Christmas Belle by Mary Balogh
Once they were lovers. Isabella was a fledgling actress, struggling to survive. Jack Frazer was a youth as innocent as he was handsome, consumed by love for this girl whom he could never make his wife.Wendy Says: The actress heroine, rake hero, and reunited lovers theme has me very intrigued! Give it to me straight Balogh fangirls: is this one worth hunting down?
Their year together was bliss; their parting bitter with jealousy and anger. But that had been long ago. Now Isabella was the premier star of the London stage. And Jack was the city's supreme rake, a jaded libertine currently courting an exquisite if inexperienced young lady on orders from his titled grandmother. Both Isabella and Jack were utterly changed-so what danger could there be if they met again? But as they soon discovered, there are painful wounds that never heal-and burning passions that refuse to die....
A Man Of His Word by Eve Gaddy (Harlequin SuperRomance #990)
Mystery Bones Near Caddo Lake IdentifiedWendy Says: I've never read Gaddy, but I have two other books by her in the TBR. This appears to be the final book in a multi-author trilogy centered around the disappearance of Frannie Granger. The other books are The Millionaire Horseman by K.N. Casper and Who Is Emerald Monday? by Roz Denny Fox. Anyone read this series? Curious HSR readers want to know. OK, this curious HSR reader wants to know....
Authorities Close to Arrest
Some might say the prodigal son has returned to Uncertain, Texas, but not the prodigal himself. Will McClain is nobody's son. As a kid he was on his own until the day Frannie Granger took him in. For a while he was part of a family. Then Frannie disappeared.
Nearly 20 years later, her remains are discovered by an archaeologist named Tessa Lang. And Will, now a Texas Ranger, makes a vow to find Frannie's killer. He's a man of his word, so nothing -- not even losing the chance to start a new family with Tessa, or the fact that his foster brother Jed is the prime suspect -- will stop him.
Just One Kiss by Samantha James
JUST A DREAMWendy Says: I've only read one previous book by James and was rather underwhelmed. It wasn't terrible, just....underwhelming. So much so, that I can't remember the title of the book (I do know it was part of her Perfect trilogy). What with the evil stepmother and feuding brothers, this description doesn't do a whole lot for me - but I seem to recall one of the So. Cal. Bloggers enjoys James' work. Lori? Maybe? Heh, and you can tell this was published in the mid-1990s. No way in heck would Avon publish a book set in Boston these days, even if the characters are from Across The Pond.
Cheated out of her inheritance by a willful stepmother, Lady Elizabeth Stanton follows Nathaniel O'Connor to America -- eager to accept the dashing shipbuilder's proposal of marriage. But it is a stranger who greets the penniless miss at her intended's door -- the true owner of the grand Boston mansion, Nathaniel's handsome, secretive and insufferable older brother, Morgan...
JUST ONE KISS
The cruel treachery of a disloyal sibling left Morgan angry and bitter -- but he takes in the cad's forsaken fiancee nonetheless. And when one stolen kiss threatens scandal, he offers to wed the proud, golden-haired beauty himself. But Elizabeth is devoted to a rogue. And Morgan must first conquer his own pain and suspicion to know a passion that can thaw a frozen heart...and a love that can heal all wounds...