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Jeffries, Sabrina
Project duchess

The Honorable Beatrice Wolfe is living with her brother, Joshua, at the dower house at Armitage Hall, where Joshua is the gamekeeper, when the Duke of Armitage dies. The duke's stepson, Fletcher "Grey" Pryde, Duke of Greycourt, comes to Armitage for the funeral at the request of his mother. Sparring between Beatrice and Grey becomes foreplay, which leads to a discourse on friendship and night of passion. But Grey and his brother, Sheridan, think Joshua might have killed Armitage, and Joshua doubts that Grey is serious about his intentions to marry Beatrice. Complex, intense characters heat up the pages with scintillating love scenes amid the intrigue. - Publisher's Weekly

Quinn, Paula.
Highlander ever after

Adam MacGregor has no interest in becoming the next clan chief of the MacGregors of Skye. Adam will do everything he can to escape this position of power...until Sina d'Arenberg, his beautiful betrothed arrives. Sina wants nothing to do with the savage Highlander she will soon call husband. She is alone in a foreign place, mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother. But the more time she spends with the dark and dangerous Highlander, the more he captivates her, body and soul. As desire ignites between them, Adam will do anything to protect the family and the clan that mean the world to him--and to claim the woman who has stolen his heart. - Syndetics

Rodale, Maya
Some like it scandalous

Theodore Prescott the Third, one of Manhattan's Rogues of Millionaire Row, has really done it this time. The only way to survive his most recent scandal is marry someone respectable. Someone like Daisy Swann. Daisy Swann has plans and they do not involve a loveless marriage. But when a devastating family secret threatens to destroy her standing in society, suddenly a fake engagement with Theo is just the thing. Daisy Swann aspires to sell cosmetics that she has created, but this brainy scientist needs a smooth talking charmer's flair for words and eye for beauty to make it a success. Before long, Daisy and Theo are trading kisses and secrets... Book two in the series that starts with Duchess by Design. - Syndetics

James, Eloisa.
Say no to the duke

Could she possibly refuse a duke's hand-in favor of a sardonic, sinful rake? Lady Betsy Wilde's first season was triumphant by any measure, and a duke has proposed-but before marriage, she longs for one last adventure. No gentleman would agree to her scandalous plan-but Lord Jeremy Roden is no gentleman. He offers a wager. If she wins a billiards game, he'll provide the breeches. If he wins...she is his, for one wild night. But what happens when Jeremy realizes that one night will never be enough? In the most important battle of his life, he'll have to convince Betsy to say no to the duke. Book four in the series that starts with Wilde in love. - Syndetics

Shupe, Joanna.
The rogue of Fifth Avenue

A forbidden relationship fuels lust and love in the stellar first Uptown Girls historical by Shupe (the Four Hundred series). In 1890s Manhattan, 23-year-old-socialite Marion "Mamie" Greene worries that she'll be miserable in an arranged marriage, especially given her growing affection for handsome attorney Frank Tripp. Frank, who can be counted on to get his high-society clients out of trouble, is in hot water himself when he falls under Mamie's spell. Neither is aware that their interest is mutual, and their social standings and obligations prohibit their relationship. The lovebirds' flirtatious and wry dialogue is entertaining...The winning combination of wealth, romance, secrets, and seduction makes this an enticing and scintillating series launch. - Publisher's Weekly

Wine, Mary.
Wicked highland ways

Brenda Grant's abusive first marriage taught her that she's better off on her own. But when her family threatens her freedom and demands that she remarry--to a man they've chosen--she makes a deal with a brawny Highland chief to escape. Bothan Gunn is smitten by the woman who won't be tamed. He's helped her before--but can he do so now, when Brenda's complicated past threatens their lives? With danger closing in, their only chance at love and survival is to escape to the heart of the Highlands... Book six in the series that starts with Highland Spitfire. - Syndetics

Bowen, Kelly
A rogue by night

Katherine Wright's family has always supported itself by smuggling. When her brother is shot by patrols, she tries to tend his wounds, but fears he'll be discovered and arrested. Unexpectedly, the Wrights are aided by Harland Hayward, Baron Strathmore, an eccentric nobleman trained as a surgeon who admires Katherine's medical prowess as well as her beauty. To finance a safer life for her family, Katherine accepts a paid assignment to accompany Strathmore to rescue some seamen, which forces her into dangerous intimacy with the daring doctor. Book three in the series that starts with A duke in the night. - Publisher's Weekly

Heath, Lorraine.
The scoundrel in her bed

Heath's emotionally stirring third Sin for All Seasons novel (after When a Duke Loves a Woman), set in Victorian England, captures the essence of young but enduring love. Finn Trewlove and his siblings were raised in London's underbelly. Now employed as a horse slaughterer, 21-year-old Finn meets 15-year-old Lady Lavinia (aka Vivi) when her father demands her beloved horse, Sophie, be sacrificed after throwing Vivi to the ground. Finn rescues Sophie, and for two years, he and Vivi clandestinely meet to visit her, sharing moonlit nights in conversation and friendship. When Finn finally initiates their passionate romance, their naive and hasty plans for the future are cruelly halted by Vivi's noble family, and they don't meet again until eight years later...This tender and intimate story will make readers' hearts sing. - Publisher's Weekly

Jenkins, Beverly
Rebel

Valinda Lacy's mission in the steamy heart of New Orleans is to help the newly emancipated community survive and flourish. But when thugs destroy the school she has set up and then target her, Valinda runs for her life--and straight into the arms of Captain Drake LeVeq. As an architect from an old New Orleans family, Drake has a deeply personal interest in rebuilding the city. Raised by strong women, he recognizes Valinda's determination. And he can't stop admiring--or wanting--her. But when Valinda's father demands she return home to marry a man she doesn't love, her daring rebellion draws Drake into an irresistible intrigue. - Syndetics

Guhrke, Laura Lee.
Governess gone rogue

Lady Truelove may be London's most famous advice columnist, but James St. Clair, the Earl of Kenyon, knows his wild young sons need a tutor, not a new mother. Miss Amanda Leighton, former schoolteacher and governess, knows she has all the qualifications to be a tutor. But if Lord Kenyon insists on hiring a man, then she has only one option...Jamie isn't sure what to make of his new employee, until he realizes the shocking truth-his boys' tutor is a woman. A thoroughly intriguing woman. Despite Amanda's deception, he can't dismiss her when his boys are learning so much. Yet Jamie, too, is learning surprising lessons-about desire, seduction, and passionate second chances. Book three in the series that starts with The truth about love and dukes. - Syndetics

Quinn, Paula.
Laird of the Black Isle

Lachlan MacKenzie's world ended when Annabelle, his daughter, was murdered. And ever since then, the Dragon Laird of the Black Isle's life has been joyless, a mere act of survival....until Lord Sinclair appears at his door with an offer. Sinclair believes that Annabelle is actually alive and will reunite Lachlan with his little girl. But he wants something in return: Lachlan must kidnap the woman Sinclair intends to make his bride, against her family's wishes. And while it turns Lachlan's stomach to destroy another family, there's nothing he won't do to be reunited with his little girl. But Lachlan never counted on Sinclair's future bride, Mailie MacGregor, being so spirited...and so utterly irresistible. Book seven in the Highland Heirs series. - Syndetics

Bowman, Valerie.
No other Duke but you

Lady Delilah's mother will force her to marry Clarence Hilton, heir to an earldom, if she doesn't secure a better offer of marriage by her birthday in just over a month. A desperate Delilah sets her sights on the Duke of Branville. Though Delilah has always enjoyed her friendship with Thomas, she is confused when the play they are in together calls for them to kiss, and the kiss ignites romantic sparks. Still hoping to marry Branville, Delilah purchases a love potion, but accidentally sprinkles the potion on Thomas instead. When Thomas formally offers to court Delilah, she fears it's only because of the potion and he must convince her his interest is real. Regency fans will adore this charming tale and its cast of memorable characters. Book eleven in the series that starts with The unexpected duchess. - Publisher's Weekly

Barnes, Sophie
The infamous duchess

Barnes's solid fourth Diamonds in the Rough Regency introduces a duchess and a gentleman whose reputations are vastly different from their true personalities. Viola Cartwright, Duchess of Tremaine, is an enigma and doesn't mingle with her own social class. Instead she runs St. Agatha's Hospital, providing free care to the poor. Henry Lowell is shot in a duel and treated at St. Agatha's. Viola is determined to resist Henry's charm while caring for him during his convalescence, but he tells her that the rumors about his rakish ways are untrue. As Henry and Viola grow closer, Viola must decide whether she is ready to give up her independence to wed him. Unconventional and progressive aristocrats, sensual romance, and a swift-moving plotline add allure to this capable novel. - Publisher's Weekly

Jordan, Sophie.
This Scot of mine

In Jordan's satisfying fourth Rogue Files Regency, a Scottish laird burdened by a family curse tries to avoid death by avoiding love. Lady Clara Autenberry, a duke's daughter who's about to marry the dangerous Earl of Rolland, gets out of her betrothal by convincing Rolland she's pregnant by another man. Her reputation in London now ruined, she moves to her brother's home in Scotland to live out her life. Her brother's friend Laird Hunt MacLarin, who becomes infatuated with her after he encounters her in a roadside inn, hears of her situation and thinks it might be the loophole he needs to break he curse, but secrets abound...The balance of heat and suspense will delight Regency romance readers. - Publisher's Weekly

Burrowes, Grace
When a duchess says I do

An unusual pair of smart and worldly but reticent lovers; a modern sensibility about themes of consent, class, and disability; and a surprising and adventurous plot make Burrowes's latest (after My One and Only Duke) satisfyingly relatable nerdy escapism. Tender ex-cleric Duncan Wentworth would rather keep to his books than attend to the neglected Berkshire estate that his newly titled cousin Quinn has compelled him to manage. Nevertheless, when underfed fugitive "Miss Maddie" appears in his woods and saves him from poachers, Duncan offers her his hospitality, a job, and his curious attention. Through a mix of trust built over chess games and courtship, the identity of widowed duchess Matilda Wakefield comes to light, as does the dilemma that led her to flee London. By the end, the whole Wentworth clan works together to help extricate her from her troubles. - Publisher's Weekly