February Top 10 Releases
Hellion at Heart
Sifting through the sands in the Middle East while learning of ancient cultures and buried civilizations is all Miss Hallie Evans dreams about. But when an impending scandal forces her back to England, her hopes and dreams are destroyed. Now, as a hired archeologist for the rich, Hallie explores and studies the ancient ruins excavated on their properties.
The Viscount of Duncannon, Arthur Howard, was beguiled after a chance encounter with Miss Hallie Evans several years ago. She left an impression on him that never faded. But when their paths cross again, Arthur is determined to win Hallie’s heart this time around–at all costs.
But as Hallie’s buried secrets begin to surface, neither can stop society from unearthing the truth. Now, Arthur must choose between love and family duty. Can Hallie cease those who threaten her livelihood for a real chance at true love?
Revelations of a Secret Princess
A princess in disguise…
To find her precious daughter, stolen from her at birth, Princess Carolina will do anything. Including masquerading as a nanny! Jake Maynard, her daughter’s uncle, is all that’s standing in the way of the reunion Caro has yearned for. If only her body got the message he’s the enemy…
Caro knows this powerful billionaire won’t give up the only family he has left. Yet after years of emotional numbness, Jake is reawakening her! He shows Caro a life filled with passion, not protocol, but what will happen when Jake discovers her true identity?
Brilliant German surgeon, Hugo Winter, is dead, and his protégé, Lucy Brynne, is tasked with sorting his papers. Among them, Lucy finds glimpses of Hugo’s past that paint a disturbing picture of war and prejudice – a portrait of Australia she can barely recognise.
Days later, an intriguing patient comes into her care on the orthopaedic ward at Sydney Hospital: one Mr Jim Cleary. Lucy’s experience as an army physiotherapist, as well as her own very personal knowledge of pain, tell her there’s more to this man’s fractured leg than meets the eye.
As she pieces together who Jim Cleary really is and the truth behind his injury, she not only falls for his laconic charm, but discovers the rival surgeon who relentlessly persecuted Hugo – the same man who has every intention of shattering Jim’s life completely now.
Inspired by a true story of medical genius and betrayal, Walking is a crisply told tale of bigotry and obsession, love and devastation, and one that charts the transformative power of kindness above all.
When ski patroller Vanessa Bell discovers human bones high on Mount Stillwell at Charlotte Pass ski resort, Detective Sergeant Pierce Ryder of the Sydney Homicide Squad is called in to lead the investigative team.
Arriving in the isolated, snowed-in village with Winterfest celebrations underway, Ryder soon determines that the bones are those of Celia Delaney, a young woman who disappeared from the ski resort in 1964 during the biggest winter storm in Australian alpine history.
When a second murder takes place, Ryder suspects that the deaths are related, and that the person responsible is still in the village. Amid the escalating tension, Ryder is desperate to make an arrest before the stakes rise even higher.
Set within the stunning Snowy Mountains, this intriguing mystery uncovers deadly, long-buried secrets in the valleys and mountains of this iconic area.
The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock
His life is perfectly regimented. Is there really room for something as unpredictable as love?
Oliver Clock has everything arranged just so. A steady job running the family funeral parlour. A fridge stocked with ready meals. A drawer full of colour-coded socks. A plan (of sorts) to stay trim enough for a standard-sized coffin. And in florist Marie, he’s even found the love of his life—not that she’s aware of it.
When a terrible tragedy takes Marie out of his life but leaves him with her private journal, he discovers too late that she secretly loved him back. Faced now with an empty love life, a family funeral business in trouble, a fast-approaching fortieth birthday and a notebook of resolutions he’s never achieved, Oliver resolves to open himself up to love—and all the mess that comes along with it.
But, with a habit of burying his feelings, can he learn to embrace his lovability and find the woman who will make him feel whole?
The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.
I don’t believe that.
Not when we’ve lost almost everything.
I married Winter knowing what I was walking into.
He married me knowing the same.
We started out full of hope.
Love, family, the club.
We would have it all.
We would do whatever it took to build our family.
We would stand together through everything.
But how does a couple do that when they’ve been ravaged by loss?
We’re about to find out, because the biggest battles we’ve ever faced are breathing down on us and if we don’t cling to each other, we may lose the one thing we swore we’d never lose.
We may lose us.
The shield-maiden must marry…
Heir to her father’s Jarldom, Rúna Isaksson will soon ascend to replace him as leader, but first she must marry a warrior from another clan to form a powerful alliance. When her father creates a contest to determine the strongest suitor, Rúna demands to compete as well—if she wins, she can choose her own husband. However, she’s shocked to discover that her first love is amongst the competitors, the man who abandoned her without looking back. She must not let him win.
A Viking warrior haunted by a dark past…
Jorvan Eriksson has returned from seeking his fortune to claim his childhood sweetheart, but the girl he left behind has become a battle-hardened shield-maiden with no intention of forgiving him. Jorvan has changed too—he now fights a darkness that lurks in his own mind. Somehow, he must conquer his demons to out-manoeuvre the other suitors and win the Viking games for Rúna’s hand. Though victory alone will never be enough. He won’t settle for anything less than reclaiming the future Jarl’s heart.
Nine First Dates
Abbie, 25, Canberra.
Aspiring event planner. Foodie. Aquarius.
Coffee will always be my number-one beverage and I love watching sports.
The gym isn’t for me—I love bike riding, camping and exploring the outdoors.
Oh, and doughnuts are life.
Looking for a partner to explore with and enjoy the good things in life.
My new year’s resolution is to find a partner. Someone I can snort-laugh and get down and dirty with. Someone who gains the approval of my mum, but with whom I can also share this crazy ride called life. Not too much to ask, right?
Thanks to my high school sweetheart, I’ve spent two years in Singletown, but now I’m putting myself out there: Abbie 2.0. I’m positive that the new, confident version of me will find love before Christmas. I’m not going for a type. That’s got me into trouble before. I’m going to spread the net wide, as my late father would say. Better chance at catching a fish—I mean, a man, that way.
But can I snag the man of my dreams? Or will this expedition end in a catch I just can’t keep?
She thought it was her big modelling break. Now she’s trapped in an accidental marriage to a supermodel…as part of her employer’s elaborate revenge scheme.
Five years after Phoebe Dalton moved to London to launch her modelling career, she’s on the verge of quitting. It’s not that she doesn’t have the looks–she’s just been classed as “plus-sized” thanks to her curves. Then she gets the call that changes her life.
Renowned designer Serena Millinova is looking for a new model to star in the launch of her wedding fashion line, and Phoebe is perfect–as long as she fits the dress and the shoes. Thankfully her feet are tiny, and the wedding dress hugs her curves in all the right ways. The job is hers. She’s about to become a household name…or so she thinks.
Oliver Baden is one of London’s sexiest supermodels. But he’s surprised when Serena asks him to star opposite an unknown Australian model in the launch of her new wedding line.
He and Serena have an unpleasant history, and he’s sure Serena despises him. He doesn’t want anything to do with the job. Unfortunately, his agent already signed the paperwork. It’s too late to back out.
The day of the fashion launch goes beautifully. Phoebe enjoys acting the part of the bride, especially with such a handsome groom by her side, and the press is loving it. In the aftermath of their celebrations, she and Oliver share a sexy, unforgettable night together.
It’s the perfect fake fairytale wedding. Until she learns it’s not.
The papers they signed were real—the whole event was nothing but Serena’s elaborate revenge scheme.
She and Oliver are actually married.
Bad Boy Rockstar Romance meets Historical Romance
Lord Owen Morrison has long stopped counting the number of women he has seduced.
As a member of the Noble Lords, a group of English lords who play music to woo the wicked women of the ton, Owen knows his skillful fingers with the violin and viola are appreciated both in and out of the bedroom.
A year after his return from the battlefield of Waterloo his parents have unexpectedly announced his engagement to Lady Amelia Perry, a young woman he has never met. Lady Amelia comes with a substantial dowry which will help rescue the Morrison family estate, but Owen is too busy creating mischief to care.
Strong willed, Amy is not going quietly into the arms of an arranged marriage with Owen. She ventures to London and after assuming a false identity, she begins to lure her fiancé into her trap. She will do everything to unmask him as a rogue and force her father to call off the betrothal.
The promise of a secret affair with a mysterious woman has Owen champing at the bit. But the relationship comes with strict rules and London’s lothario finds himself having to do the unheard of and be faithful to the one woman.
During their secret liaisons in Hyde Park, Owen shows Amy just how much of a masterful lover he is and awakens her sexual needs and passion for him.
For all her plans and schemes to unmask Owen as a wicked rake, Amy’s heart rules her head, and she falls in love with her scoundrel fiancé.
After Owen fights with a rival musician and is arrested, his father confronts him and demands he set aside his wanton ways and make a respectable marriage. But Amy has seen enough to know what sort of husband Owen will be, and despite her love for him, she calls off the betrothal.
Owen is devastated.
Facing the loss of the one woman he has ever loved; Owen finally gains a painful lesson in jealousy and is forced to face the repercussions of his life as a rake of the worse kind.
Can a rake truly be reformed and will it be enough for Amy to give Owen a second chance?