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A soldier who despises women and a woman who despises soldiers must depend on each other to survive. Scarred in a duel over a feckless female, Gavin Lawrence leaves America to take up his new duty as Marquess of Effingham, vowing never to care about others again. But he does care about protecting his crumbling new home—the secret passages apparently conceal an intruder he’s determined to root out. Dillian Whitnell guards her injured cousin in isolated Arinmede manor after an attempt on both their lives. Having followed her father’s troops for years, Dillian is adept at camouflage. She just hadn’t expected the stubborn new marquess to refuse to believe in ghosts. Her game of hide-and-seek game taunts his irritation into intrigue, and intrigue into a forbidden passion, until Gavin realizes the exceedingly annoying but courageous young woman he chases is in terrible danger. Once more, the marquess is faced with the prospect of a fight for his life over a woman—unless Dillian leaves him and all she loves behind. REVIEWS “...a rousing good tale that is alternately merry, mischievous” Ann McGuire, Romance Reader “This fast-paced, witty novel will definitely delight on a cold winter’s night.” Margaret Devilbiss, Gothic Journal “Ms. Rice brings two marvelous characters together. With her mastery of subtle humor, The Marquess will please the taste of the most discriminating readers.” Joan Hammond, Romantic Times
John Fitzhugh Wyckerly has been the spare heir all his life, supporting himself with gambling and charm. The news that he’s inherited the bankrupt title of Earl of Danecroft shatters his indolent world. Even penniless, he’s always paid his debts, but now the estate’s creditors are closing in. He can fake his death and run for cover...or accept overwhelming responsibility and find a rich wife—one who will also accept his illegitimate terror of a daughter. On his way to find an heiress, he meets Abigail Merriweather, who is neither rich nor aristocratic, but she can tame The Terror and stomp cockroaches. Unfortunately, she needs a wealthy, powerful man who will fight her father’s executor and retrieve her four half-siblings. When an unexpected inheritance falls into Abby’s lap, she sets out for London to seek a lawyer. Can Fitz charm his practical Abby into trusting him to save her siblings when it’s doubtful that he can even save himself? And can Abby surrender reason and logic for the folly of love offered by a man who can have any woman he wants but insists he wants only her? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Patricia Rice’s historicals are deliciously fresh, sexy, and fun.”—Mary Jo Putney, author of Not Quite A Wife “Rice is a master storyteller …A wonderful blend of humor, pathos, adventure, and charm, this page-turner is book one in Rice’s promising Rebellious Sons series.” Shelley Mosley, Booklist —a top ten romance for 2010 “I loved it. It's a heartwarming tale that kept me smiling all the way through. Every character entertains and satisfies, from the engaging scapegrace hero who I loved more and more through the book, his wild and insecure love-child and the loving, down-to-earth heroine, right down to the devious old butler and the dyslexic assassin. It's a sweet, sexy, fun romp with so much heart. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.” Anne Gracie, author of The Winter Bride
Author : Patricia Rice
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The death of Celeste Rochester’s father on the voyage from Jamaica to London leaves her and her young siblings nearly penniless in a foreign country. Forced to battle lawyers for her inheritance and the roof over their heads, Celeste has only one weapon: her mysteriously compelling voice. Having become a barrister to fight injustice, Lord Erran inexplicably incites a riot with his first impassioned speech. Barred from the courtroom, he acts as solicitor for his brother, the Marquess of Ashford. His first job for Ashford requires moving tenants from his brother’s townhouse—a simple task until Erran meets the uncommon beauty living there and realizes she is under attack. Erran cannot heave Celeste’s desperate family from their home, even though his blind brother needs the property. Nor can he sit back and watch unseen enemies do the job for him. Can Celeste trust him to defeat their foe? And if Erran succeeds in saving the lady with the intoxicating voice, can he bear to evict her—when she alone understands the turbulence ruining his life?
As an astrologer, Lady Azenor Dougall sadly realizes her stars are a danger to her beloved siblings and has banished herself from her Scots home. As the Malcolm family librarian, she dutifully creates zodiac charts for her often eccentric and mysterious relations—until the day she realizes a dire conjunction of planets spells a fatal threat in a distant branch of the family. Lord Theophilus Ives, heir presumptive to the Marquess of Ashford, Earl of Ives and Wystan, is a dedicated astronomer who has perfected a telescope capable of seeing beyond Saturn’s moons. Living in an all-male family that distrusts the women who regularly abandon them, Theo is undaunted by the tumult of his life—until the day the luscious Lady Azenor arrives to warn them that the marquess is in danger. Can Aster, the Prophetess of Doom, convince a laughing disbeliever of peril? And what are the chances she can escape the fate her stars predict if she lingers too long in Lord Theo’s enthralling company?
Tainted by the gossip about her mad mother, Daphne Templeton defies family and society by spurning the only gentleman to make her an offer. Fleeing London rumors, she’s captured by a highwayman, who believes her mad for not fearing him when he rides off with her. Even her beloved aunt fears she’s lost her wits for not encouraging her neighbor, the quiet but handsome Lord Griffin. And Daphne has to question her own rationality when she prefers the clandestine kisses of a masked stranger to those of a gentleman who openly declares his love. . . Keywords: Regency England, aristocrat, highwayman, humor
Duke meets shrew. Taming doesn’t happen. Neville Perceval, the bankrupt Duke of Anglesey, finally accepts that he needs to marry a wealthy, gracious lady who will ease his financial burdens and smooth his political path. Before he can seek this paragon, he’s thrown into the path of the rebellious, untamed cousin of an Irish earl. Fiona MacDermot needs cash to help the starving villagers and orphans left by the long-lost earl. Not trusting another lying aristocrat, she’d rather start her own mill than ask for help. But when the duke is nearly beaten to death on her doorstep, and Fiona’s looms are lost to a murdering thief, their lives are entangled in ways that threaten their futures. Lust shouldn’t factor into their destinies, but it does, and now they have to find their dreams together, or die trying.
She will never trust her broken heart to him again. Shortly after Lady Juliet trusted her heart to Graham, the Marquess of Hertford, he disappeared with no explanation. Eight months later he is back in London, eager to resume their relationship, but claims he cannot tell her where he’s been. Graham was fulfilling a duty to the duke who had once acted as his guardian. Sworn to secrecy, Graham is frustrated in his attempts to win back Juliet’s trust and convince her he wants her for his wife. As he works hard to chip away at her frozen heart, a twist of fate might snatch happiness away from them forever. *** The Noble Hearts Series from USA Today bestselling author Callie Hutton brings heart, humor and happiness to three sisters and the father eager to marry them off. The Earl of Pomeroy has three lovely daughters that he dearly loves. However, it is time for them to find husbands of their own who will pay for all the gowns, slippers, pelisses, ribbons and other fripperies that are slowly bankrupting him. He announces at breakfast one morning that they girls will marry in order of their birth. The eldest, Lady Elise, the most resistant to marriage, must wed before her sisters will be allowed to accept an offer. Elise is appalled by his edict and attempts to thwart his efforts. Lady Juliet, next in line, always wanted marriage, but a broken heart has turned her against the wedded state. Lady Marigold dreamed for years of finding her Prince Charming, but alas, the man she’s in love with wants her to help him select the perfect bride. The Earl of Pomeroy discovers that playing matchmaker isn't always easy, especially when the heart is involved. Including his.
Author : Patricia Rice
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She's headstrong and impulsive. He's bound by honor and duty. Scandal can be their only fate. Abandoned as a mute child, Eileen has no last name and no memory of her childhood. Despite her early years in poverty, she discovers a happy life with a loving adoptive family, friends, and her painting. But when her aristocratic neighbor steals her wayward heart, she learns that family and art are not enough. Once a careless rakehell, Drake Neville returns home to the responsibilities of his newly inherited estate. As wealthy Lord Sherbourne, he is obliged to marry his childhood betrothed—but his creative soul is drawn to the beautiful artist with no name. He cannot marry her—yet he will never forget her. After Eileen helps save Drake’s young cousins from a Jacobite rebellion, he expresses his gratitude by searching for her family. But he uncovers a deadly web of deceit, a nightmare that endangers Eileen, their families, and Drake’s carefully planned future. Together, they must risk honor, name, and life itself to face the past that haunts her and jeopardizes any chance at love. . . ~~ Georgian England, aristocrat, orphan, Jacobites, Ireland, mute child, artist
Author : Jo Beverley
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". . . what distinguishes Beverley's writing is the depth of compassion and human understanding." ~Kim E Power The Duchess of Belcraven committed a folly, and bore her husband another man's child. But Lucien was a third son, so all was patched over. Then the two older boys drowned, leaving disaster. Now, over twenty years later, the duke learns he has a legitimate daughter—Beth Armitage, a child of his blood—and he compels Lucien and Beth to marry. Lucien, now the arrogant ducal heir, is devastated to learn he is not his father's child and that the only way to his fortune is through his unwilling bride: an independent schoolteacher raised in the principles of the Rights of Women. Can there be any common ground? From The Publisher: Author Jo Beverley is known for her consumate attention to historical detail that wisks the reader back in time to a near first-hand experience. Fans of Regency romance and historical British fiction set in the 19th century, as well as readers of Jess Michaels, Mary Balogh, Christi Caldwell, Stephanie Laurens, Madeline Hunter and Mary Jo Putney will want to read every book by Jo Beverley. Romance Writers of America RITA Award, Winner Best Regency Romance, Romantic Times "...vivid and mesmerizing characters . Top notch Regency reading pleasure." ~Romantic Times "...reading about these two intelligent, strong people was such a treat." ~All About Romance
An Irish rogue and an English heiress should have nothing in common. But two years after the disastrous fire that brought Lady Blanche Perceval into Michael O'Toole's life, he is saddled with another orphan in need of a woman's understanding. Except the once generous Lady Blanche now despises Michael for keeping his distance when she needed him the most. Following the fire, Blanche inherited the wealth of a dukedom, but her cousin holds the power. Forced to rely on her men of business, she is at constant odds with the new duke, who insists upon marriage for sake of the estate. When the irresistible and unreliable Michael O'Toole re-materializes in her life to enlist her care for another orphan he's rescued—as he once did for her—Blanche doesn't know whether to kill him or kiss him. But when her carriage is attacked, running off with a rogue seems the wisest choice of all. REVIEWS: "Michael and his delicious duke's granddaughter demonstrate why bad boys are best!" ~Mary Jo Putney, NYT Bestselling author of Sometimes a Rogue THE REGENCY NOBLES SERIES, in order The Genuine Article The Marquess The English Heiress The Irish Duchess