Not a single detail escaped Dennis's notice. Not the curls in Audrey's hair, or the graceful curves of her feminine shape. Not the easy way she sat on the classroom floor with his young son, or the way she smiled at their game.
And certainly not the way she looked up at Dennis and blinked slowly once, then again, before rising to greet him. He'd caught her off guard, but she was very good at hiding it and composing herself.
Dennis approved of her quick recovery.
That was his way – to carefully absorb every detail, and then to assess and manage everything within his control. He was methodical by nature. Precise. Thorough.
Why, then, as she walked forward to greet him, did he seem to forget everything around him but Audrey?
Just for the briefest moment, at the touch of her hand, he was utterly certain that nothing could ever go wrong if she was in his life.
But things could go very, very wrong. He knew that beyond any doubt. It was the reason he was now a single father, the reason he had to monitor every detail in his son's life. How else could he keep the boy safe? How else could he ensure his son would have a good and happy life?
Audrey could help with that. She owned a private daycare, best in the city. She understood children, knew his son, and even looked beautiful when she blushed.
Suddenly, Dennis knew exactly what he wanted.
And what Dennis wanted, he always found a way to get.
A marriage of convenience turns passionate for an exiled heir and a beautiful seamstress in this charming regency romance in the Pascal trilogy. Exiled to India by his uncle for his scandalous behavior, Nicholas Daventry of Ravenswalk is a devastatingly handsome man of dangerous passions. Now, Nicholas has returned to England to claim his birthright—and exact vengeance on those who have wronged him. Young seamstress Georgia Wells has been warned to stay away from Lady Raven’s unpredictable nephew. Despite her mistress’s warnings, Georgia is inexplicably drawn to the man who will soon turn her life upside down. Both know that their marriage is merely a convenience, but as Georgia gets to know the man behind the rumors, she begins to see in Nicholas the kind of man she could truly love . . .
USA Today bestselling author Amalie Howard whisks you away with a historical romance full of drama, true love, and the perfect happily ever after. Readers will devour this tale of:A rebellious heiress determined to be independentA shunned duke forced to return to his family estateAnd a scandal between them that will have the whole town aflutter
Sometimes, finding love means flouting the rules...
Born to a life of privilege, Lady Ravenna Huntley rues the day that she must marry. She's refused dozens of suitors and cried off multiple betrothals, but running away—even if brash and foolhardy—is the only option left to secure her independence.
Lord Courtland Chase, grandson of the Duke of Ashvale, was driven from England at the behest of his cruel stepmother. Scorned and shunned, he swore never to return to the land of his birth. But when a twist of bad luck throws a rebellious heiress into his arms, at the very moment he finds out he's the new Duke, marriage is the only alternative to massive scandal.
Both are quick to deny it, but a wedding might be the only way out for both of them. And the attraction that burns between them makes Ravenna and Courtland wonder if it'll truly only be a marriage of convenience after all...
Praise for Amalie Howard:"Her writing sparkles."—LISA KLEYPAS, New York Times bestselling author"Smart, sexy, deliciously feminist romance that I couldn't put down."—SARAH MACLEAN, New York Times bestselling author, for The Beast of Beswick"Amalie Howard is the fresh voice historical romance needs right now."—KERRIGAN BYRNE, USA Today bestselling author
King Martiza of Salamos has fallen asleep when he suddenly becomes aware that something is moving in his room.
To his astonishment he finds that it is Princess Veria who has come for his Coronation which is to take place the very next day.
She, as her father has died, is now ruling the State of Kavolana which is a smaller Balkan country bordering on his.
In a whisper she tells him that she has discovered a plot by her Prime Minister and his Cabinet to drug her so that she is found by them in his bed and then forced to marry her to save her reputation.
The King realises that he has a bad reputation for pursuing beautiful women.
But he has in fact no intention of getting married.
He does, however, know that his Government has always wanted Kavolana to be joined to Salamos to make the two countries more significant together.
It is more important now than at any other time because of the policy of the Russians who are infiltrating the Balkans and taking over every small Kingdom and Principality that they can.
The King helps the Princess to escape from his bedroom in a very unconventional manner.
Then he finds after his Coronation that he becomes involved in the difficulties of her country.
They become friends as each of them realises that the other has no intention of marrying under any circumstances.
The King is fully aware of the danger that their two countries are in.
The Russians then think up a plot to marry Princess Veria to a Russian Prince and take over Kavolana that way.
The King then turns to Queen Victoria for help as Great Britain is
the only country that Russia has no wish to offend or fight.
The King and the Princess save their countries, but they cannot save themselves from their own feelings.
Finally, both the King and the Princess find happiness, which is all told in this unusual romance by BARBARA CARTLAND.
Amidst the rolling hills of Scotland comes three romances where fiery passions prevail. Arnette Lamb creates three of the strongest heroines in romance…In Border Lord, Lady Miriam MacDonald seeks only peace between the Scots and the English…In Border Bride, Lady Alpin McKay craves nothing greater than vengeance…In Chieftain, Johanna Benison sacrifices her happiness out of familial duty…What all three women find is a love that will alter the very course of their lives and endanger everything they hold dear. This romance bundle will spirit you away to the Scottish Highlands and sweep you into dangerous romance—the very best kind…“Arnette Lamb has a tremendous gift for writing genuine, warm, humorous, sensual love stories.”—RT Book Reviews
Running away from the school that she hates, headstrong and rebellious, beautiful young Petrina Lyndon clambers over a wall into a country road, flinging her bag over before her and narrowly missing a dashingly handsome young Earl, to whom she complains about the 'horrible, beastly' Guardian who placed her at the school and how he never listens to her.
She is even more shocked when the Earl reveals that he himself is actually her Guardian, the Earl of Staverton. And although he is not the elderly 'stuffed shirt' she expected, he is cold and unfriendly and unimpressed by her stated desire to go to London and become one of the 'Lady-Birds' that she has heard so much about.
She tells the Earl that she wants to enjoy herself and not get married to some boring and stuffy aristocrat. The Earl is horrified at this unseemly and ignorant revelation and tells her so in no uncertain terms.
Determined to dissuade her from a path that would lead her into depravity and danger the Earl insists that she allows him to launch her into Society as a debutante in an effort to marry her off.
But Petrina has very different ideas.
And she resolves to somehow steal his Lordship's heart!
As a minor member of the Greek Royal Family in exile in England, beautiful young Princess Giona knows her Fate only too well.
One day she is to marry for duty to her country rather than for love.
But to her horror, destiny comes calling far too soon when by Queen Victoria's Royal Command she must marry the ageing and unpleasant King of the Balkan State of Slavonia in order to prevent it being swallowed up by its powerful neighbours, Austria and Germany.
Arriving at the Capital City of Slavonia to meet her Royal suitor, she is horrified by his rudeness and contempt for his people – even as they take Giona to their hearts.
But on the Royal Train, Giona has a thrilling encounter in the dark with a mystery man, who she saves from capture and execution by the Royal Guards.
Could this man be the so-called pretender to the throne she has heard whispered about secretly, the revered 'Invisible One'?
Departing as mysteriously as he arrived, he promises, as she has saved his life, that he will rescue Giona if she ever needs him and her position in Slavonia becomes impossible to bear.
When the old King reveals his true brutal nature, Giona sends for 'The Invisible One' and soon she has lost her heart to this gentle revolutionary, who is actually called Miklōs, Slavonia's rightful ruler, and who soon will crown her with love if his revolution proves to be successful and it only can be with Giona's help.
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