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A woman compelled. . .

In the glittering world of Regency England, Anne Wilder played a dangerous game.  A widowed lady by day, by night she became a masked thief preying on society's elite.  She roved high above London's black rooftops, compelled by phantoms from her past to take ever greater risks.  Until her restless spirit led her into Colonel Jack Seward's trap. . . where ...

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Overview

A woman compelled. . .

In the glittering world of Regency England, Anne Wilder played a dangerous game.  A widowed lady by day, by night she became a masked thief preying on society's elite.  She roved high above London's black rooftops, compelled by phantoms from her past to take ever greater risks.  Until her restless spirit led her into Colonel Jack Seward's trap. . . where seduction was her only way out.

A man obsessed. . .

She'd played him for a fool, taking advantage of his hungry response to escape from his clutches.  But as Jack hunted for his thief, his heart fell captive to a self-possessed widow.  Torn between illicit passion and tender love, Jack is duty-bound to capture the audacious criminal, even if it means ripping society apart to do so.  Now he stalked her through the ton, never realizing the lovely widow who captured his heart was the same woman who roused his most violent passions.

A love that defied king and country. . .

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Connie Brockway delivers!"
--Tami Hoag, author of A Thin Dark Line

"Connie Brockway is a master at creating sparkling chemistry."
--Laura Kinsale

"[Connie Brockway's] work brims with warmth, wit, sensuality, and intelligence."
--Amanda Quick

"Connie Brockway's powerful characters grab you by the heartstrings and pull you into their world, their hearts, their love!"
--Betina Krahn

"Connie Brockway's work is an absolute delight!"
--Catherine Anderson, author of Annie's Song

"Ms. Brockway [is] among the finest writers of the genre."
--Pen & Mouse

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Intricately plotted, with highly inventive lead characters, Brockway's latest is an intense and complicated romance that makes good use of its historical setting, England in 1817. This spy-catches-thief story weaves together dark secondary characters, some shocking sexual frankness (a masturbation scene and some non-euphemistic language), and truly tormented lead characters who, in contrast to the dukes and ladies in most romances, are not to the manor born. Everything works in this cat-and-mouse tale-there is excitement, chemistry, obsession, and, best of all, a tortured romance that has an ending befitting its unusual story line. Readers new to Brockway will want to check out her earlier A Dangerous Man and As You Desire after reading this. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440223726
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Connie  Brockway lives in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and their daughter.  She loves writing historical romances, finding it the perfect way to meld a restless nature, a questing intellect and a romantic heart, as she travels, researches and, of course, dreams.

She enjoys hearing from readers c/o Dell Publishing.

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"Why do you do it?"  he asked.

It would be futile to pretend she didn't understand the question.  But how could she explain what she didn't understand herself?   So, as she didn't have any answer, she gave him the thief's flip retort.

"Haven't you ever stolen anything, Cap?"

She was unprepared for his response.  He surged forward then jerked to a halt as if caught on the end of a barb hook.  She backed away.  Her pulse kicked into double time.

An evil smile crept over his lips.  "Nothing compared to what you've stolen."

She knew he was speaking of the night she'd tied him up and done the unimaginable.

His smile became knife sharp.  "I see you understand me. Did you think I was bluffing when I promised I'd have you?   Or did you think that when I discovered that the woman who fondled my body with such enthusiastic eroticism was the modest and dignified widow, I would renege?   I won't.  I never break a promise."

Her knees went rubbery and her hand shot out, searching for support.  He rose, coming to her as gracefully and attentively as a court swain to his lady's aid.  He took her arm and led her to the small, straight-backed chair she occupied earlier.

"Here.  Sit by the fire."  He held it for her.  Confused by this combination of suitor and enemy, she obliged.  He took a position looming unseen and silent behind her.

"I think I deserve a little compensation for that evening, don't you?"  he asked softly.

His hands came down on her shoulders.  She jerked half out of her seat.  He pressed her back down.

"Easy," he murmured, as if gentling a horse. "You're cold.  Your hair is still damp.  Let me help you."

His voice rippled over her like rough silk.  He threaded his fingers through her hair and slowly separated the thick mass into dark strands, spreading it like a net over her shoulders and breasts, his knuckles brushing lightly over her bosom as he worked.  His hands were beautiful.  Even the ruined one had a certain tortured grace.

It disconcerted her, having him standing behind her, as she was unable to see him.  He touched her familiarly, almost casually. She wanted to read his expression but could not bring herself to turn.  It would be too intimate.

More intimate than this? She caught back a burble of laughter.  Her head swam with fatigue and increasing tension.

He ran his thumb lightly along her neckline and dipped it beneath the laced edge.  She went as still as a hind in a woodsman's net.  She shivered.  He'd sworn he'd have recompense.  Fear added its unique flavor to her tumultuous emotions.

"You really are exquisite."  He might have been a sightseer commenting on a particularly nice vista.  His voice was detached.  Idly he pushed down her gaping neckline, revealing her breasts nearly to their tips.

If he heard her slight gasp, he ignored it.

"One cannot help but wonder how someone so exquisite, with so many advantages, decides to take up thievery as a pastime."

She could barely think.  His hands flowed down over her.  The heat from his broad palms penetrated through the silk, warming her flesh.  He cupped her breasts and massaged them, testing their texture and weight with ruthless gentleness.

Tongues of firelight flickered over her skin, bathing her in stripes of light and shadow.  He scared her.  She couldn't remember a time when her body had been caressed so deliberately and with such obvious intentions.

"Was it boredom?"

"What?"

His thumb had found the peak of one breast beading beneath the tissue-thin silk.  "Was it boredom?"

"No."  She sounded breathless.  She was breathless. She started to rise but he abandoned his languid fondling of her bosom to push her down into her seat again.  She began to turn but he braced her head gently between his hands, keeping her facing forward and away from him.

"Stay there," he whispered, his warm breath rushing over her ear.  She could judge nothing from that soft, rasping voice.  "A few touches.  Surely you had more of me."

He set her hands carefully on the arms of the chair and covered them with his own.  "Hold on.  You aren't required to do anything, to acknowledge anything.  Just feel."  His low voice hypnotized her with unspoken promises of a dark knowledge she longed to share; it sucked her will from her.

She looked down.  His dark hands were casually fiddling with the satin loops decorating her neckline, his knuckles rubbing artlessly against her nipples.

"Well, Anne?  Why do you steal things?  Just blood running true?"  His voice held a trace of amusement or pain, impossible to tell which one.

"No."

He quit playing with the satin decoration.  Disappointment and relief flooded her in equal portions until she heard him move.  He'd knelt behind her chair.  She stared straight ahead, unsure and apprehensive of what he planned.

He reached around her and slid the back of his hand down her skirts to her knee.  Slowly, incrementally, he crumpled the material in his fist until he'd  exposed her calf.  His fingers slipped behind her knee, making small, delicate little circles on the too-receptive flesh.

"Relax," he whispered in her ear.  "There was a night when you wanted me.  Do you remember?  I do."

Her face and body flushed with mortification.  "I'm sorry."

His hand stopped for a heartbeat.  Then he began touching her again.  The laughter fanning her cheek held no amusement.  "Liar.  You are not.  But I am."

"Please."

He drew lazy designs on the soft downy flesh inside her thigh.  "You never allowed me to participate.  Unkind.  One might say discourteous.  I would have been happy to oblige you.  Service you.  But you know that."  For an instant an edged note penetrated his languid tone.  "You demonstrated quite clearly just how willing I would have been."

Yes.  Her eyes fluttered shut, reeling beneath the casual assault he made on her body.  Yes.  She'd wanted him. Wanted to control all that masculine power and sexuality. From the start she'd been drawn to his strength, his power, his control.  It had been such a contrast to her own lack of power, her own lack of sexuality, her own lack of control.

"I want to oblige now.  Let me pleasure you."

Pleasure? The concept beckoned her.  She'd never been allowed pleasure for pleasure's sake, uncomplicated and in its rawest form.  No man had ever done things to her just to gratify her senses.  The idea enticed her.

She wanted him.  Like a moth to fire, his ability to destroy her bewitched her.  His free hand lifted her heavy mantle of hair and swept it aside.  She felt his open mouth on the nape of her neck.  Her head fell back, her throat arched, offering itself to his exploration.  Warm lips brushed feathery kisses at the corner of her eye and on the curve of her chin.

"Let me service you."

"Yes." She breathed the consent in surrender.  She no longer cared what he sought from her, revenge or shame.

Excerpted from All Through the Night by Connie Brockway.  Copyright © 1997 by Connie Brockway.  Excerpted by permission of Dell Publishing, a division of the Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.  All rights reserved.  No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

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    Compelling characters, strong plot, and suspenseful - all ingredients for a gripping read.

    This one knocked my socks off! Wealthy widow Anne Wilder is a cat burglar by night, stealing from the ton snobs who reneged on donations to her charity for wounded soldiers. Colonel Jack Seward is a tracker without peer of criminals. Both of them are targets of people who want to possess them fully - Anne for her beauty and elusiveness; Jack for rising above his wretched beginnings to become invaluable to the war office. Each of them in their own way resisted, but at a cost to themselves. Through their overpowering, irresistible attraction, they shed their disguises and heal each other.

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    This was an ok read. Nothing fantastic. Give me Julie Garwood

    This was an ok read. Nothing fantastic. Give me Julie Garwood or Julie Quinn any day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2006

    This Book is Power Packed....

    This is the first book by Connie Brockway that I have read. I liked that the heroine, Anne Wilder, was not your typical high ranking English miss with a title or wealthy family. She came from an average home and family with little means but, lots of heart. She fortunately had intelligence, wit, charm, beauty and a bit of mystery that other woman seemed to lack. I liked that Anne did not become a boring simpering miss after her husband died. Instead, she had a strong heart and sense of rightness and focused her life on helping those her husband had hurt during his poor captaining of a ship and assisting a house for those left blind, lame, ill or worse from her husband¿s mistakes. Those in the ton who did not come through with financial gifts as they said they would, became the victim of Anne¿s midnight thievery. She was a bit of a female Robin Hood if you will. She stole from the rich and gave to the poor (but, only when the rich recanted gifts they promised). Anne had a dangerous streak which was appealing for a woman and enjoyed her dual roles as lady in waiting during the day and then midnight thief of the ton at night. Our hero Colonel Jack was equally interesting as the main leading man. He had a background in the gutters and workhouses of England and survived by his wit and brains. Jack met his ¿father¿ by chance as a child and he benefited during his adult life from this man who took him in but, it was at great cost to Jack. He learned to be tough, emotionless, cold, and distant on all of his spying and networking campaigns as payment for being selected to live by this man. Life on the streets and then being raised by a devious and evil man made Jack into who he was in later life ¿ dark, mysterious, a bit haunted and out of reach to most men and women. Jack could have been an awful hero from his past but, beneath his rock hard exterior there lurked still some gentleness, some tenderness and some possibility for love. He was solid and you as the reader never gave up on him. Most of the book was a lot of sexual teasing and temptation and anticipation and that¿s not a bad thing ¿ such as watching each other, dreaming of each other, kissing, touching, tormenting each other, etc. Their coming together did not occur until late in the story and that worked just fine. All their attraction and dangerous situations provided intensity and emotion and that filled in for any missing coupling. Instead, the desire that builds beforehand can be earth shattering in itself. If you have not selected this author yet, I recommend you do. She is very talented with the pen and wove a wonderful story with memorable characters. Pick it up, read it and definitely enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2002

    THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Jack is any womans dream-man. Anne is just wonderful. I love everything about this book and for several years now, it remains as my favorite. Connie was at her best when she wrote this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    I loved this book!

    I really love this book! It is my favorite book. Jack and Anne are the best couple that I have ever read about. From the first kiss, Jack was intrigued with Anne. I love those two! Connie Brockway has a great plot and great depth with the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romantic read!

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