Christina Dodd brings you her classic Regency historical novella, rewritten and updated for your ebook reading pleasure...
Miss Laura Haver is a spinster and a seamstress ... and a woman bent on revenge. After her brother was killed while seeking the identity of a notorious French smuggler, Laura suspects the smuggler's true identity is none other than the wealthy and commanding Keefe Leighton, Earl of Hamilton. How to capture such a rogue?
By arriving at his estate and claiming to be his bride, of course. But her plans go awry when Hamilton arrives and discovers her ruse ... and does everything in his considerable power to make her his bride in truth!
THE SMUGGLER'S CAPTIVE BRIDE
A Regency historical novella of approximately 100 pages/23,000 words (formerly THE LADY AND THE TIGER, published in anthology collections MY SCANDALOUS BRIDE and ONE NIGHT WITH A ROGUE)
As romance fans would expect from the star-studded lineup in this collection, each Regency-era novella features a high level of sensuality, but the short format of these pieces allows little room for romantic development. In the contributions from Dodd ("The Lady and the Tiger") and LaFoy ("The Proposition"), the heroines fall too quickly into bed with their respective heroes. Although the characters are likable enough, the stories lack the strong emotional core found in the authors' longer works. Still, there's plenty of fun to be had here. In Laurens's "Melting Ice," for example, the heroine finds herself in the awkward position of having unknowingly invited herself to an orgy, and in Bradley's "Wedding Knight," a bride becomes enmeshed in a mistaken-identity fiasco complete with blackmail and throwing knives. While this collection doesn't approach the heights any of these authors have achieved individually, it's consistent in tone and quality. Ardent fans of Dodd and Laurens, however, will be disappointed to note that these two authors' entries have been previously published.