Once upon a time, four superstar storytellers—New York Times bestselling authors Stephanie Laurens and Mary Balogh, along with Jacquie D'Alessandro and Candice Hern—came up with a delicious idea. What if they each wrote a story about a proper young lady stranded at a remote inn away from society's constraints? What would happen? And how long would it take for her to give in to desire?
In these four amazing tales, four heroines will come face-to-face with the men who got away . . . only to discover that, instead of anger, there is still a passionate connection that cannot be denied. And while each of their lives is quite different, and their pasts utterly unique, they will all make a common discovery—that one night can change everything . . . forever.
And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.Ugly duckling turned swan? Abducted by handsome highwayman? Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?
No, no, and . . . Heh.
Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?
Fans of the historical romances of Sabrina Jeffries, Loretta
Chase, and Jo Beverly will enjoy this sexy, award-winning romance by New York
Times bestselling author Candice Hern.
Meet the Merry Widows – a group of respectable ladies with a
secret pact that is anything but respectable!
The five friends who act as patronesses of charity balls are assured of
money and position. None are interested
in marrying again. But they have no
intention of forsaking physical passion for the rest of their lives. Instead, they make a daring pact to seek out
lovers for the pure pleasure of it.
Marianne Nesbitt adored her late husband, David, but the
racy reminiscences of the Merry Widows make her wonder if she missed something
special. Might she find it now through a
love affair? Uncertain how to go about
it, she asks Adam Cazenove, an old friend and notorious rake, to tutor her in
the arts of seduction.
The brazen request turns Adam's world upside down. He never imagined his best friend's very
proper and exceedingly attractive widow would seek out a lover. If not for his recent betrothal to a young
beauty, he would jump at the chance to warm Marianne's bed. Since he cannot bear the thought of another
man doing so, he foils her every attempt at seduction.
Until one night of unintended passion changes everything.
"Hern gracefully crafts a tale of friendship and
romance between two beautifully matched protagonists that is delectably sexy,
delightfully clever, and simply superb." – Booklist
Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.
Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week's employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother's "duchess training"… and fail miserably.
But in London, Pauline isn't a miserable failure. She's a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff's desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won't be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?