Brisbin, Terri, Kidnapped by the Highland Rogue

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Brisbin, Terri, Kidnapped by the Highland Rogue (A Highland Feuding, Book 3),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Kidnapped by the Highland Rogue (A Highland Feuding, Book 3)

Author:  Terri Brisbin

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Abduction; Class Differences; Revenge

Blurb:

The Highlander’s prisoner

There’s more to hardened outlaw Niall Corbett than meets the eye. Despite his merciless reputation, he’s on a mission he must defend with his life. One that means taking beautiful Fia Mackintosh prisoner for her own protection!

Fia may have dreamed of being swept away by a gorgeous Highlander, but never of being held hostage by a gang of outlaws! While her head screams for her to run, her heart beats a little too fast for her captor, a man she shouldn’t, yet can’t help but trust…

Author Note

I am so thrilled to bring you the third book in my A Highland Feuding miniseries – Kidnapped by the Highland Rogue!  I confess, I am finding such inspiration from the true history of these two Scottish families and their centuries-long feud.

If you’ve read the first two books, you’ve met the heroine, Fia Mackintosh.  She was a young girl caught up in the dangerous feud in Stolen by the Highlander, and then we saw her as an insightful girl in The Highlander’s Runaway Bride.  Now Fia is a young woman who thinks that the stories and experiences of Lady Arabella and Lady Eva are sooo romantic.  And she’s dreamed of a handsome Highlander kidnapping her and sweeping her into a torrid love affair that would lead to a happily-ever-after of her own.  But when it happens, it’s not at all how she thought it would be, and yet it’s so much more at the same time.

Using the disguise of Iain Dubh, Niall Corbett cannot help himself when he meets Fia in a dangerous situation – he kidnaps her believing it’s the only way to protect her.  As we romance readers know already, nothing is ever that simple or clear, and this situation goes from bad to worse quickly.  This hero is much, much more than he appears, and there is simply no way that Fia Mackintosh can ever be his.  Or is there a way for Fia to find her coveted happy ending with this enigmatic rogue?

A hint before you read this – my next hero appears in this book.  If you’ve read the first book, you’ve met him, too, but now he’s grown-up and in need of a heroine.  When he entered this book, he acted quite heroically, so I just know he’s ready fro his own story.

Scott, Bronwyn, How to Sin Successfully

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Scott, Bronwyn, How to Sin Successfully (The Rakes Beyond Redemption, Book 3), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).

Title:  How to Sin Successfully (The Rakes Beyond Redemption, Book 3)

Author:  Bronwyn Scott

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Abduction; Child Abduction; Gendered Expectations (Women)

Blurb:

Riordan Barrett: Last Rake Standing

With his comrade rakes-in-arms succumbing to respectability, anyone might think that wicked Riordan Barrett is next. But such happy endings aren’t for him—the whole of society knows there isn’t a redeemable bone in his sinfully sexy body.

Suddenly Riordan finds himself not only an earl…but father to two young wards! His only experience is in the art of irresponsibility.

This rake needs help—and hiring a young, pretty governess won’t be such a hardship!

Sweet, innocent Maura Caulfield is the only lady in London seemingly unaware of Riordan’s disreputable ways. But it won’t stay like that for long. He’ll show her just how much fun sinning can be…

Author Note

Welcome to Rakes Beyond Redemption.  If this is our first look at the series or your last because you’ve been with us the whole way it doesn’t matter!  Each of the three books stands alone quite well.  But why miss one when the series features three sexy men?  If you’re just joining us, let me catch you up.

The premise of the series is to explore how three second sons are transformed by family or personal crisis from their fast-living, hard-loving lifestyles to being men who take pride in their families and position in society.  Really, the ultimate Regency make-over.

In Book One, How to Disgrace a Lady, Merrick finds himself at the heart of a wager that compromises the honour of a lady.  In Book Two, How to Ruin a Reputation, Ashe must rise to the challenge of meeting the conditions of his father’s will in order to save the earldom.  In Book Three, How to Sin Successfully, Riordan has instant fatherhood thrust upon him when he inherits two young wards.

Enter Maura, governess number six.  She enchants both the children…and Riordan!  But in order to hold true to her principles Maura knows she’ll have to  resist the charming Earl – unless he can convince her one can sin successfully.

Happy reading!

Bronwyn

PS.  It’s the gentlemen who get all the action in Rakes Beyond Redemption, but it’s the ladies who set the ton on its ear next, in my forthcoming duet. Stay tuned for more about two women who redefine what it means to be a lady.

Rock, Joanne, Whispers Under a Southern Sky

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Rock, Joanne, Whispers Under a Southern Sky (Heartache, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Whispers Under a Southern Sky (Heartache, Book 4)

Author:  Joanne Rock

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Abduction; Bipolar Disorder; Child Abuse; Molestation; Parenthood; Slut Shaming; Trauma

Blurb:

Her past…or her future?

It’s taken Amy Finley ten years, but she’s finally ready to return to her hometown of Heartache, Tennessee, and face the past. She just never expected that would include reuniting with her high school sweetheart and now town sheriff, Sam Reyes. Or that Sam’s latest case would lead right back to the darkest chapter in her life.

The attraction between Amy and Sam is definitely still there, not to mention that she’s sure she could quickly grow to love his cute baby son. But can he forgive her for keeping her secrets? Can she forgive herself?

Dear Reader,

The idea of “going home” holds unique memories for all of us.  Some of them are warm and wonderful as we remember happy Thanksgiving dinners gathered around a table laden with food or long summers playing in the backyard with friends.  But for people who have experienced a trauma, going home can be riddled with lots of unpleasant memories, too.

For Amy Finley, returning to Heartache means a mix of emotions.  I am inspired by her strength and determination even as I understand why she needed to stay away from her family for so log.  The payoff of returning – a possible healing of old relationships – is dangerously enticing for a woman with so much history in Heartache, Tennessee.

I welcome you back to town with open arms and hope you enjoy Amy’s return as much as I did.  A whole lot has changed since she left, but the new town sheriff is as appealing as he was as a teen.  Maybe some tings never change…

Happy reading,

Joanne Rock

Nichols, Mary, The Captain’s Kidnapped Beauty

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Nichols, Mary, The Captain’s Kidnapped Beauty, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).

Title:  The Captain’s Kidnapped Beauty

Author:  Mary Nichols

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Abduction; Class Differences; Gendered Expectations (Women)

Blurb:

Rescue from an unlikely source!

Abducted and taken aboard a merchant ship bound for India, Charlotte Gilpin desperately searches for ways to escape. The heiress certainly doesn’t expect rescue from the most unlikely of sources—Captain Alexander Carstairs, a man with whom she has crossed swords in the past.

Alex isn’t sure what to make of Charlotte’s claim to have been kidnapped—he wouldn’t put it past this spirited woman to have cooked up the whole thing to avoid her father’s matchmaking. But in the confines of the ship this confirmed bachelor unexpectedly finds Charlotte getting under his skin…again!

Author Note

This is number five in my Piccadilly Gentlemen’s Club series, in which club members solve crimes in Georgian society.  Previously I have featured murder, deception, coining and smuggling.  This one explores kidnapping – but it is an unusual kidnapping, which involves sailing the high seas.  Captain Alexander Carstairs, recently elevated to Marquis of Foxlees, being a Master Mariner, is just the man for the job.

The ‘kidnapped beauty’ is the daughter of a coachmaker.  It was fun researching the coachmaking business, which was once very lucrative; the best coachmakers would have been multimillionaires in today’s terms.  Anyone who was anyone needed a coach or carriage to get about, and the richest had more than one – just as today’s millionaires will have several different cars.

Henry Gilpin, father of my heroine, has become exceedingly wealthy in the coachmaking trade.  The trouble is that it is trade – and tradesmen were not admitted to the society of the nobility.  He is doing his best to find his daughter a titled husband when she is kidnapped.

I would like to acknowledge the help of Clive Gilbert, Chairman of The British Society of Portugal, in researching this book.

Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Treasure

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Herbert, Debbie, Siren’s Treasure (Dark Seas, Book 2), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  Siren’s Treasure (Dark Seas, Book 2)

Author:  Debbie Herbert

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Abduction; Drugs; Identity; Self Esteem

Blurb:

Deep in the bayou, a strange and beautiful world of merfolk exists…

Mermaid Jet Borsage never fit in with her own kind. Her dark hair and eyes set her apart from the other merfolk. Which was why she fell for the wrong man, and why she is still paying the price. One that has made her unwilling to trust any man. Until she meets Landry Fields…

Agent Landry Fields is investigating Jet’s former boyfriend, but he knows Jet is hiding something, as well. At first he believed the beauty was involved in her ex-boyfriend’s dangerous undersea excavations. But when he realizes he is falling for a real-live mermaid, Landry’s by-the-book beliefs are rocked. Now can he save Jet and her clan from modern-day pirates to claim a future with the feisty beauty?

Dunn, Sharon, Fatal Vendetta

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Dunn, Sharon, Fatal Vendetta,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Fatal Vendetta

Author:  Sharon Dunn

Imprint:  Love Inspired Suspense

Issues:  Abduction; Rape; Stalking; Trauma

Blurb:

Deadly showdown…

While reporting on a fire, Montana TV journalist Elizabeth Kramer is abducted—and saved only by the heroics of rival reporter Zachery Beck. But her kidnapper returns, taunting her, luring her to danger and making her relive a past she never put to rest. Elizabeth doesn’t like asking for help, but this time she can’t stay alone and stay alive. And Zach knows how to evade danger. When tragedy thrust him into the public eye, he changed his identity to remain hidden. Protecting Elizabeth means stepping out of the shadows…but as her stalker closes in for a deadly showdown, it’s a risk Zach has to take.

Childs, Lisa, Beauty and the Bodyguard

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Childs, Lisa, Beauty and the Bodyguard (Bachelor Bodyguards, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2016).

Title:  Beauty and the Bodyguard (Bachelor Bodyguards, Book 4)

Author:  Lisa Childs

Imprint:  Romantic Suspense

Issues:  Abduction; Hostage; Violence

Blurb:

Can this bachelor bodyguard save his true love from mortal danger…on her wedding day?

Bride-to-be Megan Lynch has just learned her ex, presumed dead marine Gage Huxton, is alive after surviving enemy captivity. But before she can break up with her fiancé, gunmen storm her wedding and take hostages! Megan will do anything to stay alive—for herself and a second chance with Gage. But there’s more terror to endure before she can say yes to the dress—and her dream groom!

What do the gunmen want? Gage works double time to unravel the mystery and save the beauty who still holds his heart. As the wedding crashers open fire, Gage puts his life on the line to protect Megan and convince her of his love.

Dear Reader,

Welcome back to River City, Michigan, and the Payne Protection Agency.  Beauty and the Bodyguard is the fourth book in the Bachelor Bodyguards series.  Blushing bride Megan Lynch has more than cold feet over her upcoming nuptials.  She can’t marry her groom.  She doesn’t love him.  She’s in love with a ghost.  Then that ghost shows up at the church.

Gage Huxton has no intention of stopping Megan’s wedding.  She’s broken his heart more than his captors have broken his body or spirit over the six months he was missing in action and presumed dead.  His only intention is to protect the bride-which proves to be this bachelor bodyguard’s most dangerous assignment yet.  He isn’t risking just his life; he’s risking his heart, too.

I hope you enjoy this latest book in the Bachelor Bodyguards series.

Happy Reading!

Lisa Childs

Lacombe, Lara, Enticed by the Operative

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Lacombe, Lara, Enticed by the Operative (Doctors in Danger, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2016).

Title:  Enticed by the Operative (Doctors in Danger, Book 1)

Author:  Lara Lacombe

Imprint:  Romantic Suspense

Issues:  Abduction; Drugs; Hostage

Blurb:

On a medical mission to South America, Dr. Olivia Sandoval hardly expects to be threatened by a drug cartel. To save lives, Olivia agrees to transport drugs for them. When DEA agent Logan Murray appears as her partner-in-crime and rescuer, Olivia’s relieved…and drawn to her knight in shining armor.

Logan jumps at the chance to guard a beautiful woman and bring down a drug ring. After all, neither he nor Olivia are looking for forever love—just justice. But one kiss changes that as they go on the run. When taken hostage in the jungle, they must not only defeat the enemy—but also escape with their lives!

Dear Reader,

I love to travel!  I’m lucky enough to have visited the rain forest twice-once in Central America, and once in South America.  Both times, I was awed by the magnitude of the forest, and by the sheer number and variety of plants, animals and insects, all of them fascinating and not nearly as interested in me as I was in them.

I really enjoyed revisiting the forest while writing this book.  Olivia and Logan got up close and personal with the jungle, which only makes their lives even more complicated.  I hope you enjoy reading about their adventures!  I know I’d love to hear from you-feel free to email me and tell me your favorite vacation spot!

All the best!

Lara Lacombe

Byrd, Rhyannon, Dark Wolf Rising

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Byrd, Rhyannon, Dark Wolf Rising (Bloodrunners, Book 4),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Dark Wolf Rising (Bloodrunners, Book 4)

Author:  Rhyannon Byrd

Imprint:  Nocturne

Issues:  Abduction; Emotional Abuse; Prejudice

Blurb:

Eric Drake, a powerful Dark Wolf, has never trusted himself around human females—preferring to mate only within his pack. That is, until he encounters Chelsea Smart snooping around Silvercrest pack land in search of her missing sister.

Secretly, Chelsea thinks Eric is the sexiest man she’s ever seen, though she is wary of his potent Alpha energy. Then it’s discovered that Chelsea’s sister is being held by a pack of vicious Lycans, and Eric heroically leaps into action. Now, Chelsea will risk everything—her body and soul—to surrender to the passion that will mark her as Eric’s woman for all eternity…if they survive.

Dear Reader,

The Bloodrunners series is one that’s been near and dear to my heart since I first wrote Last Wolf Standing back in 2007, and I’m so thrilled to finally be bringing you Eric Drake’s story.  I love his smart-ass sense of humor, his bad boy ways, and the undying sense of loyalty he has for the people he cares about.  But I never really understood how intriguing he was until I had to start playing around inside his head.  Thanks to his bloodline, Eric is one of the most powerful Lycans in the Silvercrest pack, and yet, in the wake of his father’s treachery, his entire world seems to be crumbling around him.  That’s when the feisty, all-too-human Chelsea Smart storms into huis life…knocking the gorgeous werewolf right on his sexy backside.  She’s the last kind of trouble he needs, and yet, Eric finds himself fighting a temptation greater than any he’s ever known.

Before I go, I just want to shout out masses of thanks for making the Bloodrunners a part of your lives.  I promise there are adventures to come!

Best wishes,

Rhy