Un homme, un vrai, qu'elle aimerait, admirerait...
Non, ça n'existe plus de nos jours ! Lady Diane Davenport est découragée. Elle n'est courtisée que par des imbéciles, efféminés ou arrogants. Autant se réfugier dans des rêves peuplés de preux chevaliers et de pirates intrépides !
Jusqu'au jour où, flânant chez un antiquaire de Bath, Diane déniche un authentique casque romain. Par jeu, elle s'en coiffe... et se retrouve catapultée des siècles en arrière, dans les bras d'un centurion nommé Marcus Magnus. Cette fois, ce n'est plus un rêve, c'est un cauchemar. Car cet odieux personnage l'accuse d'être une espionne à la solde des Druides et prétend la réduire en esclavage...
Quoi de plus atroce que d'être mariée à un homme qu'on méprise ? Cette situation est si odieuse à
Esmeralda que, chaque jour, elle fuit au moment précis où son époux regagne le domicile conjugal ! Ce soir-là, elle vient à peine de s'engager dans Baker Street quand un fiacre s'arrête à sa hauteur. La portière s'ouvre, et les yeux de la jeune femme s'écarquillent en reconnaissant l'homme. Sean !
Cinq ans sans la moindre nouvelle, cinq ans à rêver de lui chaque nuit... Comme il a changé ! Une maturité virile et ténébreuse a éclipsé sa jeunesse. Lentement, il caresse du regard les lèvres d'Esmeralda, la courbe de ses seins... Le comte de Kildare jubile. À présent, il tient sa vengeance!
Elizabeth Hardwick, dite Bess, n'a pas de titre ni de fortune. Son seul trésor : une beauté ravageuse ! Pleine de fougue et d'audace, elle est déterminée à maîtriser sa vie. Lorsqu'elle est présentée à William Cavendish, que le roi Henri VIII vient d'élever au rang de chevalier, la rencontre est explosive, la passion dévorante, le mariage vite conclu. Elizabeth entre alors dans le cercle étroit de la maison royale. Passions, alliances, trahisons... elle devient une fine observatrice des luttes intestines de la noblesse et approche l'intimité de la reine Elizabeth Ire, jusqu'à en obtenir la protection. Dès lors, le destin de Bess se met en marche...
Écosse, XVe siècle. Le pays est déchiré par des rivalités sanglantes entre clans. Afin d'instaurer la paix, le roi ordonne le mariage de Ramsey Douglas avec une des filles du clan Kennedy. Les hommes du clan Douglas ont la réputation d'assassiner leurs épouses à la moindre incartade, et Ramsey est le plus redoutable de tous. Or c'est l'insupportable Valentina, au caractère aussi indomptable que sa chevelure rousse, qu'il doit épouser ! Furieux qu'on lui impose cette mégère, Ramsey exige que l'on double la dot et, insulte suprême, que le mariage ne soit consacré que lorsque Valentina sera enceinte!
Astride her white palfrey, surrounded by a nimbus of silver-blond hair, Jasmine was a vision to strike a man mute with desire. But the violet-eyed love child of King Richard's half brother had vowed that no man would ever rule her heart. Until she saw the face of the Devil himself in her crystal ball--the dark, brooding knight who would kill to make her his own. She would risk a dissolute court and a maddened, lustful king to keep destiny at bay, anything to keep her from the hypnotic eyes and burning caresses of...The Falcon.
A wickedly handsome warrior who lived by blood and the sword, Falcon de Burgh wanted to wed no woman--until he laid eyes on the exquisite Jasmine, and he vowed to possess her, to teach her all the wondrous ways a man could love a woman, no matter what it might take to conquer her fiery, unyielding heart. Falcon knew only blind, reckless passion as he swore to tame, at the risk of his life...The Flower.
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Mesmerized by the dark knight's turquoise gaze, Lady Brianna of Bedford tried to turn away.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;After all, she was betrothed to Robert de Beauchamp.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;And now this total stranger, Christian Hawksblood, de Beauchamp's bastard brother, claimed her with a soulsearing look.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;What was his mystical power that compelled her to abandon herself to this man she dare not even trust...Christian Hawksblood, Prince and Knight Templar, burned with memories of the beauty he first saw in a vision, clad only in a nimbus of redgold hair.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Brianna of Bedford was his, ordained by fate.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;But first he had to deal with his jealous brother.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;And then with Brianna, the innocent temptress who branded him with passion even as she compelled him to listen with his heart...From the Paperback edition.
With her sapphire eyes and silken dark hair, Princess Eleanor was a bewitching beauty made for a man's pleasure.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Once a child bride, but widowed at a tender age, she swore never to marry again and took a vow of eternal chastity...until Simon de Montfort marched into England and set his smoldering dark gaze upon her, King Henry's youngest sister, the royal family's most precious jewel.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Bold, arrogant, and invincible, the towering Norman knight inspired awe in the bravest of men...and a reckless desire in Eleanor's untried heart.From the Paperback edition.
Bent on revenge after five years on a prison ship, Sean O'Toole, Earl of Kildare, kidnapped his enemy's daughter.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Her name was Emerald, an innocent beauty he had known long ago, who had stirred his senses like no other woman.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;But now he planned to seduce her, abandon her...and bring disgrace to the Montagues.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;First he would restore the fire to her eyes, make her hunger for his steely embrace then use her in an act of vengeance.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;But Sean didn't expect to find himself caught in the sudden heat of his own desires, bewitched by the magnificent beauty he'd planned to betray...From the Paperback edition.
Where are all the real men? she wondered...For Lady Diana Davenport, they existed only in her books and dreams. There she could lose herself, becoming the licentious Diana, goddess of the huntfar from the rigid restraints of eighteenthcentury London, where she was courted by fops and fools. That is, until she tried on an authentic Roman helmet in an antiques store and was catapulted back in time, landing in Marcus Magnus's arms. This was no dream! She was lost in Aquae Sulis, the city she knew as Bath, prisoner of a Roman general who accused the violeteyed beauty of being a Druid spyand then made her his slave!"COME TO ME."His words were soft, imperious, charged with danger and desire. Marcus Magnus was powerful, arrogant, and infuriating. A real man. And now Lady Diana was his slave, hostage to his will, vowing to fight him to the endwith every seductive weapon she possessed....Virginia Henley is the author of eight romances published by Dell, including the New York Times bestsellers Seduced and Desired.She divides her time between Ontario, Canada, and St. Petersburg, Florida.From the Paperback edition.
The Dove...She'd been bought for a strip of land, then abandoned: a bartered bride, married by proxy, determined to wreak revenge.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;As innocent Sara Bishop she'd paid dearly for freedom from her cruel, mocking family.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;As flamehaired, jadeeyed Sabre Wilde, she would scandalize Queen Elizabeth's court as she set out to seduce her unknown husband, become his mistressand make him her slave.The Hawk...The Queen's favorite, called The Sea God, his white teeth flashed in his bronze face as his deep, virile voice boomed orders to his men. He branded Sabre with his searing kiss and his masterful touch, not even aware she was already his wife. Captain Shane Hawkhurst knew how to command, how to subdue and ravage an enemy, but was he prepared to be caught in passion's merciless snare by a fiery beauty who ruled his heart and inflamed his senses?From the Paperback edition.
Few writers can rival the sheer storytelling mastery of New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley. Brimming with sensual tension, humor, and narrative power, Henley's awardwinning novels have enchanted readers worldwide. Now in The Marriage Prizethe third novel in her Plantagenet trilogy, which began with The Falcon and the Flower and continued in The Dragon and the Jewelthis incomparable storyteller returns to medieval England and brings to life a love story so passionate it will take your breath away.Orphaned at a young age, Rosamond Marshal is a royal ward of Eleanor de Montfort, sister of King Henry III and wife of the renowned warlord Simon de Montfort. Under the worldly countess's tutelage, Rosamond learns not only the skills of a chatelaine, but how to wield her female power by dressing exquisitely, conversing wittily, and charming men mercilessly. As she reaches young womanhood, the beautiful heiress is fearful of leaving the security of the de Montfort household and fulfilling her betrothal to the powerful bachelor knight Rodger de Leyburn. Just as Rodger devilishly outmaneuvers Rosamond's strategems to break their betrothal, Prince Edward will accept none of Rosamond's excuses to forestall her marriage. For the prince is determined to reward Rodger, his dearest friend, with a wealthy, noble wife. Slowly Rodger woos Rosamond, convincing her that his love extends beyond her estates and her wealth. But no sooner doe Rosamond become Rodger's wife and experience all the exquisite ways a man can love a woman than she finds herself and her husband on opposite sides of a bloody civil war. For Rodger is fighting alongside Prince Edward and the king to quell the barons' rebellion, led by none other than Rosamond's beloved guardian, Simon de Montfort.With the gripping storytelling, vibrant historical detail, and powerful insight into a woman's heart that have made her one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, Virginia Henley sweeps readers into the most captivating and wildly passionate love story of her career.From the Hardcover edition.
With over five million copies of her novels in print, New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley has enchanted readers worldwide.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Now she sweeps us back to an intensely romantic, tumultuous time in Scottish history.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;When Lynx de Warenne, Edward Plantagenet's most prized warrior, invaded Dumfries castle, he took possession of Jane Leslie's homeand soon wanted something more from the headstrong lass.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Desperate for an heir, he proposed a handfasting: a Scottish custom whereby a man can lawfully take a woman into his bed, then, after a year and a day, the couple can either wed or part.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Any child of that union is deemed legitimate.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Jane had no choice but to surrender to the invader's knowing touch.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;. Fearless on the battlefield, Lynx was afraid to love.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;But Jane slowly stole into his heart.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;And as the fires of war raged around them, amid treacherous foes and brilliant intrigues, who would have thought that two such unlikely partners would fall in loveor that their breathless passion for each other would outlast .yes'>#160;yes'>#160;.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;.Virginia Henley is the author of fourteen romantic novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Seduced and Desired.yes'>#10;yes'>#160;Her work has been translated into ten languages.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;A recipient of the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award, she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Ontario, Canada.From the Paperback edition.
New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley brings her trademark passion, power, and steamy sensuality to this dazzling work of romance fiction–an unforgettable tale of a headstrong Englishwoman abducted by a Scotsman seeking passionate revenge....Raven Carleton is every inch the English lady. But on this glorious morning, as she gallops along the seacoast, Raven is thinking about her freedom, not her imminent betrothal to aristocratic Christopher Dacre. Suddenly Raven is forced to draw rein when a man appears directly in her path. Silhouetted against the predawn sky, he is magnificent–a darkly powerful stranger who will alter the course of her life.When Scotsman Heath Kennedy first glimpses Raven Carleton, he sees a creature of such infinite loveliness, she takes his breath away. But in a land divided, Raven is about to become a pawn in the bitter border wars between England and Scotland. Abducted by Heath and held for ransom, Raven finds herself attracted to him in ways she never could have imagined...and Heath is utterly beguiled by his headstrong captive. Risking the wrath of two realms, the Scotsman does the unthinkable: He offers Raven her freedom. He asks only one thing in return.From the Paperback edition.
Wild as a pagan goddess, Lady Summer galloped her stallion along the Cornish coast. She had dabbled in the smuggler's game to save her family estate, but a wealthy marriage would better serve her purpose now. Lord Ruark Helford seemed the answer to her reckless prayers. But as his hot, hungry kisses drew her toward deception and irresistible acts of love, she had to hesitate. Would this arrogant, handsome lord be her ticket to heavenor hell?From the Paperback edition.
Her hair was black and silk against her ivory skin; her gray eyes burned with opal fire. The love child of King Edward IV, Roseanna was pledged to her father's most prized warrior. He was dark, strong, and commanding, and in the bedchamber, where he forced her to honor her marriage vows, she learned not to crave his intoxicating touch. And still she swore not to love him even as she surrendered to the dark rapture of...the Raven.From the Paperback edition.
Shorn of her glorious raven tresses and dressed as a man, Lady Antonia Lamb became Lord Anthony Lamb, desperate to keep the property entailed to her twin brother, who is missing at sea. Trapped—and liberated—by her masquerade, Tony meets her new guardian, the devastatingly dangerous Adam Savage, who has returned from his plantation in Ceylon, determined to turn the innocent "boy" into a worldly man.From the Paperback edition.
All men lusted for the firebrand they called Flaming Tina, famed for the molten fire in her hairyes'>#8212;and for the hot temper running fierce through the noble Scots blood of Lady Valentina Kennedy. Forced into marriage with the fearsome warrior of an enemy clan, Tina vowed to use her wild beauty to gain mastery over Lord Ramsey Douglas.From the Paperback edition.
Sweeping us into glittering, intrigue-riddled Elizabethan England, bringing to vivid life an actual heroine in the queen's court, New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley blends rich historical detail with sumptuous romance in her latest novel--a dazzling feast of romantic fiction....
Young Bess Hardwick knew that the only way to escape a commoner's life was to serve in a noble family and marry well. So the headstrong beauty set out for London and the Tudor court, the arena for the richest, most ambitious men, none more powerful than the four men who would claim her. None more dangerous than Princess Elizabeth, who made Bess friend, confidante, then lady-in-waiting in her own glittering court...
Dangerously seductive, William Cavendish, the king's dashing financial adviser, vowed to have Bess at any cost. Frail, adoring Robert Barlow offered a marriage she couldn't refuse. Newly crowned Queen Elizabeth bade her marry courtly Sir William St. Loe. But reckless passion drove Bess into the arms of George Talbot, the devastating Earl of Shrewsbury, whose wicked daring ignited in Bess the passion of a lifetime--even as it sparked the jealous interest of the most perilous ally of all: the Virgin Queen....
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Some men thrive on scandal.
Lord James Hamilton, heir to the Duke of Abercorn and newly appointed attendant to the young Prince of Wales, is in no rush to find a wife and take on a more responsible life. A lover of all things pleasurable, James has earned his reputation as a rakehell of London. But when a feisty beauty piques his interest, James finds himself obsessed with learning more about her, and even contemplates making her his own.
Lady Anne Curzon-Howe has long been besotted with her dear friends' handsome elder brother, James-'ever since the moment he compared her to a wild Irish rose. While Anne has many suitors, the elusive James is the only man who draws her fancy. But Lord Hamilton's rakish ways are notorious for a reason, and convincing him to love only her will be an incredible-'albeit rewarding-'challenge....
MORE THAN 8 MILLION COPIES OF VIRGINIA HENLEY'S NOVELS IN PRINT
New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley weaves an enchanting tale of passion and intrigue in England's Golden Age-where a woman's reckless search for adventure leads her to the man destined to claim her...
Catherine Seton Spencer, a young maiden of Queen Elizabeth's court, is cursed with impulsiveness. When she meets Patrick Hepburn, who's visiting the court after a tour of duty patrolling the Scottish borderlands, Cat thinks he's an arrogant brute-and Patrick thinks Cat's a spoiled shrew. Divided by loyalties and society, but bound by desire that drives them into each other's arms, Cat and Patrick find themselves in an intricate web of deceit and danger that threatens to topple the throne-and tear the lovers apart.