WENDY

Soliman

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OF DUKES AND DECEPTIONS

Nicholas Buchanan, The Duke of Dorchester, strikes a wager with his henchman, vowing to bed the enigmatic Alicia Woodley before his sojourn at Ravenswing Manor comes to an end. But he fails to take into account the fact that Alicia is disgusted by his superior attitude and wants as little as possible to do with him. Has the duke finally met his match?

When someone tries to kill Alicia, she and Nick are thrown constantly together as they search for the culprit. But in so doing, they must also search their hearts. And their growing passion for one

another...

 

"The combination of multidimensional characters and Soliman's witty writing makes this a must-read." RT Book Reviews.

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A Scandalous Proposition

When a beautiful woman bursts into Lord Adam Fitzroy's room at an inn he impulsively helps her to evade her pursuer. His curiosity is piqued when he later spots her entering the local house of ill repute but he's totally shocked when his mother subsequently introduces her as her new companion. Adam's mother adores Florentina and so he agrees to keep her nightly activities a secret...provided that she spends one wicked night with him.

Florentina Grantley is both scandalized and intrigued at the prospect but worries that the dashing war hero will quickly discern her lack of experience. True, she's no innocent but that's because she's a widow, not a whore. Even so, she can't explain the true reason behind her alliance with the brothel's madam, or the danger she faces if exposed.

As their initial tryst grows into something deeper, Florentina gradually comes to trust Adam and is tempted to confide in him. Dare she...

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The Perfect Impostor

 

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Struggling to escape her past and make ends meet as a modiste, Katrina Sinclair hopes the daring new wardrobe she's designed for her childhood friend Julia - now a marchioness - will attract the business she desperately needs. But Julia's help comes at a price: Katrina must take her place at a house party. They look enough alike for the ruse to work...until Julia's handsome former fiance arrives.

 

Leo Kincade has been tasked with catching a traitor who steals from house parties to fund Napoleon's armies. Three women are suspected - including Julia. But when Leo intercepts her at the party, he finds an impostor who stirs an attraction stronger than anything he ever felt for Julia.

 

The mysterious woman won't trust him with her identity and Leo knows he should expose her at once, but he's too tempted to play along and see where her deception - and their passion - will lead...

The Duke's Legacy

 

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As sole heir to the late Duke of Penrith's extensive estate, Abigail Carstairs suspects that someone is trying to kill her for her fortune. In desperation she turns to the notorious Lord Sebastian Denver for help. Unable to deny a lady in distress, Sebastian inveigles his way into Abbey's hunting lodge where all the prime suspects are gathered.

 

Distracted by his growing attraction towards Abbey, Sebastian is unprepared when a further attempt is made on her life. As he lays a daring trap for her aggressors, Sebastian finds himself in a race against time to keep her safe...

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Lady Hartley's Inheritance

 

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Clarissa Hartley assumes that her man of business has summoned her to

London in order to finalise her late-husband's affairs. Instead she's shocked to discover that a son she was unaware Sir Michael had fathered is laying claim to her inheritance. Luc Deverill, the Earl of Newbury, suspects fraud and insists upon helping Clarissa to get to the bottom of the plot. At first suspicious of the suave earl's motives, Clarissa has no choice but to accept his help. It's either that or live the life of a poor relation. But that doesn't mean that she either likes or approves of his hedonistic lifestyle, does it...

Duty's Destiny

 

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When Viscount Felix Western learns that his father's shipping company is being used to smuggle ex-slaves into England he's determined to stop the evil trade. At first convinced that Saskia Eden is helping her father to perpetrate the crime, Felix has doubts as soon as he meets the mother of feisty five-year-old twins. Together Saskia and Felix unravel the mystery, not expecting fall in love in the process. But Saskia, at least, is realistic. There can be no future for the daughter of a slave-trader with a noble viscount...can there?

 

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Forgotten Heiress

 

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In the eyes of society, ladies are born, not made… Eloise Hamilton, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy banker, knows society’s hallowed doors are closed to the likes of her. She attends her first country ball with no expectations, not even when Lord Richard Craven, heir to a dukedom, singles her out.

Harry Benson-Smythe is shocked to return from a long absence to find that the sight of Craven sniffing around an all-grown-up Eloise incites a disconcerting level of jealousy. All for a girl he once thought of as a little sister—now a woman his father will never allow him to take to wife.

But there are other ways to be together, as in joining forces to investigate the disappearance of several local girls. Yet when Harry catches Craven kissing Eloise, he decides he will damn well be the one to show her how it’s done—properly. Craven will not let Eloise’s rejections and Harry’s insults go lightly by. He had plans for Eloise’s virginal body—even if life as they all know it ends in a hellfire of bullets...

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To Defy a Duke

Elias Shelton, the Duke of Winsdale, has a duty to produce an heir. Completely indifferent, he leaves his mother to invite all the most suitable candidates to a house party at Winsdale Park, promising to choose one of them as his duchess. Returning home after several days of pre-nuptial carousing, Eli falls from his horse and badly injures his head. His life is saved by a mysterious woman who fascinates and enthrals Eli.

Athena Defoe and her young twin sisters are hiding from their past in a tumbledown cottage on Eli’s estate. Athena refuses to place her trust in Eli, but he is equally determined to repay her by protecting her. To do so he must first discover what or whom she is so afraid of. With attention focused on her by the duke’s interest, Athena’s whereabouts becomes known and danger visits her quiet corner of Hampshire.

 

Caught up in the whirl of his mother’s entertainments, Eli must race against time to save the woman he’s fallen in love with, even if she isn’t duchess material…

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A Reason to Rebel

 

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After one daring act, two worlds collide.  Duty has always been Estelle Travis's byword. But every woman has her limits, even a recently widowed one with few prospects. Her father's coldly calculating plan to force her into another marriage is the final straw. In an act of rebellion, she takes up a position as companion to Lady Crawley. She soon realizes she may have just exchanged one peril for another in the guise of Alexander, Viscount Crawley.

 

Alex is beguiled by the aura of mystery that surrounds the beautiful young widow. Her air of vulnerability brings out his protective instincts in spades. He discovers her well-hidden reckless streak when her sister goes missing and, rather than do what's expected and return to her father's austere household, Estelle embarks on her own search.

 

Amid a thickening cloud of suspicion and whispers of murder, what choice does a gentleman of honour have other than to offer his assistance? Then there's the allure of her company, even if it exposes him to dangers that have little to do with her sister's plight...

A Duke by Default

Marc Rothwell’s cousin should have been the next Duke of Broadstairs but dies before he can assume the title. Marc takes his place with the utmost reluctance, and sets about finding a suitable wife in order to produce an heir. Caught in a compromising position with Miss Harriet Aston, Marc proposes to possibly the only woman in England with no interest in becoming a duchess.

 

Marc soon discovers that Harriet will be anything other than a biddable wife. She appears determined to make him fall in love with her, even though he makes it perfectly clear that theirs will be a marriage of convenience. It can’t be any other way because every time Marc allows his emotions free rein, something unfortunate happens to the recipient of his affections.

In spite of his efforts to ignore his growing feelings for his feisty wife, Harriet is still brutally attacked. The duke and duchess join forces to unearth the identities of those seeking to undermine all Marc is striving to achieve. As they do so, Harriet recklessly disregards her husband’s orders and throws herself in the path of danger in an effort to protect him.

Can Marc ensure the safety of the woman he is absolutely determined not to allow beneath his guard before the curse attaching to him strikes again…  

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Regency Quintet: Valentine's Edition

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

 

Lord Amos Sheridan, brother to the Duke of Winchester, is intrigued by Crista but becomes frustrated when she refuses to trust him with her secrets. Astounded when she becomes implicated in treasonous acts, Amos is determined to vindicate her. With the duke’s backing, Amos and Crista launch a daring scheme to expose villains prepared to resort to murder and blackmail in order to line their own pockets.

 

Crista finds herself falling a little more in love with Amos each time she meets him. But he’s a duke’s heir and she’s a nobody with a criminal past that would visit disgrace upon his entire family, so there can be no future for them, can there…

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Candlelight Courtships

Alisa Langdon is delighted to learn that her uncle, a successful merchant with the East India Company, has finally returned to England. He invites Alisa and her stepfamily to Castleray, his recently acquired estate in Hampshire, for the Christmas celebrations.

 

Chase Beaumont, Joseph Langdon's right-hand man, is also invited but realises that Christmas will be far from the peaceful celebration he'd hoped for when his carriage is shot at during the journey down from London. When he rescues Langdon's family members stranded at the side of the road and learns that they too have been the victims of unexplained 'accidents', he fears that Langdon's enemies are closing in on him.

 

Alisa has her work cut out, keeping her avaricious stepmother from attempting to inveigle her way into her rich uncle's good graces. When her uncle explains why he felt compelled to leave England so abruptly ten years previously without a word of goodbye, she struggles to come to terms with the shocking truth.

 

Why are Langdon's servants being ostracised in the local village? Can Chase and Alisa discover who attacked them on the road? Has the same person orchestrated the campaign to drive Langdon from Hampshire? And vitally, can Chase ignore his growing attraction to Alisa, who appears intent upon honouring her father's dying wish by marrying her indolent stepbrother...

 

Thanks, Wendy

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