Twenty-year-old Julia Maitland is ready to find a husband. Lord Dominic Brandon has proposed, delighting Julia's socially ambitious mother, despite Brandon's unsavory reputation and rumored ties to smuggling. Though her father favors Jack Douglas-who lacks a title but will inherit his father's fortune-Julia has eyes only for Kit, Jack's younger brother, who will inherit very little. When Julia accompanies her Aunt Lucy to the estate of Lucy's recently deceased childhood friend, she is stunned to see Kit, who inherited the estate and new surname from his godmother, making him the Master of Morancourt. The attraction between the pair blossoms but Julia knows a loveless union still awaits unless she can convince her family otherwise. Aylmer is more enamored of the period than of her characters, and the plot serves as merely a framework for sumptuous descriptions of Regency-era events and fashions. Despite a treasure trove of Austen-era trivia, a stronger narrative would have made the love affair more compelling.
Following her sensational debut novel, Swept Away by a Kiss, author Katharine Ashe was named one of the 'New Stars of Historical Romance' by the American Library Association publication Booklist. With each new book she has proven them right – and never more so than with her novel How to be a Proper Lady.
Continuing her phenomenal Falcon Club series, Ashe enchants with this tale of a woman kidnapped as a child by pirates and returned years later to her English family. She must now learn how to be a cultured lady…and to navigate the treacherous waters of love with the notorious sea captain who brought her, kicking and screaming, back to society. This is witty, emotionally rich, and wonderfully imaginative storytelling that readers of Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, and Johanna Lindsey will absolutely adore.
In An Assembly Such as This, Pamela Aidan finally answers that long-standing question. In this first book of her Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, she reintroduces us to Darcy during his visit to Hertfordshire with his friend Charles Bingley and reveals Darcy's hidden perspective on the events of Pride and Prejudice. As Darcy spends more time at Netherfield supervising Bingley and fending off Miss Bingley's persistent advances, his unwilling attraction to Elizabeth grows — as does his concern about her relationship with his nemesis, George Wickham.
Setting the story vividly against the colorful historical and political background of the Regency, Aidan writes in a style comfortably at home with Austen but with a wit and humor very much her own. Aidan adds her own cast of fascinating characters to those in Austen's original, weaving a rich tapestry from Darcy's past and present. Austen fans and newcomers alike will love this new chapter of the most famous romance of all time.
Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice is beloved by millions, but little is revealed in the book about the mysterious and handsome hero, Mr. Darcy. And so the question has long remained: Who is Fitzwilliam Darcy?
Pamela Aidan's trilogy finally answers that long-standing question, creating a rich parallel story that follows Darcy as he meets and falls in love with Elizabeth Bennet. Duty and Desire, the second book in the trilogy, covers the "silent time" of Austen's novel, revealing Darcy's private struggle to overcome his attraction to Elizabeth while fulfilling his roles as landlord, master, brother, and friend.
When Darcy pays a visit to an old classmate in Oxford in an attempt to shake Elizabeth from his mind, he is set upon by husband-hunting society ladies and ne'er-do-well friends from his university days, all with designs on him — some for good and some for ill. He and his sartorial genius of a valet, Fletcher, must match wits with them all, but especially with the curious Lady Sylvanie.
Irresistibly authentic and entertaining, Duty and Desire remains true to the spirit and events of Pride and Prejudice while incorporating fascinating new characters, and is sure to dazzle Austen fans and newcomers alike.
One of the most beloved romantic heroes in all of literature, Fitzwilliam Darcy remains an enigma even to Jane Austen's most devoted fans. No longer. With this concluding volume in the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, novelist and Austen aficionada Pamela Aidan at last gives readers the man in full.
These Three Remain follows a humbled Darcy on the journey of self-discovery, after Elizabeth Bennet's rejection of his marriage proposal, in which he endeavors to grow into the kind of gentleman he desires to become. Happily, a chance meeting with Elizabeth during a tour of his estate in Derbyshire offers Darcy a new opportunity to press his suit, but his newfound strengths are put to the test by an old nemesis, George Wickham.
Vividly capturing the colorful historical and political milieu of the Regency era, Aidan writes in a style evocative of her literary progenitor, but with a wit and humor very much her own. While staying faithful to the people and events in Austen's original, she adds her own fascinating cast of characters, weaving a rich tapestry out of Darcy's past and present that will beguile his admirers anew.
Lady Emily Ashton is back in her third episode of romantic suspense set in the Victorian world of mannerly gentlemen, conniving mothers, and scandals behind closed doors. Forced to join a group of socialites at the home of formidable and odious Lord Fortescue, whom she loathes (and whose daughter covets Emily’s fiancé, Colin Hargreaves), Emily and others in the party feel little regret when Fortescue is murdered. Unfortunately, her best friend’s husband, Robert, is arrested and imprisoned in the Tower, after witnesses confirm his fight with the victim. Resolved to exonerate Robert, Emily heads for Vienna on the killer’s trail. Austria proves rich with intrigue, and this portion of the story really shines as readers take a tour of nineteenth-century Vienna—its parties and its cafés—in the wintertime, shadowed by decidedly evil characters. Emily’s sparkling wit makes up for the somewhat convoluted plot and large cast of characters who move from England to the Continent and back at the slightest provocation. This is a captivating addition to the adventures of an irresistible Victorian iconoclast.
Ante la desesperada situación económica de su familia, Cressida Mandeville acepta la vil invitación de lord Crofton, un famoso experto en la organización de orgías en la Inglaterra de 1816. Sin embargo la joven, que no es tan inocente como parece, tiene otros planes: engañar al repugnante Crofton para recuperar la fortuna de su padre, oculta en una estatuilla erótica esculpida en un colmillo de elefante.
Pero justo cuando se dirige a la abominable fiesta de lord Crofton, Cressida cae en manos de un secuestrador. Su captor no es otro que Tristan Tregallows, Duque de St. Raven, quien conoce la mala fama de Crofton y sólo quiere protegerla. Cressida finalmente le confiesa su plan y Tristan se convierte en su aliado y defensor, aunque ninguno de los dos puede prever el largo camino que les espera, ni las inesperadas trampas que les tenderá el amor.
After her father is wrongly accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, lovely Jess Whitby infiltrates the London underworld for the real traitor — only to end up naked in the bed of a rude merchant captain. Not only is she falling in love with him, but he may be the scoundrel she's looking for.
Attacked on a rainy London street, veteran spy Justine DeCabrillac knows only one man can save her: Hawker, her oldest friend . . . her oldest enemy. London's crawling with hidden assassins and someone is out to frame Hawker for murder. The two spies must work together to find who's out to destroy them
A career is blooming...
A glittering French aristocrat is on the run, disguised as a British governess. England's top spy has a score to settle with her family. But as they're drawn inexorably into the intrigue and madness of Revolutionary Paris, they gamble on a love to which neither of them will admit.
She's never met a man she couldn't deceive...until now.
She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Lady Catherine will never find a husband for Anne…
When a fortuitous accident draws Anne away from Rosings and her overbearing mother's direct influence, she is able to think and act for herself for the first time ever. In the society of her cousins Darcy and Georgiana, and, of course, the lively Mrs. Darcy, Anne reveals a talent for writing and a zest for life.
Meanwhile, Lady Catherine is determined to choose a husband for Anne. But now that Anne has found her courage, she may not be so easy to rule.
Anne de Bourgh is a sympathetic character whose obedience and meekness were expected of women in her day. As she frees herself from these expectations, Anne discovers strength, independence, and even true love in a wonderfully satisfying coming-of-age story.
Wie ein figurenreicher, kunstvoll gewebter, in satten Farben prunkender Gobelin breitet dieser Roman das höfische Leben in den Schlössern Karls VII. von Frankreich und das bewegte, reiche Schicksal einer schönen, wagemutigen Frau vor dem Leser aus. Cathérine de Montsalvy, junge Trägerin eines der ältesten Namen des Königreichs, Goldschmiedstochter, Fürstengeliebte und einstige Frau des hingerichteten burgundischen Finanzministers in einem erzwungenen, nie vollzogenen Ehebund, kennt nur ein Ziel: zum Sturz La Trémoilles, des königlichen Favoriten, beizutragen, der das Unglück des Mannes, den sie über alles liebt, verschuldet und den schwachen, vergnügungslüsternen König ins Netz seiner Ränke und Intrigen eingesponnen hat. Eine historische Kulissenkabale um Macht, Reichtum und pervertierte Lust wird zu erzählter Wirklichkeit. Ein weit gefaßter historischer Roman, der den Leser nicht aus seiner Spannung entläßt.
Titel der Originalausgabe ›Cathérine des Grands Chemins‹
Cathérine, die leidenschaftliche Frau von märchenhafter Süße, deren bewegtes Los bereits Millionen von Lesern gefesselt hat, bricht in diesem Roman zu ihrem zärtlichsten und gefahrenreichsten Abenteuer auf. Auf einer Pilgerfahrt ist ihr geliebter Ehemann in maurische Gefangenschaft geraten, in der er einer liebestollen Prinzessin zu Diensten sein muß. Cathérine setzt alles daran, den sehnsüchtig vermißten Gatten, den sie dem Schicksal gegen alle Widerstände abgetrotzt hat, zu befreien … Das mittelalterliche Spanien mit dem düsteren Prunk seiner Paläste und der Macht- und Blutgier seiner kleinen und großen Despoten, mit seinen Kerkern und Klöstern, seiner wilden Natur und seinem weiten Himmel wird zum grandiosen Turnierplatz, auf dem Cathérine de Montsalvy mit ihren Gegnern die Waffen, auch die urweiblichen der Verführung, kreuzt.
Titel der Originalausgabe: ›Cathérine et le temps d'aimer‹
Tercer volumen de la apasionante serie Las joyas del Templo, iniciada con La Estrella Azul y seguida de La rosa de York. En esta serie, Aldo Morosini, príncipe veneciano y anticuario, ha recibido de un misterioso personaje, apodado el Cojo de Varsovia, el encargo de recuperar las cuatro piedras sustraídas del pectoral del Sumo Sacerdote del Templo de Jerusalén. En esta tercera parte, El Ópalo de Sissi, la búsqueda transcurre entre Viena y los Alpes Suizos, en una trama histórica plagada de misterios, suspense, traiciones y romances.
A la muerte de su esposo en duelo con François de Beaufort, Sylvie, duquesa de Fontsomme, jura no volver a ver nunca a éste y se retira a las propiedades de su familia a criar a su hija 1tilarie y al pequeño Philippe, el secreto de cuyo nacimiento guarda celosamente. Entre los amigos que la visitan está Nicolas Fouquet, que se ha convertido en superintendente de las Finanzas del reino.Es entonces cuando el joven rey Luis XIV, que no olvida, ordena a Sylvie que se incorpore a la corte en Saint-Jean-de-Luz: va a casarse con la infanta Marie-Thérése y ella debe formar parte de las damas de la nueva reina. Durante las fiestas de celebración de la boda tiene la oportunidad de sacar de una situación comprometida a un mosquetero enamorado pero pobre, y ello le vale la amistad de D`Artagnan.. .De nuevo en París, no puede evitar a Beaufort, que parece haber recuperado el favor real, y que también ha trabado amistad con el superintendente. La ayuda de ambos resultará inestimable al sobrevenir un peligro que amenaza la vida del pequeño Philippe. Para colmo, Fouquet cae en desgracia, y el vengativo ministro Colbert se dedica a perseguir a los amigos del vencido.El peso de los secretos de Estado se hace sentir de nuevo. ¿Guardará el último de ellos una esperanza de felicidad para Sylvie?
Una niña de cuatro años vaga por el bosque de Anet. Su nombre es SyIvie de rey de Valaines y su familia acaba de ser asesinada, tal vez por orden del cardenal Richelieu para recuperar eiertas cartas comprometedoras.Un muchacho de diez años la recoge y la pone a salvo. Se Ilama François de Borbón Vendôme, príncipe de Martigues.Criada entre los Vendóme, Sylvie se convertirá en doncella de honor de la reina Ana de Austria y será amiga de Mdemoiselle de Hautefort, eon quien campartirá el peligroso secreto del nacimiento del Futuro rey. Ella misma, a los quince años, habrá de enfrentarse a los temibles poderes Luis XIII, del cardenal Richelieu y del misteriosó asesino de su madre.Obligada a casarse con el abúlico y complaciente La Ferriére, y tras un encuentro terrible con el hombre al que llaman el «verdugo del cardenal, logra escapar y como en otro tiempo, encuentra a François en su camino.Pero en adelante será preciso volver a ocultarse, ya que los enemigos de la joven no descansan. François, por su parte, piensa únicamente en el odio que le inspira Mazaríno, un odio que hará de él uno de los jefes de la resistencia, conocida por el pueblo entusiasta como el rey de Les Halles ».Juliette Benzoni es una de las escritoras más populares de Francia y autora de una cincuentena de libros. Se han vendido alrededor de cincuenta millones de ejemplares de ellos, traducidos a casi todos los idiomas.
Cuarto volumen de la serie Las Joyas del Templo, precedida por La Estrella Azul, La Rosa de York y El Ópalo de Sissi. En esta serie, Aldo Morosini, príncipe veneciano y anticuario, ha recibido de un misterioso personaje apodado el Cojo de Varsovia el encargo de recuperar las cuatro piedras sustraídas del pectoral del Sumo Sacerdote del Templo de Jerusalén. En esta cuarta parte, El Rubí de Juana la Loca, la búsqueda transcurre en Madrid (Aldo se aloja en el hotel Ritz), Venecia, Praga, un castillo en Bohemia y Zúrich, en una trama histórica plagada de misterios, suspense, traiciones y romances.
Francia, junio de 1626.
Una niña de cuatro años vaga por el bosque: su nombre es Sylvie de Valaines y su familia ha sido asesinada. Un muchacho de diez años, François de Borbón-Vendôme, la encuentra y la lleva al castillo de Anet. Oculta tras un nuevo nombre y criada entre los Vendômes, Sylvie se convertirá en doncella de honor de la reina Ana de Austria y compartirá, sin quererlo, el mortal secreto del nacimiento del futuro Luis XIV.
Beloved New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh has written her most beguiling novel yet, in which the black sheep of the scandalous Huxtable family finally meets his match - in a woman of even more wicked reputation.
'The Devil was about to be tamed.' Her name is Hannah Reid. Born a commoner, she has been Duchess of Dunbarton ever since she was nineteen years old, the wife of an elderly duke to whom she has been rumored to be consistently and flagrantly unfaithful. Now the old duke is dead and, more womanly and beautiful than ever at thirty, Hannah has her freedom at last.
And she knows just what she wants to do with it. To the shock of a conventional friend, she announces her intention to take a lover - and not just any lover, but the most dangerous and delicious man in all of upper-class England: Constantine Huxtable.
Constantine's illegitimacy has denied him the title of Earl, so now he denies himself nothing . . . or so the ton would have it. Rumored to be living the free and easy life of a sensualist in his country estate, he always chooses recent widows for his short-lived affairs. Hannah will fit the bill nicely.
But once these two passionate and scandalous figures find each other, they discover that it isn't so easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire - without getting singed. For the duchess and the dark lord each have startling secrets to reveal, and when all is said and done, neither will be able to say which one fell in love first, who tamed whom, and who has emerged from this game of hearts with the stronger hand.
THE IMPOSSIBLE MR. GOWER
Lady Rachel Palmer was quite used to men falling helplessly in love with her. Every gentleman in aristocratic society, including her devoted fiancé, Lord Algernon Rivers, fell a willing victim to Rachel's dazzling beauty and bewitching charm.
Every gentleman, that is, except Lord Rivers' closest friend, the studiously unfashionable and splendidly handsome Mr. David Gower.
Mr. Gower made it clear that the ravishing Rache represented everything he scorned, and that he was the very last man in the world she could ever ensnare. It was a challenge Rachel could not ignore-from a man she could not resist…
FIRE AND ICE
Rachel had never been held thus, against the full, warm length of a man's body. And she had never been kissed thus, with lips that moved over hers, parting and persuading hers to do the same. But she knew this was right. This was the way it must be.
Then she felt David's hold loosen.
"I have given into a temptation I thought I had under control," he said. "I had determined never to touch another woman this way until she had consented to be my wife."
"I can marry you," Rachel said eagerly.
He shook his head. "No, Lady Rachel, we can never marry."
Rachel's face was becoming stormy. "Give me one reason why I may not marry you."
"Because I am not asking you," he coldly replied.
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And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
-Matthew 6: 28-30
Step into a world of scandal, intrigue, and enthralling passion as New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh sweeps us into the lives of an extraordinary family: the Huxtables. Margaret, the eldest, embarks on the most risqué adventure of her life and agrees to marry the most notorious man in London..
Only desperation could bring Duncan Pennethorne, the infamous Earl of Sheringford, back home after the spectacular scandal that had shocked even the jaded ton. Forced to wed in fifteen days or be cut off without a penny, Duncan chooses the one woman in London in frantic need of a husband. A lie to an old flame forces Margaret Huxtable to accept the irresistible stranger's offer. But once she discovers who he really is, it's too late - she's already betrothed to the wickedly sensual rakehell. Quickly she issues an ultimatum: If Duncan wants her, he must woo her. And as passion slowly ignites, two people marrying for all the wrong reasons are discovering the joys of seduction - and awaiting the exquisite pleasure of what comes after..
His Vengeance Was Sweet
Judith Easton knew that even the spirit of Christmas wouldn't stop the Marquess of Denbigh from settling the score with her. For the beautiful young widow had injured Denbigh's rigid pride years ago by jilting him for another man.
Now that Judith was free from her nightmare marriage to that other man, the bold and handsome Marquess made no secret that he had her in his sights and wanted her in his arms.
But how could she trust the tender words on his lips when she could sense the hardness of his heart? And after she had made so grievous a mistake in love once, how could she ever trust her own heart's desire again?
The marquess slowed his pace, and Judith followed suit. She turned to him and fixed her eyes on the top button of his greatcoat as his gloved hands cupped her face. She lifted her hands and rested her palms against his chest. And she lifted her eyes to his and then closed them as his mouth came down to cover hers.
He was the man she had feared for so long. She tried to remember the impression she had had of his face until now-harsh, the eyes steel-gray, the lips thin. It was he who was kissing her, she told herself.
Was this the face of love? The face of hate? And did she, in this moment of abandoned ecstasy, any longer care?
When Elliot Wallace, Viscount Lyngate, arrives in Throckbridge, the small village is buzzing with excitement over the upcoming Valentine's Day dance. The ladies of the town are busy gussying up for the ball and gossiping about the viscount's mysterious arrival, but Elliot has more urgent matters to attend to. His arrival marks a mission to retrieve the rightful Earl of Merton, while his promise he has made to find a wife by Christmas weighs heavily on his mind.
When Elliot meets the new young earl, Stephen Huxtable, and his three sisters, the disagreeable Margaret, the cheery Katherine, and the plain, widowed Vanessa, he becomes absorbed in the family's life. Could it be possible that with the Huxtables he's found both an Earl and wife? If Elliot thinks he's hit two birds with one stone, to which sister will he cast his throw...and will she catch the bait before she discovers his ulterior motives?
It should have been the perfect marriage for beautiful young Georgiana Burton. The husband her parents bad Picked for her, Lord Ralph Chartleigh, was wealthy, handsome, noble, and kind.
Unfortunately, he did not measure up to Georgian's notions of what a man should be. He was uninterested in society, impervious to fashions, had the worst of tailors, knew little of women - and was wary of the little he knew.
Clearly Georgiana had to teach him a great deal about life and even more about love… forgetting until it was almost too late how much she had to learn herself…
THE EARL OF RAYMORE WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH LADIES
Once he had adored an angelic creature who had turned out to be a devilish minx in disguise. After that, the only females he cared to know were women who catered to his body without laying claim to his heart.
MISS ROSALIND DACEY WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH GENTLEMEN
Unlike her best friend, the beauteous and biddable Lady Sylvia Marsh, Rosalind found flirtations a fearful ordeal and the game of love one that she could only lose. Better to be happy with herself than suffer a man who would only use her and mock her dreams.
Clearly Raymore and Rosalind were in perfect harmony in assiduously avoiding each other-until the night the unthinkable happened, and the impossible had to be faced…
A multiple New York Times hardcover bestselling author with nearly seven million copies of her books sold, Mary Balogh confirms her position as 'a veritable treasure, a matchless storyteller who makes our hearts melt with delight' (Romantic Times). In Seducing An Angel, she continues the adventures begun with First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, and At Last Comes Love.
Banished, destitute, and labeled a murderess, Cassandra, Lady Paget, arrives in Regency London determined to overcome the reputation that has preceded her and to find a wealthy gentleman who can restore her to the extravagant life to which she's grown accustomed. She sets her sights on Stephen, Earl of Merton - an angelic-looking man of means who surely cannot resist her.
Intrigued by Cassandra's charm, Stephen agrees to make her his mistress. But despite his looks and easy charm, Stephen is no angel, and Cassandra soon realizes that there is a price to be paid for trying to tempt one.