The second sensual book in The Ladies Book of Pleasures series by USA Today Bestselling Historical Romance Author Jess Michaels
When Lady Jacinda unwraps a scandalous birthday gift, she's sure the anonymous giver is playing a cruel joke. The Ladies Book of Pleasures may be responsible for one gossiped-about marriage, but for a lady ruined by a rogue and shunned by society, Jacinda is doomed to a lonely, loveless future. Worse, as she pages through the volume of passionate promises, she is observed by the wicked and dangerous Duke of Carnthorn-and now he is stalking her as a possible willing victim of his shocking preferences.
Jason, Earl of Northfield, is having none of it. Jacinda, keeper of his most painful secret, is a friend he will not abandon to a wolf like Carnthorn. As they embark on a pretend courtship-for her own protection, of course-their proper decorum in public melts into wicked passion in the bedroom. But even as real feelings begin to develop between them, Carnthorn is watching. He is not convinced. And he is determined to possess Jacinda, no matter whom he has to destroy...
Length: Full-Length Novel
Heat Level: Eyebrow raising
This book is the second book in The Ladies Book of Pleasures series.
Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a new beginning--together.Laura Frantz's prose sparkles with authenticity and deep feeling as she digs into her own family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in Colonial America.
Golden dreams in California never came true for Lizzie Buchanan and her family. After her sister and brother-in-law died trying to find gold, Lizzie is left with her two young nephews. She vows to take them home to Kentucky where they can live far away from the greed in the gold fields. To fulfill her vow, she needs help. The only one she can turn to is the man who shattered her heart on her way west. Cliff Hollister likes working hard and playing hard. He doesn’t have room in his life for Lizzie and the boy. Then he realizes that she could earn him a fortune with her skills at the card table, so he agrees to escort them east. But it’s more than gold that draws him to her, because he is curious why he has never been able to forget lovely Lizzie. Now, as they travel, he is determined to find out . . .
Start of a Delightful New Series from Historical Romance Author Jen TuranoMiss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn't guaranteed to "take." After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she's finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym "Miss Quill."Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it's simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she's determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she'll end up at risk as well.As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there's more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .
Lady Lisabeth Montague is grateful to set aside mourning for her late husband. The match had been a mistake from the beginning, for she had been young and naïve enough to believe the court-promises of Frederick Montague, a rakehell viscount. Now her abusive, unfaithful husband is dead, and she is anxious to begin her life anew. She is shocked when a request comes from Frederick’s cousin, Norton Radcliffe. Norton wishes her to tutor his own cousin Tristan Radcliffe, a marquess, in the ways of the ton. But Lord Radcliffe is no young boy. He is a veteran, who was wounded during the war and clearly has a mind of his own. Radcliffe, as he asks Lisabeth to call him, shares her uncertainty. It is a most peculiar feeling, one he has seldom known before. Kind but strict, Lisabeth helps him not only with the ways of the Polite World, but to walk again. That astounds him, because he was told she was a flirt who made her husband miserable. But the truth is in front of his eyes. Which is the real Lisabeth? He needs to know the truth as he falls in love, even though he knows she doesn’t want to marry again. Maybe he needs to turn the tables and become her instructor . . . in how sweet kisses can be.
Waif-like and half-starved the beautiful eighteen-year-old Tara has no second name and no family.
Orphaned when her mother died tragically in a carriage crash, she was raised in the appalling 'Orphanage of the Nameless' in London and has no knowledge at all of the world outside.
The drunken Matron of the Orphanage, Mrs. Barrowfield, relies on Tara to control, feed and look after the many orphans while she spends most of the money intended for their food on drink.
Then one day Mr. Falkirk comes to inform her that the Orphanage's owner and patron, the Duke of Arkcraig, has ordered her to Scotland to work in Castle Arkcraig.
Arriving, timid and overawed to meet her new Master, she is appalled to find that she has been seriously misled.
She is there not to work as a servant but to become the imperiously handsome Duke's bride – willing or not!
All of a sudden she is embroiled in the terrible enmity between the McCraig Clan and the equally warlike Kildonnons and the curse that hangs over them like a black cloud.
Worst of all, she finds that she has lost her heart to the husband for whom she had never asked and yet who now seems to be cold and aloof.
Has she been rescued from poverty and the horrors of the Orphanage and brought to the Duke's majestic Castle only to spend a lifetime starved of love?
A young Southern woman finds herself caught between the realm of the living and the forces of the afterlife in this supernatural fantasy series debut.As caregiver to her chronically ill sister, Vivian Bedford is reaching her wit’s end. Then a freak accident, and a chance encounter with a dying man, turns her whole life upside down. A powerful connection has opened up between Vivian and the world of the spirits—a connection that comes with some serious responsibilities.Lazarus Darkmore, a grim reaper in a charming and seductive package, wants to recruit Vivian as a soul broker. Guardian spirits Ezra and Zeke offer protection from the reaper—so long as she works on their side of afterlife management. But these guardians are certainly no angels. Vivian has an ability that both the reapers and the guardians need. If she can control it, she can use this power as leverage. And she needs a bargaining chip, especially when she discovers that her disabled sister is a prime target for both sides of the afterlife
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