Lady Lucinda Esmond's father, the Earl of Sotheran, was forever fleecing young bucks in London's gaming halls with impunity --until Captain Mark Chamfrey who, having been cheated, does not want to be made a fool again and kidnaps 10-year-old Lucinda for ransom. But when Chamfrey has a change of heart and returns the girl, Earl Esmond nonetheless exacts his own price: Chamfrey can only redeem himself and save his skin by marrying his little victim nine years hence. Lucinda's father could not have foreseen what a beauty Lucinda would become, nor that Chamfrey, a newly made Marquess, would find that what was supposed to be his punishment turns out be exactly what he desires!
As the youngest of four unmarried vicar's daughters, Frederica feared her destiny was to die of tedium in the sleepy village of Barton Sub Edge. Her looks deemed "unfortunate," her willful notions damned as "difficult," she never dreamt the arrival of a rake would challenge her fate in the most surprising way.
To her legions of adoring suitors, it comes as quite a shock when Lady Sophie York rejects an offer of marriage from the dashing, rakish Patrick Foakes in favor of amiable but dull Braddon Chatwin. He may be an earl, but it is Patrick's stolen kisses that sear her lips. When Patrick, in disguise, scales a ladder to retrieve his friend's fiancée, he never expects the elopement to be his own. Neither does Sophie, Braddon, or the rest of the tattling ton. One hasty wedding later, the passionate innocent and the sophisticated rogue play out their own intricate dance as Sophie masters what it takes to keep a man where he belongs. And Patrick learns the ultimate lesson in love.
She was a precocious American upstart who thought beauty, brains, and bravery were enough to conquer London society. Well, he'd show her! Nobody spurned Lord David Manley, the most eligible bachelor in town -- not publicly, not privately. He was determined that she'd soon be trembling in his arms, desperately in love with the man she had dared mock.
Eleanor Saint loves helping in the community of her small mining town, even though her snobbish grandmother disapproves of her visiting the poor. When she comes of age, Eleanor is married to missionary Francis Tait, and is delighted to have a husband who shares her passion for helping others. Soon Eleanor starts a family of her own. But when Francis' work takes their family far from home, her children face dangers that Eleanor could never have imagined. She will need to put her family first, if she wants to protect them.
The upper class of the social circle regarded Sir Benjamin Wright with utmost honor and respect. Yet Lady Emma knew her husband was, in fact, a drunken jealous brute who delighted in humiliating her both in and out of the bedroom. His murder had been a blessing, she thought, until the constable's accusing finger pointed to her. But it soon became apparent that her late husband hid secrets -- and enemies. When the practical Comte Saint-Juste arrived on the scene offering his services, Lady Emma was about to discover what the French dedication to l'amour really meant.
Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors, if she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and Annabelle can save them only by marrying money. Her most persistent admirer is Simon Hunt, a handsome, ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistress. Annabelle is determined to resist his propositions, but she can't deny her attraction to the seductive rogue.