THE WOMAN: Honoria Ardmore was as prim and proper as they came. Her sole moment of indiscretion was four years ago, when she fell for the sinful smile of a roguish pirate. But he had died, and their secret marriage went to the grave with him. At least, that's what she assumed--until the night he showed up in her bedroom, eager to pick up where they had left off...
THE MAN: Christopher Raine had managed to cheat death, and he believed life owed him his just rewards. So he set out to reclaim the woman of his dreams. With her apple-green eyes and luscious figure, Honoria looked good enough to eat. And this insatiable pirate was not one to let a trivial detail like her fiance get in the way of dessert.
THE DEAL: Despite her undeniable desire, Honoria claimed she could not be with a man she did not truly love. And so they struck a deal: she would allow Christopher to seduce her every night of their voyage across the Atlantic. If by the end of their journey he had failed to navigate his way into her heart, she was free to leave. In the cozy confines of their cabin, Honoria was about to learn that a woman should never doubt the cunning wayns of a pirate with a plan.
He'd accosted her on a dark London street, sure that she was his missing wife. But a few moments in her company assured Marcus Lytton that Miss Catherine Courtnay was nothing like Catalina. Cool and remote, with a tongue as tart as a lemon and eyes that could flash with temper, the fiery-haired beauty was everything his scheming adventuress of a wife wasn't--innocent, loyal, honest. And so he uttered the words that would sweep Catherine into his life, and into a desperate plan that could spell disaster for them both: "I want you to play the part of my wife..."
A BEAUTIFUL IMPOSTOR
As the infamous Earl of Wrotham waited impatiently for her answer, Catherine knew she was going to agree to his proposition, but not for the reasons he thought. More than anyone else, Catherine was aware of the dark side of Marcus Lytton, the heartless, unscrupulous rake who saw seduction as a game, and women as playthings to be used and discarded. Yet when he insisted that his life was in jeopardy, she believed him. And only when she found herself ensconced in his home and in his bedchamber did Catherine stop to realize just how dangerous her own position was...as Marcus began to plumb the depths of her secrets--and her secret desires...
Welcome to my very first historical romance, Devil's Embrace, titled by my husband, and first published in 1982. I've updated it stylistically, edited it, trimmed it up just a bit, and the art department designed a splendid new cover that magically includes some of the original artwork.
Cassie Brougham and Anthony Welles, Earl of Clare, are my favorite characters of all time. Cassie has known the Earl of Clare all her life, but she's in love with a soldier she's been secretly writing to since she was fifteen. Now he's home and they're going to be married. But the day before her wedding, Anthony Welles kidnaps her aboard his yacht and sails away with her to Genoa, Italy; his stated intention to make her his wife.
Cassie is not happy about this.
This is an unusual love story, to say the least, that will make you weep and laugh and root for what you know is best for both of them. There is pain, doubt, captivation, and escape. But regardless of what happens, this is a love that is of the forever sort, something that is true and very real, and will stay close to your heart, I hope, for a very long time.
If you missed Devil's Embrace the first time around, do read it now.
When Cameron MacAlpin learns the identity of the golden beauty tossed before him as a debt payment, he can't believe his fortune! For cat-eyed Avery Murray is the perfect weapon to use against Payton Murray--Avery's brother--who dishonored Cameron's own sister. Yet his plan to deliver the same insult and avenge his clan is thwarted by spirited Avery herself, who tempts him to forget everything but the passion coursing through his blood. Still, a knight of the Highlands owes his allegiance to his clan before all else--even his heart.
Avery is outraged at her captor's accusations against her brother. Though he makes no secret he intends to use her to avenge his sister's lost honor, he adds to her fury by vowing to take her by seduction not force. Worse, she knows deep inside that this virile knight stirs her as no other man ever has. Courageously, passionately, she gives him freely what he vows to take--her body and her heart, knowing that she can lose all on the chance of everlasting love...
Caroline Besford will no longer be any man's pawn. Her father forced her into marriage with a man who refused to share her bed. In making her escape, Caro became Cleo--an untouched courtesan! Amazingly, the husband who ignored his plain bride is now pursuing her!
...TO ADORED MISTRESS!
But as Cleo is drawn into a web of lies and deception, she cannot deny her growing desire for her husband. And what will the colonel do when he discovers that his darling Cleo is his dowdy wife, Caroline?
For years, Robert Hawthorne, the Duke of Killingsworth, was kept a prisoner by his scheming twin brother. A daring escape turns the tables and restores his birthright to him, without anyone the wiser. He can finally enjoy everthing that was stolen from him. But on his first day of freedom Robert must take in wedlock a woman he has never met...and keep his distance to prevent her from learning the truth of his identity, until he can determine how to prove he is the rightful duke.
Victoria Lambert know she must marry Robert--after all, as her mother always reminds her, he is the catch of the season and she'll become a duchess! True, she does not love him, but it is her duty to marry well. But a much-altered Robert stands beside her on their wedding day...a man somehow more considerate and charming than ever before...and so sensuously alluring that Torie is determined to be a temptation her husband can't resist!
Which raised a whole host of questions for Mercy Zamora--because when hometown boy Ben Vargas shot out of town ten years ago, he also left Mercy behind. And though she had led the chorus of no strings/no wedding bells/ no babies, ten years can change a girl. If only it had changed her feelings for him...
And as for Ben--he'd had his reasons for leaving, but Mercy had never been one of them. And so he was home--at least for now. And he should know better than to start something, once more, that he couldn't finish.
Know better than to think that once he had her in his arms, he'd ever be able to let her go...
Amy Scott had been more at home sitting in her small-town bookshop than she'd ever be on the imperial throne of Lufthania. But according to heart-stoppingly-handsome Crown Prince Wilhelm, that is exactly where the striking redhead belonged, on his throne.
Then just as Amy, uh, Princess Amelia, was getting the hang of the princess thing--and oh-so-mch closer to her regal tutor--Prince Will wanted to bow out of her life. It seemed he had a personal rule about falling in love, especially with his new sovereign.
To win his heart, Amy would have to make some royal allowances. But could she keep her charming prince and also make this fairy tale come true?
A vicar's daughter unafraid to control her fate, Sabrina Fairleigh arrives at an exclusive country soiree with marriage in mind. How shocking--and intriguing--to discover her host is an infamous ladies' man known for his indecent (and, ah, inspiring) poetry!
They call him The Libertine, and his poetry is just as scandalous--and irresistible--as he is. But after one duel too many forces Rhys Gillray, Earl of Rawden, from lively London to his country estate, he's in desperate need of a cure for boredom. And the proper but beautiful vicar's daughter seems like the perfect test of his sensual skills.
With wit and wiliness, Rhus strips away Sabrina's defenses. But as he teaches her pleasure, the emotional stakes of their sensual duel go beyong anything Rhys has ever known. For deep in his past lies the missing clue to the crime that destroyed Sabrina's family. And all The Libertine's seductive secrets may not be enough to save their future and their hearts.
Innocent Margriet Gunnarsdottir carried a heavy secret. She faced a perilous journey to the wild and distant north of Scotland, and her safety lay in her adopted disguise--a nun's habit! But her only protector, a proud, rough-hewn Highlander, made her ache to share her crushing burden.
Rurik Erengislsson had sworn to see her home and unharmed. A woman promised to the service of God should be shielded and honored--not desired! Yet Rurik was tempted beyond reason to make this beautiful waif his own.