With two months left to find a husband to fulfill her grandmother’s ultimatum, Lady Celia Sharpe sets her sights on three eligible bachelors. Becoming betrothed to one of these wealthy, high-ranking men will surely prove her capable of getting married, so hopefully the wedding itself won’t be necessary for Celia and her siblings to receive their inheritance. Step two of her audacious plan is hiring the dangerously compelling Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter to investigate the three men she’s chosen. But with Lady Celia bedeviling Jackson’s days and nights, the last thing he wants is to help her find a husband. And when she recalls shadowed memories that lead his investigation into her parents’ mysterious deaths in a new direction—putting her in danger—Jackson realizes the only man he wants Celia to marry is himself! (2012)




And who better to play the part of Minerva’s would-be husband than wild barrister Giles Masters, the very inspiration for the handsome spy in the popular gothic novels she writes? The memory of his passionate kiss on her nineteenth birthday has lingered with Minerva, though she has no intention of falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him!

Little does she know, Giles really is a covert government operative. When the two team up to investigate the mystery behind her parents’ deaths, their fake betrothal leads to red-hot desire. Then Minerva discovers Giles’s secret double life, and he must use all the cunning tricks of his trade to find his way back to her heart.  (2011)




Like everything daredevil Gabriel Sharpe does, pursuing Virginia Waverly is a high-stakes game. Ever since her brother Roger died racing Lord Gabriel, Virginia has yearned to take her revenge on the reckless lord by beating him at his own sport. But when she challenges Lord Gabriel to a race, the hellion who has always embraced his dark reputation as the “Angel of Death” counters with a marriage proposal!

Gabe knows Virginia’s family is in dire financial straits—why shouldn’t she marry him and solve both their problems? She claims to be appalled by his proposal, but her response to his kisses says otherwise. So when the two of them begin to unravel the truth behind Roger’s death, Gabe takes the greatest gamble of all, offering the cunning and courageous beauty something more precious than any inheritance: true love. (2011)






The oldest of the scandalous Sharpes—five hell-raising siblings tainted still by the gossip surrounding the “accidental” deaths of their parents two decades ago—Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville, like his brothers and sisters, has lived life on his own terms. In his case, as an unrepentant rakehell. Or so life had played out until Grandmother Hetty got a bee in her bonnet. Now the five Sharpe siblings face a daunting ultimatum: Marry by year’s end—or kiss their inheritance good-bye.
Oliver vows to fulfill the bargain in true Sharpe style—by bringing home a fake fiancé from a brothel! But his scheme backfires when he foils a robbery and rescues an American beauty instead. Maria Butterfield came to London to find her missing fiancé, but her prior engagement won’t stop Oliver from getting what he wants: Maria in his bed. His rebellious charade may just call Hetty’s bluff, but not before it become all too real—stirring up a love that tempts him to be a hellion no more. (2010)



In Sabrina Jeffries’ novella, “When Sparks Fly,” a carriage mishap on the way home to Sheffield for the holidays leaves Ellie Bancroft, the wealthiest heiress in North England, and her party stranded at the remote manor of the notorious Black Baron. Weary of being courted for her fortune, Ellie doesn’t know what to make of her grumpy host. As for Martin Thorncliff, he is none too happy about playing host to four children and two women at his least favorite time of the year.

What both Ellie and Martin fail to take into account, however, are the sparks that fly whenever they are together. Neither Ellie nor Martin may have seen romance in their future, but they soon realize the New Year takes on a whole new glow when you share it with one you love. (2010)





Mired in scandal after his parents’ mysterious deaths, notorious gambler Lord Jarret Sharpe agrees to tamely run the family’s brewery for a year if his Machiavellian grandmother rescinds her ultimatum that he marry. But the gambler in him can’t resist when beguiling Annabel Lake proposes a wager. If she wins their card game, he must help save her family’s foundering brewery. But if he wins, she must spend a night in his bed. The outcome sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy all his plans… and unveils the secret Annabel has held for so long. When Jarret discovers the darker reason behind her wager, he forces her into another one—and this time he intends to win not just her body, but her heart. (2010)





Valiantly ignoring his wicked flirtations, outspoken Lucinda Seton vows to derail his plans and save the school, unaware that Diego’s true mission is to spirit the long-lost heiress away to Spain for a handsome reward!

Before long, Diego’s heart is playing tricks on him, and Lucy is falling under the illusionist’s spell. How can the Master of Mystery go through with his devilish scheme when all he wants is to make the lovely heiress his own?  (2009)






At eighteen, Charlotte Page made a life-altering mistake. She wronged a man in an impulsive act that she came to deeply regret, though it led her to her present life as Mrs. Charlotte Harris, owner of Mrs. Harris’s School for Young Ladies.

Unbeknownst to her, that man is now her anonymous benefactor, the mysterious “Cousin Michael.” His masquerade began as preparation for a devastating revenge, but soon became a labor of love. Now Charlotte desperately needs his help. Can he save her from disaster as his real self without revealing the ugly secret behind his charade? Or will the mistakes of both their pasts tear them apart forever? (2009)




When Madeline Prescott took a teaching position at Mrs. Harris’s School for Young Ladies, it was to help restore her father’s reputation. Instead, she’s in danger of ruining her own. The devilishly handsome Anthony Dalton, Viscount Norcourt, has agreed to provide “rake lessons” to Mrs. Harris’s pupils so they can learn how to avoid unscrupulous gentlemen, and Mrs. Harris has tapped Madeline to oversee his classes.

Madeline has always believed attraction to be a scientific matter, easily classified and controlled—until she finds herself swept into the passionate desire that fiercely burns between her and Anthony. Nothing could be more illogical than risking everything for a dalliance with a rake… but nothing could be more tempting either. (2008)





Lady Venetia Campbell makes a visit to her childhood home of Scotland, only to be kidnapped at pistol-point by her father’s sworn enemy. Sir Lachlan Ross is widely feared in his guise as “The Scottish Scourge,” but Venetia can’t help but remember her former neighbor as a handsome youth whose attentions she craved.

Now a wickedly sexy man, Lachlan tries to treat his childhood friend as a foe, but his scorching kisses tell another tale. And despite his plan to use her as a weapon against her father, Venetia is determined that Lachlan’s lust for revenge will be trumped by an even more powerful desire. (2007)




Lady Amelia Plume has many admirers; too bad they’re all fortune hunters and fops who can’t provide the exotic adventures she seeks. The ballrooms of Mayfair have become more appealing, though, since the arrival of Major Lucas Winter—an American major with a dangerous past and a brooding air.

Lucas came to London to find the cad who embezzled money from a naval contractor. The captivating Lady Amelia could be the key to his quest, but what started as a simple flirtation has suddenly become a delicious dance of seduction. So when a rival jeopardizes Amelia’s reputation, Lucas must choose between a chance to avenge his past or a future of fiery passion. (2006)





Marry? Never! It would end Louisa North’s work with her ladies reform group—and truth be told, she likes her independence very much (despite her royal father’s protests). So when Simon Tremaine—the dashing Duke of Foxmoor, her former beloved and the man she had exiled from England—returns bent on marrying her, she’s skeptical. Yet it’s oh so difficult to resist Simon’s dangerous charms, because the fire between them still burns as hot as ever.

But when Simon’s ulterior motive for marriage is exposed, along with the deeply buried secrets of his past, Louisa vows to make him pay… and the only price she’ll accept is his heart. (2006)




Sabrina Jeffries joins forces with fellow romance authors Liz Carlyle, Julia London, and Renee Bernard in this holiday multi-author anthology set in Jeffries’ School for Heiresses series. Each author tackles what happens when Mrs. Charlotte Harris, the school’s owner, sends her young ladies home for the holidays with personally tailored lessons.

In Sabrina’s “Ten Reasons to Stay,” Eliza Crenshawe’s lesson is to look before she leaps. But when she discovers her new guardian’s plans to marry her off without so much as a Season, she forgets all that. She flees–on a horse she unwittingly steals (oops!) from Colin Hunt, a newly minted earl who wants nothing more than for her to go home… or stay forever. (2006)





Beautiful Lady Regina Tremaine has turned down so many suitors she’s called La Belle Dame Sans Merci. The truth: she won’t marry, because she carries a dark secret. Still she sees no reason why her brother shouldn’t court the lovely Louisa North—even if Louisa’s half-brother, the notorious “Dragon Viscount,” objects.

Marcus North, Viscount Draker—bastard son of the Prince of Wales—is rumored to be a monster who holds women captive only to have his way with them. Exiled from polite society, he strikes a deal with Lady Regina: her brother can court Louisa so long as Marcus can court Regina. Can the beauty and the beast survive a proper courtship when the chemistry between them threatens to cause the scandal of the century? (2005)




Lovely Christabel, the Marchioness of Haversham, is desperate to regain some personal correspondence—so desperate that she pretends to be the mistress of notorious gaming club owner Gavin Byrne, in order to attend a scandalous house party hosted by the man holding her letters. But when she agreed to let Byrne coach her on how a true mistress behaves, she never suspected how very… appealing his wicked lessons would be.

Secretly determined to find the letters before Christabel, so he can use them to avenge a childhood tragedy, Gavin can’t help but be delighted at his pupil’s performance with regard to his “mistress lessons.” It won’t be long before the luscious widow is in his bed. Ultimately, though, will love or revenge triumph? (2005)




Miss Katherine Merivale is desperate to make a respectable match—if only her childhood sweetheart would propose! Until he does, she can’t touch the fortune she’s inherited. That’s why the last thing she needs is that notorious rogue Alec Black putting her matrimonial plans at risk with his smoldering gazes and moonlit kisses.

Alec, the Earl of Iversley—and one of three bastard sons of the Prince of Wales—is secretly searching for an heiress bride to pay his debts. Fiery Katherine seems the answer to his prayers, and her passionate response to his stolen kisses and practiced seduction soon assures him that she is his. But Katherine is looking for a love-match, and Alec can’t help but wonder what will happen when she discovers his deception? (2004)





Abigail Mercer was breathless with anticipation at being reunited with Spencer Law, a man she first met in America and later married by proxy. But now the dashing Viscount Ravenswood denies all knowledge of their union! Too many witnesses have made it impossible for the secretive Spencer to reject his “bride” without causing a scandal, but he has sworn never to marry. His solution: Marriage in name only until they can locate his mysterious absent younger brother Nat—who appears to be responsible for everything!—and untangle their messy affair.

Abigail is incensed, irate… and irresistibly attracted to this handsome, infuriating man who hides his smoldering passion behind a proper exterior. So the lady will agree to his terms on one condition: Spencer must seal their bargain with a kiss. When Spencer agrees, he finds that one deep, lingering kiss not only unforgettable—but not nearly enough. Keeping his hands off his pretty wife is going to be much more difficult than he thought… (2004)





It’s difficult enough for Lady Clara Stanbourne to run her London home for reformed young pickpockets without having to contend with a criminal in business right next door. The mysterious Captain Morgan Pryce is obviously dealing in stolen property, and she will never allow the handsome scoundrel to lead the children astray! Pryce is very much mistaken if he believes her a delicate rosebud he can make bloom with soft words and passionate, unspoken promises. Now if only Clara could douse the fiery yearning the charming cad ignites inside her…

Morgan wishes he could tell the exquisite Clara the truth: He is working undercover to break up a notorious crime ring. His mind should be on his duty—not wondering how it would feel to hold Clara in his arms and taste her luscious lips. But now that she has entered this most dangerous of games, Morgan knows he must have her, despite the very real peril to his secret mission… and to his heart! (2003) 




After two London seasons—and a score of resoundingly dull society suitors—lovely Juliet Laverick still longs for only one man: Morgan Pryce, the dashing scoundrel who kidnapped her two years ago. But her determination to bring him to justice hasn’t waned—not even when the man she mistakes for Morgan, his twin brother Sebastian, tells her some shocking news: Her mysterious paramour has disappeared.

Sebastian Blakely, the Baron Templemore, dares not admit that he is the one Juliet seeks—much less that it is for his kiss that she still yearns. Confessing to the abduction would only bring disaster and scandal upon them both. Yet how can he convince Juliet to forsake her pursuit of her dream lover when all he dreams of is holding her in his arms again? (2002) 



Lady Helena Laverick is at her wits’ end! The only man who can help her find her eloping young sister is that scoundrel Daniel Brennan—the man who played with her emotions last summer and then left. To make matters worse: he used to be a smuggler! Although Mrs. Nunley’s Guide to Etiquette for Young Ladies would never approve, Helena must go after her runaway sibling in Daniel’s company. She hates to admit it, but being with him is oddly freeing—and a delicious tingle warns Helena that more than her reputation may be in danger… whenever he’s near.

Daniel finds most of the prim lady’s rules ridiculous—but when she has to masquerade as his wife for appearance’s sake, he immediately envisions the delights of sharing a bedchamber. The unexpected passion smoldering beneath her proper exterior ignites his desire, and the vulnerability hidden beneath her cool control makes him crave her more. Yet Helena’s a lady, and he is the son of a highwayman. How can he ask her to share his world? (2001)


Ian Lennard needs a wife, and he thinks he’s found the perfect one. Until, that is, a notorious newspaper gossip columnist exposes part of Ian’s deeply troubled past—scaring off said prospective bride. Ian wants to skewer the gossipmonger, and using his skills as a one-time spy, he runs the man to ground.

The “man” however, ends up to be the fetching Felicity Taylor, who took on the moniker of Lord X, gossip columnist, only after her wastrel father left her alone to support her four younger brothers. Knowing her pitful income from the column is all that stands between the young Taylors and ruin, Felicity engages Ian in a battle of wits. Soon the former spy is embroiled in a war of words that could lay open his dark soul to the only woman who can forgive the sins of his past and teach him how to heal.  (2000)


01-a-dangerous-loveGriffith Knighton has found the perfect way to avoid being trapped into marriage with one of the Earl of Swanlea’s daughters: he’ll swap identities with his man of affairs during their visit to Swan Park, and then he’ll be free to search for the hidden document that will prove his legitimacy. After all, Griff is not about to marry some homely spinster just to fulfill a bargain for what is rightfully his. But he didn’t reckon on the brazen voluptuous Rosalind, who could tempt even a saint into sinning—and God knows Griff is no saint.

Rosalind balks at the plan to marry her off to her father’s wealthy heir—and his man of affairs is even more intolerable! The arrogant oaf is clearly up to something with all his sneaking about Swan Park, but she can’t deny the heat when they’re together. He’s a bit dangerous and a lot mysterious. Dare she risk her heart on a man whose secrets could destroy her love? (2000)



02-the-forbidden-lordJordan Willis, the Earl of Blackmore, is known for his exploits with experienced bedmates and his avoidance of innocents. Having never been in love, he’s well earned the nickname: “Lord of the Granite Heart.” So you could forgive him for being caught off guard when a chance encounter with the prim Emily Fairchild, a rector’s daughter no less, prompts him to steal a kiss. Stunned by her passionate response, Jordan presumes their paths will not cross again when he meets the flirtatious Lady Emma, supposed daughter of a Scottish Earl… and a double for the lovely Emily.

Emily may be fooling society but she doesn’t fool Jordan. Yet her life depends on remaining Lady Emma to the ton. Can the Lord of the Granite Heart be trusted with her secret despite his jaded take on love? (2000)




A splendid opportunity—a shipload of women, theirs for the taking! Pirate captain Gideon Horn couldn’t be more delighted. His men are tired of wandering the high seas and ready to settle down with wives on an uncharted island paradise. Surely, these New South Wales-bound women will be grateful for an alternative to the life of drudgery awaiting them at the end of their journey.

Married? To pirates? Sara Willis couldn’t be more appalled. First she demands proper courting—at least a month. The darkly handsome pirate lord grants a week. Then Sara insists the men vacate their huts for the women—and Gideon demands kisses in return. As the demands heat up, so do their passions—and soon Sara can’t recall why she’s fighting the devilishly captain so hard… (1998)