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Elizabeth Boyle is the author of 22 Regency set historical romances. Her latest Rhymes with Love story, If Wishes Were Earls, is available now. Find out more at http://www.elizabethboyle.com/.
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (Avon). As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one. 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?
Why Earls Fall in Love by Manda Collins (St. Martin's).Young widowed Georgina Mowbray is settling into her role as Lady Russell's companion quite well--until the lady's nephew Dominic, the Earl of Coniston, arrives in Bath for a visit. Georgie's always found him shallow and too smooth, and trusts him as much as she trusts most men...which is to say, not at all. But Con turns out to be more intriguing than she remembers--and completely irresistible...
The Last Wicked Scoundrel by Lorraine Heath (Avon). William Graves is the last of Feagan's scoundrels. A onetime grave robber turned royal physician, he has devoted his life to saving others—because he knows there is no way to save himself. Especially not around a lady. Winnie, the Duchess of Avendale, never knew peace until her brutal husband died. With William she's discovered burning desire—and the healing power of love. But now, confronted by the past she thought she'd left behind, Winnie must face her fears … or risk losing the one man who can fulfill all her dreams.
The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell (Avon). Blake Stephen is the bastard son of a duke, arrogant, handsome, a little bit dangerous, and, of course, one of the most sought-after bachelors in London. He is also about to be publically jilted by some chit of a girl. Blake's pride isn't about to let him be humiliated, so he charges after his bride to the wilds of Scotland, determined to bring her to the altar.
When a Lord Needs a Lady by Jane Goodger (Kensington). Lord Graham Spencer needs a wife. But not just any girl will do. She must have the money to save his dilapidated estate and desperate tenants. So when he meets a charming American lady's maid on the beach at Brighton, the last thing he ought to do is kiss her. Katherine Wright is hunting a titled husband. Or at least her mother is. But Katherine can't get the memory of a most inappropriate kiss out of her mind. The handsome stranger who took her in his arms in Brighton was only a valet, but even if she is an heiress, she'd rather spend her life with him than some stiff British aristocrat.
Lorna Doone: Volume 4, The Wild and Wanton Edition by M.J. Porteus and R.D. Blackmore (Crimson Romance). John Ridd's father is a yeoman farmer murdered in cold blood by one of the notorious Doone family. John is besotted with Lorna, the granddaughter of the head of the Doone clan, who is to be forced to marry the evil Carver Doone. John helps Lorna escape but circumstances lead to the discovery that she is not a Doone after all, and the newfound heiress moves. But the Monmouth Rebellion sees John wrongly accused of treason and he has to clear his name in London, where he finds Lorna once more and their love is rekindled.
The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Becky Lower, author of The Tempestuous Debutante. Her website is http://www.beckylowerauthor.com/.
The Lone Warrior by Lori Austin (Penguin). Rose Varner needs a man… But not just any man. The one known as "White Ghost with Hair of Fire." He may be the only way to rescue her daughter, Lily, from the Cheyenne. Legend has it he was once the Cheyenne's captive, but his courage impressed them so much that they accepted him as one of their own. Yet the man Rose finds seems far from legendary. Luke Phelan's tortured past has driven him to live as a recluse in the Smoky Hills of western Kansas. Having vowed to keep his distance from the Cheyenne, Luke refuses to accompany Rose on her rescue mission. But her bravery in the face of dangerous odds changes his mind. Now as they ride toward their destination, they'll battle outlaws, bounty hunters, and their own rising desires before finding Lily. But the cost to Rose will be high, and her budding love for Luke will be put to the test.
The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Willa Blair, author of Highland Seer. Her website is http://willablair.com/.
Captured by the Pirate Laird by Amy Jarecki (Rapture Books). Highland Force, book one. This sinfully sexy new romance from Amy Jarecki features a rugged Scottish warrior whose only care is the protection of his clan…until an English gentlewoman ignites in him a fevered desire so powerful, it threatens to ruin them all. Wed by proxy to a baron old enough to be her grandfather, Lady Anne trudges up the gangway of a galleon that will deliver her into the arms of a tyrant. Crestfallen, she believes her disastrous life cannot get worse—until she awakes to the blasts of cannon fire. Facing certain death, Anne trembles in her stateroom while swords clash and the chilling screams of battle rage on the deck above. When a rugged Highlander kicks in her door, she prays for a swift end. But Laird Calum MacLeod has a reason for plundering the ship—and it's not a stunning English lass. With no other choice, he takes Anne to his crumbling keep on the isle of Raasay and sends a letter of ransom to her husband. In time, Anne grows to understand MacLeod's plight and finds it increasingly difficult to resist Calum's unsettling charm.
Highlander Mine by Juliette Miller (HQN). Deep in the lush Highlands, a powerful laird with everything to lose must risk it all for the lass who storms into his keep—and his heart. Raised on the debauched margins of society, Amelia Taylor depends upon her quick wit and fiery spirit to survive. When danger closes in on her already precarious home, she flees into the Highlands and finds refuge in the iron-strong circle of Clan Mackenzie. There, her lack of propriety and intriguing beauty draw the attentions of their formidable leader. But to remain safe from pursuit, she must conceal her identity, even if it means deceiving Laird Knox Mackenzie. A fiercely guarded and staunchly moral warrior, Knox never expected a ravishing stranger like Amelia to reawaken his desires. Yet as their heated confrontations unlock untold passion, temptation proves impossible to resist. So when Amelia's tapestry of lies begins to unravel, the secrets from her dark past threaten both his Clan and a future they can only dare to dream of.
Dreams to Sell by Anne Douglas (Severn House Digital). 1949. Attractive and spirited Roz Rainey, who lives in post-war Edinburgh with her widowed mother, her sister and her brother, enjoys working in a lawyer's property office where she dreams, not of love, but of one day having a beautiful house of her own. After all, why shouldn't she be ambitious? Until the unexpected happens when she falls in love with her new boss, the charming Jamie Shield. Full of happiness, it seems as though a blissful future beckons for Roz. Fate, however, has other ideas . . .Roz will have to face heartbreak for herself and her family, and even danger, before she can learn the lessons of life and come through her trials to find true love.