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A Kiss of Fate
Ballantine, Jul 2004, 23.95, 352 pp. ISBN: 0345449169 Two years ago, her “mundane” mom died leaving Gwynne Owens without any prospects. Septuagenarian Guardian Lord Breen married the teen so she can have protection until her destiny calls her. A few years later, the kind Breen dies leaving Anna alone, but at least she has widow status and enjoys her work as a librarian of Guardian lore. In 1745, Scottish Laird Duncan MacRae wants to end the ...
Angel Rogue
Maxima, the half Mohawk, American heroine, loses her father under suspicious circumstances. She decides to walk to London from her uncles Yorkshire estate, dressed as a young man, to try to find out what really happened. En route, she runs into Robin. He has just returned from France, where he has spent the last twelve years spying. He is also a rich aristocrat. But he doesn't tell Maxie any of this. He decides he is going to accompany her to London, to ...
Carousel of Hearts
Lady Antonia is wealthy and a baroness in her own right. Judith is a poor widow who Antonia employs. Antonia's distance cousin, Adam, arrives at her estate bringing with him Simon, a young very handsome lord. Adam has always loved Antonia. But because he is illegitimate and had to work for his fortune, he never told her his feelings. When Simon gets engaged to Antonia, Adam proposes to Judith because she will no longer have employment. As the coupl...
Dancing on the Wind
Lucien, Earl of Strathmore, is a top spy in the war against Napoleonic France. His current case requires him to become a member of a dissolute club of rakes whose leaders are suspected of aiding the French. While posing as one of the rakes, he meets Kit Travers several times before he realizes she keeps fooling him with her disguises. He is intrigued and a little offended because he cannot believe she deceived him. He soon learns that she too is sp...

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Dearly Beloved
Beautiful Diana Lindsay was the newest most sought after courtesan in Regency London. When Diana meets handsome brooding Gervase, Viscount St. Aubyn, she knows he is the only man she would consider as her protector. Gervase does not recognize her and she has a score to settle with him. Diana is like no other mistress Gervase had ever known and he feels possessive enough to intrude on her private life, getting to know her young son. But Gervase canno...
Lady of Fortune
Becuase of the French Revolution, Comtesse Marie-Christine D'Estelle was stripped of her title, family and fortune by the terror. But she escapes to England. There, she faced even greater danger at the hands of her guardian, Lewis, Lord Radcliffe, whose lust and demand that she become his bride filled her with loathing. Christine saves herself by fleeing again to Regency London. Hiding from Radcliffe and without any funds, Christine renames herself Ch...
One Perfect Rose
Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, is told he only has a few months to live. He had always taken his aristocratic duties seriously but now he needs to sort out his feelings. To do so, he wanders in the country side leaving behind his title and trying to be an ordinary man. He joins up with a traveling troupe of actors, the Fitzgeralds, enjoys their warm boisterous family life and even participates on stage. He soon finds himself falling in love wit...
River of Fire
Captain Kenneth Wilding returns after the Napoleonic Wars to Sutterton Hall to claim his inheritance, only to discover that his father has ruined the estate. The only way to salvage it and provide a dowry for his sister is to accept his creditor's request that he infiltrate the household of England's most prominent painter, Sir Anthony Seaton and solves a possible murder. Kenneth takes a job as secretary to Sir Anthony, but solving the mystery aroun...
Shattered Rainbows
Colonel Michael Kenyon is in Brussels to fight Napoleon. He lives at the home of a fellow calvary officer whose wife everyone calls St. Catherine for all the care she gives to the wounded. Michael is attracted to her. Not only is she caring, she is beautiful and clearly unhappy in her marriage. But Michael cannot think of anything worse than loving a married woman. He already had a disasterous affair with the wife of one of his best friends. Catherin...
Silk and Secrets
Lord Ross Carlisle is a Regency aristocrat but also a successful writer about his adventures to remote places. His travels help him forget Juliet, the beautiful runaway wife he married when they were both very young. Ross travels to Bokhara in central Asia to try to rescue Ian Cameron, his wife's brother who is imprisoned there. Near Bokhara, he meets Juliet, still beautiful, independent and headstrong. She has created a life for herself in the rem...

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Silk and Shadows
A mystery type man filled with a need for vengence against a member of nobility. He trys to alienate all of noblemans accomplishments and to undermine all his assets. Revenge is tempered by his infatuation with fiance of enemy. Romance begins to blossom.He refuses to think he's in love until it's almost too late. His quest for vengence is strong and decisive until he finds that accountability for his actions are brought into forefront by his lady....
Stolen Magic
Simon Malmain, Earl of Falconer, is a Guardian and a mage, a human with magical powers derived from forces of nature. His role in 18th century Britain is to hunt rogue Guardians who misuse their power. Simon is hunting Lord Drayton when he is transformed into a unicorn by Drayton's spell. Drayton intends to kill Simon in his unicorn form in order to gain enormous power. Simon is unexpectedly rescued by Meg, a mad old woman who has been confined to ...
The Bargain
In order to inherit her father's vast fortune, Lady Jocelyn Kendal must marry before she turns 25. She has only a month left and Rafe, the one man she loves, refuses to even have an affair with her unless she is married or a widow. When visiting a friend in a military hospital, she meets Major David Lancaster who is paralyzed from the waist down and likely to die from the injuries he received at Waterloo. He does not want to die without providing for ...
The Bartered Bride
Gavin Elliot is in the Tower of London in 1835 accused of murder. Gavin, a Scottish American, became wealthy trading in the East Indies. One year earlier, on an island in the East Indies, Gavin saw Alexandra Warren being sold at a slave auction. Alex, an English woman, was returning to England with her daughter after the death of her husband when her ship was attacked by pirates. She and her daughter, Katie, were separated and Alex was enslaved. ...
The Burning Point
10 years ago, Kate fled her husband and family with a secret she could never share. She was being abused in her fairy-tale, love-of-her-life marriage. Her doting father never knew and now he's made a will forcing her to live with her ex-husband for one year. Donovan has been tormented by his acts, but has almost come to terms with his abusive childhood and learned to control his anger. But will it be enough?...
The China Bride
The story opens with Troth Montgomery, a Scottish-Chinese woman, who has been living between two cultures in 19th century China. She arrives at the English home of Dominic Renbourne to announce she is his brother's widow. Through flashback we learn how Kyle Renbourne, Viscount Maxwell, an English lord, was trying to escape his sorrows after the death of his lover by travelling abroad. He meets Troth in Macao. Kyle wants to travel in China and Troth goes ...

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The Rake
Reginald Davenport, an untitled English aristocrat, decides that his life of drinking, gambling and meaningless sex is killing him. When he is offered an estate which used to belong to his mother's family, he returns there hoping to reform himself. Much to his surprise, the prosperous estate is being run by a female steward, Alys Weston. Not only is she female in a male's job, she is pursuing all sorts of reforming causes including the fostering of th...
The Spiral Path
Berkley, Jan 2002, 7.50 448 pp. ISBN: 0425183017 Kenzie Marlow is a great British actor who is a top Hollywood moneymaker. Though he loves her, he is allowing his wife Raine Scott, a highly regarded actress, to divorce him, after she caught him in bed with a co-star. He also hides his ugly past from her. While not quite as reticent, she too hid much of her childhood from him. Raine visits Kenzie to ask him to star in the movie she ...
Thunder and Roses
Nicholas Davies, Earl of Aberdare, son of a rogue aristocrat and a Gypsy, was a notorious rake but now lives secluded and embittered in the Welsh countryside. Methodist school teacher Clare Morgan asks the Earl to help save her village from the problems caused by the mines. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid. If Clare agrees to live with him for three months, letting the world think th...
Twist of Fate
Jove, Aug 2003, 7.50, 352 pp. ISBN: 0515135453 In Baltimore, a close friend offers attorney Val Covington an opportunity to open her own practice that would include office space in a former church owned by Rob Smith. Val leaps at the chance and offers a job to her sometime paralegal assistant at her old firm. Kendra Brooks accepts on the condition that Val represents pro bono her former lover and father of her child, a death row inmate that the...
Uncommon Vows
In 12th century England, Adrian of Warfield, Earl of Shropshire, thinks Meriel de Vere is a poacher in the forest. Not wanting to get her family in trouble during this time of civil war, she does not tell Adrian who she really is. He holds her captive in his castle and tries to coerce the beautiful Meriel into becoming his mistress. Even when he proposes marriage, Meriel wants so strongly to escape that she throws herself out a window. The fall from...
Veils of Silk
Ian Cameron was rescued from a harrowing imprisonment in central Asia. The torture left him sightless in one eye and impotent. Intending to resign from his army in colonial India, he first delivers a bible to Laura Stephenson, the niece of his fellow prisoner who was executed. When Ian meets Laura, born Larissa Alexandrovna, she is alone and destitute after the death of her stepfather. Laura, for reasons she will not tell Ian, fears physical contact w...

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Wild Child
Kyle Renbourne, heir to an earldom, had agreed to an arranged marriage with wealthy Lady Meriel Grahame. He is supposed to be at Lady Meriel's estate to do his duty and court her, but his beloved mistress is dying. To stay with his mistress, Kyle offers some family land as a bribe to his twin brother, Dominic, if Dominic will pretend to be Kyle for a few weeks. It should not be difficult since Lady Meriel is said to be possibly mad. When Dominic me...


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