Looking for a holiday gift for those who love historical romance? Check out these featured books...
A Balancing Act by Ilona Fridl
Lenora LaRue, Bareback Rider Extraordinaire, is the star of her family's circus―until a cyclone hits. A main tent pole falls on her during the storm, and when her injuries require the loss of her leg, her family abandons her, believing she is of no further use to them.
John Mallory, the young surgeon who does the necessary operation, decides to help her readjust to the real world, against his father's advice. John takes her to his aunt's sanitarium in the resort city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, where the two of them undertake to teach Lenora how to live outside the harsh circus culture that has been her whole life. He sets up a practice in the town to be near her, positive that rehabilitation is possible.
As a woman doubly cursed by society as both a cripple and a former circus performer, Lenora is not so sure. She struggles to learn social skills...but can she learn what love is, too?
A Viscount's Heart for Christmas by Debra Elizabeth
An innocent young beauty, a seasoned spy and a mystery in the north that
rages out of control sending their worlds on a collision course no one could foresee.
Charles Bainbridge, Viscount Edgerton, is the regional spymaster and has
no time for a wife. His work for the Home Office is a top priority for him, that is, until he meets Lady Courtney Darkin, the sister of his best friend the
Duke of Wetherby. The last time he saw her, she was running wild, her
pigtails flying behind her at the duke’s country estate. She wasn’t a little girl
anymore and Edgerton felt like a thunder bolt had struck him when he first
laid eyes on her. But he wasn’t the only one with an eye on the young
Lady Courtney Darkin is excited to come to London in preparation for her
debut Season. There would be teas, musicals, dinners and
balls—everything she’s been dreaming about for years. The first time she
meets Lord Edgerton, however, her knees go weak. She’s smitten. No man
had a right to be so beautiful—like a marble statue come to life. Can
Courtney melt the tough exterior Lord Edgerton shows the world and open
his heart to love?
A Masked Earl by Kathleen Buckley
Eight years ago, Aurelia sparked a duel and refused both offers of marriage which
might have saved her reputation. Ruined, she is resigned to spinsterhood, knowing
she will have to leave her family’s home when her brother inherits. He has never
forgiven her for the humiliation of the scandal. When at the request of its solicitor,
she helps to determine the true heir to a neighboring estate, one of the claimants
presents a challenge to her mind—and heart.
The search for the late Earl of Barlyon’s surviving son rips away John Barlicorn’s
life in London’s underworld. If he ignores it, his mother and sister may be cast
upon the charity of the next heir, a distant relative. Returning to Barlyon, he faces a
rival claimant, the risk of being revealed as a criminal, and the fascinating Aurelia.
But how can he marry any lady, given his own discreditable past?
A Duke's Daughter Kathleen Buckley
Can a duke be thrown into debtor’s prison? If so, Emily, dependent on her cousin,
the heir to her father’s impoverished dukedom, wonders what will become of her?
With great reluctance, she agrees to marry a man willing to pay for an aristocratic
Rejected by the woman he loves, Ambrose Hawkins, shipper, importer, and former
pirate, settles for a female who can further his social ambitions. His marriage to
Emily is prospering, until a man who blames Hawkins for the failure of his own
courtship is murdered. Hawkins is the obvious suspect…
…and the obvious suspect usually hangs.
Another Waltz by Kathy Otten
After a magical waltz in a winter wonderland with the only man who has ever made her believe she is beautiful, Madeline Winthrop doesn’t think life could be anymore perfect-- until the night of the Christmas ball when she learns everything James Sullivan has told her is a lie.
Revenge against Madeline’s brother forces James to do what ever is necessary to get back what was stolen from him, even if he has to use Madeline to do it. But the one thing he doesn’t count on is the way she makes him feel.
Twelfth Night Promise by Alanna Lucas
Lord Kinsley has never let go of the hope that he will win back Lady Emma’s heart. But when the shocking news arrives that Emma is due to marry, Kinsley realizes it’s now or never. He must take action and ride north to Cragbourn where Emma is spending Christmas with his sister and claim her.
Emma’s dreading her forthcoming wedding but what choice does she have? Her cruel brother is threatening to leave her penniless unless she becomes the middle-aged Duke of Faringdon’s wife. Until Christmastide at Cragbourn offers her an unexpected last chance, and she discovers Kinsley standing right before her proving that her desire for him hasn’t dimmed one jot.
Bad weather forces Kinsley and Emma to be together for all the days of Christmas; too long for her to keep up her pretense of ignoring him, and long enough for him to discover why she cut him off six years ago. But as Twelfth Night—their final night—approaches, will the truth bring them together, or push them forever apart?
Mistletoe and Mayhem, A Regency Holiday Romance Anthology by Alina K. Field
There’s no Christmas like a Regency Christmas spent under mistletoe! New York Times Bestselling author Cheryl Bolen and friends invite you to discover true love in eleven deliciously steamy romances in this all-new holiday collection.
The Duke She Despised by Alina K. Field
Hiding her true identity, a young vicar’s widow takes a position as housekeeper in a remote Scottish castle at Christmas for a new duke who years ago sabotaged her chance for happiness.
She quickly falls for the duke’s charming but not very competent factor, not knowing that he’s hiding something also—he’s the duke she despised!
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The Marquess and the Midwife Alina K. Field
Uncovering a lie drives a new marquess back from a self-imposed exile at Christmas to find the only woman he’s ever loved. Finding her turns out to be easy, uncovering her stunning secrets, a bit harder. But winning her back will be the greatest challenge of all.
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The Wicked Sister by Virginia Barlow
With her stepfather’s sudden death, Lady Anastasia Covington goes from living a privileged lifestyle to selling vegetables in the village marketplace in the blink of an eye. Alone and at the mercy of her nefarious stepsister, she yearns for love and acceptance.
Disguised as a simple soldier, Prince Percival catches a dark-haired emerald-eyed beauty in his arms. He is bewitched. The more he sees her, the more intrigued he is by her contradictions. Forced to keep his identity a secret, he must somehow convince Lady Anastasia he is the right man for her.
But time is running out. Lady Anastasia’s mother is determined to find a proper suitor and see her wed –and someone wants her dead.
A Fallacious Seduction by Virginia Barlow
When the train US Marshal Reese Calhan is riding on explodes, he is one of two survivors. Trouble is, the other survivor is the woman who betrayed him years ago. A woman he thought was dead. This time he will not fall prey to her wiles. He'll see the vixen jailed for her crimes if it kills him.
Recovering from a recent jilting and now a train explosion, Shanna Johnston has no idea why the handsome stranger insists he knows her and calls her by another woman's name. His heated looks and knowing kisses spark a fire in her she cannot ignore--even as her own mysterious past is closing in.
For This Knight Only by Barbara Bettis
He’ll do anything for land, even marry her; she’ll do anything for her people, except marry him. If only either had a choice. It’s a marriage only love can save.
Sir Roark will do anything to gain land, even beguile an unwilling lady into marriage. He knows she’s much better off with a man to take control of her besieged castle, to say nothing of her desirable person. But it isn’t long before he discovers that although her eyes sparkle like sunlight on sea waves—her stubbornness alone could have defeated Saladin.
Lady Alyss is determined to hold her family’s castle, protect her people, and preserve her freedom— until her brother’s dying wish binds her to a stranger. Still, she’ll allow no rugged, over-confident, appealing knight to usurp her authority, even if she must wed him. Especially since he thinks a lady’s duties begin and end with directing servants. Alyss has a few surprises for her new all-too-tempting lord.
But when a common enemy threatens everything, Roark and Alyss face a startling revelation. Without love, neither land nor freedom matters.
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A Winter Knight by Barbara Bettis
He’s running from his past; she’s running from her future. But on a snowy winter night, they find each other and the surprising gift of love.
Sir Nicholas has given up on marriage. These days he’s content to captain his friend’s troops and avoid entanglements—until one winter night when he rescues a half-frozen woman from a snowstorm. Her irrepressible spirit and kindness to others reminds him that all ladies aren’t like his former intended, who wed his brother while Nick was on crusade. But he can’t open his heart to Lady Clare. She’s bound to another, and Nick won’t forfeit his honor. Even if she were free, he has nothing to offer but love, and this lady deserves everything.
Lady Clare’s dying grandfather has arranged her betrothal, but the arrival of the man she’s to wed sends her fleeing into a snowstorm. Injured when her horse stumbles, she’s rescued by a mysterious knight. She recovers at his run-down manor, safe at last—until her betrothed tracks her down just days before Christmas. Trapped at home with the wedding imminent, she longs for the winter knight she’s come to love.
Only a miracle can bring Clare and Nick together. But at Christmas, anything is possible.
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The Persistent Marquess by Susan Payne
One Marquess. One debutante. One waltz. And Miss Daisy Vincent's first season will never be the same. A less than stellar beginning to her first ball took a sudden and irrevocable change of direction once the handsome and popular Marquess of Ashton took notice of her. Ashton, prone not to interfere with the ton, certainly made a hash of things when he did. Trying to aid a naïve debutante has brought him into the limelight as every busy-body began betting on who his marchioness would be. And the one who most interested him wasn't even on the list.