The Beltane Choice by Nancy Jardine

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Banished from the nemeton, becoming a priestess is no longer the future for Nara, a princess of the Selgovae tribe. Now charged with choosing a suitable mate before Beltane, her plan is thwarted by Lorcan, an enemy Brigante prince, who captures her and takes her to his hill fort. Despite their tribes fighting each other, Nara feels drawn to her captor, but time runs out for her secret quest.
As armies of the Roman Empire march relentlessly northwards, Lorcan intends to use Nara as a marriage bargain, knowing all Celtic tribes must unite to be strong enough to repel imminent Roman attack. Nara’s father, Callan, agrees to a marriage alliance between Selgovae and Brigante, but has impossible stipulations. Lorcan is torn between loyalty to his tribe and growing love for Nara.
When danger and death arrive in the form of the mighty Roman forces, will Nara be able to choose her Beltane lover?
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Trouble by RJ Price

Like many young ladies, Aren has a secret. People would kill for her secret.

Attending court at the palace was a sure way to be discovered, but Aren learned tricks no one expected. Court life gave Aren the opportunity to leave her father’s estate and set off on her own, if only she could keep hidden long enough to come of age.

There were two men who might have seen through Aren’s tricks, if they looked close enough. Aren set out to avoid them from the moment she arrived at the palace. One, the mate of the queen, was easy to avoid.

The other was Av, a warrior and the master of the palace grounds. Av noticed Aren without realizing what he saw, dragging the young lady into his training group without asking her name.

How well Aren’s tricks work are proven when she takes ill, yet are her downfall at the same time. Av notices her absence, but cannot put a description or name to the hole in his life, only a feeling. The master goes in search for the woman he had never noticed, not understanding why he is drawn to her. Continue reading

Hostage to Passion by Cora Buhlert

En route from Spain to the New World, the ship carrying Doña Rosaria is attacked by English pirates under the command of Sir Nicholas Harcourt, the infamous Black Falcon. Rosaria fears the worst, when she is taken prisoner, but Sir Nicholas proves himself surprisingly courteous – until he places a noose around Rosaria’s neck and threatens to hang her, should her wealthy uncle fail to pay a ransom in exchange for Rosaria’s life and virtue.
Sir Nicholas Harcourt has a reputation of being the most merciless pirate to prowl the Spanish Main. But his beautiful prisoner Doña Rosaria both manages to touch his heart and stir the fire of passion in his chest. Nicholas is resolved to have her by any means. However, he has also sworn to hang her on the deck of his ship, should her notoriously stingy uncle refuse to pay the ransom.
Can Rosaria resist her growing attraction to a man she knows is a pirate and a heretic? And would Sir Nicholas really hang the woman who has captured his heart? Continue reading

Hanging Day by Cora Buhlert

London, 1751: It’s hanging day at Tyburn and nine condemned criminals, six men and three women, are about to meet their end on the infamous triple tree. Among the crowd come to see them hang is Jack Blackstone, better known as Blackjack the highwayman.

But Jack has not come to Tyburn on this day merely to gawk at the spectacle of a public execution. For among those to be hanged today is Eliza Colson, Jack’s beloved, sentenced to death for a crime she did not commit.

Jack is going to save her from the gallows… or die trying. Continue reading

Stolen Memories by Kristine McKinley

Anika’s life had finally fallen into place. She had a career she loved, an apartment that, while small, met her needs, and a best friend that was helping her find someone to spend the rest of her life with; or at the very least someone to have a good time with.

Zeke was only on Earth long enough to make repairs to some salvaged equipment and relax with the local natives. Just a few short weeks and then he and his shipmates were on their way back to their home world. Then he caught Anika’s scent and his wolf was gone.

Unable, and unwilling, to fight the instant attraction Zeke soon finds himself head over heels, but will the secret he’s keeping cause him to lose his mate? Meanwhile Anika has a secret of her own, as well as some lost memories that might end up having a huge impact on the couple’s future. Continue reading

The Angel And The Agent by Terri Berr

Andrew McTavish, an FBI Art Theft Division Agent, is working on a cold case, the theft of Degas’s The Chorus, stolen from the Cantini Museum in Marsielles, France, during the turn of the year in 2009-2010. He falls for one of the suspects, Rachel Brandt, a beautiful philanthropist who works as a volunteer at French Art Museum, also located in Washington, D.C. He learns quickly from his best friend, reporter Jack Thompson, that she can’t possibly be a suspect. As their romance builds, McTavish finds that the missing Degas is actually at the Brandt Estate in Annapolis, MD and Rachel may have something to do with the theft. The death of Rachel’s father brings the real thieves — one of which is Rachel’s former fiance’ — into town and the art itself is recovered. Rachel’s name is cleared once again and the mystery is solved. And our lovers, Rachel and Andrew? What becomes of them? You will have to read The Angel And The Agent to find out. Continue reading

Maybe They’ll Remember Me by Philip Newey

During and after the Second World War, Harold a young sailor in the British Merchant Navy serving on the Queen Mary, falls in love with the wild, impetuous Kate. But Kate’s dreams to become an actress and a singer, and her growing success, prevent her from making a life with Harold. So Harold meets and marries Maggie…

Fifty years later, Gregory, the middle-aged son of Harold and Maggie, hears the tumultuous story of his parents’ lives from the now elderly Kate, living in present day Switzerland. What he learns turns his life upside down.

This is a moving and confronting love story, set mainly against the background of wartime and postwar Britain. Who we are, who we choose to become; the decisions we make and their consequences. This is the stuff of life with which the story confronts the reader. Continue reading

El Carnicero by Cora Buhlert

Captain Jonathan Farnsworth of the Rifle Brigade, fighting under Wellington in Peninsular Wars, only wanted to meet with some of allies and spend a few stolen hours with Comandante Teresa, rebel leader and the woman he loved. But instead Jonathan stepped into a scene of pure horror, when he found the village burning and its people slaughtered.
His beloved Teresa was not among the dead. But, as Jonathan learned from the sole survivor, she had been captured by the Napoleon’s troops. Now Teresa was the prisoner of the notorious French colonel known only as El Carnicero, the butcher. And she was sentenced to be garrotted as a rebel… Continue reading

Charisse by Fay Lamb

Charisse Wellman’s husband has been gone a year, and she’s about to lose the only home her son, V.J., has ever known. She’s quit law school but the money just isn’t there. Her only option is to work as a law clerk for her ex-friend, Gideon Tabor. The only problem: Gideon is the judge who let her husband’s killer go free, and Gideon doesn’t know the connection.

Gideon Tabor can’t believe that the woman interviewing for the job is the girl he loved in high school. Charisse is hesitant about accepting his job offer, and when she does, Gideon makes every attempt to apologize for his relationship-ending blunder in high school. Charisse accepts his apology, but she keeps him at a distance. When Gideon learns that Charisse’s anger actually stems from his release of the man who ran down her husband, he tries to explain, but Charisse doesn’t want Gideon’s excuses or the love he has to offer. She wants her husband’s killer to pay. Continue reading