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By Abigail Wilson. 2019
Nothing—and no one—at Croft Towers is what they claim in this Gothic Regency romance.When Sybil Delafield&’s coach to Croft Towers…was robbed by highwaymen, she should have realized that her new position as companion to old Mrs. Chalcroft would be no ordinary job. Upon Sybil&’s arrival, Mrs. Chalcroft sneaks into her room in the dark of night, imploring her to relay messages to town that are to stay hidden from the rest of the family. Who exactly is she working for and what do the messages contain?When fellow passengers of the robbed coach are later murdered, Sybil&’s hunt for the truth takes on a new urgency. The only person she can rely on is Mr. Sinclair, Mrs. Chalcroft&’s godson, but under all his charms he too leads a double life. Sybil must decide if he is the one honest voice she can trust, or if he is simply using her for his own advances.Croft Towers holds more than its share of secrets . . . and Sybil is determined to uncover them all.Praise for In the Shadow of Croft Towers&“In the Shadow of Croft Towers is everything I love in a novel: a classic gothic feel, a regency setting, a mysterious hero . . . and secrets abounding!&” —Dawn Crandall, award-winning author of the Everstone Chronicles series&“Shades of Gothic romance in a portrait of Regency England . . . if Jane Austen ever met Jane Eyre, it would be at Croft Towers!&” —Kristy Cambron, author of Castle on the Rise"Blending the unputdownable Regency flair of Georgette Heyer with the intricate plotting of Julie Klassen, Wilson not only places herself competently amidst beloved authors but carves out a unique place of her own." —Rachel McMillan, author of the Van Buren and DeLuca Mysteries"Beautifully written, suspenseful, and satisfyingly romantic." —Jennifer Beckstrand, author of Home on Huckleberry HillFull-length Regency romance with a murder mystery (c. 95,000 words)Perfect for fans of Sarah Ladd, Deanna Raybourn, Julie Klassen, Tasha Alexander, and Lauren WilligAlso by Abigail Wilson:Midnight on the River GreyMasquerade at Middlecrest AbbeyThe Vanishing at Loxby Manor (available January 2021)Includes discussion questions for book clubs
Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who&’s…just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post.The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he&’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn&’t pay a few fines. Laurel&’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she&’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he&’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he&’s free again.But when cattle start dying and Laurel&’s life is threatened, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn&’t long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He&’s a trustworthy hero, and he needs more than just his freedom—he needs her love and care too.
By Elizabeth Rolls. 2001
A Simple Choice?To ensure the succession of the Helford family line, it’s imperative that David Melville, Viscount Helford should marryand…soon! He’s determined to choose a wife of nobility and decorum as a matter of convenienceuntil his resolve is shaken to the core by the independent and fiery Miss Marsden.Sophie’s plain beauty, forthrightness and virtually penniless state are nothing Viscount Helford desires in a wife. But she stirs a passion in him he cannot resist. The solution seems easy, but to take her as his mistress would tarnish her good namesomething he knows she can’t afford to lose. But can he afford to lose her?
By Christine Merrill. 2010
Chaperon Diana Price knew she was teetering on the edge of ruin. Her father had staked his fortune, and her…virginity, at the card table—and lost! To the most notorious gamester in town…Nathan Wardale had money, plenty of it, but it was a long time since he'd been considered a gentleman. Still, he never intended to pursue this debt. Until he met Diana Price in the flesh—and began to wonder just how long his honor would hold out…
By Christine Merrill. 2011
Emily Longesley married the love of her life and hoped that he would learn to love her. Instead, he upped…and left their country estate for London. Suffering the snub with dignity, three years on Emily has had enough!Confronting her errant husband, Emily sees that Adrian, Earl of Folbroke, has been robbed of his sight and doesn't know her at all! Emily longs for her husband's touch. If she plays his mistress by delicious deception, can he finally learn to love his wife?
By Stephanie Laurens. 1994
A nobleman trying to protect a woman’s virtue discovers he longs to seduce her himself in this Regency romance from…a New York Times–bestselling author.After the death of her dear father, Georgiana Hartley returns home to England—only to be confronted by the boorish advances of her wretched cousin. Knowing no one, she flees to Dominic Ridgely’s estate, hoping the nobleman will bestow a neighborly kindness upon her.The haughty viscount hears Georgiana’s plea to find her a position as a lady’s companion with thinly veiled disgust. A lovely innocent such as Miss Hartley subjected to that base existence? The very idea was preposterous. Instead, he takes matters into his own hands and introduces her to his sister’s influence.Suddenly, Georgiana is transformed into a lady who charms the ton with ease and draws a bevy of suitors at every turn. Everything is unfolding according to Dominic’s plan . . . until he realizes that he desires Georgiana for his own.Praise for Stephanie Laurens“Laurens’ writing shines.” —Publishers Weekly“Stephanie Laurens’ heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong.” —Cathy Kelly, #1 Sunday Times–bestselling author of The Wedding Party“All I need is her name on the cover to make me pick up the book.” —Linda Howard, New York Times–bestselling author of An Independent Wife
By Margaret Moore. 2014
The promise of the bedchamber After glimpsing a softer side to the stern Sir Roland of Dunborough, Mavis of DeLac is…filled with hope for their arranged marriage. So when the wedding night explodes with an exquisite passion, she dares to dream that their newfound bliss will last forever. But the following morning, convinced he could never make this beautiful woman truly happy, Roland becomes cold and aloof once again. And as the newlyweds journey across England to protect Roland's birthright, it's up to Mavis to prove him wrongand unlock the compassion this noble knight has buried deep inside. "Moore. Moore. Moore. Fans will love her newest medieval romance." RT Book Reviews on Castle of the Wolf
By Carol Townend. 2009
Raised a lady, Emma of Fulford is a fallen woman with a young son as proof. He is all she…has in the world, and now the boy's brutal father has returned. Desperate and afraid, she needs to escape, and fast, so she approaches Sir Richard of Asculf. She begs this honorable Norman knight for help—and offers the only thing she has left…herself.Honorable he may be, but Sir Richard is only human and Lady Emma tempts his resolve. Can this conquering knight tame his runaway lady and stop her running for good?
By Lynna Banning. 2014
A WOMAN DETECTIVE? NOT ON HIS WATCH! As if tracking down train robbers wasn't hard enough, now Sheriff Jericho Silver's backup…has arrived, and she's a gun-toting, head-turning beauty. She sure spells trouble. Madison O'Donnell had the perfect lifea beautiful home and all the ladies' luncheons she could stomachbut it left her bored to tears. Now a widow, she's determined to fill her days with daring deeds and wild adventures. Jericho is equally determined that she'll be on the next train home. But this is one lady who won't take no for an answer . "Another delightful, quick and heartwarming read." RT Book Reviews on Smoke River Bride
By Christine Merrill. 2010
Lady Verity Carlow is poised, charming, virginal. Her family's precious jewel. She will marry whatever titled bore is chosen for…her. Yet sometimes, in the dark of the night, she wishes she weren't always so well behaved .Then she is kidnapped by her family's enemy, Gypsy lord Stephano Beshaley. In this dangerously unsuitable man's arms, Verity is tempted to do wicked, wicked things. And, shockingly, she does not want to be rescuednot one little bit!As the secrets of the past are dramatically revealed, join in the final breathtaking installment of Silk & Scandal.
By Stacey Kayne. 2007
Respectable showgirlWhen the widowed boardinghouse keeper he has come to rescue turns out to be a scantily-clad showgirl, Jed Doulan…knows he’s in for trouble. With his shadowed past, he’d be mad to let this spiritedand surprisingly innocentwoman get close.Rebellious brideBound by a hasty marriage to her reluctant hero, Rachell Carlson senses his struggle to keep a distance between them. But the message in Jed’s eyes makes her pulse quickenand even dares her to believe in love.
By Nicola Cornick. 2003
Always The Chaperon And Never The Bride...At least, that's the way it was for Lady Annis Wyncherley. If this young…widow was to remain as chaperon to society's misses, there could be no hint of scandal attached to her name. Rakes and romance were strictly off-limits, most especially a rogue like the handsome Lord Adam Ashwick!But that proved nearly impossible when Adam made his daughter's chaperon the subject of his relentless seduction. Adam knew any attention from him could destroy Lady Wyncherley's fine reputation. But he was powerless to control the strong desires she aroused in him. And all too soon this reformed rogue was hell-bent on convincing a very stubborn Annis to become his chaperon bride....
By Shannon Drake. 2006
A young woman discovers her prim and proper betrothed is an enigmatic highwayman in this romantic mystery by a New…York Times–bestselling author.Ally Grayson never wanted to be a heroine—she dreamed of writing great stories, not living in a fairy tale. But when she’s abducted by a charming highwayman right out of a novel, Ally finds herself thoroughly enchanted. No matter that she’s betrothed to another—or that she has no intention of binding herself in an arranged marriage anyway.But when Mark, her burdensome fiancé, is revealed to be none other than the rogue of her dreams, Ally must make a choice: plunge into a world of murder and deceit without a protector, or place her trust in the man who lies to her but makes her heart sing.Praise for Beguiled“Drake turns out another fine historical in this Victorian murder mystery/romance. . . . Bestselling author Drake . . . keeps Ally’s relationship with her aunts and godparents playful, forming an intriguing contrast with the grim progress of the murder probe, while satisfying romantic progress and rising suspense keep the book running on all cylinders.” —Publishers Weekly
By Louise Allen. 2009
Lady Maude Templeton has turned down many a marriage proposal. Why? She wants to marry for love—and her heart is…set on one man alone.Theater owner Mr. Eden Hurst is sexy, talented, intelligent—and resoundingly ineligible! What's more, he doesn't believe in love.It seems an impossible task, but Maude sets out to make Eden realize he needs love…and her. Society is about to see she can be just as shocking as her Ravenhurst friends when she puts her mind to it!
Black Robert. The most feared of all King Edward's men When an English knight approaches the charred ruins of her…sister's Scottish village, Gaira of Clan Colquhoun knows better than to trust this fierce-looking man. Yet, struggling to set her war-shaken world to rights, she has little choice. Robert of Dent will see her to safety. He can promise nothing more. Never again will he make a vow like the one he broke years ago, even though Gaira's fierce resilience makes him long to protect her. But what will happen when Gaira discovers exactly who Robert is?
By Christine Merrill. 2012
Outspoken Lady Priscilla is the only woman in London brave enough not to simper at Robert Magson. As the Duke…of Reighland, he needs a wife and this captivating woman would surely keep life interesting!Despite the obvious sexual attraction between them, Lady Priscilla doesn't wish to marryeverfor she hides a shameful secret. Surely a duke deserves more than a ruined woman? But once Robert sets his sights on something beautiful, he will do anything in his power to claim it!
By Nicola Cornick. 2014
A Scottish aristocrat and her sexy new footman each have shocking secrets in this Regency romance by a USA Today–bestselling…author.An old maid—that’s all Lady Christina McMorlan, daughter to the Duke of Forres, is to society now that she’s past thirty. She hosts her father’s parties and cares for her siblings, knowing she’ll never have her own home and family. She has no time to pine, however. By night, she’s The Lady, head of a notorious whiskey-smuggling gang that supports her impoverished clan. They’re always one step ahead of the revenue man—until Lucas Black shows up.Rejecting his title and the proper society that disparaged his mother, Lucas earns his living running a successful gambling house. He’s also a spy, charged with bringing down the Forres Gang. He thinks The Lady’s just a bored society spinster. She thinks he’s a lost child playing at rebellion. And when the truth comes out, it’s not just their love on the line . . . Praise for Claimed by the Laird“The perfect read on a warm summer’s day at the park or an evening listening to the crickets. It’s sweet, charming, and enough romance to satisfy those sweet urges!!” —Addicted to Romance“The perfect combination of intrigue, passion and romance. . . . The romance was perfectly paced . . . an intoxicating mix of heart-warming tenderness and delicious sensuality.” —Rakes and Rascals
By Ann Lethbridge. 2010
Frederica Bracewell grew up under a cloud of shame. As an illegitimate child, she was treated by her uncle like…a servant. It wasn't until she encountered the new gamekeeper that shy, innocent Frederica started to feel like a true lady .Lord Robert Mountford had been banished by his family. After a debauched existence, he reveled in the simplicity of a gamekeeper's lifestyle. Until temptation struck! Frederica's plain appearance and stuttering speech were a far cry from the ladies of the ton, but she might just be his undoing and unmasking!
With her signature &“sense of humor and delightfully delicious sensuality&” (Romantic Times Book Reviews), New York Times bestselling author Sabrina…Jeffries continues the sizzling Hellions of Halstead Hall series following the dark, dangerous, and dashing Lord Gabriel Sharpe.Daredevil Lord Gabriel Sharpe knows he must marry in order to inherit his grandmother&’s inheritance. But he does not expect his chance at marriage would appear in the feisty form of Virginia Waverly. Ever since her brother died racing Lord Gabriel, Virginia has yearned to get her revenge by beating him at his own game. But when she challenges him to a race, Gabriel counters with a marriage proposal. After all, he knows Virginia is in dire financial straits—so why not marry her and solve both of their problems? Virginia insists she&’s appalled by his proposal, but her response to his scorching kisses says otherwise. And when the two of them begin to unravel the truth behind her brother&’s death, Gabriel takes the greatest gamble of all, offering the courageous beauty something more precious than any inheritance—true love.
By Carole Mortimer. 2012
A notorious rake is determined to seduce a beautiful widow with a scandalous secret in this steamy Regency romance.Rupert Stirling,…Duke of Stratton, has long since acquired the nickname Devil. And with outrageous exploits both in and out of ladies’ bedchambers, my, has he earned it!Pandora Maybury, the widowed Duchess of Wyndwood, is beyond risqué behavior—despite her dark secret. She’s already the subject of far too much ribald gossip for her liking. If only the Ton knew just how innocent she really was—including Rupert who, after rescuing her from a compromising situation, seems intent on compromising her already tainted reputation!