After a terrible accident, Griffin Branwynne had given up on the joys of Christmas—until the indomitable Gwendolyn Davies arrived on his doorstep and turned his world topsy-turvy. Could the earl resist a woman who wouldn't take no for an answer?
Love at First Step by TERRI BRISBIN
While visiting friends in England for the holidays, Lord Gavin MacLeod cast his eye upon the mysterious Elizabeth. She was more noble beauty than serving wench, and Gavin vowed to uncover her past at any cost….
A Christmas Secret by GAIL RANSTROM
Miss Charity Wardlow expected a marriage proposal from her intended while attending a Christmas wedding. But when Sir Andrew MacGregor arrived at the manor, Charity realized she wanted no one but the Scotsman with the sensual smile….
A fitting start for such a dangerous attraction, thought Grayson Westcott, the Marquis of Wroth. And though he'd always prided himself on his infamous self-control, Kate Courtland's hoydenish charms had shattered his defenses and set fire to his soul!
Kate Courtland's life of privilege amongst polite society was a distant memory, and the hardships of her daily struggle had become all too real. Until the night she wounded the Marquis of Wroth, and unleashed a smoldering passion that would change their lives forever!
It was the last thing Elene Fitzhugh intended. She only prayed her array of sharpened daggers was ample protection against Geoffrey de Burgh's gentle coaxing and honeyed lies, for she was determined to be no man's bride—king's command be damned!
Noble By Birth, Yet Wild At Heart
Though Elene Fitzhugh had slain her first husband in the marriage bed, Geoffrey de Burgh had no choice but to make her his bride. Yet could he ever truly take to wife a woman with so fierce and passionate a soul?
Dark and brooding and rumored to have done murder, the Devil Earl was everything Prudence Lancaster's imagination could conjure. But he was also flesh and blood, and infinitely more seductive than anything she had ever created. In his presence, the dreamy authoress became a sultry sleuth, hungry to solve the mystery of Ravenscar's missing brother and to save her beloved Devil Earl from his own wicked legacy….
"Deborah Simmons guarantees a page-turner…"
Lady Allis nearly swoons when she first seesthe tall, tempting knight at her father's jousting tournament. As theeldest daughter of the family, she is duty-bound to wed someone ofwealth and privilege -- and Sir Connor, though mesmerizing, is not onlypenniless but in disgrace. To Connor this fiery, untouchable maiden isa prize worth fighting for. The onetime hero has little save his prideand his skill -- as a warrior and a lover. But will that beenough to survive castle treachereries, to know the rapturous passionthe lady's hungering gaze promises -- and to win her heart?
Beautiful orphan Vivienne Burroughs is determined to marry only for love and isn't about to allow her uncle to marry her off for a noble title. But her plans to escape this fate are interrupted by a strong and masterful man walking out of the mist. He alone offers Vivienne salvation from her dilemma...but will not reveal his identity. And when he kisses her Vivienne knows she won't rest until she finds her mystery man.
When Robert Harding sees a young woman teetering on the edge the of the River Thames he is certain she's a step away from plunging to her death. A man who knows what it is to be desperate, Robert has spent his life helping others -- but, there was something different about Vivienne. Her captivating beauty is too great a temptation to resist. Honor demands that Robert, let her go, even as he knows that "Vivienne: was, made to his bride. But can honor remain strong beneath the heat of a forbidden kiss?
Ranulf never believed he'd ever love a woman well enough to wed — until he met the vivacious Bea.
A jaded knight with neither power nor wealth had little to offer a noble lady. Sent by his liege lord to take command of a castle in Cornwall, Ranulf was surprised beyond belief when the virtuous Bea suddenly arrived, intent on seduction. Would desire or honor triumph in this game of love?
bringing Lady Elizabeth d'Averette face-to-face with the decidedly intriguing Finn--an outlaw with more honor than most knights. When he saves her from unspeakable violence, she agrees to reward his valorous actions. But would sharing his bed--however chastely--prove too high a price to pay?
Finn values courage, a quality Lizette displays in abundance. She joins him in a dangerous subterfuge to rescue his brother and expose the long-held secrets of the royal court, her adventurous spirit seeming to be a true match to his own. But could a noble beauty really care for a common son of the hills of Eire?
Promised to Merrick of Tregellas when she was but a child, Lady Constance was unwilling to wed a man she remembered only as a spoiled boy. Sure he had grown into an arrogant knight, she sought to make herself so unappealing that Merrick would refuse to honor their betrothal. Yet no sooner had this enigmatic, darkly handsome man ridden through the castle gates than she realized he was nothing like the boy she recalled. And very much a man she could love…
BOUND BY DESIRE…
Haunted by secrets from his past, Merrick was unwilling to return to Tregellas—until he caught sight of his bride-to-be. Beautiful and spirited, Lady Constance was everything he wanted in a wife. She stirred his passion—and his heart—as no woman ever had before. But what would happen when she discovered the truth?
When enemies begin plotting their downfall, only trust can save a match never meant to end in true love.
Though Marion Warenne's past was but a dim nightmare, her present held a vision of glory—the formidable Dunstan de Burgh. A fierce knight who was determined to win their battle of wills, all the while protesting mightily that he believed not in love….
Dunstan de Burgh, Baron of Wessex, had ofttimes heard himself likened to a wolf on the prowl: fierce, brave and ever-alert to danger. How so, then, could one soft-eyed damsel escape his watchful eye time and again? And even more dangerous, slip past his guard and find her way into his heart?
Destined for the convent, Emery Montbard disguises herself as a boy and enlists the help of chivalrous knight Nicholas de Burgh.
From a proud, dynastic family, Nicholas has a strong code of honor—which is challenged when he notices the provocative curves of his mysterious companion. Doesn't she realize that she gives away her true identity every time she moves? But Nicholas also hides a secret—one that lies at the very heart of him and can never be revealed….
To ransom his captive brother, Armand de Boisbaston had great need of a wealthy—and willing—wife. Fate sent him the lady Adelaide instead. A woman who claimed she wished to avoid the marriage bed, yet whose lips told a different tale. Now dangerous intrigues forced them into a match as inescapable as the burgeoning passion that grew between them.…
Lord Bromwell is used to breaking the Ton's rules, but even he is shocked when he meets the beautiful but guarded "Lady Eleanor Springford" and they share a soul-searing kiss!
Bromwell has a strong sense of duty and when he realizes she's fleeing a desperate situation, the only honorable thing he can do is offer her refuge at his country estate.
Except he has no idea Eleanor is really plain Nell Springley, an impoverished lady's companion on the run, and their fledgling relationship is a scandal-in-the-making….
Facing marriage to a man she loathes, virtuous Thomasina is forced to choose family duty over her own happiness—until a high-stakes tournament ends in her abduction! Trapped with her fearless captor, the legendary Wolf of Wales, she soon finds herself irresistibly drawn to the man beneath the armor.
Though Rheged captured Tamsin in the name of revenge, he can't ignore his instinct to protect her. Although to love her could bring the wrath of his enemies down upon them….
Power… When Griffydd DeLanyea departed his ship in Dunloch, he thought his stay would last no more than a fortnight. Unbeknownst to Griffydd, Diarmad MacMurdock, the man he had come to see, was not merely interested in a trade alliance….
Patience… Griffydd always believed that good things came to those who waited, but the Welshman had never wanted anything as badly as he wanted Diarmad's daughter Seona….
Passion… Whether in battle or in love, Griffydd preferred to guard his feelings carefully. But the day would come when Seona would be his wife.
Rowena Gunn was ever ruled by these echoes from the past to protect her son and safeguard his future. But the past was now embracing her in the very present form of Lion Sutherland, the Highland laird who alone could storm her defenses and besiege her cloistered heart!
Though hailed as a braw warrior, Lion Sutherland was nearly undone when his bonnie Rowena wed another. But now the fates had reunited them, and he'd be damned if anything—even the protests of the lady herself!—would destroy their newfound chance at love!
Lady Riona knew full well the arrogant knight would never choose an impoverished Scottish bride, but the Norman devil's heated glances held such promise that even she was ready to swoon at his feet. Lord help her, but Nicholas had her ready to trade her long-protected virtue for the promise of one night of passion in his arms!
So much so that even Welsh charmer Dylan DeLanyea looked like the answer to her prayers. But as she took her solemn vows before the exalted guests, she could only hope that her handsome husband would someday forgive her for trapping him into a hasty wedding.
Dylan's Lady wife was a woman of many talents. Indeed, his unplanned marriage to the beautiful chatelaine was turning out to be very pleasant indeed…and definitely more passionate than he had ever dreamed!
Sir Roger de Montmorency demanded obedience. And the last person he expected to defy him was his very own wife! But the rebellious Mina challenged his authority as surely and swiftly as she fired his Norman blood.
Lady Mina Chilcott knew she wasn't the most beautiful of women, but she demanded respect…especially from her husband. And she would have it before he claimed his husbandly rights. Though her vow soon seemed impossible to keep, as the handsome Roger had laid siege to her maidenly heart.
Christopher Marchant's mood matches the storm clouds that gather above his mansion. Yet when lightning illuminates a stranded beauty he must do as any gentleman would. Although, once rescued, she must be on her way….
But if Hero Ingram leaves empty-handed her uncle will punish her. Christopher is caught off guard by her willful rebellion—and he's sure he's caught a hint of vulnerability in her defiance….
As a gentleman he must protect her and make her quest his own. But as a red-blooded male…? She has awoken him from his slumber!
Endredi haunted his every waking thought…a sun-burnished Valkyrie with a beauty as wild as the open sea. But Adelar's deepest passion was also his darkest secret. For the woman who held his heart belonged to his lord….
Always would Endredi remember the boy who had awakened her to love. Yet she cursed the fates who brought her face-to-face with Adelar the man, for she was now nothing more than a bartered bride in a Saxon stronghold rife with danger and deceit.
Quintus MacLachlann is arrogant—unapologetically so. When he's asked to impersonate one half of a married couple to infiltrate Edinburgh society, he relishes the challenge of being "married" to the frustratingly willful yet beautiful Esme.
Esme makes no bones about her fervent dislike of the dishonored rake. He's the last person on earth she can conceive of marrying, sham or otherwise. But being forced to play wife to the handsome-as-sin wastrel brings up very real feelings of desire….
Seduced by the beauty of Gisele, yet irresistibly drawn to the intelligence of Mathilde, a proud woman as complex as her secrets, Henry accepts their offer. But as invaders close in, it is Mathilde who must dare to trust her deepest desires…and the man willing to fight for all he is worth to prove his honor.
No sooner does wealthy heiress Lady Moira MacMurdaugh breathe a sigh of relief for avoiding a disastrous marriage to a gambling womanizer than she is served with a lawsuit!
Torn between duty and this impulsive beauty who stirs him to distraction, solicitor Gordon McHeath has no choice but to go up against the woman whose kiss he's never forgotten. Until sinister forces threaten to upend Lady Moira's world and Gordon must cast the law book aside!
Heir to the Sommerville legacy of bravery, Jamie Harcourt had willingly entered a maze of intrigue knowing full well there was little hope of escape. Though he hadn't counted on the interference—or the inspiration—of the Lady Emmeline.
Elissa refuses to love her bridegroom, even though he is so maddeningly handsome that he had stolen her breath away upon her very first glance. Richard Blythe is a husband to be feared. Now he holds the key to Elissa's young son's legacy in his powerful hands. Dare a pretty widow trust a rogue such as he with her heart?
Sir Douglas Drury was a spy during the Napoleonic war and has the scars, and enemies, to show for it. When he is set upon in a London street, he finds it hard to be grateful because his rescuer is not only a woman, but French into the bargain!
Juliette Bergerine has learned to keep herself safe by avoiding undue attention, but now her life is also in danger and, together, she and Drury must take refuge in a mansion in Mayfair. There, this broodingly cynical man proves an irresistible temptation….
This was the litany Simon de Burgh chanted whenever he gazed upon Bethia Burnel. Gifted with fighting prowess to rival any of his knights, the maddening woman had laid siege to his vision of how the world should be—and captured his heart in the battle!
Simon de Burgh was infuriating—full of raw power and male conviction, even when Bethia had him bound hand and foot, deep in her forest lair. But she would prove to His Arrogance that she could best him yet again—despite her heart's thundering refrain that she had finally met her match!
The "black sheep" of the de Burgh family is a title Reynold wears well. Outcast and injured, this knight is journeying alone. But his bitter pilgrimage is interrupted by a very determined damsel who holds him to his knight's vow—to protect and serve!
Sabina Sexton knows her reluctant rescuer is skeptical about her quest. But the danger is very real, and wary Sabina must place her life—and her heart—in this dark and dangerously attractive knight's keeping….
That was before she found herself transplanted to the wild highlands of Scotland—land of savage barbarians—and the promised bride of a doddering old Scot. But when a boldly handsome warrior arrived at her door, she knew her prayers had been answered….
Adair MacTaren had come in friendship, but one look at the comely lass standing before him addled the young man's mind beyond repair. The tempting Norman lady lured him like a siren—yet he had no wish to be rescued. And 'twas no time before the brash chieftain's son had sworn to free Marianne from her loveless betrothal—and claim her for his own ladywife!
Raleigh Hadn't Gambled On Finding A Virgin In His Bed—
but when he awoke next to Jane Trowbridge, he knew all bets for bachelorhood were off. Now, instead of a love match, he'd gotten a sparring partner.
Jane had never imagined herself anyone's lawfully wedded wife, and now ironic fate had bound her to a hedonistic viscount who was a Tulip of the Ton. Still, could a man who only pursued pleasure find any pleasure pursuing her? And could she restrain her maidenly blushes long enough to let him…?
Adrian Fitzwalter, the Duke of Barroughby, wore the taint of scandal with flair, his very presence charged with the promise of forbidden things. But the gentle Lady Hester knew the rakish pose was only a mask, hiding a desperate and lonely man.
With her knowing eyes and quiet beauty, the spinsterish Lady Hester was a far cry from Adrian's usual amours. Yet though her goodness stirred him beyond imagining, he dared not give in to the longing to seek the comfort of her waiting arms, for his happiness would surely be her ruin….
How else to explain this rash of marriages by the Brothers de Burgh? Robin de Burgh alone swore to remain unwed, despite ironic fate, which used foul murder to mate him with The One—spirited Sybil, a damsel in distress who insisted she needed him not!
When convent walls became more prison than refuge, restless novice Sybil knew 'twas time to leave. But never did she expect to trade her wimple for a wedding veil, even when Sir Robin de Burgh, knight most impudent, demanded she put her life—and her heart—in his hands!
Thunder claps, lightning strikes and her imposing new mansion looms high, but Miss Marchant is not one to be afraid. Not willful, beautiful Sydony Marchant.
If the house doesn't shock her, the arrival of Viscount Hawthorne does. No longer the boy she once kissed—Bartholomew is a man with a ruthless glint in his eye.
He's here to uncover a truth and ruin Sydony. But they are soon entangled in secrets darker than they know. And as the tension crackles between them, the memory of their innocent kiss is no longer enough….
or would have, if she could, for the Lady Aileas Dugall was more concerned with things martial than marital. Nevertheless, she was the woman Sir George de Gramercie desired. Though he wondered if she would come to the marriage bed more warrior than wife?
Aileas Dugall bemoaned the fate that bound her to Sir George de Gramercie, a knight who seemed more interested in the luxuries of life than the mechanics of war. Still, when he gazed at her with husbandly intent, she wanted nothing more than to surrender…!
One look at Lord Madoc of Llanpowell makes her blood run hot. The rugged warrior proves a passionate lover and attentive husband--but too soon turns cold and aloof. And when secrets from Madoc's past threaten to take him away from his bride, Roslynn knows their future together is at stake. Can she uncover the truth beneath her warlord's armor and lay siege to his heart?
Or so Bryce had been let to believe when he'd kidnapped the Lady Rhiannon to be his liege lord's mate. Though never had he seen a more reluctant bride! How could he, in all chivalry, allow such a spirited beauty to be bound to a man she did not want?
Unseemly behavior had landed Rhiannon DeLanyea in an isolated keep, a prisoner of one man's revenge and prey to another man's ardor. But could she trust Bryce Frechette, the Norman knight who thrust her heart into a melee of desire?