A Labour of Love
By Anne Baker
Its 1980s Merseyside and teenage cousins Sophie and Charlie are at a turning point in each of their lives. Sophie, seventeen years old and stunning, falls in love with Darrell, the school caretaker, who has plans to make it big with his rock band. But when Sophie discovers that shes pregnant, her relationship with Darrell comes to an end. Though happiness is on the horizon for Sophie, it will take her time to realise who she is destined to be with. Charlie, eighteen and having struggled at school, is unhappy in his job as a chef. With Sophies help, Charlie joins the family business with surprising results
A Lady Awakened: Blackshear Family Book 1
By Cecilia Grant
Fans of Eloisa James, Sherry Thomas, Courtney Milan and Grace Burrowes will adore Cecilia Grant's emotionally rich and deeply passionate Regency romance.Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. If she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes...for a fee. Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. But how can he resist this siren in widow's weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to pleasure - only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can't resist him for ever. But could her surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all...love?For more powerful, sensual romance, lose yourself in the Blackshear Family series: A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong, A Lady Awakened, A Gentleman Undone, A Woman Entangled.
Lady Be Good: Rules for the Reckless 3
By Meredith Duran
Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance in the third book of her Rules for the Reckless series. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!Born to a family of notorious criminals, Lilah Marshall has long abandoned her past. A hostess at Everleigh's, London's premier auction house, she leads a virtuous life of art and culture. Lilah has almost transformed into the perfect lady - until an enigmatic viscount catches her in the act of one last, reluctant theft.Christian 'Kit' Stratton, Viscount Palmer, is society's most dashing war hero. But his charming façade masks a dark secret: he's haunted by a madman's vow to destroy anyone he loves. When Kit catches Lilah red-handed, he strikes a bargain she can't refuse. Their attraction is instant, but as their very lives hang in the balance, one tempting touch could be their undoing... Want more Rules for the Reckless? Don't miss That Scandalous Summer or Fool Me Twice.
Lady In Red: Mad Passions Book 2
By Maire Claremont
A richly romantic and enthralling novel of beauty, passion and scandalous secrets from the acclaimed author of The Dark Lady. Perfect for fans of Grace Burrowes, Tessa Dare, Elizabeth Hoyt and Sarah MacLean.Lady Mary Darrel should be the envy of London. Instead, all society believes her dead. For Mary holds a secret so dangerous, her father chose to keep her locked away...and have a grave made for her near her mother's. Driven to the edge of desperation, Mary manages to escape the asylum, only to find that her fate yet again rests in the hands of a man...Edward Barrons, Duke of Fairleigh, longs for some way to escape the torment of his father's crimes. In Mary's warrior spirit and haunted gaze - which so mirrors his own - he finally sees his path to redemption. He will stop at nothing to keep her safe, even as she seeks revenge. But will the passion they discover in each other be enough to save them from their demons?For more deliciously dark Victorian romance, try all the titles in the Mad Passions series: The Dark Lady, Lady In Red, A Lady Undone and The Dark Affair, and check out Maire's alter-ego Eva Devon for sexy and laugh-out-loud funny Regencies.
A Lady Never Lies: Affairs By Moonlight Book 1
By Juliana Gray
A Lady Never Lies is the utterly enchanting first novel in Juliana Gray's debut Affairs By Moonlight trilogy. You'll be swept away by the fabulously inventive plot, witty writing, heart-stopping romance and glorious Italian setting. Perfect for fans of Julia Quinn and Suzanne Enoch, Juliana is a dazzling new talent in romance.Lady Alexandra Morley, an alluring widow, is desperate to devise a plan to reverse her fortunes. When fate lands her in the arms of Phineas 'Finn' Burke, an attractive inventor, she despairs of ever getting what she needs...until they kiss. Finn has always been impervious to the charms of the female species, intent only on perfecting his 'horseless carriage' engine. He never dreamed he'd meet a woman like Alexandra, who is as stubborn as she is beautiful. Despite the brewing scandal, Finn longs to make Alexandra his wife, but he must first convince the maddening lady that their love is the only thing that matters.For more gorgeous historical romance check out the other titles in her Affairs By Moonlight trilogy: A Gentleman Never Tells and A Duke Never Yields as well as her Princess In Hiding Trilogy: How To Tame Your Duke, How To Master Your Marquis, How To School Your Scoundrel.
A Lady Never Surrenders: The Hellions of Halstead Hall 5
By Sabrina Jeffries
The fifth book in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series by New York Times bestseller Sabrina Jeffries. Sabrina's sensationally sexy and delightfully witty historicals will be loved by fans of Sarah MacLean, Eloisa James and Julia Quinn.Lady Celia Sharpe has always been wary of marriage ... but now her future depends on it.With two months left to find a husband and fulfill her grandmother's ultimatum, Celia sets her sights on three eligible bachelors. Becoming betrothed to one of these wealthy, high-ranking men will surely prove her capable of getting married, so hopefully the wedding itself won't be necessary for Celia to receive her inheritance. Step two of her audacious plan is hiring the dark and dangerously compelling Bow Street Runner, Jackson Pinter, to investigate the three men she's chosen.With Lady Celia bedevilling Jackson's days and nights, the last thing he wants is to help her find a husband. And when she recalls shadowed memories that lead his investigation into her parents' mysterious deaths in a new direction, putting her in danger, Jackson realizes the only man he wants Celia to marry is himself!For more spellbindingly romantic and witty historical romance, don't miss the rest of Sabrina's Hellions Of Halstead Hall books. And don't miss her other marvellous series including: The Sinful Suitors, The School for Heiresses and The Royal Brotherhood.
A Lady Undone: A Mad Passions Novella 2.5
By Maire Claremont
In this dazzling novella from the award-winning author of The Dark Lady and Lady In Red, comes a story of fatal plots, seductive spies, and irresistible passions... Perfect for fans of Sherry Thomas, Lisa Kleypas and Stephanie Laurens.Duchess Clare Ederly is lucky to be alive. Having outlived her violent, abusive husband, she decides to put her significant inheritance to good use helping other battered women by opening a refuge for those seeking to escape. But not everyone is pleased with her work. Someone wants to see her sanctuary torn down - at any cost. Her only hope of protecting her home and tenants is a former spy, whose skill at tracking deadly men is matched only by his dangerous charm...The Earl of Wyndham has done his part for Queen and country; he has had his fill of plotting and politics and simply wants to retire to the pleasant life of his club. But Duchess Clare's razor-sharp wit and fierce determination awaken new purpose and admiration in him. To protect her, he will once again delve into the treacherous world of espionage. To win her love, he will do almost anything...For more deliciously dark Victorian romance, try all the titles in the Mad Passions series: The Dark Lady, Lady In Red, A Lady Undone and The Dark Affair, and check out Maire's alter-ego Eva Devon for sexy and laugh-out-loud funny Regencies.
A Lady's Lesson In Scandal
By Meredith Duran
Meredith Duran returns with another witty, humorous and smart romance. Fans of Julia Quinn, Jane Feather and Eloisa James will delight in Meredith's trademark headstrong heroine, cunning hero and tale of deep emotional intensity!IN GRITTY, WORKING-CLASS LONDON, SHE DOES WHAT SHE MUST TO SURVIVE...When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl's house on a midnight quest for revenge, she finds her pistol pointed at the wrong man - one handsome as sin and naked as the day he was born. Pity he's a lunatic. He thinks her a missing heiress, but more to the point, he'll help her escape the slums and right a grave injustice. Not a bad bargain. All she has to do is marry him. A NOTORIOUS LADIES' MAN COULD TAKE HER FROM POVERTY TO OPULENCE...BUT AT WHAT PRICE? A rake of the first order, Simon St. Maur spent his restless youth burning every bridge he crossed. When he inherits an earldom without a single penny attached to it, he sees a chance to start over - provided he can find an heiress to fund his efforts. But his wicked reputation means courtship will be difficult - until fate sends him the most notorious missing heiress in history. All he needs now is to make her into a lady and keep himself from making the only mistake that could ruin everything: falling in love...Looking for more Meredith Duran novels? Try Wicked Becomes You or her Rules for the Reckless series.
By Martina Cole
He's every woman's worst nightmare...THE LADYKILLER is the first book in the DI Kate Burrows series: the only time the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times bestseller Martina Cole has written from the perspective of the Old Bill. A killer is on the loose. It's up to DI Kate Burrows to stop him.But Kate has a problem. The Grantley Ripper has attacked the daughter of one of London's most infamous gangsters, Patrick Kelly, and now Kate's investigation, along with her heart, are dangerously entwined with him.As the worlds of crime and law collide, will Kate take down the Ladykiller, or will he be her undoing?Her unique take on London's criminal underworld will have you hooked, so don't miss the rest of the DI Kate Burrows series, BROKEN, HARDGIRLS and DAMAGED
By Lola A Åkerström
Perfect for fans of The Little Book of Hygge and Norwegian Wood, find the balance in life that is just right for you. Let Lola A. Åkerström, Editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm, be your companion to all things lagom.As the Swedish proverb goes, 'Lagom är bäst' (The right amount is best). Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is the reason why Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the world with a healthy work-life balance and high standards of living.Lagom is a way of living that promotes harmony. It celebrates fairness, moderation and being satisfied with and taking proper care of what you've got, including your well-being, relationships, and possessions. It's not about having too little or too much but about fully inviting contentment into our lives through making optimal decisions. Who better than Lola A. Åkerström to be your lagom guide? Sweden-based Lola is an award-winning writer, photographer , and editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm and she offers us a unique vantage point when it comes to adopting elements of a lagom lifestyle.Full of insights and beautiful photographs, taken by Lola herself, this authentic book will help you make small, simple changes to your every day life - whether that's your diet, lifestyle, money, work or your home - so you can have a more balanced way of living filled with contentment.
The Lair of the White Fox (A Sister Fidelma e-novella)
By Peter Tremayne
Can she untangle the truth in time to save an old friend?Travel back in time to the first ever case from super-sleuth, Sister Fidelma, in this gripping Celtic mini mystery. The perfect introduction to Peter Tremayne's highly-acclaimed historical crime series.PRAISE FOR THE SISTER FIDELMA SERIES: 'Tremayne's super-sleuth is a vibrant creation, a woman of wit and courage who would stand out in any era, but brings a special sparkle to the wilf beauty of medieval Ireland' Morgan LlywelynIreland, AD 659. Sister Fidelma is in her final year of study at Brehon Morann's law school, and en route to visit an old friend, Lúach, in her family home. But things take a sinister turn when Fidelma arrives to discover that Lúach has been missing for five days. Has someone driven her from the enclave of her home, or are there darker forces at work?The deeper Fidelma digs, the more questions she unearths. It's clear that there is far more to Lúach's disappearance than those closest to her are letting on, and only Fidelma has the conviction to pursue the case . . . What readers are saying about THE LAIR OF THE WHITE FOX:'A cracking good mystery to be solved and with amazing cultural and historical detail''Plenty of the usual twists and plots, interspersed with jealousy and greed''This should assure readers new to the series that the vigorous writing here is what they can look forward to as they move deeper into the Fidelma novels'
Lake Eden Cookbook
By Joanne Fluke
A tantalising collection of recipes from Joanne Fluke's bestselling Hannah Swensen series - plus a generous sprinkling of brand-new treats.Try this delicious collection of confections from Lake Eden, Minnesota's best-loved bakery. Complete with all delectable recipes from the first ten novels in the Hannah Swensen series plus a selection of never-before-published recipes. There's even a short story to go along with the delicious treats.Whether this is your first taste of Lake Eden, or you're back for another helping, you can now bring the irresistible flavours of The Cookie Jar into your very own kitchen!
The Lake House
By James Patterson
Frannie O'Neill's life turned upside down when she and FBI maverick Kit Brennan rescued six incredible winged children from the school that created them. Now the young flock wants to go back to the couple, and Frannie and Kit are suing for custody. But when the case involves the most extraordinary creatures ever to land on this earth, someone will ensure there is no happy ending. Only Max, the most remarkable of the children, knows that another, terrifying biological experiment is taking place in the labs of a brilliant but evil surgeon, Dr Ethan Kane. But to complete his experiment he needs the ultimate prize - Max herself. And as the children dream of returning to the happy safety of the lake house, where for a few precious months they flew free, Kane moves ever closer...
By Richard Laymon
Don't go down to the lake, where the past and the present threaten to collide... In Richard Laymon's riveting horror The Lake, a mother and daughter are united in a nightmare of danger and terror. Perfect for fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.'White-hot pacing (with) rivers of blood... memorable evocation of the fathomless mystery of the moonlit hours' - Publishers WeeklyLeigh is young, rebellious and beautiful - and she yearns for a summer of excitement by the lake. Maybe she'll find it in the arms of the handsome boy who rows her out to the abandoned beach house. Or maybe she'll stumble into a legacy of terror which will shatter her life...Eighteen years on, Deana has no knowledge of her mother's troubled past and not that much interest. She just wants to make out somewhere cool with her boyfriend - to let her hair down and live a little. If only living were that simple. But that summer at the lake casts a long shadow. And when the horrors of the past meet the perils of the present, both mother and daughter are plunged into a nightmare of blood and terror from which there is no escape. What readers are saying about The Lake: 'This is a great book... [Laymon] is an excellent writer, and knows just how to keep you on tenterhooks''Engrossing from start to finish -I couldn't wait to see what was coming next...''Five stars'
The Lakenham Folly
By Laura Daniels
The old Folly has not been used since those twenty young men, full of ideals for the century that was still in its spring, marched out to war in 1914. When the last survivor of the Lakenham Set, General Reginald Maitland, enters with his granddaughter Gemma on his hundredth birthday, it is here, surrounded by memories of the past, that he entrusts to her one final, vital mission: to find Ted Parsons. Ted Parsons' life is the key to a fortune left by the Lakenham Set, intended to commemorate the century's achievements and their own ideals, but that quaint concept is now clouded by private ambitions among the narrowing number of contenders for the money. Parsons disappeared shortly after the Second World War, so is he dead or alive?Gemma's quest takes her to Florence, where she falls headlong into a maze where nothing and no one is as it seems. As she battles her way through a web in which her very survival is at stake if she makes a wrong decision, Gemma is forced to ask whether the deaths that follow in the wake of her investigation are accidental, natural - or something far more sinister...
Lamplight on the Thames
By Pamela Evans
When tragedy strikes two childhood sweethearts, they must look to their hearts to find true happiness... A dramatic story of bitter rivalry and forbidden love, Pam Evans' London saga, Lamplight on the Thames, is sure to appeal to fans of Kitty Neale, Katie Flynn and Kate Thompson.Since the end of the war, when Bob Brown had taken over the car workshop in London, Frank Bennett had been trying to get his hands on it. An East-Ender made good, Frank was determined to get the prime site - whatever the cost.As children, Bob's daughter Bella and Frank's son Dezi became unlikely friends, though both families disapproved. Years later, their love blossomed, and it seemed that nothing, not even the feud between their fathers, could prevent their marriage. Until Bob's tragic death and his dying request to Bella... What Amazon readers are saying about Lamplight on the Thames: 'Loved this book. It was the first time I had read anything by Pam Evans but won't be the last. A super story, couldn't put it down''Another great book by Pamela Evans, I really enjoyed it'
Lamplight on the Thames
By Pamela Evans
The fog swirled around the crowd at the graveside; Bob Brown had been a popular man. But Bella's thoughts were dark - Frank Bennett had killed her father as surely as if he had taken a knife to him. Since the end of the war, when Bob had taken over the car workshop in London, Frank Bennett had been trying to get his hands on it. An East Ender made good by his quick wits and unscrupulous business methods, Frank was determined to get the prime site - whatever the cost. For as long as she could remember, Bella had been drawn to the river, and to the ivy-covered house on the promenade where she first met Dezi Bennett, Frank's son. They became unlikely friends, though both families disapproved. Years later, their love blossomed, and it seemed that nothing, not even the feud between their fathers, could prevent their marriage. Until Bob's tragic death and his dying request to Bella .....
The Land is Bright
By Elizabeth Murphy
Elizabeth Murphy's heartwarming first novel, shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award. When her Mam dies in childbirth, little Sally Palin becomes a second mother to her two brothers and baby Emily. Sally is determined that her sister will leave their Liverpool home and enjoy a better life, but the success of her dream is bittersweet. To escape a fever epidemic that ravages the city, Emily is sent away to her rich, childless Aunt Hester, to grow up in the healthy country air and enjoy all manner of luxuries. But Emily fails to find happiness, and settles for a loveless marriage to an elderly widower, while at home Sally enjoys love and fulfilment with her husband and children, even though they must struggle against unemployment, illness and tragic loss...
Land of your Possession
By Wendy Robertson
A moving saga of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances... From the medieval spires of Coventry to the clustered pit villages of the north, Wendy Robertson's powerful saga, Land of Your Possession, traces lives changed irrevocably by war. Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin and Rita Bradshaw. 'This wonderful historical saga has to be on your reading list' - Women's Realm1940. German bombers target Coventry nightly, but pregnant young mother Lizza King is reluctant to leave the city and her husband Roland. Only after her daughter is killed in a raid does Lizza leave for south Durham.While Priorton is safer from enemy attack, it is not without drama. Lizza's sister is still recovering from being raped. Her nephew dreams of heroic deeds, while toying with Josie's affections. Josie is growing up herself, working in the munitions factory by day and dancing the nights away. And Lizza, awaiting the birth of her baby while her husband is increasingly distant, is irresistibly drawn to the Polish refugee and artist, Krystoff, who alone understands her. What readers are saying about Wendy Robertson: 'The gift of a true writer is in the telling of stories and characters that stay with you long after you close the book - and Wendy Robertson is one of those writers''A skilful, imaginative novelist''Five stars'
Land of the Blind (Inspector Ikmen Mystery 17)
By Barbara Nadel
Ancient feuds and new dangers bring death to the streets of Istanbul...Set against the Gezi Park uprising of 2013, Land of the Blind is the seventeenth crime thriller featuring Inspectors Cetin Ikmen and Mehut Suleyman in Istanbul. A perfect read for fans of Jason Goodwin and Martin Walker.'There's no one quite like Nadel... Seamlessly weaving together so many diverse threads is the work of a master with her finger firmly on the city's pulse... Gripping' - Big Issue IstanbulIn the ruins of the Constantinople hippodrome lies a body: a woman, clutching a piece of red stone. She's recently given birth, but there's no sign of the baby. Inspector Çetin Ikmen discovers she was Ariadne Savva, a Byzantine specialist on a crusade to protect the historic areas of Istanbul that property developer Ahmet Öden seeks to destroy and rebuild.As Ikmen searches for the lost child and the facts behind Ariadne's death, the people of Istanbul rise up in protest against their government in Gezi Park. Amid the chaos, Ikmen and his colleague Mehmet Süleyman must unravel a tale of ancient hostility and modern desires, to find the truth concealed within the secret history of their antique city.What readers are saying about Land of the Blind:'I am always amazed at how Nadel captures the ever-changing climate of the ancient city, which is growing more modern by the day''If you're looking for a masterclass in how to open a thriller, I suggest you read the first two pages of Barbara Nadel's latest book, Land of the Blind. It's the start of a rich and taut mystery, expertly crafted and atmospherically set in the extraordinary city of Istanbul''[Nadel] seems to get right under the skin of the city of Istanbul and the people until you can almost smell the coffee'