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Christina Dodd, "The Lady and the Tiger"

Laura Haver will stop at nothing to find out who killed her brother-even if it means posing as the wife of notorious rogue Keefe Leighton, the Earl of Hamilton. But things go too far when Keefe engages Laura in an artful game of seduction-a game that can have only one winner...

Stephanie Laurens, "Melting Ice"

Once, Dyan St. Laurent Dare, Duke of Darke, dreamed of ...

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Overview

Christina Dodd, "The Lady and the Tiger"

Laura Haver will stop at nothing to find out who killed her brother-even if it means posing as the wife of notorious rogue Keefe Leighton, the Earl of Hamilton. But things go too far when Keefe engages Laura in an artful game of seduction-a game that can have only one winner...

Stephanie Laurens, "Melting Ice"

Once, Dyan St. Laurent Dare, Duke of Darke, dreamed of making Lady Fiona his bride. Now they're together again-at a scandalous dinner party where debauchery is the menu's main course. But will wedding bells ring after the guests get their just desserts?

Celeste Bradley, "Wedding Knight"

Alfred Knight will do anything to avoid a scandal-even marry a woman he barely knows. But his bride has a most titillating secret...one she'll share as soon as she conquers her temptation for the man she was never supposed to marry!

Leslie LaFoy, "The Proposition"

Rennick St. James, the Earl of Parnell, has four days to seduce London's most popular widow into becoming his wife-or else she'll marry another man. It won't be easy...but Rennick has been lusting after the beguiling Julia Hamilton far too long to let her go now...

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Editorial Reviews

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Christina Dodd

"Nobody writes historical romance better." -Kristen Hannah, New York Times bestselling author

"Christina Dodd keeps getting better and better!" -Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author

Stephanie Laurens

"I'll buy anything with her name on it." -Linda Howard, New York Times bestselling author

"Laurens gifts readers with a highly sensual romance and wonderful storytelling. Add a hint of danger and sizzling passion, and readers are in for one wild ride-air conditioning required!" -Romantic Times on All About Passion

Celeste Bradley

"Funny and touching...totally entertaining."

—Julia Quinn, New York Times bestselling author on The Pretender

"A witty and delectable combination of superbly crafted characters and an intrigue-steeped plot in which Bradley beautifully manipulates the sinfully sensual yet delicately romantic relationship between Agatha and Simon into an irresistible and supremely satisfying love story."—Booklist (starred) on The Pretender

Leslie LaFoy

"Leslie LaFoy is intelligent, sexy fun."

—Kasey Michaels, New York Times bestselling author

"Romance, emotion, marvelous characters-no one does it better than Leslie LaFoy!"

—Maggie Osborne, award-winning author of Shotgun Wedding on The Perfect Seduction

Publishers Weekly
As romance fans would expect from the star-studded lineup in this collection, each Regency-era novella features a high level of sensuality, but the short format of these pieces allows little room for romantic development. In the contributions from Dodd ("The Lady and the Tiger") and LaFoy ("The Proposition"), the heroines fall too quickly into bed with their respective heroes. Although the characters are likable enough, the stories lack the strong emotional core found in the authors' longer works. Still, there's plenty of fun to be had here. In Laurens's "Melting Ice," for example, the heroine finds herself in the awkward position of having unknowingly invited herself to an orgy, and in Bradley's "Wedding Knight," a bride becomes enmeshed in a mistaken-identity fiasco complete with blackmail and throwing knives. While this collection doesn't approach the heights any of these authors have achieved individually, it's consistent in tone and quality. Ardent fans of Dodd and Laurens, however, will be disappointed to note that these two authors' entries have been previously published. (May) Forecast: Although this collection will grace bestseller lists, it isn't likely to have the same staying power as Laurens's and Dodd's full-length novels. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312995225
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Christina Dodd is the author of over twenty-three romances that made regular appearances on the bestseller lists, including The New York Times. She has won numerous awards: Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart and RITA Awards.

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career, and her series of historical romances set in Regency England about the masterful Cynster cousins has captivated readers, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors.

Celeste Bradley is the New York Times bestselling author of Scoundrel in My DreamsDesperately Seeking a Duke, and the Royal Four and Liars Club series, among many others. Prior to giving writing a try, Celeste was a professional artist. Believing that storytelling is as much of an art form, she applies those skills to writing. She is a two-time RITA Nominee and winner of the prestigious Historical Storyteller of the Year from Romantic Times Book Reviews. Mother of two teen divas, Southern-born Celeste lives in the Southwest. Her hobbies include gardening, jewelry making and collage. She feels very strongly that literacy can change lives.

Leslie LaFoy grew up loving to read and living to write. (This was a significant factor in her becoming the unofficial poster child of over-education. In the Liberal Arts, no less.) After teaching high school history for many years, she focused her creative energies on her life-long dream of writing full time. When not made completely oblivious to reality by her current work in progress, she dabbles in every handicraft known to womankind and, twice a week and every other weekend, dons her cape to be Hockey Team Mom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    I would definitely recommend this book

    I love short story romance and especially historical stories. These stories were definitely entertaining, and were tied together beautifully, and they had very exciting plots. Each story was wonderfully exciting and I hated to see them end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Excellent Reissue

    This is a reissue from several years ago. I discovered Stephanie Laurens by reading this and am anxiously waiting her next book. The stories in this anthology are very good but not new to 2004.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2004

    fine nineteenth century historical romances

    ¿The Lady and the Tiger¿ by Christina Dodd. In 1813, Laura Haver obsesses over who killed her brother, first secretary to Lord Keith Leighton. Clues take her to a smuggler¿s cove where she poses as Keith¿s wife not knowing that her ¿husband¿ is there seeking the identity of who murdered his employee.<P> ¿Melting Ice¿ by Stephanie Laurens. After a decade in India, Dyan St. Laurent Dare comes home when his brother died making him a duke and quickly wants Lady Fiona Winston-Ryder as his wife because he loves her. A debauched gala gives him the opportunity to serve as her gallant rescuer and hopefully forever lover.<P> ¿Wedding Knight¿ by Celeste Bradley. In 1813 Alfred Knight avoids scandal so no one can point the finger that he is just like his mother, which leads to his agreeing to wed Betina Trapp who wants nothing to do with him. Betina persuades her twin Kitty to take her place temporarily as Alfred¿s fiancée. Kitty falls in love but she fears he will drop her once the subsequent scandal erupts that the switch will cause.<P> ¿Proposition¿ by Leslie LaFoy. In 1877 Lord Rennick St. James knows that the clock is ticking against him as the woman he always loved Julia Hamilton is engaged to someone else. Just back in England, he has four days to seduce the widow into marrying him or face cold self imposed exile again.<P> These four nineteenth century historical romances are fine novellas that fans will appreciate because the lead couple in each case seems genuine as they star in a scandalous fun frolic.<P> Harriet Klausner

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