A REGAL BEAUTY
When the duchess decides to wed her to a wastrel and a fop, Ravyn Grahm takes matters into her own hands and declares her engagement to another man. Instead of fessing up and telling her great aunt what she has done, she goes through with the pretense. Aric Lakeland is the bastard son of an earl and has a dangerous reputation. But Ravyn is willing to do most anything to keep the duchess from discovering the lie.
A DEVIL-MAY-CARE SMUGGLER
He'd bought land in America, looking to put down roots and end his life of adventure, but Aric Lakeland got more than he bargained for when he encountered a beautiful heiress who made a promise she didn't want to keep. But the promise could not be undone and standing between them were more obstacles than either ever dreamed. Aric had made plans to spend the rest of his life in America and that was at odds with Ravyn's plan of living in England and running her father's estate. Now, he'll have to choose between his dreams and the woman he loves more than life.
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He’d seen enough of Ravyn to know she was afraid of the wind and the memories. Whatever memories those could be, he wondered if she’d ever tell him. Hell, no. She would be heading back to London by the end of this week. She would find out in the next few days just how unsuitable she was for this type of life.
Unlike her cousin Amorica, she would never find happiness here. Amorica had never flitted from one ball to the next. Ravyn looked so worn he’d swear the wind would blow right through her. They’d been riding for sixteen hours now. Four hours had passed since the attack. He knew he’d have to stop soon or she wouldn’t make it. Isn’t that what he wanted? Bloody hell but it was. He just couldn’t make her go much further. The wind flexed, twisted and howled from the eastern seaboard, carrying the promise of more rain.
"We can make camp here," he said.
"Don’t stop on my account," The naked pain in her voice made Aric wince. "I don’t want to be the cause of us getting robbed blind or murdered in our sleep," she said softly. "I’m stronger than you think I am."
"Perhaps. But I don’t think anyone’s going to be coming after us tonight in this weather. The threat of a storm looms strong and no one would be out in this."
She gave Aric a sideways look of disbelief. "Except Aric Lakeland and his wife."
He had the grace to feel guilty. "I didn’t know what the weather would be like when we left," he said. "It’s as far to Damian’s farm as it is to turn around and go back home. And right now the road ahead looks a whole lot friendlier."
Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master's degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota's Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children. Christine's newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.
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