In TEN REASONS TO STAY by Ms. Jeffries, Colin Hunt,
newly arrived earl from India, catches a beautiful horse
thief who tells a Gothic tale so lurid he can't believe it.
After spending a night with Eliza, his thief, Colin
discovers the hoyden has captured his heart. Now, he must
extricate her from a drunken guardian and convince her to
In Ms. Carlyle's tale, AFTER MIDNIGHT, a notorious
rake meets his match when he enters the wrong bedroom.
Instead of his mistress, Lord St. Vrain crawls into bed
with Martinique, the daughter of a French courtesan.
Martinique instills hope in Vrain's cynical heart while he
teaches her fairy tales can come true.
Grace, daughter of a wealthy merchant, is sent to London to
marry a titled gentleman in Ms. London's THE MERCHANT'S
GIFT. Her father will accept nothing less from Grace.
The plan goes awry when Grace falls in love with a man of
trade, Barrett Adlaine. Her father will never approve and
Grace must decide whether to follow her heart.
Ms. Bernard ends the anthology with MISCHIEF'S
HOLIDAY. Alyssa, a miss prone to misadventure, meets a
man determined to avoid marriage at all cost. Alyssa tries
to impress Mr. Leland Yates, but he always comes upon her
when disaster has struck. The mischievous gleam in her eye
gives Leland thoughts he wishes he could banish.
This collection of novellas contains all the ingredients of
an excellent romance. It's heartwarming, poignant and sexy.
Readers will run the gamut from chuckling at the antics of
some characters to wiping a tear away as characters find
love in unexpected places.
"It is better not to marry at all than to marry badly."
-- Mrs. Charlotte Harris, headmistress
At the School for Heiresses, the lessons go far beyond
etiquette and needlepoint. In addition to teaching her
students how to avoid fortune hunters, headmistress and
founder Charlotte Harris proposes the radical notion that
women of means need not shackle themselves to men at all --
unless they find a suitable, desirable mate. So lessons in
the fine art of acquiring a loving and passionate husband
are part of the curriculum at this highly unusual school.
And as the holidays approach, Mrs. Harris sends her young
ladies home with personally tailored lessons to work on.
Will they return any closer to finding the perfect husband?