Melting Ice

Melting Ice

by Stephanie Laurens

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Originally published in the anthologies ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES and SCANDALOUS BRIDES (both no longer in print)

1822. After years of adventuring in exotic India, wealthy rakehell Lord Dyan St. Laurent Dare has been forced to return to England and assume the title of the 4th Duke of Darke, along with the attendant responsibilities, chief of which is to marry and produce an heir.

Seeking to escape familial pressure, Dyan drops in on old friends whose house parties are a scandalous secret among society's elite, but, along with his hosts, Dyan is astonished when his childhood sweetheart, Lady Fiona Winton-Ryder, nicknamed Lady Arctic, unexpectedly arrives. Fiona had scornfully dismissed him fifteen years before, and Dyan had left not just her but England, yet their long-ago, simmering attraction has only it sizzles.

Fiona has come to save a friend from a compromising situation, but the shock of encountering masterful, arrogant, senses-stealing Dyan after so many years takes her breath away and leaves her emotionally teetering. Nevertheless, coolly assured and every bit the earl's daughter, she remains determined to rescue her friend, but will she be able to ignore her lifetime fascination and evade Dyan?
Dyan knows this party is no place for a lady like Fiona, but, by using the heat of the moment, could he - just possibly - melt Lady Arctic's ice, and, at last, capture her heart?

A classic Regency-era historical romance novella, includes explicit love scenes.

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"Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong." Cathy Kelly

"Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters." Historical Romance Reviews.

"Stephanie Laurens plays into readers' fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again." Romantic Times Magazine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150514324
Publisher: Savdek Management Pty Ltd
Publication date: 10/06/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 133,926
File size: 463 KB

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing romances as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her first novel was accepted for publication, and with entirely becoming alacrity, she gave up writing about facts in favor of writing fiction.

All Laurens’s works to date are historical, ranging from medieval times to the early 1900s, and her settings range from Scotland to India. The majority of her works are set in the period of the British Regency. Laurens has published 52 works of historical romance, including 30 New York Times bestsellers. Laurens has sold more than 20 million print, audio, and e-books globally. All her works are continuously available in print and e-book formats in English worldwide, and have been translated into many other languages. An international bestseller, among other accolades, Laurens has received the Romance Writers of America® prestigious RITA® Award for Best Romance Novella 2008, for The Fall of Rogue Gerrard.

Laurens’s continuing novels featuring the Cynster family are widely regarded as classics of the historical romance genre. Other series include the Bastion Club Novels, the Black Cobra Quartet, and the Casebook of Barnaby Adair Novels.

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Melting Ice 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEWARE 70 pages. Haven't read it yet but was surprised how short it is after purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rate this a zero. Thin plot to disguise soft porn. I deleted this item from my Nook ASAP.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a passionate story. One of her hotter stories loved the characters.
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love this author even her short stories buy any thing she writes
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Walks in
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She screams "GET AWAY FROM ME!"
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What happened
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Herb result 2 I killed him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is at herb result two
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Picks her up walks home
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Screams and runs to an herb result ( not saying wich one )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Back. Sry. Eating dinner and massaging my moms and my moms friends feet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in and sits down.
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She waited patiently.
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