From Back Cover: She gave him her innocence... Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKEnna, a servant on her father's estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable--John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside...an exile from London society. ...and he took her love. Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned--more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before. His ruthless plan is to take revenge on the woman who shattered his dreams of love. But the magic between them burns as bright as ever. And now he must decide whether to let vengeance take its toll...or risk everything for his first, and only, love.
From Back Cover: Fate has made Gyles Rawlings a man determined to be in control of his destiny. He has decided to wed a well-bred lady who will dutifully bear him sons, yet turn a blind eye while he takes his pleasure elsewhere. By all good accounts, Francesca will fit his bill. As for the "elsewhere", he's recently encountered a beautiful, brazen siren who will make a fine mistress, one with a fiery nature to match his own. But at the altar, Gyles discovers his bride is the bold enchantress who has inspired his deepest fantasies. Finding passion and love in the same woman has long been a secret fear. But as his world is rocked on its axis, Gyles becomes obsessed with possessing the one thing he thought he would never want: his wife's heart.
From Inside Cover: A Scandalous Wedding: Pretty Samantha Northrup knew her duty was to marry, but this orphaned vicar's daughter wanted to be swept off her feet by someone whose kisses made her toes curl. She never dreamed her orderly life would be turned upside down when a mysterious stranger came knocking on her door one stormy night. And when they were found in a compromising position, she found herself marrying a man she barely knew...but couldn't resist. A Not So Convenient Marriage: What Samantha doesn't know is that her unknown bridegroom is Yale Carderock, the disinherited son of a duke, banished by this father years before. Now the prodigal has returned-rich, but only somewhat reformed. Yale is bewitched by the bride's innocent fire, and he knows he's powerless to reist her awakening sensuality. But is this outcast from society worthy of her tender love?
From back cover: A Duitiful Heart; As befitting her name, lovely Submit Channing-Downes was th proper, obedient wife of an aging marquess-until her husband's death left her penniless and alone...with one last marital obligation to fulfill. Entrusted with delivering a small black box to its rightful owner, she calls upon Graham Wessit, the notoriuos Earl of Netham, whose life has been forever marred by rumor and scandal. But Graham wants nothing to do with a bequest from the man he holds responsible for his ruin-or with the bewitching emissary who brings it. In the face of breathtaking erotic mystery-in the throes of an inflamed passion unbeckoned but impossible to deny-a rogue's hardened heart may be undone by love...and a staid beauty in desperate straits may learn the exquisite, sensuous freedom of surrender.
Libby Drake is the fourth of the seven sisters with magic. She is the Doctor, the good girl, the one who never gets in trouble. She has a gift for healing, using her abilities in context with her profession. Libby feels like the overlooked one in the Drake family, she feels she is destined to be an old maid, because she has never felt the pull of passion or the heat of chemistry.
Tyson Derrick is a genius, he and Libby attended college together. She has great respect for his brillance, but not for his social skills. Tyson is a loner, except for his cousin Sam. His interests lie in research but occasionally he needs to fill the emptiness inside, so he skydives, mountain climbs, or works with the Rescue Team his cousin is on. Only a rush of adrenaline seems to make him feel alive.
Until the day his safety rope snaps and he falls 30 feet onto the rocks below him. He is rushed to the hospital and declared in a vegative state. When Libby sees him she is forced by her gift to save his life, even at the risk of hers and her sisters. As Libby collapses he awakens to stare into her eyes and find there is something else that can make him feel alive. That can fill his empty heart. Suddenly he finds his mind filled with everything about Libby. He doesn't believe Libby can heal and considers her sisters con artists who have fooled a whole community. But he is determined to make her his.
There is a beauty and soothing quality in her face and Ty needs to have that in his life, Libby finds she is not without feelings of her own. As they try to learn about each other they are faced with several attempts on their lives. But are they against Libby or Ty. Each is determined to protect the other and the rest of the sisters are going to try to protect both.
This book was very hard to hold my interest. First, Roberta, falls in love with a guy who loves chess to the exclusion of all else. Second, the book spends too much time on Jemma's and Villiers' chess games and some more time on the bad marrage between Jemma and Elijah. By the time the book starts to focus on Roberta and Damon, Damon is already in love with her and you have no idea why. The book never really goes in-depth into Damon's character, except to show he can get a woman pregnant (who never wanted a kid so she dumps the child on Damon) and then be affectionate with the child. I'm making sure this shows up on my 'books I've read' list because I don't want to accidentally read it again (I'm sure to forget this book quickly).
Expect a lot of sex from the author known as an erotic writer--and not very good sex at that. I couldn't get into the characters. The protagonist is emotionally scarred from being abandandoned by his father and he really takes it out on his wife. She's a sad character also because after all the abuse she gets, she still falls in love with the guy. It was also annoying how she was totally helpless. I was hopefull in one scene where I thought her personality had improved and she would show some backbone, but it didn't last--in hindsight it was totally out of her character and I don't even know why the author teased me with the hope of her having any useful qualities.
From Back Cover: They could hide their painful pasts and true identities...Facing the choice of flight or a wedding she cannot abide, Kate Simon has chosen to flee. Disguised as a boy, she takes refuge in a roadside inn, and finds herself rooming with intensely secretive Christian Black. Kate is breathless in the presence of this handsome, mysterious rogue whose piercing gaze seems to strip her naked. But neither suspects that a savage storm and a murder will draw them closer together still. But not the passion in their hearts...Christian dares not let anyone learn of his haunted past-or that he is, in truth, the Earl of Canley-especially not a slip of a girl whose masculilne attire cannot disguise the exquisite female form beneath. But now that destiny and a dastardly crime have united them, Christian can no longer contain his desire to taste the nectar of Kate's sweet kiss. Danger certainly abounds, but the gravest peril might be resisting a once-in-a-lifetime passion that can heal all wounds.
A lady of London breeding, Emma Van Court never expected to be left widowed -- and penniless -- in the Scottish village of Faires. But when a fortune is promised if she remarries, the pretty schoolteacher finds Faires' motley assortment of eligible men scrambling for her attentions -- from the local cowherd to an obnoxious baron!
One sweet kiss would seal their love...
James Marbury, Earl of Denham, was urbane, sophisticated....and utterly at odds among the muddy roads and thatched roofs of Faires. He had come after hearing of his cousin Stuart's passing -- and was exasperated to find his maddening, tempestuous love for the widowed Emma was as strong as ever. With bachelors coming out of the woodwork to woo her, James sees only one solution: offer himself to her as a temporary husband...even if secretly he longs to make his "I do's" last a lifetime.
From back cover: After his father was wrongfully hanged at the hands of the Greys and his birthright taken from him, Jaime Mortimer was forced into exile. Known only as the Lord of Darkness, he became a smuggler, vowing one day to avenge his father's death and reclaim all that belonged to him. So when news of Lord Evan Grey's imminent marriage reached the virile renegade, he knew he must halt the wedding at any cost and marry the bride himself. Yet Lady Aleta Somerset was no ordinary bride, and she was not about to bend to the will of this brazenly handsome rogue who dared claim her as his own. But despite the silver-haired beauty's fierce determination not to succumb to the pleasures of the marriage bed, her body betrayed her as Jaime took her to new heights of pleasure and ecstasy--until she longed to surrender to her Lord of the Night.
From Back Cover: There's Many a Slip...He'd been warned that Lady Clarissa Crambray was dangerous. Stomping on toes and burning piffles, the chestnut-haired beauty was clearly a force with which to be reckoned. Bur for Adrian Montfort, Earl of Mowbray, veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, this was just the challenge he needed. He could handle one woman and her "unfortunate past". Could any woman handle him? 'Twixt the Chit & His Lips...Lady Clarissa Crambray wanted a husband, but maybe not as much as her stepmother wanted one for her. Really! Doffing her spectacles might make a girl prettier, but how would she see? She'd already caused enough mayhem to earn a rather horrible nickname. Yet, as all other suitors seemed to shy away in terror, there came a man to lead her to the dance floor. A dark handsome blur of a man. Clumsy Clarissa was about to stumble into true love.
Beware passion's tangled net . . .
Racing along the rocky coast of Cornwall, on a night fit for neither man nor beast, Verity Collier's coach is attacked by the notorious highwayman plaguing the Cornish countryside. The villain's commanding strength and cloak of dangerous sensuality haunt the young governess even after she arrives safely at the home of her new employer, Lord Jagger Ransley, Earl of St. Aubyn.
During the weeks that follow, she quickly grows fond of his two children. But events at the manor house cause her to grow suspicious of Ransley himself. Could he be the dastardly highwayman -- a gentleman by day and a criminal by night? Worse, she has fallen in love with the handsome, enigmatic Ransley, and so decides she has but one course of action: discover the truth for herself.
Descending into the dark world of espionage against Napoleon's most ruthless spies, Verity becomes a pawn in a deadly game of cat and mouse, where traitors and gentleman are equal masters of disguise and the only true intentions lie within a noble heart.
From Back Cover: Lord Lucas Stokehurst is captivated by the gentle grace and regal beauty of "Miss Karen Billings", who appeared seemingly out of nowhere and now stands demurely before him. Enchanted, the gallant, haunted widower impetuously offers her a position as governess to his young daughter, taking the lady of mystery into his home. But "Miss Billings" has another name, Anastasia, and a dark past that pursues her still. Condemned for a crime she cannot remember, she barely escaped the gallows. And now she seeks shelter in the arms of a man devastated by tragedy, a man who must now defy society and the forces of vengeance to keep his lady safe and their bold new love alive.
Because of her brother's (William) mental condition (he's a strapping young man with the mind of a child), Miss Amelia Hadwell has turned her back on Society and is currently living quietly in a poorer neighbourhood on a meager allowance from her parents, with William, and their devoted servant, Mrs. Benson. Amelia had quite resigned herself to a lifetime of loneliness and isolation when a series of horrific murders begins to plague the neighbourhood. Because of William's condition, Amelia lives in daily fear that someone will try to pin the murders on William. And her fears are confirmed when an anonymous tip links a young man fitting William's description to the latest murder. Fortunately for Amelia, her neighbour, the mysterious and enigmatic Sebastian St. Ives, is at hand willing to offer assistance and comfort. But Sebastian also awakens in Amelia heady feelings that she had thought she had buried. Will her feelings for Sebastian get in the way of her resolve to protect her brother?
Chosen by the Great Counsel of Vampires to protect Amelia (one of the maidens whom Nefri had given part of the Medallion to), Sebastian St.Ives had thought that his task would be rather simple: keep an eye on Amelia, and to make sure that she came to no harm. What the scholarly Sebastian had not counted on was Amelia's valour, her determination to protect her brother at all cost, and the strong attraction he would feel for her. Now, faced with a cunning foe who has figured out exactly how to bring Amelia down, Sebastian will have to be twice and clever and twice as ruthless. But can he do this feeling as he does for Amelia?
A soldier weary of life . . .
Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire -- a nightmare in his mind -- against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.
A Valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him . . .
When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow -- accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings -- particularly lust -- emerge multiplied. For the first time, she's unable to complete a kill.
Become competitors in a legendary hunt.
The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity -- as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world -- to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she's falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?
Entertaining book although the foreshadowing at the beginning of each chapter took out any element of surprise. Helena's adroit use of cane (because of her trouble walking) was used very well in sticky situations.
New York Timesbestselling author Christine Feehan returns to Sea Haven and the world of the magical Drake sisters in this romantic, action-packed paranormal adventure that puts the spotlight on Abigail, the third of the seven sisters. Abby has found that her own magical gift -- the gift of telling truth and detecting lies -- has only gotten her into trouble, so she has retreated to Sea Haven to spend her life studying dolphins. An ordinary swim with her favorite dolphins turns life-threatening, as they witness a man shot at sea by Russian Mafia. The killers, in turn, are pursued by Alexsandr Volstov, an Interpol agent, who broke Abby's heart four years before but has never stopped loving her. This time he is determined to regain her trust and her heart. Feehan's portrayal of their intense bond will satisfy her readers, and the relationship among the sisters is especially warming.
From Back Cover: For years, Lady Julia Barrowby has acted the part of an old man's ornamental bride, never revealing that she has secretly helped the ailing Lord Borrowby in his work with the Royal Four. Now that her husband has died, Julia believes his place in the Four is hers by right. But convincing the remaining members will not be easy, especially with Marcus Ramsay, Lord Dryden, distracting her at every turn. Somehow, the mysterious Marcus seems to see into her very soul, effortlessly satisfying all her secret, forbidden longings... Marcus stood next in line to be chosen for the Four, and he is not willing to be displaced by a woman, no matter how intriguing or beautiful she may be. Under orders to investigate Julia, Marcus discovers her diary, overflowing with years of loneliness and yearing. Fulfilling Julia's fantasies is the perfect way to get closer to her, but seducing this fascinating creature is fast becoming more than a means to an end--it is his soul's deepest desire...
From Back Cover: "You can't avoid him forever, Louisa. Just tell him you're not interested, and put an end to it."--Mrs. Charlotte Harris, headmistress. Marry? Never! It would end Louisa North's work with her ladies reform group--and truth be told, she likes her independence very much, despite her royal father's protests. So when Simon Tremaine, the dashing Duke of Foxmoor whom she once loved--and had exiled from England--returns bent on marrying her, she's skeptical. Does he truly care for her, or does he simply want revenge? It's difficult to resist Simon's dangerous charms, because the fire between them still burns as hot as ever. But when his ulterior motive for marriage is exposed, along with the deeply buried secrets of his past, Louisa vows to make him pay...and the price will be his heart.
Betrothed in the cradle, Princess Sorcha and Prince Rainger were destined to rule their countries together. Then revolution sent Sorcha to a remote Scottish conventand Rainger into a dungeon so deep rumor claimed he was dead.
Now danger threatens, and Sorcha must travel home with a simple fisherman as her companionPrince Rainger in disguise. Changed by his imprisonment from a careless lad to a dangerous man, he's determined to win back his kingdomand the woman he wants more than life itself. But can he protect a woman who believes every person she meets is her friend, every tavern is an opportunity to sing bawdy songs, and each turn in the road hides new adventure? To keep his princess safe, he must resort to his most treacherous weapon: seduction.