Bestselling Historical Romance Author Elizabeth Thornton

 





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BERKLEY BOOKS

The Scot and I (June 2009) ISBN 978-0-425-22832-6
The Runaway McBride  (February 2009) ISBN 978-0-425-22634-6

BANTAM BOOKS

The Pleasure Trap  (July 31, 2007) ISBN 0-553-58957-3
The Bachelor Trap (April 2006) ISBN 0-553-58754-4
The Marriage Trap (July 2005) ISBN 0-553-58753-6
Shady Lady (February 2004) ISBN 0-553-58490-1
Almost a Princess (January 2003) ISBN 0-553-58489-8
The Perfect Princess (November 2001) ISBN: 0-553-58123-6
Princess Charming (February 2001) ISBN: 0-553-58120-1
Strangers at Dawn (November 1999) ISBN: 0-553-58117-1
Whisper His Name  (March 1999) ISBN: 0-553-57427-2
You Only Love Twice (March 1998) ISBN: 0-553-57426-4
The Bride's Bodyguard (April 1997) ISBN: 0-553-57425-6
Dangerous to Hold (April 1996) ISBN: 0-553-57479-5
Dangerous to Kiss (April 1995) ISBN: 0-553-57372-1
The Trouble with Angels (February 1995) in My Guardian Angel ISBN: 0-553-56916-3
Dangerous to Love (June 1994) ISBN: 0-553-56787-X

ZEBRA BOOKS
Scarlet Angel  (August 1990; October 2005) ISBN: 1-55817-392-7/ ISBN 0-8217-7713-0
Highland Fire (January 1994; July 2003 ) ISBN: 1-55817-783-3/ ISBN 0-8217-7494-8
Sheer Sorcery (November 1990) inA Christmas Holidayand now in the re-issue of Bluestocking Bride ISBN: 0-8217-3245-5 /
The Worldly Widow (January 1990; April 2005)) ISBN: 0-8217-2878-4/ ISBN 0-8217-7714-9
Fallen Angel (May 1989; December 2004) ISBN: 0-8217-2654-4/ ISBN 0-8217-7606-1
The Passionate Prude (October 1988; re-issue as To Love an Earl in September 2004) ISBN: 0-8217-2485-1/ ISBN 0-8217-7600-2
A Virtuous Lady (March 1988; March 1992; re-issue April '04) ISBN: 0-8217-3703-1/ ISBN 0-8217-7601-0
Bluestocking Bride (Nov 1987; Feb. 1990; re-issue Dec '03) ISBN: 0-8217-2215-8 / ISBN 0-8217-7537-5

THE DEVEREUX TRIILOGY
Cherished (September 1993; Spring 2003) ISBN 1-55817-748-5/ ISBN 0-8217-7389-5
Velvet is the Night (April 1992; January 2003) ISBN 1-55817-598-9 / ISBN 0-8217-7388-7
Tender the Storm (June 199; August 2002) ISBN 1-55817-516-4 / ISBN 0-8217-7385-2


THE SCOT AND I
ISBN 978-0-425-22832-6

The Scot and I is a spellbinding new novel of delicious intrigue and passionate romance.

And agent for Her Majety's Secret Service, Alex Hepburn is a reluctant psychic whose powers sometimes come into play during his missions - such as preventing the attempt to assassinate the Queen at Balmoral Castle by a conspirator he's been hunting forever. But it is a mysterious young woman who foils the plot, then slips away.

She is Mahri Scsot, once a courier for the faction that Alex has sworn to destroy. She can handle a gun or a knife as well as any man, and disguised as a boy, she becomes virtually invisible. She's never encountered a man she coudln't outsmart, outrun, or outmaneuver - until now. With Alex hot on her trail, she flees to the Scottish countryside. There she discovers that sometimes surrender can be the sweetest revenge - and the most dangerous.

With an overview of Scotland, a place she knows so well, Thornton creates fast-paced historical intrigue, combining murder, danger and a touch of the paranormal with a strong-willed hero and a heroine who can hold her own in this passion-filled romance.
Joan Hammond
, Romantic Times

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THE RUNAWAY MCBRIDE
ISBN 978-0-425-22832-6

The Runaway McBride is an irresistible new historical romance with a delicious touch of the paranormal.

Your bride is in mortal danger, James. You must find her, or she will surely die. With these words, his grandmother passed away - leaving James Burnett the dubious gift of clairvoyance. But James, a widower, had no bride. He did, however, once have a lover he later dubbed Faithless McBride. For eight years, he'd suppressed thoughts of Faith's abandonment with whiskey and women. That is, until visions of her imminent death started to haunt him.

Be patient. Wait for me. We'll wed when I return. Month after patient month passed until a despondent Faith McBride learned that James had wed another in Scotland. Ever since, she's thrown herself into unraveling the mystery of her mother's death. But a certain criminal will stop at nothing to keep the secret buried. Only James can save her - but can Faith trust the one man who destroyed her belief in love?:

TOP PICK! With humor, poignancy, passion and intelligence, Thornton again shows her shining talent with a charming and irresistible love story filled with characters to love and a plot to savor. Kathe Robin, Romantic Times

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THE PLEASURE TRAP
ISBN 978-0-553-58957-3

The Pleasure Trap is the sinfully seductive, delightfully romantic story of a woman who discovers a most thrilling type of pursuit.

After years of heroism in the fight against the French, Ash Denison wants nothing more than to savor the good life. But an urgent request has sent him to a writers' symposium. His charge: to unmask an author who has rattled several members of the ton by revealing their most intimate, most scandalous secrets. Not one to be left out, when Ash encounters a bold, beautiful - irresistibly aloof - woman writer, he can't help stirring up some gossip of his own.

Much to Eve Dearing's surprise, Ash is far from the well-mannered gentleman she's heard about. In fact, he's shockingly brash and has taken an inexplicable interest in manhandling her at every turn. Yet something about his searing embrace makes her forgive his wicked behavior - and succumb to his dangerous seduction. And when a fellow writer is brutally attacked and Eve becomes the killer's next target, Ash surprises her once more by vowing not only to keep her safe, but to win her heart.

Only an author of Thornton's talent could pull off a story as tangled with plotlines, as filled with memorable characters, as tingled with paranormal touches as her latest—and then write about writers! This is one of the best books of the season. It's lush, rich, exciting, passionate and humorous. What more could you want? Kathe Robin, Romantic Times

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THE BACHELOR TRAP
ISBN 0-553-58754-4

The Bachelor Trap is the provocative tale of a gentleman with a secret and the independent lady he is determined to win in the ultimate game of love.

Its a challenge most men would avoid at all costs: to seduce the ravishing, reluctant Lady Marion Dane while avoiding that long walk to the altar. But Brand Hamilton, the base-born son of a duke with a bright future in politics, has his own compelling reasons for courting Marion.

Now, with society ablaze over a very unconventional courtship, they embark on a journey that takes them from the glitter and intrigue of London to a decades-old secret hidden in a far-off English village and a love that could prove the most irresistible snare of all.

This is a fun, fast read. Ms. Thornton is one of the best story tellers in the historical, romance genre. All of her characters are wonderfully written and her attention to detail is second to none. aromancereview.com

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MARRIAGE TRAP
ISBN 0-553-58753-6

Jack Rigg's experiences with women have made him a cynic, especially now that he has inherited his late brother's title and fortune. As Lord Ranleigh, he is hounded by ambitious mamas and their scheming daughters who have marriage on their minds. But Jack is wise to all their little tricks. That's why he is incensed when Miss Elinor Hill, a dowdy lady's companion he met at a reception at the British embassy, claims that she spent the night with him in his rooms at the Palais Royal.

Ellie isn't trying to compromise Jack. She is in desperate need of an alibi, and she really did spend most of the night in Jack's rooms, not as herself, but masquerading as the ravishing Madame Aurora, whom Jack met at the gaming tables. Her night with Jack was quite innocent, and she, too, refuses to be compromised.

Disgraced and unrepentant, Ellie leaves for London. Intrigued and sensing a mystery, Jack follows her. Before long, he embarks on an adventure not only to win this reluctant lady's heart, but to save her life as well.

"As multilayered as a wedding cake and just as delectable…. [Thornton] excels at creating likable characters who play well off of each other.... A memorable start to a new trilogy and a fine introduction to Thornton's work."--Publishers Weekly

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Shady Lady
ISBN: 0-553-58490-1
Nominated for RWA 2005 Rita Award — Romantic Suspense Category

As the Avon Journal's no-nonsense publisher, Jolie Chesney always stuck to the facts. And the fact was that she found the celebrated war hero who'd come to her office angrily demanding a retraction unsettlingly charismatic. His wild sexual exploits had found their way into her paper's gossip column, and Jo had no intention of compromising her standards, journalistic or otherwise. But when her star reporter suspiciously vanishes, Jo seeks help from this dangerously sensual man, whose connection to the Special Branch may save her friend's life, even if it means putting her own life - and heart - on the line.

Waldo Bowman sensed danger in his immediate attraction for Jolie the instant they met. Beautiful and independent, she was unlike any woman he knew - and he was determined not to lose her, whatever the risk. But when Jo uses her paper to set a trap for a cold-blooded killer, these reluctant lovers embark on a mystery that will changer their lives - or end them.

Ms. Thornton’s characters fairly jump off the page and come to life . . . Shady Lady is a book to be savored and kept for later, to be read over and over again. Vivian at aromancereview.com

SHADY LADY is an exhilarating Regency romantic suspense that takes off from the moment [Jolie] tells Waldo to leave until the final moment when he knows he must face danger to try to keep his beloved widow safe. The lead couple is a delightful duo and his friends provide insight into both stars . . . fans will gain plenty of pleasure from this fine historical.
Harriet Klausner at thebestreviews.com


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Almost a Princess
ISBN: 0-553-58489-8

Case Devere, the Earl of Castleton, has agreed to help Special Branch track down a notorious killer - one who just happens to be his archenemy. But he finds more than he bargains for when his search leads him to Jane Mayberry, a beautiful bluestocking passionately devoted to the cause of women's rights - and to protecting her privacy. As irresistible as she is uncooperative, the spirited Jane arouses Case's interest - as well as his worst suspicions - when she quietly disappears. Determined to find the one woman who may hold the key to his investigation, and to his heart, Case goes after her.

Though their sparring belies an attraction too powerful to deny, Jane knows there can never be anything between herself and the strong-willed earl. for she carries a dark and terrifying secret that must remain hidden - even at the cost of a broken heart. As Case fights for the love of the one woman who has ever mattered to him, they are swept into a deadly game by a killer who won't stop until he has punished them both.

This was a stimulating full-bodied romance richly detailed with numerous interesting and fascinating secondary characters and filled with nail-biting suspense. Once again from this intelligent, and fast becoming one of my favorite, authors you have a complete read. It has all the ingredients I look for, in a romance - superb plot, strong leads, a great supporting cast, and wonderfully sensual love scenes. Marilyn at historicalromancewriters.com

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The Perfect Princess
ISBN: 0-553-58123-6

Lady Rosamund Devere has no interest in becoming the wife of a dull prince, no matter how perfect the newspapers think she is for that role. But not even the unconventional Rosamund could imagine the headline the papers will soon be running: the one where she is the willing hostage of a condemned murderer.

Yet Richard Maitland is no ordinary criminal. Steely-eyed, arrogant, and dangerously attractive, the ex-chief of His Majesty's Secret Sevice is also, as far as Rosamund is concerned, guilty as sin.

Caught up in his daring escape on the eve of his execution, Rosamund soon finds herself in every bit as much danger as Richard. For the more she learns about this mysterious lone wolf of a man, the more determined she is to help him clear his name. But even more perilous than the conspiracy surrounding Richard is the passion that ignites between them - a passion that is rash, reckless, and impossible to resist.

Perfect Princess is an exciting historical romantic suspense that never slows down until the final page is completed. The lead couple is an intrepid charming duo while the vile villain seems to pale in comparison to this delightful duet. Eighteenth century romance fans will find much satisfaction with Elizabeth Thornton's latest thriller. Harriet Klausner at Barnes & Noble

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Princess Charming
ISBN: 0-553-58120-1

When Gwyn Barrie inherits a mysterious legacy donated by an anonymous benefactor, she is sure it's too good to be true - and it is.

For along with the legacy come the man named as the sole trustee of the money: hnadsome, charming Jason Radley. Eight years ago, Gwyn and Jason were in love - until Gwyn disappeared for reasons Jason could never understand. Now fate has brought him back into her life again. But Gwyn's good forutne quickly sours when someone begins to follow her all over London - someone who may even want her dead.

Frightened and alone, Gwyn has only Jason to turn to. But can she trust the man who broke her heart so many years ago - and fight the passion that is seething so close to the surface? Soon nothing is what is seems as Gwyn and Jason are swept up in a terrifying game of greed and lust - where the stakes are nothing less than their lives.

This was soooo good. I don't know how she did it but with this book but Elizabeth Thornton has managed to combine, suspense, complex plots, romantic sensuality and a very charming love story all in one awesome read! I hate to repeat myself but this is another very hard to put down book. M.Rondeau at amazon.com

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Strangers at Dawn
ISBN: 0-553-58117-1

Throughout Sara Carstairs' trial for the murder of her sister's husband, Max Worthe had studied her cool demeanor in the dock, fascinated by her even as he was convinced she was guilty as charged. For three years after the ravishing heiress was acquitted, he used the power of his newspaper to pursue the truth - hoping to find the still-undiscovered body of the murder victim and at last prove Sara's guilt. But not only had the body idsappeared without a trace, so had Sara Carstairs . . .

When Max finally catches up with Sara by sheer chance, he doesn't even know it's her . . . at first. But the time he does, it's too late - they've already spent a nithg ttogether that both of them know they will never forget and can never repeat. Has he fallen in love with the woman of his dreams or with a cold-bliooded murderess? and has she put herself in the hands of a knight in shining armor - or a ruthless scoundrel bent on destroying her?

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Whisper His Name
ISBN: 0-553-57427-2

Independent and stubbornly unmarried, Abbie Vayle has always been a little too smart for her own good. But she may gave gone too far when she starts her own rare-book business . . . and acquires an antique book in Paris with a mysterious code scribbled in the margins . . . Someone wants the book back . . . and is willing to kill to get it. The only trouble is, Abbie no longer has the book. It's locked away in the customs house in Dover. Now it's a race against time as Abbie stays one step ahead of her pursuers. The last person she wants to confide in is her best friend, Hugh Templar, a formidable scholar. But as Hugh keeps turning up where she least expects him, a few things begin to dawn on her . . . Not only is Hugh surprisingly - in fact, incredibly - handsome without his glasses on, but he's strangely "professional" in how he handles her enemies. Hugh is clearly not what he seems. And soon Abbie realizes that neither is she . . as she discovers what it means to love with all her heart and soul.

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You Only Love Twice
ISBN: 0-553-57426-4

For three years, she's been a mystery even to herself . . . a young woman who awoke in a London convent bereft of her memory. But now Jessica Hayward knows her name, her birthplace, and one other thing: by some terrifying twist of fate, she has the power to read another's thoughts - a man who has killed and will kill again.

Convinced that she must unmask him before it's too late, Jessica goes home to Hawkshill Manor . . . and discovers that no one is happy about her return, especially the dangerously handsome earl, Lucas Wilde.

What kind of girl was she to have earned such scorn? What took place between Lucas and her before she disappeared? And whose murder haunts her?

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The Bride's Bodyguard
ISBN: 0-553-57425-6

Tessa Lorimer thinks she is the luckiest girl in the world. After a bitter, harrowing childhood, she had escaped her guardian's clutches and fled to her wealthy, doting grandfather. For the first time in her life, Tessa is spoiled -- yet one thing blights her happiness. Her grandfather's new secretary, the mysterious and magnetic Ross Trevenan, has too much influence with the aging financier. And in Trevenan's eyes, Tessa can do nothing right. But she suspects there is more to the cool, gray-eyed American's plans than replacing her in an old man's affections. And when a tragedy from the past returns to stalk the present, Tessa's time may have run out . .

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Dangerous to Hold
ISBN: 0-553-57479-5

A HEARTLESS RAKE: He'd accosted her on a dark London street, sure that she was his missing wife. But a few moments in her company assured Marcus Lytton that Miss Catherine Courtnay was nothing like Catalina. cool and remote, with a tongue as tart as a lemon and eyes that could flash with temper, the fiery-haired beauty was everything his scheming adventuress of a wife wasn't - innocent, loyal, honest. And so he uttered the words that would sweep Catherine into his life, and into a desperate plan that could spell disaster for them both. "I want you to play the part of my wife . . ."

A BEAUTIFUL IMPOSTER: As the infamous Earl of Wrotham waited impatiently for her answer, Catherine knew she was going to agree to his proposition, but not for the reasons he thought. More than anyone else, Catherine was aware of the dark side of Marcus Lytton, the heartless, unscrupulous rake who saw seduction as a game, and women as playthings to be used and discarded. And only when she found herself ensconced in his home and in his bedchamber did Catherine stop to realize just how dangerous her own position was

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Dangerous to Kiss
ISBN: 0-553-57372-1

In the prologue, Deborah Weyman and Quentin, the eight-year-old boy in her charge, witness the murder of the boy's father, Gilbert Barrington. Deborah, who does not see the murderer clearly, hears Barrington address his killer as "Lord Kendal" and is horrified to find that she and Kendal have been named as Quentin's guardians. Fearing that Kendal will kill Quentin to silence him, she takes the boy, assumes a false identity and goes into hiding. Kendal, upon learning that Deborah has abducted Quentin, assumes that she had something to do with Barrington's death and with the espionage Barrington had been about to uncover. He sets out to apprehend her and, when he does, she proves to be a worthy opponent.

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The Trouble With Angels
a short story in
My Guardian Angel
ISBN: 0-553-56916-3

Lady Hannah Marchmont is a willful young woman hell-bent on having adventure. Her reluctant savior is Flynn, a notorious gamester and sometime footman. A rollicking, roller coaster of a tale. (The Literary Times)

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Dangerous to Love
ISBN: 0-553-56787-X

When London aristocrat Serena Ward disguises herself as an actress for the Jacobite cause, she does not count on attracting the amorous attention of Julian Raynor, owner of a popular gaming club - and die-hard anti-Jacobite. Their first encounter is a study in mistaken identity and sensuality that results in Serena's downfall. Julian, who blames Serena's father for his family's misfortunes, plans to exact revenge by marrying Serena. Tricked into marriage, Serena finds it difficult to maintain her icy reserve toward Julian, and the attraction she feels for him soon turns to love.

In the age-old tradition of love never running smoothly, behind the scenes machinations and treachery ensure that the lovers have much to conquer before they can attain happiness.

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Scarlet Angel
Original: ISBN 1-55817-392-7 Re-issue: ISBN 0-8217-7713-0

As the granddaughter of a highly placed French diplomat, Gabrielle de Brienne was a valuable political pawn. She was also the same Gabrielle who as a child had inadvertently taken from Cam Colbourne, Duke of Dyson, the two people he loved best in the world. The handsome nobleman had vowed to make her pay for his suffering, and now the perfect opportunity presented itself. He would abduct this eighteen-year-old hoyden - with the looks of an angel and the manners of a ragamuffin - and hold her prisoner in his Cornwall castle in order to manipulate her traitorous grandfather. For years he had dreamed of having her at his mercy, and now nothing less than her complete surrender would satisfy him.

The dazzling talent of Elizabeth Thornton will make the cash registers ring like church bells in August with this intensely passionate romance of an English duke and a beautiful French termagant. This is Thornton's best work to date. Beautifully integrating dramatic historical events into a superbly developed plot, Ms. Thornton gifts us with a simply splendid love story, one that epitomizes the very best in romance. Don't miss it! (Romantic Times)

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Highland Fire
Original: ISBN 1-55817-783-3 Re-issue: ISBN 0-8217-7494-8

At the Battle of Waterloo, Lord Iain Randal promises his dying cousin David, that he will return to his lands in Scotland.

Upon his return, Rand is set upon by a band of brigands intent on mischief. Rand has no way of knowing that one member of the outlaws has an intense dislike for the English Sassenach, even though he is now the Chief of the Clan Randal.

Granddaughter of Glenshiel, but illegitimate by birth, Caitlin Randal is an independent, shrewish, somewhat dowdy young woman, with many facets to her character. When this stubborn miss and the arrogant lord meet, there is a resounding clash of tempers.

Forced into marriage by her grandfather, neither can deny the sexual current that crackles between them. They become husband and wife and lovers, and hide what is really in their hears. But there is a mystery to be resolved, and can Randal stop an unknown presence before Caitlin's life is destroyed.

Sensual and with a well matched hero and heroine, Highland Fire is a delightfully witty joy of a book from a most gifted storyteller. (Joan Hammond, Romantic Times)

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CHERISHED
Original: ISBN 1-55817-748-5 Re-issue: ISBN 0-8217-7389-5

This is the third book of a trilogy that follows the fortunes of three young members of the Devereux family as they escape from the violence of revolution-torn France to England and North America.

Leon's story: At sixteen, high-born Lady Emily Brockton had been forced by circumstances to wed the notorious, seductive Leon Devereux. But theirs had been a marriage in name only, and the handsome rakebell had soon set sail for America, leaving his chaste young bride alone and at the mercy of every fortune-hunting scoundrel in the ton. Five years alter, they would meet againt at a society ball, when a masked stranger swept Emily into his virile embrace. But it was a dangerous destiny that had brought Devereux back to England and to the woman he'd sworn to possess at all costs. And even as Emily found herself surrendering to his searing caress, a treacherous enemy threatened to tear her forever from the arms of the man she'd vowed never to love, but now could no longer live without!

A glorious, wonderful book! I defy anyone reading the opening chapter not to feel compelled to read the whole book. I consider Elizabeth Thornton a major find. (Mary Balogh, bestselling author of Heartless, 1993)

Elizabeth Thornton blends suspense, mystery, sensuality, and colorful historical details to produce an intriguing tale. (Kathe Robin, Romantic Times)

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Velvet is the Night
Original: ISBN 1-55817-598-9 Re-issue: 0-8217-7388-7

This is the second book of a trilogy that follows the fortunes of three young members of the Devereux family as they escape from the violence of revolution-torn France to England and North America.

Claire's story:She swore she'd never love him. He was cold, ruthless, evil . . . and as the newly appointed commissioner, Phillipe Dubet had the power of life and death over the local aristocracy. In return for her family's safe passage out of the country, the breathtakingly lovely Claire Devereux agreed to be his mistress. She was to live in his luxurioius quarters, to be seen with him about town, and to accommodate his desires whenever he wished. Claire surrenered her body to Dubet, but swore he'd never break her spirit. What she didn't know was that the real Dubet had been abducted, and his American twin brother, Adam Dillon, installed in his place as a spy. And she was devastated to find that her body was not at all immune to the pleasures of "Dubet's" caress, nor her heart to his intoxicating comapny.

Sweeping from France to America, Velvet is the Night is a banquet for those who adore French history. Ms. Thornton gives the reader great insight into this turbulent era in both France and America . . . Velvet is the Night continues to show Ms. Thornton's growth as a consummate historical romance writer.Romantic Times)

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Tender the Storm
Original: ISBN 1-55817-516-4 Re-issue: ISBN 0-8217-7385-2

This is the first book of a trilogy that follows the fortunes of three young members of the Devereux family as they escape from the violence of revolution-torn France to England and North America

Zoë's story: She was an engaging young lady of the French arsitocracy. He was a daring Englislh nobleman turned secret agent. Together, Zoë Devereux and the man she knew only as "Rolphe" fled across wartorn France to the safety of England. Finding it impossible to abandon the innocent girl to London's streets, Rolphe Brockford, the Marques of Rivard, scandalaized society by making Zoë his wife, though in name only. But as Zoë blossomed from waif-lie child to passionate and desirable beauty, the rules of the game changed. And nothing would ever be the same again.

The shining star of Elizabeth Thornton takes on additional luster with the publication of her latest gem of a book. In a stellar performance, Ms. Thornton lures us into her magic world of love triumphant, and demonstrates her complete mastery of the historical romance format. (Romantic Times)

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Sheer Sorcery
a short story in
A Christmas Holiday
and now in the Dec '03 Re-issue of
Bluestocking Bride
ISBN: 0-8217-3245-5

On Christmas Eve, Jess will at last come of age and be free of her insufferable guardian, unless she finds there's something she want even more than freedom . . .

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The Worldly Widow
Original: ISBN 0-8217-2878-4 Re-issue: ISBN 0-8217-7714-9

Annabelle Jocelyn preferred to keep men at a distance. Indeed, the young widow's heart belonged to her business. As owner and editor of Bailey's Press, her current project was to secure a certain scandalous diary with which she hoped to casue a publishing sensation. But Annabelle's plans went decidedly awry when she crossed paths with the rakish Earl of Dalmar, a man (hardly a gentleman!) who seemed to have a singular talent for getting her back up. He had an interest, no doubt a personal one, for suppressing the diary. But she was not about to be intimidated by his anger, nor tempted by the gleam in his eye . . .

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Fallen Angel
Original: ISBN 0-8217-2654-4 Re-issue: ISBN 0-8217-7606-1

If there was one man Madeleina never wanted to lay eyes on, it was the scoundrel who'd seduced her fashionably young stepmother and disgraced her beloved father. The spirited Scottish lass knew his name: Deveryn. Then she met dashing Jason Verney, and as he waltzed her into his strong embrace and plied her with his practiced charms, Madeleina forgot about scandals and betrayals. She was too besotted to ask the young man his full name and too much in love to guess that Jason was really Viscount Deveryn, known to the London ton as The Fallen Angel.

Ms. Thornton has struck gold with this searing romance set in the Regency time-frame. The irresistible chemistry between the battling lovers explodes into an equally mesmerizing sensuality that will be relished by a wide audience. A major, major talent, Ms. Thornton takes her rightful place as a genre superstar. (Rave Reviews)

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The Passionate Prude
Re-issue in Sept '04 as
To Love an Earl
Original: ISBN 0-8217-2485-1 Re-issue: ISBN 0-8217-7600-2

When word reached Deirdre Fenton that her brother was pursuing the notorious actress Mrs. Dewinters, she immediately set about extricating her incorrigible sibling from his latest folly. But her brother had gone too far this time for his - or her - own good. For Mrs. Dewinters was under the powerful protection of the reprobate war hero, the Earl of Rathbourne . . . the very man Deirdre had summarily rejected years before after nearly succumbing to his highly improper advances .And the earl was not a man to forgive an insult - or forget a lady as passionate as Miss Fenton.

From the glittering ballrooms of London's haute ton to the bloody battlefields of Waterloo, Ms. Thornton sweeps us away on a grand scale with this intensely passionate love affair between two strong-willed people. Writing with an impeccable sense of the period, Ms. Thornton has authored a splendid breakout book to take her place among the foremost exponents of Regency romance. Romantic Times

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A Virtuous Lady
Original: ISBN 0-8217-3703-1 Re-issue: ISBN 0-8217-7601-0

. . . a merry romp that blends chuckles and sensual romance to great effect.

Briony Langland knew she wsa expected to take her place in England's polite society. But the straight-laced Quaker miss had no patience for London's constant social whirl of balls, soirées, and the dashing young blades who flocked around her. And when the arrogant Lord Ravensworth mistook her for a poor relation and made her a shockingly indecent proposal, Briony was furious. No matter that his daring advances set her pulses racing in a very unvirtuous fashion, Briony was deteremined to take the handsome libertine down a peg or two, and pay him back in his own coin.

A young Quaker miss was not supposed to be interested in dancing and other diversions of the haute ton. That's why Briony Langford meekly went to bed the night her new guardians held a ball in their fashionable mansion in Richmond. But when sleep wouldn't come, a visit to the library for something to read seemed perfectly proper. What wasn't proper at all was the interrupting the amorous rendezvous of a highborn lady and that notorious rake, Hugh Montgomery, Marquess of Ravensworth. And even less proper was the searing kiss exchanged between the innocent young girl and worldly man. What follows this provocative encounter is fast-paced frolic wherein the dishonorable intentions of a confirmed bachelor are gradually transformed into an ingenious scheme to trap his newfound love into marriage. (Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times

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Bluestocking Bride
Original: ISBN 0-8217-2215-8 Re-issue: ISBN 0-8217-7537-5

(The re-issue also includes the short story, "Sheer Sorcery")

Catherine Harland, a sheltered country girl, possessed a passion for Greek letters. Hippolytus, she felt was the epitome of male virtue - high-minded, loft in his ideals, and completely the opposite of the rude and infuriating Marquis of Ruthereston, her family's new neighbor. It seemed to amuse that notorious womanizer to bait her with his own surprisingly excellent command of Greek literature. Well, Catherine may have been a green girl, but she could give as good as she got - as the Marquis would soon discover.

" The Bluestocking Bride is a young lady whose passion for things Greek leads her into the arms of her rakish neighbor. The interplay between the attractive characters is delightful and there's plenty of sensual spark . . . happy reading is certainly in store for the Regency devotee." (Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times)

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