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Daring Rescue and Escape to the Colonies in the Historical Romance, Crystal Passion, by Jo Goodman

1775 London, England and the Colony of Virginia
Ashley Lynne never expected kindness from her guardian, the Duke of Linfield. But being betrothed by him to a much older man she hardly knew was unthinkable. Worse was the cost of her resistance—awakening from a drugged sleep in the bedchamber of a dark-haired, steel-eyed stranger.
In England on business, Captain Salem McClellan assumed the lovely young woman curled up in his bed was only an evening's entertainment supplied by the Duke. But Ashley's terrified protests were proof enough of her innocence—and a powerful inspiration to rescue her.
From the gloomy docks of London to the lush green hills of Virginia, Salem and Ashley embark on a journey that exposes scandalous family secrets, and plunges them into the American Revolution where they fight for freedom, and the promise of each other...forever.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: For fans of Jo Goodman we bring you one of her earliest books freshly edited, by Jo Goodman herself, for today's readers. Enjoy!

AWARDS:
Best Romance 2011 – Library Journal
Best Romance, All About Romance 2008 Annual Reader Poll
Romantic Times Career Achievement Award
Top Ten Romance of the Year 2011, Library Journal
#5 in the Top 100 Romances of All Time, Dear Author.

REVIEWS:
“Delightful and exciting...Goodman holds the suspense as well as the surprises and never lets up on the passion.” – RT Book Reviews
“A thoughtful and intelligent writer who can make her characters live and breathe on the page.” – All About Romance

THE MCCLELLANS, in series order
Crystal Passion
Seaswept Abandon
Tempting Torment

THE HAMILTON FAMILY, in series order
More Than You Know
More Than You Wished

THE COMPASS CLUB, in series order
Let Me Be The One
Everything I Ever Wanted
All I Ever Needed
Beyond A Wicked Kiss

THE DENNEHY SISTERS, in series order:
Only My Love
My Heart's Desire
Forever in My Heart
Always in My Dreams
Only in My Arms

THE MARSHALL BROTHERS, in series order:
Her Defiant Heart
His Heart's Revenge

THE THORNE BROTHERS TRILOGY, in series order:
My Steadfast Heart
My Reckless Heart
With All My Heart
One by one, the Saint’s Devils—Samantha Kane’s wicked, wonderful Regency heroes—continue to enchant the women who capture their rakish hearts.
 
Even though she is starving and destitute, Eleanor Enderby’s quiet beauty strikes Sir Hilary St. John speechless. He expects the woman he’s searching for to be skittish and plain. Instead he finds the picture of bravery—and willfulness—in his quarry. She gives away little, but Hil can see something is terribly amiss. And though he cannot say exactly why, he is determined not to let her come to more harm than whatever it is she has already survived.
 
Six months later, Eleanor believes she has finally found safety from the tyrant she risked her life to escape. Thought to be dead by society, Eleanor is ready to be reborn as someone new—someone whose life will never again be tied to the fate of one man. But her smoldering savior seems unwilling to leave her unprotected for an instant. Despite the threats he thinks he sees coming, the real dangers Eleanor faces in Hil’s arms are unmistakable: temptation, seduction, and maybe even love.
 
Praise for Devil in My Arms
 
“Samantha Kane’s delightful characters and sizzling sexual tension always make for a great read.”—Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author of ’Twas the Night After Christmas

“Devil in My Arms is a devilishly hot read. Intrigue, high stakes, banter, scandal, and sizzling chemistry . . . it kept me guessing right to the end.”—Ashlyn Macnamara, author of A Most Devilish Rogue

“A dramatic tale . . . [There’s] heat and chemistry between our hero and heroine, with both of them finding that keeping their hearts unengaged was more of a struggle than they’d anticipated. . . . Eleanor never once lost her determination or spirit, and it was that strength that really appealed to me from the start.”—The Romanceaholic
 
“Devil in My Arms is an enjoyable story. I adore Eleanor and Hil together. Their verbal sparring and dancing is as sexy as their mutual attraction.”—That’s What I’m Talking About
 
“Beautiful story! I enjoyed it quite a lot. The characters are charming and very well described; the story, which sometimes has a bit of an intricate plot, is never confused or tedious.”—Il Profumo delle Pergamene
 
“With a touch of steam to liven up the quiet moments with Hil and Eleanor, the pages just flew past.”—I Am, Indeed
 
“Once again Samantha Kane’s brilliance shines. Each and every one of the books in the Saint’s Devils series is a winner and each one so delectably different.”—Book Obsessed Chicks
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.
For fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries: the elegantly seductive third historical romance in Isabella Bradford’s Breconridge Brothers trilogy.
 
Lord Rivers Fitzroy is as charming and sought-after as his rakish elder brothers, though he immerses himself more in dusty books and scholarly pursuits than in bawdy houses. Yet, Hell-bent on making the most of his remaining bachelorhood now that his father insists he marry, Rivers becomes the favorite of a troupe of Italian dancers. One night, after a performance, the handsome lord is challenged with a most provocative wager: Turn the players’ meek and mousy cousin into the first lady of the London stage.
 
But Lucia di Rossi is not what she seems. Scorned by the rest of her family, Lucia longs for the respect and stardom of a great actress. Rivers’s wager could be the answer to all her hopes—so long as he understands that she wants to be an actress, not his mistress. The two commence her metamorphosis in earnest—even as passion begins to take center stage. As Lucia’s dreams come true, she fears that it may be Rivers, not she, who is the master performer. Is he only making her believe he cares? Has she found the spotlight only to lose her heart—or will the final curtain reveal a love strong enough to last?

Praise for A Reckless Desire
 
“Isabella Bradford’s remake of the My Fair Lady trope is exquisite. What I love the most is how Bradford’s canvas of words treats the reader to a literary work of art. . . . A Reckless Desire is the kind of love story that makes me melt.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“For those who adore Cinderella and Pygmalion plots, Bradford’s third installment of the Breconridge Brothers series is perfection. With its wit and heart-tugging emotions, this winning tale steals readers’ hearts.”—RT Book Reviews
 
“A steamy romance with a unique storyline . . . The twists and turns within the story will keep readers turning pages. . . . The secondary characters add some wit and humor to A Reckless Desire, and the dialogue is fresh and excellently written.”—Fresh Fiction
 
“A wonderful story of two vastly different people from opposite ends of the social ladder who find each other and fall in love.”—The Reading Wench
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.

New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh returns to the elegance and sensuality of Regency England as she continues the enthralling story of four remarkable women–friends and teachers at Miss Martin’s School for Girls. At the center of this spellbinding novel is Anne Jewell, a teacher haunted by a scandalous past…until she meets a man who teaches her the most important lesson of all: nothing is simple when it comes to love.…

She spies him in the deepening dusk of a Wales evening–a lone figure of breathtaking strength and masculinity, his handsome face branded by a secret pain. For single mother and teacher Anne Jewell, newly arrived with her son at a sprawling estate in Wales on the invitation of an influential friend, Sydnam Butler is a man whose sorrows–and passions–run deeper than she could have ever imagined.

As steward of a remote seaside manor, Sydnam lives a reclusive existence far from the pity and disdain of others. Yet almost from the moment Anne first appears on the cliffs, he senses in this lovely stranger a kindred soul, and between these two wary hearts, desire stirs. Unable to resist the passion that has rescued them both from loneliness, Anne and Sydnam share an afternoon of exquisite lovemaking. Now the unwed single mother and war-scarred veteran must make a decision that could forever alter their lives. For Sydnam, it is a chance to heal the pain of the past. For Anne, it is the glorious promise of a future with the man who will dare her to reveal her deepest secrets…before she can give him all her heart.
Courier to the Colonies Becomes Hot Lover and Cold Killer in Seaswept Abandon, by Jo Goodman

1781 London, England and the Colonies of Virginia and New York
When the alluring green-eyed Rae McClellan agreed to be a courier for the Colonies, she never dreamed that on her very first mission she'd coldly kill one man—hotly love another—and land on the private schooner of a British sympathizer.
Jericho Smith never lacks for a willing woman, but when his gaze locks with Rae's, he knows no other will satisfy him this night. He's also mistaken his contact for a wench, igniting a mutual passion that's about to prove costly for them both.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: For fans of Jo Goodman we bring you one of her earliest books freshly edited by Jo Goodman herself for today's readers. Enjoy!

AWARDS:
Best Romance 2011 – Library Journal
Best Romance, All About Romance 2008 Annual Reader Poll
Romantic Times Career Achievement Award
#5 in the Top 100 Romances of All Time, Dear Author.

REVIEWS:
“A perfect treat for readers who enjoy smart, sensual love stories à la Amanda Quick.” – Book List
“A tender, engaging romance and a dash of risk in a totally compelling read.” – Library Journal

THE MCCLELLANS, in series order
Crystal Passion
Seaswept Abandon
Tempting Torment

THE HAMILTON FAMILY, in series order
More Than You Know
More Than You Wished

THE COMPASS CLUB, in series order
Let Me Be The One
Everything I Ever Wanted
All I Ever Needed
Beyond A Wicked Kiss

THE DENNEHY SISTERS, in series order:
Only My Love
My Heart's Desire
Forever in My Heart
Always in My Dreams
Only in My Arms

THE MARSHALL BROTHERS, in series order:
Her Defiant Heart
His Heart's Revenge

THE THORNE BROTHERS TRILOGY, in series order:
My Steadfast Heart
My Reckless Heart
With All My Heart
Fans of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series and Johanna Lindsey’s Malory Series will love the passionate romances and gripping adventures of the League of Rogues.
The League of Rogues takes what they want—but have they taken on too much?
For too long Miss Emily Parr has been subject to the whims of her indebted uncle and the lecherous advances of his repulsive business partner. Her plan to be done with dominating men forever is simple—find herself a kind husband who will leave her to her books.
It seems an easy enough plan, until she is unexpectedly abducted by an incorrigible duke who hides a wounded spirit behind flashing green eyes.
Godric St. Laurent, Duke of Essex, spends countless nights at the club with his four best friends, and relishes the rakish reputation society has branded him with. He has no plans to marry anytime soon—if ever. But when he kidnaps an embezzler’s niece, the difficult debutante’s blend of sweetness and sharp tongue make him desperate for the one thing he swears he never wanted: love.
Yet as they surrender to passion, danger lurks in Godric’s shadowed past, waiting for him to drop his guard—and rob him of the woman he can’t live without.
Warning: This novel includes a lady who refuses to stay kidnapped, a devilish duke with a dark past, and an assortment of charming rogues who have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into.
*Includes Exclusive Illustrated Scenes throughout the book!
This book was previously published by Samhain Publishing and is now re-released.
"Jo Beverley strains the boundaries of political correctness . . . There is no denying Ms. Beverley is a master storyteller and perhaps because of this political incorrectness she delivers a powerfully fresh stage for her story." ~Tara A. Green

Ruined through her vile brother's schemes, Eleanor Chivenham is offered rescue by marriage to a rake with an infamous French mistress. Eleanor accepts, determined to treat the arranged marriage with cool dignity.

Then she meets Nicholas Delaney. Not only does he stir her senses, but the trouble and pain beneath his smooth exterior reaches her heart.

Nicholas is indeed troubled. While serving his country by seducing secrets out of a French spy, he is persuaded to marry Eleanor to protect his family's honor. But such chivalry runs counter to his carefully wrought rogue image, and extends the life-threatening plots shadowing him to Eleanor.

To assist, Nicholas re-assembles the Company of Rogues, a schoolboy group he started years before. But not even they can dampen Eleanor's fighting wit that is quickly unmasking their enemy and testing Nicholas' formidable will.

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.

Best Regency Novel, Romantic Times
Bookrak Bestseller
RITA, finalist

"A splendid love story... a veritable feast of delight. Bravo!" ~Romantic Times

 Book 1 “The Wedding Planner” Series

What’s a wedding planner to do when love disrupts her best laid plans?

When actress and part-time schemer Letty Potts steps off the train into the charming village of Little Bidewell, she has no intention of masquerading as the most sought after wedding planner in all of Victorian London—Lady Agatha Whyte. Letty has vowed to go straight, but when the bride’s wealthy family welcomes her with open arms, she has no choice but to assume the role of a lifetime and plan the most delightful wedding England has ever seen.

Only one man—the dark and dashing war hero, Sir Elliot March—suspects her ruse. As a man who has sworn off both love and laughter, Elliot is dismayed when Letty’s unconventional way of thinking, her saucy wit, and her teasing dimples arouse far more than just his suspicions.

As the wedding day approaches and Letty’s charade threatens to unravel into a tangled skein of danger and scandal, she yearns to trust her secrets to Sir Elliot—the one man who possesses the power to lock her away forever. But when he sweeps her into his arms for a forbidden kiss, she realizes her heart is already his prisoner…

“This frothy literary confection sparkles with charm. Witty and wonderful!”—Booklist

“An intelligent, sassy, sensual and utterly delightful read!”—Romantic Times

“Everything readers want in a romance and more. Connie Brockway writes the kind of romance I love.”—Amanda Quick, New York Times bestselling author

“If it’s smart, sexy, and impossible to put down, it’s a book by Connie Brockway!”—Christina Dodd, New York Times bestselling author 

“If you’re looking for passion, tenderness, wit, and warmth, you need look no further. Connie Brockway is simply the best.”—Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author

“Connie Brockway’s work belongs on every reader’s shelf!”—Romantic Times

Fans who adore Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will savor Ashlyn Macnamara’s sensual new novel, which proves that two hearts are better than one.
 
Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.
 
George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters.

Praise for A Most Devilish Rogue
 
“This touchingly romantic and effortlessly plotted historical is a gem to be savored.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“A sensual romance, filled with the witty dialogue one expects from a Regency novel, and a plethora of enjoyable characters.”—New York Journal of Books
 
“Satisfying . . . Macnamara uses smooth writing to create well-rendered characters and a complex storyline.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Readers will find Macnamara’s second novel a pleasant read, complete with a pair of wounded protagonists, a darling six-year-old, a mystery, a kidnapping and steamy love scenes.”—RT Book Reviews
 
“Macnamara is an up-and-comer in the romance world. . . . A Most Devilish Rogue is a good read.”—Romance Junkies Reviews
 
“Ashlyn Macnamara brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life.”—New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare
An idealistic suffragette...

Miss Frederica "Free" Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women's rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her business and silencing her for good. Free refuses to be at the end of her rope...but she needs more rope, and she needs it now. 

...a jaded scoundrel... 

Edward Clark's aristocratic family abandoned him to die in a war-torn land, so he survived the only way he could: by becoming a rogue and a first-class forger. When the same family that left him for dead vows to ruin Miss Marshall, he offers his help. So what if he has to lie to her? She's only a pawn to use in his revenge. 

...and a scandal seven years in the making. 

But the irrepressible Miss Marshall soon enchants Edward. By the time he realizes that his cynical heart is hers, it's too late. The only way to thwart her enemies is to reveal his scandalous past...and once the woman he loves realizes how much he's lied to her, he'll lose her forever. 

The Suffragette Scandal is the fourth full-length historical romance in The Brothers Sinister series. The other books in the series are:
½. The Governess Affair (a prequel novella)
1. The Duchess War
1½. A Kiss for Midwinter (a companion novella to The Duchess War)
2. The Heiress Effect
3. The Countess Conspiracy
4. The Suffragette Scandal
4½. Talk Sweetly to Me (a coda to The Brothers Sinister Series) 

The Suffragette Scandal was originally listed as The Mistress Rebellion in some promotional materials, but the title has changed.

In the first in a dazzling new series, New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath introduces the Hellions of Havisham—three charismatic rogues destined to lose their hearts . . .

After six unsuccessful Seasons, Miss Minerva Dodger chooses spinsterhood over fortune-hungry suitors. But thanks to the Nightingale Club, she can at least enjoy one night of pleasure. At that notorious establishment, ladies don masks before choosing a lover. The sinfully handsome Duke of Ashebury is more than willing to satisfy the secretive lady's desires—and draws Minerva into an exquisite, increasingly intimate affair.

A man of remarkable talents, Ashe soon deduces that his bedmate is the unconventional Miss Dodger. Intrigued by her wit and daring, he sets out to woo her in earnest. Yet Minerva refuses to trust him. How to court a woman he has already thoroughly seduced? And how to prove that the passion unleashed in darkness is only the beginning of a lifetime's pleasure . . . ?

LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA's prestigious RITA®. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

www.lorraineheath.com www.avonromance.com www.facebook.com/avonromance

USA TODAY BESTSELLER • In Bronwen Evans’s Loveswept debut, a pair of damaged souls ignite each other’s deepest passions—even as they tempt fate by deceiving the world.
 
Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.
 
One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.

Look for the enchanting Disgraced Lords series from Bronwen Evans:
A KISS OF LIES | A PROMISE OF MORE | A TOUCH OF PASSION | A WHISPER OF DESIRE | A TASTE OF SEDUCTION | A NIGHT OF FOREVER

And don’t miss her novels in the Imperfect Lords series:
ADDICTED TO THE DUKE | DRAWN TO THE MARQUESS | ATTRACTED TO THE EARL

Praise for Bronwen Evans and A Kiss of Lies

“This tale is poignant, heartwarming and readers may be reaching for the Kleenex once or twice before the breathtaking ending.”—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)

“Bronwen’s historical romances always make the top of my reading list!”—New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jen McLaughlin

“The passion between [Christian and Sarah] sizzles off the pages.”—Eye on Romance

“The flow of the story is magnificent, as are the characters, who have admirable depths of complexity.”—Buried Under Romance

“Gut-wrenching and so well written, A Kiss of Lies is one of my favorite reads.”—Book Obsessed Chicks

“An absolutely brilliant historical romance, full of secrets and dark pasts, A Kiss of Lies was a fantastic read.”—Imagine a World

“A Kiss of Lies is one of those books that made me laugh and cry. In its sensual and tender moments, it brought tears to my eyes, and the witty banter between characters made me smile again and again. No one writes wounded characters who are healed by the power of love like Bronwen Evans. This is a book sure to touch your heart.”—Bestselling author Shana Galen

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.
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