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A Lady of Notoriety by Diane GastonA Lady of Notoriety (Masquerade Club #3)

Desired for herself alone…

When fallen beauty Daphne, Lady Faville, is carried to safety from a rampaging fire, she’s horrified to recognize her rescuer as Hugh Westleigh—a man with every reason to despise her!

But Hugh has been blinded and Daphne must nurse him back to health. Unable to see, he is driven to distraction by her tantalizing scent and gentle touch.

For the first time, Daphne feels truly desired for herself alone. But when Hugh finally regains his sight, will she find forgiveness in his arms?

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A Marriage of Notoriety by Diane GastonA Marriage of Notoriety (Masquerade Club #2)

The scars she keeps hidden…

The mysterious pianiste is the Masquerade Club’s newest attraction, captivating guests with her haunting music. What is the true identity of the lady concealed beneath the mask?

Only Xavier Campion, the club’s new proprietor, recognizes Phillipa Westleigh, the scarred lady with whom he once shared a dance. Concerned for her safety, Xavier escorts her home each night. But when their moonlit strolls are uncovered, the only protection Xavier can offer is marriage!

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A Reputation for Notoriety by Diane Gaston
A Reputation for Notoriety (Masquerade Club #1)

As the unacknowledged son of the lecherous Lord Westleigh, John “Rhys” Rhysdale was forced to earn a crust gambling on the streets. Now he owns the most thrilling new gaming establishment in London.

Witnessing polite society’s debauchery and excess every night, Rhys prefers to live on its fringes, but a mysterious masked lady tempts him into the throng.

Lady Celia Gale, known only as Madame Fortune, matches Rhys card for card and kiss for stolen kiss. But the stakes are raised when Rhys discovers she’s from the very world he despises…

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Born to Scandal by Diane GastonBorn to Scandal
Lord Brentmore–half Irish peasant, half English aristocrat–grew up under a cloud of scandal. Even money and a title aren’t enough to stay the wagging tongues of the Ton. But he’s vowed that his children will never experience the same stigma.

After the death of their infamous mother they need a reputable governess. Anna Hill is too passionate, too alluring, but she fills Brentmore Hall with light and laughter again–and its master with feelings he’d forgotten.

But a lord marrying a governess would be the biggest scandal of all!

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A Not So Respectable Gentleman? by Diane GastonA Not So Respectable Gentleman?
Since Leo Fitzmanning returned to London, he’s kept his seat at the card table warm, his pockets full of winnings and his mind off a certain raven-haired heiress.

Until whispers at the gaming hell reveal that Miss Mariel Covendale is being forced into marriage with an unscrupulous fortune hunter! Leo must re-enter the society he detests to help her before returning to his clandestine existence. But he hasn’t counted on Mariel having grown even more achingly beautiful than he remembered. Soon Leo realizes that there’s nothing respectable about his reasons for stopping Mariel’s marriage.

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The Liberation of Miss Finch by Diane GastonThe Liberation of Miss Finch (novella)
Did you wonder what happened to young Claude Mableau, Emmaline Mableau’s son who witnessed his father’s death at Badajoz? Claude becomes the catalyst of events in Valiant Soldier, Beautiful Enemy, seeking to revenge his father’s death. But he deserved his own happy ending.

In The Liberation of Miss Finch, Claude returns to England after ten years’ absence to reconcile with his mother and her husband. He again encounters Miss Louisa Finch, the aristocratic young lady whom he once accompanied on countless rides over the countryside and who became his secret friend. Louisa is all woman now and she asks Claude to give her one last adventure… before she must marry a man she does not love.

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Valiant Soldier, Beautiful Enemy by Diane GastonValiant Soldier, Beautiful Enemy (Three Soldiers Series Book 3)
You first met Gabriel Deane in Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady when he led the French woman and her son to safety after her husband was killed and she was nearly raped during the pillaging of Badajoz. He appears again in Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady and in Book Two, Chivalrous Captain, Rebel Mistress.

What the heroes of those books do not know is that meeting the French woman in Badajoz, was a pivotal moment for Gabe. From his first glimpse of Emmaline during the carnage, Gabe knows he will do anything to keep her safe. When he finds her again in Brussels on the eve of the battle of Waterloo, their torrid affair makes Gabe dream for the first time of a home and a family. But Emmaline rejects his marriage proposal, and Gabe turns back to the life of a soldier, where he believes he belongs. After the war, though, even soldiering is taken from him. When his regiment is disbanded and he is desperately trying to find another, Emmaline appears again, begging for his help. Will Gabe say yes and risk his heart one more time?

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Chivalrous Captain, Rebel Mistress by Diane GastonChivalrous Captain, Rebel Mistress (Three Soldiers Series Book 2)
When Captain Allan Landon finds English lady Marian Pallant caught in the middle of the Battle of Waterloo, it soon becomes a toss-up of who rescues who. The dangers they encounter in Belgium forge a bond between them that is all but shredded by distance and deliberate deceit. When Allan and Marian meet again in London after the war, the passionate attraction between them is as strong as ever, but now they are on opposite sides of a new war, a social war, and neither intends to admit defeat.

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Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady by Diane GastonGallant Officer, Forbidden Lady (Three Soldiers Series Book 1)
The battlefields of Badajoz are nothing compared to the cutting tongues of polite society, but Jack Vernon has never been very “polite.” A canvas is this brooding artist’s preferred company—having once been the outlet for the horror he witnessed at war, it’s now his fortune.

Painting the portrait of stunningly beautiful Ariana Blane is his biggest commission yet. Learning every curve of her body ignites feelings he thought were destroyed in battle. But he’s not the only man who has Ariana in his sights….

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The Diamonds of Wellbourne Manor by Diane Gaston, Deb Marlowe and Amanda McCabeThe Diamonds of Wellbourne Manor (Anthology)
Justine and the Noble Viscount by Diane Gaston

Guardian to the unconventional and newly orphaned Fitzmannings is not a role that brooding Gerald Brenner relishes. But Justine, the illegitimate daughter who strives to hide her shame, calls powerfully to something deep within him….

Annalise and the Scandalous Rake by Deb Marlowe

House party guest Ned Milford can see the inner passion and beauty that Annalise Fitzmanning hides. But how close should they become when his reason for being at Welbourne Manor would prompt a society scandal, not a society marriage!

Charlotte and the Wicked Lord by Amanda McCabe

Charlotte may be the youngest Fitzmanning girl, but she knows her own mind–and she wants Lord Andrew Bassington! Drew requires an eminently proper bride, something free-spirited Charlotte has never been. So how can she make him see the beautiful woman she has become…?

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The Unlacing of Miss Leigh by Diane GastonThe Unlacing of Miss Leigh (novella)
Disfigured in battle against Napoleon’s forces, Captain Graham Veall has become a recluse, spending months alone on his estate and appearing masked in public. Yet Graham is determined not to forgo life’s pleasures forever… especially the delight of a woman’s touch.

He hardly expects virginal Miss Margaret Leigh to respond to his advertisement for female company, thinking he sought a lady’s companion. Still, the impoverished vicar’s daughter is a surprising temptation he can’t ignore. His proposition? That she live with him for two months as his mistress in exchange for supporting her and her brother for the rest of their lives.

But Margaret has a secret. Graham once saved her life as a child and she has dreamed about him ever since. As he awakens her desire, she longs to soothe his inner wounds—though only two months with her damaged hero may not be enough….

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Scandalizing the Ton by Diane GastonScandalizing the Ton
Lady Wexin, once the ton’s foremost beauty, has been abandoned by her family and friends, and creditors hound her. Her husband’s scandalous death has left her impoverished and the gossip-mongering press is whipped into a frenzy of speculation when it becomes clear the widow is with child. Who is the father?

Only one man knows: Adrian Pomroy, Viscount Cavanley. He has cultivated the reputation of a rake, but in truth yearns for something useful to do. Delicate beauty Lydia Wexin could pose an intriguing—and stimulating—challenge….

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The Vanishing Viscountess by Diane GastonThe Vanishing Viscountess
A woman of innocence and notoriety…

The prisoner stood with an expression of defiance, leather shackles on her wrists. Adam Vickery, Marquess of Tannerton, was drawn to this woman, so dignified in her plight. He didn’t recognize her as the once innocent, hopeful debutante he had danced with long years ago.

Marlena Parronley, the notorious Vanishing Viscountess, was a fugitive. Seeing the dashing, carefree marquess of her dreams just reminded her that she couldn’t risk letting anyone, especially Tanner, get caught up in helping her escape. He would face the same punishment she did. The hangman’s noose.

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Mistletoe Kisses by Elizabeth Rolls, Deborah Hale and Diane GastonMistletoe Kisses (Anthology)
A Soldier’s Tale by Elizabeth Rolls Dominic, Viscount Alderley’s family are looking to him to marry an heiress, but only his downtrodden, compassionate cousin Pippa seems able to ignore his scars….

A Winter Night’s Tale by Deborah Hale This year’s festivities for Christabel and her young son will be sparse and cold–or so she thinks. When the man she’d loved and lost returns, offering her warmth, comfort and a true family Christmas, she can’t resist!

A Twelfth Night Tale by Diane Gaston One impulsive night of love changed Elizabeth’s life forever. Now, ten years later, Elizabeth and Zachary meet again. Will their second Twelfth Night together see their happiness reborn?

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Innocence and Impropriety by Diane GastonInnocence and Impropriety
A resolute man

Jameson Flynn is a man with a mission. Nothing will knock him off course. Until one summer’s evening in Vauxhall Gardens, when a woman’s song reminds him of the world he left behind.

A determined innocent

Rose O’Keefe’s beautiful voice and graceful, earthy sensuality have made her a sensation among the pleasure-seekers of the night. In such dissolute company, how long can it be before her virtue is compromised?

A rose among thorns

The man who can make or break Flynn’s career desires Rose as his mistress. Soon Flynn will have to choose what matters to him most—success or love….

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A Reputable Rake by Diane GastonA Reputable Rake
The stakes are high in Cyprian Sloane’s latest game–to reform his reputation as a wagerer, womanizer, and worse–and thumb his nose at the father who’s always despised him. The prize is nearly in hand when Sloane encounters seemingly respectable Morgana Hart, a baron’s daughter, who engages in fisticuffs in Hyde Park and embroils him in her scheme to train young women to be courtesans. The lively and lovely Morgana proves the biggest risk of all, even more dangerous to Sloane’s quest for respectability than the violence of Regency underground threatening to close down her Courtesan School. Morgana makes Sloane long to be the rake again–with her.

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The Wagering Widow by Diane GastonThe Wagering Widow
Guy, Lord Keating, laden with his father’s debts, elopes with “heiress” Emily Duprey…only to discover she is as poor as he! Now his only hope of saving his family and dependants is a reluctant return to the gaming tables. Emily needs to escape this marriage to a gamester like her father. But she needs more money than she can win as Lady Keating – so she becomes Lady Widow, a card-playing masked seductress! Then Guy recognizes the beautiful Widow as his quiet, mousy wife – and their inconvenient marriage takes an unexpected turn…

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The Mysterious Miss M by Diane GastonThe Mysterious Miss M
The Mysterious Miss M is a living male fantasy – alluring, sensual, masked. But when Lord Devlin Steele finds himself responsible for her – and her child – he comes to know the real Maddy: the loving, passionate woman who drives away the nightmares of the Waterloo battlefield.

But this aristocratic soldier can’t support his new family. He’ll only inherit his fortune on marriage to a suitable lady – and Maddy is far from suitable. With the dangers of London’s underworld closing in, how can he protect the woman he has come to love?

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The Marriage Bargain by Diane GastonThe Marriage Bargain
Handsome soldier Spencer Keenan and timid country girl Emma Chambers agree to a wedding in name only, rescuing Emma from his uncle’s unwanted suit and providing her the home she desperately desires. After Spence leaves for war, however, Emma’s idyllic life is soon transformed into worry and toil, caring for his crumbling estate. Emma’s youthful romantic fantasy that Spence will return to make their marriage real is quickly dispelled. Now Spence has returned, but in a coffin, struck down in a duel. Needing to look upon his face one last time, Emma narrowly saves him from being buried alive. In return she seeks a new marriage bargain – Spence must give her a child. While Spence battles haunting memories and unknown treachery, the one thing he doesn’t bargain for is falling deeply in love with his now valiant and captivating wife.

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The Improper Wife by Diane GastonThe Improper Wife
Captain John Grayson, an embittered cavalry officer, learns that no honorable deed goes unpunished when he returns to England after Waterloo. Maggie Delaney, the unwed motherwhose baby he delivered when on leave, is now, quite improperly, living on his family estate, masquerading as his wife. To repay the absent Captain for her deception, Maggie has worked tirelessly to heal his fractured family, but when Gray arrives to confront her, she fears her safe life will be over. Gray is torn between duty and truth. Should he expose Maggie–pose as her lawful husband–or fall in love with this improper wife?

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