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Ducal Encounters - With the Duke's Approval

Lady Annalise Sheridan, sister to the Duke of Winchester, embarks upon her second season, uninterested in any of the gentlemen vying for her attention. She has already settled her interest upon Clarence Vaughan, the Earl of Romsey. As a seasoned diplomat acting on behalf of his majesty’s government, he is quite the most intelligent, captivating and handsome man she has ever met and she is completely besotted by him. But her efforts to attract him are interrupted when she is abducted from a society ball, and her life hangs in the balance.

The duke and his brothers hold Clarence responsible for Annalise’s disappearance. So too does Clarence, who berates himself for allowing his interest in her to become apparent. He should have anticipated that enemies of the state would use Annalise to bend him to their will.

Annalise outwits her captors, leaving Clarence and her brothers to try and establish the reasons behind her abduction while she wrestles with the weightier difficulty of getting Clarence to fall in love with her. She soon discovers Clarence is a slave to duty and doesn’t have the remotest idea how to relax, even if he is very capable of arousing her passions. Refusing to give up on him, she sets about trying to change that situation, unwittingly causing more problems for them both than she actually resolves.

Can two such diametrically opposed characters ever find happiness together…




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At The Duke's Discretion

Cristobel Brooke’s father, jeweller to the rich and famous, is brutally murdered. Crista flees to her uncle, who resides in a small village close to Winchester, determined not to be pulled into the criminal activities that ended her father’s life. But the villains have discovered she makes jewellery just as well as her father did, and pursue her, forcing her to fall in with them.


Lord Amos Sheridan, brother to the Duke of Winchester, is intrigued by Crista’s unusual personality but becomes frustrated when she refuses to trust him with her secrets. Suspecting she has involved herself in something she is unable to control, Amos is astounded when she becomes implicated in treasonous acts and delves deeper, determined to vindicate her.

With the duke’s backing, they launch a daring scheme to expose villains prepared to resort to murder and blackmail in order to line their own pockets. Crista, determined never to marry, finds herself falling a little more in love with Amos each time she meets him. But he is a duke’s heir and she is a nobody with a criminal past that would visit disgrace upon his family. There can be no future for them, can there…


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Ducal Encounters - Portrait of a Duke

Rumours abound that Patrick Trafford, the famous Irish portrait artist, is the recluse who has taken Parkstone Manor, the rundown estate bordering the Duke of Winchester’s country seat. Lord Vincent Sheridan, the duke’s brother, is able to satisfy his family’s curiosity in that regard when he rescues eight-year-old twins from a brawl in Compton village. Far from being grateful for the twins’ safe delivery, Niamh Trafford, Patrick’s granddaughter and the boys’ aunt, all but evicts Vince from her tumbledown home. Vince is unaccustomed to being so summarily dismissed, especially by attractive young women, and his interest in Miss Trafford is piqued as a consequence. Nia despairs. Now that Lord Vincent knows who they are, her grandfather will never be left in peace. His diminished mental capabilities will become public knowledge, ruining his reputation and making him a laughing stock. Drawn into the Sheridan’s elite social circle, Nia struggles to hide her growing attraction towards Lord Vincent. In urgent need of a confidante, she admits to him that someone is faking Trafford portraits, exploiting her grandfather’s muddled state of mind for their own gain.

Patrick Trafford regains some of his former awareness when he is persuaded to undertake a portrait of the duke. Vince and Nia launch an ambitious plan to use the finished canvas as bait to uncover the identity of the forger. In so doing, Nia and the twins fall foul of a ruthless individual who will stop at nothing to exact revenge against the Trafford family, and secure his own future into the bargain. But he has reckoned without Vince, who is equally determined to save the woman he has fallen deeply in love with. Will he be in time…




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Ducal Encounters - For the Duke's Pleasure

In the spring of 1819 civil unrest in the north of England spreads gradually south. The Duke of Winchester introduces Adam Pengelly, a falconer, to his estate to help discover the identity of the agitators and keep his family safe.

Lady Portia, the duke’s younger sister, is enthralled by Adam’s falcons, but even more attracted to the man himself. Used to moving about the estate unnoticed, Portia gradually discovers more about Adam’s mysterious past. When she overhears him agree to a clandestine meeting late at night on a secluded part of the estate, concern for his welfare causes her to follow him; with catastrophic results she could not have foreseen.


Adam, deeply moved by Portia’s courage, is perilously close to developing feelings for a lady who is out of his class. But his heart already belongs to another…





Captivating the Duke

Zachary Sheridan, the eligible and charismatic Duke of Winchester, is faced with a dilemma. In a youthful misadventure his father’s life was saved by his friend Euston. As a token of his gratitude Winchester signed a document promising his firstborn son in marriage to Euston’s daughter. Both men are now dead, but Euston’s widow is intent on having Zach honour the agreement to marry her daughter Fiona.


Whether or not the document she possesses is genuine, Zach cannot chance bringing dishonour on his family by challenging the claim and risking a breach of promise case.


Meanwhile, Frankie St John, Zach’s alluring widowed neighbour, is being blackmailed by her brother-in-law. He possesses a document which, if made public, would reveal a devastating secret that would see her ostracized from society. Worse, she would lose the respect of Zach, the man she secretly adores.


Can Zach and Frankie find a way through this web of intrigue, save the Sheridan family name and find the happiness together they so richly deserve...



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Reunited With The Duke

Zachary Sheridan, the Duke of Winchester, hopes to heal the breach between the two branches of his family when he invites his five cousins, recently returned to England after a ten year absence in America, to stay with him and his new duchess at Winchester Park.


Eleanor Sheridan barely remembers the land of her birth and nervously voices her concerns about her family's uncertain future to a man whom she mistakes for a groom.  The Honourable Matthew Wainwright is actually the gentleman sent to negotiate with her brother Jon regarding the leasing of several steamships. As head of his branch of the family, Jon's success in this venture is vital if he is to secure his siblings' future.


Stricken with remorse when she discovers Matthew's true identity, Ellie fears he will use her indiscreet confidences to his own advantage. Why then does she feel inexorably drawn towards this glamorous younger brother of an earl?


When aspects of Ellie's life in America threaten to destroy them all, Zach sees a way to resolve matters and lay to rest the dispute that has divided the family  since his father's day. However, he can only achieve this goal with Matthew's help. Can Matthew put aside former loyalties to aid the duke's quest, even though he will never be in a position to seek the hand of the lady who has stolen his heart...




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Representing the Duke

Zachary Sheridan, Duke of Winchester, invites his cousin Max to take responsibility for his personal legal affairs. He is thrown into the deep end when another lawyer contacts him, charged with locating a baby abandoned eighteen years previously at Barchester Hall, the foundling home started by Zach's father.


Sara Kenton, the adopted daughter of a clergyman, teaches at Barchester Hall but cannot approve of the harsh regime imposed there by her sister, Ruth. To escape a marriage to a man she neither likes nor trusts, Sara runs away, taking one of the most vulnerable children with her. She makes her way to Winchester Park, determined that the duke will hear a firsthand account of the irregularities at Barchester Hall and put a stop to them.


Max is bewitched by Sara's beauty and fierce determination to protect the children. Satisfied that she is the abandoned child he has been asked to find, Max fears for her safety when it becomes apparent that someone with influence wants Sara silenced – permanently. Who is she? Who is abducting orphans from the foundling home? And can Max and Sara, two people with such diverse backgrounds, possibly find happiness in one another's arms?




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Safeguarding the Duke

Someone has the audacity to issue threats against the duke’s baby son. Determined that Frankie will not be overset by the news, Zach turns to Lewis Nash, the younger brother of the Earl of Tyburn, for help. Lewis’s reputation as a rake discourages society’s interest in him and acts as cover for the clandestine investigations he frequently undertakes both privately and on behalf of the government.


Cora Sheridan, the duke’s cousin, is intrigued by the presence of a rake in their midst. At a loss to understand why such a man would be considered suitable to catalogue the books in Zach’s library, she sets about trying to discover why he is really at the Park. Lewis curses Cora’s interfering ways when she succeeds in that endeavour and has no choice but to involve her in the investigation—her price for not telling the duchess the truth.

In so doing, Lewis doesn’t realise that her life will be placed in danger. Nor does he realise quite how many people are out to revenge themselves upon the duke. Can he keep Cora safe and find out who is threatening the life of an innocent child? More to the point, can he suppress his growing admiration for Cora’s courage and determination…




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Acting for the Duke

Calpurnia Garrard is convinced that her husband’s death was no accident. In desperation she tries to persuade the Duke of Winchester to intercede. But Zach’s duchess almost lost her life giving birth to his second son and the duke is not receiving visitors.


Driving away from Winchester Park, Callie’s horse bolts. Alfie Sheridan manages to rescue her, listens to Callie’s story and is moved by the lovely young widow’s plight. But her husband’s death was ruled to be an accident and Alfie doubts that it will be possible to uncover evidence to the contrary eighteen months after the event.


Acting for the duke, Alfie delves deeper into Callie’s affairs, soon discovering all is not as it seems. Someone will go to any lengths to prevent him from getting to the truth, or from developing inappropriate ideas about Callie. As the danger increases, so too does Alfie’s attachment to Callie and his determination to keep her safe, which is all he can do to be of service to her. He is committed to helping his brother make a success of his business ventures and has no time for romance. Besides, Callie has made it clear that she her own reasons for not marrying for a second time.


Will Alfie find a way to prove Callie’s suspicions about her husband’s death, save her from the rogue who will go to any lengths to secure her affections, fulfil his obligations to his brother and follow his heart…




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Emulating the Duke

Within three years of returning to English soil after a decade in Boston, Jonathan Sheridan has established his business interests and seen all four of his siblings married. Anxious that the world should know his wealth is a consequence of his own efforts and that he has not depended upon the influence of his cousin Zach, the Duke of Winchester, to make his mark, Jon decides to exert his independence by purchasing an estate for his sole occupation.

Lady Ayla Courtney reaches the heartbreaking decision to sell Felsham Court, the house left to her by her beloved grandmother, since she can’t afford to maintain it. She discovers that Hubert, her sister’s husband, has political ambitions that rest upon Ayla’s cooperation and he challenges her ownership of Felsham Court in order to procure her compliance.

Caught up in the middle of the property dispute, Jon should walk away but feels compelled to offer Ayla his help to best Hubert. Taken by her beauty and spirit, he denies his growing attraction towards her and concentrates his efforts upon keeping her safe.

For her part, thrown constantly into his company, Ayla’s passions are aroused by the handsome and elusive Jon Sheridan. But she has a guilty secret that’s haunted her since her youth and precludes her from ever forming a permanent attachment to any man.

Will Hubert succeed in making Ayla dance to his tune? Can Jon purchase the house without letting his feelings for Ayla run out of control? And can Ayla escape the life-threatening situation that Hubert’s desperation embroils her in?




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