When the reckless Marquess of Sandhurst is forced by King Henry VIII into an arranged marriage with a young French widow, he conceives a bold masquerade to outwit the king. Disguised as a humble portrait painter, Sandhurst travels to the French court of Francois Ist to have a look at his would-be bride.
Micheline Tevoulere, friend of Aimee & Thomas de St. Briac, has agreed to marry an unseen English nobleman because she has given up on love. Yet, when she sits for a portrait by a dashing artist with tender eyes, her heart begins to thaw.
As passion blooms, Sandhurst refuses to reveal his true identity unless Micheline renounces her betrothal to the wealthy and powerful Marquess of Sandhurst… even though he is his own rival!
In this enchanting novel of love and renewal, Cynthia Wright illuminates the world of Tudor England and France.
"Now a new generation of readers can discover the magic of Cynthia Wright and the rest of us can fall in love all over again!" ~ Susan Elizabeth Phillips, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
~ Hardened and cynical, Nicholai Beauvisage returns to America after risking death during French Revolution. He lost his heart to a beauty who died at the guillotine and now wants only to amuse himself with adventure and a woman in his bed.
Lovely and independent, Lisette Hahn pours all her energy into running her Philadelphia CoffeeHouse, a meeting place for figures like Thomas Jefferson. She is proud of her success and has been able to rise above the desires of her heart - until she meets Nicholai Beauvisage. That very night, Lisette finally gives her passions free rein... but what will the dawn bring?
Old friends from CAROLINE, TOUCH THE SUN, and SILVER STORM return as supporting characters in this delicious tale of a headstrong woman and an irresistible rogue for whom love is the ultimate challenge!
Rakes & Rebels: The Beauvisage Family:
1 – HEART OF FRAGILE STARS: a novella prequel to CAROLINE (Jean-Philippe & Antonia)
2 – CAROLINE (Alec & Caro)
3 – TOUCH THE SUN (Lion & Meagan)
4 – SPRING FIRES (Nicholai & Lisette)
5 – HER DANGEROUS VISCOUNT (Grey & Natalya)
Rakes & Rebels: The Raveneau Family:
1 – SILVER STORM (André & Devon)
2 – SMUGGLER’S MOON (Sebastian & Julia)
3 – THE SECRET OF LOVE (Gabriel & Isabella)
4 - SURRENDER THE STARS (Ryan & Lindsay)
~ coming in August, 2017 - HIS MAKE-BELIEVE BRIDE (Justin & Mouette)
5 - HIS RECKLESS BARGAIN (Nathan & Adrienne)
6 - TEMPEST (Adam & Cathy)
"SPRING FIRES is a classic historical romance that you'll never forget! Treat yourself to entering the world of our American ancestors... you'll be swept away!" ~ Bestselling Historical Author Ciji Ware