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2020 winner y separately published work icon Marry in Scarlet Anne Gracie , New York (City) : Berkley Publishing Corporation , 2020 18559129 2020 single work novel romance historical fiction

'When a duke denied...

'The proud and arrogant Duke of Everingham is determined to secure a marriage of convenience with heiress Lady Georgiana Rutherford. He's the biggest prize on the London marriage mart, pursued by young unmarried ladies and their match-making mamas, as well as married women with a wandering eye. He can have any woman he wants. Or so he thinks...

'...Hunts an independent lady...

'Lady Georgiana Rutherford—irreverent and unconventional—has no plans to marry. Having grown up poor, Lady George has no intention of giving up her fortune to become dependent on the dubious and unreliable goodwill of a man. Especially a man as insufferable as the Duke of Everingham, whose kisses stirs unwelcome and unsettling emotions...

'...Sparks are sure to fly

'The more she defies him, the more the duke wants her, until an argument at a ball spirals into a passionate embrace. Caught in a compromising position, the duke announces their betrothal. George is furious, and when gossip claims she deliberately entrapped the duke—when she was the one who was trapped—she marches down the aisle in a scarlet wedding dress. But the unlikely bride and groom may have found love in the most improbable of places—a marriage of convenience.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 winner y separately published work icon Marry in Secret Anne Gracie , New York (City) : Berkley Publishing Corporation , 2019 17145997 2019 single work novel romance historical fiction

'Lady Rose Rutherford—rebel, heiress, and exasperated target of the town's hungry bachelors—has a plan to gain the freedom she so desperately desires: she will enter into a marriage of convenience with the biggest prize on the London marriage mart.

'There's just one problem: the fierce-looking man who crashes her wedding to the Duke of Everingham — Thomas Beresford, the young naval officer she fell in love with and secretly married when she was still a schoolgirl. Thought to have died four years ago he's returned, a cold, hard stranger with one driving purpose—revenge.

'Embittered by betrayal and hungry for vengeance, Thomas will stop at nothing to reclaim his rightful place, even if that means using Rose—and her fortune—to do it. But Rose never did follow the rules, and as she takes matters into her own unpredictable hands, Thomas finds himself in an unexpected and infuriating predicament: he's falling in love with his wife...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner y separately published work icon Marry in Scandal Anne Gracie , New York (City) : Berkley Publishing Corporation , 2018 13410345 2018 single work novel romance historical fiction

'A shy heiress and a well-known rake face a scandal-forced marriage that might be true love in the latest irresistible romance from the national bestselling author of Marry in Haste.

'Shy young heiress, Lady Lily Rutherford, is in no hurry to marry. She dreams of true love and a real courtship. But when disaster strikes, she finds herself facing a scandal-forced marriage to her rescuer, Edward Galbraith, a well known rake.

'Despite his reputation Lily is drawn to the handsome Galbraith. In the gamble of her life, she agrees to marry him, hoping to turn a convenient marriage into a love match.

'As heir to a title, Galbraith knows he must wed, so a convenient marriage suits him perfectly. But there is a darkness in his past, and secrets he refuses to share with his tender-hearted young bride. All Lily's efforts to get close to him fall on stony ground, and in desperation she retreats to his childhood home--the place he's avoided for nearly a decade.

'Must Lily reconcile herself to a marriage without love? Or will Galbraith realize that this warm-hearted, loving girl is the key to healing the wounds of his past--and his heart?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 winner y separately published work icon The Summer Bride Anne Gracie , New York (City) : Berkley Publishing Corporation , 2016 9661438 2016 single work novel romance

'Fiercely independent Daisy Chance has a dream—and it doesn’t involve marriage or babies (or being under any man’s thumb). Raised in poverty, she has a passion—and a talent—for making beautiful clothes. Daisy aims to become the finest dressmaker in London.

'Dashing Irishman Patrick Flynn is wealthy and ambitious, and has entered society to find an aristocratic bride. Instead, he finds himself growing increasingly attracted to the headstrong, clever and outspoken Daisy. She’s wrong in every way—except the way she sets his heart racing.

'However, when Flynn proposes marriage, Daisy refuses. She won’t give up her hard-won independence. Besides, she doesn’t want to join the fine ladies of society—she wants to dress them. She might, however, consider becoming Flynn’s secret mistress. . .

'But Flynn wants a wife, not a mistress, and when Flynn sets his heart on something, nothing can stand in his way. . .'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2014 winner y separately published work icon The Winter Bride Anne Gracie , Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 6731776 2014 single work novel romance historical fiction

'Damaris Chance's unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway – and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun.

'When Damaris finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him – as long as it's in name only. Outwardly, her new husband seems to accept her terms, but really Freddy has a plan of his own: to seduce his reluctant winter bride.

'Will Damaris's secrets destroy her chance at true happiness? Or can Freddy help her cast off the shackles of the past, and yield to delicious temptation?' (Publisher's blurb)

2013 winner y separately published work icon Untamed Anna Cowan , Melbourne : Destiny Romance , 2013 6366475 2013 single work novel romance historical fiction

'Outspoken and opinionated, Katherine Sutherland is ill at ease amongst the fine ladies of Regency London. She is more familiar with farmers, and her blunt opinions and rough manners offend polite society. Yet when she hears the scandalous rumours involving her sister and the seductive Duke of Darlington, the fiercely loyal Katherine vows to save her sister's marriage – whatever the cost.

'Intrigued by Katherine's interference in his affairs, the manipulative Duke is soon fascinated. He engages in a daring deception and follows her back to her country home. Here, their intense connection shocks them both. But the Duke's games have dangerous consequences, and the potential to throw both their lives into chaos…

'Wildly romantic, Untamed is a passionate and beautifully written debut novel. This decadent historical romance defies convention and will shock and delight in equal measure.' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 winner y separately published work icon Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed Anna Campbell , Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2012 6392526 2012 single work novel romance

Desperate to save her sister's life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate. Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic, even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.

2011 winner y separately published work icon Midnight's Wild Passion Anna Campbell , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2011 Z1775609 2011 single work novel romance 'Revenge never tasted so sweet ...

'Since boyhood Nicholas Challoner, Marquess of Ranelaw, has plotted revenge against Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister′s life. Now he′s nearing his goal, only to find his plot impeded by the most intriguing woman he′s ever met. Mysterious Antonia Smith, with her sharp tongue, dowdy gowns and lush beauty, proves a formidable opponent. Seducing Antonia forwards his designs, except he soon finds he wants her for herself, not as a stepping stone to vengeance. And when she discovers his wicked intentions, she′ll loathe him forever.

'For ten years, Lady Antonia Hilliard has lived a lie as the dour Miss Smith, companion to Cassandra Demarest. At seventeen, Antonia eloped with a man who turned out to be married. Her father disowned her, banishing her from her life as a pampered aristocrat. When the Marquess of Ranelaw, a notorious libertine, shows undue interest in Cassandra, Antonia vows to thwart him. She knows what tragic consequences ensue when a rake turns an innocent girl′s head. But Ranelaw is an irrestistible temptation and Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes ...' (From the publisher's website.)
2010 winner y separately published work icon My Reckless Surrender Anna Campbell , New York (City) : Avon Books , 2010 Z1769264 2010 single work novel romance 'A well-practiced rake, weary of easy conquests and empty pleasures, Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, knows women—and his every instinct warns him to beware of this one. Diana Carrick's brazen overtures have thrown the haunted, sinfully handsome lord completely off his guard. Why, the exquisite temptress stated outright that she wishes to be his lover. But it is neither Diana's boldness nor her beauty that intrigues him so—it is the innocence he senses behind her worldly mask. Intent upon the seduction that will finally free her, Diana has set her sights on the notorious Ashcroft—never dreaming that there is much more to the enigmatic rogue than sin and deviltry. His kiss is bewitching, his caress intoxicating—and even the dangerous secret Diana must protect cannot shield her from Ashcroft's dark allure. Unwittingly yet most willingly, they are playing with fire. Now the fuse has been lit and there is no escape . . . except surrender'. Source: back cover blurb.
2009 winner y separately published work icon Captive of Sin Anna Campbell , New York (City) : Avon Books , 2009 Z1769255 2009 single work novel romance 'He pledged his honor to keep her safe . . . Returning home to Cornwall after an unspeakable tragedy, Sir Gideon Trevithick comes upon a defiant beauty in danger and vows to protect her whatever the cost. He's dismayed to discover that she's none other than Lady Charis Weston, England's wealthiest heiress—and that the only way to save her from the violent stepbrothers determined to steal her fortune is to wed her himself! Now Gideon must hide the dark secrets of his life from the bride he desires more with every heartbeat.

'She promised to show him how to love—and desire—again . . . Charis has heard all about Gideon, the dangerously handsome hero with the mysterious past. She's grateful for his help but utterly unwilling to endure a marriage of convenience—especially to a man whose touch leaves her breathless. Desperate to drive him mad with passion, she would do anything to make Gideon lose control—and fall captive to irresistible, undeniable sin'. Source: back cover blurb.
2008 winner y separately published work icon Untouched Anna Campbell , New York (City) : Avon Books , 2007 Z1483034 2007 single work novel romance '"I am many things," Lord Sheene said. "Kind is not one of them."

'Beautiful Grace Paget has no reason to doubt these words. After all, she was kidnapped, spirited away to a remote country manor, and told she is to grant this man his every desire... or lose her life. But Grace is no common trollop. So she risks everything to save her virtue by planning a daring escape, even though she finds herself tempted by this dangerously handsome man . . .'. Source: author's website (http://www.annacampbell.info/index.html). Sighted 29/03/2011.
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