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Explore the emotional pitfalls and physical pleasures when respectable women find themselves in the role of a naked Venus.
John Carter’s Conundrum (Georgian-era Romance)
John Carter, a Bow Street Runner (detective) in London, is called to the deathbed of the Third Duke of Bedford who tells him a disjointed story and hands him an envelope which holds a couple of documents. One is an account of debts, another is a deed to a house. Carter has no idea what to make of this odd inheritance – if inheritance it is. But since he made a deathbed promise to the duke to “Carry it through” – whatever that could mean – he intends to use his detective skills to piece together the puzzle of the duke’s story and the documents.
Serena Marsh came to London to help straighten out the tangled finances of her Aunt Diana’s fashionable gambling hell and found a not-quite-proper-but-not-quite-improper way of paying off her aunt’s debts held by the Third Duke of Bedford.
Carter has enough information at hand to seek out Miss Marsh. When he discovers her method of paying those debts, he is a very surprised and admittedly happy man.
But the puzzle of the duke’s story and the documents in his possession remains. And he needs Miss Marsh’s help to sort it all out. She is not going to be happy when they get to the bottom of it. And he is going to need much more than good detective skills to get what he wants in the end: her love.
A Most Curious Courtship (Regency Romance)
With the horrors of Waterloo behind him, Jonathan Avery must now take up his duties as the Fifth Duke of Bedford, a position he inherited most unexpectedly. Not only is he entirely unprepared for the position, he is also, in his opinion, completely unsuited for it. But good soldier that he is, he squarely faces his duty and travels to take up residence at Bedford Manor, his primarily ducal seat in Hartsfield.
Beatrice Castle has established in Hartsfield a home for unwed mothers where they can give birth under healthy and happy conditions. She is the first to meet the new duke upon his arrival and is able to direct him to his splendid manor. She doesn’t give him a second thought, but he is intrigued by her and determined to pursue an acquaintance.
After he visits her both in Hartsfield and in London, she decides the well-set-up and charmingly self-effacing duke should be her first Adventure and determines to seduce him. So, she lures him to The White Chrysanthemum, the most exclusive brothel in London which she owns.
In the White Chrysanthemum’s scandalous viewing rooms, Jonathan, with his good soldier’s instincts, recognizes he’s on the battlefield of love and determines a strategy of his own – one that, after a night of pleasure, leaves Beatrice with an ultimatum.
Who will win this battle of the sexes?
The Red Palace (Romance of the British Raj)
Badar Ali returns after ten years in England to India to take his rightful place as Prince of Rajgurat. The unrest in the country caused by the revolt against the East Indian Company has not yet roiled his kingdom, and he wants to keep the peace in his realm. Immediately upon his return he suspects a spy lurking in the Red Palace and he sets out to discover who is it.
Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkins miraculously survived a bloody ambush that killed her husband and his entourage as they traveled from Bombay to Peshawar. After the attack she uses all her wits to get herself to the town of G . There she manages to trick the king’s three favorites into letting her into the women’s quarters of the Red Palace with no man being the wiser. Her relief at finding refuge is temporary because the Prince ferrets out her presence.
Badar Ali recognizes Mrs. Wilkins not as a dangerous spy but as a most welcome political pawn, and he will use her when the time comes to negotiate favorable treatment of his kingdom by the British Raj beginning to take shape. For the moment, he will keep her hidden from the world and safe under his protection. However, he is also determined to enjoy the English beauty and makes her his naked plaything in a game of Look But Not Touch.
Elizabeth is at first shocked and indignant to sit naked on a rug in the prince’s office, hidden from the rest of the world while the prince works. Over time she grows accustomed to the strange, sensual situation and then begins to like it and even long for it.
Eventually the time comes for the prince to move his pawn and Elizabeth leaves the Red Palace. Neither she nor Badar Ali can predict the strength of their attraction when political events throw them together again. Or the choices that attraction will compel them to make.