Beautiful Sylvia Gabriel has more cause than most to despise the Game of Kings. Chess has been the ruination of her life ending her engagement, filching her fortune and reducing her to poor relation. But when she finds herself falling in love with chessmaster David Rutherford, the new Lord Donhill, Sylvia stakes her heart, her future and her reputation on the riskiest gambit of all.More info →
Miranda Wilton seemingly has everything, birth, breeding and beauty, yet she finds herself on the threshold of spinsterhood. Because she carries the heritage of the Merlin, her family demands she marry among those who share his supernatural blood, but no mage will willingly wed a woman without magical powers. When the cards predict that a wedding is possible, Miranda agrees to brave the social whirl of a London Season.
Adam, Lord Brand, has dedicated himself to unmasking London’s legions of frauds who fleece the gullible by claiming to traffic in the mystical world. Miranda poses an intriguing conundrum. Unlike most charlatans, she claims no powers of her own, seeks no financial gain, but she truly believes that magic exists. Adam is determined to prove that her faith in enchantment is a misbegotten fairy tale. But as the skeptic lord finds himself falling under Miranda’s spell, he begins to acknowledge that there might very well be forces that transcend his understanding and that love is the greatest power of them all.
Although she is titled, beautiful and wealthy, Lady Katherine Steele finds widowhood leaves her powerless to protect those she loves. With her young daughter, Kate flees London and the evil man who has been given control of her child and her fortune. The deserted property of her husband’s late comrade-in-arms Lord Duncan MacLean, becomes her home. Posing as the Laird’s widow, Kate ekes out a meager existence in the remote Scottish castle that has fallen to ruin.
Wounded and left to die in a French prison, Duncan MacLean escapes and returns to England, seeking revenge upon the man who betrayed him and the soldiers under his command. Due to his “death” the Crown has claimed all of his properties save one. When he finds his castle occupied by a beautiful woman claiming to be his widow, he offers her a devil’s bargain. Kate will become the wife she claims to be in every way if she and her child wish to remain in his home.
Torn between safety from the demon who pursues them and the devil who demands the surrender of her honor, Kate chooses to give the MacLean his due. But no pact with Hell is ever simple. Kate fails to reckon with her own desires and Duncan discovers that the mysterious widow could be far more than he has bargained for.
Sebastian Armitage is personally acquainted with the damage caused by secrets and lies. Wanting nothing to do with the pain of his past, the rakehell had broken all ties with England. But when his elderly godmother falls ill, her companion, Amanda Westford, summons him home. Sebastian soon discovers that the prunes and prisms widow that he expected is not only young and beautiful, but clearly harboring some secrets of her own. Is it his godmother’s fortune that is allowing Mrs. Westford to live far beyond her means?
Amanda had vowed that she would never again accept desire without love. Although Sebastian’s infamous reputation had earned her scorn, it is impossible to despise this charming, handsome man who personifies temptation on two feet. Amanda knows that only a fool would be seduced by the promise of passion with the man known as the Demon Rum. Why then is she longing to play the fool?More info →
Rowan believes that her husband’s death will finally free her from servitude to the evil Du La Fey family, but she is forced to use her magic for one final mission. Disguised as a dowdy governess in the household of an English diplomat, she passes on information about Napoleon’s imprisonment. With her child’s future at stake, the last thing that she can afford to do is fall in love with the one man who could very well expose her.
Damien, Lord Wodesby, poses as a stage magician to uncover the network that is sending secrets to France. As the investigation reveals a web of intrigue and magic, Damien realizes that his growing feelings for Rowan are far more than a passing illusion. Before the masquerade ends, Damien must choose to risk his honor and magical heritage for the love of a woman who may be both a spy and an Outsider without magical gifts.More info →