THE DANGEROUS DUKE
Can a Duke fall in love with a Companion? What about his Mistress?
MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT
An inheritance depends upon a marriage at midnight…but the bride is already married!
When the Earl of Pennington discovers the inheritance from his great-uncle depends on him marrying at midnight on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he is irate. Marriage is not part of his plan to save his impoverished estates. He crosses paths unexpectedly with the beautiful Roxanne Chesney, who is fleeing from her abusive husband. He offers her a contract: marriage for six months to help him fulfill the conditions of his great-uncle’s will, enabling him secure his inheritance. In return he will pay her a small fortune. Can Roxanne resist this offer? What about the revolting Edgar Doyle who forced her into a loveless marriage that has not been consummated? Roxanne has escaped Edgar’s clutches, but she wonders how long she will manage to evade him. The Earl’s contract has no strings attached. The offer is irresistible except for the fact that Roxanne is already married.
Miss Wainwright is truly the most wayward, stubborn female his lordship has ever encountered. So why does he want her to stay?
Miss Helena Wainwright is determined to see her nieces and nephew well settled with their new guardian, the Duke of Rotherham. After six months of transition, the children are beginning to bond with their uncle, but Helena and the Duke aren’t able to get much past the barest of civilities. Now that the duke is poised to offer for the shy Miss Fanshawe, Helena is horrified to discover an awful secret about the young lady and her scheming mother. What is she going to do--keep the secret or reveal all in her own bid for the duke’s heart? Ready to settle down and provide a stable environment for his wards, Vernon Wroxby, the Duke of Rotherham, has decided the amenable Miss Fanshawe will do, even if he dislikes her outspoken, uncouth mama. If he could just quit wondering what Miss Wainwright is doing (and with whom) he’d be able to appreciate the match a bit more. But as his wards begin to rebel against the idea of this marriage, and he starts to realize that his affections really reside with Miss Wainwright, will one determined marriage-mart mama ruin any chance he might have for true happiness?
LORD BLACKWOOD'S VALENTINE BALL
Mistaken identities create confusion but will Cupid's aim be true?
Patience Cherwell is resigned to a life of spinsterhood. Therefore, when her young friend, the lovely Lorna Hartley, comes to stay for a London season, she decides the eligible, charming Lord Blackwood is the perfect match for Lorna. Granted, Lord Blackwood, at forty, is much older than the vivacious 20-year-old Lorna, but Patience is determined to help her young friend make a good match. So why isn’t she happy when his lordship and Lorna seem to like each other’s company? The problem is that Patience is already madly in love with his lordship! An unexpected invitation arrives for Lorna and Patience to attend Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball. This is the perfect moment for him to propose to Lorna. Mysteriously, a corsage arrives from an anonymous admirer. Who is it for? And what will be the outcome for the wearer at Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball?
THE LADY'S REVENGE
THE RELUCTANT BRIDEGROOM
The handsome Earl of Wenham has no
intention of marrying any time soon. His sister Almeria, some fifteen
years his senior, feels duty bound to point out to Hugo that he owes it to the
title and the estates to marry and produce an heir. Failure to do so means the
entire lot devolves upon his second cousin, the Honourable Felix Barstowe. She
also reminds him that their father had promised an old friend, Lord Lavenham,
that his son should marry Lord Lavenham’s daughter, Miranda. Out
of respect for his father’s dying promise (which he had never taken
seriously), the earl sets off the Lavenham House. He is stranded by snow a few
miles away from his destination and takes refuge in a local inn. He meets up
with a heavily veiled, mysterious young woman, who, by her confidences to him,
he realises is the elusive Miranda. To his shocking surprise, the feisty
Miranda declares she has never heard of the Earl of Wenham’s glorious
reputation and will not have anything to do with someone whom she declares, “is
possibly so fat and gouty, that he needs to have a wife found for him.” In
fact, she would rather run away with a childhood friend than have anything to
do with the “ridiculous” Earl of Wenham. Intrigued, the earl makes it his
business to get to know Miranda better by inviting her to stay in London with
his sister. Unfortunately, this strategy annoys his dandyish cousin Felix
Barstowe who is determined that the young and healthy earl should not marry and
cheat him out of his birthright. Will Felix succeed in a dastardly plan to
murder his cousin?