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Alas, My Love
Amyas St. Ives is a man desperate for a legitimate identity in 19th century England. He grew up in an orphanage and escaped to the slums of London as soon as he was able to, fearing the infamous workhouses of England. Soon after returning to England a self-made man after having been sent to the Antipodes for lifting a pound note as a child, he departs for Cornwall, hoping that his unique first name will lead him to his family. In his search for his ...
The Cad
Bridget Cooke is poor, 25 years old with a scar on her otherwise lovely face. In Regency England, she is considered unmarriageable. Ewen, Viscount Sinclair, is handsome, rich with a reputation as a rake. When he offers to make Bridget his mistress, she turns him down. Unbelievably, he begins to court her instead. But when Bridget tells her aunt about his marriage proposal, she is thrown out of the house. Ewen and Bridget hastily marry and he takes h...
The Duke's Wager
Mistaken for a courtesan, orphaned and friendless Regina Berryman is pursued by two noblemen, who wager on who will win her favors. When the dissolute Duke of Torquay sets a trap for her to become his mistress, Regina turns to her late uncle's business partner, the Marquis of Bessacar,to save her. He offers her his protection, all the while plotting to make her his mistress. She is left with no choice but to flee them both....
The Fire Flower
Gideon Hawke has just returned to London with King Charles II, who has restored himself to the throne. As a loyal supporter of Charles, Gideon expects great rewards will soon come his way. Mary Monk is left homeless and penniless after the Great Fire of London. She meets Gideon when she is begging on the street. Although Gideon thinks Mary is a plain brown wren, he offers to make her his mistress and provide her with shelter, food and clothes for as ...

Layton booklist

The Return of the Earl
Avon, Sep 2004, 5.99, 384 pp. ISBN: 0060567090 In 1800, Sir Gideon falsely accused Lord Geoffrey Sauvage and his twelve year old son Christian of stealing. Geoffrey and Christian are convicted and placed on the Retribution, heading to the South Seas. Geoffrey provides strength to his son and two other boys Amyas and Daffyd as they set sail as convicts. However, because of Geoffrey's skills in making money for his clients honed as an aristocra...
To Tempt a Bride
Avon, Nov 2003, 5.99, 384 pp. ISBN: 0060502185 The malaria fever he first caught in India returns so Eric Ford leaves a London dance he was attending to walk home. Camille Croft, who has loved him since childhood, informs her brother Miles and Eric's brother-in-law that before he left he looked very ill. They chase after Eric because they are concerned and want to insure he gets home all right. Near his home, a man offers Nell for a night to E...
To Wed a Stranger
Avon, Mar 2003, 5.99, 384 pp. ISBN: 0060502177 At the urging of her father, Annabelle Wylde marries a stranger, Miles Croft. Miles wants to clear the bad reputation his mother brought to his family when she got remarried to a scoundrel. Miles believes Annabelle will also assist his sister Camille with her debut. For Annabelle, it is the freedom that marriage provides her amidst the Ton that leads her to agree. That night they have sex, but A...


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