HIS BUSINESS IS DISCOVERING SECRETS...
When a girl is murdered at a factory in London, Sergeant Thaddeus Knight of the Metropolitan Police comes in to investigate. But it's not just the factory owners that Thaddeus wants information on-the devilishly intriguing Poppy O'Reilly is a puzzle he'd like nothing more than to solve.
HER LIFE DEPENDS ON KEEPING HER PAST HIDDEN.
All it took was one mistake for Poppy to lose her good reputation. Shunned by polite society, she's retreated to the one place no one from her old life would look for her: the rookeries. Protecting her young daughter is the most important thing to Poppy, and Thaddeus threatens the false identity she's carefully constructed. The last thing she should do is allow Thaddeus close to her family, yet she can't stay away from him.
With danger around the corner, will the secrets of a scarlet woman lead to their undoing?
-----Secrets in Scarlet is a dark, gritty, and sexy full-length romantic suspense set in pre-Victorian working class London. While it is book two in the Rookery Rogues series, it can be read as a stand-alone historical romance.
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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?
A Dangerous Invitation (Book 1)
Torn from her life of privilege by her father's death, Kate Morgan is now a fence for stolen goods in the rookeries. The last man she expects to see again is Daniel O'Reilly, who swore to love her but instead fled amidst accusations of murder. One drunken night cost Daniel everything. To win back the life he had, he must prove he's innocent of murder and convince Kate he's no longer a scoundrel.
Secrets in Scarlet (Book 2)
Poppy O'Reilly has crafted a new life in the Spitalfields rookery for herself and her young daughter, one that depends on keeping her past hidden. But when the murder of a fellow factory worker brings Sergeant Thaddeus Knight of the Metropolitan Police into her life, the very man who could discover her past is the one she can't live without.
Beauty and the Rake (Book 3)
Abigail Vautille dreamed of escaping Whitechapel, until a tragic incident left her scarred and penniless. Now to save her family from debtor's prison, she strikes a bargain with the rogue who owns her father's debts: for two weeks, she'll give him her body, but not her heart. But Inspector Michael Strickland sees the beauty inside her, not the beast she believes herself to be.
ONCE, SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL...
Abigail Vautille dreamed of escaping the Whitechapel rookery and starting a new life, until one tragic night left her scarred and penniless. To save her family from debtor's prison, she strikes a deal with the rogue who owns her father's gambling vowels-if he excuses the debt, for two weeks, she'll give him her body, but not her heart.
ONCE, HE WAS CHARMING...Inspector Michael Strickland of the Metropolitan Police has always had a way with women. Success comes easily to him, and he glides through life on his good looks and family name. But Abigail lights a passion within him he never knew existed. He sees the beauty within her, not the beast she believes herself to be.
TOGETHER, THEIR LOVE IS BEYOND A FAIRY TALE.After a dangerous figure from Abigail's past resurfaces vowing vengeance, things take a sinister turn. But Michael will stop at nothing to keep the woman he loves safe. When the stakes are high and the scars are more than skin deep, passion might be the key to a happily ever after.--------Beauty and the Rake is a dark, gritty, and sexy full-length romantic suspense set in pre-Victorian working class London. While it is book three in the Rookery Rogues series, it can be read as a stand-alone historical romance.
In regards to the Matter of the un-entailed Estate of the late-Jonathan Hambly, 10th Earl of Banfield, be advised that your attendance is urgently required at the reading of his lordship’s Last Will & Testament, to take place on November 1st of this year at Castle Keyvnor in Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.
Mr. Timothy Hunt, Esq.
When the late-Earl of Banfield’s distant relations descend upon Bocka Morrow, they’ll find gypsies, witches, pixies, smugglers, and one very haunted castle. And if they’re lucky, they might just fall in love while they’re there.
MYSTIFIED, The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes:
Renee Bernard’s The Sweetest Curse
Blade Hambly believes in three things: logic, science and the notion that if a man just keeps his eyes forward, he is unlikely to be tripped up by the past. But how does a man keep his thoughts cool and focused when he meets a young woman like Miss Elethea Fairfax? A woman who heals with the touch of her hands, who talks to the air and radiates magic with every other-worldly fluttering of her eyelashes? What does a man of science do when the woman he is falling in love with is a witch?
Jerrica Knight-Catania's Possessed by the Stranger
Lady Samantha Priske can hardly wait to make herself scarce in the allegedly haunted residence of her late great uncle, the Earl of Banfield. And when she meets a handsome stranger who is blessedly not a relation, she finds herself flirting uncharacteristically with him. Chadwick Kendall isn’t thrilled to be at Castle Keyvnor for the blasted will reading. His father is dying, and he’d rather be by his side. But Chad finds something at Castle Keyvnor far more valuable than anything the earl could have left for him: A beautiful redhead, whom he must convince to be his bride.
Erica Monroe's The Mad Countess
Theodore Lockwood, Earl of Ashbrooke, has been in love with his best friend, Lady Claire Deering, for as long as he can remember. Claire too harbors a secret desire for him—but a witch cursed her family with madness, and she’s terrified she’ll only hurt him if they act on their feelings. When a will reading at a mysterious castle in Cornwall brings them both together, they’ll work to break her family’s curse…and find true love.
The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes twelve Regency romance novellas. Don’t miss the anthologies Vexed, Bedeviled, and Spellbound.
SHE'S GIVEN UP ON LOVE, AND WANTS ONLY INDEPENDENCE...
Torn from her life of privilege by her father's death, Kate Morgan survives in London's dark and depraved rookeries as a fence for stolen goods. The last man she ever expects, or wants, to be reunited with is her first love, who promised to cherish, honor and protect her, and instead fled amidst accusations of murder.
HE'S THE REFORMED RAKE DETERMINED TO WIN HER BACK.
One drunken night cost Daniel O'Reilly the woman he loved. If he ever wants to reclaim Kate--and his old life--he'll not only have to prove he's innocent of murder, but convince the pistol-wielding hellion that he's no longer the scoundrel he once was.
Together, they'll have to face a killer. Time is running out...
*2014 Daphne du Maurier Excellence in Romantic Suspense Finalist in Published Historical Romance*
A Dangerous Invitation is a dark, gritty, and sexy romantic suspense about the working class of pre-Victorian England. It is a full-length standalone historical romance, and is book one in the Rookery Rogues series.
CHARMED AT CHRISTMAS includes:
Claire Delacroix's A Duke By Any Other Name
Daphne Goodenham has always been determined to wed a duke—not just because she loves fine dresses and parties, but because she wants to guarantee that she and her sister are never destitute again. When she meets the Duke of Inverfyre, a notorious fop, she immediately notices intriguing inconsistencies. Is there more to the duke than meets the eye? Why would he hide the truth if he were handsome, young, rich and a duke? Alexander, the Duke of Inverfyre, is bent on catching a notorious thief who injured his sister, no matter what the cost. But when the lovely Miss Goodenham is bent on charming him, Alexander’s disguise proves to be no defense against her curiosity—and he has no resistance to her kiss. Will Daphne inadvertently foil Alexander’s plan? Will he have to sacrifice her interest to avenge his sister? Or can Daphne ensure Alexander’s triumph and make her own Christmas wish come true?
When is a kiss actually a curse? When an irate Pixie forbids you to kiss the wrong girl—ever. Unfortunately, Lord Locryn Pendarvis has no idea why girls are falling all over themselves not to kiss him. He only knows that after a certain point, the risk of humiliation outweighs desire. Until he meets Lady Gwyn Hambly again. She’s witty, charming and beautiful—and just as interested in him as he is in her. They’ll do anything to ensure their future together—even fight the supernatural forces aligned against them.
After the death of her beloved guardian, Miss Felicity Fields is left alone with an uncertain future. But this blunt bluestocking has a secret: she’s determined to resurrect her guardian through the ancient art of alchemy. The last thing she needs is the return of Nicholas Harding, the Duke of Wycliffe and rightful owner of her home on the wild coast of Cornwall. He stirs an unexpected passion within her, and Felicity has had enough change in her life. When they were children, Nicholas never understood his aunt's brilliant but unemotional ward, or her many scientific studies. Now, he's determined to bring Felicity to London so that she may make a match within society--except he can't stop thinking about her. But with the line between life and death blurred by Felicity's experiments, can he convince her that she's no longer alone, and her proper place is by his side?
WHEN AN UNDERWORLD PRINCESS...
Beautiful, innocent Mina Mason has led a sheltered life as the sister to the most notorious crime lord in England. Her family's wealth and expectations keep her in a gilded cage, never able to act on her true desires. Like kissing -- and engaging in far more scandalous behavior with--Charlie Thatcher, her childhood best friend. As a member of a rival gang, Charlie is distinctly off-limits.
FALLS FOR THE WRONG MAN...
Charlie Thatcher has known since he was a boy where his loyalties should lie: with the Chapman Street Thieves, who saved him from a brutal death in the dark alleys of the Ratcliffe rookery. As a bartender for the Three Boars public house, he protects his fellow brothers with his mind and his fists. But when one of those members threatens Mina's safety, Charlie's primal, protective instincts are triggered--and his defense of her puts them both in danger.
PASSION MAY BE THEIR DOWNFALL.
Stealing the Rogue's Heart is a dark, gritty, and sexy romantic suspense about the working class of pre-Victorian England. While it is book four in the Rookery Rogues series, it can be read as a stand-alone historical romance.
After the death of her beloved guardian, Miss Felicity Fields is left adrift, her future uncertain. Grief-stricken, she launches a plan to use her knowledge of alchemy to build a Philosopher's Stone, and bring back to life the woman who was like a mother to her. The last thing this blunt bluestocking needs is the return of Nicholas Harding, the Duke of Wycliffe and rightful owner of her home on the wild coast of Cornwall. He stirs an unexpected passion within her, and Felicity has had enough change in her life.
When they were children, Nicholas never understood his aunt's brilliant but unemotional ward, or her many strange scientific studies. He ought to take her back to London, so she can make a proper society match--except he can't stop thinking about her. But with the line between life and death blurred by Felicity's macabre experiments, can he convince her that she's no longer alone, and her proper place is by his side?
Previously released in CHARMED AT CHRISTMAS
The Gothic Brides series: edgy, atmospheric Gothic Regency Romance, exploring the dark, twisted corners of England--these books are not for the faint of heart. The Gothic Brides battle tortured pasts and face dangerous, suspenseful circumstances on their road to a hard-won happily ever after. Each book stands on its own.
When Lady Claire Deering's mother enters an insane asylum, society is quick to scorn her, dubbing her the Mad Daughter. But Claire's tattered reputation is the least of her worries, as those rumors hold a horrible, terrifying truth: the Deering women are victims of a dark witch's curse. If Claire marries her true love, she'll spend the rest of her life under the thrall of madness.To save herself, she remains isolated...until a will reading at a mysterious castle on All Hallows Eve places her in close confines with her dearest friend and secret love.
Bashful, scholarly Teddy Lockwood has never met a rule he didn't rejoice in following. When he unexpectedly inherits the Ashbrooke earldom, he's determined to turn over a new, more courageous leaf--starting with telling Claire that he's loved her since they were children. The will reading presents the perfect opportunity to win her heart, even if he's vastly out of his element at this enigmatic, shadowy Cornwall castle. Soon, the simmering passion between them becomes unstoppable. Now, to save the love of his life, Teddy will do whatever it takes to break the dark magic's hold on Claire. Will Claire spend her life within the grips of strange delirium, or will love prove the strongest of all?
This novella was previously released in the Mystified anthology.