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Never Kiss a Toad

Never Kiss a Toad

(A Victorian romance continuing family stories begun in the various Regency romance books of Mariana Gabrielle and Jude Knight.)

David "Toad" Northope is heir to the Duke of Wellbridge and a rogue in the mold of his infamous father. Despite his reputation, he knows Lady Sarah “Sal” Grenford, daughter of the once-profligate Duke of Haverford, will always hold his heart. But when the two teens are caught in bed together by their horrified parents, he is sent away to finish school on the Continent, and she is thrown into the depths of her first London Season.

Can two reformed rakes keep their children from making the same mistakes they did? The dukes decide keeping them apart will do the trick, so as the children reach their majority, Toad is put to work at sea, learning to manage his mother's shipping concern, and Sal is taken to the other side of the world, as far from him as possible. How will Toad and Sal’s love withstand long years of separation, not to mention nasty lies, vicious rumors, attractive other suitors, and well-meaning parents who threaten to destroy their future before it has begun?

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A Suitable Husband

A Suitable Husband

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As the Duchess of Haverford’s companion, Cedrica Grenford is not treated as a poor relation and is encouraged to mingle with Her Grace’s guests. Perhaps among the gentlemen gathered for the duchess’s house party, she will find a suitable husband? Marcel Fournier has only one ambition: to save enough from his fees serving as chef in the houses of the ton to become the proprietor of his own fine restaurant. An affair with the duchess’s dependent would be dangerous. Anything else is impossible. Isn’t it? More info →
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The Bluestocking and the Barbarian

The Bluestocking and the Barbarian

James must marry to please his grandfather, the duke, and to win social acceptance for himself and his father’s other foreign-born children. But only Lady Sophia Belvoir makes his heart sing, and to win her, he must invite himself to spend Christmas at the home of his father’s greatest enemy. Sophia keeps secret her tendre for James, Lord Elfingham. After all, the whole of Society knows he is pursuing the younger Belvoir sister, not the older one left on the shelf after two failed betrothals. More info →
Concealed in Shadow

Concealed in Shadow

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It is not until Prue disappears that David fully realises what she means to him. And finding her again may mean choosing between his country and his woman. More info →
Lord Danwood’s Dilemma

Lord Danwood’s Dilemma

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Series: Danwood's Daughters, Book 1
Genre: Historical romance
Inheriting from a distant cousin who had no sons, Anthony Simon Wentworth, the new Earl of Danwood, finds that his predecessor had a unique way of stacking the odds so that a grandson of his would one day be Earl. Tony has inherited the title and the entailed land, but no way to support it. To win the non-entailed property, he must wed and get with child one of the former Lord Danwood's eight daughters, some legitimate, some not. More info →
A Family Christmas

A Family Christmas

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Kirilee is on the run, in disguise, out of touch, and eating for two. Rural New Zealand has taken this Boston girl some getting used to, but her husband’s family and her new community have accepted her into their hearts. Just as well, since she’s facing Christmas and the birth of her baby without the man who wed her and sent her into hiding. What will he think when he comes home and discovers he’s a father? Trevor is heading home for Christmas, after three years undercover, investigating a global criminal organization. He hasn’t spoken to his sister and grandfather since the case began. He hasn’t spoken to Kirilee, his target’s sister, since the day nearly nine months ago he married her and helped her escape. Will she want to stay married? And if so, will he? In the heart of a storm, two people from different worlds question what divides and what unites them. A Family Christmas is a contemporary novella in the Authors of Main Street box set Christmas Babies on Main Street. More info →
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A Midwinter’s Tale

A Midwinter’s Tale

Verity Marchand is an orphan of time, separated from her parents by time travel and hiding out in a dystopian future where her family tavern is part of a Boston in the grip of an ice age. If the powers who rule the small community of survivors discover her existence, she’ll lose what little freedom she has. When Verity’s dreams lead her into a nightmare, she’ll need a miracle—or the family cat—to save her. More info →
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Forged in Fire

Forged in Fire

Burned in their youth, neither Tad nor Lottie expected to feel the fires of love. The years have soothed the pain, and each has built a comfortable, if not fully satisfying, life, on paths that intersect and then diverge again. But then the inferno of a volcanic eruption sears away the lies of the past and frees them to forge a future together. A novella in the 2017 holiday box set from the Bluestocking Belles More info →
God Help Ye, Merry Gentleman

God Help Ye, Merry Gentleman

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Lord Abersham and Lady Sarah are the best of friends and too young for affairs of the heart—but they are growing up fast. After nine months touring the Continent with his parents, Toad Abersham will soon be sent away to finish his education, and Sally Grenford has years to wait before she is old enough to be presented at Court and married to the man she’s loved since the cradle. Sally has only four weeks filled with mistletoe and holiday outings to convince Toad to see her as a woman, in her first long dress, impeded by the sudden distance he is placing between them. But she has never let Toad’s reticence stop her from dragging him into mischief before. Toad battles rising lustful feelings for his best friend, an innocent whom he would not hurt for the world. However, still captivated by his newly acquired skills as a rake-about-town, he is not remotely prepared to be married. But since he has never been able to say no to Sally, Toad is led to indiscretions he would never commit with another young lady. For her part, Sally is delighted Toad can be so easily led. More info →
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