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    Who’s That Earl by Susanna Craig

    Will scandalous secrets stand in the way of a second chance at love?

    Miss Jane Quayle excels at invention. How else could the sheltered daughter of an English gentleman create lurid gothic novels so infamous someone wants their author silenced forever?  Fortunately, Jane has taken steps to protect herself, first by assuming a pen name, and second, by taking up residence at remote Dunnock Castle, surrounded by rugged scenery that might have been ripped from the pages of one of her books. Her true identity remains a secret, until one dark and stormy night . . . After years of spying for the British army, Thomas Sutherland doubts the Highlands will ever feel like home again. Nevertheless, thanks to a quirk of Scottish inheritance law, he’s now the Earl of Magnus, complete with a crumbling castle currently inhabited by a notorious novelist. When the writer turns out to be the woman Thomas once wooed, suspicions rise even as mutual sparks reignite. As danger closes in, can Jane and Thomas overcome their pasts to forge a future together?

    The author’s inspiration for the novel:

    “My inspirations for this series were my favorite romantic suspense TV series from the 1980s, such as Magnum PI and Remington Steele… I had a lot of fun both researching and imagining Regency-era spies and secrets, so that each book is full of intrigue, adventure, and, of course, romance.”
    Susanna Craig

     

     

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    Highland Renegade by Cynthia Breeding

    She just has to win over the handsome Scottish laird whose family has lived there for centuries. How hard could it be?

    Emily, the Dowager Countess of Woodhaven, has received title to lands in the Highlands—MacGregor lands—and after surviving an abusive marriage, she’s determined to make a new start…without a man. When Ian MacGregor heard that the Sassenach countess was actually laying claim to his lands, he figured to scare the aging widow away by showing her the hardships of living in the Highlands. She’d leave before the first snowflake fell. But he never imagined that the widow was young and beautiful and more territorial than a she-wolf. No matter, he’ll prove that a fragile, London woman like her would never survive life without her servants…and if he happens to give her the coldest and most remote rooms, all the better. Despite his best efforts to freeze her out, things between them heat up. But Highlanders hate the Sassenach, so Ian faces a dire choice—his clan or the irresistible English aristocrat who seems to have taken not only his lands, but also his heart. High praise for the novel:

    “The chemistry between Ian and Emily sizzles off the page, and keeps you turning until the last moment, and there is more than just romantic happiness at stake, when it seems somebody is out to make Emily’s life even more miserable than he had ever originally intended.”
    Author Jennifer C. Wilson

     

     

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    The Duke’s Bride by Joanne Wadsworth

    He must steal a lady…then steal her love.

    Desiring a man and never being noticed as more than his best friend’s little sister has Lady Ellie Trentbury finally consigning herself to the truth. She must move on, and preferably with a man who lives far away from her home in London where she need never be reminded of the duke who stole her heart. An elopement with an honorable American shipping merchant sounds perfect.

    The Duke of Ashten has no choice but to be bound into his best friend’s carriage when he discovers little Ellie is inside and intent on eloping with a man to Gretna Green who she barely knows. He can’t allow her to make such a terrible mistake, yet convincing her might mean giving into his desire for the golden-eyed enchantress who has followed him around since he was a lad. Her pouty lips and bountiful charms can no longer be ignored, only convincing her of the truth of his intentions will mean jeopardizing both his sanity and a lifelong friendship as well.

    A 5 star review from Goodreads:

    “An absolute delight to read! Fast paced with danger and romance. A must read! Joanne Wadsworth nailed book 1 in her new and exciting Recency Romance.”

    April – Goodreads 

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    Lady by Chance by Cheryl Bolen

    Can a forced marriage rise a love as powerful as the canons of the war which tears them apart?

    Driven by fierce patriotism to England, the Marquess of Haverstock will do anything to reclaim the money his best friend lost at cards, money that was to purchase battle plans from a French official.

    The bewitchingly beautiful but illegitimate Anna De Mouchet agrees to give the marquess back the money she “won.” On one condition: that he marry her.

     Manipulated into a marriage of convenience to prove their patriotism, Anna and Charles, the Marquess of Haverstock, question each other’s loyalties. But there’s no question that Anna’s silken touch has bewitched the powerful lord who has become her husband, and no question that she craves every moment in his arms.

    The author on her research on regency England:

    “After writing 33 historical romances and probably a hundred articles on English historical topics, I rarely have to research anymore. That is because I’ve spent more than twenty years educating myself about a narrow period in English history and have an extensive library of research books. Added to this, I’ve been to England on about a dozen trips, some of these for several weeks at a time.”

    Cheryl Bolen 

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    To Heal an Earl by Alexa Aston

    Both wronged by their families . . . two souls alone in the world . . .

    Instead of making her come-out during the upcoming London Season, Lady Charlotte Nott finds herself tossed from her home after her father’s untimely death by a vengeful half-brother. Penniless, she makes her way in a world new to her, first serving as a companion and then governess to the three children of Lord Crampton. When the earl dies moments after hiring her, Charlotte takes on the running of Gray Manor’s household and estate until the children’s new guardian arrives. Guilt weighs heavily on Major Danforth Grayson, having lost too many men under his command over the years. When he receives word of the death of the brother who wronged him, Gray returns home, bitter with the hand life has dealt him. He intends to hire competent people to manage the estate and care for his nephew and nieces and retreat to a solitary life in London—until he meets the inimitable Miss Nott.

    Charlotte is drawn to Gray but knows she is no longer of his world. When he suddenly becomes the new Lord Crampton, she knows it’s time to leave her charges behind—for what woman would care to watch the man she loves wed another and start a family as she suffers in silence? Yet Charlotte knows Gray is a broken man and her leaving might shatter him forever. Can Charlotte walk away from a flawed man who desperately needs her, or will she leave before she loses her own soul?

    The author on the main characters and how they pave the way for other heroes and heroines in later books in the series:

    “Lady Charlotte is turned out of her home just before she is to make her come-out… She must find a way to earn her living and does so, first as a companion and then as a governess. Gray, an officer in the Napoleonic Wars, resigns his commission and returns to England a broken man because of his war experiences. He has been named guardian to his deceased brother’s three children, whom he’s never met. Gray doesn’t have it in him to love these strangers when he can’t forgive himself for all his sins. Yet Gray is drawn to Charlotte and love blossoms between them. Fortunately, these two will discover they are better together than apart and their love will be an example for other men and women in Soldiers & Soulmates.”

    Alexa Aston 

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    A Winter’s Vow by Kate Condie

    A wanted woman. A haunted man. Can a fake marriage save them both, or will their secrets tear them apart?

    Della Hampton answers an advertisement for a mail-order bride in the isolated mining town of Kirwin, Wyoming. Her hasty decision turns desperate when she arrives to find her intended dead. Della is determined to do whatever it takes to remain in Kirwin and find a new name for herself.

    Bastien Graham is a brand-new foreman ready to prove himself. Within days of stepping into the position, a mail-order bride is abandoned in town. Bastien, now assigned to take her down the mountain and into town, soon discovers the lady has other plans.

    But Bastien chose this lonely mountain for a reason and helping one woman doesn’t change the past. And for Della, a few months of kindness can’t replace a lifetime of hurt. Can they part ways when the winter is over? Or will their lies bind them tighter than they expected?

    A 5 star review from Goodreads:

    “This is a well written mail order bride romance with strong characters in Della and Bastien. The author does a wonderful job developing their relationship and pulling you into the story with all the mystery and happenings. She takes you back to the day with her detailed and descriptive writing and delivers a beautiful love story. I enjoyed and would recommend this book.”

    Brenda Moser – Goodreads 

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    The Mountain Man’s Mail-Order Surprise by Karla Gracey

    Life will throw a lot of trouble your way—but love is always the reward.

    Garrett Harding was orphaned then found and raised by the Chippewa, whose camp is near Red Lake. His connections to the tribe and his birth heritage meant he was perfectly suited to move between the white towns and the tribe to trade. However, his confusion as to whether he is a white man as he was born, or Native American as he was raised means he never feels connected to either community. So, he lives alone, between the Indian settlement and the small town of Iron Creek and only goes to either one for supplies/to trade/or the saloon to gamble. But he’s lonely and so he advertises for a bride.

    Katy Jones is young and alone in Mississippi. Her family have disowned her because she fell in love with the wrong man, married him and followed him from her home in Richmond, Virginia, as he had found work in New Orleans. He died in the 1878 Yellow Fever epidemic. Somehow, she managed to survive unscathed. She is desperate with nowhere to flee in order to get away from the epidemic. She writes to a number of men, and Garrett is the only one who writes back to her before her fear of the disease forces her to flee. Will Garrett and Katy form a destiny together? Or will a secret she is keeping jeopardize their future together?

    A five star review from Goodreads:

    “This was the first book by this author that I’ve read. I love mail-order bride stories, and this one was a bit different, which I liked – no cookie-cutter plot here. Not only does the book begin well before the ‘mail-order’ begins, which gives the reader insight into the characters, but it also includes an Indian tribe as an integral part of the story. The characters were very well-developed and the plot well-written. The meshing of Indian culture with the “white man’s world” was very seemless and added much to the story. I have just purchased book 2 in this series because I really enjoyed the author’s writing”

    Jill – Goodreads 

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    Chills by Heather Boyd

    A lively tale of reckless spending, fraudulent correspondence, and the humorous twists and turns of falling for the right rogue…

    Jack, Marquess of Ettington, is at his wits’ end dealing with his twin sister’s distress. Under her name, he’s summoned Constance Grange, his vexing former ward, to London to act as his sister’s companion for the season. Although Pixie’s debt-ridden state comes as a complete surprise, what disturbs him more is his sister’s plan to find her a wealthy husband to pay off her overwhelming debts. And—despite his availability, wealth and title—he’s shocked to be overlooked for the position of Pixie’s husband.

    With a nickname like Pixie, Constance Grange should be used to disasters, but debt collectors pounding on the Marquess of Ettington’s door demanding payment is beyond mortifying. Given the precarious state of her finances and the previously unknown loss of her family estate, her choices are either incarceration in debtors’ prison or turning fortune hunter to secure a wealthy husband. Yet the man who comes to her rescue more times than she cares to think about is unavailable, betrothed, and her former guardian Jack—the cold-hearted marquess.

    A five star review from Goodreads:

    “Very realistic characters & relationships, had me laughing. That many things are not as they seem is true in life and is delightfully captured in this story. The contrasts within Constance and Virginia, and between them are revealed as the story evolves. The same is true of Jack and Bernard. Each of the four has a significant challenge to handle, and eventually does as surprises unfold and communication between them occurs overtly, subtly, and realistically. The supporting characters are believeable and surprising. The realism is a delight.”

    Lizette – Goodreads 

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    Rogue Countess by Amy Sandas

    Betrayed and forced into marriage, the Countess of Blackbourne will never forgive the husband who abandoned her.

    After eight long years away, the Earl of Blackbourne, Jude Sinclair returns to England with one purpose; to find his wife and end his farce of a marriage. Hardened and cynical from his self-imposed exile, he is shocked to experience a fierce attraction to the woman his wife has become. But even that will not alter his plan to finally be free of her.

    Clever and determined, Anna Locke is the successful owner of the finest Thoroughbred stables in Britain. Threatened by a blackmailer desperate to ensure Jude never learns the true circumstances of their marriage, Anna must choose between fighting against her husband or fighting for him.

    With a past tangled in lies, Anna and Jude’s marriage becomes a battleground as passionate anger slides too easily into bold desire. Can they overcome mutual distrust to destroy a long-held secret before it destroys them?

    Review from Coffee Time Romance:

    “This book has left me speechless. What I feel about the characters, I cannot find the correct words to define. You will have to read for yourselves to find out. What I can say is–this book will make you laugh and cry. It will make you feel as if you are not reading it but actually watching the emotions play between the characters. ”

    Mav – Coffee Time Romance

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    The Lost Lord of Castle Black by Chasity Bowlin

    A long lost son and heir to Castle Black, a grieving mother, an orphaned ward, and a mystery.

    Graham, Lord Blakemore, was believed to be lost at sea as a boy. While his mother, Lady Agatha, has never given up hope of finding her son again, others—eager for the title and the wealth that accompanies it—have been conspiring to have him declared dead against Lady Agatha’s wishes. Her only ally in the house is her late husband’s ward, Miss Beatrice Marlowe.
    But when a dark-haired stranger arrives on their doorstep claiming to be the lost heir to Castle Black, the plots and schemes of those who would have the castle for themselves take a dark and even more sinister turn.

    An orphan when she came into the care of the late Lord Blakemore, Castle Black is the only home Beatrice has ever known. Its occupants are her family. This stranger, who claims to have lost his memory of his life there, threatens the order of all that she knows and holds dear. And yet, she is both drawn to him and strangely compelled to believe his claim. Beatrice finds herself torn between her desire for him and her belief that, if he is the lost lord of Castle Black, he is far above her reach.

    Graham is no ordinary gentleman, bound by the rules of a society he has spent his life far removed from. He’s willing to face not just the danger that lurks within the walls of Castle Black, but anyone who stands between him and what he wants. He has returned to claim his destiny and, for him, Beatrice is part of that. While all else has been forgotten, he knows her to the depths of his soul. More than the castle itself, more than the strangely familiar and rugged land it sits upon, she is his home and he means to claim her.

    A five star review on Goodreads

    “This was such a wonderful and entertaining story that captured my interest throughout. The chemistry between Graham and Beatrice was felt from their very first meeting and I enjoyed their conversations and found myself smiling inwardly at their banter. The mystery of the villain had me immersed in the story and anxiously awaiting the outcome. It didn’t disappoint. This is definitely a keeper for me and one that I highly recommend.”

    Joan Osborne – Good reads