Mrs. Bertrice Martin — a widow, some seventy-three years young — has kept her youthful-ish appearance with the most powerful of home remedies: daily doses of spite, regular baths in man-tears, and refusing to give so much as a single damn about her Terrible Nephew. Then proper, correct Miss Violetta Beauchamps, a sprightly young thing of nine and sixty, crashes into her life.
Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on her lines for The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event where viewers choose the outcome of each scene, but her concentration's been blown. The palatial estate housing the endeavor is now run by the rude (brilliant) critic who's consistently slammed her performances of late. James "Griff" Ford-Griffin has a penchant for sarcasm, a majestic nose and all the sensitivity of a sledgehammer. She can't take her eyes off him.
When sisters Muna and Sakti wake upon the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can't remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic. If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy.
Leaving his life as a noble hostage behind him, Gryff has fled from one danger to another, never safe, always longing for a forbidden return to his conquered Welsh homeland. Held captive by villainous men, his unlikely savior is the most beautiful woman he's ever seen — and the most deadly. Her silence is unnerving, her generosity unexpected, and her pointed warning that she will not be an object of lust is perfectly clear.
For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble.
Jude Fuller is proud of the life he's built on the banks of Cayuga Lake. He has a job he loves and good friends. It's safe. It's quiet. And it's damn lonely. Until he tries Ithaca's most-talked-about new lunch spot and works up the courage to flirt with the handsome owner. Soon he can't get enough — of Nesto's food or of Nesto.
Calinda met Ramirez when she was 20 and he was 22. She was the rising star of women's skating, and he was the superstar forward of men's hockey. Her parents and coach were against their relationship, and because Calinda wanted to prove that no hot guy would ever distract her from her dream, she chose skating over him — and also avoided him all together.
Ten years later, they meet again as gold medalists and prominent sports advocates, still single and undeniably attracted to each other.
Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: He's a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband's life a misery, and she'll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself ... as none other than West Ravenel.
Fixie Farr has always lived by her father's motto: "Family first." And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. Until a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment.
Lord Alexander Pyne-ffoulkes, the younger son of the Duke of Ilvar, holds a bitter grudge against his wealthy father. The Duke intends to give his Duchess a priceless diamond parure on their wedding anniversary — so Alec hires Jerry Crozier to steal it.
But Jerry is a dangerous man: controlling, remote, and devastating. He effortlessly teases out the lonely young nobleman's most secret desires, and soon he's got Alec in his bed — and the palm of his hand.
Jack's quest to find answers for those who are haunted by the past leads him deeper into the shadows. The more cases Jack solves, the closer he slips into the darkness. His only solace is Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist. After particularly grisly cases, Winter can lead Jack back to peace. But as long as bad guy Quinton Zane is alive, Jack will not be at peace for long.
Becoming a governess to escape her family, Abigail Linton encounters the man who betrayed her years earlier — the Duke of Rothwell — and discovers that a misunderstanding has kept them separated all these years but could bring them back together again.
Nashville songwriter Louie Francis is ready for another life and she's going to make it happen. Record company employee Heather King dreams of starting her own label. When they meet at the Bluebird Café, sparks fly. But Heather knows what being an out lesbian in Nashville would do to her career — and Louie isn't willing to be anything other than exactly who she is. Thrust together to work with country royalty, they must figure out how to be Music City dreamers without losing themselves and, ultimately, each other.
Broadway hotshot Nik Kovalenko is a confirmed bachelor.
Ballroom champion Jess Davenport is a bona fide Scrooge.
Last year, they shared a midnight kiss at a New Year's Eve party that made both of them believe — briefly — in the magic of the holiday season. The magic was cut short when Nik went on tour the next day, but he never stopped thinking about that kiss — or Jess.
When Lady Constance Stonewell accidentally ruins the Earl of Apthorp's entire future with her gossip column, she does what any honorable young lady must: offer her hand in marriage. Or, at the very least, stage a whirlwind fake engagement to repair his reputation. Never mind that it means spending a month with the dullest man in England. Or the fact that he disapproves of everything she holds dear.
By day Miles Franklin, named after the famous author, is a successful lawyer. But by night she writes historical romance novels under the pen name Emma Browning. When Miles's assistant covertly enters her boss's novel in one of Australia's biggest literary awards — and it wins — Miles's perfectly ordered world is torn apart.
After her carefully ordered world implodes, Paige Taylor cracks up. After her tenth self-help book, it seems like a good idea to reinvent herself — move from Manhattan to the tiny beachside town of St. Clair — and take over the local bookstore.
But instead of discovering her spiritual Nirvana, she's neck-deep in a floundering business, the locals treat her like a plague victim, and her mom's suddenly decided to visit — with no end in sight — and keeps coming home with one surprise after the next.
Added to that pot of crazy, the one guy who sets her pulse racing has sworn off women forever.
Isabel Redmond never anticipated that the echoes of a legendary love will reverberate through her own life. Or that answers she's long sought might be between the pages of Olivia Eversea's diary.
Until she goes in search of her roots ... and meets her tall, dark destiny under a famous pair of entwined trees.
Sir Philip Rookwood is the disgrace of the county. He's a rake and an atheist, and the rumours about his hellfire club, the Murder, can only be spoken in whispers. Guy Frisby and his sister Amanda live in rural seclusion after a family scandal. But when Amanda breaks her leg in a riding accident, she's forced to recuperate at Rookwood Hall, where Sir Philip is hosting the Murder. Guy rushes to protect her, but the Murder aren't what he expects. They're educated, fascinating people, and the notorious Sir Philip turns out to be charming, kind — and dangerously attractive.