Sophia inched closer to the dock’s edge and reached one gloved hand toward his, considering how best to board the bobbing craft without losing her dignity over- board.

The moment her fingers grazed his palm, his grip tightened over her hand. He pulled swiftly, wrenching her feetfrom the dock and a gasp from her throat. A moment of weightlessness— and then she was aboard. Somehow his arm had whipped around her waist, binding her to his solid chest. He released her just as quickly, but a lilt of the rowboat pitched Sophia back into his arms.

“Steady there,” he murmured through a small smile. “I have you.”

A sudden gust of wind absconded with his hat. He took no notice, but Sophia did. She noticed everything. Never in her life had she felt so acutely aware. Her nerves were drawn taut as harp strings, and her senses hummed.

The man radiated heat. From exertion, most likely. Or perhaps from a sheer surplus of simmering male vigor. The air around them was cold, but he was hot. And as he held her tight against his chest, Sophia felt that delicious, enticing heat burn through every layer of her clothing—cloak, gown, stays, chemise, petticoat, stockings, drawers—igniting desire in her belly.

And sparking a flare of alarm. This was a precarious position indeed. The further her torso melted into his, the more certainly he would detect her secret: the cold, hard bundle of notes and coin lashed beneath her stays.

ISBN-10: 0061456837
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: August 25
Pages: 384
Retail Price: $6.99

Sebastian Grant is a successful, multi-published writer, but he can’t write. He’s got writer’s block.

Daisy Merrick is a wanna-be writer, but she can’t get published. She’s been rejected. Lord Marlowe is the publisher who forces Sebastian and Daisy to work together, hoping they can help each other. That’s when the trouble starts, the sparks fly, and the seductions begin.



ISBN-10: 0440244285
ISBN-13: 978-0440244288
Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 416 pages
Release Date: August 25
Retail Price: $6.99

The next story in the Pennistan series ...

Stranger's Kiss is the story of a man’s thirst for justice and a woman’s longing for passion.

The Duke of Meryon and Elena Verano are as different as England and Italy. But each understands the others lingering grief after the death of their spouse. One conversation as strangers and one almost innocent kiss spirals into an affair revealing a jumble of emotions both have suppressed for too long.

The duke’s efforts to bring an enemy to ruin and his affair with Elena collide in a way that threatens their growing love as well as their lives.


Publisher: Ballantine
Release Date: August 25
Pages: 400
Retail Price: $6.99

Desperate to escape a loveless marriage and society’s constraints, pampered heiress Sophia Hathaway jilts her groom, packs up her paints and sketchbook, and assumes a new identity, posing as a governess to secure passage on the Aphrodite. She wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited. But it’s one thing to sketch all her wildest, most wanton fantasies, and quite another to face the dangerously handsome libertine who would steal both her virtue and her gold.

To any well-bred lady, Benedict “Gray” Grayson is trouble in snug-fitting boots. A conscienceless scoundrel who sails the seas for pleasure and profit, Gray lives for conquest—until Sophia’s perception and artistry stir his heart. Suddenly, he’ll brave sharks, fire, storm, and sea just to keep her at his side. She’s beautiful, refined, and ripe for seduction. Could this counterfeit governess be a rogue’s redemption? Or will the runaway heiress’s secrets destroy their only chance at love?

Look for A Lady of Persuasion in October, the final book in Tessa Dare's trilogy.


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