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Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780062078513
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • As the black sheep second son of an Earl, Stephen Lyons has gained a reputation in the art of seduction, but when his wicked ways result in scandal, he joins the army to redeem himself. On the battlefield, he proves courageous . . . until he is seriously wounded. Returning home to recover, he discovers he can't remember the angelic beauty who arrives at his doorstep, his babe nestled in her arms. Mercy Dawson will risk everything to protect the son of the dashing soldier she once knew and admired. When Stephen offers to do the honorable thing, she is determined that London's most notorious gentleman will desire her and no other. But Mercy fears that what began as an innocent deception could destroy her dreams and their blossoming love if Stephen ever learns the scandalous truth . . . They are masters of seduction, London's greatest lovers. Living for pleasure, they will give their hearts to no one . . . until love takes them by surprise.

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    London's Greatest Lovers Collection
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9780062372598
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorraine Heath comes three tales of passion, pleasure, and love. Passions of a Wicked Earl—The first romantic adventure involving the titled and rakish sons of a scandalous Dowager Duchess and their tales of passion, pleasure, and love, Passions of a Wicked Earl concerns the innocent and unfairly disgraced young wife of the first brother and her brazen attempts to win back the dashing rogue's heart…by any means necessary. Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman—Victorian England is the setting for this captivating historical romance, as the rakish sons of a scandalous Dowager Duchess find passion, pleasure, and, ultimately, love. In Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman, the black sheep second son back from war is confronted by a beautiful angel of mercy with a baby in her arms. Waking Up With the Duke—Perfect for Lisa Kleypas and Liz Carlyle fans, Waking Up With the Duke transports readers back to Victorian England, where a dangerous passion is born when a handsome rogue nobleman is approached with a most unusual request…

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    Passions of a Wicked Earl
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780062018625
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Fiction
  • “Lorraine Heath’s books are always magic.” —Cathy Maxwell With Passions of a Wicked Earl, USA Today and New York Times bestseller Lorraine Heath kicks off a new series of delightfully sinful historical romance novels featuring “London’s Greatest Lovers.” The first romantic adventure involving the titled and rakish sons of a scandalous Dowager Duchess and their tales of passion, pleasure, and love, Passions of a Wicked Earl concerns the innocent and unfairly disgraced young wife of the first brother and her brazen attempts to win back the dashing rogue’s heart…by any means necessary!

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    Waking Up With the Duke
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780062094841
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Fiction
  • “Lorraine Heath’s books are always magic.” —Cathy Maxwell “She writes the most powerfully moving love stories in romance today.” —Jill Barnett “Heath steals your heart, then takes you on a journey that will leave you torn between tears and joy.” —Christina Dodd Meet London’s Greatest Lovers! New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath’s delights and enchants, moves and mesmerizes historical romance readers with Waking Up With the Duke, the third installment in her unforgettable series in which the rakish sons of a scandalous Dowager Duchess, discover passion, pleasure, and true love. Perfect for Lisa Kleypas and Liz Carlyle fans, Waking Up With the Duke transports readers back to Victorian England, where a dangerous passion is born when a handsome rogue nobleman is approached with a most unusual request…

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    Notorious Pleasures
  • Author : Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Publisher : Vision
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 0446574880
  • Reader Reviews : 20
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Their lives were perfect . . . Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . . Until they met each other. Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?

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    Promise Me Forever
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9780061750533
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • On the outside, Lauren Fairfield appears the very picture of cool, contained nobility and blueblood British sophistication. Inside, however, she longs for Tom, the charming rogue she loved—and lost. Now a sinfully handsome would-be gentleman has arrived in London—and Lauren nearly swoons when she realizes it is her Tom, grown to magnificent manhood. He has come to claim his lost title as Earl of Sachse . . .and to fulfill an oath once made by two young lovers beneath a long-ago moon, a scandalous promise no proper lady would dare honor. Lauren could never love a staid and stifling lord, and Tom's future is the aristocracy. So she will teach him their ways before she exits his life forever. But the wildness she adored still lives in Tom's heart—and he will not rest until he proves to the proud, resisting beauty that "forever" is a promise that must be kept . . .

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    The Princess and the Peer
  • Author : Tracy Anne Warren
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781101580202
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • From New York Times bestselling author Tracy Anne Warren comes the first novel in an enchanting historical romance trilogy about three princesses brought together by friendship and fate. This is Princess Emma’s story… When a royal summons from her brother arrives, Emma knows it’s time to embrace her duties as the princess of a small European kingdom, and marry the man her brother has chosen for her…a stranger she has never met. Instead she does what any self-respecting princess would do—she runs away. All she wants is one week in London. One week to experience everything life has to offer, before she is locked away in a loveless marriage forever... Former naval captain Nick Gregory has inherited a title he never wanted. As the new Earl of Lyndhurst, he chafes against his landlocked existence—until fate brings a mysterious young beauty across his path. Believing she’s an unemployed governess, Nick offers shelter and protection to the captivating girl, never guessing her true identity. Emma falls hard for Nick, but knowing they have no future, she flees once more—this time back to her royal responsibilities. But when she and Nick unexpectedly meet again, she learns that against all odds, he’s determined to make this princess his bride...

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    A Gentleman of Pleasure
  • Author : Brian John Busby
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Pages : 408
  • ISBN : 9780773538184
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • The first biography of Canada's most enigmatic literary figure, a self-described "great practitioner of deceit."

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    Her Highness and the Highlander
  • Author : Tracy Anne Warren
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781101606933
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The second novel in an enchanting historical romance trilogy about three princesses brought together by friendship and fate. This is Princess Mercedes’s story… While journeying home from Scotland, Princess Mercedes of Alden’s coach is set upon and her personal guard killed. Barely escaping with her life, she seeks help at a nearby inn. But with no money and looking little better than a beggar, the townsfolk think her claims of being a princess to be nothing more than a far-fetched tale. Utterly forsaken, Mercedes wonders what is to become of her. After years of soldiering, dispossessed Laird Daniel MacKinnon is finally coming home. At an inn he is confronted by a bedraggled young woman claiming to be of royal blood. Daniel doesn’t believe her wild tale, but when she asks for his protection, he agrees to serve as her bodyguard—in turn she promises to reward him handsomely once they reach London. But Mercedes is still being pursued by ruthless hunters whose motives remain unclear. As the danger increases, so does the desire she and Daniel feel for each other, until the two of them must face the greatest danger of all—falling in love.

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    A Moment of Passion
  • Author : Jess Michaels
  • Publisher : The Passionate Pen
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN : N.a
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • The second sensual book in The Ladies Book of Pleasures series by USA Today Bestselling Historical Romance Author Jess Michaels When Lady Jacinda unwraps a scandalous birthday gift, she's sure the anonymous giver is playing a cruel joke. The Ladies Book of Pleasures may be responsible for one gossiped-about marriage, but for a lady ruined by a rogue and shunned by society, Jacinda is doomed to a lonely, loveless future. Worse, as she pages through the volume of passionate promises, she is observed by the wicked and dangerous Duke of Carnthorn-and now he is stalking her as a possible willing victim of his shocking preferences. Jason, Earl of Northfield, is having none of it. Jacinda, keeper of his most painful secret, is a friend he will not abandon to a wolf like Carnthorn. As they embark on a pretend courtship-for her own protection, of course-their proper decorum in public melts into wicked passion in the bedroom. But even as real feelings begin to develop between them, Carnthorn is watching. He is not convinced. And he is determined to possess Jacinda, no matter whom he has to destroy... Length: Full-Length Novel Heat Level: Eyebrow raising This book is the second book in The Ladies Book of Pleasures series.

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    A Duke's Temptation
  • Author : Jillian Hunter
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781101444757
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • **This is a Read Pink edition. In October 2010, Penguin Group (USA) launched a new initiative in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This October, we are pleased to continue the program with a donation of $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation(r) and are presenting eight beloved titles in special Read Pink(tm) editions: The Perfect Poison, by Amanda Quick The Border Lord's Bride, by Bertrice Small With Every Breath, by Lynn Kurland Danger in a Red Dress, by Christina Dodd Early Dawn, by Catherine Anderson The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, by Lauren Willig A Duke's Temptation, by Jillian Hunter Tribute, by Nora Roberts The Duke of Gravenhurst, the notorious author of dark romances, is accused of corrupting the morals of the public. But among his most devoted fans is the well-born Lily Boscastle, who seeks employment as the duke's personal housekeeper. Only then does she discover scandalous secrets about the man that she never could have imagined.

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    The Leopard Prince
  • Author : Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Publisher : Forever
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 044619459X
  • Reader Reviews : 18
  • Genre : Fiction
  • THE ONE THING A LADY MUST NEVER DO... Wealthy Lady Georgina Maitland doesn't want a husband, though she could use a good steward to run her estates. One look at Harry Pye, and Georgina knows she's not just dealing with a servant, but a man. IS FALL IN LOVE... Harry has known many aristocrats - including one particular nobleman who is his sworn enemy. But Harry has never met a beautiful lady so independent, uninhibited, and eager to be in his arms. WITH HER SERVANT. Still, it's impossible to conduct a discreet liaison when poisoned sheep, murdered villagers, and an enraged magistrate have the county in an uproar. The locals blame Harry for everything. Soon it's all Georgina can do to keep her head above water and Harry's out of the noose...without missing another night of love.

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    Midnight Pleasures With a Scoundrel
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780061959745
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The wildest passion comes under the cover of night in Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel, the fourth installment in New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath’s thrilling Scoundrels of St. James romance series. Eleanor Watkins is on a quest to avenge her sister’s death, and no one can stop her—no one but the strong, compassionate, and utterly irresistible inspector James Swidler . . .

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    Unforgiven
  • Author : Mary Balogh
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9780698411845
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Fiction
  • New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh returns to Regency England in the second novel of her Horsemen Trilogy, a tale of unforgiven sins and unforgettable passion... Moira Hayes hadn’t seen Kenneth Woodfall in nearly eight years. Nor did she want to see this man who stirred such feelings of anger in her. After all, their families had been rivals since their great-grandfathers’ day. And he was the reason—though indirectly—for her own brother’s death. But Kenneth has returned from war and is home for good. And he isn’t willing to forget the past—a time he shared with his first and only love, Miss Moira Hayes. The moment he sees her again, he knows his future. Because Kenneth is more than willing to forgive. If only Moira can too...

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    A Pregnant Courtesan for the Rake
  • Author : Diane Gaston
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781488021831
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Claiming the courtesan's child… It's been more than three months, but Oliver Gregory still remembers the exquisite night he shared with a beautiful woman in Paris. Discovering her working at the discreet London gentlemen's club he owns comes as a shock…even more so when he realizes she's pregnant! Oliver knows the pain of being an outcast and will do all in his power to ensure his child is not born illegitimate. Cecilia will return to his bed…as his wife!

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    Fantasy for a Gentleman
  • Author : Caitlin Ricci
  • Publisher : Dreamspinner Press
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 9781634768702
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Can high-priced companion Corbin dismantle bounty hunter Emmanuel's emotional shield with smiles and soft kisses?

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    The Pleasures of Sin
  • Author : Jessica Trapp
  • Publisher : Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781420111330
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • She'll Give Her Heart To No One. . . Banished to her family's castle tower for refusing to marry, Lady Brenna spends her days indulging her secret passion for painting provocative works of art. If they are discovered, Brenna knows she will hang. But her life changes the day England's most notorious privateer James Vaughn, the Earl of Montgomery, arrives to claim Brenna's younger sister as his bride. Brenna knows her sister will be no match against such a man. To save her, Brenna dons the wedding veil and marries the brute herself. . . Except The Man Who Completely Arouses Her. . . Known as The Enforcer, James Montgomery has been charged with ridding the land of rebels disloyal to the king. He's not amused to learn he's been tricked into marrying the wrong sister. In retaliation, he decides to tempt his new wife until she begs to be taken to his bed. Yet, James soon finds that it is he who is enticed. But when a secret about Brenna is revealed, James discovers that all of his love may not be enough to save her. . .

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    When the Duke Was Wicked
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Pages : 346
  • ISBN : 9780373601370
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Fiction
  • They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways... Lady Grace Mabry's ample inheritance has made it impossible for her to tell whether a suitor is in love with her--or enamored of her riches. Who better to distinguish beau from blackguard than her notorious childhood friend, the Duke of Lovingdon? With no interest in marriage, Lovingdon has long lived only for pleasure. He sees little harm in helping Grace find a proper match. He simply has to teach the lovely innocent all the ploys a scoundrel uses to gain a woman's favor--by demonstrating his wicked ways. But as lessons lead to torrid passion and Grace becomes ensnared in another man's marriage plot, Lovingdon must wage a desperate gamble: Open his heart fully--or risk losing the woman he adores...

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    How to Master Your Marquis
  • Author : Juliana Gray
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781101613016
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Three intrepid princesses find themselves targets in a deadly plot against the crown—until their uncle devises a brilliant plan to keep them safe... Of all her sisters, Princess Stefanie is by far the least amenable to law and order, which is why she’s appalled to find herself masquerading as an unbearably drab clerk for the most honorable barrister in England. But her dull disguise turns out to have its privileges: namely, the opportunity to consort unchaperoned with her employer’s exceedingly handsome nephew, James Lambert, the Marquess of Hatherfield. Hatherfield quickly realizes that his uncle’s spirited new clerk is, in fact, a lovely young woman of daring habits. The outwardly impeccable marquis isn’t about to reveal her deception. After all, he’s hiding a dangerous secret of his own. But when one too many escapades with the madcap princess bring Hatherfield’s troubled past to light, it is only Stefanie’s sharp wits that stand between the marquis and utter disaster, and only Hatherfield’s daring that can save the princess from the shadowy agents bent on finding her.

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    To Pleasure a Duke
  • Author : Sara Bennett
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780062096135
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The Husband Hunter’s Club is back in session! To Pleasure a Duke is the third installment in author Sara Bennett’s delightful historical romance series set in England’s Victorian Era, where the girls at Miss Debenham’s Finishing School believe the only husband worth having is a husband they have hunted themselves. The intended husband the determined heroine of To Pleasure a Duke has chosen is a moody nobleman, not unlike Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, who has absolutely no intention of proposing—which leads to a delightful game of seduction undertaken by a most brazen and enterprising young lady.

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    A Bride Unveiled
  • Author : Jillian Hunter
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781101558478
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Violet Knowlton is betrothed to the sensible, if tedious, Sir Godfrey Maitland. When Godfrey escorts her to a fencing demonstration, she looks forward to the adventurous diversion, but everything changes when she realizes the swordsman displaying his skill-and dashing good looks- is none other than her childhood friend Kit. Soon the flames of their forbidden past ignite into a passion neither can refuse. Although Violet has been promised to another, Kit remains her first and only love. He vows he will possess her, no matter what stands in his way...

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    One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
  • Author : Sarah MacLean
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780062065391
  • Reader Reviews : 31
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Lady Philippa Marbury is . . . odd The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest—fourteen days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners. She needs . . . a Scoundrel She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants . . . but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of his willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.

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    One Winter with a Baron
  • Author : Christi Caldwell
  • Publisher : Christi Caldwell Ink
  • Pages : 309
  • ISBN : 9781944240240
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • One Winter with a Baron: Book 12 in the Heart of a Duke Series

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    Deck the Halls With Love
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : Avon Impulse
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN : 0062219340
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A Lost Lords of Pembrook Novella Christmas is a time for miracles … and second chances at love. In her dazzling first Season, Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to have it shattered when he proposed to another. And now that he's free to pursue her? It matters little, because she's on her way to the altar, heartbreak be damned. Chetwyn once set aside his dreams in favor of duty and honor. But as Christmas approaches, he is determined to put his own desires first and lure Lady Meredith back into his arms, where she's always belonged. First he steals a dance; then he steals a kiss. But when they find themselves alone in an abandoned castle during a snowstorm, reignited passion consumes them both. And Chetwyn will have one last chance to steal back Meredith's heart, once and for all.

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    Modernity At Large
  • Author : Arjun Appadurai
  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN : 145290006X
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Civilization, Modern
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    In Bed With the Devil
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780061983368
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Fiction
  • They call him the Devil Earl—a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything—even strike a bargain with the devil himself. Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy. Catherine can help Lucian gain everything he wants. But what she asks for in exchange will put their very lives in jeopardy. When danger closes in, Catherine discovers a man of immense passion and he discovers a woman of immeasurable courage. As secrets from his dark past are revealed, Lucian begins to question everything he knows to be true, including the yearnings of his own heart.

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    Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre, 2nd Edition
  • Author : Kristin Ramsdell
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Pages : 719
  • ISBN : 9781610692359
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • A comprehensive guide that defines the literature and the outlines the best-selling genre of all time: romance fiction. • A core collection list in chronological order • An exhaustive bibliographic listing of romance titles • Research materials and a brief history of the genre • Indexes organized by author, title, and subject

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    Dervish Dust
  • Author : Robyn L. Coburn
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9781640125001
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Dervish Dust is the authorized biography of "cool cat" actor James Coburn, covering his career, romances, friendships, and spirituality. Thoroughly researched with unparalleled access to Coburn's friends and family, the book's foundation is his own words in the form of letters, poetry, journals, interviews, and his previously unpublished memoirs, recorded in the months before his passing. Dervish Dust details the life of a Hollywood legend that spanned huge changes in the entertainment and filmmaking industry. Coburn grew up in Compton after his family moved from Nebraska to California during the Great Depression. His acting career began with guest character roles in popular TV series such as The Twilight Zone, Bonanza, and Rawhide. In the 1960s Coburn was cast in supporting roles in such great pictures as The Magnificent Seven, Charade, and The Great Escape, and he became a leading man with the hit Our Man Flint. In 1999 Coburn won an Academy Award for his performance in Affliction. Younger viewers will recognize him as the voice of Henry Waternoose, the cranky boss in Monsters, Inc., and as Thunder Jack in Snow Dogs. An individualist and deeply thoughtful actor, Coburn speaks candidly about acting, show business, people he liked, and people he didn't, with many behind-the-scenes stories from his work, including beloved classics, intellectually challenging pieces, and less well-known projects. His films helped dismantle the notorious Production Code and usher in today's ratings system. Known for drum circles, playing the gong, and participating in LSD research, Coburn was New Age before it had a name. He brought his motto, Go Bravely On, with him each time he arrived on the set in the final years of his life, when he did some of his best work, garnering the admiration of a whole new generation of fans.

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    Wolf Hall
  • Author : Hilary Mantel
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN : 9781429943284
  • Reader Reviews : 388
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king's freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph? In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.

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    120 Days of Sodom
  • Author : Marquis de Sade,General Press
  • Publisher : GENERAL PRESS
  • Pages : 684
  • ISBN : 9789354992742
  • Reader Reviews : 18
  • Genre : Fiction
  • First published in 1904, ‘120 Days of Sodom’ is a 1785 novel by Marquis de Sade, a French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer celebrated for his literary portrayals of a primarily imagined libertine sexuality. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues, and political tracts. It is the tale of four noble male libertines who choose to follow ultimate sexual gratification in the form of orgies. To this end, they seclude themselves in an isolated castle in the heart of the Black Forest for four months, along with a harem of 46 victims-most of whom are young male and female teenagers.

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    Potent Pleasures
  • Author : Eloisa James
  • Publisher : Island Books
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9780307569936
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Eloisa James breathes new life into one of the most popular fiction genres with her highly original debut novel Potent Pleasures, a charming, vividly peopled Regency romance. With an uncanny wit and an eye for the whimsical, she unravels a complex--and often hilarious--chain of events inadvertently set in motion by a young woman's first taste of forbidden pleasure. About to make her debut in London society, Charlotte Calverstill, beneath the lavish gowns and manners of a well-brought-up young lady, yearns for a taste of freedom. Pushing propriety aside, one evening she sneaks out with a friend to attend a masked ball, and there meets a devastatingly handsome stranger who relieves her--not against her wishes--of her virtue, then vanishes. Years later, when they meet again, the rogue does not remember Charlotte. But she certainly remembers him; she has since learned not only his identity, but also a titillating piece of gossip about him that is sure to set society abuzz. The intricate web that a now-wiser Charlotte weaves to exact her due ensures justice for some and great merriment for all. Taking the Regency historical to fresh new places, with artful smoothness and irrepressible humor, Eloisa James delivers a winsome tale of first love and life's unexpected surprises. BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Eloisa James's Paris in Love.

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    The Virginian
  • Author : Owen Wister
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9780486114491
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Set in the vast Wyoming territory, this masterpiece helped establish the code of the West and its stereotypical characters. The novel also features the first known "shootout" in American literature.

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    Pelham
  • Author : Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : UIUC:30112049752436
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  • Genre : Books
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    Surrender to the Devil
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780061891861
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A Devilish Duke on a Quest for Pleasure . . . Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own—safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed. To bed her but not wed her. That's what Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone, wants. But Frannie abhors arrogant aristocrats interested only in their own pleasure. So why then does the thought of an illicit tryst with the devilish duke leave her trembling with desire? Her willing body begs for release . . . and a wicked, wonderful surrender.

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    Guarding a Notorious Lady
  • Author : Olivia Parker
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780062005311
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Olivia Parker enchants with her third historical romance delight, Guarding a Notorious Lady. Romance superstar Julia Quinn calls this talented author’s work, “Utterly charming”—and Quinn’s devoted fans, as well as readers hooked on the lush and intoxicating novels of Victoria Alexander, will absolutely adore Parker’s blend of wry wit and delicious sensuality in this Regency battle of the sexes between a mischievously, scandalously stubborn English Lady and her dashing secret guardian.

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    A Rogue by Any Other Name
  • Author : Sarah MacLean
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9780062065384
  • Reader Reviews : 51
  • Genre : Fiction
  • What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets. . . A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury. A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to an unexplored world of pleasures. Bourne may be a prince of London's illicit underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . .even her heart.

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    Lord of Pleasure
  • Author : Erica Ridley
  • Publisher : WebMotion
  • Pages : 269
  • ISBN : 9781943794058
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In the Rogues to Riches historical romance series, Cinderella stories aren’t just for princesses… Sigh-worthy Regency rogues sweep strong-willed young ladies into whirlwind romance with rollicking adventure. Nondescript “good girl” Miss Camellia Grenville only ever opens her mouth when forced to sing at her family’s musicales. That is, until the night she infiltrates the ton’s most scandalous masquerade ball on behalf of her sister, and finds herself in the arms—and the bed—of the one man she’d sworn to hate. Irresistibly arrogant and unapologetically sensuous, infamous rake Lord Wainwright always gets his way. When he accepts a wager to turn his rakish image respectable in just forty days, he never anticipates falling for an anonymous masked lover...or that discovering her identity would destroy them both.

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    Between the Devil and Desire
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780061977596
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Fiction
  • London's most notorious rogue—decadent, depraved, forbidden The ladies of the ton won't stop whispering about deliciously wicked Jack Dodger—once a thieving street urchin, now the wealthy owner of London's most exclusive gentleman's club. There's no pleasure he hasn't enjoyed, no debauchery the handsome scoundrel won't provide for the lords who flock to his house of carnal intrigue. London's most virtuous lady—honorable, uncorrupted, and all too human Olivia, Duchess of Lovingdon, would never associate with such a rogue. So when Jack is named sole heir to the duke's personal possessions, the beautiful, well-bred lady is outraged. Now, Olivia is forced to share her beloved home with this despicable man. Caught between the devil and desire But Olivia's icy disdain is no match for Jack's dangerous charm. His touch awakens desire. His kiss demands surrender. She will struggle to bar Jack from her heart . . . but her body, coveting divine release, will not let her bar him from her bed.

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    Long Live Latin
  • Author : Nicola Gardini
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1781259402
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Books
  • Latin has given us so much, from Virgil's Aeneid to Ovid's Metamorphoses, from some of the world's most enduring stories to the words we use everyday. And yet we call it dead. Oxford academic Nicola Gardini argues the case for its vitality and value, offering a personal and passionate defence of its beauty and future. From ancient writers we can learn about such vital aspects of life as love, purpose, eloquence, beauty and loss. These lessons from the past can illuminate our present, and Gardini encourages us to dig to the roots of our own language to consider how Latin has influenced the ways in which we communicate, think and live today. A timely reminder that not everything needs to be 'leveraged', 'optimised' or 'efficient' - some things enrich our lives by simply being part of them.A formidable mix of history, memoir and criticism, this is a beautiful love letter to one language that ultimately celebrates the vital power of all literature.

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    Lord Perfect
  • Author : Loretta Chase
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN : 0425208885
  • Reader Reviews : 11
  • Genre : Fiction
  • IDEAL The heir to the Earl of Hargate, Benedict Carsington, Viscount Rathbourne, is the perfect aristocrat. Tall, dark, and handsome, he is known for his impeccable manners and good breeding. Benedict knows all the rules and has no trouble following them—until she enters his life. INFAMOUS Bathsheba Wingate belongs to the rotten branch of the DeLucey family: a notorious lot of liars, frauds, and swindlers. Small wonder her husband’s high-born family disowned him. Now widowed, she’s determined to give her daughter a stable life and a proper upbringing. Nothing and no one will disrupt Bathsheba’s plans—until he enters her life… SCANDALOUS Then Bathsheba’s hoyden daughter lures Benedict’s precocious nephew into a quest for a legendary treasure. To recover the would-be knights errant, Benedict and Bathsheba must embark on a rescue mission that puts them in dangerous, intimate proximity. It’s a situation virtually guaranteed to end in mayhem—even scandal!—if anyone else were involved. But Benedict is in perfect control of events. Perfect control, despite his mad desire to break all the rules. Perfect control. Really.