En une nuit, la vie de Giles Fairhaven, le vicomte Kincade, a basculé ! Depuis le vol de sa bourse dans une auberge, son agression par trois vauriens et sa rencontre avec un petit bout de femme en chemise de nuit, tout va de travers. Comment imaginer que cette Daisy Morrison parviendrait à mettre en déroute ses assaillants avec son seul parapluie ? Lorsque, furieux, il croise à Londres la jolie effrontée, elle lui demande le plus naturellement du monde, pour service rendu, de trouver au plus vite un riche époux pour sa jeune soeur, Rose. Inexplicablement, Giles accepte, sans savoir qu'il vient de mettre le doigt dans un irrésistible engrenage.
Harcelée par son tuteur, Fleur Bradshaw a préféré plonger dans les bas-fonds de Londres pour lui échapper. Et c'est là qu'affamée, seule et perdue, en échange d'un repas et de quelques pièces, elle s'offre un soir à un inconnu défiguré par une horrible cicatrice. Mais la chance lui sourit enfin quand elle est engagée comme gouvernante pour s'occuper de la fille du duc de Ridgeway. Quelle n'est pas sa stupeur de reconnaître sous les traits de son employeur le sinistre balafré qui a pris sa virginité ! Un homme décidément énigmatique, torturé, qui l'effraie autant qu'il la fascine...
Ruiné, lord Randolph se voit contraint d'épouser Eleanor Transome, fille d'un marchand renommé. Le mépris qu'ils éprouvent l'un pour l'autre pousse la jeune femme à inviter toute sa famille pour Noël, au grand dam de son mari.
Love comes when you least expect it in this captivating new novel in the Wescott Regency romance series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh. Lady Jessica Archer lost interest in the glittering excitement of romance after her cousin and dearest friend, Abigail, was rejected by the ton when her father was revealed to be a bigamist. Now that she is twenty-five, however, Jessica decides it is time to wed. Though she no longer believes she will find true love, she is still very eligible. She is, after all, the sister of Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby. Jessica considers the many qualified gentlemen who court her. But then she meets the mysterious Gabriel Thorne, who has returned to England from the New World to claim an equally mysterious inheritance. Jessica considers him completely unsuitable, especially when, while they are still barely acquainted, he announces his intention to wed her. When Jessica guesses who Gabriel really is, however, and watches the lengths to which he will go in order to protect those who rely upon him, she is drawn to his cause--and to the man.
B>Sometimes, just one person can pull a whole family apart. And sometimes, it just takes one person to pull it back together. For fans of Bridgerton, New York Times bestselling Regency Romance author Mary Balogh shows how love truly conquers all in this new Friends of the Westcott novel.br>/b>br> As a young man, Justin Wiley was banished by his father for mysterious reasons, but now his father is dead, and Justin has been Earl of Brandon for six years. A dark, dour man, he nonetheless takes it as his responsibility to care for his half-sister Maria when her mother dies. He travels to her home to fetch her back to the family seat at Everleigh Park.br>br> Although she adored him once, Maria now loathes Justin, and her friend Lady Estelle Lamarr can see immediately how his very name upsets her. When Justin arrives and invites Estelle and her brother to accompany Maria to Everleigh Park to help with her distress, she begrudgingly agrees for Maria''s sake.br>br> As family secrets unravel in Maria''s homecoming, Justin, too, uncovers his desire for a countess. And, while he may believe he''s found an obvious candidate in the beautiful 25-year-old Lady Estelle, she is most certain that they could never make a match...
Dans la diligence qui l'emmène chez sa tante, la sage Judith échappe à son avenir tout tracé de parente pauvre en rêvant qu'elle est enlevée par un bandit de grand chemin. Or, la voiture verse dans le fossé et Judith est sauvée par un beau cavalier qui dit s'appeler Ralf. Grisée par l'aventure, elle se prétend actrice et, lors d'une nuit d'ivresse, s'abandonne dans ses bras. Puis la réalité reprend son cours. Parvenue chez sa tante, Judith fait la connaissance du fiancé de sa cousine. Un certain lord Rannulf Bedwyn.Qu'elle reconnaît au premier regard...
Neville Wyatt, comte de Kilbourne, épouse Lily Doyle, la fille d'un sergent. Mais au lendemain de leurs noces, la jeune femme meurt tragiquement. Des années plus tard, en Angleterre, alors que Neville s'apprête à célébrer ses nouvelles noces, une lady se présente à lui... Lily. Elle vient récupérer le titre qui lui revient.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Mary Balogh presents two of her classic Regency-era romances--seductive tales of ladies who are running away from love . . . and rogues who enjoy the chase. A COUNTERFEIT BETROTHAL Lady Sophia Bryant has no intention of marrying anytime soon. Her one desire is to reunite her parents, who have been estranged for fourteen years. Surely, if she happens to announce her betrothal--even a false one--they will be forced to see each other. Devilishly handsome Lord Francis Sutton seems perfect for such deceit, always agreeable to games of passion in which he has nothing to lose. The trap is set--if only Lady Sophia can keep her foolish heart from falling prey to her brilliant snares. THE NOTORIOUS RAKE Lord Edmund Waite is everything that Lady Mary Gregg despises: lewd, lascivious, mocking--the most incorrigible and successful rogue around. A bluestocking like her would never tempt a man whose taste runs to pretty playthings--so Mary is startled to find herself the object of Lord Edmunds desires. Even more surprising is her reaction to his shocking advances. She may be a lady, but this man knows so well how to make her feel like a woman. Includes excerpts of The Proposal and The Arrangement by Mary Balogh
Meet the Bedwyns--six brothers and sisters--men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality....Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction...where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal...and where Alleyne Bedwyn, the passionate middle son, is cut off from his past--only to find his future with a sinfully beautiful woman he will risk everything to love. As the fires of war raged around him, Lord Alleyne Bedwyn was thrown from his horse and left for dead--only to awaken in the bedchamber of a ladies' brothel. Suddenly the dark, handsome diplomat has no memory of who he is or how he got there--yet of one thing he is certain: The angel who nurses him back to health is the woman he vows to make his own. But like him, Rachel York is not who she seems. A lovely young woman caught up in a desperate circumstance, she must devise a scheme to regain her stolen fortune. The dashing soldier she rescued from near-death could be her savior in disguise. There is just one condition: she must pose as his wife--a masquerade that will embroil them in a sinful scandal, where a man and a woman court impropriety with each daring step...with every taboo kiss that can turn passionate strangers into the truest of lovers.
Meet the Bedwynssix brothers and sisters--men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality. Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seductionwhere each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandaland where Freyja Bedwyn, the wild-hearted daughter, meets her match in a man as passionate, reckless, and scandalous as she. Growing up with four unruly brothers has made Freyja Bedwyn far bolder than most society ladies. From feisty manner to long, tumbling hair, Lady Freyja is pure fire, a woman who seeks both adventure and freedom. Adventure soon finds her on a visit to Bath, when a handsome stranger bursts into Freyja's room and entreats her to hide him. His name is Joshua Moore, Marquess of Hallmere, a man with a hell-raising reputation of his own who is quickly intrigued by the independent beauty. So intrigued, in fact, that he makes her a surprising request: to pose as his fiancée and help thwart his family's matchmaking schemes. For two people determined to be free, it's the perfect planuntil passion blindsides them both. For as Joshua sets out to achieve his complete seduction of Freyja, a woman who has sworn off love is in danger of losing the one thing she never expected to give again: her heart
Only desperation could bring Duncan Pennethorne, the infamous Earl of Sheringford, back home after the spectacular scandal that had shocked even the jaded ton. Forced to wed in fifteen days or be cut off without a penny, Duncan chooses the one woman in London in frantic need of a husband: Margaret Huxtable. A lie to an old flame forces Margaret to accept the irresistible stranger's offer. But once she discovers who he really is, it's too late - she's already betrothed to the wickedly sensual rakehell. Quickly she issues an ultimatum: if Duncan wants her, he must woo her. And as passion slowly ignites, two people marrying for all the wrong reasons are discovering the joys of seduction - and awaiting the exquisite pleasure of what comes after...
Critics call her "a veritable treasure, a matchless storyteller" ( Romantic Times ). Readers have fallen in love with Mary Balogh's sparkling blend of wit and romance. Now this dazzling writer sweeps us back to Regency England, into a world of dangerous secrets and glittering intrigue, as a dashing lord meets his match in a fiery beauty who vows to be ... No Man's Mistress . The dark, devastating stranger rode into the village fair and wagered twenty pounds at the throwing booth -- for a chance to win the daisies in Viola Thornhill's hair. The Gypsy fortune teller had warned: "Beware of a tall, dark, handsome stranger. He can destroy you -- if you do not first snare his heart." Recklessly Viola flirted, then danced with him around the Maypole. And then came his delicate, delicious kiss. Viola did not regret that she had let down her guard -- until the next morning, when he appeared at her door to claim her beloved Pinewood Manor. Lord Ferdinand Dudley won her home in a game of cards! Viola hated him for trying to take everything, including her soul. She was mistress of Pinewood Manor. Yet Dudley refused to leave, even as his conscience rebelled at compromising this beautiful innocent whose only proof of ownership was a dead earl's promise. Dudley held the deed, but at what cost? Each day under the same roof brought its share of temptation, intimacy, and guilt. But Viola knew it was a battle she could not afford to lose. Marriage was out of the question, and she would be no man's mistress. Even as Dudley's unnerving presence, his knowing smile, threatened to melt her resolve. Against his better judgment, Lord Ferdinand Dudley was beguiled. This maddening beauty had stirred him as no woman had before. And he was bound and determined to make her his own. At once sensuous, whimsical, and wonderfully romantic, Mary Balogh's new novel holds us in thrall, bringing to life a love story that sizzles with passion and originality.
Voilà, l'instant fatal est arrivé! Anna sent ses jambes se dérober. Le duc de Harndon lui demande sa main. Comment repousser l'offre d'un homme aussi séduisant, raffiné et élégantoe Le duc de Harndon prend la main de la jeune femme entre les siennes. C'est un contact d'une intimité bouleversante... Et plus encore lorsque les lèvres de Luke effleurent sa paume.
Mais ce mariage est impossible! Anna dissimule un trop sombre secret: si Blaydon revient d'Amérique, elle se retrouvera sous sa coupe, telle une esclave. Il reviendra, c'est sûr. Et elle sera damnée.
Pourtant, malgré elle, Anna adresse au duc son plus lumineux sourire.
- J'accepte, Votre Grâce.