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Lord James Harkness is shocked to discover a "bride sale" taking place in his small English village -- and surprised by the depth of his feelings for the unfortunate gentlewoman being auctioned off by a disreputable husband. But is it honor and nobility that compel James to outbid the townfolk for the proud, beautiful lady -- or is it something more akin to . . . desire?
A Mysterious Lord
Verity Osborne is not sure whether good fortune or ill brought her to this dark, brooding man and his lonely manor house on the moors. Local talk brands James Harkness as evil -- but Verity senses a gentleness underneath. She dearly longs for her liberty, but his sensuous touch causes her to stay. However, James must first trust Verity with his secrets if they are ever to share love's rapturous freedom. And will the promised passion she sees flaming in his eyes warm Verity's heart . . . or burn her?
Fans of the traditional Regency
romances of Georgette Heyer, Barbara Metzger, and Carla Kelly will enjoy this short story (approximately
12,000 words) of a highborn bride about to embark on an important arranged
marriage. Before sacrificing herself on the altar of duty, Lady Ann decides to
experience one last day of unchaperoned fun. Her attempted escape, however,
appears to be foiled when she gets stuck in a tree. She is fortunate to be
rescued by a gallant gentleman, who then accompanies her on a most excellent
adventure. When she finds herself falling in love with her handsome rescuer,
Lady Ann must now face an arranged marriage that not only tests her sense of
duty. It might also break her heart.