Following a major tabloid scandal, movie star Alaina Pierce escapes to Ribbon Ridge. She’s immediately drawn to the quiet, picturesque town and the incredibly sexy—if a little quirky—Evan. He may be built like a Greek god, but he’s honest and straightforward… so different from the Hollywood types she normally dates.
Their attraction is undeniable, but Alaina can’t elude the paparazzi forever, and Evan has no interest in being in the limelight. When the secret she’s been keeping is exposed, the idea of Evan—of real love and a family like the Archers—could vanish in an instant.
Fed up with her self-imposed single life, successful event planner Sara Archer heads to a bar for a night of dancing … and bumps into Dylan Westcott, a high school crush she hasn't seen in years. Harmless flirting leads to a hot, completely uncharacteristic one-night stand. But when she wakes up alone, Sara knows there won't be a repeat.
Dylan, a divorced, ex-military construction contractor, limits himself to casual flings—his failed marriage proves he's better off alone anyway—but he can't stop dreaming about Sara. And when his firm is hired to oversee the renovation project run by the Archer siblings, the two are unable to resist their explosive chemistry.
But when their secret affair grows beyond "friends with benefits" and neither is willing to admit they want more, family drama and emotional scars may ruin their chance at a love they believed was only in their dreams.
Everyone thought college sweethearts Bex Holmgren and Hayden Archer were headed for the altar… until a tragic accident sent young Bex running from a future she wasn’t ready to claim. But when she’s offered her dream job at Archer Brewing, Bex can’t pass up the chance to reconnect with the big, crazy family that once welcomed her with open arms—and the one man she’s never stopped loving.
When he returns home after a year in France, Hayden is less than thrilled to find his ex-girlfriend working for his family’s company. He’s finally moved on, and being around her rekindles long-buried feelings he’d rather ignore. But Bex isn’t the same girl he knew—she’s more mature, more beautiful, more tempting than ever—and he can’t resist the pull of the intense passion he’s only ever shared with her.
Have five years changed them enough, or are they doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past? The only thing Bex knows for sure is that for her, Hayden is still the one.
An Avon Romance
Denver real estate mogul Liam Archer has always been a thrill-seeker, and the loss of his identical twin brother has only intensified his reckless behavior. Sky diving, heli-skiing, motorcycle riding…he’s tried everything once. Except falling in love. Liam doesn’t do relationships, but a no-strings fling with Aubrey Tallinger—the smart, gorgeous lawyer handling his brother’s estate—is totally his speed.
At first, hooking up with Liam whenever he’s in Ribbon Ridge is perfect; but Aubrey fears she could fall hard for the sexy daredevil, if he’d only stop refusing to acknowledge the demons he’s trying to outrun. To protect herself from heartbreak, Aubrey ends their affair. But this time Liam isn’t leaving town, and instead of seduction, he wants to be…friends.
The white hot attraction between them still sizzles, but Liam knows that winning Aubrey back won’t happen in his bed. He’ll have to convince her that he’s more than the careless, adrenaline junkie she believes him to be. Because when they kiss, Liam feels whole again… and he isn’t ready to give her up without a fight.
Tori Archer is married…well, on paper anyway. She hasn't actually seen her husband since the disastrous morning after their impulsive Vegas wedding. The memories of their intense passion may still make her weak in the knees, but Tori knows their marriage was a mistake.
After six months filming abroad, television producer Sean Hennessy wants nothing more than to track down his sexy, captivating wife and get her into bed…fast. So when his boss sends him to Oregon to persuade the famous Archer sextuplets—the former stars of a reality TV show—to do a reunion special, Sean sees the perfect chance to win Tori back.
But Tori wants nothing to do with him and is determined to push him away. Yet their attraction is as hot as ever and Sean will do anything to prove their relationship was more than just a fling…because he knows that when real love happens, it changes everything.
Years ago, golden boy Kyle Archer left Ribbon Ridge without a word. Now, with heartbreak on the verge of tearing his family apart, the black sheep is back, and he's determined to regain their trust by uncovering the truth behind Alex's death. But the moment he confronts Maggie Trent—the therapist his parents blame for the tragedy—Kyle is stunned by his powerful attraction to the beautiful doctor … and drawn to her like no woman he's ever met before.
When gorgeous, charismatic Kyle approaches Maggie about his brother's death, she agrees to help him search for answers. And as they piece together Alex's last days, their undeniable chemistry turns too hot to ignore. After their relationship becomes more serious than either anticipated, Kyle may be forced to choose between the woman he's desperate to hold on to and the family he almost let slip away.
Breaking free from her structured life, Chloe English quits her high-powered job and moves across the country to work as an art teacher. The simple life is all she hoped it would be until her house burns down, leaving her homeless. When a handsome firefighter swoops in to save the day, she can’t believe her luck. He’s laid-back and unassuming, everything she’s looking for in a man—or so he seems. It turns out he’s as ambitious as her ex, comes with a family who could be more stifling than hers, and harbors dark secrets he may never be able to share.
Orphaned as a teenager, Derek Sumner has found a place in his best friend’s family. However, the love and support of his surrogate parents and siblings can’t erase the grief and loss he struggles every Christmas to banish. But this year he meets the fun and sexy Chloe, whose optimism and sense of joy are incredibly contagious. Can she help him face his bleak past so they can forge a happy future?
Banished from London for her reckless behavior, Lady Miranda Sinclair is robbed by a dashing highwayman en route to the country. By offering him a kiss in lieu of the jewels she had to leave behind, she commits the very type of act that caused her exile. When her dour guardians extend her punishment to performing charitable work at the local orphanage, she’s further tempted by the home’s owner, a provincial gentleman who stirs her passion in a most wicked way.
He was her downfall
Desperate to save his orphanage from financial catastrophe, Montgomery "Fox" Foxcroft leads a double life as a highwayman. The arrival of wealthy, well-connected Miranda, whose kiss he can’t forget, presents a lawful opportunity to increase his coffers. His problems seem solved—until she rejects his suit. Out of options and falling for the heiress, Fox must risk what principles he has left and take advantage of her wicked ways—even if it ruins them both.
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Featuring twelve bestselling and award-winning historical romance authors. For more information, check out PastThrills.com. Please note these are excerpts, not the full books.
Too Dangerous for a Lady by New York Times Bestselling Author Jo Beverley - Meeting an old flame leads to fear, abduction and a threat to all London – but nothing's too dangerous for a lady in love.
Shev by USA Today Bestselling Author Tracey Devlyn – A Marquess of Shevington’s bleak existence sparks to life after hiring a mysterious governess whose secrets stir his curiosity and whose courage awakens his desire.
Beauty and the Rake by USA Today Bestselling Author Erica Monroe – When a scarred woman with a terrifying past agrees to spend two weeks with the roguish Metropolitan Police inspector who owns her father’s gambling debts, desire just might be the key to a happily ever after.
The Leading Lady by USA Today Bestselling Author Deb Marlowe - Lord Truitt Russell will do anything to apprehend the criminal Marquess of Marstoke, even ask for the help of the stubborn, irritating, gorgeous Callie Grant, but when fate demands a decision between revenge and love, which will he choose?
Romancing the Earl by USA Today Bestselling Author Darcy Burke - A reluctant earl and a bold adventuress join forces to solve his brother’s murder and search for a valuable artifact, but amidst the dangers they face, passion may be the greatest threat of all.
In Bed with a Spy by RITA-nominated Alyssa Alexander - The Marquess of Angelstone, code name Angel, is searching for the assassin that killed his fiancée four years ago. His only suspect is the woman who has captured his heart.
Lady Vice by Wendy LaCapra - When a fallen baroness is accused of murdering her estranged husband, her first love becomes her last chance.
Reckless Wager by Christy Carlyle - Set against the backdrop of London's dangerous East End in 1888, Victorian propriety and passions collide when a beautiful widow makes a wager with a wounded police detective bent on solving the Ripper mystery.
Captured Countess by Ann Lethbridge - where double agents play a seductively dangerous game in Napoleon’s war with England.
Shattered Secrets by Lana Williams - The new Earl of Berkmond reluctantly offers a marriage of convenience to his childhood friend, but his passion for her collides with the terrible secrets of his past.
The Rake to Rescue Her by Julia Justiss - When jaded Alastair Ransleigh begins an affair with the woman who once jilted him, hopes of finally escaping her spell change to a determination to rescue her from past misery and present danger.
A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins - Leonora Craven is desperate to know just how her brother died, but to find out she'll need to join forces with her former love, Lord Freddy Lisle. Can a false betrothal help them gain entrance into the notorious Lords of Anarchy driving club, where fast carriages and danger aren't the only vices on offer?
Book 1 of her Fool Me Once series
England, 14th Century: Desperate to flee a forced marriage to England’s most fearsome knight, Lady Linnet of Ardenwood hires the dangerous mercenary, William de Ros, to help her escape to a convent. But de Ros is the new Baron Warbrooke, her betrothed, who has only a week to woo and win her heart.
THE BRIDE WORE BLUE by Cheryl Bolen
Book 1 of her Brides of Bath series
England, 1811: For six long years Thomas Moreland has dreamed of the beautiful young noblewoman who rescued him. Wealthy now, he's come to Bath to rescue his fair Felicity—while endeavoring to win her love.
MIDNIGHT MARRIAGE by Lucinda Brant
Book 1 of her Roxton Family Saga
England & France, 1769: Based on real events, a hasty midnight marriage between teenagers establishes a dynasty. Ten years later, Deb stumbles across a wounded duelist in the forest. It is love at first sight. The stranger is in truth her husband Julian, Marquess of Alston, returned from years in exile to claim his wife before a rival can.
THE FORBIDDEN DUKE by Darcy Burke
Book 1 in her The Untouchables series
London, 1811: A decade ago, Titus St. John’s idle roguery brought about the ruin of Eleanor Lockhart—and his self-imposed isolation. Now she’s back, and she needs his help. But by “saving” her, The Forbidden Duke may ruin her life all over again.
LADY DANGER by Glynnis Campbell
Book 1 of her Warrior Maids of Rivenloch series
Scotland, 1136: Warrior maid Deirdre of Rivenloch never turns her back on a fight when her clan is threatened. But when she marries the powerful Sir Pagan Cameliard to save her sister, Deirdre faces a new kind of enemy who crosses swords with her by day and lays siege to her heart by night.
GATHER THE STARS by Kimberly Cates
Book 1 of her Culloden’s Fire series
Scotland, 1746: Englishwoman Rachel de Lacey vows to wed the bravest soldier. She is taken hostage by the Glen Lyon, the Highland raider saving Scotland’s orphans from English retribution. Branded a coward in battle, he teaches her a new meaning for courage.
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Sinfully seductive Jasper Sinclair, Earl of Saxton, made a bargain with the devil—his father—to marry in one month’s time. But instead of declaring his intentions for an acceptable debutante, he rebels by pursuing a captivating woman who may not be what she seems.
When you’d rather be wicked…
Orphaned seamstress Olivia West wants to lead an honest, respectable life, but the passionately determined Earl of Saxton launches a daunting campaign to make her his mistress. Destitute and desperate, Olivia concocts a scheme to give them both what they want. But when Jasper detects Olivia’s deception, he vows to claim what he’s owed—not his money, her.
Lady Philippa Latham is determined to avoid scandal at all costs. When her mother’s outrageous behavior threatens their family’s reputation, Philippa attempts to curtail her activities. Unwittingly, she follows her to a party no unmarried Society girl would risk attending, where she locks lips with England’s most notorious scoundrel. She should stay far away from him, but a night of danger and kisses ensures they will be linked, at least for a short time.
A scoundrel in need of seduction…
Lord Ambrose Sevrin is famous for having ruined his brother’s fiancée and refusing to marry her. Now celibate, he doesn’t deserve to stand next to Lady Philippa, let alone touch her. Yet when she needs his help to secure a husband before her mother ruins them all, he can’t resist offering his assistance. He must not, however, succumb to her charms because he can’t tolerate redemption—or love.
Ethan Jagger will do anything to leave his illicit past behind and take his place as a gentleman in Society. Success is within his grasp until his boss discovers his double cross and frames him for murder. As if running from the law and the outlaws weren’t bad enough, he must protect an innocent young lady from the very cut-throats who want him dead. Worst of all, however, is the dangerous attraction that sparks between them.
Who met a very nice girl…
London only thinks of Audrey Cheswick as a wallflower—if they even think of her at all. She’s tried to find satisfaction—if not happiness—as a spinster-in-waiting, though her intrepid spirit yearns for a grand adventure. But when she runs away with England’s most wanted criminal, she learns adventure comes with a price—not just her reputation or her virtue, but her heart.
Labeled a lunatic and a reprobate, Lord Jason Lockwood finds solace in debauchery outside the realm of Polite Society. Scarred inside and out, Jason can’t possibly hope to improve his standing within the ton…until he meets an alluring and persuasive young lady who offers to help him reclaim respectability. Tempted not by the possibility of a better reputation, but by the lure of seduction, he sees what he’s been missing—along with how much he stands to lose.
A beauty’s touch provokes his desire…
Lady Lydia Prewitt should be a perfect debutante, but her former life as a gossip has ensured a lonely path. Seizing an opportunity to reform the scandalous yet tantalizing Lord Lockwood, she glimpses a future she never dreamed of—if he’s willing to meet her halfway. But can she risk falling in love with a scoundrel if it means joining him in exile?
No one is more shocked than Daniel Carlyle when his father’s second cousin and his son die on the same day. Without the foggiest notion how to be a viscount, Daniel gratefully accepts the guidance of a prominent earl. His new role doesn’t seem too difficult, especially when he meets a lovely young woman he intends to make his viscountess. Until he catches her stealing from his mentor.
The moment Jocelyn Renwick glimpses her family’s stolen heirlooms in the possession of a wealthy earl, she demands their return. He dismissively insists they’ve been in his family for generations, and she privately vows to get them back at any cost. But the law-abiding Lord Carlyle foils her plans, and she reluctantly partners with him to solve the theft of her property. Now Jocelyn must decide if justice for her family is worth risking a chance at love.
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SMUGGLER'S MOON by Cynthia Wright - England, 1798 - When Julia Faircloth switches places with her shy sister at the altar to save her from the marriage bed of wicked Lord Sebastian Trevarre, she doesn't dream that they'll be living on a neglected but enchanting estate in Cornwall or what risks her husband might take to restore his fortune...
VIOLET by Lauren Royal - England, 1673 - Violet Ashcroft isn't planning to marry—she'd rather spend her time improving her mind than risking her tender heart. That is, until a handsome viscount named Ford Chase moves into the neighborhood...
AZALEA by Brenda Hiatt - England, 1815 - Immediately after an arranged marriage, Azalea's new husband is lost at sea. On arriving in England six years later, Azalea learns that her husband is alive but has no memory of her or their marriage. Worse, he is betrothed! Can Azalea make him remember the truth before he breaks her heart again?
DANGER'S KISS by Glynnis Campbell - Canterbury, England, 1250 - A beautiful thief can squirm out of trouble with a wink and a smile, until she meets the most feared lawman in the shire, who can't decide whether to kiss her or kill her.
TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL by Darcy Burke - England, 1818 - When debutante Lady Philippa finds herself in a potentially compromising situation, she’s “rescued” by England’s most notorious scoundrel, Lord Ambrose Sevrin. Despite his scandalous past, Ambrose vows to preserve Philippa's reputation, but instead launches them both on a path to public and personal ruin.