In three passionate tales from popular Zebra authors, three spirited ladies of the ton find themselves on the verge of seduction when they each encounter a dangerously sexy rogue.
Jane Graham never expected Catherine to elope and abandon her. But that was exactly what happened. As much as she dreaded it, Jane would have to return home and inform her uncle, Earl Hamilton, that his daughter had eloped. Yet while traveling home she was set upon by highwaymen and rescued by Broc Lawson, the handsome nobleman she had adored for so long. Since Broc had been injured while rescuing her, Jane found shelter and began to tend him. Sooner or later the earl would send out a search party. However, being so close to Broc made her want more.
Second story is titled "Beyond Temptation" by Linda Madl.
Eden was the youngest of the Vicar's seven daughters and had chosen to act as his caretaker. Knowing she would never marry, she chose "Tony" (a.k.a. Viscount Romleigh), to be her lover and give her one night to treasure forever. Once done they would part with no regrets. Eden never expected Tony to follow her to the remote little village of Hadding Green.
Third story is titled "Night Of Seduction" by Debbie Raleigh.
Charity Malone had loved Anthony, Lord Caldwell, for years. He had grown up as her neighbor and friend. When his younger brother died in a duel, Anthony blamed himself. He began drinking heavily and sinking into depression. Charity feared what he planned to do with his dueling pistol and decided to steal it during the night, then bury it in the garden. But Anthony caught the feminine figure in his garden. She was veiled in mystery and cloaked in darkness. He thought of her as a fair wood sprite, created of mists and moonlight, just for him. The mystical encounter snapped him out of his depression and he looked forward to seeing her each midnight. Charity, though, decided to let herself have on night with Anthony and then let his mystery woman disappear forever.
***** Needless to say, THIS BOOK ROCKS! Each story is downright enthralling. In fact, delightful dreams can not help but happen if you go to bed shortly after reading any one of these tales. This novel will be forever labeled under the file, "Things that make you go 'Ahhhh'." *****
**Lady Jane's Lover - Candace McCarthy**- Jane Graham, niece of an Earl, acting as his daughter's companion, is stranded when said daughter runs away with the "coachman"! Ambushed and then rescued by a passing horseman who is wounded in the action- the rest of the story involves Jane nursing her rescuer back to health in a convenient (and unexplained) well stocked empty "cottage". Turns out she knew him from her childhood. I actually liked Jane and Broc and enjoyed their relationship - however I found it impossible to believe that 1) Broc (son of a Baron) had been cast off by his father because of an amorous adventure (his father might have paid her off IF he believed her) that 2) Jane would not have been severely blamed for her cousin's actions by her aunt and uncle and 3) that said cousin would expect ever to be forgiven for her action, let alone be accepted..... ah well. Plus titles were a bit muddled. (one star)
**Beyond Temptation - Linda Madl** - Eden Roseby youngest of seven daughters of a clergyman has (as the youngest) been Chosen to care for her clergyman father in his old age. Arranges a single night of passion with an initially reluctant "rake" - Anthony, Viscount Romleigh. The romance between Anthony and Eden is well done; Eden's father is unexpectedly intriguing and likeable. Problem? Mr Roseby is the brother of a Duke - so he is really the Rev Lord James Roseby - why doesn't he use his title? Never explained. Also the villain of the piece is the local baronet who controls the vicar's living and threatens him with losing it. I don't think so!!! If one's brother was a Duke, the ducal family would have arranged the living! Just do away with this connection and the story would be a lot more believable. The "duel" is a treat!!! (two stars)
**Night of Seduction - Debbie Raleigh** - Charity Malone, spinster daughter to a scholar, long time friend to Anthony Lord Caldwell - occasional neighbor (when he wants to escape society) wants to find a way to comfort him when he starts drinking heavily and threatening suicide on blaming himself for his younger brother's death. She accidentally catches his attention when he finds her in his garden "veiled in the mist" and doesn't recognize her.... Once I could get beyond the improbability that Charity and Anthony had ever developed a friendship - this is a pretty good read. Charity's background and situation (as daughter staying at home to care for her father) are realistic and matter of fact; also Charity recognizes her feelings for Anthony are largely (in the beginning) based on the fact that she has met no other really eligible gentlemen. She also has a perfectly good reason for sneaking through Anthony's garden in the dead of night! (three and a half stars)
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