, and Lady Annabella Price's mother wants her to find a husband. But how will Jon convince his unwilling bride to give their marriage a chance when's she's determined to have it dissolved?

Melissa MacKinnon’s Return to Me: Marek can’t deny his desire for Brynn, but these are wartimes, and she is the enemy. And though love knows no prejudice, the world in which he lives isn’t nearly as forgiving.

Kristin Vayden’s Redeeming the Deception of Grace: Lady Grace Hashiver has perfected the art of hiding behind a sarcastic wit when it comes to dealing with the rakish Ewan Emmett Duke of Greys, her childhood tormentor. It’s her only weapon, for if she let her guard down even for a moment, surely he’d know just how much she loved him. A love she knew could never happen.

B. G. Lashbrooks’ Olivia’s Journey: When Olivia Manning finds a wounded Confederate soldier on the wrong side of the Ohio River, she has a difficult decision to make. Help him live and risk the wrath of her uncle, or let him die and have his blood on her hands. She risks everything for him, and when he wakes, she has even more difficult decisions to make ... like letting him into her heart.



About the book:

When a bomb explosion thrusts Victoria Ashton backward in time to 1897, she’s forced to impersonate the Countess of Guildford. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her counterpart’s infidelity, lies, and ill-tempered personality makes the task almost impossible. Worse, Victoria finds herself falling in love with a man who loathes her. Only when the earl learns to trust her does she realize her future lies in the past. But love always comes at a price, and she must make a painful sacrifice in order for them to be together.

Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford has been searching for his missing wife for three weeks. Rumors of him being guilty of murder make him unwilling to believe his wife’s latest in a multitude of lies. But the changes in Victoria continuously surprise him. Despite his best intentions, he finds the contempt he once felt for his wife turning into something deeper and stronger. But when danger threatens to separate them forever, he must forge a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.

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