“We wait, we hide, and watch Earth burn across the stars…”
– From the lost pages of the ARK Diary
She’s one of the last free humans. On the run… And running out of time.
Laina Roberts has been on the run for ten years, a freeborn human hiding from the cyborgs of the Silver Legion who now controls what’s left of humanity. Moving secretly from planet to planet and space station to space station makes for a damn lonely life—and don’t even get her started on how long it’s been since she last had sex. Sometimes she thinks it might be worth turning herself in to the cyborgs just to end the loneliness. That is, until she’s caught!
Captured by a hot-as-hell Legion officer, the cyborg Ronan makes her think being probed by him might not be so bad. But becoming a cyborg’s slave—sex or otherwise—isn’t high on her to-do list. She doesn’t trust him and doesn’t understand his constant questions about Earth—especially those about her long-dead relatives. Ronan can just kiss her ass—oh yes, please—because she is not going to let her desires or his incredibly perfect body weaken her resolve. She now has a new mission, to convince the cyborgs and the rest of the galaxy that all Terrans, humans and synthetic humans like cyborgs, have the right to be free.
If only he didn’t make her feel like melting into his arms and never leaving. Being captured by a cyborg might not be so bad after all…More info →
This fabulous collection features eight sexy new tales of Regency era Christmastide romance bybeloved authors Tammy Andresen, Amy Rose Bennett, Heather Boyd, Dawn Brower,Amanda Mariel, Nina Mason, Christina McKnight, and Lauren Smith. Here are thenever-before-published novellas you'll find inside this amazing anthology:
Here's a list of thenever-before-published novellas in HOT WINTER NIGHTS:
Taming a ChristmasWallflower by Tammy Andresen
It started as a bet.Will Maddox simply needed to kiss the Duke's daughter, a bluestocking and a wallflower. But the more time he spends with Lady Amelia Chase, the more he realizes he wants so much more.
An Improper Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett
When Miss Lily Godwin has a chance encounter with the mischievous Lord Nash at a Yuletide houseparty, she is sorely tempted to throw all dictates of decorum out the window.After all, it's Christmas.
The Duke and I by Heather Boyd
The Duke of Stapleton abhors Christmas nonsense, but could a kiss exchanged under mistletoe with his daughter's shy companion alter his opinion of the season?
Secluded with My Hellion by Dawn Brower
In the midst of the blizzard, Gavin Barrington, the Earl of Havenwood, and Lady Odessa Lynwood must overcome the earl's worst fears and figure out if their love can conquer the challenges they must face.
Her Perfect Rogue by Amanda Mariel
When Julia Honeyfield is sent away to a brothel, she runs away...only to find herself in the Duke of Selkirk's arms. Dare she trust him to protect her?
The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Nina Mason
Rollo Gillingham has only twelve nights to win back Penelope Pembroke, the woman he left with his promise to return ten years before. Come Christmas Day, which will she choose--the man she loves or the man her parents want her to marry?
Bedded Under a Christmastide Moon by Christina McKnight
Brigham Clarke,Viscount Whitmore, has endlessly championed those less fortunate than himself by introducing social reform bills in London...all while his wife, Melloria,remains alone in Hertfordshire. When Brigham arrives for the Christmastide holiday, Melloria has only one thing on her mind--the seduction of her husband!
The Rogue's Seductionby Lauren Smith
London's favorite lady seeks the help and protection of London's most wicked devil to escape one marriage, only to fall into another.
She's a servant masquerading as a lady...
Gillian Beaumont never had a fairytale life: the illegitimate daughter of an earl, she was left penniless after her father’s death, forcing her into service as a lady’s maid. Luckily, her mistress is more adventurous than most ladies and soon Gillian is aiding her espionage. One such spy mission forces Gillian to masquerade as a high-born lady to infiltrate a Hellfire Club. But when she falls into the club’s trap, she’s rescued by gentleman rogue, the Earl of Pembroke. His heated kisses make her long for a different life, but she has a secret that could destroy everything…
He's a gentleman on the outside, but a rogue on the inside...
James Fordyce, Earl of Pembroke, tries to be a well-behaved man—for the most part. A member of the Wicked Earls’ Club, he has his fair share of notoriety, but he’s longing for the day when he might settle down. A chance encounter with a mysterious beauty leaves him feeling full of hope. When she vanishes without a trace and danger seems to be following her, he knows he must find her and rescue the woman he is determined to make the future Countess of Pembroke. Tracking her down to the seedy halls of a Hellfire Club, he knows he’ll have to fight against all odds to save her before it’s too late…
Warning: This book contains a woman dreaming of a life she can never have, a hero who’s convinced he’ll never find the one woman destined to be his and a love so powerful nothing can stop it.
Steamy and adventurous, fans of Julia Quinn and Johanna Lindsey won’t want to miss out on this upstairs/downstairs romance!More info →
Joanna Lennox is a fine bred English lady. She's pretty, intelligent, witty and...on the shelf. With an influential baron as her brother and a hefty dowry, she should have gentleman lining up at her door but instead she seems doomed to become a spinster. Then one night a handsome highland lord steals a kiss from her in a library which stirs her deepest desires. Desperate for a life and a love of her own, she turns to the darkly handsome, brooding, Scottish lord who lights a fire within her with his touch. But will his secrets and enemies tear them apart?
Brock Kincade knows better than to go around kissing English ladies in dark libraries. Especially when a lady is the little sister of the man who will shortly be his brother-in-law. But Joanna is pure temptation, and he's been denied that innocent affection for far too long. He doesn’t believe in love, but he believes in lust, and after that single kiss, he knows he wants her as his wife. He might not love her, but he'll care for her and fuel the passionate fire between them with pleasure. There’s just one problem: He’ll have to steal her away from her overprotective brother and his devilish band of friends, the League of Rogues.
It's a race to Greta Green for a hasty anvil marriage that will change their lives forever...More info →
SOCIETY CALLS HIM THE DEVIL OF LONDON…
Lord Vaughn, Viscount Darlington, has a dark reputation for sinful pleasures, putting off even the most ardent mamas who crave his title for their unmarried daughters They say he’s dangerous enough to ruin a woman with just one look…But he can’t resist the pleas of a woman who needs his help. This rogue might yet be redeemed.
SHE’S THE DARLING OF THE TON…
All of London adores Perdita Darby. She receives invites to every party and has eligible gentlemen willing to wait for her, but she has no desire to marry. When she discovers a cruel man wishes to entrap her into a marriage that could spell her doom, she has nowhere left to turn. She makes a bargain with the devil of London, hoping to save herself. But the cost of their false engagement may put them both in danger…More info →
Helen Banks morirà presto. Quando suo fratello gemello perde al gioco la loro fortuna, lei deve salvargli la vita e prendere il suo posto in un duello per soddisfare l'onore di un uomo che lui non può ripagare. Travestita da suo fratello, Helen affronta l'uomo che da tempo ammira da lontano: un vedovo con un passato oscuro e occhi che la bruciano fin nell'anima.
Da quando Gareth Fairfax ha perso la moglie, l'oscurità nel suo cuore continua a crescere. Abituato ad aggredire chiunque gli si opponga, Gareth rimane sbalordito quando scopre di avere una splendida giovane dall'altro capo della sua pistola da duello. Dopo aver scoperto l'inganno di Helen, le offre una scelta: diventare la sua amante o perdere il fratello.
Il diabolico patto si tramuta in una seduzione lenta, dolce, inebriante. A ogni ora che passa, Helen scopre qualcosa di più sulla sofferenza segreta di Gareth, ma non riesce a fare a meno di innamorarsi dell'uomo che l'ha rovinata. Con Helen tra le braccia, Gareth si chiede se la salvezza, per lui, sia ancora possibile. Tutto ciò che serve è un abbraccio appassionato, un bacio dal profondo dell'anima e una notte di abbandono selvaggio.More info →
‘Tis the season…for revenge.
Eleven years ago during Christmas, Martin Banks’ family was thrown into the streets by wealthy landlord, Edwin Hartwell. Now this holiday season, Fate has handed Martin an unexpected gift. Vengeance. Defeating Hartwell at cards gives Martin the chance to financially ruin the man—but damn, instead of money, Hartwell offers his daughter as payment. And double damn, Martin stupidly accepts. How did retribution turn into seduction? Martin refuses to let himself fall in love, so there must be rules to this game.
And perhaps a bit of romance.
Desperate to save her father from ruin, Livvy Hartwell agrees to accompany Martin as his paramour. She long ago accepted that a penniless bluestocking like herself had no chance for a well-suited marriage. If a few passionate months with a man like Martin is all she’ll ever have as far as romance, it’s an opportunity she will take. But she must guard her heart. He might be handsome as the devil and tempting as sin, but she can’t be a typical mistress and doesn’t want Martin to call her such. In fact, she has a list of rules.
~ Adventures outdoors such as horseback riding would be appreciated.
~ Evening meals should be eaten together to converse about the day’s events.
~ Allotted time alone to read gothic novels.
~ Kissing should be kept at a minimum.
~ Adventures are required—particularly indoors—and will be greatly appreciated.
~ Evening meals will sometimes be eaten in the bedroom, naked.
~ Allotted time together to act out the sensual gothic novels.
~ Kissing—a lot of it and in some very pleasurable spots — is required.More info →
HE’S A WILD ROGUE WITH A GUARDED HEART.
Notorious rogue, Lawrence Russell has no desire to marry—or heaven forbid, fall in love. Although he enjoys his fair share of pleasure, Lawrence prefers to protect his heart. Yet, when he comes to the rescue of a brave and passionate Persian princess, he discovers his heart may be at risk from the very thing he’s always feared…
SHE’S A PRINCESS WITH A DANGEROUS SECRET.
Zehra Darzi’s life has been turned on its head. When she flees her home after her parents’ brutal murder, she is kidnapped and transported to England. There, she awaits her doom—being auctioned off for a brothel. But fate intervenes in the form of a heroic man, who purchases her freedom. As Zehra adjusts to life in England, she can’t help but fall for her rescuer, Lawrence. But when an enemy from her past resurfaces in London, she knows it’s only a matter of time before her darkest secret is brought to light.
And this secret just might cost Lawrence his life…More info →
LUI HA FATTO UNA SCOMMESSA PERICOLOSA
Ambrose Worthing non è un gentiluomo. È un libertino dal cuore di ghiaccio, deciso a rimanere scapolo per sempre. Ma quando apprende di una scommessa per sedurre una donna innocente e rovinarla pubblicamente, si rende conto di dover intervenire. Accettata la scommessa, Ambrose si impegna a sedurre la figlia di un caro amico di suo padre, il conte di Rockford. Non si aspetta che la signora in questione sia una creatura splendida e fiera che lo spingerà a mettere in discussione il suo punto di vista riguardo al celibato.
LEI AVEVA GIURATO DI NON INNAMORARSI MAI PIÙ
Lady Alexandra Rockford capisce che Ambrose porta guai quando lui la incontra per caso in giardino durante un ballo in campagna. Il sorriso dell’uomo, il suo tocco, il suo bacio proibito sono una tentazione troppo grande; ma stare con lui rovinerebbe la sua reputazione. E poi, Alex ha giurato di rinunciare agli uomini e all’amore dopo che il suo amato d’infanzia le ha spezzato il cuore e ha sposato un’altra donna per denaro. Ma Ambrose ha qualcosa che le fa venire voglia di rischiare di nuovo l’amore. Quando Alex scopre che Ambrose vuole sedurla per vincere una scommessa, la notizia minaccia di distruggerla: sembra che i suoi sogni verranno di nuovo infranti. Riuscirà Ambrose a dimostrare di essere in grado di conquistare e conservare il suo cuore?More info →
She was destined to save his heart of stone...
Bookish museum curator Rebecca Clark has given up on dating. Real life men aren’t nearly as perfect as the men in the paintings and statues she sees every day at her job. But one night she whispers a prayer to the universe to send her the perfect man. She had no idea a goddess is listening…
Devon Blake was Regency London’s most wicked lover but when he sleeps with the wrong woman and leaves her unsatisfied, he finds himself cursed by none other than the Goddess of love herself. After living two centuries trapped as a marble statue, Aphrodite gives Devon one chance to redeem himself or he’ll face an eternity of made of stone. He must prove he can satisfy a woman’s every desire without satisfying his own.
When Rebecca discovers a naked man in her art gallery instead of a priceless statue at midnight she has no idea he’s the answer to her prayers. Aphrodite has sent Devon to be Rebecca’s perfect man. Can Devon earn Rebecca’s love and trust by proving his selflessness or will it be too late?More info →