Readers who enjoy the traditional Regency romances of Georgette Heyer, Barbara Metzger, and Carla Kelly will enjoy this witty short story (approximately 10,000 words) by New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern. Lydia Bettridge is a young woman suffering the pangs of unrequited love. To capture the
attention of Geoffrey
Danforth, the man who has stolen her heart but barely notices
her, she has resorted to desperate measures with a seemingly clever plan. By
engaging the help of Phillip, a friend of her brother's, to play the
love-smitten fool in public, she hopes to pique the interest of her unnamed
love. But when Geoffrey himself shows up to take Phillip's place, all her
careful planning is turned upside down. What's a girl to do but to make the
best of it?
Lord James Harkness is shocked to discover a "bride sale" taking place in his small English village -- and surprised by the depth of his feelings for the unfortunate gentlewoman being auctioned off by a disreputable husband. But is it honor and nobility that compel James to outbid the townfolk for the proud, beautiful lady -- or is it something more akin to . . . desire?
A Mysterious Lord
Verity Osborne is not sure whether good fortune or ill brought her to this dark, brooding man and his lonely manor house on the moors. Local talk brands James Harkness as evil -- but Verity senses a gentleness underneath. She dearly longs for her liberty, but his sensuous touch causes her to stay. However, James must first trust Verity with his secrets if they are ever to share love's rapturous freedom. And will the promised passion she sees flaming in his eyes warm Verity's heart . . . or burn her?
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
"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words
"The love story between Talon and Jade continues in Obsession. An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. Though I give you my deepest gratitude for building the anticipation of what I’m sure will be an epic culmination to an amazing series. " -Heroes and Heartbreakers
"Talon and Jade's chemistry sizzles and the love scenes will melt your heart and your Kindle." -The Book Sirens
"I am loving this series so freaking much… The story line is one that will have you completely engrossed…" -Wicked Babes Blog
"Helen left my head spinning and my mind racing a mile a minute. I need to know what the secrets are... " -The Book Fairy Reviews
Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.
The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.
But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…