When Alastair Ransleigh sees Diana, Duchess of Graveston, for the first time since she jilted him, he makes her a shockingly insulting offer…the chance to become his mistress. And even more shockingly, she accepts!
But the widowed duchess is nothing like the bold, passionate girl Alastair once loved. Years of suffering at the hands of a cruel husband have taken their toll. And as Alastair resolves to save Diana from the damage of the past, their chance meeting turns feelings of revenge to thoughts of rescue…
Where these notorious rakes go, scandal always follows…
Even if that meant putting herself on the Marriage Mart during a London season she could ill afford--and did not desire. Now ironic circumstance had wed her to the compelling Marquess of Englemere, a fabled gamester, who had awakened passions she was honor-bound not to express!
A marriage of convenience could be deucedly inconvenient--even for a marquess--when one was perilously close to loving his own wife! But that was impossible, Nicholas Stanhope knew, for hadn't his tragic past proven that women--especially wives--were not to be trusted?
Only a true rake can offer her redemption
Will Ransleigh, illegitimate nephew of the Earl of Swynford, has the tall, aristocratic bearing of nobility—and the resourceful cunning of a streetwise rogue. To clear his cousin's name he is on a mission that will take him across the Continent into a world of international intrigue—and the arms of Elodie Lefevre, the society hostess who brought shame to his family.
Is she seductress, spy or damsel in distress? In the haze of the sensual spell she casts, Will has to keep his wits about him and uncover the true nature of this mysterious Madame….
Adam, Lord Darnell, has little time to oversee the bedraggled hoyden he's agreed to sponsor. Saddled with his father's debts, he knows his one hope is to win the hand of wealthy Priscilla Standish. If only she weren't so ordinary compared to the unconventional Helena—and if only his waiflike ward hadn't suddenly transformed into a bewitching young woman…
The desire they spark in each other is undeniable. But can the love they try to resist conquer Helena's demons and free them both?
Christmas Wedding Wish by Julia Justiss
Disenchanted with empty-headed society debutantes, dashing gentleman Allen Mansfell decides that, if he must marry, he will choose a lady whose mind and heart he'll have to win over—a lady like Miss Meredyth Wellingford. But for Merry, finding true love will take a miracle….
The Rake's Secret Son by Annie Burrows
Before Carleton Tillotson left Nell, the rebellious rake broke her heart. Now he is back, just in time for Christmas, and Nell can't hide her secret any longer—Carleton's the father of her son!
Blame It on the Mistletoe by Terri Brisbin
Julia Fairchild has loved Iain MacLerie forever—but the boy she once knew is now a hardened and aloof man. Amid the festivities and warm cheer of yuletide, can Julia melt Iain's guard and ignite the spark that continues to burn between them…?
Laura Martin assured herself. But would the cloak of anonymity she wore to escape a hellish marriage also protect her from the discerning gaze of the Earl of Beaulieu? Or would the famed Puzzlebreaker discover her deepest secrets as easily as he had the key to her heart?
Desire filled the earl when looking upon the enigmatic Laura Martin. Reclusive as she was, he saw the tender heart she'd hidden beneath the chilly facade and recognized her as his destined bride. But could he teach her to trust him enough to let him into her life—forever?
After suffering the loss of her beloved husband, quick-witted Lady Margaret Roberts has sworn off the pursuit of passion…that is, until she meets Giles Hadley.
Bitterly estranged from his family, reluctant viscount Giles knows all too well the devastation of an unhappy marriage. So while he is prepared to indulge in an illicit affair, he must beware, for spirited Maggie awakens in him something even more forbidden—the desire to claim her as his wife!
Lady Honoria Carlow, leading Diamond of the Ton, is in disgrace. Her spirited nature has led her too far this time and she is, in reputation at least, ruined.
Indifferent to polite London society, Captain Gabriel Hawksworth is a gentleman in bandit's clothing. On the storm-tossed coast of Cornwall, this smuggler is reckless, sexy and sinfully tempting….
Gabriel is luring Honoria right back to what she's escaping—trouble! Only this time her impropriety won't be quite so innocent…
Upon meeting the young lady who'd bedazzled his best friend, Gilen de Mowbry was surprised to find her hauntingly familiar. But surely this demure ton miss couldn't be the violet-eyed Gypsy who had danced for him in the firelight--and still taunted his dreams....
Desperate to save herself and her brother from her odious cousin's schemes, Gwennor Southford spirited him away by night--in a Gypsy caravan! Now they were in her aunt's care, and only one thing stood between her and the safe haven of a proper marriage--one unforgettable evening with Gilen de Mowbry....
Who is the mysterious Belle? A jaded cyprian seeking her next protector? A kind friend helping those in need? Or a mistress of sensual delights that tempt a man to madness? Eager to uncover the true woman behind the facade, Jack wagers he can win a kiss from Belle if he bests her at fencing. And though Belle is a woman he can neither afford to keep nor dare to marry, he's willing to risk it all to win her to his bed.
Once a rake…
Known as "Magnificent Max," diplomat Max Ransleigh was famed for his lethal charm until a political betrayal left him exiled from government and his reputation in tatters. He seems a very unlikely savior for a well-bred young lady.
Except that Miss Caroline Denby doesn't want to be saved…she wants to be ruined! To Caroline, getting married is tantamount to a death sentence, and meeting the rakish Max at a house party seems the answer to her prayers…. Surely this rogue won't hesitate to put his bad reputation to good use?
Where these notorious rakes go, scandal always follows…
Second book in Ransleigh Rogues quartet, available April 2013
Elemental and eternal... Such was the passion Emily Spencer inspired in Evan Mansfield. Surely this woman was his destiny, his forever love, despite her lack of aristocratic ties. But honor and a deathbed promise demanded he bind himself in marriage to another--and abandon the only joy he'd ever known!
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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?
When a destitute governess faints on Sir Edward Greaves's threshold, chivalry demands that he offer her temporary shelter. However, the desire Ned feels when he catches her in his arms isn't at all gentlemanly….
With her large, troubled eyes and slender frame, Joanna Merrill calls to something deep inside this guarded man. For one who has purposely shunned the conniving beauties of London society, just how much is Ned risking by having this intriguing woman under his roof…?
New to the passion galloping in her veins, Lady Valeria Arnold was shocked by the wanton impulses that drew her to Teagan Fitzwilliams. The stunning rake was nothing more than a wastrel with the devil's own luck at cards--surely not the kind of man that a woman could trust her heart to.
Orphaned as a young boy, Teagan Fitzwilliams despised the role that Society had forced upon him. Yet until his stolen moments with the Lady Valeria, no woman had ever made him feel his own worth. Nor set him on a desperate course to change his life forever--and claim this woman of uncommon grace his own for a lifetime.
Hal Waterman's calling on the newly widowed Elizabeth Lowery is the caring act of a gentleman. And with her household in turmoil and a young son to support, she is certainly grateful for his help. Hal finds Elizabeth even more lovely than when they first met, but knows that she will only ever see him as a kind and often taciturn friend.
Elizabeth finds comfort and companionship in Hal's caring of her. But then a tantalizing desire starts to simmer. His reassuring strength and presence have become so very attractive…so alluring….
Dominic Ransleigh lost more than his arm in battle—he lost his reason for living. Returning to his family seat, he shuns all society. If only his beautiful, plainspoken tenant, Theodora Branwell, wasn't so hard to ignore…
Since her fiancé's death on the battlefield, Theo's devoted herself to caring for soldiers' orphans. She's powerfully attracted to Dom, but knows all too well the consequences of temptation. Is Theo, who's survived so much, brave enough to reveal her secret to her handsome, wounded neighbor?
An Infamous Gentleman…
Dangerously handsome, rakishly charming, William Tavener never planned to settle down—yet with his estate in ruins, the impoverished lord's only hope is to wed an heiress. But to his dismay, the one lady who stirs his ardor and excites his mind is a penniless musician's daughter…
A Scandalous Lady…
With her dubious lineage and humble dowry, Allegra Antinori knows Society deems her no great prize. Still, she hopes marriage to an honorable gentleman will secure her future—particularly if the groom is Rob Lynton, the family acquaintance she's always adored. So why does the entirely unsuitable Lord Tavener keep teasing her senses…and bedeviling her heart?
A Perfect Match
Knowing they should part, can an incurable rogue and a forsaken lady resist the passion of a lifetime?
WESTERN SPRING WEDDINGS (Western) by Lynna Banning, Kathryn Albright and Lauri Robinson
Spring wedding fever comes to the Wild West in this collection of three short stories celebrating the season of new beginnings!
FORBIDDEN NIGHTS WITH THE VISCOUNT (1830s) Hadley's Hellionsby Julia Justiss
After suffering the loss of her beloved husband, quick-witted Lady Margaret Roberts has sworn off the pursuit of passion. That is, until she meets Giles Hadley…!
SAVED BY SCANDAL'S HEIR (Regency)Men About Townby Janice Preston
Respectable Lady Brierley has buried the secrets of her broken heart. But when her childhood sweetheart, Benedict Poole, returns, her safe world threatens to unravel!
Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Historical!
This Regency box set includes:
THE RAKE TO RESCUE HER by Julia Justiss
Ransleigh Rogues (Book 3 of 4)
When Alastair Ransleigh sees Diana, Duchess of Graveston, for the first time since she jilted him, he makes her a shocking offer…the chance to become his mistress. And she accepts!
THE SOLDIER'S DARK SECRET by Marguerite Kaye
Comrades in Arms (Book 1 of 2)
Could enchanting French artist Celeste Marmion be the distraction that officer Jack Trestain so desperately craves? Or will her exquisite touch be enough to make him reveal his darkest secret?
REUNITED WITH THE MAJOR by Anne Herries
Regency Brides of Convenience (Book 3 of 3)
Major Harry Brockley gave up on love when he lost his heart to his colonel's wife, Samantha Scatterby. Now, Brock agrees to a loveless marriage—only for widowed Sam to reappear in his life!
Look for Box Set 2 of 2 for more timeless stories from Harlequin Historical!
Marguerite will let nothing stop her from realizing her dream of running a horse-breeding ranch—not lack of money, and certainly not her strong attraction to Booze Kelly. Much as she misses a man’s embrace, a schoolmarm can’t risk everything she has for him.
But there’s nothing Booze loves more than a challenge, whether it’s a new enterprise to begin—or a lady to beguile. Despite her convictions, can Marguerite continue to resist Booze—or will Booze be exactly what she never knew she was missing?
Nueva en el mundo de la pasión, Lady Valeria Arnold no sabía muy bien qué hacer con el deseo que la arrastraba hacia Teagan Fitzwilliams. Aquel vividor no era más que un gandul con la suerte de su lado, desde luego no era el tipo de hombre al que le podría confiar su corazón.
Huérfano desde muy pequeño, Teagan Fitzwilliams despreciaba el papel que le había sido impuesto por la sociedad. Sin embargo, hasta aquellos momentos robados con Lady Valeria, ninguna mujer lo había hecho sentir así; nadie le había hecho desear cambiar de vida y hacer que aquella dama fuera suya para siempre.
Ferido enquanto lutava contra os piratas, Greville Anders voltou para Inglaterra com pouco interesse em recuperar o seu lugar na alta sociedade londrina. Já não se vestia nem se comportava de maneira adequada para um cavalheiro da sua posição. E isso desconcertava ainda mais a jovem debutante Amanda Neville, que não entendia como podia sentir-se atraída por um homem que se afastava tanto do que procurava no seu futuro esposo. Fora o último desejo da sua defunta mãe que a sua filha tivesse uma boa entrada na alta sociedade, brilhasse entre as outras jovens e conseguisse casar-se com um lorde, mas Amanda tinha cada vez menos a certeza de que esse também fosse o seu sonho.
Faith Wellingford Evers, Duchess of Ashedon, is tired of society's endless gossiping about her failings and her late husband's infidelities. Seeking escape one night, she's attacked by ruffians, but is saved by an unlikely figure from her past!
Having risen from penniless orphan to Member of Parliament, David Tanner Smith is no longer the quiet boy Faith once knew. With the first spine-tingling kiss, their old friendship is transformed. And in its place is an explosive mix of illicit encounters and forbidden desire…
When politician Benedict Tawny set out to save Lady Alyssa from a nefarious plot, he never expected to find himself trapped in a compromising situation with the alluring lady! Now duty demands he propose…and claim her as his bride!
Tainted by his illegitimacy, Ben knows he can't give Alyssa the life of luxury she deserves. But if he can convince her to succumb to the undeniable heat between them, their convenient marriage might just lead to the love of a lifetime!
Deserdada, mas profundamente apaixonada, Emily Spenser fugiu da Península com o seu capitão jovem e bonito. Seis anos depois, a viuvez encorajou-a a regressar a Inglaterra... e a atirar-se para os braços de Evan Mansfield, o irresistível conde de Cheverley. Evan entregou-lhe o seu coração... contudo, nunca poderia dar-lhe o seu apelido.
Profunda e eterna era assim a paixão que Emily Spenser inspirava em Evan Mansfield. Aquela mulher era o seu destino, o amor da sua vida, apesar de não ser nobre. Todavia, a honra e uma promessa, que fizera ao seu melhor amigo, exigiam que desposasse outra... e abandonasse a única felicidade que tinha conhecido.
Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Historical!
Nova no mundo da paixão, lady Valeria Arnold não sabia muito bem o que fazer com o desejo que a arrastava para Teagan Fitzwilliams. Aquele boémio não passava de um patife com a sorte do seu lado, e não era o tipo de homem a quem pudesse confiar o seu coração.
Órfão desde muito pequeno, Teagan Fitzwilliams desprezava o papel que lhe tinha sido imposto pela sociedade. Todavia, até àqueles momentos roubados com lady Valeria, nenhuma mulher o tinha feito sentir assim; ninguém o tinha feito desejar mudar de vida e fazer com que aquela dama fosse sua para sempre.
STOLEN ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DUCHESS Hadley's Hellions by Julia Justiss(1830s)
When Faith Wellingford Evers, Duchess of Ashedon, is saved by David Tanner Smith, their old friendship transforms into an explosive mix of illicit encounters and desire!
THE CINDERELLA GOVERNESS The Governess Tales by Georgie Lee(Regency)
The only person who pays governess Joanna Radcliff any attention is the dashing Major Preston. So when her life is transformed, will they risk everything to be together?
SILK, SWORDS AND SURRENDER by Jeannie Lin(Tang Dynasty)
Be swept away to a land of silk and swords, passion and surrender with this tantalizing new five-story volume from USA TODAY bestselling author Jeannie Lin!
Quando Hal Waterman visitou a viúva Elizabeth Lowery fê-lo movido pelo seu dever como cavalheiro. Com uma criança pequena e um lar fora de controlo, Elizabeth mostrou-se muito agradecida pela ajuda. Hal achou Elizabeth ainda mais bonita do que da primeira vez que se viram, mas sabia que ela só o via como um amigo terno e generoso. Elizabeth encontrou carinho e companhia na presença de Hal, mas então um desejo tentador começou a bulir no seu interior. A sua força e a sua presença tinham-se convertido de repente em algo muito atraente…