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The Duke's Secluded Bride (a gothic Regency Romance)
  • Author : Ruth Ann Nordin
  • Publisher : Ruth Ann Nordin
  • Release Date : 2020-04-27
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 114
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: Most gentlemen wait to get married because they want time to enjoy being a bachelor before taking on the responsibilities of a married gentleman. Baldwin Darby, the Duke of Edmondstone, isn’t one of them. The life of a rogue never appealed to him. He’s wanted nothing more than to fall in love and live a quiet and uneventful life ever since he could remember. It wasn’t by choice that he hasn’t married yet. He’s just not very comfortable around ladies, which makes the marriage mart difficult for him. So when his acquaintance mentions a sister at his country estate who is ready for marriage, he jumps at the chance for an arranged marriage. He’s been told she is extremely shy and that it takes her time to open up around strangers, so he might find her a bit strange when he initially meets her. But this doesn’t bother him. He’s a patient gentleman and can give her time to get used to him. What he doesn’t count on, however, is just how strange everything is when he gets to the country estate. She refuses to leave her section of the manor, she has to go to bed before it’s dark, and she has an unusual fascination for monsters. Despite all of that, she is beautiful and possesses a sweet temperament. He wishes he could figure out a way to help her embrace a normal life. If he keeps pressing for her to have a normal life, he just might get his wish. But nothing will prepare him for the truth. *This is loosely based off the Rapunzel fairy tale.


Fairest of Them All
  • Author : Ruth Ann Nordin
  • Publisher : Ruth Ann Nordin
  • Release Date :
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 156
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: A duke who has imprisoned himself in an attic for nine years is in need of a wife… Evander Meyrick, the Duke of Sutherton, has lived the past thirteen years under a curse. He didn’t know just how bad the curse was until every lady he married died within a year of their wedding day. Now he has a step-daughter, Tabitha, who is ready for her first Season, and he longs to give her something he can’t have for himself: a normal life. A spinster who thought her best years were behind her may find a second chance so long as the curse doesn’t touch her… At thirty-four, Miss Viola Keane is well past her prime. Having gone through three failed Seasons, she had resigned herself to never knowing the joys of marriage and children. Instead, she focused her attention on her family. Shortly after her brother’s death, however, she finds out her family doesn’t have any money. When she learns that the Duke of Sutherton is offering a sizable sum of money to any lady who’s willing to marry him, she jumps at the opportunity to become his wife. The notion of a curse doesn’t scare her. She, after all, doesn’t buy into such superstitious nonsense. But since her new husband and step-daughter are convinced the curse is real, she abides by the strange rules he lays out for her. He wasn’t planning to fall in love again… Evander only intended to spend enough time with Viola to discuss her role as Tabitha’s step-mother. But it’s been a long time since he’s had a meaningful conversation with another person, and something about her reminds him of what his life was like before the curse ruined his life. Dare he take the chance of opening himself up to her and potentially risk losing another wife, or should he keep his distance in order to keep her safe?


Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre, 2nd Edition
  • Author : Kristin Ramsdell
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2012-03-02
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 719
  • ISBN Code: 1610692357

Summary: A comprehensive guide that defines the literature and the outlines the best-selling genre of all time: romance fiction. • A core collection list in chronological order • An exhaustive bibliographic listing of romance titles • Research materials and a brief history of the genre • Indexes organized by author, title, and subject


The Reclusive Earl
  • Author : Ruth Ann Nordin
  • Publisher : Ruth Ann Nordin
  • Release Date : 2017-05-07
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 126
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: Titled gentlemen are supposed to be perfect. Whether it be good looks, charm, or eloquent speech, everyone expects an earl to be refined in every way. And if the earl isn’t, he risks being shamed by the Ton. No one knows this better than Landon Tait, the Earl of Farewell, who’s been on the receiving end of the Ton’s gossip since he first made his appearance in London. After the last Season, he vowed to stay as far from London as possible. But when his brother lands into serious trouble, he has no choice but to come to his aid. He tells himself he’ll make it quick. Just one evening and his brother will be free from trouble. Then he can return to his country estate to enjoy his life of solitude. Miss Opal Beaufort is attending a ball when she overhears the snickers about a certain gentleman who was born with a lisp. Several ladies sneak to a private room to listen to him, and something in Opal snaps. She can’t stand the idea of someone being made the laughingstock of the Ton. But as soon as she intervenes on his behalf, a scandal ensues, and she finds herself unwittingly betrothed to him. Now, Landon isn’t only forced to stay in London to face the ridicule of the Ton, but he also must deal with a beautiful wife who might find him as imperfect as he fears.


Gothic Brides: Volume 1
  • Author : Erica Monroe
  • Publisher : Quillfire Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-07-24
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 390
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: The Gothic Brides: edgy, atmospheric Gothic Regency Romance, exploring the dark, twisted corners of England--these books are not for the faint of heart. The Gothic Brides battle tortured pasts and face dangerous, suspenseful circumstances on their road to a hard-won happily ever after. THE MAD COUNTESS, Book 1 True love must break the curse of madness... When Lady Claire Deering's mother enters an insane asylum, society is quick to scorn her, dubbing her the Mad Daughter. But Claire's tattered reputation is the least of her worries, as those rumors hold a horrible, terrifying truth: the Deering women are victims of a dark witch's curse. If Claire marries her true love, she'll spend the rest of her life under the thrall of madness.To save herself, she remains isolated...until a will reading at a mysterious castle on All Hallows Eve places her in close confines with her dearest friend and secret love. Bashful, scholarly Teddy Lockwood has never met a rule he didn't rejoice in following. When he unexpectedly inherits the Ashbrooke earldom, he's determined to turn over a new, more courageous leaf--starting with telling Claire that he's loved her since they were children. The will reading presents the perfect opportunity to win her heart, even if he's vastly out of his element at this enigmatic, shadowy Cornwall castle. Soon, the simmering passion between them becomes unstoppable. Now, to save the love of his life, Teddy will do whatever it takes to break the dark magic's hold on Claire. Will Claire spend her life within the grips of strange delirium, or will love prove the strongest of all? THE DETERMINED DUCHESS, Book 2 Death is just the beginning... After the death of her beloved guardian, Miss Felicity Fields is left adrift, her future uncertain. Grief-stricken, she launches a plan to use her knowledge of alchemy to build a Philosopher's Stone, and bring back to life the woman who was like a mother to her. The last thing this blunt bluestocking needs is the return of Nicholas Harding, the Duke of Wycliffe and rightful owner of her home on the wild coast of Cornwall. He stirs an unexpected passion within her, and Felicity has had enough change in her life. When they were children, Nicholas never understood his aunt's brilliant but unemotional ward, or her many strange scientific studies. He ought to take her back to London, so she can make a proper society match--except he can't stop thinking about her. But with the line between life and death blurred by Felicity's macabre experiments, can he convince her that she's no longer alone, and her proper place is by his side? THE SCANDALOUS WIDOW, Book 3 Scandal proves deadly... Lady Jemma Forster knows all too well how ruthless gossip-mongers can be. She sacrificed her own happiness to restore her family's reputation. Her marriage of convenience to an affluent earl meant saying goodbye to passion, and any chance at love with the dashing lawman who set her soul aflame. She leads a sedate, practical life as the Countess of Wolverston. Until her husband is murdered, and the only man who can bring his killers to justice is her former love. Bow Street Runner Gabriel Sinclair has spent the last three years trying to forget about smart, beautiful Lady Jemma, who broke his heart when she married his best friend. The Earl of Wolverston's death thrusts Gabriel and Jemma back together, as they work to find his murderer. Their investigation takes them into the darkest, most dangerous parts of London, with threats coming from all sides. They're perfect partners for solving crimes, but can they be partners in love too?


The Mad Countess
  • Author : Erica Monroe
  • Publisher : Quillfire Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-03-21
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 135
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: True love must break the curse of madness in this dark, emotional Gothic Regency Romance novella... When Lady Claire Deering's mother enters an insane asylum, society is quick to scorn her, dubbing her the Mad Daughter. But Claire's tattered reputation is the least of her worries, as those rumors hold a horrible, terrifying truth: the Deering women are victims of a dark witch's curse. If Claire marries her true love, she'll spend the rest of her life under the thrall of madness.To save herself, she remains isolated...until a will reading at a mysterious castle on All Hallows Eve places her in close confines with her dearest friend and secret love. Bashful, scholarly Teddy Lockwood has never met a rule he didn't rejoice in following. When he unexpectedly inherits the Ashbrooke earldom, he's determined to turn over a new, more courageous leaf--starting with telling Claire that he's loved her since they were children. The will reading presents the perfect opportunity to win her heart, even if he's vastly out of his element at this enigmatic, shadowy Cornwall castle. Soon, the simmering passion between them becomes unstoppable. Now, to save the love of his life, Teddy will do whatever it takes to break the dark magic's hold on Claire. Will Claire spend her life within the grips of strange delirium, or will love prove the strongest of all? Previously published in MYSTIFIED


Twentieth-century Romance and Historical Writers
  • Author : Lesley Henderson,D. L. Kirkpatrick
  • Publisher : Saint James Press
  • Release Date : 1990
  • Category: American fiction
  • Pages : 856
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: An encyclopedic, biographical survey of the genre. The entry for each writer consists of a biography, a complete list of separately published books, and a signal critical essay. In addition, living entrants were invited to comment on their work. Series characters and locales have been indicated. Also included are notations of available bibliographies, manuscript collections, and critical studies. Acidic paper. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR




In Bed with the Duke
  • Author : Christina Dodd
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2010-03-02
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 9781101185513

Summary: A return to historical romance from the New York Times bestselling superstar Lady's companion Emma Chegwidden avoids defying society's rules-until she runs right into the arms of the seductive Reaper...a mystery man whose goal is justice. Or is it vengeance? Only one thing is certain: he's far too dangerous for the demure Emma. But some challenges are too tempting to resist...


The Athenaeum
  • Author : James Silk Buckingham,John Sterling,Frederick Denison Maurice,Henry Stebbing,Charles Wentworth Dilke,Thomas Kibble Hervey,William Hepworth Dixon,Norman Maccoll,Vernon Horace Rendall,John Middleton Murry
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1914
  • Category:
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: N.A

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Harper's Weekly
  • Author : John Bonner,George William Curtis,Henry Mills Alden,Samuel Stillman Conant,Montgomery Schuyler,John Foord,Richard Harding Davis,Carl Schurz,Henry Loomis Nelson,John Kendrick Bangs,George Brinton McClellan Harvey,Norman Hapgood
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1878
  • Category: United States
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: N.A

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What Do I Read Next?
  • Author : Neil Barron,Wayne Barton,Kristin Ramsdell
  • Publisher : Gale / Cengage Learning
  • Release Date : 1992-10
  • Category: Reference
  • Pages : 649
  • ISBN Code: 9780810354067

Summary: Provides synopses for over 1,500 titles of current popular fiction and recommends other books by such criteria as authors, characters portrayed, time period, geographical setting, or genre


A Duke's Temptation
  • Author : Jillian Hunter
  • Publisher : Berkley
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 342
  • ISBN Code: 9780451413178

Summary: **This is a Read Pink edition. In October 2010, Penguin Group (USA) launched a new initiative in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This October, we are pleased to continue the program with a donation of $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation(r) and are presenting eight beloved titles in special Read Pink(tm) editions: The Perfect Poison, by Amanda Quick The Border Lord's Bride, by Bertrice Small With Every Breath, by Lynn Kurland Danger in a Red Dress, by Christina Dodd Early Dawn, by Catherine Anderson The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, by Lauren Willig A Duke's Temptation, by Jillian Hunter Tribute, by Nora Roberts The Duke of Gravenhurst, the notorious author of dark romances, is accused of corrupting the morals of the public. But among his most devoted fans is the well-born Lily Boscastle, who seeks employment as the duke's personal housekeeper. Only then does she discover scandalous secrets about the man that she never could have imagined.




Too Wicked to Kiss
  • Author : Erica Ridley
  • Publisher : WebMotion
  • Release Date : 2019-10-30
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 1943794480

Summary: "Sensual and witty... A delicious, dark Gothic treat!" - Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author A darkly romantic gothic mystery with hidden motives and forbidden love from a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: HIS TOUCH HOLDS HER CAPTIVE From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait… TO HIS EVERY DARK DESIRE Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have killed in cold blood. Initially, his towering presence and brusque manner instill fear… until his seductive attentions and unexpected vulnerability conquer her resistance. But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer?



The Duke's Accidental Wife
  • Author : Erica Ridley
  • Publisher : Intrepid Reads
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN Code: 1939713439

Summary: Enjoy another witty, emotional book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley’s fan-favorite Dukes of War regency romance series! Miss Katherine Ross is a wealthy, eccentric socialite who knows precisely what she wants: No husband. No children. No candlelit tête-à-tête with the insufferably emotionless Duke of Ravenwood. She's convinced his heart is ice — until she touches that chiseled chest for herself. One lapse in judgment is all it takes to turn both their lives topsy-turvy... The Duke of Ravenwood isn't cold and haughty, but a secret romantic who has always dreamt of marrying for love. Instead, he gets Miss Katherine Ross — a headstrong hoyden intent on unraveling his carefully ordered world. He doesn't know whether to kiss her or throttle her. Can they survive each other's company long enough to turn a compromise into love? Grab the first book in the series FREE: The Viscount's Tempting Minx!


The Art of Authorial Presence
  • Author : Gary Richard Thompson
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 319
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: "There is no doubt that this is a new, revisionary approach to Hawthorne. It seeks to locate Hawthorne historically but in a way that will free his work from purely local or ideological considerations."--Edgar A. Dryden, University of Arizona




Country Life
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1968
  • Category: Country life
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: N.A

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A Duke's Temptation
  • Author : Jillian Hunter
  • Publisher : Tantor Media Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2014-05-09
  • Category: FICTION
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: 9781452626741

Summary: In this unforgettable novel of wicked pasts and secrets, radical rogue Samuel Charles Aubrey St. Aldwyn cannot resist the charms of wellborn Miss Lily Boscastle.



Romancing the Duke
  • Author : Tessa Dare
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2014-01-28
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 0062240161

Summary: As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one. Ugly duckling turned swan? Abducted by handsome highwayman? Rescued from drudgery by charming prince? No, no, and . . . Heh. Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed? This one.


The Duke's Reform
  • Author : Fenella-Jane Miller
  • Publisher : Ulverscroft
  • Release Date : 2015-01-08
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 9781444825084

Summary: Devastated by the deaths of his wife and daughters, Alexander, the Duke of Rochester, vows never to love again. Drinking and gambling numb the pain while he searches for a woman to enter a marriage of convenience and produce an heir. The beautiful Lady Isobel Drummond seems ideal for the task, and the union saves her family from financial ruin. But Alexander's high-handed and dissolute ways soon drive Isobel away, just as he acknowledges his growing feelings for her. Can he convince his beloved that he is a changed man? And can Isobel ever regain trust in the man she once loved?



The Reluctant Duchess
  • Author : Jane Goodger
  • Publisher : Lyrical Press
  • Release Date : 2019-07-09
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 1516109449

Summary: “Goodger writes romances that touch readers’ hearts and bring a smile to their day.” —RT Book Reviews The Brides of St. Ives The charming seaside town of St. Ives is hard to leave—but to save her family from ruin, one young woman must face a frightening unknown . . . Orphaned young, Oliver Sterling, eleventh duke of Kendal, lives in seclusion in his massive home, Horncliffe Manor. Convinced since childhood that he is monstrous, his only company is his guardian, Mr. Winters—a man who perpetuates Oliver’s self-loathing. Still, Oliver is only human. One day, he sees a beautiful young woman in a painting titled “St. Ives Girl.” Captivated, he asks Mr. Winters to find her, marry her by proxy, and bring her back as his bride . . . Rebecca Kane is shocked that her squire father has agreed to marry her off to a duke in exchange for payment of his gambling debts. But with no option, she submits. Rebecca fears this husband she has never seen in the light of day—yet in the marriage bed, her husband is kind and gentle. And though they remain in darkness, she detects nothing odd about him. She wonders what he is hiding and soon finds there are more mysteries to uncover—about the unsettling noises coming from deep within the manor, about Mr. Winters, and about love—of oneself and one’s beloved . . . Praise for the novels of Jane Goodger “An unforgettable read.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on The Earl Most Likely “Fun, delightfully romantic—and sexy.” —Sally MacKenzie on The Spinster Bride “A touching, compassionate, passion-filled romance.” —RT Book Reviews on A Christmas Waltz




Time Out Film Guide
  • Author : John Pym
  • Publisher : Time Out Guides
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 1618
  • ISBN Code: 9781904978213

Summary: This guide is a collection of engaging and provocative capsule reviews of films across the spectrum of cinema history, from Russian silent movies to American comedies, classic documentaries to Japanese anime, and beyond.


The Duke I Tempted
  • Author : Scarlett Peckham
  • Publisher : NYLA
  • Release Date : 2018-07-31
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN Code: 1641970324

Summary: He’s controlled. Meticulous. Immaculate. No one would expect the proper Duke of Westmead to be a member of London’s most illicit secret club. Least of all: his future wife. Having overcome financial ruin and redeemed his family name to become the most legendary investor in London, the Duke of Westmead needs to secure his holdings by producing an heir. Which means he must find a wife who won’t discover his secret craving to spend his nights on his knees – or make demands on his long scarred-over heart. Poppy Cavendish is not that type of woman. An ambitious self-taught botanist designing the garden ballroom in which Westmead plans to woo a bride, Poppy has struggled against convention all her life to secure her hard-won independence. She wants the capital to expand her exotic nursery business – not a husband. But there is something so compelling about Westmead, with his starchy bearing and impossibly kind eyes -- that when an accidental scandal makes marriage to the duke the only means to save her nursery, Poppy worries she wants more than the title he is offering. The arrangement is meant to be just business. A greenhouse for an heir. But Poppy yearns to unravel her husband’s secrets – and to tempt the duke to risk his heart. "An astonishingly good debut...The whole book is a breath of fresh air, both a complex, layered story and a soaring romance with two very real people at its heart." -- The New York Times Book Review Author’s Note: Dear readers, please be aware this is an angsty, twisty book written in the style of a gothic romance, and there are some dark moments along the path to a happy ending for our characters. No spoilers here, but if you are a sensitive reader please do consult the reviews before diving in. Yours, Scarlett 2018 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart ® Winner for Best Historical Romance "Desert Isle Keeper...The alliance is unexpected, fascinating and a refreshing departure from typical Regency romances, and I never wanted The Duke I Tempted to end." -- All About Romance "Peckham’s meticulous character work pays off in spectacular, grandly romantic fashion and The Duke I Tempted ends with particularly cathartic and hard-won happily ever after." -- BookPage "Gothic romances are tempestuous by definition, but this one is dramatic even by those heightened standards...If you want something to speed your heart and stop your breath as you read beneath the covers, with only the meager flashlight beam warding off the enveloping night — then you have a rare treat in store." -- The Seattle Review of Books "A one-sitting, late-into-the-night read, The Duke I Tempted ran away with my heart." -- Book Ink Reviews


Too Wanton to Wed
  • Author : Erica Ridley
  • Publisher : WebMotion
  • Release Date : 2019-11-20
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 1943794510

Summary: A deeply emotional gothic historical romance from a New York Times bestselling author: TRAPPED IN DARKNESS Violet Whitechapel committed an unspeakable crime to save a child. To escape the hangman’s noose, she takes refuge in a crumbling abbey with secrets darker than her own. When its master offers her a temporary post, Violet cannot say no. Just as she begins to see him in a new light, her past catches up to her and endangers them all… THEIR PASSION BURNS BRIGHT Alistair Waldegrave keeps his daughter imprisoned in the black heart of his Gothic abbey. As he searches for a cure to the disease the villagers call demonic, his new governess brings much needed light into their lives. But how can the passion between them survive the darkness encroaching from outside their sheltered walls? A prior edition was published as Dark Surrender.


The Vampire Viscount and the Devil's Bargain
  • Author : Karen Harbaugh
  • Publisher : Signet
  • Release Date : 2004-08
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN Code: 9780451212870

Summary: In The Vampire Viscount, an inquisitive beauty discovers the reason behind her new husband's fear of daylight and his insatiable nocturnal urges, and in The Devil's Bargain, a desperate gambler, in an attempt to restore his fortune, sells his soul and the virtue of his betrothed to the devil. Original.