Posted Feb 13, 2015
Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner— so let’s talk about romance! Romance books, that is. Think conflict, mixed communication, and drama mixed with a centralized love and happy endings. Romance may not be for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you should judge a book, and in this case, a lady, by their cover. Try something amorous, fanciful, or steamy pulled straight from our shelves!
Born into poverty and growing up as a street orphan, Jessica Fox’s childhood started out rough until she was taken in by the Marquess of Belmore, an aristocratic benefactor. But Jessica’s guardian introduced her to just more than a world of prominence and fortune; she introduced Jessica to her son, Captain Matthew Seaton. Almost immediately, Jessica developed feelings for Matthew, but even after their marriage, he continues to doubt her love for him. Will Jessica be able to prove she is after more than just Matthew’s Belmore title? And will Captain Seaton get over his arrogance long enough to let Jessica in?
Recognized throughout the village for her ability to make a plan, Lady Mercy Danforthe plays the role of matchmaker for her family and friends. However, while she excels at organizing the love lives of others, she lacks in managing her own-- her marriage to Rafe Hartley lasted only three hours! This is what happens when a perfectly proper lady flirts with a reckless rogue. Now, Rafe seeks out Mercy’s help to help him find a new wife, or so he says. While his ulterior motive is to teach Mercy how to mind her own business, Rafe might just learn a lesson himself.
Temple, also known as the “Killer Duke,” lives as a social outcast in London despite his wealth and power as a casino owner. Twelve years prior, Temple was accused of killing his soon-to-be bride, Mara Lowe, on the eve of their wedding day. Although he has no recollection of that night, Temple lives with an all-consuming guilt until… Mara comes back. Mara planned to never return until her brother, Christopher, foolishly drowned himself in gambling debts. Now, Mara makes a deal- Temple will forgive Christopher’s debts as long as Mara agrees to reveal herself. But, is there more to that deal, especially in regards to unrequited love?
Despite how purposefully her parents have been pushing, Evie Windham has been doing her best to avoid marriage at all costs since her past indiscretions may come back to haunt her on her wedding night. Fortunate for her, Lucas Denning, the Marquis of Deene, finds himself in a similar position with a past he would like to keep hidden. Once the two realize this, Evie and Lucas put their heads together and make a deal to act as one another's decoy. While their scheme works as a short term fix, they cannot perpetuate the lie forever… unless they really are meant to be.