Masked Desires by Elizabeth Coldwell
Let go from her sales job, Summer Kerrigan finds new employment at her local bar. It’s nothing like her old routine, but there’s welcome compensation in the shape of her cute boss, Eddie Quinn. When Eddie’s sister, businesswoman Heather, turns up at the bar selling tickets for the fundraising Masquerade Ball, he claims Summer’s his new love. But if Heather’s going to buy the lie they’re really a couple, they have to attend the ball as a couple – and with champagne flowing, passions run high, and Eddie and Summer find themselves in bed together.
The sex is mindblowing, but is it simply the result of taking part in a charade? Can their sham love affair turn into the real thing, or is it all just a masquerade?
The Highest Bidder by Sommer Marsden
Recent widow Casey Briggs is all about her upcoming charity bachelor auction. She doesn’t have time for dating. Her heart isn’t strong enough yet. But when one of their bachelors is arrested and she finds herself a hunky guy short, she employs her best friend Annie to find her a new guy pronto.
Enter Nick Murphy – handsome, kind, and not very hard to look at, thank you very much. And he quickly makes her feel things she hasn’t felt in a while. A very long while. Casey’s not sure if she’s ready for it – the whole moving on thing. But as she prepares to auction Nick off, she’s discovering that her first hunch was correct – he’s damn near priceless.
Out of the Storm by Demelza Hart
It is 1922, four years after the end of the Great War. When Miriam Dewhurst accepts a teaching position at Blackdown Hall, an isolated boarding school on the edge of Dartmoor, she is not put off by the stories of silent pupils, intimidated schoolteachers and a nameless, menacing man. She soon realises some of the rumours are true: the children seem cowed, the school is bleak and silent, and, most curious of all, despite it being denied, she suspects there is indeed a man living there – a man who shuts himself away, a man who is quick to temper.
When Miriam finally meets the mysterious and tormented Captain Ravensby she finds that, far from being terrified, she is enthralled. He too is intrigued by her, but will he be able to let go of the horrors of his past? Can Miriam breathe new life into Blackdown Hall – and into him?