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MUCH ADO ABOUT CHARLOTTE
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Author of Historical Romance
Karen Lingefelt
THE DUKE and MISS JONES
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Grace Jordan has one week to find the husband of her choice if she wants to avoid marriage to a black sheep cousin. She schemes to join a country house party teeming with prospects, the most desirable being Hugh Logan, the Earl of Ashdown and the only man she's ever loved. Years earlier, they planned to elope until he was duped into believing she'd abandoned him. His heart still wounded, Hugh dashes her hopes by warning Grace that he won't let her trick another unsuspecting fool the way he accuses her of once betraying him.

As Hugh thwarts her bumbling flirtations with potential bridegrooms, he soon realizes that none of them are worthy of the strong-willed, spirited Grace. But when time runs out and she discovers the devastating truth behind their failed elopement, Grace must surrender to seduction and scandal to learn if Hugh will seize one last chance to break her heart again...or win it once and for all.
       






THE EARL and I
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Charlotte Jordanís life is in chaos. First, she ran away with a Shakespearean acting troupe. Then, she was forced to marry her cousin, only to be jilted at the altar. Now, to clear his debts, sheís being sold to a procurer. She escapes with the aid of Lord Ethan Lovell, a dashing charmer who steals her heart, though she fears her many entanglements have left her unmarriageable.

The younger brother of a duke, Ethan plays at being useful by spying for the Crown at London balls and country house parties. Itís dull and unrewarding until heís ordered to rescue fiery, forthright Charlotte, who creates more havoc than any traitor he never unmasked. But heís determined to protect her, even if it means marrying her.

When the secrets of her scandalous past threaten the lasting love they both seek, Ethan must find the key to open Charlotteís heartóand if he succeeds, heíll have accomplished his greatest and most dangerous mission.†
 
       



Abandoned at the altar, Penelope Jones is relieved to escape an unwanted marriage, then outraged when her newfound freedom is curbed by a powerful duke who decrees the wedding is only postponed until his scapegrace cousin, the bridegroom, is brought to ducal justice. How can Penelope move on with her life and find her heart's desire with this arrogant duke always in her way, hindering, provoking, and even tempting her into wicked thoughts about him seducing her?

Adam Lovell, Duke of Lanchester, takes seriously the responsibility to protect his troubled family from scandal and gossip. But iron-willed Penelope is determined to enjoy the London season as if she can't wait to find a more worthy husband--which he concedes she deserves.

With no sign of the fugitive bridegroom, and the bride blithely leading Adam on a merry chase across England, the Duke becomes increasingly hard-pressed to keep Miss Jones out of ballrooms, out of mischief--and maybe out of his heart.
 
       





BECAUSE HE'S a DUKE
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Stranded at a wayside inn, Amanda Shaw must work as a serving girl to pay her bill--and that includes warming the bed of Blake Mallory, Duke of Halstead, when he spends a snowy night. Though Amanda desires the handsome duke who takes her with him the next day, she flees upon hearing she's to be his mistress. Blake, meanwhile, can't forget the fiery serving girl with her refined airs and speech, especially after learning she's a viscount's granddaughter.

When their paths cross again months later in London, Blake tells Amanda he feels obliged to offer marriage. He's shocked but fascinated that she doesn't leap at the chance to become his duchess, while she's disheartened he didn't feel so obliged when she was a mere serving girl. As Blake continues his pursuit, Amanda risks losing her heart on the hope he's seducing her not because he's a duke who can have or do whatever he wants...but because he's in love.
THE HIGHWAYMAN'S LADY
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Captain Jack Jordan, newly returned to England from the Peninsular War, is only having fun with friends when he poses as a highwayman to waylay a lady's carriage. Now she faces banishment from society amid false allegations the rogue ruined her. The same honor Jack displayed on the battlefield dictates he restore her reputation, even if it means wedding the rebellious vixen--ideally without revealing his role in her downfall.

Felicity Griffin wonders if dashing Captain Jordan is the gentleman thief to whom she surrendered her betrothal ring. How else to explain his sudden interest? But since the outraged earl engaged to her since infancy has jilted her, she hopes to escape another marriage of convenience. Wanting some fun of her own, she sets out to tease and trap Jack into admitting his guilt. As they entangle each other in a battle of wits and deceit, and ultimately seduction, she also traps his heart even as he steals her own.
TO CATCH an EARL
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PLAYING THE COUNTESS
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THE DUKE'S FOOLISH HEART
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WAGERED TO THE DUKE
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PRIDE AND PROMISES
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THE TRUTH ABOUT GEORGIANA
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CONFESSIONS OF A
LADY RUINED
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BRIDE IN HIDING
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TRUE PRETENSES
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James Patton, Earl of Thorndale, prefers to find a wife by chance to his mother's matchmaking. When Emily Rawlinson prevents her niece's elopement only to be mistaken for the would-be bride, she escapes by leaping out of the carriage and into James's arms, in front of London's most notorious scandalmonger. Accident or design? Neither James nor Emily knows, but they agree to a temporary betrothal until gossip subsides, after which they'll quietly part ways.

Yet their families keep hindering their secretly planned breakup. His mother insists on announcing their betrothal at a ball. Emily's brother, who blames her for every family misfortune, forbids his daughter to wed until Emily does. Then James's grandmother arrives from Ireland expecting a wedding. As obstacles allow love to bloom, passion to ignite, and secrets to unfold, James and Emily must learn that while it's impossible to leave everything to chance, some things are still beyond their control...but either way, they're meant to be together!
Gabriel Burton returns from the Napoleonic Wars to England where his reclusive uncle, the Earl of Ellsworth, enlists him to fight a new battle. A young woman in London is pretending to be the earl's wife, and he orders Gabriel, his heir, to expose her. Gabriel plans to seduce her into dropping the charade by playing along with it, even assuming the earl's title for appearances' sake--and to her dismay.

Samantha Jordan has been blackmailed into posing as the nonexistent countess to help some scheming relatives enter high society. To make matters worse, the earl's dashing nephew shows up, and instead of denouncing her, insists on acting as the earl himself. As their attraction grows, Samantha longs to tell Gabriel the truth so they can be free to follow their hearts--but a secret more scandalous than her masquerade could destroy those hopes unless he persuades her to trust him and believe that this time, she's found true love.
Sophie Patton needs a temporary fiance so her spoiled younger sisters can visit London to find husbands before they're as old as she is.

Enter Troy Griffin, Duke of Ainsley, a notorious rake wrongly accused of abandoning his former fiancee and killing another man in a duel. Sophie boldly proposes a false betrothal to Troy, arguing it will redeem his tarnished image once she jilts him for her real beau who's traveling abroad. Impressed by her honesty and audacity, he agrees.

They take London by storm and fight a growing attraction. When she learns her beau married someone else, Sophie fears Troy will think she tried to trap him into making her a duchess, and since he allegedly jilted a woman before, he's sure to do it again. Unable to face another betrayal, she resolves to end their betrothal as they previously arranged. But the duke's foolish heart has been broken before--and His Grace will not be fooled again.
En route to a dreary governess position, Katherine Baxter meets a frightened young woman whose brother wagered and lost her to a Scottish duke traveling to London, where Kate longs to go and be reunited with her own brother. Craving the adventure she's never had, Kate brazenly takes the girl's place but must hide her growing attraction to the dashing duke she can never hope to have.

Nathan Fraser, Duke of Loring, has no need for the plain, bespectacled woman he won at cards, for he plans to choose his bride from a bevy of beauties at a London ball. But when an enemy from his past threatens to claim the prize, Nathan's honor forces him to keep this headstrong lass under his protection. As they travel incognito on a rollicking odyssey as husband and wife, the high-spirited Kate proves to be more trouble than he gambled for, yet Nathan risks all to win her heart while losing his own.
When Malcolm Hayward, Earl of Whitbourne, promised widow Elizabeth Townsend he'd do her any favor she asked, he hoped it would lead to an affair--and maybe marriage. Instead she wants him to pretend to court her beloved stepdaughter to make a reluctant beau jealous, while Elizabeth acts as chaperone. Soon he's caught in a dangerous balancing act between falsely flirting with a young debutante while plotting to seduce her wonderfully wicked stepmother.

Years earlier, when Malcolm and Elizabeth shared a first kiss, he lit a fire that sputtered when she learned he was three years her junior. Despite her subsequent brief marriage of convenience, that flame has never died, and she sees her madcap scheme as a chance to get close to him again and rekindle the blaze. But when Elizabeth worries that Malcolm is playing his part too well, she risks scandal and her own heart to ensure she and her stepdaughter both get the men they love.
She can cause scandal just by opening her mouth, whether to say something shocking or steal a kiss from a handsome stranger. To Georgiana Hayward's horror, her despairing family betroths her to a marquess who's hardly England's most eligible bachelor, but is certainly the oldest. Worse, his dashing nephew and outraged heir, Anthony Baxter, is the man she brazenly kissed and secretly desires, but to win him she must remain betrothed to his uncle, and start behaving properly.

A stickler for propriety, Anthony opposes this harebrained match due to decorum, panicked relatives, and especially Georgiana's kiss that's put a chink in his armor. When his efforts to dissuade the notorious hellion leave him frustrated, amused, and falling in love with a woman no one else dares to know, Anthony must shed his dented, cumbersome armor and risk a scandal of his own to claim the heart of this wild vixen.
Julia Bassett can't bear living in the household of the handsome lord who once charmed and then ruined her--especially while he prowls London's ballrooms for a wife! Forced to act as his sister's chaperone, Julia will do anything to be sent packing--even if it means engaging in the same scandalous behavior that years earlier got her banished to the country and separated from this dashing earl she still secretly loves.

Colin Everett, Earl of Danforth, enjoys seeing how far Julia will go to jeopardize her position--even to brazenly seducing him. He regrets breaking her heart so long ago, and now he'd like to win her back. But when several attempts are made on his life, he must find out if this bold vixen is seeking love...or vengeance.

Can Colin and Julia learn to trust each other--and their own hearts?
She thought hiding in plain sight would be the perfect plan--but alas! Susannah Kirk hopes to escape an unwanted marriage by posing as a lady's companion in the bridegroom's ancestral home. Surely it's the last place anyone would look for her--but as Susannah's luck would have it, a surprise visitor from London isn't just anyone. He's Trevor Dalton, one of her reclusive lady's grandsons--and he may or may not be the very rogue she's trying to flee.

After learning his wastrel cousin plans to satisfy gambling debts by taking a bride he's never met, Trevor races to Derbyshire to avert scandal. But his efforts are hampered at every turn by his grandmother's strong-willed, mysterious companion. Suspicious as well as charmed, he's determined to uncover Susannah's secrets--even if he has to seduce them out of her...and risk losing his heart.
Serena Langley would do anything to avoid an arranged marriage to the Duke of Fairborough. Nine years ago, the rogue had ruined her family and left for India in disgrace. Now he'd returned to claim her as if nothing had ever happened. So when an arrogant, irresistible new coachman came to work for her, Serena saw the perfect scandalous solution to her dilemma.

Christopher "Kit" Woodard was supposed to be Duke of Fairborough--not a servant of the stubborn bride he'd inherited along with his title. Yet his daring charade was the only way to meet Serena and convince her of his innocence. But once she'd been tempted into his embrace, Kit would have to risk his reputation, his future, and his heart to learn which man had captured Serena's love--the coachman, the duke...or just Kit Woodard?
HEART OF GOLD
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As her widowed motherís constant companion, Lauren Cameron can only dream of traveling the world in search of adventureóuntil Prince Anton Danilov abducts her to St. Petersburg, Russia. The ransom is a jeweled heart his brother lost to hers. Anton will do whatever it takes to retrieve the heart of gold that was his late fatherís last gift to his mother. If only his deceptively demure captive didnít enjoy her scandalous predicament! And if only he didnít wish to make it even more enjoyable for her!

Lauren canít help losing her heart to this golden-haired prince who compromised her simply by kidnapping her. If all she has to face upon returning to America is a lifetime trapped in her motherís oppressive shadow, then what else does she have to lose if she lets him make her ruin truly worthwhile? Anton wants her only for that jeweled heart...but will he keep Lauren for another heart even more precious?
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