Duke with Benefits by Manda CollinsRegency Historical. Mathematician Lady Daphne Forsyth is on a treasure hunt; her success depends on whether or not she can solve the legendary Cameron Cipher, an encrypted message hidden in the library of a country estate. With untold riches at stake, Dalton Beauchamp, the Duke of Maitland, is nothing but a sexy, sexy distraction. Following hot on the heels of Ready Set Rogue, Duke with Benefits is the 2nd book in the Studies in Scandal series, about a bluestocking quartet whose unconventional benefactress bequeaths them a stately home.
Locked in Temptation by Brenda JacksonMulticultural Romance. It's lust at first sight for bodyguard Stonewall Courson and police detective Joy Ingram. But between their demanding jobs and Stonewall's checkered past (he served time before turning his life around), there's been little opportunity to see where their mutual attraction leads. That changes when Joy's latest case places them in close proximity. Steamy and suspenseful, Locked in Temptation is the 3rd book in the Protectors series, which focuses on a team of African-American private security consultants and begins with Forged in Desire.
Blue Hollow Falls by Donna KauffmanContemporary Romance. When Sunny Goodwin inherits an old silk mill from the father she's never met, her first impulse is to sell the place and get out of Blue Hollow Falls, Virginia, as fast as she can. However, two people may change her mind: her 10-year-old half-sister, Bailey, and Iraq War veteran Sawyer Hartwell, who dreams of turning the old mill into a space for local artisans. Like Jill Shavis' Simply Irresistible, this heartwarming series opener introduces a sympathetic heroine whose surprise inheritance reunites families, forges friendships, and leads to love.
Seducing Abby Rhodes by J.D. MasonRomantic Suspense. Abigail "Abby" Rhodes is the new owner of a haunted house (a local psychic has just confirmed it). Although Abby bought the property as an investment, she's starting to think of it as home. And Jordan Tunson, who's investigating his adoptive father's murder? Well, the resident spirits seem to think that he's her destiny. But the ghosts in Jordan's past are nothing compared to present-day dangers bearing down on them. Seducing Abby Rhodes is the 2nd installment of the Blink, Texas series. However, book 1, The Real Mrs. Price, is more of a straightforward thriller.
Lord of Lies: A Fallen Ladies Novel by Amy SandasRegency Historical. After her sister is abducted by one of their late father's enemies, Portia Chadwick hires mysterious mercenary Nightshade to find her. Despite the urgency of the task at hand, both parties struggle to keep their association strictly professional. While Lord of Lies is the 3rd Fallen Ladies novel, its storyline runs parallel to that of the previous installment, The Untouchable Earl.
Never Seduce a Scot by Maya BanksHighland Romance. Although Graeme Montgomery has no desire to wed a woman rumored to be "touched in the head," a royal command means that Graeme must marry Eveline Armstrong. But as Graeme gets to know his silent bride, he discovers that Eveline is a woman like no other and, quite possibly, perfect for him. Fans of historical romances set in medieval Scotland about arranged marriages and unlikely alliances will enjoy this 1st book in the Montgomerys and the Armstrongs series.
Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne EnochHighland Romance. When Major Gabriel Forrester inherits a title and an estate in the Scottish Highlands, he's less than pleased. More at home on the battlefield than in the ballroom, Gabriel -- now the Duke of Lattimer -- must give up his military career in order to attend to his new responsibilities. But when he meets fiery Fiona Blackstock, who's been managing the estate in his absence, Gabriel is grateful for any excuse to spend more time in her company. Hero in the Highlands kicks off the No Ordinary Hero series.
Ravished by a Highlander by Paula QuinnHighland Romance. In 1685 Scotland, the true identity of Lady Davina Montgomery is the Crown's most closely guarded secret. For her own protection, Davina has been locked away at St. Christopher's Abbey, but when soldiers attack, she is anything but safe. Luckily, she is rescued by Highland warrior Rob MacGregor, the heir to a Scottish laird, who vows to deliver her to safety. As the two journey across Scotland, Davina begins to fall for her powerful protector, but could her secret destroy his clan? Publishers Weekly says that "history buffs will love the attention to period detail and cameos by real-life figures" in this 1st book in the Children of the Mist series.
An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay SandsHighland Romance. At age seven, Annabel's parents sent her to a convent. Fourteen years later, Annabel is on the verge of taking the veil when she learns that her sister has run away from home -- and that Annabel must now take her place as the promised bride of Scottish laird Ross MacKay. If she doesn't agree to the deception, her family will be ruined. With its brawny hero and sweet Sassenach heroine, this opening volume of the Scottish Highlanders series should appeal to readers who fondly remember Julie Garwood's The Bride and The Wedding.
Highland Spitfire by Mary WineHighland Romance. At the command of Scotland's Regent, Ailis Robertson must wed Bhaic MacPherson and put an end to the generations-long feud between their families. Their refusal will mean treason -- and death. If the couple can't make their marriage work, their kin will be executed. Following its proud and headstrong leads from bad blood to mad love, Highland Spitfire opens the Highland Weddings series, whose atmospheric setting and family rivalries should appeal to fans of Hannah Howell's Highland Romances or Kinley MacGregor's Brotherhood of the Sword books.
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