Miss Beatrice Lakeheart is living through the most unfortunate circumstances after the death of her mother and the remarriage of her papa. When she is offered employment as a governess for the scandalous, world weary Duke of Carrington, little does she know that her very innocence will attract him to her like a moth to a flame. But with a jealous stepbrother and fiances, can they still find their happily ever after?
The governess & the scandalous Duke is a Clean Regency Historical Romance.
Regina Darcy writes clean, short, regency romance stories that always have a good old fashioned happy ending.
Set in 17th century England, this is a tale of jealousy, ambition and forbidden love. The Duke of Northumberland, is a lonely and morose man. He tries to engross himself in the management of his coal mines, where he is famed amongst his employees for his sense of justice and fairness. However the death of one of his most faithful workers in an accident, perturbs him. Moreover Abigail, the daughter of that employee, one of the housemaids in the castle he has inherited, will not let him forget his involvement in that accident. A long time business rival and his estranged cousin the Earl of Aldrich, is also looking for a way to extract revenge from the Duke for previous wrongs. In a reversal of fortunes, the Duke finds himself forced to abandon his Castle while Abigail discovers she is not really the daughter of a coal miner. Abigail, caught in the midst of the rivalry between two powerful men, discovers that nothing is as it seems. Not even her own past.
The Hancocks and Ashfords have had a long-standing feud between their families long before Miss Jane Hancock couldn't stand the sight of gentleman farmer Adam Ashford. But after both families fall on hard times and an unscrupulous creditor forces Jane and Adam to sign a devil's bargain, they'll finally understand the true meaning of keeping your enemies close at hand.
The terms of this bargain? Locate a lost treasure shrouded in deception and mystery.
The catch? Only one can claim it to win...the loser is left to ruin.
As Jane and Adam embark on a trek throughout England they plan to hate their adversary, no matter how attractive, generous, and kind they are.
Sometimes, plans change...
Calista ‘CC’ Collins is used to being the talk of the town. With her scandalous past she’s learnt the hard way that a woman needs to be strong to get what she wants in a man’s world. And what she wants is the infamous Captain Beauford Tollier—roguish son of an earl, notorious blockade-runner and all-round knave of the seas. However, Captain Beau is not one to be cajoled—he is done with the dangerous sea life and ready to follow the life of the straight and narrow. But with many powerful forces circling around him, Beau doesn’t stand a chance…
The Duke of Northumberland is a lonely and morose man. He tries to engross himself in the management of his coal mines, where he is famed amongst his employees for his sense of justice and fairness.
He tries to engross himself in the management of his coal mines, where he is famed amongst his employees for his sense of justice and fairness. However, the death of one of his most faithful workers in an accident perturbs him.
Abigail, the daughter of that employee, one of the housemaids in the castle he has inherited, will not let him forget his involvement in that accident.
So, when these two different but dynamic personalities came face to face, both their lives change course. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles and finally be together?
So cozy up and join Abigail and the Duke of Northumberland in a tale of jealousy, ambition, and forbidden love!
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Miss Primrose needs to be punished. A member of the wickedly wanton Inn of the Red Chrysanthemum, where the most taboo and illicit pleasures are indulged, Miss Primrose—or Mistress Primrose, as she prefers—left Nicholas Edelton a shell of a man. Now his older brother, Spencer Edelton, the Marquess of Carey, intends to provide her a set-down she will never forget. Weary from exacting her revenge upon the man who raped her sister, Beatrice Primrose has had her fill of men of privilege and presumption, but she accepts a fateful invitation from a handsome nobleman to spend a sennight at his estate for a grand sum of money. She soon learns, however, that she will not get to reprise her role as Mistress. To her horror, she finds his lordship expects her to submit to him! But Beatrice won’t give in so easily. In a clash of wills, fueled by vengeance and lust, Lord Carey and Miss Primrose wrestle for dominance in, and out of, the bedchamber. Their biggest struggle, however, may be against their own desires… Can Miss Primrose take what she dishes? And will Lord Carey succumb or succeed in punishing Miss Primrose?
At the Duke of Frampton's annual masquerade ball, Sarah Curtis is excited by the prospect of finding romance. Her father believes that the duke will propose to Sarah's older sister, Catherine before the end of the season. The hopes of the family are threatened when Sarah fails to recognize the duke in his disguise, and thus reveals more about her sister’s character than is acceptable. Meanwhile, John Martin, Sarah’s friend from childhood, finds his fondness for Sarah increasing. Sarah is becoming aware of this change in their relationship but finds herself unable to return his affections. Nevertheless, once her parents discover his intentions they begin to put more pressure on Sarah to consider Mr. Martin as a potential husband. However, Sarah has a secret of her own…she has been having clandestine liaisons with a masked admirer who, despite his disguise, stirs up deep desires within her very soul. As the duke’s regard for Catherine diminishes, Sarah makes a desperate attempt to put things right but Catherine is the mistress of her own destruction…
Siberia 1919. In a Jewish settlement a young woman is about to embark upon her destiny. Her father has arranged a marriage for her and she must comply with his wishes. She has never seen her future husband and she knows nothing about him. Michal’s destiny lies in the hands of fate. On the night of her wedding she is terrified but her mother assures her that she will be alright. Her mother explains that it is her duty to be a good wife, to give her husband children and always to obey him. However, although her mother and her mother’s mother before her had lived this way, this was not to be Michal’s destiny. Terrible circumstances would force Michal to leave her home and travel to the city of Berlin during the Weimar period where she would see and experience things she could never have imagined. Having been a sheltered religious girl she found herself lost and afraid trying to survive in a world filled with contrasts. Weimar Berlin was a time in history when art and culture were exploding, but it was also a period of depravity and perversions. Fourteen tumultuous years passed before the tides began to turn for the young girl who had stood under the canopy and said “I do” to a perfect stranger. Michal was finally beginning to establish her life However, the year was 1933, and Michal was still living in Berlin. Little did she know that Adolf Hitler was about to be appointed Chancellor of Germany and that would change everything forever.
A disgraced East Coast family A daughter left all alone in the world A man struggling to keep his families dream alive Alysse Rearden has led a fortunate life, one that includes a fiancé eagerly waiting to marry her, but, when her father is sent to prison for fraud, the privileged lifestyle that she once knew comes crashing down around her. Her mother, unable to cope with the stigma, leaves Alysse to cope by all herself. East Coast society is frowning upon her, and there is no hope of her ever returning to the life she once knew, even her fiancé, unable to face the disgrace, has deserted her… In desperation, Alysse applies to become a mail order bride. Surely this will be the answer to her prayers? She travels to Texas to meet and marry the man she has corresponded with, but is he really who he says he is? Can Alysse finally find the happiness she truly deserves? Or, will her past finally catch up with her, destroying the only chance at happiness she has?
A young woman has had no luck in love, but perhaps the third time is the charm in this witty Regency romance by the USA Today-bestselling author.
Ella Quinn’s wealthy, titled bachelors think they're immune to romantic notions. Yet no matter how they try to evade it, love somehow finds a way...
One accidental crime changed my life forever. Horribly and tragically. But that was just the beginning of my bad fortune. Every time I swore things couldn’t possibly get worse, they did. Here I was, preparing to face one of the region’s most terrifying enemies with a single tribeswoman as my witness if I failed. A woman who’d hated me from the moment I’d joined the Croatoans because of the English blood running through my veins. The only common ground we shared was our plan to sacrifice ourselves so everyone we loved could finally be free. WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD! A rare beauty, Agnes Wood is forced from her country parish to the social whirl of London when her aunt and uncle negotiate her betrothal to an older nobleman to satisfy her uncle's gaming debts. While attempting to make the most of a bad situation, she accidentally commits a crime that will lead her to the other side of the world and into the crosshairs of a far more dangerous game. The layers of a terrifying conspiracy unfold, and two powerful men fight over her heart in the winner-take-all rugged wilderness of the New World. For centuries to come, they would be called the LOST COLONISTS OF ROANOKE ISLAND.
Hidden secrets could tear them apart as fast as their passion drove them together On the Moray coast in Scotland… Ethne’s genuine and caring nature makes her invaluable to her brother as his son’s caretaker, but he and his wife treat her as little more than their servant. When she learns their tribal leader would use her chaste status for his own purposes, Ethne plans to escape and reluctantly accepts the help of Lachlann—a handsome pilgrim she only just met at the local faire. Despite her independent spirit, Ethne feels drawn to Lachlann. Her instincts say his intentions are honorable, but can she trust him with her heart? Raised by his godfather with few clues to his family’s past, Lachlann values his freedom and the brotherhood of his highlander kin. Disguised as a pilgrim on a mission for the priory, he encounters Ethne, a warm, intelligent maiden whose courage in the face of a loveless marriage awakens an intense need to protect her. Unfortunately, Ethne is one of the very people he must deceive to explore the cave system containing clues to the lost treasure he seeks. But he cannot abandon her to an uncertain fate—or deny the simmering tension between them. With religious prejudice running high and both of them facing tests of loyalty, Lachlann and Ethne may realize the only way to fight for their futures is to surrender... to each other.
Alaric Montfort, the fifth Earl of Brayleigh, is well-known as a collector of beautiful things. He's equally well-known for stopping at nothing to acquire that which he desires, even if it means bringing others to ruin. His latest target is Lady Rowena Arlingby. Rowena, a young woman of means, has a penchant for speaking her mind and seeking adventure. She also happens to be the sister of Alaric's greatest enemy. When Alaric decides that Rowena would make the perfect addition to his collection, he sets in motion a series of events that eventually involve Rowena and him in an old mystery and the search for a cold-blooded killer. Will logical, hard-hearted Alaric succeed in adding the beautiful Rowena, who wishes to marry only for love, to his renowned collection? Can the pair survive the search for a dangerous murderer? Where is the infamous Pearl of Sirsi? Find out in That Infamous Pearl: Rowena's Traditional Regency Romance. The danger is real, the romance is captivating and sweet (no sex).
Glenn Ward needs a miracle. His wife is dying and leaving behind twin newborn sons. He returns from the war a changed man. Guilt stains his soul, and anger is growing in his heart. Anika Coltrane needs a miracle of her own. After burying her husband and newborn daughter on the same day, she is in a desperate situation. How will she care for her six-year-old daughter? An answered prayer brings two families together. Anika agrees to become a wet-nurse for the family. Delaney needs a safe place to grow up, away from sorrow and fear. Will they find shelter with the Ward family? Two broken-hearted families must find a way to move past the pain and choose forgiveness. Will they feed the shadows growing in their hearts or allow God to heal their wounds?
-Crystal: Elizabeth's story: the stand alone Sequel to Alana - An Epic American Historical Romance —From the best selling author of ALANA and Run On The Wind, Monica Barrie brings you the continuing story of story of Alana Belfores and Crystal Revanche. —From the heights of San Francisco's Nob Hill society, to the bordellos of Virginia City and Charleston, Elizabeth Montgomery fights for her life, and battles to stop those who arrested her brother as a Confederate spy, burned her home to the ground, and sold her off to a bordello. —Taking the name Crystal Revanche, Elizabeth Montgomery fights her way back from the depths of human bondage to avenge her family and herself. From San Francisco to Charleston, where she saves Alana Belfores from a fate similar to her own. Together, Alana and Crystal fight the corruption of the 1860s business world.. —What Crystal did not expect, was to find love within the ruins of her life. A love she must run from, before it destroys him as well. —Vengeance, power, money, and love drive Crystal to seek justice against the men behind the consortium who stole her family's shipping company, murdered her friends and family, and tried to silence her forever.
A sleeping beauty. A kingdom frozen in time. Only one can save them all. Once upon a time… Lord Siward intended to go hunting, but when he stumbles upon a ruined castle and accidentally wakes the mysterious maiden sleeping inside, he knows his holiday is over. With the kingdom in trouble, Siward should be protecting the realm, but every time Rosamond looks at him, he gets lost in the girl’s green eyes. Who is the mysterious beauty, and why does he feel she holds the key to the kingdom’s deliverance?
Miriam Gray resides in Finnegan, Kansas but when she is jilted by her fiancé in favor of her best friend, it’s the last place she wants to remain. A chance meeting with an acquaintance, leads to her impulsively becoming a mail order bride. Jack Walker lives on a ranch in Rowland Falls, Texas and he’s in desperate need of a mail order bride. When he breaks his leg, he finds himself laid up in bed, unable to travel. Miriam refuses to travel to his ranch without an escort and doesn’t have anyone who can spare the time to accompany her. Jack’s twin brother steps in to solve the dilemma, a proxy marriage takes place and he escorts his brother’s bride back to their ranch. Will Jack and Miriam forge a connection, or will a foolish decision tear them apart? This is part of a multi-author series but read as a stand alone.
Ian Fitzwilliam wasn’t supposed to end up an English Lord, but after the title falls in his lap he works hard to secure himself in proper society, and takes a step into improper places as well, following a desire he hardly understands. Jane Stanton is not only an actress at the Cupid’s Bow theater, she also entertains customers in a London pleasure house. When an adorable Scotsman ends up on his knees before her, she finds new joy in her work. Lust turns to love and Ian is caught between his duty to wed and his feelings for Jane. In the end, can there be a happy ending for two people who stand so far apart in society’s eyes?
What does the wolf-eyed Viking want? Stolen by marauding Danes, Helena’s desperate to escape their camp. Her unlikely savior comes, a fierce Viking chieftain named Hakan, who takes her to the frozen north. Hakan wants to lay down his sword and live a peaceful farmer’s life. Past betrayal left him cold to love, yet the Frankish woman who keeps his longhouse thaws his icy heart. Helena wasn’t born a slave. She wants nothing more than to return home, yet her stoic master fascinates her...he’s as bold as the wild northlands. But war is brewing —a kingdom’s in the balance and Hakan must take up his sword. Can the Viking warrior defend his homeland and keep the woman he loves? Norse series Norse Jewel, book 1 To Find a Viking Treasure, book 2
Rose Malloy has loved and lost, or has she? With her marital status a mystery, Rose slips into quiet solitude. William Woodsom is determined to coax back the lighthearted beauty who had previously dazzled Boston’s elite. He captures her fragile heart until the past resurfaces, bringing intrigue and possibly murder. Can Rose prevent further heartache not only for herself but also for the man she loves – or will her future be destroyed by an Inconceivable Deception? (On sale at Amazon for $2.99 through 2/14. Full price elsewhere.)
Kansas, 1850. Hannah knows one thing the moment she enters Fort Leavenworth—she's arrived in Hell. But inside is the means to a new life, a position as a scout on a wagon train bound for the Western Territories. All she has to do is convince the wagon master, Paden Callahan, she's the right person for the job.
After his wife was murdered by the Comanche, Paden let his work as a Texas Ranger consume him. Now he wants nothing more than to disappear into the West. Unfortunately, the one man he can't refuse has asked him to guide a wagon train across thousands of miles of Indian land. But Paden's greatest challenge turns out to be Hannah, a woman his heart won't allow him to ignore even though she was raised by an enemy he hates.
On a trail full of danger, will he guide her to heaven or hell?
Where...and when...was she? And was this mountain man really her husband? Imagine waking up in your favorite historical romance story...and getting a thinner, rejuvenated body at the same time. That might sound ideal, but dealing with cougars, creeps, and kidnappers isn't. Join 20th century-born Evie as she deals with the hardships of living in the backwoods of Revolutionary War-era North Carolina while dealing with a severe case of AMNESIA, being ABANDONED by the man who claimed her as his wife, and ADOPTIONS, using nothing but her wit and grit, give or take a knife or two...and the smartphone that hitched a ride with her from the 21st century! Time travel with a twist: Indulge in a literary banquet of mystery, history, and fantasy, with a sweet seasoning of romance, a dash of violence, and a pinch of sometimes salty humor. THE FAIRIES SAGA ~ Time travelers – fairies, according to the auld folk – people who suddenly showed up in strange clothes, confused about where they were, and without friends or family. Fairies either kept quiet and adapted to their new time period…or went insane. Come enjoy the ride!
It's 1942 in German Occupied Greece during World War II, two women, one Greek, the other German must work together to help Jews escape. They have to put aside their mutual antipathy to accomplish their clandestine operation. They know that one wrong move will put an end to their lives. Fourteen year old Zoe Lambros' faith in God is shattered after her mother's death at the hands of the German Commander. She determines to defy the enemy in every way she can--including a festering urge to kill the German Commander's daughter, Eva Muller. Eva Muller has a tortured past, and a secret, if revealed, will lead to certain death at the hands of her father. Despite knowing the risk, Eva is working with the village priest to help the Jews escape. With her activities closely observed, Eva needs help to continue the clandestine operation. Zoe is not who Eva has in mind but they have to find a way to work as a team.
A sultan’s daughter. A pretend prince. Can a genie make all their wishes come true? Once upon a time… When Princess Maram and street rat Aladdin meet in the marketplace, sparks fly, and Aladdin swears to move heaven and earth in order to make the lovely courtesan his wife. He steals a magic lamp with a genie inside, thinking all his troubles are over…only to find they have barely begun. Can Aladdin win the princess’s hand without losing his head?
A rancher in need of a wife or he loses his everything. A promise to her grandfather to be a mail order bride just may be unfulfilled. Briggs Blackwood is stuck between a rock and a hard place. While ranching is in his blood, and he loves it, he has to meet one requirement to take over the BW Ranch: get married and produce at least one grandchild within five years of his mother's death. Briggs never wanted to get married. Not being able to find a woman who sparks his interest, he gives up trying to find a bride. Hoping his father changes his mind, Briggs waits until the very last minute to place an advertisement for a mail order bride. When Hannah Gallagher's mother dies giving birth to her, her no-good father leaves her with her mother's parents. They didn't have much, but they loved each other. When her grandmother passes suddenly, her grandfather forces her to respond to an advertisement for a mail order bride. Reluctantly, she agrees, but she does everything she can to make sure the groom-to-be won't pick her. After all, who would choose a barely educated woman who only knows how to grow vegetables and shoot squirrels for supper? And then her life turns upside down when she receives a letter asking for her hand in marriage. Doubts assail her as she gets ready to leave the only home she's ever known. Will Hannah and Briggs discover just how much they need each other? Or will life's challenges become too much, with the only solution of Hannah returning to her grandfather an ...
A man in search of a courtesan, and a woman in search of a ship - and neither will find what they thought they wanted… Lord George Northmere is tired of his lonely existence, and takes the radical decision to go against the ton and society's rules, and seek out comfort. But in all his thirty years, he has never met anyone quite like the fiery Italian Miss Florence Capria. After a riot forces them to take shelter for the night in an intimate small room, can Lord George ignore the growing passion Miss Capria is igniting in his once cold heart? Will being lost with a lord change Florence's destiny forever? This is the first in a series of eight Ravishing Regencies.
Their hearts must become one…or a deadly mission could destroy them. When indentured servant Sarah Strong is set upon by war parties and tossed about by river rapids, two thoughts crowd her mind as she sails over the edge of a mountain-high waterfall. That she and her young charge will never make it to New Hampshire. And she will never know what it’s like to be deeply loved by a man who would give his life to protect her. For fifteen years, White Thunder has searched fruitlessly for the man who murdered his beloved wife and unborn child. The European invaders have brought his people nothing but misery, but when he stumbles across an unconscious white woman washed up on the shore, his Seneca heart tells him that like it or not, her fate rests in his hands. As he holds the thrashing woman through her fever, his body reminds him he’s been celibate far too long. If this is a test of devotion to his quest, it’s a test double-edged with duty and desire. And no matter which way it cuts, one of them will bleed… Warning: Sensuous Romance that may cause a strong desire to tumble over a waterfall in search of true love.
Heroes They come from all walks of life. Men and women in uniform, standing up to serve their country, banding in an untouchable brotherhood / sisterhood to protect its citizens. Some will find both glory and pain, some find their purpose in life, but for so many, the war will never truly end. Join these honorable men and women as we explore their journeys. These stories show what it means for them and their families when they make the brave decision to sign up to serve their country. Home of the Brave contains stories of soldiers, airmen, marines, and seamen who defend us all from so many things. Most we will never even know about, that’s how incredible they truly are. All proceeds from this set will be used to help the men, women and families of our Armed Forces.
He Rescued Her from Danger. Then She Stole His Heart
Working as a trick rider for Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, Blue Thunder of the Lakota Nation joins forces with two Assiniboine warriors in their mission to stop a hidden enemy who means to destroy the American Indian people. As a child, hed witnessed the massacre of his friends and family, including the girl, Sweet Flower, whom he'd vowed to marry. The loss has left him with a burning ache and a prejudice against the white man. So how can he fall for a woman like Marci Fox?
Something terrible happened to Marci when she was a child; something that keeps her from remembering her early life. She jumps at the chance to travel from England to New York with her friends working with the Wild West show. But a last minute hitch means the only way to get there is to pretend shes married to Blue Thunder. Her attraction to him is deep, yet something stands in the way of true happinessthe ghosts from his past and his commitment to a mission that could get him killed.
But soon, Blue Thunder and his friends must discover who the true enemy is and stop his evil plans before he can harm more of their people. Could uncovering the treachery get Blue Thunder killed? And, even if he survives the threat, can Blue Thunder and Marci overcome their past and discover the sweet flower of true love?
Warning: A sensuous romance that might stir one's heart to look for, discover and ignite a soul-stirring, foreve ...
Two princesses. One prince. And the war has just begun. Once upon a time… Princess Ava was sent to a neighbouring kingdom as a lady-in-waiting to her sister, their future queen. Until a runaway horse, a case of amnesia and a cold-hearted king conspire to bring her to the prince’s attention. Now the prince believes Ava is his bride, and her sister is just a serving maid. One thing is certain: the prince must marry one of the princesses, or there will be war. But when all’s fair in love and war…who will win the battle for the prince’s heart?
Sumner Meador walked in a world of wealth and privilege as part of Charles Town’s elite, but that was years ago. Now he fights in the Southern backwoods driven by the passion he holds for the Patriot cause, shadowed by his past. Reeling from a devastating defeat at the hands of the British, Sumner seeks haven at his farm, only to find an interloper—an unwelcome and unwanted distraction. He has no time for the young woman or the complications she brings with her, but soon discovers he has no option but to give aid to the stubborn, courageous beauty whether she wants it or not.
Jane Kilmer has been violently thrust into the midst of the civil war ensuing in the backwoods. Hiding from one of the most dangerous vigilantes, Jane trusts no one. Suddenly, she has no choice but to put her life in Sumner’s hands. Both desire revenge, but neither wants what happens—to fall completely, undeniably in love with each other. As the war rages around them, their love is put to the ultimate test. The question becomes not whether their love will survive, but will they.
Jeoffrey has had enough of women. When his intended wife Clarice ran off with his cousin, he was left to pick up the pieces of his shattered heart. Now years later, after fighting a long war and finally earning a new start to life, all he wants is a little farm and his solitude. But when the one woman he never expected, or wanted, to ever see again suddenly shows up battered and carrying a small child in her arms, Jeoffrey has no choice but to take her into his home. But as soon as Clarice is healed, Jeoffrey is determined to be rid of them both. Forever. Faced with a forced marriage to an abusive man, Clarice flees to save her and her son’s lives. When she finally arrives at a new village, desperate for help, Jeoffrey is the last man she ever thought to find there. Injuries have left her helpless and reliant upon Jeoffrey’s goodwill. If only he did not despise her. Clarice never expected to see Jeoffrey again and, though her heart never forgot him, he wishes to forget her. All Jeoffrey wants is his freedom. All Clarice wants is a second chance. Will Clarice’s sudden arrival unravel all of Jeoffrey’s carefully laid plans for a life of solitude? Or will she turn out to be his only salvation?
Mail Order Bride With A Secret Minnie Ravenel needs a husband now and an escape out of Charleston. Her mother answers an ad for a mail order bride in Angel Creek Montana, hoping that when Minnie arrives, the man will accept her and her unborn child. Tripp Maddox isn’t looking for a wife, but when he sees Minnie standing alone on the street crying, something about her situation reminds him of his own losses. A lonely rancher, with Christmas only a two months away, he asks her to marry him. Can two desperate strangers make a life together or will the past tear them apart?
Lord Marcus Bowles has stained his family's reputation for the last time. Only after spending a scandal-free year restoring some far-flung property can this second son return in good graces. But Marcus isn't one to abandon a lone damsel on a dark country lane. One stolen kiss and Genevieve Turner's handsome midnight savior disappears. Typical. No matter, Gen is finally on the way to her new post, and hopefully to finding her grandmother as well. Instead she finds her mischievous hero is her new employer. Surely a few more kisses won't hurt... Midnight Meetings series Meet the Earl at Midnight, book 1 The Lady Meets Her Match, book 2 The Lord Meets His Lady, book 3 Meet a Rogue at Midnight, book 4 (a novella)
Charlie Witt was nothing like his cruel father. Everyone in Maverick County knew Charlie was a kind, quiet man who wanted nothing more than to maintain his family home on several thousand acres of the Silversage Ranch. But when a mysterious and beautiful woman, delirious with fever, was found on his property, Charlie realized that the troubles in Maverick County had not just come knocking on his door but were ready to kick that door in. Now, he may need to fight like his father in order to beat someone even crueler and save the town from an insidious evil.
Fleeing the war-torn German Empire, Brunhilde “Hilde” Schuster immigrates to the United States where her cousin’s family teaches her rudimentary English. She finds work as a caretaker for the elderly member of a family whose German ancestors immigrated decades earlier. Carl Becker, whose parents fled Germany after the failed 1848 revolution before his birth, feels an attraction to the new companion for the Bergmann Oma. However, he is reluctant to strike up a friendship. Resentful of his mother’s constant pressure to marry a good German girl, he decided years earlier he was born in America, he’s an American, and he will marry an American woman. In the final weeks of November, Hilde learns of an American holiday called Thanksgiving. What do Pilgrims from England and eating turkey, corn, and pumpkin pie have to do with her? Invited to join her employers’ extended family and friends, in the spirit of celebration, she decides to bake and bring a favorite German dessert —Bienenstich Kuchen – Bee Sting Cake.
Lady Charmaine Brightley will soon lose her place in the world. Her father is ill, and a distant male cousin is in line to inherit the family estate. In the meantime, guests flock to Lady Charmaine’s lavish parties and gaming tables, all designed to raise money for the “deserving” poor. However, if the ton were to discover the identities of the actual recipients of their philanthropy, the revelation would ruin Charmaine. Not that Charmaine cares what anyone thinks. Ever since her devastating first year out in society, she has given up on love. As far as Charmaine is concerned, passion is meant only for the young and foolish. Until a dashing stranger appears at her masquerade, and their mutual desire catches fire. After an ill-fated duel, Duke Konstantin “Kosta” Rostov abandoned Russia for England. Accustomed to privilege and power, Kosta is now a servant of a cruel stepfather. Determined to restore his reputation, Kosta sneaks away to a masquerade ball at Cortwood Manor, where he meets the alluring Charmaine Brightley. For years, Duke Konstantin restricted his romantic affairs to discreet, worldly, and married women. Despite their thrilling connection, Kosta understands he has no place in Lady Charmaine’s life. So when his stepfather sends him back to Cortwood, Kosta can’t resist the opportunity to see her one more time. But Kosta’s stepfather has his reasons for pushing them together. And those plans could destroy the woman who has finally captured Kosta’s heart.
Lizzie has lost everything she ever cared for in this world... how will she carry with no where to go and no one to turn to? Young and courageous Lizzie Ward sets off from Independence, Missouri with her family early one bright sunny morning with their worldly possessions packed tightly into the back of a prairie schooner wagon. Intending to follow the Oregon trail along with other pioneers, they cross the vast American Continent. They witness breathtakingly beautiful landscapes that conceal hidden threats waiting to catch them out unexpectedly. They encounter many hardships that test their resolve and push Lizzie beyond limits she never dreamed she was capable of. The family must reach Oregon in time to claim their share of government land if they are to succeed in building their own personal piece of heaven in the West. What does the journey hold for them?... Will they be able to make it to Oregon to claim their fertile Promised Land? Is Lizzie strong enough to cope with all that life in the wilderness will throw at her?
Israel loves Paula, but they are separated in their struggle to survive World War II Israel and Paula are teens living in Biala Podlaska, Poland, on the eve of World War II. One day Israel tells Paula that he will marry her in a few years. She objects, and their friendship ends. But when the Germans enter the city, they flee together to Russia and volunteer in Soviet labor camps - to survive. They are sent to different places. Paula works as a nurse, where she excels and is sent to Moscow to study medicine. There she marries Mila and has a son, but Mila dies at war soon after. At war’s end, in love from afar, will they ever succeed in reuniting? Meanwhile, Israel returns to his hometown as a Polish soldier and finds a letter from Paula. Their love is rekindled from afar, and he proposes marriage by mail. But will Israel ever be able to manipulate the Russian authorities to obtain a visa to penetrate the Iron Curtain and then reunite with Paula in Moscow? Will their love ever again be free to flourish?
Will her grandmother’s secret lead to Lucy’s second chance at love? When Lucy Parker’s eccentric grandmother, Belladonna, dies, she leaves one last request. Lucy must return a beloved painting to a mysterious man in Italy, leading her on a journey into the past to discover long-buried family secrets that could change everything. . . . Belladonna Rossi grew up as the queen of her small town in rural Tuscany. When World War II terrorizes the countryside, she helps the Monuments Men hide centuries of art in the warren of caves in her family vineyard. She falls in love with one of the soldiers, but will their love be able to survive in a war-torn world? When Lucy’s childhood best friend, estate lawyer Jack Hamilton, agrees to accompany her to Italy, will they find their second chance at love? From a tiny town in Massachusetts to the rolling hills of Tuscany, never-told family secrets unfurl in The Lost Art of Second Chances.
Kentucky belle Seraphina Jones craves a dashing stranger worth kissing. When she spies her handsome, half-naked hired hand at the riverbank, she thinks her dreams of romance have come true. But this Texican is wanted for murder.
Jesse Quaid can't let Sera's sweet kisses distract him from rendezvousing with Cass, a childhood friend, to clear his name of a crime he didn't commit.
But then a case of mistaken identity turns Cass into Jesse's deadliest rival for Sera's heart. Now, Sera must find a way to end the feud before the man she loves is lost forever.
(Note: This book introduces Cass, hero of the spin-off series, Lady Law & The Gunslinger.)
"Spellbinding! Ms. deWolfe (draws) you into the story from page one and keeps you eyebrow-deep until the very last word. I laughed loudly and cried soundly while reading this book. I HIGHLY recommend her books to anyone who enjoys historical romance.” ~ Amazon Reviewer (5 stars)
"Adrienne writes from the heart. The best part of the book for me is the wedding ceremony. I pictured this so clear in my head, it felt like I was there with Jesse and Sera." ~ Suzie Welker, Bunny's Reviews (5 stars)
Velvet Lies Series, In Order:
Scoundrel for Hire
His Wicked Dream
Seduced By An Angel
Lady Law & The Gunslinger
An inconvenient engagement turns a marriage of convenience into so much more in this sparkling new series from award-winning author Sara Portman . . . Lady Emmaline Shaw’s reputation was irreparably damaged when her fiancé, John Brantwood, disappeared immediately after their engagement four years ago. Since then, she’s grown from a shy, uncertain girl to a woman who knows her own mind. And what she knows is that London society holds nothing for her. Rumor has it that John ran off to war and died in battle. Now, as the new Duke of Worley, his shocking resurrection throws the ton into a tizzy and makes him one of England’s most sought after bachelors—except that he’s already engaged. John needs a wife capable of smoothing his beloved sister’s introduction into society. But though Emma happily grants him his freedom, her fiery beauty and resilient spirit hold him captive. In fact, John has no intention of letting her go. Her fate is now in his hands, but will her heart be safe there as well?
Book 2 in the Outback Australia Series Bourke, a small country town in outback Australia, home to the mighty Darling River. Where skies are bluer than blue, flies and Mozzies abound and wide open spaces and fresh country air regenerate the spirit. It was this small town her heart led her back to after fifteen long years away. The place where Ruby's heart had always belonged. Securing a position with the Flying Doctor Service and working for a local doctor was like a dream come true - she was ready to give back to the people who had done so much to help her. Her own home, jobs she loved, a family and friends she adored. Life was good, until..... Phil was a man who had grown up with Ruby and he'd had his eye on her for years. He'd intended to marry her as soon as he had qualified as a cop and she had qualified as a nurse. So, what caused everything to go so horribly wrong? Will a disaster bring them together? Or will they forever be separated by mistakes from the past?
He expected to be the topic of scandalous gossip. Banished to Boston for causing the death of Lord Banbury, Lucas Dempsey vowed never to set foot on English soil again. But when his brother inherits the viscountcy and pleads for his return, the opportunity to show his contempt and loathing for the Society who turned its back on him proves to be far too enticing to resist. He did not expect an intriguing lady to barge into his home desperate to save his wicked soul. When the dishonourable Lucas Dempsey steps into the ballroom after a four-year absence, Helena Ecclestone is quick to label the gentleman a murderous rogue. That is until she stumbles upon a secret conversation and feels a moral obligation to see justice done. But while the ladies swoon over his handsome countenance, Helena is determined to look beyond such superficial features, intrigued to discover the true character of the gentleman he hides beneath his arrogant façade.
RWA Molly Contest Finalist Olivia Breedlove’s father couldn’t control her while he was alive, but continues to try even after his death. Thaddeus’ Will stipulates that in order to inherit her portion of his estate, Olivia must marry a respectable man of means within six months of his death. There’s one caveat, however – under no circumstances can that man be Morgan Gatewood. It’s been ten years since Thaddeus banished Morgan, a notorious ladies’ man, for kissing a much younger Olivia in the garden during a family function. But now that Thaddeus is gone, Morgan’s back─and Olivia still wants him. She also wants her inheritance. A bit ahead of her time for 1850’s Savannah, Georgia, Olivia sets out to find a loophole to get what she wants. Her scheme to make Morgan jealous by asking him to help her locate her future husband─by escorting her to the local brothel so that she may observe and evaluate men with a talent for pleasing women─ doesn’t go as planned. Morgan still has ravenous feelings for Olivia, but keeps them to himself. He doesn’t want to interfere with her inheritance. The stakes are raised with a killer on the loose murdering prostitutes in the brothel. It appears Olivia is next on the killer’s list. Can Morgan save her before the killer finds her?
The Lady’s Choice is the captivating story of Ruthie, a beautiful and shapely farm girl and her elicit and unlikely romance with Salmon, a handsome noble and the nephew of Edinburgh Castle in 1885. In addition to the spicy encounters of Scottish Historical Romance; the storyline also features an emotional fight to care for a semi-abandoned 5 year old boy, unwanted attentions from the town’s crooked mayor and a surprising ‘happily ever after’ ending. When Salmon and his young son Ben straggle into Ruthie’s life during a torrential rainstorm, she does what comes naturally to her – she protects Ben and helps him recover after a long walk in poor conditions. But where is the boy’s mother and why is his father Salmon (who she is instantly attracted to) acting so mysteriously? How can Ruthie ensure that her family farm is cared for and continue to care for Ben, who needs motherly love and direction? Will she agree to become Salmon’s live-in nanny, while other evil men in the castle are helpless to prevent uncomfortable sexual attempts of nanny romance towards the irresistible Ruthie?
Barely seventeen, beautiful but naive Lady Catherine Gresham prepares for her entrance into London society. She's convinced that she won't meet a suitable suitor at the glamorous dances during her first season, especially when it's cut short. Despite all odds, the heart will hear its own beat. And when Lady Catherine is faced with an unexpected choice she learns that the Dowager Duchess of Grandchester has been right all along: Love is blind.
Victorian London, 1895….Henrietta Jones is about to snap!
Wild and unmanageable, “Harry” runs away to buy a horseless carriage and a pair of red buttoned up boots. She instantly dislikes an arrogant American, and when she can’t intimidate him, she falls in love with his automobile, needles him, taunts him, flaunts her ice maiden look until he is driven mad, and then plots to straighten his nose.
The first Henrietta Jones was blessed with a daughter who has grown up to be more extreme and full of the devil than anyone else in Victorian England. After being ridiculously trained to cheat at life and kill men with two fingers she rebels. She’s had enough.
But somebody wants Joshua dead. She discovers a murderous scheme to destroy England, and upsets the beautiful but brutal red-lipped cigarette-smoking Magda von Uxhuell-GIllenband, who tries to seduce Joshua and then tries to kill him.
She postpones plans to turn wild, to unravel automobile murders, a deadly secret treaty, and save a stupid boy. She seems to be England’s top spy but nobody has told her. She becomes a brilliant detective but steals the evidence. She enters the first London to Brighton Automobile Race, and fights a femme fatale in the last duel in Hyde Park.
Only Harry can save the country from chaos, but can Joshua stand the pace?
And how will she fix that infuriating broken nose!
Her Beauty Takes His Breath Away… Only She Can Restore It Eagle Heart of the Blackfoot Nation has not come to the trading post, Fort Union, to trade, but to find his missing brother. The medicine man has never seen a white woman, but, when she walks into the room, her beauty literally steals his breath. Laylah McIntosh has assets besides beauty that make her valuable to her father, the fort's trader: her skill with numbers, her photographic memory and her knowledge of the sign language used by all the tribes. But, when she’s injured and caught in a fierce blizzard, it is Eagle Heart, alone, who rescues her. Forced into each other's company, their attraction deepens. But a union between them is forbidden in both their worlds. Can their love find a way to survive? Or will their differences separate them forever? Warning: Sensuous romance and a love written in the stars could cause a gal to go West in search of love and adventure.
A rousing family saga for the fight for America's independence! The winds of change brews over the colonies. Tension against the crown is mounting daily. In Williamsburg, the rebellion burns strong in the hearts of two siblings, Jonathan and Hannah Corbett. Spirited and headstrong, Hannah finds herself thrust in the middle of a conspiracy when her father receives a strange package from Philadelphia. Jonathan, a physician for the Continental Army, is torn between duty and family. With war looming on the horizon, the siblings soon discover there is a high price to be paid for the cry for freedom.
Two worlds. Forbidden love. Blackfoot Warriors, Book 2 Katrina Wellington is vexed. She must marry to obtain the rest of her inheritance. But her uncle, who left her in New York with a governess to make his fortune out West, has suddenly decided he must approve of her fiancé before he will loosen the purse strings to her dowry. Swallowing her outrage, the socialite treks to the same wilderness that claimed her parents’ lives years ago. Some small part of her is crestfallen that her uncle is not waiting with open arms. Only three guides, Indian guides, await her, and one of them is far too handsome for his own good. At first, White Eagle does not like the spoiled, willful niece of the white trader. When he catches a glimpse of the vulnerability behind her prickly exterior, he can’t resist challenging the dazzling beauty to rediscover her true inheritance—the inner strength bequeathed to her by her parents. Close contact on the trail soon arouses a soul-stirring passion and in its turn, love. But love may not be enough to sustain a relationship that is forbidden in both their worlds. This book is the 25th year anniversary edition of the book, newly re-edited with the original map included. Warning: Sensuous Romance that contains a captivating passion that could lead to a romantic evening spent in the company of one’s own love.
When Georgette Darrington’s father dies suddenly and with serious debts, she imagines things cannot get any worse. But when her attorney tells her that the family home must be sold to pay the debts, leaving her penniless and without a home, her only choice is to become a governess. In no time at all, Georgette finds herself in the grand mansion of the Duke of Draycott, teaching his delightful, orphaned nieces. But, the more time Georgette spends with the little girls, the more she realizes they are missing their home and life in Wales, not to mention their own language. Georgette must find a way to convince the Duke to take an interest in the girls’ lives, and she must also find a way to keep their native language alive despite his determined instructions to the contrary. As the tragic tale of the Duke’s sister and her forbidden love unfolds, Georgette must struggle with the deprivations of her lowered status, not to mention the spiteful plots and schemes of a jealous housekeeper and nurse. As her loneliness threatens to overwhelm her, Georgette must find a way put the splintered family back together, even as she battles her own feelings of love for the handsome, taciturn Duke.