Once A Mistress by Rebecca Hagan Lee
How fitting that the Marquess of Templeston should die in the arms of his mistress. And how like his responsible son to make sure the terms of the will are earned out--no matter how outrageous. But he never imagines that one woman is living in a cottage on the grounds of his family's country estate. Even more shocking is her identity . . .Good Lord! Talk about a train wreck! The hero finds out the chickie who left him at the altar was boinking his Daddy?! And there's a secret baby?! Wowzers! Good thing Daddy is dead because dang, that could make for awkward holiday gatherings. Although something tells me that there's a Big Secret lurking in this plot description. Chalk it up to my Romance Reading Spidey Sense.
Kathryn Stafford abandoned Andrew at the altar and disappeared five years before. That she should emerge now, as his own father's lover--and with a bastard son--is a crushing blow to his pride . . . and to the longing that her betrayal couldn't quite destroy. But Kathryn has secret Andrew doesn't know: secrets of her vanishing, of her devotion to the marquess, and of a scandalous past that could be her ultimate downfall--or prove her ultimate devotion to the only man she has ever really loved...
Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare
Journalist Sophie Alton is investigating the disappearance of a young mother named Megan, recently paroled and now running from the law with her baby daughter. Sophie's search leads her to Megan's brother, Marc, a convicted killer--and the man she shared an unforgettable night with twelve years ago.Book three in the author's romantic suspense series, and buried somewhere in the Bat Cave TBR Mountain Range. I had a bad experience with one of Clare's earlier romantic suspense novels, but bought this one because I got sucked into the promo stuff the author did online at the time. Yeah, even I'm not immune.
Condemned to life in prison, Marc uses Sophie to escape so he can find his sister and protect her from the monster who's pursuing her. Sophie knows she should fear Marc. But the heat and hunger of his touch still lingers in her mind--and on her body--after all this time.
Together they will follow a dangerous trail, as people on both sides of the law do everything they can to keep Sophie and Mark from finding Megan--and a shocking truth about the past...
Always by Lynsay Sands
Bastard daughter to the king, Rosamunde is raised in a convent and wholly prepared to take the veil ... until good King Henry shows up with a reluctant husband in tow for her. Suddenly, she finds herself promising to love, honor, and obey Aric ... always. But Rosamunde's education has not covered a wedding night, and the stables are a poor example for an untried girl. Will Aric bite her neck like the animals do their mates? The virile warrior seems capable of such animal passion, but his eyes promise something sweeter. And Rosamunde soon learns that while she may have trouble with obeying him, it will not be hard to love her new husband forever.Here's a blast from the Bat Cave past - I reviewed this one pre-blogging days when I was still at The Romance Reader. In a nutshell? It made my eyes bleed. Funny opening chapters (really great) but then the hero morphs into Jealous Asshole Who Should Be Filleted and the heroine is so frackin' sweet it's amazing she doesn't take a walk in the woods, singing and dancing with small furry woodland creatures a la Disney's Sleeping Beauty. "I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream....."
So that's what I uncovered in ILL. Anyone read any of these? Any keepers among this trio? Hey, you can even disagree with me about the Sands medieval. I'm a big girl. I can take it.