Assassin Leonard Kastner agrees to commit an abhorrent crime for an astronomical sum – kill the infant heir to the European kingdom of Lubinia. Just as he is about to carry out the heinous deed, the baby awakens.and smiles at him. Losing his heart to tiny Alana Stindal, Leonard sweeps her out of their homeland to safety in England where he conceals her true identity from her and gives her an education fit for a queen. Eighteen years later, when the king of Lubinia faces a revolt because he has not produced another legitimate heir, Leonard knows he must take Alana home to prevent a civil war. But at the Lubinian palace no one believes Alana is the missing princess. Christoph Becker, the captain of the palace guards, arrests Alana because he suspects she is a pretender or a seductive assassin. When the king recognizes Alana as his long-lost daughter he proudly betroths her to the one man he believes is capable of protecting her and eliminating the shadowy figures who are determined to destroy his dynasty – Christoph Becker.
(London –> Lubinia)
Paperback to be out on 17th April 2012
With the dazzling blend of romance, humor, and poignant storytelling that has made her one of the world’s best-loved authors, Johanna Lindsey presents the passionate Regency-era tale of an earl’s daughter who dares to pose as the wife of a deadly mercenary in order to save her former guardian.
Lady Margaret Landor first met Sebastian Townsend as a child, when he caught her peeking into her older sister’s engagement ball. Tall, dashing, and charming, Sebastian was one of the most sought-after bachelors in Kent and cut a romantic figure she would not soon forget. Never did she dream that one day she would be living at his family’s magnificent estate with Sebastian’s father, the eighth Earl of Edgewood, as her guardian – while Sebastian is banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel.
When life at Edgewood takes a sinister turn with the earl suffering a suspicious number of life-threatening accidents, Margaret wonders if Sebastian’s younger brother and his wife have grown impatient to inherit the earldom. Setting out to find the one man she believes can set the situation to rights, she discovers that Sebastian Townsend has forged a new identity for himself on the continent.
Now known as The Raven, a deadly mercenary, notorious for accomplishing any mission no matter how seemingly impossible, he has vowed never to return to England. Not until Margaret meets his outrageous monetary demands does Sebastian agree to return home, reluctantly posing as her husband in order to facilitate his return to society. When he learns she cannot afford to pay his fee, he suggests a scandalous trade.
As Margaret and Sebastian work to uncover the intrigue at his father’s estate, a fierce passion blooms that neither of them anticipated and neither can resist. But can Margaret persuade Sebastian to abandon the dark path he believes is his fate and claim the life–and love–he deserves? Breathtaking in scope and wondrously passionate, Marriage Most Scandalous is Johanna Lindsey at her finest.
Amanda and Marian Laton are identical twins but they are as different as night and day. Amanda is beautiful but nasty, and Marian is nice but plain – purposely so to avoid provoking her spiteful twin’s jealousy. When their wealthy father suddenly dies, the two gently reared New England heiresses are sent to live with their aunt on a sprawling Texas ranch.
There the twins meet Chad Kinkaid, the cowboy son of a neighboring rancher. Marian is fascinated by Chad’s rugged good looks and his sheer masculinity, but she knows that like every other man she and her twin have met, he will pursue Amanda, not her. Chad is indeed beguiled by Amanda’s beauty, but soon he begins to see beyond Marian’s carefully constructed dowdy faÃ§ade. Unlike the tame gentlemen back East, after witnessing Marian’s taste for adventure, her sense of humor and bravery in the face of danger, Chad finds himself wanting her. But how can he, a man who’s just a cowboy without fancy airs or urbane charm, convince her she’s the only woman for him?
In a story that surprises and delights, Johanna Lindsey skillfully charts the intoxicating course of first love, and all of love’s attendant twists and turns, that ends with a spunky woman’s coming into her own and finding a man she can call her own. With powerful emotions and sensuality, incomparable humor, and great insight into the ways of the human heart, Lindsey delivers one of her most compelling novels, which readers won’t want to put down until the final page is turned.
Prim and beautiful professor Roseleen White clutches her new prized possession – a thousand-year-old Scandinavian sword. And suddenly, a dream stands before her – a magnificent Viking warrior sworn to satisfy Roseleen’s every desire.
Accursed for untold centuries, mighty Thorn is now enslaved to a woman. Yet it is Roseleen who is the true prisoner, held willing captive by a handsome barbarian who sweeps her back to the ancient past on a journey of sensual discovery.
But only by banishing him from her life forever can Roseleen free Thorn from immortality’s chains – forcing her to make a devastating choice that will either imperil their future or preserve a love more powerful than time.
Spirited Rowena Belleme must produce an heir- or incur the dangerous wrath of a ruthless stepbrother who stands to forfeit his ill-gotten wealth. And the magnificent Warrick dechaville is the perfect choice to sire her child- thought it means imprisoning the handsome night. . . and forcing him to bend to her amorous whims.
Vowing to resist but betrayed by his own virility, noble Warrick is intoxicated by Rowena’s sapphire eyes and voluptuous beauty.
Yet all the while he plans a fitting revenge- eagerly awaiting the time when his sensuous captor becomes his helpless captive…and is made to suffer the same rapturuos torment and exquisite ecstasy that he himself has endured.
Kidnapped and sold into slavery, Chantelle Burke was led into the Pasha’s scented chambers swearing she’d never surrender to this ruthless master. But she was stunned by the magnificently handsome man who awaited her amid the silk and splendor. His piercing emerald eyes held her in their power; his muscular embrace made her weak with desire even as she defied him. She was his to do with as he would.
Yet this mysterious stranger- whose eastern garb concealed his true identity- touched her only with tenderness, driving her wild with new sensation, his scorching kisses igniting the fires of her very soul . . . sweeping her beyond the harem walls into a palace of love’s eternal dream.
Within minutes, Lady Katherine St. John was dragged from the London street like a common waif and carried off to a sumptuous town house- for pleasure of her noble admirer. But it was a captive tigress Prince Dimitri found in his bed- consumed with a fierce rage toward to Russian “barbarian” who had kidnapped her- even as she found herself desiring this tawny maned Adonis with a hunger beyond her understanding.
From the tempestuous passion of that first encounter, across stormy seas, to the golden splendor of palaces in Moscow, she was his prisoner. But even as her fury defied his bold claim of ownership, an all-consuming need made her his slave. For theirs was a fever that fed upon itself, carrying them irrevocably toward a final surrender to the power of undeniable love.
There, in a Texas newspaper, was a photograph of her beloved father…thought slain several years back in a savage Comanche massacre. The honey-haired beauty vowed to find him – but whom could she trust to accompany her through wild, dangerous Indian territory? His name was Chandos. Tall and dark, with eyes the most startling shade of blue, he was the best gunslinger around.
Courtney put her faith in him…little dreaming of the dark secret that burned in Chandos’s soul…little imagining the fires that would ignite under the hot summer sun, driving them together in an ecstatic frenzy that only passion understood…and love could tame.
And now she must marry the magnificent black guard to bring peace to the land.
Young, innocent, possessing a rare and exuisite beauty, leonie would be a prize for any man- yet Rolfe seeks the match solely for revenge. But her sensuous kiss ignites within him the fiery need to claim her- and an irresistible desire to unite their warring hearts in glorious love.
Sharisse Hammond had no intention of giving herself to some rancher who had sent for a mail-order bride! she had gone West only to escape the New York society marriage her father was arranging. Lucas Holt’s intentions were also less than honest. But their plans to use each other were soon complicated by unspoken desire. He never expected her to be so stunningly beautiful. And she never expected to want any man so much.
While Lucas forced Sharisse to play in a dangerous game of revenge against the man who killed his father, she forced him to feel passions he could no longer control. Yet when her family asked her to return to New York, Lucas couldn’t find the words to ask her to stay. Only when their stubborn hearts felt the pain of loss and separation did they come to know how completely they loved each other. And despite the distance and time–and misunderstanding–between them, somehow they had to be together….
In trembling fear, she dared to refuse him, though her gentle beauty was the prize of his sword. And he, in his violent, aching need, could have taken her by force …had she not made want so much more. Between them were the-hatreds of their warring Scottish clans. Yet she struggled in vain to escape her desire for this enemy lord.
For beneath his roughness was a fierce, ardent tenderness that held her more strongly than the walls of his far Highland castle. Honor’s pride told her she must hate him. Yet her woman’s heart, awakening to the ecstasy of his touch, yearned desperately to yield… to surrender, and possess him completely… to be joined with him forever in love.
His stubborn pride demanded submission. Her loving heart demanded love. Destiny turns Brigitte de Louroux, a young heiress, into Rowland de Montville’s slave. How will they both deal with the strong passion that pulls them together, forgetting everything else? She was born a lady, heiress to rich French estates. But when Rowland of Montville captured her, he saw only a beautiful girl garbed in peasant’s rags. Though betrayed into bondage, Brigitte de Louroux would never be any man’s slave. Yet the fate of an unprotected woman could have been far more cruel than the rough embrace of a warrior lord as fair as Rowland of Montville. Defenseless against his unbridled passions, she yielded her innocence to the desires he aroused in her heart. And he, who had never known the enchantment of a woman’s surrender, found a power in love as mighty as the sword he raised against their enemies
A well-born Boston beauty, Corinne Barrows has traveled halfway around the world in search of Jared Burkett — a dashing rogue and a devil; a honey-tongued charmer who seduced and despoiled her. . .and then abandoned the impetuous lady after awakening a need that only he could satisfy.
She has found him on the lush and lovely island of Hawaii. And now Corinne will have the revenge she craves: the total ruin of the blackguard who brought shame and scandal into her life. But Jared still possesses the power to excite her as no man has ever done–even as his own reckless heart is taken captive in their blistering war of wits and will–igniting a fire that could consume them both unless they surrender to it with wild abandon in the heat of the tropic night.
Sailing westward toward the Caribbean sun, young Bettina Verlaine obediently sets out to fulfill the promise made by her father–but not by her heart — a prearranged marriage destined not to be…once the notorious Captain Tristan’s pirate ship appears on the horizon.
Abducted by the bold and handsome brigand, the pale-haired beauty surrenders her innocence in the warm caress of the tropical winds — detesting her virile captor for enslaving her. . .yet loving him for the passionate spell he casts over fragile, yearning heart.
From the moment Philip Caxton sets his eyes upon lovely Englishwoman Christine Wakefield, he knows that he must have her. Born half-Arab and known among his people as Sheik Abu, he plots to have her kidnapped and brought to his remote camp in the desert.
Christina is angry and frightened when she suddenly becomes the helpless captive of this strikingly handsome stranger…but is soon weakened by her heart’s blazing desire to explore her virile captor’s most sensuous cravings. Her idyllic time with Abu is interrupted when she is kidnapped again, this time by another tribe. This act was done in order to lure the sheik to their camp so that an act of revenge for a past misdeed may be carried out. Abu rushes to Christina’s rescue and, after escaping a slow death, brings his beloved back to the safety of his camp. But their happiness is shortlived when Christina is falsely told that Abu no longer desires her and wishes her to leave. With a broken heart, she leaves the desert to return to her past life in England.
But nothing will ever be the same, as she still loves Abu and fears she may never see him again. Or will she?