Nine years ago Richard Allen fled England when his avaricious father, the Earl of Manford, betrothed him to Julia Miller, the young daughter of London’s wealthiest merchant. Having seen how his father’s ambition ruined his older brother’s prospects for happiness with an arranged marriage, free-spirited Richard takes to the sea determined to live his own life. In the Caribbean, he joins a band of treasure-hunting pirates and adopts the persona of a Frenchman named Jean Paul. When he dares to slip back into England to carry out an urgent task for his captain, Richard falls in love with a married woman, Georgina Malory. Despite Georgina’s indifference to him and her husband James Malory’s threats to harm him, Richard is smitten. His next attempt to woo Georgina at a masked ball turns out to be a terrible mistake because it brings him face to face with another beautiful woman.
Grown-up and sophisticated, Julia Miller, a friend of Georgina’s, is charmed by the masked Frenchman Jean Paul until she discovers he’s really her detested fiancé! Julia has hired solicitors to have Richard declared dead so she can free herself from their betrothal and move on with her life. But when the Earl of Manford learns his son has returned and can fulfill the marriage contract, he sets in motion a chain of events that places Julia on the high seas with her fiancé who is not merely an irresponsible nobleman but a seductive, adventure-loving pirate!
#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey’s “mastery of historical romance” (Entertainment Weekly) takes center stage in her eagerly anticipated new novel of the aristocratic Malory family — a passionate, witty, and high-spirited tale that provides startling new information about a prominent member of the family.
After her mother died, vivacious Katey Tyler fled her dull Connecticut town, hoping to meet her relatives in England and find adventure and romance on a grand tour of Europe. She had no idea that her life-changing travels would have both in spades — as well as danger and intrigue — when she catches the eye of ship owner Boyd Anderson and inadvertently stumbles upon a high-stakes kidnapping.
When Sir Anthony Malory’s young daughter is abducted from London’s Hyde Park, her kidnapper mistakenly sends the ransom note to the home of Sir Anthony’s brother, James. With James and his wife, Georgina, in the Caribbean, the demands are received by their houseguest — Georgina’s youngest brother, Boyd Anderson. Searching for the girl with Anthony, the notoriously hot-headed American sea captain fully intends to make the foolhardy villain pay. But he hardly expects to find exquisite Katey Tyler, recently a passenger on his ship, at the center of the plot!
Little does Katey realize that in having caught the attention of Boyd Anderson — and in meeting up with the Malorys — she’s about to experience more excitement than the typical young lady encounters on a grand tour, and her life will never be dull again. A multitude of surprises await Katey, from the startling truth about her mother’s early life to the lengths a man will go to win the affections of a lady who has every reason to despise him — but who can’t resist the seductive, impassioned love he has to offer her.
With the delightful humor, lovable characters, and tempestuous passions that have placed Johanna Lindsey’s eight previous Malory novels among the best-loved and most widely read romantic novels of our time, No Choice But Seduction sweeps readers away on an irresistible adventure that is as bold and charming as the heroine at its heart.
Devastated by her mother’s death, eighteen-year-old Gabrielle Brooks sets sail from England to a Caribbean island in search of her estranged father. But instead of encountering a distinguished merchant ship’s captain, she discovers her father has become a pirate! After spending three wonderful years sailing and treasure hunting with him, Gabrielle is dismayed when her father decides she must return to London to find a proper husband. His old friend James Malory will sponsor her in polite society.
In London, Gabrielle is escorted to balls and parties by James Malory’s wife, Georgina, and her brother, Drew Anderson, a dashing American sea captain who is visiting. Though drawn to Gabrielle’s fiery beauty, Drew, a fun-loving rogue, wants nothing to do with a young woman hunting for a husband. Incensed by Drew’s indifference, Gabrielle is determined to win his attentions. But when Drew embroils her in a scandal the night before he’s to sail back to America, Gabrielle vows revenge. Enlisting the help of her father’s pirate cronies, Gabrielle commandeers Drew’s ship and takes him prisoner. But as passion runs high on their sea voyage, it becomes difficult to tell who is truly the captor and who is the captive.
When Danny, a young woman who grew up on the streets of London with no memory of her real family, is banished from her gang because she helped handsome rakehell Jeremy Malory steal back the jewels his friend lost in a card game, Danny demands that Jeremy give her a job. She is determined to become respectable in order to fulfill her dream of marrying and starting a family. Intrigued by her beauty and spunk, Jeremy hires Danny as his upstairs maid, although he wants her as his mistress.
Under the tutelage of Jeremy and his cousin Regina, Danny blossoms into a lady. Although she is drawn to Jeremy by passionate feelings she has never experienced before, she refuses to be anything more than a servant to him because she knows he is not the marrying kind. When Danny undergoes a Cinderella-like transformation and poses as Jeremy’s new love in an attempt to help him avert a scandal, a few highly placed members of the ton remark on how familiar Danny looks. Now tongues are wagging, raising the question of her true identity, which threatens not only Danny’s chances of capturing Jeremy’s heart but her very life.
As the entire Malory family gathers at Haverston to celebrate the season, a mysterious present arrives anonymously. The gift is an old journal – a tender and tempestuous account of the love affair between the second Marquis, Christopher Malory, and a dark gypsy beauty named Anastasia, who seeks a love match with a non-gypsy in order to save herself from a prearranged marriage to a brute.
Though the dashing English lord Anastasia sets her sight upon burns for the exquisite, exotic miss, Christopher could never consent to wed such a lowborn lady. But miracles have been known to happen in this season of peace and giving and love, as two extraordinary people seperated by cicumstance of birth begin a passionate dance of will and wiles. And in the miraculous blossoming of a glorious romance at a long ago Christmastime, there are wise and well-learned lessons that will enrich the hearts of the Malory descendants – and, indeed, of everyone who has ever dreamed.
Left penniless after her parents’ deaths, Kelsey Langton must now take responsiblity for the well being of her younger sister, Jean. But when circumstance and human frailty conspire to leave them homeless as well, Kelsey is forced to resort to drastic measures.
Only by allowing herself to be sold at auction can she rescue her sister’s future and so Kelsey enters the infamous House of Eros, resigned to becoming the plaything of some well heeled gentleman.
Lord Derek Malory is the highest bidder for Kelsey’s charms a dashing rakehell from a family of charming London rogues who draws the sensuous dark haired maiden into a world of unparalleled pleasure and dangerous rivalries.
But Kelsey must scrupulously guard the secret of her highborn past – even as her grace, wit, spirit and beauty entice her new “master” to renounce his scandalous ways. . .and take a chance at true love, the most perilous and rewarding gamble of all.
Beautiful, mischievous and shamelessly daring, young Amy is a Malory through and through – as wild and reckless as the most incorrigible of her male cousins. And now that she has reached a marriageable age, Amy has set her amorous sights on a most unsuitable mate – the straight-laced American ship captain who once nearly had her Uncle James hung for piracy.
Still tormented by the past treachery of an unfaithful lover, handsome Warren Anderson is shocked by the brazen advances of his despised enemy’s high-spirited niece. But his firm resolve to resist is weakened by an irresistible yearning for the enchanting British minx – and an impassioned heart begs him to surrender to a love that threatens to stoke the smoldering fires of perilous family feud.
Her heart trampled and torn, innocent Georgina Anderson was desperate to return home to America. Leaving her sorrows on England’s shores, she defiantly boarded the “gentleman’s ship” Maiden Anne” disguised as a cabin boy- never dreaming she’d be forced into intimate servitude to the irrepressible rake Captain James Malory.
A handsome ex-pirate, the black sheep of a proud and tempestuous family, Malory swore no woman alive would entice him to matrimony.
But on the high seas, he would be bested by a high-spirited beauty whose love of freedom and adventure rivaled his own . . . and by an inescapable tidal wave of passion that threatened to engulf them both.
Flame-haired Scottish heiress Roslynn Chadwick needs the safety of marriage to protect her from an unscrupulous cousin- and every other fortune-hunting scoundrel who covets her wealth and exquisite beauty.
Anthony Malory is everthing Roslynn had been warned against- a ruthless, irresistibily handsome English Rogue whose sensual blue eyes speak of pleasures beyond imagining.
How Roslynn wishes she dared to love such a man- tobelieve his whispered passionate promises . . .and to follow and enchanting dream to enexplored heights of rapturuos surrender.
Reggie has vowed to marry the golden haired rogue who has besmirched her good name- and who arouses her womanly desires to an unendurable level. But her beauty only stirs Nicholas’s passion- giving rise to dangerous misunderstandings . . and a love that can live only once in a lifetime.