She had never known passion like this…
With the haunting, gothic feel of early Amanda Quick, Katy Madison makes her Avon Books debut with this deeply emotional tale of a desperate woman, and a man with nothing to lose.
Which were more dangerous–his secret desires…or her own?
Cruel false gossip and scandal follow Velvet Campbell everywhere she goes in London—and for the sake of her sanity she must get away. Accepting a position as a governess at an estate in remote Cornwall, Velvet hopes to start over, untainted by rumor. But she finds to her dismay that her new employer—the darkly handsome Lucian Pendar—is, himself, the subject of whispered insinuations…that he hurled his wife to her death from nearby treacherous cliffs.
But angel or demon, Lucian affects Velvet in ways she never dreamed possible, causing her heart to race, stealing the breath from her body with a look. As their mutual attraction grows, there is no resisting the passion that flares between them. Yet, as secrets from both their pasts rise to the surface, Velvet is haunted by one inescapable question: has she found a kindred spirit, her destined love…or placed herself in dire peril?
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From stunning new author Karen L. King comes this charming Regency-era tale of a duel, a dilemma, and undeniable desire…
THE WEDDING DUEL
It was meant to be a duel like any other—avenge a lady’s honor, take a shot, and win the day. But from the moment Keene Davies takes the pistol from its case, it’s clear the cursed thing will ruin his life. Not only does his shot go awry, his father’s reaction to news of the confrontation is an unprecedented threat to cut off Keene’s inheritance if he doesn’t settle down and marry—specifically, a scandalous little hoyden named Sophie.
To Keene’s amazement, Sophie has grown into a lovely young woman, even if she is prone to trouble. Yet Keene can’t refuse the obligation he has to his father—or deny his unaccountable attraction to the spirited young woman he soon calls his wife. Unbeknownst to him, however, Sophie’s determined to teach her husband that honor begins with the heart, not the sword, and that passion should go hand in hands with love…
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From stunning new author Karen L. King comes the second book in her irresistible Regency-era series that begins with a duel—and leads to “I do…”
THE WEDDING AFFAIR
Returning from the war disillusioned both by men’s violence and the infidelity of women, Major Anthony Sheridan is not surprised to find himself engaged in a duel. But he’s only mildly interested in the tale of the cursed pistols—weapons that will reportedly lead him to true love. He gave up on romance when his fiancée Felicity Merriwether, left him bleeding on Spanish battlefield to marry another. Yet a chance encounter with the now-widowed Felicity and her young son arouses in Sheridan a desire he had vowed never to feel again…
As far as Felicity’s concerned, Anthony left her in dire straits—pregnant with his child, a child badly treated by the unkind older man who took Felicity to wife. Young Charles is desperate to know who his real papa is, and Felicity cannot deny that she’s pleased when Anthony strikes up an odd friendship with the boy. In fact, she cannot deny that she is pleased by Anthony’s charming attention to her either—despite the bad blood between them. It’s a rift that will never be mended, unless both of them remember that true love means sometimes having to say you’re sorry…
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THE WEDDING RUNAWAY
Boston heiress Lydia Hamilton overhears her fiancé’s scheme to wrest control of the family business by wedding her. Refusing to be any man’s pawn, she runs away to England. A lone woman would stand out, but masquerading as a young man named Leonard, she can have the adventure of her life and support herself with gambling.
Victor Bartlett, the Earl of Wedmont, has sworn off marriage, but he didn’t think he’s sworn off women. When he rescues a brash American gambler, who has won too much and too often, Victor finds his feelings for the youth unsettling. To scare the runaway back to America, he challenges Leonard to a duel with notoriously inaccurate and cursed pistols.
But the pistols have away of changing everything, and Leonard is wounded. Victor didn’t mean to shoot the boy at all, but when he discovers Leonard is a girl what can he do, but take her home to heal? But who will heal whom . . .