Ravished

Ravished Description:

The New York Times bestselling author of Rendezvous presents a spellbinding new Regency historical destined to be a hot beach read this summer Moving from the cozy confines of a tiny seaside village named Upper Biddleton to the glittering crush of a fashionable London soiree Quick offers an enthralling tale of a mismatched couple poised to discover the rapture of love br br There was no doubt about it What Miss Harriet Pomeroy needed was a man Someone powerful and clever who could help her rout the unscrupulous thieves who were using her beloved caves to hide their loot But when Harriet summoned Gideon Westbrook Viscount St Justin to her aid she could not know that she was summoning the devil himself br br Dubbed the Beast of Blackthorne Hall for his scarred face and lecherous past Gideon was strong and fierce and notoriously menacing Yet Harriet could not find it in her heart to fear him For in his tawny gaze she sensed a savage pain she longed to soothe and a searing passion she yearned to answer Now caught up in the Beast s clutches Harriet must find a way to win his heart and evade the deadly trap of a scheming villain who would see them parted for all time br br RAVISHED is a retelling of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Second Sight (Arcane Society, #1)

Second Sight (Arcane Society, #1) Description:

Financially straitened and on the path to spinsterhood Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote ramshackle Arcane House would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment She was there to photograph the artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization founded two centuries earlier by an alchemist And the alchemist s descendant her employer Gabriel Jones has the eyes of a sorcerer br br But despite Venetia s intent to seduce Mr Jones and move on she is shattered upon her return home to read in the press of his violent demise Using the sizable fee Mr Jones paid her Venetia establishes a new life opening a gallery in London Of course posing as a respectable widow makes it easier to do business so in a private tribute to her lost only lover she assumes the identity of Mrs Jones br br Her romantic whim however will cause unexpected trouble For one thing Mr Jones is about to stride living and breathing back into Venetia s life And the two share more than a passionate memory indeed they are bonded by a highly unusual sort of vision one that goes far beyond Venetia s abilities as a photographer They also share a terrible threat for someone has stolen a centuries old notebook from Arcane House that contains a formula believed to enhance psychic powers of the kind Gabriel and Venetia possess And the thief wants to know more even if he must kill the keeper of the Arcane Society s treasures or the photographer who catalogued them to obtain such knowledge

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Dangerous

Dangerous Description:

From a magnificent ballroom ablaze with lights to an imposing country house steeped in shadows comes a breathtaking tale of an impetuous miss and a passion that leads to peril br br At five and twenty Prudence Merryweather knew very well the risks a woman took by visiting a gentleman in the dead of night But bearding the notorious Earl of Angelstone in his den was the only way to stop him from engaging her hot headed brother in a duel And that was why she found herself ushered into Sebastian s forbidding presence at three in the morning and thoroughly kissed before dawn br br She was a country bred innocent and an intriguing experience for a man who dwelt more in the shadows than in the sunshine Yet as her boldness drew Prue into one dangerous episode after another Sebastian found himself torn between a raging hunger to possess her and a driving need to protect her And the reckless beauty would soon need all the protection she could get

Rating: 3.38 out of 5

The Paid Companion

The Paid Companion Description:

The Earl of St Merryn needs a woman His intentions are purely practical he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society He has his own agenda to pursue and a false fianc e will keep the husband hunters at bay while he goes about his business The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion br br Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected But when he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge the fire in her golden eyes sways him to make a generous offer br br Her sorry financial circumstances and dreams of a life of independence convince her to accept But St Merryn appears to be hiding a secret or two and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home Elenora soon discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she d been led to believe And the Earl of St Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he d initially envisioned has become a partner in his quest to catch a killer and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart

Rating: 3.77 out of 5

Quicksilver (Arcane Society, #11; Looking Glass Trilogy #2)

Quicksilver (Arcane Society, #11; Looking Glass Trilogy #2) Description:

Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening s events Dark energy emanating from the mirrors lining the room overpowers her senses With no apparent way in or out she s rescued by a man she s met only once before but won t soon forget br br br br Owen Sweetwater inherited his family s talent for hunting the psychical monsters who prey on London s women and children and his investigation into the deaths of two glass readers has led him here The high society types of the exclusive Arcane Society would consider Virginia an illusionist a charlatan even a criminal But Owen knows better Virginia s powers are real and so is the power she exerts over him simply with her presence And if her abilities can be relied upon in the midst of great danger they just might be the key to his investigation

Rating: 3.26 out of 5

Mistress

Mistress Description:

After a year of grand adventures touring the classical ruins of Italy and Greece Iphiginia Bright returned to England to discover that the real excitement was at home It seems that her Aunt Zoe has fallen victim to a sinister blackmailer and only Iphiginia can hope to stop the culprit before he can do more harm Her plan is inspired Imitating history s most legendary beauties Cleopatra Helen of Troy Aphrodite the former schoolmistress will remake herself and descend upon London Society as the dazzling mistress of Marcus Valerius Cloud the infamous Earl of Masters Rumors hint that the Earl has disappeared at the blackmailer s hands and by posing as his unknown mistress Iphiginia is convinced she can ferret out the villain Overnight Iphiginia is transformed into a vision with a host of eager admirers including one she does not expect the Earl of Masters himself who strides into a shimmering ballroom one evening to cooly reclaim his mistress He is everything they say he is arrogant attractive devastatingly seductive and Iphiginia can t help but be enthralled But when Marcus agrees to play along with her charade she doesn t know that the determined earl has plans of his own to tease and tempt her until the beautiful deceiver becomes more than his mistress in name only

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

The Third Circle (Arcane Society, #4)

The Third Circle (Arcane Society, #4) Description:

i Called supremely addictive by Booklist the Arcane Society novels written under both the Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz names have pulled readers into a saga filled with steamy romance drama and dark intrigue Her newest novel promises to mesmerize as well i br br Leona Hewitt disguised in men s formal evening clothes has secretly made her way into Lord Delbridge s private museum to retrieve a relic stolen from her family years ago But someone else is there in the dimly lit gallery on the same errand a tall black cloaked man whose very voice is enough to put her in a trance br br Thaddeus Ware a mesmerist with psychic energy is accustomed to fearful reactions from others women in particular After all a man who can control the minds and actions of others could rob a lady of her virtue without her ever knowing But Leona shows no trace of hysteria in his presence A force to be reckoned with as both a gifted crystal worker and a woman she exerts a rather hypnotic power over the hypnotist himself And she is determined to keep the coveted crystal they recovered by giving him the slip at a run down London inn br br Thaddeus on assignment for the Arcane Society knows the menace Leona is courting by absconding with the crystal It is a source of remarkable energy and it holds the potential for great destruction Lord Delbridge has already killed two men to acquire it for it is his key to membership in the elite shadowy group known as the Third Circle And with the help of a seductive hunter of preternatural skill dubbed The Midnight Monster by the press Delbridge intends to find her With the stolen crystal in their possession the danger is only beginning

Rating: 3.66 out of 5

Deception

Deception Description:

From a cozy cottage in rustic Dorset to a magnificent mansion steeped in secrets comes a dazzling tale of lost pirate gold and legendary love Once Olympia Wingfield had been free to devote all her time to her true passion the study of ancient legends and long lost treasure br br But now with three hellion nephews to raise the absentminded beauty has very little time for research Which makes it seem all the more serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia s library unannounced and proceeds to set her world to rights Tall and dark with long windswept black hair Jared Ryder Viscount Chillhurst is the embodiment of Olympia s most exotic dreams a daring pirate masquerading in teacher s garb whose plundering kisses and traveler s tales quickly win her heart br br Yet all too soon innocent Olympia will discover that the enigmatic and wickedly sensual Chillhurst is no lowly tutor but a future earl with a wealth of secrets the kind that will lead them both on a perilous quest for hidden fortune and a love worth more than gold

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

The Perfect Poison (Arcane Society, #6)

The Perfect Poison (Arcane Society, #6) Description:

Plagued by rumors that she poisoned her fianc Lucinda Bromley manages to live on the fringes of polite society tending her beloved plants and occasionally consulting on a murder investigation For the notorious botanist possesses a unique talent she can detect almost any type of poison especially ones that have their origins in the botanical kingdom But the death of a lord has shaken Lucinda to her core At the murder scene she picks up traces of a poison containing a very rare species of fern So rare in fact that only one specimen exists in all of England and it was stolen from her conservatory just last month To keep her name out of the investigation and to find the murderer Lucinda hires a fellow Arcane Society member Caleb Jones runs a psychical investigation agency A descendant of the founder of the Society he is very good at protecting its secrets and frighteningly good getting at the truth Immediately Lucinda senses both a raw power and undeniable intensity in the imposing man But as a nearly overwhelming desire blooms between Caleb and Lucinda they are drawn into the dark heart of a deadly conspiracy that can be traced to the early days of the Arcane Society and to a legacy of madness that could plunge Caleb into the depths of his own tortured soul

Rating: 3.53 out of 5

Scandal

Scandal Description:

With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love Sensitive intelligent and high minded her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man But Simon Augustus Traherne the mysterious Earl of Blade is not all that he seems br br Driven by dark smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul Blade has all of London cowering at his feet but not Emily never Emily For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms she knows the real reason for his amorous suit And she knows that she must reach the heart of this golden eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known

Rating: 3.58 out of 5