Stephanie Laurens

1 The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-01-31
Description :  We joyfully request your attendance at the wedding of Miss Angelica Cynster ... but not until she and her hero lay to rest an ancient grudge in the Scottish Highlands!<br /><br />Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she'll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman, she knows beyond a doubt that he's the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason—when her hero abducts her! <br /><br />The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn't wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him—and he's prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal!

2 The Confounding Case Of The Carisbrook Emeralds

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2018-06-14
Description :  <i>#1 </i>New York Times<i>-bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you a tale of emerging and also established love and the many facets of family, interwoven with mystery and murder.</i><br /><br /> <i>A young lady accused of theft and the gentleman who elects himself her champion enlist the aid of Stokes, Barnaby, Penelope, and friends in pursuing justice, only to find themselves tangled in a web of inter-family tensions and secrets.</i><br /><br /> When Miss Cara Di Abaccio is accused of stealing the Carisbrook emeralds by the infamously arrogant Lady Carisbrook and marched out of her guardian’s house by Scotland Yard’s finest, Barnaby Adair’s cousin Hugo Adair takes umbrage and descends on Scotland Yard, breathing fire in Cara’s defense.<br /><br /> Hugo discovers Inspector Stokes has been assigned to the case, and after surveying the evidence thus far, Stokes calls in his big guns when it comes to dealing with investigations in the ton—namely, the Honorable Barnaby Adair and his wife, Penelope.<br /><br /> Soon convinced of Cara’s innocence and, given Hugo’s apparent tendre for Cara needing to clear her name, Penelope and Barnaby join Stokes and his team in pursuing the emeralds and, most importantly, who stole them.<br /><br /> But the deeper our intrepid investigators delve into the Carisbrook household, the more certain they become that all is not as it should be. Lady Carisbrook is a harpy, Franklin Carisbrook is secretive, Julia Carisbrook is overly timid, and Lord Carisbrook, otherwise a genial and honorable gentleman, holds himself distant from his family. More, his lordship attempts to shut down the investigation. And Stokes, Barnaby, and Penelope are convinced the Carisbrooks’ staff are not sharing all they know.<br /><br /> Meanwhile, appointed Cara’s watchdog until the mystery is resolved, Hugo, fascinated by Cara as he’s been with no other, seeks to entertain and amuse her…and, increasingly intently, to discover the way to her heart. Consequently, Penelope finds herself juggling the attractions of the investigation and the Adair family’s demands for her to actively encourage the budding romance.<br /><br /> <i>What would her mentors advise?</i> On that, Penelope is crystal clear.<br /><br /> Aided by Griselda, Violet, and Montague and calling on contacts in business, the underworld, and ton society, Penelope, Barnaby, and Stokes battle to peel back each layer of subterfuge and, step by step, eliminate the innocent and follow the emeralds’ trail…<br /><br /> Yet instead of becoming clearer, the veils and shadows shrouding the Carisbrooks only grow murkier…until, abruptly, our investigators find themselves facing an inexplicable death, with a potential murderer whose conviction would shake society to its back teeth.<br /><br /> <i>A historical novel of 78,000 words interweaving mystery, romance, and social intrigue.</i><br /> <b></b><br /> <b><i>Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens</i></b><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens’ heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong.” <i>Cathy Kelly</i><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters.” <i>Historical Romance Reviews</i><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens plays into readers’ fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again.” <i>Romantic Times Magazine</i><br /><br /> <b></b><br /> <b><i>Praise for The Cofounding Case of the Carisbrook Emeralds</i></b><br /> “(An) alluring mystery brimming with red herrings, lots of intrigue, and that perfect touch of romance for which Laurens is rightly revered.” <i>Angela M., Copy Editor, Red Adept Editing</i><br /><br /> “Laurens crafts a story as elegant as the gentlemen and women who populate it.” <i>Kim H., Proofreader, Red Adept Editing</i><br /><br /> "I really enjoyed this well-written historical mystery novel! The characters unravel exciting plot twists and turns as they investigate the disappearance of a famous set of emeralds." <i>Kristina B., Proofreader, Red Adept Editing</i>

3 And Then She Fell

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2013-03-26
Description :  #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens has returned to another utterly irresistible branch on her beloved Cynster family tree . . .<br /><br />The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster man . . .<br /><br />. . . is a Cynster lady who believes love is not her destiny. Famously known in London society as "The Matchbreaker," Henrietta Cynster's uncanny skill lies in preventing ill-fated nuptials—not in falling victim to Cupid's spell.<br /><br />But then she disrupts one match too many and feels honor-bound to assist dashing James Glossup in finding a suitable bride for a marriage-of-convenience.<br /><br />A task infernally complicated by the undeniable, unquenchable attraction that flares between James and Henrietta, who continues to believe she will never fall . . .

4 Great Escapes

Author : Dixie Lee Brown, Tessa Dare, Gaelen Foley, Stephanie Laurens, Julie Anne Long, Lynsay Sands, Candis Terry, Lori Wilde, Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey, Susan Elizabeth Phillips & Kathleen E Woodiwiss
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Contemporary 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2013-05-21
Description :  Great Escapes: An Avon Summer eBook Sampler <br /><br />Celebrate summer love and sunny skies! Avon Books is delighted to present this free e-book sampler, which includes excerpts from classic Avon tales as well as eight new or upcoming Avon and Avon Impulse novels, and a special introduction from bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips.<br /><br />You'll find:<br /><br />An Introduction from Susan Elizabeth Phillips<br /><br />Excerpts from<br /><br />New Summer Releases<br />When I Find You by Dixie Lee Brown<br />Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare<br />My Notorious Gentleman by Gaelen Foley<br />And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens<br />It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long<br />An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands<br />Anything But Sweet by Candis Terry<br />Love at First Sight by Lori Wilde<br /><br />Avon Classics<br />The Black Lyon by Jude Deveraux<br />Love Me Forever by Johanna Lindsey<br />Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips<br />Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

5 The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2013-06-25
Description :  #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns with the next in her Cynster Sisters series...<br /><br />The Honorable Miss Mary Cynster always gets what she wants. As the last unwed Cynster of her generation, she is determined to remain in charge of her life and of the man she will marry. At the very bottom of her list of potential husbands is Ryder Cavanaugh, the daring and devastating Marquess of Raventhorne, an overwhelming and utterly unmanageable lion of the ton. But destiny has a different plan.<br /><br />Ryder needs Mary as his wife, not just because she is delightful, fiery, and tempting, but because he values all she could be. When fate and circumstance hand him the chance, he claims Mary as his marchioness...only to discover what he truly desires is not just to take her hand in marriage, but to capture her heart.

6 The Fall of Rogue Gerrard

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Romance  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2011-12-27
Description :  From New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens comes her RITA®-Award winning tale that shows how one night can change everything . . . forever.<br /><br />Robert "Rogue" Gerrard's reputation paints him as one of the ton's most notorious rakes. But once, long ago, he fell in love . . . and he's never forgotten the scintillating emotion he, then too young, turned his back on.<br /><br />But one stormy night, he discovers himself stranded at an inn—with his childhood sweetheart, Lydia Makepeace, who has no business being there alone.<br /><br />Lydia, meanwhile, is horrified to find the one man in England guaranteed to protect her—standing between her and the scandalous letter she must, simply must, retrieve.

7 Devil's Bride

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire town by offering his hand in marriage. No one dreamed this scandalous rake would ever take a bride. And as society mamas swooned at the loss of England′s most eligible bachelor, Devil′s infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date. <br /><br /> But Honoria wasn′t about to bend society′s demands and marry a man "just" because they′d been found together virtually unchaperoned. No, she craved adventure, and while solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, she decided that once the crime was solved she′d go off to see the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?

8 Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2011-08-30
Description :  You are cordially invited to the wedding ofMiss Heather Cynster . . . but not before she encounterskidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the handsof Viscount Breckenridge<br /><br />Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who willsweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairingof finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynstersteps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree.<br /><br />But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremelyinterfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her outof scandal—and straight into danger, when a mysteriousenemy seizes her, bundles her intoa coach, and conveys her out of London.<br /><br />Now it’s up to the notoriousBreckenridge to prove himself the heroshe’s been searching for all along . . .<br /><br />And coming next month,more unforgettable romance inthe Cynster Sisters Trilogy

9 The World of Stephanie Laurens

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2011-08-02
Description :  If you love Stephanie Laurens, the Cynsters, the Bastion Club, or the Black Cobra Quartet, then you won't want to miss The World of Stephanie Laurens, available only from Avon Romance. Here you'll find the Cynster Family Tree, a sneak peek excerpt from every Stephanie Laurens Avon Romance, a Q&amp;A with the author, and much more! This is the one-stop source of information for everything about the books of the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Best of all: it's free and available for download now!

10 In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2011-09-27
Description :  The pleasure of your company is requested at thewedding of Miss Eliza Cynster . . . but not until she’srescued from a daring abduction by the mostunexpected of heroes!<br /><br />Brazenly kidnapped from her sister Heather’s engagement ball, Eliza Cynster is spirited north to Edinburgh.Desperate and determined to escape, she seizes uponthe first possible champion who happens along—gentleman scholar Jeremy Carling.<br /><br />Villains and rescues are a far cry from Jeremy’s expertise,yet he cannot abandon a damsel in distress. But dangerlurks and hurdles abound in their race to escapethe mysterious laird, until a final confrontation on awindswept cliff reveals what their future life could hold—if both are bold enough to capture and own theunexpected love they now share.

11 The Untamed Bride

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2009-10-27
Description :  New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens presents a brash, bold new series. <br /><br />They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable—and all male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra.<br /><br />He is a man who has faced peril without flinching, determined to fight for king and country.<br /><br />She is a bold, beautiful woman with a scandalous past, destined to become an untamed bride.<br /><br />Together they must vanquish the ruthless enemy, while confronting the dangers of the heart . . .

12 The Lady Risks All

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-09-25
Description :  See what happens when <i>The Lady Risks All </i><br /><br /> The passionate new love story from # 1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae, Stephanie Laurens <br /><br /> Neville Roscoe, notorious and enigmatic, lives resolutely outside society, bound only by his own code of honor—until challenged by his desire for the one woman he cannot have. <br /><br /> Miranda Clifford is a lady imprisoned by rigid respectability—until tempted by a passion beyond her power to deny. <br /><br /> Flung together in peril, through danger and intrigue, they discover a love impossible to ignore . . . or keep.

13 Scandalous Lord Dere

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Romance  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2011-10-25
Description :  A novella, originally appearing in Secrets of a Perfect Night<br /><br />Once upon a time, a young woman attended a New Year's Eve ball...The moon shone brightly, music filled the air. Kisses were stolen and promises made. But what happens when morning comes? A new year brings new scandal when a rake awakens in the bed of the flame-haired temptress who had seduced him years before. All of society has them bedded, but can he convince her to become wedded?

14 Scandal's Bride

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  How can an honourable lady like Lady Catriona Hennessy unite with a rake like Richard Cynster? Though charmed by his commanding presence, she cannot give up her independence. Marriage had not previously been on Richard′s agenda, but perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needs - if he can have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises of love?

15 A Match For Marcus Cynster

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2015-05-26
Description :  <i>Duty compels her to turn her back on marriage. Fate drives him to protect her come what may. Then love takes a hand in this battle of yearning hearts, stubborn wills, and a match too powerful to deny.</i><br /> <i>#1 </i>New York Times<i> bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to rugged Scotland with a dramatic tale of passionate desire and unwavering devotion.</i><br /> Restless and impatient, Marcus Cynster waits for Fate to come calling.&#xa0;He knows his destiny lies in the lands surrounding his family home, but what will his future be? Equally importantly, with whom will he share it?&#xa0;<br /> Of one fact he feels certain: his fated bride will not be Niniver Carrick. His elusive neighbor attracts him mightily, yet he feels compelled to protect her—even from himself. Fickle Fate, he’s sure, would never be so kind as to decree that Niniver should be his. The best he can do for them both is to avoid her.<br /> Niniver has vowed to return her clan to prosperity. The epitome of fragile femininity, her delicate and ethereal exterior cloaks a stubborn will and an unflinching devotion to the people in her care. She accepts that in order to achieve her goal, she cannot risk marrying and losing control of the clan’s reins to an inevitably controlling husband. Unfortunately, too many local men see her as their opportunity.<br /> Soon, she’s forced to seek help to get rid of her unwelcome suitors. Powerful and dangerous, Marcus Cynster is perfect for the task. Suppressing her wariness over tangling with a gentleman who so excites her passions, she appeals to him for assistance with her peculiar problem.<br /> Although at first he resists, Marcus discovers that, contrary to his expectations, his fated role <i>is</i> to stand by Niniver’s side and, ultimately, to claim her hand. Yet in order to convince her to be his bride, they must plunge headlong into a journey full of challenges, unforeseen dangers, passion, and yearning, until Niniver grasps the essential truth—that she is indeed a match for Marcus Cynster.<br /> <i>A neo-Gothic tale of passionate romance set in the uplands of southwestern Scotland</i><br /> <i>A Cynster Next Generation Novel – a classic historical romance of 114,000 words.</i><br /><br /> <b><i>Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens</i></b><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens’ heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong.” <i>Cathy Kelly</i><br /><br /> &#xa0;“Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters.” <i>Historical Romance Reviews.</i><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens plays into readers’ fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again.” <i>Romantic Times Magazine</i>

16 Rose in Bloom

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Romance  Books 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2011-08-16
Description :  A novella, originally appearing in Scottish Brides<br /><br />Every Rose has its thorn . . . especially Rose MacKenzie-Craddock! When they were children, the willful girl was the thorn in the Earl of Strathyre's side. Now, as a beautiful woman, Rose drives the Earl wild with desire. But even grown-ups can play some most interesting games . . .

17 The Masterful Mr. Montague

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2014-04-29
Description :  #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens pulls back the curtain on a world that has been hidden from us . . . until now. <br /><br />Montague has devoted his life to managing the wealth of London’s elite, but at a huge cost: a family of his own. Then the enticing Miss Violet Matcham seeks his help, and in the puzzle she presents him, he finds an intriguing new challenge professionally . . . and personally.<br /><br />Violet, devoted lady-companion to the aging Lady Halstead, turns to Montague to reassure her ladyship that her affairs are in order. But the famous Montague is not at all what she’d expected—this man is compelling, decisive, supportive, and strong—everything Violet needs in a champion, a position to which Montague rapidly lays claim.<br /><br />But then Lady Halstead is murdered and Violet and Montague, aided by Barnaby Adair, Inspector Stokes, Penelope, and Griselda, race to expose a cunning and cold-blooded killer who stalks closer and closer. Will Montague and Violet learn the shocking truth too late to seize their chance at enduring love?

18 A Secret Love

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  And now, Stephanie Laurens has created her boldest Cynster yet - Gabriel - a man who has known the pleasure of many women, but who has given his heart to no one.<br /><br /> She was desperate for his help...<br /><br /> When a mysterious lady, her face hidden by a black veil, begs Gabriel Cynster for his help, he cannot refuse her plea. For despite her disguise, Gabriel finds the woman alluring and he is powerless to deny her. But he exacts payment as only a Cynster would demand: with each piece of information he uncovers, she must pay him - in the form of a kiss. <br /><br /> He was powerless to resist...<br /><br /> Lady Alathea Morwellan knows Gabriel is intrigued, but despite the sparks that fly between them, they have never passed a civil moment together. Yet as the stakes get higher, so does Gabriel′s desire for payment. And with each overpowering kiss, each passionate embrace, Alathea knows that she will not be able to resist his ultimate seduction...but what will happen when she reveals the truth?

19 A Rogue's Proposal

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  Demon Cynster has seen love bring his brethren to their knees, and he′s vowed that he will not share their fate ... until he spies Felicity Parteger sneaking about his racing stable. Demon remembers Felicity as a mere chit of a girl, but now she stands before him, all lush curves and sparkling eyes...<br /><br /> Felicity knows Demon was one of the town′s most eligible bachelors and a rogue of the worst sort, but he was the only one capable of getting her friend out of trouble. She knows Demon will never yield her the love she desperately seeks, but could a marriage of passion alone be enough?

20 The Reckless Bride

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-26
Description :  “A fabulously entertaining new quartet—with links to her popular Cynster series….Laurens adds a dash of exotic spice to her always reliable mix of sexy romance and risky intrigue.”<br />—Booklist<br /><br />The fourth book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Laurens’s sensational Black Cobra Quartet, The Reckless Bride is a brilliant mix of intrigue, danger, and historical romance from one of the very best in the business. A breathtaking adventure set in England’s Regency Era, The Reckless Bride continues the acclaimed romance novelist’s extraordinary chronicle of love and duty, as brave ex-officers of the Crown band together to destroy the traitorous fiend known as The Black Cobra.

21 All About Passion

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  New York Times bestselling Australian author Stephanie Laurens delivers the latest tale in the immensely popular Cynster series. When Chillington is elected an ′honorary Cynster′ at the end of All About Love, he knows he needs a wife , and an heir. His goal; a simple marriage without romance. He agrees to marry a woman he believes to be pliant and quiet. Unfortunately for him, the woman he thinks is Francesca Rawling is really her cousin, Franni.Francesca herself is proud, passionate and opinionated in short, the perfect bride for a Cynster...

22 All About Love

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  Lucifer Cynster has sworn never to pledge his heart -- but fate has other plans...<br /><br />The last unwed Cynster, Alasdair -- known as Lucifer -- has escaped to Devon one step ahead of London's matchmaking mamas. Yet, despite his dedication to avoiding the parson's mousetrap, the irresistible Phyllida Tallent -- a willful, independent beauty -- brings all his masterful Cynster instincts rioting to the fore. Initially Lucifer tries to suppress the desire Phyllida evokes, but fate intervenes, leaving him facing the ultimate challenge for a Cynster -- wooing a reluctant bride.<br /><br />Her wit, charm, and beauty have garnered Phyllida a bevy of suitors, but not one has tempted her the way Lucifer does. His offer to teach her all about love is almost too tantalizing to refuse. And although she has not yet surrendered completely, Phyllida knows only a fool resists a determined Cynster.<br /><br />And Phyllida is certainly no one's fool.

23 The Perfect Lover

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  Never let it be said that a Cynster male can't face up to the one unassailable truth: A successful marriage gives life its fullest meaning. To all of English society, Simon Frederick Cynster has a perfect life—one of enormous wealth and impeccable social status. His lean handsomeness turns the heads of naïve debutantes, while his sensual allure ensures he never lacks for more sophisticated partners for a night, or more, of pleasure. Yet despite all of this, Simon knows that there is something—or rather someone—missing in his life.<br /><br />To achieve true contentment, Simon must find a lady accomplished enough to be his wife, someone who will spend her days as a member of one of England's most influential families ... and her nights pursuing duties of a more private—and personal—nature.<br /><br />But Simon knows what to expect if he reveals his intention to choose a bride; nothing could be more tiresome than having every blushing miss on the marriage mart thrust upon him. So he discreetly begins his search at a house party at Glossup Hall . . . and is astonished that the lady who immediately captures his interest is Portia Ashford.<br /><br />Simon has never considered Portia as a potential wife. He's known the raven-haired beauty since childhood; she's willfully independent and has always claimed to be uninterested in marriage. But an unexpectedly heated kiss abruptly alters the rules of their decade-long interaction. Soon they begin to long for the moments they can spend in each other's arms.<br /><br />But all is not as it seems at Glossup Hall. As Simon and Portia begin to explore the depths of their mutual passion, a shocking murder is committed ... and it appears that the next victim will be Portia herself. And even more shocking than the fact that a murderer secretly walks among them is the realization that all of Simon's considerable strength and influence may not be enough to protect Portia—his once and always perfect lover . . .

24 The Lady's Command

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2016-01-01
Description :  #1 New York Times bestselling author STEPHANIE LAURENS brings you THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, a riveting blend of Regency-era high seas adventure, intrigue and romance<br /><br />His to cherish<br /><br />Declan Frobisher chose Lady Edwina Delbraith as his wife. Scion of a bold, seafaring dynasty, he’s accustomed to getting his way— Edwina would be the woman who graced his arm, warmed his bed and remained safely at home when he returned to sea. But once the knot is tied, Declan discovers Edwina is unconventional and strong-willed, and his marriage promises to be as tempestuous as the high seas. <br /><br />Hers to command<br /><br />Edwina’s fairy-princess beauty hides a spine of steel. Born into the aristocracy—born to rule—and with Declan’s ring gracing her finger, she expects to forge a marriage by his side. Then bare weeks into their honeymoon, Declan is recruited to sail on a secret mission. Edwina— naturally—declares she must accompany him. <br /><br />Theirs to conquer<br /><br />Facing unforeseen perils and unexpected enemies while battling to expose a dastardly scheme, Declan and Edwina discover that their unusual marriage demands something they both possess—bold and adventurous hearts. <br /><br />JOIN THE ADVENTURERS—four couples whose passionate voyages will transport you. Start the journey here and follow the adventures, the mysteries and the romances to the cataclysmic end!

25 The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2012-02-07
Description :  A novella, previously published in the print anthology It Happened One Season.<br /><br />Sebastian Trantor is in need of a wife. But although he's scouted the ballrooms, drawing rooms, and salons of London, he's yet to find a single worthwhile candidate in the young ladies paraded before him. They simper; they giggle; they are completely unsuitable.<br /><br />Then, he discovers Tabitha Makepeace—breaking into a desk! He quickly realizes that this clever and resourceful young lady is the bride for him—but how is he to convince her of that?

26 Royal Weddings

Author : Stephanie Laurens, Gaelen Foley & Loretta Chase
Genre :  Romance  Books 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2011-04-05
Description :  You are cordially invited<br />To help celebrate the Royal Wedding of<br />Prince William to Catherine Middleton<br />As we present a 77 page original anthology<br />Written by three utterly wonderful authors!<br /><br />Stephanie Laurens' The Wedding Planner: Lady Margaret is proud plan the ton's most important nuptuals—including that of a prince. But it's Lady Margaret who falls in love . . . with dashing Gaston Devilliers!<br /><br />Gaelen Foley's Ever After: How scandalous! Eleanor Monford, Countess of Archer, is in love with her own husband. And as Princess Charlotte of England weds Prince Leopold, Eleanor's "secret" is about to come out. <br /><br />Loretta Chase's The Jilting of Lord Rothwick: On the eve of Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert, the Marquess of Rothwick learns his fiancée, Barbara Findley, has broken their engagement! So he desperately rides out of London to seek her out . . . and to win her back.

27 On a Wild Night

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  Where are all the exciting men in London?<br /><br /> After spending years in the glittering ballrooms of the ton, Amanda Cynster is utterly bored by the current crop of colorless suitors. Determined to take matters into her own hands, one night she shockingly goes where no respectable lady ever should, but where many an intriguing gentleman might be found.<br /><br /> But titillating excitement quickly turns to panic when Amanda discovers she′s quite out of her depth. She looks around for help -- and is unexpectedly rescued by the Earl of Dexter. Lean, sensuous, and mysterious, he has delayed re-entering society, preferring instead a more interesting existence on its fringes.<br /><br /> He′s the epitome of the boldly passionate gentleman Amanda has been searching for, but although his very touch makes it clear he′s willing to educate her in the art of love, Amanda has to wonder if such a masterful, lionized rake can be sufficiently tamed into the ways of marriage.

28 On a Wicked Dawn

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  Amelia Cynster is stunned to hear these words from Lucien Ashford—the enigmatic sixth Viscount Calverton and the man she has always loved—just before the handsome rogue passes out at her feet. Dawn is breaking and she's already risked scandal by lying in wait for him just outside his London home. And though torn between indignant affront and astonished relief, she's nevertheless thrilled that Luc has agreed to her outrageous marriage proposal.<br /><br />However, rather than submitting to a hasty wedding as Amelia had planned, the exasperating lord insists on wooing her properly…in public and in private. She longs for their time alone, when she can learn all about seduction from a master, yet frustratingly, they all too often find themselves beneath the stifling gaze of the ton.<br /><br />But there is method behind the viscount's madness—he has a secret reason for wooing Amelia. And like all desirable things, his passion has a price.

29 The Lady By His Side

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Mysteries & Thrillers  Historical 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2017-03-09
Description :  <i>A marquess in need of the right bride. An earl’s daughter in search of a purpose. A betrayal that ends in murder and balloons into a threat to the realm.&#xa0;</i><br /><br /> Sebastian Cynster knows time is running out. If he doesn’t choose a wife soon, his female relatives will line up to assist him. Yet the current debutantes do not appeal. Where is he to find the right lady to be his marchioness? Then Drake Varisey, eldest son of the Duke of Wolverstone, asks for Sebastian’s aid.<br /><br /> Having assumed his father’s mantle in protecting queen and country, Drake must go to Ireland in pursuit of a dangerous plot. But he’s received an urgent missive from Lord Ennis, an Irish peer—Ennis has heard something Drake needs to know. Ennis insists Drake attends an upcoming house party at Ennis’s Kent estate so Ennis can reveal his information face-to-face.&#xa0;<br /><br /> Sebastian has assisted Drake before and, long ago, had a liaison with Lady Ennis. Drake insists Sebastian is just the man to be Drake’s surrogate at the house party—the guests will imagine all manner of possibilities and be blind to Sebastian’s true purpose. Unsurprisingly, Sebastian is reluctant, but Drake’s need is real. With only more debutantes on his horizon, Sebastian allows himself to be persuaded.<br /><br /> His first task is to inveigle Antonia Rawlings, a lady he has known all her life, to include him as her escort to the house party. Although he’s seen little of Antonia in recent years, Sebastian is confident of gaining her support. Eldest daughter of the Earl of Chillingworth, Antonia has abandoned the search for a husband and plans to use the week of the house party to decide what to do with her life. There has to be some purpose, some role, she can claim for her own.<br /><br /> Consequently, on hearing Sebastian’s request and an explanation of what lies behind it, she seizes on the call to action. Suppressing her senses’ idiotic reaction to Sebastian’s nearness, she agrees to be his partner-in-intrigue. But while joining the house party proves easy, the gathering is thrown into chaos when Lord Ennis is murdered—just before he was to speak with Sebastian. Worse, Ennis’s last words, gasped to Sebastian, are: <i>Gunpowder. Here.</i><br /> <i></i><br /> Gunpowder? And here, where?<br /><br /> With a killer continuing to stalk the halls, side by side, Sebastian and Antonia search for answers and, all the while, the childhood connection that had always existed between them strengthens and blooms…into something so much more.<br /><br /> <i>First volume in a trilogy. A historical romance with gothic overtones layered over a continuing intrigue. A full length novel of 99,000 words.</i><br /> <b></b><br /><br /> <b><i>Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens</i></b><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens’ heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong.” <i>Cathy Kelly</i><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters.” <i>Historical Romance Reviews</i><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens plays into readers’ fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again.” <i>Romantic Times Magazine</i>

30 The Promise in a Kiss

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  What would you do if you were kissed by the most handsome stranger you'd ever seen? And what if that man was a Cynster?<br /><br />Every girl—even convent-educated ones—dreams of forbidden kisses. So when a man literally falls at Helena's feet as she's walking through the courtyard one moonlit Christmas Eve, the pretty, young comtesse d'Lisle knows he's up to no good. He's clearly a bit dangerous... and obviously caught in the middle of a clandestine rendezvous. Why else would he have risked his neck and jumped out of a window into the snow?<br /><br />It's wrong, it's outlandish . . . and it's the most utterly romantic gesture she's ever seen. So when the good sisters rush up, demanding to know ifshe has seen a man on the grounds, Helena ignores the years of strict upbringing that insist she reveal his presence.<br /><br />To lie would be a sin, but 'no one can be good all the time.<br /><br />As a reward for her silence, the stranger takes her in his arms and enticingly, unforgettably kisses her—and then departs, leaving a lingering if unspoken promise of all that might be, should fate decree that they meet again. Although Helena doesn't know it, her wild Englishman is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives, a nobleman who will prove to be her destiny.<br /><br />Seven years later, Helena has been transformed from a pretty schoolgirl to an aristocratic beauty. Her sparkling wit has made her sought after by London's hostesses; her considerable dowry has made winning her hand the aim of many a gentleman . . . but she is deadeningly aware of how boring so many ofthese gentlemen are.<br /><br />Her manipulative guardian has unexpectedly allowed her to find a husband of her own choosing, and she has no intention of marrying any man who tries to tame her. There must be someone perfect for her . . . someone who can live up to the promise ofthat long-ago kiss.<br /><br />Then, at a ball, fate strikes. Once again, it is the Christmas season, and across the crowded room Helena stands transfixed . . . for there is the man whose kiss she has never forgotten, the man of her memory whom no other has ever been able to supplant. Her wild, mysterious Englishman, Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives.<br /><br />One look, and he's determined to reclaim her . . . .

31 The greatest challenge of them all

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Mysteries & Thrillers  Historical 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2017-07-13
Description :  <i>A nobleman devoted to defending queen and country and a noblewoman wild enough to match his every step race to disrupt the plans of a malignant intelligence intent on shaking England to its very foundations.</i><br /> <i></i><br /> Lord Drake Varisey, Marquess of Winchelsea, eldest son and heir of the Duke of Wolverstone, must foil a plot that threatens to shake the foundations of the realm, but the very last lady—nay, noblewoman—he needs assisting him is Lady Louisa Cynster, known throughout the ton as Lady Wild.<br /> For the past nine years, Louisa has suspected that Drake might well be the ideal husband for her, even though he’s assiduous in avoiding her. But she’s now twenty-seven and enough is enough. She believes propinquity will reveal exactly what it is that lies between them, and what better opportunity to work closely with Drake than this latest mission with which he patently needs her help?<br /> Unable to deny Louisa’s abilities or the value of her assistance and powerless to curb her willfulness, Drake is forced to grit his teeth and acquiesce to her sticking by his side if only to ensure her safety. But all too soon, his true feelings for her surface sufficiently for her, perspicacious as she is, to see through his denials, which she then interprets as a challenge.<br /> Even while they gather information, tease out clues, increasingly desperately search for the missing gunpowder, and doggedly pursue the killer responsible for an ever-escalating tally of dead men, thrown together through the hours, he and she learn to trust and appreciate each other. And fed by constant exposure—and blatantly encouraged by her—their desires and hungers swell and grow…<br /> As the barriers between them crumble, the attraction he has for so long restrained burgeons and balloons, until goaded by her near-death, it erupts, and he seizes her—only to be seized in return.<br /> Linked irrevocably and with their wills melded and merged by passion’s fire, with time running out and the evil mastermind’s deadline looming, together, they focus their considerable talents and make one last push to learn the critical truths—to find the gunpowder and unmask the villain behind this far-reaching plot.<br /> Only to discover that they have significantly less time than they’d thought, that the villain’s target is even more crucially fundamental to the realm than they’d imagined, and it’s going to take all that Drake is—as well as all that Louisa as Lady Wild can bring to bear—to defuse the threat, capture the villain, and make all safe and right again.<br /> As they race to the ultimate confrontation, the future of all England rests on their shoulders.<br /><br /> <i>Third volume in a trilogy. A historical romance with gothic overtones layered over an intrigue. A full length novel of 129,000 words.</i><br /><br /> <b><i>Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens</i></b><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens’ heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong.” <i>Cathy Kelly</i><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters.” <i>Historical Romance Reviews</i><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens plays into readers’ fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again.” <i>Romantic Times Magazine</i>

32 Loving Rose

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Mysteries & Thrillers  Historical  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2014-07-29
Description :  #1 New York Times bestselling author returns with another thrilling story from the Casebook of Barnaby Adair . . .<br /><br />Miraculously spared from death, Malcolm Sinclair erases the notorious man he once was. Reinventing himself as Thomas Glendower, he strives to make amends for his past, yet he never imagines penance might come via a secretive lady he discovers living in his secluded manor.<br /><br />Rose has a plausible explanation for why she and her children are residing in Thomas's house, but she quickly realizes he's far too intelligent to fool. Revealing the truth is impossibly dangerous, yet day by day he wins her trust, and then her heart.<br /><br />But then her enemy closes in, and Rose turns to Thomas as the only man who can protect her and the children. And when she asks for his help, Thomas finally understands his true purpose, and with unwavering commitment, he seeks his redemption the only way he can—through living the reality of loving Rose.

33 Mastered By Love

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-07-28
Description :  The men of the Bastion Club proved their bravery secretly fighting for their country. Now their leader faces that most dangerous mission of all: finding a bride.<br /><br />As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club known as "Dalziel," Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England's most august noble titles, he must now take on that gravest duty of all: marriage.<br /><br />Yet the young ladies the grand dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle's willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene façade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort and his nights with sheer pleasure. Determined to claim her, he embarks on a seduction to prove his mastery over every inch of her body . . . and every piece of her heart.

34 By Winter's Light

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2014-10-28
Description :  <i>#1 </i><i>New York Times</i><i> bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic, and love.</i><br /><br /> It’s December 1837 and the young adults of the Cynster clan have succeeded in having the family Christmas celebration held at snow-bound Casphairn Manor, Richard and Catriona Cynster’s home. Led by Sebastian, Marquess of Earith, and by Lucilla, future Lady of the Vale, and her twin brother, Marcus, the upcoming generation has their own plans for the holiday season.<br /><br /> Yet where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind—the festive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster’s sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster’s daughter. Daniel and Claire have met before and the embers of an unexpected passion smolder between them, but once bitten, twice shy, Claire believes a second marriage is not in her stars. Daniel, however, is determined to press his suit. He’s seen the love the Cynsters share, and Claire is the lady with whom he dreams of sharing <i>his</i> life. Assisted by a bevy of Cynsters—innate matchmakers every one—Daniel strives to persuade Claire that trusting him with her hand and her heart is her right path to happiness.<br /><br /> Meanwhile, out riding on Christmas Eve, the young adults of the Cynster clan respond to a plea for help. Summoned to a humble dwelling in ruggedly forested mountains, Lucilla is called on to help with the difficult birth of a child, while the others rise to the challenge of helping her. With a violent storm closing in and severely limited options, the next generation of Cynsters face their first collective test—can they save this mother and child? And themselves, too?<br /><br /> Back at the manor, Claire is increasingly drawn to Daniel and despite her misgivings, against the backdrop of the ongoing festivities their relationship deepens. Yet she remains torn—until catastrophe strikes, and by winter’s light, she learns that love—true love—is worth any risk, any price.<br /><br /> <i>A tale brimming with all the magical delights of a Scottish festive season.</i><br /> <i>A Cynster novel – a classic historical romance of 71,000 words.</i><br /><br /> <b><i>Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens</i></b><br /> “Stephanie Laurens’ heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong.” <i>Cathy Kelly</i><br /> &#xa0;“Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters.” <i>Historical Romance Reviews.</i><br /> “Stephanie Laurens plays into readers’ fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again.”&#xa0; <i>Romantic Times Magazine</i>

35 The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2018-05-01
Description :  #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns with a new series that captures the simmering desires and intrigues of early Victorians as only she can. Ryder Cavanaugh’s stepsiblings are determined to make their own marks in London society. Seeking fortune and passion, THE CAVANAUGHS will delight readers with their bold exploits.<br /><br />An independent nobleman<br /><br />Lord Randolph Cavanaugh is loyal and devoted—but only to family. To the rest of the world, he’s aloof and untouchable, a respected and driven entrepreneur. But Rand yearns for more in life, and when he travels to Buckinghamshire to review a recent investment, he discovers a passionate woman who will challenge his rigid self-control…<br /><br />A determined lady<br /><br />Felicia Throgmorton intends to keep her family afloat. For decades, her father was consumed by his inventions and now, months after his death, with their finances in ruins, her brother insists on continuing their father’s tinkering. Felicia is desperate to hold together what’s left of the estate. Then she discovers she must help persuade their latest investor that her father’s follies are a risk worth taking… <br /><br />Together—the perfect team<br /><br />Rand arrives at Throgmorton Hall to discover the invention on which he’s staked his reputation has exploded, the inventor is not who he expected and a fiercely intelligent woman now holds the key to his future success. But unflinching courage in the face of dismaying hurdles is a trait they share, and Rand and Felicia are forced to act together against ruthless foes to protect everything they hold dear.

36 It Happened One Season

Author : Stephanie Laurens, Jacquie D'Alessandro, Candice Hern & Mary Balogh
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2011-03-29
Description :  New York Times bestselling historical romance superstars Stephanie Laurens and Mary Balogh, along with beloved fan favorites Jacquie D’Alessandro and Candice Hern—the four authors who brought you It Happened One Night—are back with It Happened One Season. Even more inventive than their bestselling first anthology, It Happened One Season presents four love stories set during an unforgettable Regency social season—each passion-rich novella based on the same themes chosen by readers during a month-long online contest…yet each one surprisingly, delightfully unique!

37 The Brazen Bride

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-06-29
Description :  “Fabulously entertaining….Laurens adds a dash of exotic spice to her always reliable mix of sexy romance and risky intrigue.”<br /><br />—<i>Booklist</i><br /><br />The third book in <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Stephanie Laurens’s sensational Black Cobra Quartet, <i>The Brazen Bride </i>ingeniously blends intrigue and danger with sizzling, passionate love. With ties to Laurens’s wildly popular Cynster novels, <i>The Brazen Bride</i>—and the other breathtaking installments in her magnificent four-book adventure—will enthrall her devoted fans and every reader who craves historical romance rich in excitement and peril.

38 Captain Jack's Woman

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  They meet in a clash of swords, drenched in the moonlight of Britain’s rugged eastern coast: Captain Jack, his handsome features etched in silver and shadow, his powerful physique compelling “Kit” Cranmer to surrender. He is her dream lover come vividly alive, and his command of the smuggling gang is absolute. His all-knowing gaze penetrates her disguise as the “lad” leader of a rival gang with frightening ease and his “punishment” with kisses leaves her maidenly modesty in tatters.<br /><br />Suddenly Kit finds she’s only too delighted to explore with Jack the pleasures conventionally reserved for married ladies . . . little knowing what dangerous forces she’s unleashing. For even as Kit revels in midnight gallops and cottage rendezvous, Captain Jack is laying a gentle trap that will curtail her freedom . . . and bind her to him with a ring, a promise . . . and ties of devotion and desire.

39 Tangled Reins

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2016-02-15
Description :  “Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong.” - Cathy Kelly<br /><br /> Miss Dorothea Darent has no intention of ever getting married,<br />certainly not to a rogue such as the Marquis of Hazelmere. A disreputable scoundrel, he is<br />captivated when they meet by chance and is determined to win her heart, even while she's<br />busy dazzling the rest of London society. Now Dorothea has a choice to make: stick with<br />her plan to remain a respectable spinster, or run into the arms of her dashing stranger…<br /><br />Read the very first novel by #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Stephanie Laurens.<br /><br /> A regency historical romance set in London, England. <br /><br />Previously published.

40 Scottish Brides

Author : Christina Dodd, Stephanie Laurens, Julia Quinn & Karen Ranney
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  A land of legend and wild beauty - of clans, lairds, honour, and passion - Scotland forever stirs the soul of romance. Now, in one incomparable volume, four of Avon Romance′s bestselling authors present stirring tales of hearts won and weddings to be, featuring a quartet of unforgettable heroines about to discover the rapture of love in a world as untamed as the men they will one day marry.

41 An Irresistible Alliance

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Mysteries & Thrillers  Historical 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2017-05-11
Description :  <i>A duke’s second son with no responsibilities and a lady starved of the excitement her soul craves join forces to unravel a deadly, potentially catastrophic threat to the realm - that only continues to grow.</i><br /><br /> With his older brother’s betrothal announced, Lord Michael Cynster is freed from the pressure of familial expectations. However, the allure of his previous hedonistic pursuits has paled. Then he learns of the mission his brother, Sebastian, and Lady Antonia Rawlings have been assisting with and volunteers to assist by hunting down the hoard of gunpowder now secreted somewhere in London.<br /> Michael sets out to trace the carters who transported the gunpowder from Kent to London. His quest leads him to the Hendon Shipping Company, where he discovers his sole source of information is the only daughter of Jack and Kit Hendon, Miss Cleome Hendon, who although a fetchingly attractive lady, firmly holds the reins of the office in her small hands.<br /><br /> Cleo has fought to achieve her position in the company. Initially, managing the office was a challenge, but she now conquers all in just a few hours a week. With her three brothers all adventuring in America, she’s been driven to the realization that she craves adventure, too.<br /> When Michael Cynster walks in and asks about carters, Cleo’s instincts leap. She wrings from him the full tale of his mission—and offers him a bargain. She will lead him to the carters he seeks if he agrees to include her as an equal partner in the mission.<br /><br /> Horrified, Michael attempts to resist, but ultimately finds himself agreeing—a sequence of events he quickly learns is common around Cleo. Then she delivers on her part of the bargain, and he finds there are benefits to allowing her to continue to investigate beside him—not least being that if she’s there, then he knows she’s safe.<br /><br /> But the further they go in tracing the gunpowder, the more deaths they uncover. And when they finally locate the barrels, they find themselves tangled in a fight to the death—one that forces them to face what has grown between them, to seize and defend what they both see as their path to the greatest adventure of all. A shared life. A shared future. A shared love.<br /><br /> <i>Second volume in a trilogy. A historical romance with gothic overtones layered over a continuing intrigue. A full length novel of 101,000 words.</i><br /><br /> <b><i>Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens</i></b><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens’ heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong.” <i>Cathy Kelly</i><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters.” <i>Historical Romance Reviews</i><br /><br /> “Stephanie Laurens plays into readers’ fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again.” <i>Romantic Times Magazine</i>

42 The Peculiar Case of Lord Finsbury's Diamonds

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Mysteries & Thrillers  Historical 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2014-01-07
Description :  <i>#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you a tale of murder, mystery, passion, and intrigue – and diamonds!</i><br /> Penelope Adair, wife and partner of amateur sleuth Barnaby Adair, is so hugely pregnant she cannot even waddle. When Barnaby is summoned to assist Inspector Stokes of Scotland Yard in investigating the violent murder of a gentleman at a house party, Penelope, frustrated that she cannot participate, insists that she and Griselda, Stokes’s wife, be duly informed of their husbands’ discoveries.<br /> Yet what Barnaby and Stokes uncover only leads to more questions. The murdered gentleman had been thrown out of the house party days before, so why had he come back? And how and why did he come to have the fabulous Finsbury diamond necklace in his pocket, much to Lord Finsbury’s consternation. Most peculiar of all, why had the murderer left the necklace, worth a stupendous fortune, on the body?<br /> The conundrums compound as our intrepid investigators attempt to make sense of this baffling case. Meanwhile, the threat of scandal grows ever more tangible for all those attending the house party – and the stakes are highest for Lord Finsbury’s daughter and the gentleman who has spent the last decade resurrecting his family fortune so he can aspire to her hand. Working parallel to Barnaby and Stokes, the would-be lovers hunt for a path through the maze of contradictory facts to expose the murderer, disperse the pall of scandal, and claim the love and the shared life they crave.<br /><br /> <i>A pre-Victorian mystery with strong elements of romance. A short novel of 39,000 words.</i><br /> <i>An entry in The Casebook of Barnaby Adair series, the events in this short novel occur between the events described in the full-length Casebook novels, WHERE THE HEART LEADS and the upcoming THE MASTERFUL MR. MONTAGUE.</i><br /> <i></i><br /> <b><i>Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens</i></b><br /> “Laurens’s writing shines.” <i>Publishers Weekly</i><br /> “Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters.” <i>Historical Romance Reviews.</i><br /> “Stephanie Laurens plays into readers’ fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again.”&#xa0; <i>Romantic Times Magazine<br /> </i><br /> <b><i>Praise for Where the Heart Leads: Volume 1 in the Casebook of Barnaby Adair</i></b><br /> "A satisfying blend of mystery and romance." <i>Publishers Weekly <br /> </i>"In an Amanda Quick-style suspense/romance, Laurens never loses touch with her characters' deep emotions or the haunting mystery." <i>Romantic Times&#xa0;</i>

43 The Daredevil Snared

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2016-07-01
Description :  <i>Responsibility knocks, and a reckless, hedonistic man responds and opens the door to love—thus is a daredevil snared.</i><br /><br />#1 New York Times <i>bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you the third installment in THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, continuing the drama of Regency-era high seas adventure, laced with a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and spiced with the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love.</i><br /><br />Captain Caleb Frobisher, hedonistic youngest son of a seafaring dynasty, wants to be taken seriously by his family, and understands he has to prove himself sufficiently reformed. When opportunity strikes, he seizes the next leg of the covert mission his brothers have been pursuing and sails to Freetown. His actions are decisive, and he completes the mission's next stage—but responsibility, once exercised, has taken root, and he remains in the jungle to guard the captives whose rescue is the mission's ultimate goal.<br /><br />Katherine Fortescue has fled the life of poverty her wastrel father had bequeathed her and come to Freetown as a governess, only to be kidnapped and put to work overseeing a child workforce at a mine. She and the other captured adults understand that their lives are limited by the life of the mine. Guarded by well-armed and well-trained mercenaries, the captives have been searching for some means of escape, but in vain. Then Katherine meets a handsome man—a captain—in the jungle, and he and his crew bring the sweet promise of rescue.<br /><br />The sadistic mercenary captain who runs the mine has other ideas, but Caleb's true strength lies in extracting advantage from adversity, and through the clashes that follow, he matures into the leader of men he was always destined to be. The sort of man Katherine can trust—with her body, with her life. With her love.<br /><br /><i>The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Continue the journey and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the dramatic end.</i><br /><br /><b>Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens</b><br /><br />"Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong." <i>—Cathy Kelly</i><br /><br />"Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters." <i>—Historical Romance Reviews</i><br /><br />"Stephanie Laurens plays into readers' fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again." <i>—Romantic Times Magazine</i>

44 A Buccaneer at Heart

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2016-05-01
Description :  <br /><br />A Buccaneer at Heart by Stephanie Laurens will be available Apr 26, 2016. Preorder your copy today!

45 The Lady Chosen

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Erotic Romance 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, never expected he'd need to wed within a year or forfeit his inheritance. But he is not one to bow to the matchmaking mamas of the ton. No, he will marry a lady of his own choosing. And the lady he chooses is the enchanting neighbor living with her family next door. Miss Leonora Carling has beauty, spirit and passion; unfortunately, matrimony is the last thing on her mind . . . To Leonora, Tristan's kisses are oh-so-tempting, but once bitten, forever shy, she has determinedly turned her back on marriage. But Tristan is a seasoned campaigner who will not accept defeat. And when a mysterious man attempts to scare Leonora and her family from their home, Tristan realizes he's been given the perfect excuse to offer his services—as protector, seducer and, ultimately, husband.

46 The Elusive Bride

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2010-01-26
Description :  Stephanie Laurens, the phenomenal New York Times bestselling superstar is back with The Elusive Bride—the second book in her magnificent Black Cobra Quartet. Never before in print, this masterful blend of passion and intrigue follows The Untamed Bride, the first in the four-part historical romance series that Booklist calls, “fabulously entertaining.” A spellbinding tale of destiny, duty, desire, and peril—with ties to her popular Bastion Club novels and her well-loved romantic adventures featuring the endearing family of rogues, the Cynsters—The Elusive Bride confirms Laurens’s well-deserved standing as one of the genre’s premier storytellers.

47 Where the Heart Leads

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Mysteries & Thrillers  Historical  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens knows the world of Regency London . . . especially the exclusive enclave of luxury in which the aristocracy lived in wealth and comfort. But outside that glittering circle lay another world . . . and Laurens pulls back the curtain that has hidden it from us—until now.<br /><br />Penelope Ashford, Portia Cynster's younger sister, has grown up with every advantage—wealth, position, and beauty. Yet Penelope is anything but a pretty face in a satin gown—forceful, willful, and blunt to a fault, she has for years devoted her considerable energy and intelligence to caring for the forgotten orphans of London's sooty and seamier streets.<br /><br />But now her charges are mysteriously disappearing. Desperate, Penelope turns to the one man she knows who might help her—Barnaby Adair.<br /><br />Handsome scion of a noble house, Adair has made a name for himself in certain circles where his powers of observation and deduction have seen him solve several serious and unsavory crimes within the ton. His pedigree, relentless intelligence, and discretion make him a deadly avenger in an elegant guise. Despite his skills—or perhaps because of them—he makes Penelope distinctly uncomfortable, but the stakes are too grave. Throwing caution to the wind, defying every rule for unmarried ladies, she appears on his doorstep late one night determined to recruit his talents.<br /><br />Barnaby is intrigued—both by her problem and her. Her bold beauty and undeniable brains make a striking contrast to the usual insipid ton misses. And as he's in dire need of an excuse to avoid said insipid misses, he accepts her challenge, never dreaming she and it will consume his every waking hour. <br /><br />Enlisting the aid of Inspector Basil Stokes of the fledgling Scotland Yard, they infiltrate the streets of London's notorious East End. But as they unravel the mystery of the missing orphans, they uncover a trail leading to the upper echelons of society and a ruthless and clever criminal adept at pulling strings who, becoming aware of them and their efforts, is only too ready to destroy all they hold dear, including their newfound understanding of the intrigues of the human heart.

48 Temptation and Surrender

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-02-24
Description :  When a gentleman is restless and bored with the careless pleasures of London society, he needs to discover a new diversion, and if that diversion is a beautiful woman, so much the better.<br /><br />Temptation<br /><br />Jonas Tallent, who has masterfully taken the reins of his family's estate, never expected a delectable morsel like Miss Emily Beauregard to step into his library, but he certainly isn't about to hire her as manager for the village inn. A lady as tempting as Emily belongs in a ballroom, or a bedroom—preferably his.<br /><br />Surrender<br /><br />Emily herself hadn't expected her current circumstances, but she has her reasons and doesn't plan to share them, even with someone as seductive as Jonas. Yet he can be so devilishly persuasive. But a villain knows her secret, and soon danger threatens Em, her family, and the powerful love she and Jonas have found in each other's arms.

49 A Gentleman's Honor

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Erotic Romance  Books  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  The Season has yet to begin, and the second member of the Bastion Club, tall, handsome Anthony Blake, Viscount Torrington, is already a target for every matchmaking mama in London. None of their flighty daughters can fix his interest, but a certain lady does... Alicia is living a deception. Desperation has caused the determined but penniless lady to boldly launch her ravishing younger sister into the ton and have her make a spectacular match. By masquerading as the widowed "Mrs. Carrington" Alicia can act as the perfect chaperone…but fashionable ladies are not accused of murder... When Tony Blake discovers Alicia standing over a dead body in his godmother’s garden, every instinct tells him she is innocent. His connections allow him to take control of the investigation, his social prominence provides her public support, but it is more than honor that compels him to protect her and to do everything in his seductive power to make her his.

50 To Distraction

Author : Stephanie Laurens
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  The gentlemen of the Bastion Club have proven their courage while fighting England's enemies, but nothing has prepared them for dealing with that most formidable of challenges: the opposite sex.<br /><br />Deverell, Viscount Paignton, is in desperate need of a wife. Unmoved by the matchmaking “herd,” he seeks help from his aunt, who directs him to a lady she vows is perfect for him. Dispatched to a country house party to look the lady over, he discovers her not swanning about among the guests but with her nose buried in a book in the library.<br /><br />Phoebe Malleson is tempted to distraction by Deverell, but marrying him isn't part of her plan. Moved by an incident in her past, Phoebe has a secret cause to which she's committed. Unfortunately, telling Deverell to go away doesn't work, and he quickly learns of her secret. But someone powerful has her cause targeted for destruction—and her in their sights. Phoebe must accept Deverell's help…though the cost to them both might be dear—and deadly.



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