(Don't know what ILL is? Check out this previous post)
Splendor by Brenda Joyce, published in 1997.
She Played a Dangerous GameRegency London, Russia and a Chick Wearing Pants? Fantastic!
Carolyn Browne was a poor bookseller's daughter and an enlightened thinker, delighting London with her scathingly witty columns, written under the name Charles Copperville. Penetrating the ton's gilded salons in male disguise, Carolyn soon throws her barbs at the wrong man-the enigmatic Russian prince, Nicholas Sverayov.
He Was a Dangerous Target
His notoriety, extravagances, and indulgent disregard for social convention fuel Carolyn's outrage. Nicholas has moved through the balls and soirees of high society effortlessly, a natural target of gossip, envy, and desire. But Nicholas is furious to find himself lampooned by Copperville, and quickly discovers Carolyn's dearly held secret. Now, as the two spar, a new game begins-a game of deception and pride, of longing and chance.
And They Played for the Ultimate Prize...
As Nicholas sweeps Carolyn from the teeming streets and gala balls of Regency London to the splendor and majesty of St. Petersburg, against all odds the unlikely lovers embark upon a whirlwind of passion and peril until there is no turning back-for the stakes have changed, demanding no less of them than the unwavering courage to claim the love of a lifetime.
For All Eternity by Linda Lael Miller, published in 1994
I will love you beyond forever, in heaven or in hell, in life or in death....A vampire romance back before vampire romances were "cool." And the heroine is the vampire? Not the hero? Hello, awesome sauce!
She is a creature of the night. Beautiful. Seductive. Immortal. Her kiss brings the mercy of death to wounded soldiers at Gettysburg. Her courage defies the darkest schemes of the queen of the vampires. Her soul struggles for peace in a war that is brewing with angels and warlocks.
But her heart is all too human -- and one man holds the key. His name is Calder Holbrook, a mortal man who has unlocked her deepest desires. And Maeve Tremayne is a vampire who has never experienced such all-consuming hunger. For love. For passion...
Annie In The Morning by Curtiss Ann Matlock, Silhouette Special Edition #695, published in 1991
Annie Lane had always loved reading and writing, so it wasn't all that surprising than she met and was courted by her husband, rancher Matt Breen, through the mail. Soon he knew every little thing about her--except one: she was pregnant. But there were some things you just couldn't say in a letter .. . .Wow! It's like Internet dating before the Internet! And we even have a secret baby to boot! Could it get any better you ask? Why yes, it can! According to a review over at Amazon, our dear heroine is a 30-year-old virgin librarian who had too much to drink one night, had one sexual encounter (which was probably terrible because all these heroines tend to think they're "no good" at sex afterward) and voila! Ended up with a bun in the oven. If I didn't think it would have me running towards the closest bottle of vodka, I'd be tempted to read this one.
Writing to Annie, Matt found himself able to share his thoughts and feelings in a new and wonderful way. And when they met, he knew he'd found the right woman. But after discovering her secret, he felt like a stranger. Now that they were together, could they rediscover the love that had flourished when they were apart?
Now it's time for true confessions. Anyone read any of these? C'mon, I know a boat-load of you must have at least read the LLM vampire title. Any of these sound intriguing enough for you to hunt down for yourself?