Pocket Books, 2004
By day, celebrated beauty Helena Nash works as a
proper companion to one of London's most
disagreeable ladies. By night she acts as an
illicit messenger between two separated lovers.
Masked and disguised, she falls into the path of
a shadowy stalker. Fearing for her safety but
unwilling to halt her nocturnal forays, Helena
seeks out Ramsey Munro -- one of three men who
pledged years earlier to serve her family in
times of need. Handsome and elusive, the
notorious Scotsman is London's most accomplished
swordsman and represents everything Helena wants
but can't have -- freedom, adventure, and passion.
Now she demands that he teach her his formidable
skills, a commission that may prove cool,
collected Helena's undoing. For Ramsey has seen
through her disguise...and soon vows to teach her
both the way of the sword and the deliciously
wicked pleasures of the flesh.
"Under a Lucky Star"
Cynthia, daughter of the Earl of Ballymere, is as
cold as she is lovely. But Derrick Whittaker is
different from the suitors she has turned away-he
has already held her in his arms and felt the
passion between them. He knows that true wealth
lies in love-and he was rich beyond his wildest
dreams for that one fleeting moment...
But sometimes the heavens grant lost love a
second chance...and even the coldest hearts can
thaw beneath the warm light of a lucky star.
Driven to uncover the truth about the mysterious
death of his ladylove, the Duke of Hawkscliffe
will go to any lengths to unmask a murderer. Even
if it means jeopardizing his reputation by
engaging in a scandalous affair with London's
most provocative courtesan--the desirable but
aloof Belinda Hamilton.
Bel has used her intelligence and wit to charm
the city's titled gentlemen while struggling to
put the pieces of her life back together. She
needs a protector, so she accepts Hawk's
invitation to become his mistress in name only.
He asks nothing of her body, but seeks her help
in snaring the same man who shattered her virtue.
Together they tempt the unforgiving wrath of
Society--until their risky charade turns into a
dangerous attraction, and Bel must make a
devastating decision that could ruin her last
chance at love.
"To Have and To Hold"
Edito in Italia da Sonzogno.
Suave, cynical, and too handsome for his own good,
Sebastian Verlaine never expects to become a
magistrate judging the petty crimes of his
tenants and neighbors. Nor can the new Viscount DAubrey
foresee that, when a fallen woman appears before
him, hell find himself beguiled against all
reason to alter her terrible fate
Rachel Wade has served time in prison for her
husbands violent death, but she soon
discovers that freedom has its own price. For no
one will offer her a second chance but a jaded
viscount who needs a housekeeper. Scorned by the
townspeople of Wyckerley as DAubreys
mistress, tempted beyond her will by the devilish
lord, Rachel risks all she had to claim a life of
and a love that will last for all
"His Every Kiss"
Everyone knows about Dylan Moore -- his brilliant
talent and his pleasure-seeking ways -- but no
one knows the torment that lies beneath his
reckless veneer. Only one woman gets a glimpse of
the forces that drive Dylan's soul, a woman who
haunts his dreams and evokes his passions as no
other woman ever has before.
Disgraced and destitute, Grace Cheval
wantsnothing to do with the seductive man who
desires her. When Dylan offers her a position as
governess to his newfound daughter, she knows his
true intentions are dishonorable. Yet she finds
this charismatic man hard to resist, and she
returns his passionate kisses with a fire that
matches his own. Can Dylan dare hope that this
proud, spirited beauty will melt the ice around
Florence Fairleigh thinks shes found the
perfect man in Freddie Burbrooke. Hes
handsome, hes kind and he desperately wants
a wife. His brother Edward, the brooding Earl of
Greystowe, is counting on the marriage to quash a
family scandal. And it wouldif only
Florence werent the perfect match for him!
Merry Vance has made it quite clear she has no
interest in marriage, but that hasn't stopped her
long-suffering suitor from proposing, or her
parents from getting more furious each time she
turns him down. Merry has no choice but to
concoct a scandalous solution: to pose nude for
Nicolas Craven, famous artist and infamous
libertine. No man in his right mind would marry a
woman who had bared her secrets to him!
But Nicolas has his own plans for the spirited
young woman he has convinced to move into his
home. In Merry's plain face, he sees uncommon
beauty. In her soft eyes, he sees sparks ready to
burst into flame.
And, best of all, he's certain the masterpiece
she helps him to create will tantalize the ton .
No man, gentleman or otherwise, has ever looked
at Lady Edwina Bollash the way the brash,
handsome man standing before her is doing now.
Edwina has accepted the challenge to transform
incorrigible Mick Tremore into a gentleman in
just six weeks. And although the linguist is sure
she can rise to the task, she isn't at all
certain she won't swoon under his frankly
sensuous gaze before her job is done.
Mick has lived outside of London society long
enough to know that appearances can be deceiving.
Edwina might look all buttoned up-the perfect
English lady-but there is unleashed passion
existing just below her placid facade (not to
mention a great pair of legs!). And as she
prepares him to take his place in society, Mick
prepares Edwina to take her place in his heart...and
in his bed.
Once, a long time ago, Coco Wild learned to never
allow a man's kiss to move her, for that way led
to downfall. A slender beauty with alluring eyes,
she built impregnable defenses around her
emotions. The men who came to adore her, fought
to conquer her and learn her mysteries, made her
the toast of London, but none were able to rouse
But that hard-taught lesson is about to unravel
because of Sir James Stoker. Back in England with
a treasure of gold from his adventures, newly
knighted by Queen Victoria herself, and feted
everywhere, the handsome explorer has the world
at his feet. He's exactly the man Coco might have
dreamed about when she was young: a tall, fair
hero with a charming smile.
Now he's turned his energy toward winning her,
the most desirable and the least attainable woman
he knows; and Coco's aft-aid James may just find
his way past the thorns that have so long
protected her from the world, and awaken her
slumbering heart...with just one kiss.
An exquisite American heiress, Louise Vandermeer
is beautiful, brilliant. . . and bored-which is
why she has agreed to a daring adventure: to
travel across the ocean to marry an aristocrat
abroad. Rumor has it her intended is a hideous
cad-a grim prospect that propels her into a
passionate, reckless affair with a compelling
stranger she never sees in the light of day.
Though scarred by a childhood illness, Charles d'Harcourt
has successfully wooed Europe's most
sophisticated beauties. For a lark, he contrived
to travel incognito on his own fiancee's ship-and
seduce the young chit in utter darkness. But the
rake's prank backfired. It was he who was smitten-while
the hot-tempered Lulu, now his wife, loves only
her shipboard lover, unaware it was d'Harcourt
all the time! And Charles will never have her
heart-unless he can open her eyes to the prince
who hides within.
Ever since she can remember, India McKnight has
craved adventure, dreaming of lands past the
horizon. Following her calling, she becomes a
travel writer, a vocation that takes her far and
wide. All the while, she vows never to risk her
freedom by falling in love.
But when she sails to the exotic and unknown
regions of the South Pacific, a rugged man brave
enough to be her guide just may be the one who
can lay claim to her heart.
Having turned his back on the civilized
world long ago, Jack Ryder has been living in
seclusion, hiding from the pain and betrayal
buried in his past. When the beautiful, hotheaded
Scotswoman arrives at his hut looking for a guide,
he agrees to take her to the island of Takakudespite
the challengejust to prove that her
stubborn theories about native life are wrong.
But when their journey turns dangerous, their
fates become forever entwined. Forced to rely on
each other for their very survival, they soon
discover that passion and even deeper peril await
them . . . just beyond the sunrise.
"Silk and Shadows"
He called himself Peregrine, and like the falcon
he was wild and free. He was superbly handsome,
fabulously wealthy, overwhelmingly seductive. He
cut a dazzling swath through Victorian London-and
wove a web of desire around beautiful and proud
Lady Sara St. James, pledged to wed another man.
In Peregrine's arms Sara learned the meaning of
forbidden passion- and forbidding mystery. Only
the burning power of love could pierce Peregrine's
chilling silence about his secret past and hidden
purpose...as Sara plunged into a whirlpool of
yearning and uncertainty with a man who was
everything a woman could want or fear.
"After the Kiss"
After a disastrous fire destroys her bookshop,
Margaret Easterly is forced to sell a rare volume
of erotic memoirs. She attends a ball where the
host has promised to purchase the first in the
series. Carried away by the fantasy atmosphere,
Margaret finds herself kissing a stranger. When
she flees, the Earl of Montraine, Michael
Hawthorne, cannot forget the passionate kiss and
is determined to find the mystery woman.
Known as the Code Master, his majestys brilliant
code breaker, Michael uses his skills to locate
Margaret, but its quite a different story
convincing her to be his bride. How can either of
them know what another will do to keep the
memoirs out of Michaels hands?
"The Lady's Tutor"
Married young to a man hand-picked by her father,
Elizabeth Petre is an ideal Victorian lady. She
has borne two sons and endured sixteen years of
selfless duty in a passionless marriage. Craving
a man's loving touch yet loyal to her wedding
vows, Elizabeth is determined to seduce her
coldly indifferent husband. She knows of only one
man who can teach her the erotic secrets of love.
The bastard son of an English countess and an
Arab sheik, Ramiel Devington was reared to
embrace both Western culture and Eastern pleasure.
Scorned by society and challenged by prim
Elizabeth's request, he undertook her instruction
in the art of sensual delight.
But when the lessons become a temptation neither
can resist, Elizabeth is forced to choose between
obligation and a bold, forbidden passion.
"A Rose at Midnight"
Once a daughter of the aristocracy, lovely
Ghislaine "Gilly" de Lorgny lives for
the destruction of Nicholas Blackthorne--the
notorious rake she holds responsible for the
cruel loss of her virtue, family and fortune. Now
that the rogue has reentered her life, she seizes
the opportunity to enact a poisonous revenge--but
is abducted by the dashing villain before the
deed can be done. Held prisoner in a secluded
hunting lodge, she steels herself to resist the
sensuous punishment her captor has promised--only
to be betrayed by a heart that aches with desire
for the handsome, tormented blackguard. For only
in her enemy's arms will Gilly know the exquisite
passion that can heal all wounds ... and the
rapture of a love powerful enough to restore a
fallen woman's honor and a scoundrel's nobility.