Austin Marks is proud of the company she's built and knows it's one of the best PR firms on the West Coast. So it's no surprise when her biggest competitor calls up asking for help. His client, a pharmaceutical company, has been accused of killing people with tainted drugs. He needs a crisis team to spin the PR and Austin agrees to take over the job. But when she directs attention to the software company as being responsible for the mistake, she unknowingly opens a Pandora's box of global proportions.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING
Clive Garrison has hit rock bottom and is trying to make his way back up. He writes articles for The Weekly, a paper that profits off scandal and sleaze. So when he hears about the software glitch and learns that the enigmatic Austin Marks is behind the PR spin, he decides to put his investigative powers to the test. But what he uncovers is much different than he expects. It turns out Austin's past is filled with secrets and people who will kill to protect them.
The countdown is on…
Handsome, wealthy and always hotly pursued by London’s Society beauties, the Duke of Wydeminster is a gentleman very much in demand – yet his affaires de coeur invariably leave him dissatisfied and feeling trapped, especially his current one with the beautiful Fenella Newbury, who is married to a much older husband.
What he needs in his life is not more love affairs, but a new challenge and very much sooner than he could have expected one presents itself.
First in the baffling form of a strange young woman called Aldora, who accosts him in unlikely circumstances and insists that her mother intends to force him to marry her, while also avowing her deep hatred of the Duke for reasons that he cannot fathom.
Next comes the revelation that Aldora’s mother, the ambitious Marchioness of Berkhampton has suggested to Queen Victoria that the Duke should become the new Viceroy of India – a position hardly less than that of a King!
But there is a catch.
Aldora indeed spoke the truth!
In order to be considered for the supreme position of Viceroy, he must marry this young woman who despises and detests him –
Angela Needham agrees to prepare the Duke of Oslington’s young ward for her first Season. The duke is standoffish, completely unlike his neighbor. Justin, Lord Harrington, is congenial and very good-looking. She is caught in the middle, because the duke and Lord Harrington hate each other for a reason neither man will reveal. She should stay away from Justin, but her heart leads her to him again and again. As she tries to build a bridge over the chasm between the two men, Justin wonders if he can forgive the duke for the events of the past. If he doesn’t, he loses all chances for a future with the “guardian’s angel.”
Even in the hardest lives, some light must shine.
Violet Clancy can take no more of her brutal stepfather's attentions, so when he meets a tragic end she feels justice has been done. Looking around the bleak and pitiless Black Country town of Wednesbury, she realises that there are many other wrongs that she could help to put right.
Joining a coterie of women who call themselves the Wednesbury Wives, Violet and her friends are determined to win justice for the abused. Their mission is to bring a little light into the hardest lives.
Before long the wives find laughter and romance in their close-knit town. But will their friendships survive when some of their good deeds are brought into doubt, and some of their methods are called into question? And is justice always worth it, no matter what the price?
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 . . .
1943, Mulberry Lane, London. In the midst of another bleak winter, life is hard for the residents of The Lane.
When Rose Merchant arrives at Mulberry Lane, she is carrying a secret that haunts her. How can she tell her landlady and the Lanes' matriarch Peggy Ashley that she is the daughter of a murderer?
As Rose learns that she is amongst friends she gradually learns to trust and even to love. But when Peggy's estranged husband Laurie returns home for good, both Rose and Peggy's lives are once again turned upside down.
Can they both find their way through the heartache to find happiness?
With her aging grandfather on his deathbed and not expected by his doctors to live for more than two or three months, it comes as little comfort to the beautiful Gytha Sullivan that he has made her the heiress to his considerable fortune.
What is much worse is Sir Robert Sullivan's fear that she will be seduced by some 'smarmy fortune-hunter', who will squander her inheritance.
And this deep concern of his makes him insist that she marries one or other of her two loathsome cousins, Vincent and Jonathan, who will do anything to take his fortune for themselves.
Desperate to escape from this terrible fate, Gytha goes to visit the Master of the neighbouring estate, the dashingly handsome Lord Locke, whose life her father once saved in the War against Napoleon, and beseeches him to, in turn, save her by becoming engaged to her, thereby making a forced marriage to either of her cousins impossible.
Appalled by the poor girl's plight his Lordship agrees much to the anger of Gytha's family and his exotic lover the entrancing Princess Zuleika.
Little does Lord Locke know that, as he gains a false fiancée, he is truly about to lose his heart!
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