Kate Mannering, a lady’s companion, is mistaken for the lady herself and kidnapped by a dashing masked highwayman. When she hears his story, however, before being released, she decides to help him recover his stolen birthright and soon gets herself embroiled in danger from smugglers and a would-be seducer. Meanwhile, an annoying, indolent guest at the home of her employer insults her at every opportunity but rescues her from every danger, even when she does not need or appreciate his help. She is alarmed to find herself falling quite inappropriately for both the highwayman and the guest.
Ma'am, Let me assure you that I will not be manipulated by any feminine wiles into offering you another penny for such a dilapidated piece of property.--Sebastian Cavanaugh After conventional means fail, Sebastian, Marquess of St. Just, takes reckless measures to secure that crumbling monstrosity known as Trembledown--a haven for local smugglers and moonlighting spies. He plans to scare, not seduce, its owner, but when a midnight encounter leaves them soaked, stranded, and possessing just one blanket for warmth, Sebastian, a.k.a. Robert the Brute, discovers that the widow Violet Treacher is not only willful and unafraid, she is maddeningly desirable. . . My Lord, Enclosed find your unsigned contract. Pray do consider your offer as being rejected.--Mrs. Percival Treacher Though the wilds of Cornwall hold no allure, Violet won't give the arrogant Marquess the satisfaction of a sale, so here she shivers, in a wreck of a house, with lips still burning from the passion of a masked smuggler. She knows he's near--for her own bit of real estate is quite the magnet for secrets, danger, even treachery. But how will she recognize the gentleman by day. . .with only the memory of his kiss in the dark?
No Ordinary Mistress London, 1814 Remington Hawthorne, Earl of Latham, has spent his life protecting the Crown. When he's assigned to play the part of lover to Emma Masterson, one of the few female spies in England and the one woman he can't forget, he'll have to risk his heart as well as his life. It isn't easy being an independent woman, much less a spy. Perpetually tasked with proving she is as valuable as any man in her profession, the last thing Emma needs is to be reunited with the one man who makes her want to forget her duties and get lost in passion. Pretending to be his mistress isn't difficult - remembering that it is all a charade is a challenge. With every glance, every touch, every kiss, she is drawn deeper under his spell and pulled further from her goals. She refused him once, but it will take every ounce of strength to not give in to the passion that still burns strong... For Her Spy Only England, 1814 When Winifred is rescued from her snow-stranded carriage by the notorious and reclusive Alistair, Marquess of Coventry, she is instantly drawn to him. Jilted by her betrothed and socially ruined by untrue rumors, Winifred is tired of paying for crimes she didn't commit and decides to play the seductress London society claims she is. Thinking a night of passion shouldn't leave any lasting effects, she instead finds her heart marked forever. Six years later, Alistair is working for the Regent as a spy. A search for Napoleon's English supporters leads him to the beguiling Winifred, recently widowed with a young son. He hasn't forgotten how the unconventional beauty warmed his bed, and the heat between them rekindles immediately. The spymaster is determined to uncover all of plucky Winifred's secrets. Especially the one regarding her son... Misadventures in Seduction With five siblings to care for, Prudence Hixsby's duty comes first, even if it means becoming a spinster. When the eldest - and most cherished - of her younger brothers decides to join the war, however, Prudence is determined to keep him safe. So she strikes a bargain with an old acquaintance: her body in exchange for her brother's safety. In the dead of the night, she slips into the bed of a man whose touch is both fierce and passionate... little knowing she's just seduced the wrong man. Harrison Carlisle, the Duke of Sutcliffe, never imagined that the lovely Prudence would honour his bed, or just how bewitching those lush curves could be. Yet he keeps a gentleman's silence. After all, a spy for the Crown can ill afford to marry. But when Prudence's brother is killed, they find themselves uniting to track down the traitorous murderer. And while death lurks within the shadowy world of espionage, there is also passion... and the unbidden thrill of a seduction!
Housemaid Rebecca Bailey would do anything to help her father. Even masquerading as an heiress and crashing a ball held by one of the most influential families in the city. There's just one problem—one of the guests could expose her and ruin everything. The handsome, charismatic Christopher Black is a regular visitor to her employer and Rebecca can't risk him discovering who whose really is. But despite her efforts, their paths keep crossing. After self-made shipping magnate Christopher first spies Rebecca at a masquerade ball, he's captivated by her refreshing naiveté and sparkling beauty. She's a stark contrast to the hollow behavior of the ton and the guile of his former fiancee. Only the closer he gets to her secrets, the further she pushes him away. When the investigation into the murder of Christopher's best friend leads him straight to Rebecca, he fears his ingenue may be a femme fatale in disguise. Now he must decide if he can trust the woman who has captured his heart...or if her secrets will be his downfall.
An unmarried marquess is a sorry creature. Hounded by matchmakers, waltzed off his handsome feet by debutantes, importuned by impoverished relations and impecunious friends... How he wishes he could be somebody else, if only for one night. Grace Burrowes, Susanna Ives, and Emily Greenwood team up to present three novellas, each of which features a marquess who attends a masquerade ball for all the wrong reasons, and finds that true love can see through any disguise.
UNEXPECTED TREASURE… Humiliated and betrayed by men, Lady Annemarie Golding has isolated herself from society. After a chance discovery of some intimate letters that could tarnish the Prince Regent's name she sees an opportunity to get revenge on erring husbands everywhere. Only Lord Jacques Verne stands in her way. An aide to the Prince, he has his orders to obtain the letters—at any cost. His pursuit of Annemarie is deliciously persuasive…but if she agrees to become his mistress can she be sure it's truly her he wishes to possess? "Charming, romantic…a feast for the history lover."—RT Book Reviews on Scandalous Innocent