The Charmer

Assassins Guild

Book 1
C.J. Archer
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Elizabethan England: He was the last man she needed, but the only one she wanted. 

Orlando Holt has never assassinated a woman before. The lovely, feisty Lady Lynden will be his first. She's supposed to be a vicious murderess, but when Orlando begins to have doubts, he sets out to discover the identity of the person who hired him. What he learns will turn his world upside down, and propel him headlong into love with a woman who is immune to his charms. 

Twice widowed by the age of twenty-four, Lady Susanna Lynden has had enough of charming men. Her last husband knew all the right things to say to get her to the marriage bed…then made her life miserable. Money may be scarce and her house falling down around her, but the exotic fruit from her orange trees will keep poverty away. Except someone is thwarting her at every turn. Someone who may even want her dead.

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C.J. Archer
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Published on
Nov 15, 2013
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780987337283
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Language
English
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Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Medieval
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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Emily Brentwood’s ultimatum to return to England led to her husband’s capture by British troops, but she learns he has escaped and is still alive. She is overjoyed to be unexpectedly reunited with her husband, but Emily is appalled by Jonathon’s injuries at the hands of the British, and she blames herself for his imprisonment and torture.

Separated again when he is forced into hiding, Emily clings to his promise to be with her for the birth of their baby. Boldly, she confronts the British officer who attempted to rape her, and she defies the woman who wants her dead.

Still suffering from his wounds, Jonathon risks his life to reunite with Emily, but their time together is cut short by threats from the British and the scandalous demands of his former lover. Jonathon’s physical pain pales in comparison to the torment he feels when he betrays Emily. Standing in the way of their happiness is a British officer with a personal vendetta, and a woman whose vicious intentions threaten Emily’s life. Torn between anguish over his betrayal of Emily and his need to ensure her safety, Jonathon risks recapture and certain death when he returns to Brentwood Manor knowing that British soldiers scour the countryside for him.

Both Jonathon and Emily must overcome their guilt and trust that love’s spirit will triumph over the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart. Swirling around them is a war in which a new country is born from a demand for liberty and a new love is sparked in the midst of rebellion.

Sensuality Level: Sensual
This book is also available with 3 other stories in THE 4 SCOUNDRELS BOX SET: A PIRATE, A SPY, A MERCENARY AND A ROGUE. Each book in the boxed set is available separately, but by buying them in a bundle, you're getting a better deal! Contains SURRENDER, REDEMPTION, THE MERCENARY'S PRICE, COURTING HIS COUNTESS. Get the set here: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/C_J_Archer_The_4_Scoundrels_Box_Set?id=wJLiCgAAQBAJ&hl=en

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The last woman Thomas, Lord Avondale, expected to fall in love with was the wife he betrayed and abandoned six years ago. When Rose doesn't accept his apology, however, he loses all hope of a happy future together. Yet he's thankful she has agreed to come to his bed to beget an heir. 

Known as the Ice Maiden at Queen Elizabeth I's court, Rose has been trying to forget the man she once loved—a love she thought destroyed after he spent their wedding night with his mistress. Withstanding Thomas's charms, however, is proving more difficult than she expected. 

Can she forgive the ultimate betrayal? 

Can he ever atone for what he did? 

Note: Courting His Countess is a novella of approximately 20,000 words, about one-quarter the size of a full-length novel. 

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR 
COURTING HIS COUNTESS may be shorter than most of my other books, but it was one of the most difficult stories I've ever written. What Thomas did to his wife is despicable and when I began to write, I didn't think I could make you, the reader, believe he was hero material. Yet the characters and their tale wouldn't leave my head, nor would the opening lines, so I wrote the story anyway. 

As I progressed, and especially when I switched to Thomas's viewpoint, I realized how very male he was being, and part of me started to feel sorry for him. Being a nobleman of his time, he just didn't get it. Not until he finally saw how his actions had affected a wonderful, strong woman. 

COURTING HIS COUNTESS breaks one of the "rules" of the romance genre, and I know some of you will find Thomas's actions unforgiveable. I certainly don't blame you for that! But I've never been very good at sticking to the rules, and I hope you don't blame ME for listening to the voices in my head. If you like books about redemption, second chances, Christmas, hope, and history, featuring strong female characters, and men who've matured and want to make up for past mistakes, then you might like this book.

Happy reading! 

~CJ 

She may never reach her royal wedding if she can’t resist the rugged mercenary assigned to protect her.

Disgraced ex-knight Royce Saint-Michel was banished from his homeland because of an impulsive act that cost him all he held dear. Now, he has the chance to reclaim his birthright—if he agrees to protect a princess on a journey that may prove deadly to them both.

Royce must escort the lovely Princess Ciara across a war-torn land to her royal wedding… and ensure that she arrives untouched. The two set off alone on a treacherous journey through snowy mountain passes, but forbidden desire soon proves even more dangerous than the assassins on their trail. With the fate of two kingdoms hanging in the balance, will Royce and Ciara do as honor and duty demand…or surrender to the longing in their hearts?

“A fun and erotic 14th-century romp... loaded with non-stop adventure.” -Publishers Weekly

“It is stories like this one that keep so many of us reading romances.” -The Oakland Press

“Shelly Thacker has a unique and dazzling talent.” -New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas

A full-length novel of 100,000 words
Adult content: steamy love scenes
Originally published by Avon Books

This Author's Preferred Edition e-book includes bonus content: “The Making of His Forbidden Touch: The Story Behind the Story.”

The Stolen Brides Series: One is kidnapped on the morning of her royal wedding by her groom's most dangerous enemy...one falls through time and finds herself married to a dark stranger…one may never reach her royal wedding if she can’t resist her rugged protector…one is abducted by a mysterious swordsman and swept away to a secret island paradise. These regal brides are about to discover that falling in love with a warrior is the most dangerous adventure of all.

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