Elspeth Leonard was once a rising star of the British nobility, until she was seduced into following a wealthy American across the sea. Betrayed, abandoned, and disowned by her family, she has spent the last six years struggling to keep her dignity as a third-rate governess and tutor. Finding Hurst Home was her saving grace. So when she was offered the chance to go west as a bride for a man with eight children, she took it, expecting nothing more than a stable home…
But between the lively and mischievous Strong children and the conniving and revenge-seeking Bonneville family, Elspeth has no idea what she’s stepping into. When the children are taken away after allegations of neglect leveled against Athos by the Bonnevilles, Elspeth must step up to help Athos fight to keep his family together. What was supposed to be a mutually-beneficial, platonic marriage becomes something much more as both Athos and Elspeth come to see the heroism in the person they’ve married…
The greatest heroes are sometimes found in the most ordinary hearts…
But Alex carries secrets that shield a broken heart. He finds Marigold clever and vivacious, dazzling at social events and sensual in bed, but he will not let himself get too close to her. Until a bitter twist of fate exposes James, Alex’s illegitimate son, and potentially the only heir he will ever have.
When revealing James as Alex’s heir makes the toddler a target for Alex’s enemies, Marigold and Alex must let go of their heartache to come together to save him. In the process, they discover a camaraderie that could lead to the love both have craved, a love that has been under their noses all along. But has it come too late, and is it enough?
PLEASE BE ADVISED – Steam Level: Very Hot
If you would like to read about events leading up to August Sunrise, check out A PLACE TO BELONG, part of the West Meets East series, available now.
And be sure to pick up the two accompanying novellas to August Sunrise, WINTERBERRY SPARK and WINTERBERRY FIRE.
The Silver Foxes of Westminster Series consists of:
DECEMBER HEART (and its accompanying novellas)
AUGUST SUNRISE (and its accompanying novellas)
MAY MISTAKES (and its accompanying novellas)
Henry Howsden has resented his father’s attempts to sell him in marriage to a woman he’s never seen from day one. By introducing Ellie to his family as Miss Mortimer, letting them fall in love with her, then revealing her true identity, he intends to prove to them that common people have worth, and that marriage is not a game. But almost from the start, he falls in love with the beautiful, clever, and free-spirited Ellie. She is everything that he has never been permitted to be, and all too soon he can’t imagine a life without her.
But the gulf between an ex-prostitute and a British nobleman is an enormous one, and the passion that develops between Ellie and Henry may prove to be as impossible as it is undeniable.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam level – HOT
A PASSIONATE DECEPTION is the fifth book of the 6-book West Meets East series, which is a follow-up series to The Brides of Paradise Ranch, and includes:
-A New Life
-A Place to Belong
-A Second Chance
-A Wild Adventure
-A Passionate Deception
-A Tempting Voyage