Author: Barbara McMahon
Arabella, Countess of Waverly, was banished to the North of England four years ago by her irate husband.
Falsely accused of scandalous behavior, she had no recourse but to acquiesce to his harsh decree. Now she's come into an inheritance which will enable her to return to London.
Justin, Earl of Waverly was reported killed by Napoleon's troops in Spain.
When he returns home unexpectedly on the eve of Arabella's return to London, the sparks fly. Scandal is one thing Justin refuses to allow taint his name. But his control over his wife has lessened in the intervening years and she is now capable of setting up her own home in London. Which would feed the gossip he is trying to avoid.
They strike an agreement. He will lend his countenance if she will agree to behave with propriety and assist in launching his younger sister to the ton. Justin vows he will watch her every move. Arabella agrees, determined to find a way to clear her in her husband's eyes and prove once and for all she was innocent of the scandalous behavior he believes of her.
Quick Note: Hero also has a noticeable limp.
Author: Barbara Metzger
Title: Snowdrops and Scandalbroth
JUST WHAT MUST A GENTLEMAN DO TO PROVE HE 'S A NOTORIOUS RAKE?
Stranded in London at the mercy of strangers, Miss Kathlyn Partland was mistrustful of Lord Chase's sympathy, surprised by his hospitality... and positively shocked by his outrageous offer: He wished to pay her to appear with him in public!
It seemed His Lordship wanted to counter the virtuous reputation that had branded him an oddity in the ladies' eyes. But Chase assured Miss Partland that it would just be a ruse, for he strongly believed that if a bride was expected to enter marriage with her honor intact, so should the groom.
.Miss Partland needed the money; he needed a mistress. Several strolls on his arm would be enough to establish his character as a roguish connoisseur and complete rake. But, of course, love had a scheme of its own ....
Quick Note: Hero also has a limp.
Author: Betina Krahn
Title: The Book of the Seven Delights
Abigail Merchant is determined to prove her worth as a librarian to the stodgy old men running the British Museum.
When she uncovers the journals of an eccentric scholar in the museum basement, she sees the opportunity to earn the curators' respect and vows to complete the old boy's search for the remnants of the Great Library of Alexandria...even if she has to go all the way to Timbuktu to do it.
Drawing on her inheritance, Abigail travels on her own to Casablanca, where her quest becomes entangled with the fate of a handsome ex-legionnaire with a murky past and a questionable future. Arrogant, brash Apollo Smith hardly inspires trust, but he certainly inspires unladylike thoughts. Together they discover the remnants of the great library--including a scroll that will change both their lives, The Book of the Seven Delights. But a host of vengeful legionnaires and greedy bandits is soon on their trail, threatening to steal their priceless archaeological find... and put an end to the sensual delights they have just begun to discover...
Author: Brenda Joyce
Title: The Stolen Bride
Series: De Warenne Dynasty Book VIII
Betrothed to a man of honor, her heart belongs to a traitor...
Sean O'Neill was once everything to Eleanor de Warenne--but since he disappeared from his ancestral home, there has been no word, and even Eleanor has abandoned hope, promising her hand to another. Then, just days before her wedding, Sean reappears...but the boy who was once her protector is now a stranger, hardened by prison and on the run.
Weary and haunted, Sean is shocked to find that little Elle has become the beautiful, desirable Eleanor. Though he refuses to endanger her by pressing his claim, his resolve to stay away is sorely tested by the determination of a woman who will not be forsaken again. And when, in a moment's passion, Sean steals another man's bride, it is Eleanor who has the power to steal his heart...