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Fri
Nov 17 2017 9:30am

First Look: Loretta Chase’s A Duke in Shining Armor (November 28, 2017)

A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase,

Loretta Chase
A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes #1)
Avon / November 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

The fabulous Loretta Chase begins a new series about three ducal friends, known collectively to the ton as “Their Dis-Graces” with A Duke in Shining Armor. One Dis-Grace is the Duke of Ashmont who is all set to marry Lady Olympia Hightower. However, that lady is having major second thoughts and, slightly inebriated, is caught climbing out of the window by Ashmont’s best friend, the equally dis-graceful Hugh, Duke of Ripley. Ripley follows the tipsy Olympia to keep her out of harm and to talk her into returning. She is dubious about his good intentions.

“Didn’t you tell me you were a damsel in distress?” he said. “I’m your knight in shining armor.”

Her eyebrows went up.

“It makes for a change,” he said.

“I should not call it a change,” she said. “In your case I should call it. . .” Her eyebrows settled again and a glint of humor lit her eyes. “An apocalypse.”

Being a Knight in Shining Armor is a novel experience for Ripley and, while occasionally exasperating, he begins to enjoy their adventures while on the run from the wedding. However, being in close proximity to Olympia reminds Ripley of how much he’d always admired her.

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Thu
Nov 9 2017 1:30pm

First Look: May McGoldrick’s Romancing the Scot (November 14, 2017)

Romancing the Scot by May McGoldrick

May McGoldrick
Romancing the Scot (Pennington Family #1)
Swerve / November 14, 2017 / $3.99 digital

In Romancing the Scot, May McGoldrick begins a new series on the next generation of Penningtons. We start with Hugh Pennington, Viscount Greysteil. Hugh is an avid balloonist who finds a surprise in the new basket which has just arrived from Antwerp: A nearly dead woman. Grace Ware was running from the villains who killed her father when she hid in the crate, only to find herself nailed in and in a ship’s hold for a five day trip to Scotland. It was touch-and-go, but Hugh and his sister Jo save Grace’s life and she slowly recovers from her ordeal. While healing, she learns that she and Hugh were on opposite sides of the late war in France.

Grace accompanied her father to war, an Irish Colonel who fought with the French against the English. Hugh lead a Scots brigade and was a hero of the Napoleonic wars. He is now Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts in the Borders. As they get to know each other and Grace learns of Hugh’s history, she realizes that they were all too often at the same place.

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Thu
Nov 2 2017 11:00am

Eloisa James’s Wilde in Love Introduces the Lindow Family

Wilde in Love by Eloisa James

With Wilde in Love, Eloisa James begins a new Georgian-set series on the large ducal Lindow family. First up is Lord Alaric, an explorer, who returns to England to find that his books have made him famous and that a play about his exploits has made him infamous. He is mobbed by adoring feminine fans and has to escape to his father’s castle. Alaric has always seen himself as a nerdy, stodgy observer of people and is appalled by the rabid adoration that the “Lord Wilde” of the play engenders. He gets a glimpse of the extent of the problem while talking to his brother.

“…I hired a few men to guard your house, but people keep sneaking up and prying out bricks.”

“What the hell for?”

“Keepsakes,” North said with a shrug. “Mementos of their love. Damned if I know.”

Alaric swallowed back a curse. A tall hedge would keep them out. Maybe a hedge and a few wolfhounds for good measure.

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Sun
Oct 29 2017 9:00am

First Look: Paula Quinn The Scot’s Bride (October 31, 2017)

The Scots Bride by Paula Quinn

Paula Quinn
The Scot’s Bride (Highland Heirs)
Forever / October 31, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Highlander Patrick MacGregor is a happy man. He has a large and loving family, but he chooses to travel, earning his living by challenging locals to a fight, bedding a local lass and then moving on. No ties, no responsibilities, he’s living the perfect life. His muscles, his cleverness and his charm get him all he needs. He didn’t want to live a life dictated by commitments and duty to anyone.

He didn’t want to fall in love. He’d grown up hearing extraordinary tales of it, of seeing the effects of it in his kin’s lives. It wasn’t because he didn’t believe in its power. It was because he did.

If he were to fall in love, he’d have to be prepared to give up not only his heart, but his soul as well. He had no interest in that kind of life. He was young and virile and he was enjoying it.

And then he meets Charlotte Cunningham while traveling through a small village on his way to visit relations. Having grown up with a selfish, mean-spirited father and brothers, she has no illusions where men are concerned. She has Patrick’s number and is not about to be his latest conquest.

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Thu
Oct 26 2017 8:30am

First Look: Christmas in Kilts Anthology (October 31, 2017)

Christmas in Kilts by Terri Brisbin, Lecia Cornwall, Bronwen Evans, Lavinia Kent, and May McGoldrick

Terri Brisbin, Lecia Cornwall, Bronwen Evans, Lavinia Kent, May McGoldrick
Christmas in Kilts
St. Martin's Swerve / October 31, 2017 / $4.99 digital

Five authors bring Christmas in Scotland to life in Christmas in Kilts.

First up is Terri Brisbin, with A Highlander’s Hope. It features an unlikely love between a man in a position of authority in his clan and the village whore. Iain MacKillop is a mature man whose wife died years ago and who has patronized a neighboring village’s whore. His family has been encouraging him to remarry and he has decided to do so, but worries about how his laird will react to his choice of wife.

None of those previous plans mattered now, for over the last few days he’d finally decided that he wanted her, and not as his whore. Not even as his leman. As his . . . wife.

Oh, he was not ignoring the challenges to getting what – who – he wanted, for Iain did not delude himself into thinking this would be an easy matter to resolve. Many people would have their say, whether invited to or not, and many of his kith and kin would object and place obstacles in his path.

The greatest obstacle is Robena herself. For, though she loves Iain, she can’t see herself as anything other than a whore, and therefore, not fit to be a wife.

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Fri
Oct 6 2017 11:00am

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Duke of Desire (October 17, 2017)

Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12)
Grand Central Publishing / October 17, 2017 / $7.99 print and digital

Elizabeth Hoyt wraps up her Maiden Lane series with Duke of Desire. The final outing of the self-proclaimed “Lords of Chaos”—an infamous Hellfire-type club whose rituals revolve around rape and the abuse of children—is satisfactorily resolved and the romance between Raphael and Iris is sexy and full of angst. Just how I like ‘em.

Raphael, the Duke of Dyemore is the son of the previous leader of the Lords and is deeply, psychologically – as well as physically - scarred by the actions of his parent. He fled England when just a boy and now, with his father dead, he has returned to destroy the Lords from the inside. His revenge is in no small part driven by his guilt at both having survived his childhood and the fact that he has done nothing up until now to put an end to the Lords’ evil.

Iris, the widowed Lady Jordan, is kidnapped by the Lords and set to become the main event of the evening’s festivities when she is rescued by Raphael, who has met and admired Iris before. Because of his past, he lives in a very dark place and this motif – Raphael’s darkness juxtaposed against Iris’s light – runs throughout the book.

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Tue
Oct 3 2017 12:05pm

First Look: How to Find a Duke in Ten Days Anthology (October 3, 2017)

How to Find a Duke in Ten Days by Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen & Carolyn JewelGrace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel
How to Find a Duke in Ten Days
Grace Burrowes Publishing / October 3, 2017 / $7.99 print, $3.99 digital

The Duke in How to Find a Duke in Ten Days is “The Duke’s Book of Knowledge,” a long-lost Medieval manuscript commissioned by the Duc de Medici in 1481. Professor Peebles has made finding the book his life’s work and now he is retiring. Three of his former students and fellow members of the Bibliomania Club are on a quest to find the manuscript in time for the professor’s retirement gala. The only problem is that they only have ten days in which to do so, and each finds an unexpected love in the search.

In Grace Burrowes’ “The Will to Love,” Seton Avery, Earl of Ramsdale, seeks the help of Philomena Peebles, the Professor’s daughter. Ramsdale has known Philomena for years and barely spared her a glance. But now…

When faced with a linguistic challenge, she was not the drab Miss Peebles of Ramsdale’s memory, but rather, some mythical creature who combined intellect, determination, and – confound it, when had this happened? – curves.

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Tue
Sep 12 2017 12:30pm

First Look: Karen Hawkins’ Caught by the Scot (September 26, 2017)

Caught by the Scot by Karen Hawkins

Karen Hawkins
Caught by the Scot (Made to Marry #1)
Pocket Books / September 26, 2017 / $6.99 print & digital

With Caught by the Scot, Karen Hawkins begins a new series about three brothers who must marry fairly quickly in order to gain their inheritances. Privateer Conner Douglas doesn’t think this will be a problem for him, for he knows the perfect candidate: childhood friend and spinster Theodora Cumberbatch-Snowe. However, when he finally goes to propose, he finds that she has just eloped the handsome neighborhood squire. He rushes off in pursuit and catches up with them at an inn having transportation problems. There he puts his case before Thea.

“So...you must marry. All of you.”

“We’ve only a few months to do so. And it must be to a lady of quality.” Conner rested his elbows on his knees and leaned forward. “And that, Thea, lass, is why I came. As soon as I found oot aboot the will, I thought of you.”

“Of me.” She said the words flatly, as if she couldn’t believe them herself.

“Of course you,” he said impatiently. “You know me, and you’re a sensible sort, so we’d do well together. We’d have reasonable expectations of one another, with nae silly drama. Surely that is a guid foundation for a marriage.”

“No. You can’t be—" She stopped, took a deep breath, and placed her whiskey glass at the table at her elbow. Then she said in a slow, calm voice, “Conner, you’re not proposing to me while I’m eloping with another man.”

His smile slipped.

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Tue
Jul 25 2017 8:30am

First Look: Grace Burrowes’ Too Scot to Handle (July 25, 2017)

Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes

Grace Burrowes
Too Scot to Handle (Windham Brides #2)
Hatchette Book Group / July 25, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Too Scot to Handle, the second book in Grace Burrowes’ Windham Brides series brings together two characters we met in The Trouble with Dukes; namely that hero’s brother Colin and the heroine’s sister Anwen. I detected a spark between the two in Burrowes’ last book and am very happy with the courtship in this one.

Colin and Anwen’s courtship is one of the sweetest ones I’ve read in ages. Colin is quickly smitten (as are most of Burrowes’ heroes—one of the things I like best about her characters) and Anwen’s surprise when she realizes that fact is lovely.

“I’m no’ the dallyin’ kind,” he said, taking Anwen’s hand and kissing it. “I was a soldier, and I’m fond of the ladies, but this is … you mustn’t toy with me.”

Everlasting celestial trumpets. “You think I could toy with you?”

“When you smile like that, you could break hearts, Miss Anwen Windham. A man wouldn’t see it coming, but then you’d swan off in a cloud of grace and dignity, and too late, he’d realize what he’d missed. He wouldn’t want to admit how foolish he’d been, but in his heart, he’d know: I should ne’er have let her get away. I should have done anything to stay by her side.”

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Tue
Jun 27 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Gayle Callen’s Love with a Scottish Outlaw (June 27, 2017)

Love with a Scottish Outlaw by Gayle Callen,

Gayle Callen
Love with a Scottish Outlaw (Highland Weddings #3)
Avon / June 27, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Gayle Callen’s Love with a Scottish Outlaw is a story replete with many tried and true romance novel tropes. There’s the Scottish Clan Feud.

Catriona Duff was the daughter of Aberfoyle, the chief of the Clan Duff and Duncan’s bitter enemy. Aberfoyle was one of the main reasons that Duncan was an outlaw who had to protect and feed his people while on the run.

Catriona’s father is part of a network of men who take orphan children off the streets and sell them as indentured servants to the colonies and West Indies plantations. When orphans weren’t readily available, they began taking children from Duncan’s clan. He and his men have been doing what they could to recover them.

“Laird Carlyle,” she said, “have you been rescuing children for long?”

He shrugged. “Several year now. ‘Tis why we’re living in these caves. I spoke out, tried to bring the case to the Court of Session, and they had me imprisoned.”

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Thu
Jun 15 2017 8:30am

First Look: Sabrina Jeffries’ The Pleasures of Passion (June 20, 2017)

The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries

Sabrina Jeffries
The Pleasure of Passions (Sinful Suitors #4)
Pocket Books / June 20, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Sabrina Jeffries’ new book, The Pleasures of Passion, is about two people who suffered great heartbreak in their youth and now have to decide whether or not to take a chance on loving and trusting again. Brilliana and Niall were separated when Naill killed a man in a duel avenging the rape of his sister and had to flee the country. He asked 17-year-old Bree to go with him, but she couldn’t leave her dying mother in the care of her feckless father. Seven years later Naill, newly pardoned, has returned but his reunion with the widowed Bree is fraught with misunderstandings and fears. Bree has soured on men in general and one cannot blame her.

(Niall) was simply one man in a long line of them who’d betrayed her trust, starting with her father and ending with her husband, who’d lied about why he’d gone to London to gamble away all their money.

All of them had abandoned her in one fashion or another, leaving her heartbroken and destitute. Never again would she rely on one of them. Niall had been a mistake, and these days she was trying to learn from those.

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Tue
May 30 2017 10:15am

First Look: Julia Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (May 30, 2017)

The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Bridgerton Prequel  #2)
Avon / May 30, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

The second book in Julia Quinn’s Rokesby series (a Georgian-era Bridgerton prequel series) takes place on Manhattan Island in 1779, during the War of American Independence. Our hero is a soldier in the British Army, Edward Rokesbury. We all know that letters are so very important to those in the military, keeping strong the connection to loved ones, and occasionally forging new bonds with strangers. Letters play a pivotal role in The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband.

Edward awakens in hospital, confused and in pain, to find his hand being held by a strange woman.

[Not the worst way to wake up...]

Sun
May 21 2017 10:00am

First Look: Madeline Hunter’s The Most Dangerous Duke in London (May 30, 2017)

The Most Dangerous Duke in London by Madeline Hunter

Madeline Hunter
The Most Dangerous Duke in London (Decadent Dukes #1)
Zebra / May 30, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Madeline Hunter begins a new series with The Most Dangerous Duke in London, a story of revenge turned to love.

Adam became the Duke of Stratton when his father committed suicide over rumors that Adam’s father helped finance Napoleon’s escape from Elba many years ago. Adam and his French mother retreated to Paris, but now, ten years later, he returns with a dangerous reputation for dueling and a desire for revenge.

The rumors that lead to the duke’s death were started by the late Earl of Marwood and he is surprised when the old Dowager Marwood proposes a truce between the families by means of a marriage. Adam is intrigued by the possibilities for revenge by marrying the young and sweet Emilia, but he becomes downright enthusiastic after he meets the elder sister, Lady Clara.

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Tue
May 9 2017 8:30am

First Look: Amanda Quick’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much (May 9, 2017)

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick
The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Berkley / May 9, 2017 / $24.00 hardcover, $12.99 digital

I was in for quite a surprise when I began Amanda Quick’s new novel, The Girl Who Knew Too Much. I settle in for a nice, comforting read about an eccentric spinster who befuddles the enigmatic hero as they fall in love while solving a mystery in 19th century England. Instead, I found myself in Southern California in the 1930s reading an Amanda Quick version of L.A. Confidential. Imagine my surprise! But then imagine my delight as I found myself engrossed with the setting.

Irene Glasson is a new reporter at a third-rate gossip paper on the trail of a hot story involving Hollywood’s newest rising star, Nick Tremayne and his murdered ex-lover. Irene actually found the body in the swimming pool at the Burning Cove Hotel, a getaway for the stars just south of LA.

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Tue
May 2 2017 8:30am

First Look: Celeste Bradley’s Wedded Bliss (May 2, 2017)

Wedded Bliss by Celeste Bradley

Celeste Bradley
Wedded Bliss (Wicked Worthingtons #5)
Berkley / May 2, 2017 / $7.99 print and digital

Wedded Bliss is a great addition to Celeste Bradley’s Worthington Family series. The Worthingtons are a large, eccentric family with more than their fair share of charm, but Bliss Worthington has added knock-out beauty to hers, a combination that is deadly to men.

Bliss has decided to marry her friend Neville. He is quiet, stable and dependable. The perfect antidote to her loving, but frankly bonkers, family. She arranges to marry him in secret, but after the ceremony is over, she discovers that she is instead married to the dashing sea captain—and Neville’s bastard half-brother—Morgan Pryce. Desperate for an annulment, she sets out to charm Morgan into it, just as she charms everyone who meets her, even hackney drivers.

“Pray, what is your name, good sir?”

He looked at her in surprise, as if no one ever recognized his existence, much less inquired about him. “Cant.”

Blissed tilted her head. “Why not?” He snorted. “Ephraim Cant. But folks mostly call me Eff.”

“Well, I shall not. Imagine shortening such a noble name as ‘Ephraim’! I shall call you Mr. Cant until we are better acquainted, at which time I should like to call you Ephraim. You may call me Miss – Mrs. Pryce. Is that agreeable to you, sir?”

His expression now drifted somewhere between bewitched and befuddled, which was precisely where Bliss preferred the gentlemen of her acquaintance to exist. She smiled at him gently. “Shall we drive on to Bond Street now, Mr. Cant?”

Ephraim Cant, former official grouch, now a prince of gallantry, pulled his cap from his head, pressed it to his breast, and bobbed a rusty bow. “Yes, m’um. I’ll ‘ave ye there in the twitch of a cat’s tail!”

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Mon
May 1 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Anne Gracie’s Marry in Haste (May 2, 2017)

Marry in Haste by Anne Gracie

Anne Gracie
Marry in Haste (Marriage of Convenience #1)
Penguin / May 2, 2017 / $7.99 print and digital

I love Marriage of Convenience stories and Anne Gracie begins a new series featuring these romances with Marry in Haste, about the marriage of a former soldier hunting an assassin and a girls’ seminary teacher with a shady past.

While the romance is quite nicely done, it is Cal’s relationship with his half-sisters and his niece that I found most illuminating in the progression of Cal’s character.

When Cal unexpectedly inherits the title from his ne’er-do-well brother, he only wants to settle his new responsibilities onto caretakers and get back to his “day job” of finding the assassin whose latest victim was his best friend. When he checks in on his half-sisters in Bath he finds them in the care of his too-nice Aunt Dottie who has absolutely no control over the hellions. Rose and Lily are not at all fond of Cal trying to exert his authority.

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Tue
Mar 28 2017 8:30am

First Look: Candace Camp’s A Perfect Gentleman (March 28, 2017)

A Perfect Gentleman by Candace Camp

Candace Camp
A Perfect Gentleman
Pocket Books / March 28, 2017 / $7.99 print and digital

A Perfect Gentleman is a nice second-chance-at-love story, though Abigail and Graeme’s first chance was doomed from the start. Blackmailed by Abigail’s powerful father into the marriage and in love with somebody else, Graeme’s resentment toward Abby burst forth on their wedding night. Humiliated, the shy young bride fled home to New York and gradually built her confidence and a life for herself. She returns to England 10 years later with the goal of having a child with her estranged husband.

As he watches her deal with his dragon of a grandmother, Graeme is intrigued with this stranger to whom he is married.

“Arthur Dexter is scarcely anyone with whom you’d want to advance an acquaintance,” his grandmother told Abigail firmly. “Jumped up little mushroom. His grandfather was in trade.”

“Shocking,” Abigail agreed with such a twinkle in her eye that Graeme had to hide a smile. “Perhaps he is proud of what he has accomplished rather than his family,” Abigail offered.

“What a very American thing to say.”

“Yes, I suppose it is,” she agreed. “It’s difficult for some people to transcend their upbringing.”

“Precisely.” His grandmother nodded. Graeme wasn’t sure whether she had caught the subtle message in Abigail’s words. He suspected not; Lady Eugenia did not deal in subtleties.

He glanced over at Abigail. She returned his gaze with a wide-eyed blandness that convinced him she had intended the little dig at his grandmother’s prejudices. Again he found himself wanting to smile.

Why did it have to be so bloody easy to like this woman?

Yes, how dare she be so witty and interesting! Not to mention beautiful. Graeme is very wary, however, of letting go of his preconceived notions about Abigail. He has always been sure that she was in cahoots with her father to trap him into the marriage, that she was complicit in the blackmail.

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Wed
Feb 22 2017 1:30pm

First Look: Meredith Duran’s A Lady’s Code of Misconduct (February 28, 2017)

A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran
A Lady’s Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless #5)
Pocket Books / February 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart.

The bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for...

Meredith Duran’s latest is an amnesia story, which is a harder trope to find these days. Amnesia plotlines used to be a dime a dozen, but they became such a romance cliché that they have become rare in the last decade or so. A Lady’s Code of Misconduct is a very good amnesia story and reminds me why these storylines were so popular and should be again when in the hands of a gifted storyteller like Duran.

Crispin Burke is not a nice man. In fact, he’s a horrible man. He has spent years bribing, blackmailing and backstabbing his fellow Members of Parliament in his quest to become Prime Minister, so pressuring a young woman in dire straits to spy for him is child’s play.

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Tue
Dec 20 2016 9:30am

First Look: Grace Burrowes’ The Trouble with Dukes (December 20, 2016)

The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes

Grace Burrowes
The Trouble with Dukes (Windham Brides #1)
Forever / December 20, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse—a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, someone different.

No one was fiercer at war than Hamish MacHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he'll take on any challenge—even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz. Megan isn't the least bit intimidated by his dark reputation, but Hamish senses that she's fighting battles of her own. For her, he'll become the warrior once more, and for her, he might just lose his heart.

Having married off all the Windham siblings in her Windham Series, Grace Burrowes has invented a family of Windham female neices for whom Her Grace, the Duchess of Windham, is eager to make matches. This new series, The Windham Brides, gets rolling with Megan Windham when she, and her family, take under their very influential wing the newly invested Duke of Murdoch.

Scot Hamish MacHugh is not at all happy to be a duke. He is a soldier and is not at all interested in the new notoriety or obligations his title bestows. Hamish was a fierce soldier and, having been in the army his entire adult life, knows no other life. Megan and the Windhams have their work cut out for them making Hamish into a civilized duke. They start with dance lessons.

[Oh the dancing!]

Thu
Sep 29 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Suzanne Enoch’s Hero in the Highlands (October 4, 2016)

Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

Suzanne Enoch
Hero in the Highlands (No Ordinary Hero #1)
St. Martin's Press / October 4, 2016 / $7.99 print and digital

Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.

Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English?and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances?or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?

The hero of Suzanne Enoch’s Hero in the Highlands, Major Gabriel Forrester, is a professional soldier. He is both equally feared and revered for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, earning the moniker of “The Beast of Bussaco.” He is not at all pleased to learn that he has unexpectedly inherited a Dukedom from an unknown relative, and even less pleased that he must travel to the Highlands to deal with some suspicious doings on his Scottish estate. But he tackles the problem the only way he knows how—as a soldier.

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