New releases: Avon – September 2012
The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James
‘Someday Daisy would learn the truth. He knew it with a bone-deep certainty: somehow, she would discover that he had deliberately set out to make her marry him, that he had pretended to fall in love…and she would never forgive him.’
Theodora Saxby, known to her best friend James as Daisy, but to herself as Theo, knows that she’s not very pretty. But as long as she can get one man to fall in love with her, that’s all she needs, right? She’s chosen George with eyes like her favorite puppy’s for the honor of becoming her husband. Now all she needs to do is make him fall in love with her.
Unfortunately, fate, in the guise of her guardian and James’s father, has other plans. The Duke has decided that Theo must marry James. Both of their fortunes depend on it. But James thinks of Daisy as a sister, doesn’t he? Of course he’s noticed her as a woman but she’s his best friend. How can he possibly make her fall in love with him without being a complete cad?
James comes up with a plan to pretend to court Theo. That should help her along in her quest for George’s favor and give James enough time to come up with a better solution.
The Way to a Duke’s Heart by Caroline Linden
Charles de Lacey, Lord Gresham, has had his life turned upside down. Instead of inheriting his father’s ducal crown, he’s got a messy scandal that could strip him of his title and his fortune. After years of pleasure-seeking, he suddenly finds himself required to track down a blackmailer, discover the truth about his father’s first marriage, and defend his right to a dukedom from a grasping relation. But he has no idea where to start, until a tart-tongued beauty inadvertently leads him to the possible blackmailer.
Tessa Neville is a businesswoman, plain and simple. She gets off on the wrong foot with Lord Gresham, and then the blasted man follows her across England. He makes friends with her companion. He makes her laugh even when she wants to dislike him. And, worst of all, he somehow sees the darkest secrets of her heart in a way she never would have expected from a man of his wicked reputation. Tessa knows he’s the wrong sort of man for her. If only the thought of losing him didn’t make her heart break.
A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare
Kate Taylor has grown up alone. She doesn’t remember her parents and anonymous benefactors paid for her education at a respectable school. She has now the resident music tutor for young gently-bred ladies in the seaside village of Spindle Cove.
For the past year, Corporal Samuel Thorne has been living in small village, hiding a very big secret. The first time he heard Miss Kate Taylor singing in the tea shop, he was instantly enchanted. The moment she turned her profile and revealed a birthmark, he recognized her from his youth. They spent their early years in the same London brothel, where their mothers were prostitutes.
Desperate to hide her past from her, Thorne keeps Kate at a distance, while secretly pining for her. That is until one day he is bitten by an adder (while trying to save Kate’s life, of course) and as she nurses him back to health, the truth of her past come out, along with the secret of Thornes true feelings.
As their feelings develop, Thorne and Kate are ready to marry. Until one day the real truth about Kate’s family comes out. Not only is she legitimate, she’s titled and rich! How will Thorne, the prostitute’s son, ever be able to compete with the dandies of the ton? He is willing to step back and let Kate enter the bosom of the family she always dreamed of. But will Kate risk losing her true heart’s desire?
Sins of a Virgin by Anna Randol
Madeline Valdan is not your typical heroine. Circumstances (the dark and mysterious kind) have forced her into an untenable position – she has no money left to live on and no protection. So she makes an unlikely choice. Since there is no way society will ever accept her, she’ll flaunt all of their rules. She is going to auction off her virginity to the highest bidder. But she needs proof that the winner will be able to pay.
That’s where Lord Gabriel Huntford comes in. He knows all of the secrets of the ton. He should – he’s one of them. But he’s also been watching Madeline’s three highest bidders for years. He’s convinced that one of them killed his sister, the first in a series of brutal serial killer murders. Madeline has given him the perfect cover for his personal investigation.
Chosen by Sable Grace
She was a Dark Breed—half Vampyre, half Lychen.
Now she is Chosen…
Kyana is the new Goddess of the Hunt, chosen for her determination to survive as much as for her passion to protect those she loves. Now, just when she’s finally ready to shed her past and let the one man who really matters into her heart, an evil has resurrected, and only Kyana stands in its way.
But Ryker, as the new Zeus, will not let her fight alone. It has taken him too long to convince Kyana they belong together for him to lose her. And if it means descending into the depths of Hades to make the ultimate sacrifice, then so be it.
The fate of the world is at stake, and for Kyana and Ryker, no fight has ever been more personal.