Sunday, December 11, 2016

SPOTLIGHT: To Tempt an Heiress by Susanna Craig @SusannaMCraig @lyricalpress #Historical


  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press (December 6, 2016)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2016

After her beloved father dies, Tempest Holderin wants nothing more than to fulfill his wish to free the slaves on their Antiguan sugar plantation. But the now wealthy woman finds herself pursued by a pack of unsavory suitors with other plans for her inheritance. To keep her from danger, her dearest friend arranges a most unconventional solution: have Tempest kidnapped and taken to safety.

Captain Andrew Corrvan has a reputation as a ruthless, money-hungry blackguard—but those on his ship know differently. He is driven by only one thing: the quest to avenge his father’s death on the high seas. Until he agrees to abduct a headstrong heiress…

If traveling for weeks—without a chaperone—isn’t enough to ruin Tempest, the desire she feels for her dark and dangerously attractive captor will do the rest. The storm brewing between them will only gather strength when they reach England, where past and present perils threaten to tear them apart—even more so than their own stubborn hearts…


Reflected sunlight limned her profile: the gentle curve of her jaw, the translucence of her skin, the sunrise shimmer of her hair. Hers was a pale, radiant beauty, like an eggshell held up to a candle’s flame, or a spider’s web touched with dew at dawn. Fragile.
Without conscious thought, Andrew’s left hand rose, his fingertips eager to trace the highlighted features of her face. But before he reached her, she turned slightly to face him. Her close-cropped curls made her wide eyes look even larger. As her gaze locked with his, he was reminded that the true beauty of delicate things sometimes lay in their unexpected strength.
He could not be sure which he named—the woman, or the storm-clouded depths of her eyes. In this moment, they were one and the same.
Her throat worked. “I suppose I haven’t much choice, have I?”
And with that monosyllable he condemned himself to spending an eternity at sea with her. Forty days, give or take.
And forty nights.
Once, on a schoolboy dare, he had asked the rector what the people on the ark did all day, in such cramped confines, surrounded by all those animals no doubt giving in to their animal natures, what with being so perfectly paired and all. He had been soundly thrashed for his insolence—or had it been sacrilege? In any case, the rector had refused to answer the question.
Nevertheless, Andrew had had a good idea then, and a better one now, how a man and a woman, trapped together for six weeks, might be tempted to pass the time. Which was why he never allowed women aboard his ship.
His hand dropped.
“Do you know, Captain Corrvan, I half-expected you to suggest I might save myself by marrying you,” she said. If she had seen the movement of his arm, she gave no indication.
“I can promise you that such a thought never crossed my mind.”

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To Kiss a Thief (Runaway Desires #1)

Sarah Pevensey had hoped her arranged marriage to St. John Sutliffe, Viscount Fairfax, could become something more. But almost before it began, it ended in a scandal that shocked London society. Accused of being a jewel thief, Sarah fled to a small fishing village to rebuild her life.

The last time St. John saw his new wife, she was nestled in the lap of a soldier, disheveled, and no longer in possession of his family’s heirloom sapphire necklace. Now, three years later, he has located Sarah and is determined she pay for her crimes. But the woman he finds is far from what he expected. Humble and hardworking, Sarah has nothing to hide from her husband—or so it appears. Yet as he attempts to woo her to uncover her secrets, St. John soon realizes that if he’s not careful, she’ll steal his heart…

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