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A Night of No Return
by Sarah Morgan Details
Wild parties, wanton women, relentless work--nothing helps tycoon Lucas Jackson escape his dark and haunting past. Arriving at his rural castle in a snarling snowstorm, he craves only complete isolation. But it seems oblivion can take an unexpected and highly intoxicating form!
A Rogue By Any Other Name
by Sarah MacLean Details
A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London's most exclusive gaming hall, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance--including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury. A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to an unexplored world of pleasures.
Against the Tide
by Elizabeth Camden Details
Lydia Pallas, a translator for the U.S. Navy, is hired by Alexander Banebridge, a man who equally attracts and aggravates her, to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents. Soon, however, she finds herself in the middle of a secret war against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast.
Shadow's Claim
by Kresley Cole Details
As prince of Dacia's royal vampires, Trehan Daciano is a master assassin who desires nothing more than a sword in his hand--until he spies the beautiful sorceress Bettina. He enters a tournament to the death to win her hand, but Trehan doesn't realize that her heart already belongs to another.
The Haunting of Maddy Clare
by Simone St. James Details
In 1920s England, a young woman of limited means and even less experience confronts the ghost of a mysterious serving maid. Sarah Piper's lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis--rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts--has been summoned to investigate the spirit of the 19-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is said to haunt the barn where she committed suicide.
The Way Back Home
by Barbara Freethy Details
Ex-Marine Gabe Ryder has lost a lot in his life. His mother died when he was a toddler. His father succumbed to alcoholism. And a week before their last day of service, a horrific firefight took the life of his best friend and brother-in-arms, Rob Hayden. Now Gabe must fulfill his friend's dying wish by helping Rob's twin sister, Alicia. Alicia has been reeling since her brother's death. She's lost a part of herself that she isn't sure she can get back. On top of that, her 8-year-old son is longing for a father, who she thinks she's found in her boyfriend Keith. When Gabe arrives--moving into Rob's California house, helping with the family's river rafting business, and looking into her love life--Alicia is resentful. But when Alicia's son and his best friend run away, Alicia and Gabe realize they must face their deepest fears and work together to bring them back, before the river rises.
Updated 09/12/2014
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