Libby McIssac is known for two things: catching bridal bouquets (her record's an even dozen) and having a way with words. Since the former isn't really something that looks good on a résumé, it's helpful to have parlayed the latter into a new career as a political speechwriter.But just as she's making sure her boss looks as if she knows something about…well, anything, Libby's world is turned upside down.Enter a handsome British consultant–a bit on the cagey side, perhaps–who upsets the delicate chain of command around the office and somehow always gets what he wants. Including Libby?When a media leak of a big-time scandal sends everyone into a tailspin, Libby fears she may get caught in the cross fire. Cue the fake alliances, the secrets, the sex, the subterfuge, the hidden friendships: it's all there.Welcome to the world of politics, where perception is everything, nothing is as it seems and the last thing you want is to be left speechless.
Join New York Times bestselling author Brenda Joyce as she introduces readers to a passionate and romantic new series set in a dangerous time….Dominic Paget, the earl of Bedford, will do anything to resume spying upon Britain’s enemies. Badly wounded, he is put in the care of a beautiful gentlewoman, Julianne Greystone, only to discover that her sympathies lie with his enemies. Yet he can’t help but seduce the woman who saved his life—hoping she never learns of his betrayal. Julianne is captivated by the wounded stranger she believes is a revolutionary hero.Until she discovers the truth….her “hero” is the privileged earl of Bedford. Devastated and determined to forget him, Julianne travels to London. But when she finds herself in danger, it is Bedford who comes to the rescue. Now Julianne must navigate the intrigues of a perilous city, the wild yearnings of her own heart and the explosion of their passion…The Spymasters Men Danger. Deception. Desire. «Joyce's tale of the dangers and delights of passion fulfilled will enchant.» —Publishers Weekly on The Masquerade
Jake McPhersonNEEDED A BRIDE…He was a Civil War veteran, wounded in body and soul. And when his wife died unexpectedly, he retreated from life, craving only solitude and his happy memories. But his young son needed a mother's love and guidance–even if Jake wanted no woman himself. So who better to choose than the town's spinster schoolmarm?Alicia MerriweatherWANTED SO MUCH TO LOVE… She had come to warn Jake his son was running wild. But she stayed because beneath his gruff exterior she saw Jake's pain and loneliness. Having borne the brunt of ridicule all her life, tall, plain Alicia understood both all too well. But could Jake ever learn to share his home and his heart?
In the dark, someone watches… And waits.It started with black-and-white photographs found in a stolen car–photos of ex-dancer Allison Wescott with her father, walking to her car…even sitting alone in her room wearing nothing but her underwear. But who is watching her? Fearing a possible kidnapping, Allison's entrepreneur father immediately hires additional security–and a personal bodyguard for Allison.Thomas Kane is the best in the business. Hard as nails, Kane doesn't have much sympathy for wealthy princess types. Especially ones who don't follow his instructions. But even as he shows her the basics of self-defense and closely guards her activities, Kane learns that Allison isn't just some «princess»–and the chemistry between them is a distraction that could put Allison's life in jeopardy….
“Angela, be serious. You could not possibly marry one of the grooms. That’s absurd. ”Angela Stanhope had been sure marriage to Cam was her destiny. Until they were caught in a compromising position – and her only means to save Cam was to agree to an unpalatable marriage to the elderly Lord Dunstan. Fifteen years later, after amassing a small fortune of his own, Cam returns to England with but one ambition. He has the power to ruin the Stanhope family if they refuse his demand that the now-widowed Angela Stanhope be his wife.Then the mysterious “accidents” begin. Are the Stanhopes trying to remove him from their lives? Or is it someone from Cam’s past, desperate enough to kill to prevent him from uncovering a shocking lie?
It was a dream come true.Buying a run-down farm in a beautiful Vermont town is the start of a new life for Sophie Davis. She moves her mother and half sister out of the city, hoping it will help both women sort out their lives. And for Sophie, turning Stonegate Farm into a country inn is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. She doesn't even mind that the farm was the scene of a murder twenty years ago….When a stranger moves in next door, Sophie believes the peace she has built for herself and her family is being threatened. Because there's something different about John Smith. It's clear he's keeping secrets…and that he's come to Vermont, for a reason. And that reason has something to do with Sophie and Stonegate Farm.Now her dream is becoming a nightmare. Who is John Smith? Why does he make feel so out of control? And why is she beginning to suspect that this mysterious stranger will put in jeopardy everything she's dreamed of–maybe even her own life?
Unmarriageable, untamable, unforgettable, Lady Juliana Myfleet was the Ton's most notorious widow.With her reputation nearly in tatters, Juliana knew the one thing that would save her from ruin was the one thing she did not want–marriage! Martin Davencourt knew there was more to Juliana than gossip and scandal. But he was walking a fine line in saving his childhood friend from herself.If Juliana was not the sweet innocent he remembered, his liaison with a lady of dubious repute would cost him everything he held most dear. Still, Martin had paid the price for letting Juliana go once–and he'd willingly risk all before letting that happen again….
She came to take his company…but would she lose her heart instead?Meredith Ashe thought her heart was broken when Cy Harden's family ran her out of town as a scared teenager, penniless and pregnant. Now, stronger and wiser, she's back, but this time as the poised, powerful head of a multinational corporation–and she's planning a hostile takeover of Harden Properties.Cy doesn't know the secrets Meredith is hiding, and she has no intention of telling him. She plans to let him think she's the same shy girl he abandoned years ago..but she hasn't counted on the way her body still thrills to his touch. And when Meredith begins to fall for Cy all over again…even her carefully made plans can't protect her.
A mystery for anyone who has ever hated a friend's boyfriend…Rachel Benjamin and her friends aren't looking forward to Emma's wedding. The groom is a rat, and nobody can understand what Emma sees in him. So when he turns up dead on the morning of the ceremony, no one in the wedding party is all that upset. Not even Emma.Rachel, who had the good fortune to find Richard floating facedown in the pool, is feeling as if she's woken up in an Agatha Christie novel. It doesn't help that everyone around her seems to have a motive for murder. So, while the cops detain Emma's family and friends at her isolated Adirondacks compound for the weekend, Rachel, an investment banker by trade, makes like Miss Marple (minus the gray hair and sensible shoes) and does some digging of her own.Her investigation gets especially tricky when Peter Forrest, the too-good-to-be-true best man, turns out to be both her number-one love interest and her number-one suspect. And Rachel can't help remembering the solemn pact she and her friends made back in college – a promise to rescue each other from bad relationships, using any means required. Has someone taken the pact too far?
Rachel Benjamin's life might look glamorous, but she has worked into the early morning on more nights, cancelled more weekend plans and slept in more Holiday Inns in small industrial towns than she cares to count (standard practice in the business of mergers and acquisitions).And that picture of her on the recent cover of Fortune? It inspired a reprise of her grandmother's favorite lecture, the one titled «You don't want to be one of those career gals, do you?» (Other popular hits include «Have you met anyone nice?» and «I just want to go to your wedding before I die.»)But this week Rachel's job is taking her to Boston, where in between work obligations she plans to squeeze in quality time with her promising new boyfriend. They've just hit the six-month mark and things are going so well, Rachel's not even worried anymore that she'll jinx it.There are just a few little problems: Her friend's been attacked and a serial killer is on the loose–and the two might actually be related. Oh, and her promising new boyfriend? He seems to be squeezing in quality time with his new gazelle-like, model-material colleague…. Now Rachel's making like Miss Marple again, trying to track down her friend's assailant–not to mention get a clue about her relationship. When she stopped worrying about jinxing things, did she jinx everything?