Having disguised herself as a young boy in order to escape the unwanted marriage being forced upon her by her cousin, heiress Lady Josephine Kendall is set upon by thieves within days of her desperate flight, and her money and possessions stolen from her. A week later, with no money to buy food or lodgings, she is in dire straits, and that night seeks refuge in the stables of the absent Earl of Latham. The head groom finds her asleep there in the morning and takes pity on her by offering her employment. Giving her name as Jo Turner she continues to dress in her male clothing, and quickly learns to swear and curse like the rest of the men working on the estate. The only fly in the ointment is the jealousy of one the other stable lads when Jo’s horsemanship finds favour with the head groom.
Unfortunately the earl arrives home unexpectedly at the very moment Jo punches and bloodies said stable lad’s nose.
Lord Daniel Somersby is more handsome than any man has a right to be, and it sets Jo’s heart aflutter just to look at him. He also brings a swift end to the altercation in his stable yard, and afterwards announces it is his intention to take a personal interest in “taming” Jo Turner into more acceptable behaviour.
Faced with the choice of returning to the open road, along with possible detection by her cousin, or accepting the earl’s “taming” of the lad Jo Turner, she decides to opt for the latter. For the moment. Because if the earl discovers the stable boy is not a boy at all then Jo knows she will have no choice but to run again.
Will Daniel discover Jo’s secret? And if he does what will he do about it?
Or will Jo’s cousin find her first and drag her back home to marry a man she could never like let alone love?
Author’s Note: The stories in the Regency Unlaced, Knight Security, and Alpha Series, have stronger sexual content and language than my other books.
Sinfully seductive Jasper Sinclair, Earl of Saxton, made a bargain with the devil—his father—to marry in one month’s time. But instead of declaring his intentions for an acceptable debutante, he rebels by pursuing a captivating woman who may not be what she seems.
When you’d rather be wicked…
Orphaned seamstress Olivia West wants to lead an honest, respectable life, but the passionately determined Earl of Saxton launches a daunting campaign to make her his mistress. Destitute and desperate, Olivia concocts a scheme to give them both what they want. But when Jasper detects Olivia’s deception, he vows to claim what he’s owed—not his money, her.
“A hero and heroine who don’t quite fit the conventional mold make for some interesting surprises and unexpected twists!” —Romantic Times
Carolyn Torrington’s romantic dreams of her childhood friend Lucas Rivers are shattered when the wily lord offers her a marriage of convenience to gain his inheritance. While it breaks her heart to say yes to the arrangement with a man she’s always loved, it’s the only way to secure her sisters’ futures.
To the world, Lucas, Lord Foxhaven, is an irrepressible rogue, and wedded bliss is the furthest thing from his mind. But he’s been forced up to the mark by his father, and he’s certain the demure Carolyn won’t give him an iota of trouble—if only her voluptuous body weren’t driving him to distraction.
As Carolyn struggles to keep her true feelings hidden, Lucas is drawn ever more powerfully by thoughts of unbridled passion, and he’s stunned by his burgeoning feelings for a woman he’s always seen as a friend. When a scheming Parisian relative threatens to take her from him for good, Lucas realizes he must stand up and be the man Carolyn always knew he could be—even as he suddenly comes to know he wants their marriage in name only to become quite real . . .
This book was originally published under the author name Michele Ann Young.
Praise for Ann Lethbridge:
“Her characters are delightful and full of naughty delight.” —Romantic Times
“Readers won’t be able to stop reading!” —Romantic Times
An eccentric wallflower . . .
Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.
A cynical rake . . .
After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.
A perilous plot . . .
After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy—and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven . . .