Sophie Beckett never dreamed she''d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton''s famed masquerade ball--or that "Prince Charming" would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight. Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other--except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid''s garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in her beloved Regency-set series featuring the charming, powerful Bridgerton family-- Look for BRIDGERTON, coming soon to Netflix. In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince--while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable...but not too amiable. Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen. Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society--just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend''s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar. The plan works like a charm--at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London''s elite, there is only one certainty: Love ignores every rule...
Ten Things You Should Know About This Book 1. Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret. 2. Annabel Winslow's family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind and The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church. 3. Sebastian's uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything. 4. Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening. 5. Lord Newbury has decided that Annabel is the answer to all of his problems. 6. Annabel does not want to marry Lord Newbury, especially when she finds out he once romanced her grandmother. 7 is shocking, 8 is delicious, and 9 is downright wicked, all of which lead the way to 10. Happily. Ever. After.
When Clio Whitmore enlists prizefighter Rafe Brandon to help her get out of her eight-year engagement to his brother, Piers, Rafe tries to convince her to marry Piers, until he finds himself falling in love with her.
After three London seasons without finding a husband, Daisy Bowman is faced with her father's ultimatum about getting married--if she cannot snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man of her father's choice, the ruthless, aloof Matthew Swift. Original.
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, pretty, and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart. A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter . . . and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely. Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep--handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He''s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters . . . and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.
To save her family from financial ruin, Victoria Shelby must transform herself into the perfect society lady to win a wealthy husband, only to find herself embarking on a marriage to her childhood friend, David Thurlow, a onetime servant boy who has become a ruthless businessman and future earl whose family life is shrouded by scandal. Original.
Vowing never to marry, which will break the curse plaguing her family for two centuries, Lady Margaret Chattan, risking her very soul to save her brothers' lives, travels into the heart of the Highlands where she must battle her feelings for Laird Heath Mcnachtan. Original.
Eloisa James returns with another fabulous romance in her New York Times bestselling Desperate Duchesses series! As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him--so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn. Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia''s audacious proposal, but there''s one thing he won''t give his inconvenient wife: himself. Instead, he offers Mia a devil''s bargain . . . he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them. Which Mia will never do. Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart--and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can''t afford to lose.
Striving to make amends for his past, Thomas Glendower, who was miraculously spared from death, comes to the aid of the beautiful Rose and her children, who need his protection from an enemy who wants to destroy them all. Original.
Rookie vampire Leila's marriage to Vladthe most famous vampire of alltakes a turn for the deadly when an ancient nemesis of Vlad's rears his ugly head. Original. 350,000 first printing.
Sir Richard Kenworthy has married Iris Smythe-Smith for a secret reasonhe wants to pretend that she is pregnant so his 17-year-old unmarried, pregnant sister does not become a pariah once the baby is bornbut when he actually begins to have feelings for Iris, things get complicated. Original. 600,000 first printing.
USA Today Bestseller Sparks fly in the finale of the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place series, as the last wicked rogue meets his match. When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she''s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he--rich as Croesus--is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her. However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires...for a week in his bed. Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure--she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.
When his new neighbor, Louisa Tempest, storms into his home, determined to bring order to his chaotic household, the reclusive Viscount Wakefield, a.k.a. the Beast of Mayfair, finds himself unable to resist this meddling beauty who invades his daily life. Original. 150,000 first printing.
Avoiding matrimony at all costs, notorious upper-class rake Jonathan Redmond is caught unawares when he crosses paths with Thomasina de Ballesteros, a woman with a shocking pedigree and all-too-many secrets. Original.
When she encounters Lord Aidan McBride on a moonlit street, Fionna Hawkes, who knows nothing about seduction, is instantly drawn to him and longs to share a secret that could cost her livelihood and her life.
When her father promises her hand in marriage to Breccan Campbell, the "Beast of Aberfeldy" and laird of the valley's most despised clan, Lady Tara Davidson reluctantly gives her consent, but she is determined never to love him.
Tired of the responsibilities and prim and proper behavior that go with her titles, Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, risks her reputation to attend Lord Justinian Strange's dissolute fete in disguise, unaware that her host has discovered her masquerade and will do anything to entice her to remain with him forever.
Leopold Dautry, Duke of Villiers, urgently needs a noble wife, but although he becomes engaged to the lovely Eleanor, daughter of the Duke of Montague, he remains torn in his affections as he approaches the limits of propriety.
How did this happen? Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating. What should a down-on-her-luck actress do? Not go to Vegas . . . not run into her detestable former costar, dreamboat-from-hell Bramwell Shepard . . . and not get caught up in an ugly incident that leads to a calamitous elopement. Before she knows it, Georgie has a fake marriage, a fake husband, and maybe (or not) a fake sex life. It's a paparazzi free-for-all as two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright . . . and where the strongest emotions can wear startling disguises.
Beautiful, spirited Fleur Savagar is transformed from an innocent cover girl into a full-grown woman with the courage to confront betrayal, dark secrets, misfortune, and one man's obstinate and reluctant heart.
When impoverished Miss Kate Daltry meets Prince Gabriel at a ball, the prince is drawn to this spirited beauty despite being engaged to another, but their irresistible attraction is ill-fated until a kiss changes everything.
Tired of finding nothing but losers during her Internet dates, Lucy Rothschild finally finds the man of her dreams in Quinn, a man claiming to be a plumber but who is really an undercover cop hunting a serial killer.
He is reckless, bold, dangerous . . .
Men envy him, women desire him . . .
And one woman wants her revenge.
Claire Ashcroft has good reason to despise Viscount Grayson Sutherland. A wildly unpredictable man with a frightening reputation, Sutherland is responsible for a death that deeply pains her. She'd kill him if she could. Instead, she'll employ her feminine wiles to make him pay. And once he's deeply, irreversibly in love with her, she'll shatter his vulnerable heart.
Her scheme works perfectly . . . too perfectly.