Love should trust the heart instead of the eyes. It was a lesson Adam didn't learn before he fled the Highlands after seeing his beloved Evan cavorting with his former lover. He believed that his eyes couldn't deceive him and Evan's betrayal destroyed him. It sent him into hiding in his London dwelling and compelled him to hire guards to keep Evan away. He couldn't bear to see Evan ever again. But a guardian can't avoid his ward forever, especially if his ward is the Prince Regeant's Godson. Being called to account by the Regeant was as inevitable as being forced to see his ward. Even if his ward was the lover who betrayed him, duty demanded that Adam safeguard Evan and his future which must include marriage to a lady fit to be a duchess. Evan understood that Adam believed he'd been betrayed. Even if Evan could convince Adam to trust his heart, could he entice his dutiful guardian into breaking every rule? And if he did, how could they share a future forbidden by his royal Godfather
How can an honourable lady like Lady Catriona Hennessy unite with a rake like Richard Cynster? Though charmed by his commanding presence, she cannot give up her independence. Marriage had not previously been on Richard′s agenda, but perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needs - if he can have the rights of the marriage bed without making any revealing promises of love?
Although the late duke fostered him and near fathered him after his own died, Adam Deerfield, the Earl of Avonsby, was shocked to find himself selected as the Guardian for Evan Gable, the Duke of Dansbury. It was an honor he couldn't refuse and a trust he couldn't break, even if he was improperly enthralled with his new ward. Evan's shocking act drove Adam away, but his plea to his Royal Godfather ensures that Adam is duty bound to return and to stay close, very close. But it'll take more than their blazing-hot attraction to convince his guardian that they should be bound by a different set of vows entirely. All the gossip about the unusually close relationship between the two men might be about to become the truth - at the worst possible time.
Which sort of seducer could you be? Siren? Rake? Cold Coquette? Star? Comedian? Charismatic? Or Saint? This book will show you which. Charm, persuasion, the ability to create illusions: these are some of the many dazzling gifts of the Seducer, the compelling figure who is able to manipulate, mislead and give pleasure all at once. When raised to the level of art, seduction, an indirect and subtle form of power, has toppled empires, won elections and enslaved great minds. In this beautiful, sensually designed book, Greene unearths the two sides of seduction: the characters and the process. Discover who you, or your pursuer, most resembles. Learn, too, the pitfalls of the anti-Seducer. Immerse yourself in the twenty-four manoeuvres and strategies of the seductive process, the ritual by which a seducer gains mastery over their target. Understand how to 'Choose the Right Victim', 'Appear to Be an Object of Desire' and 'Confuse Desire and Reality'. In addition, Greene provides instruction on how to identify victims by type. Each fascinating character and each cunning tactic demonstrates a fundamental truth about who we are, and the targets we've become - or hope to win over. The Art of Seduction is an indispensable primer on the essence of one of history's greatest weapons and the ultimate power trip. From the internationally bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, Mastery, and The 33 Strategies Of War.
Captured: Ring is an English duke captured by traders intent upon making their fortunes by selling him to Ali, a Grand Sultan's son. Men of Ali's line are allowed one male "toy" so long as their relationship is confined to adult games. There are strict rules, of course, and some things are forbidden. The most forbidden thing of all is love. Claimed: Sultan Ali brings Ring, his new sex toy, to the family castle where Ali competes with his older brother for the crown. A Sultan can have a toy, but he can not love a man and claim the throne. When more than sizzling heat and sensational passion connect Ring and Ali, the Junior Sultan must choose between ruling a nation and ruling one man's heart. Consumed: The sizzling passion and sultry adoration between Ali, the Junior Sultan, and Ring, an English Duke, prompts envy in some and jealousy in others. It prompts Ali's father, the Grand Sultan, to hatch a plan to destroy the relationship. Can Ring & Ali's love survive the Grand Sultan's schemes and Ali's duties to his country and his harem? Coupled: When Ring flees Turkey for London after Ali's betrayal, the Sultan must abandon his country and all of his ambitions to pursue the passionate perfection he found in the arms of the man he can not live without. Even Ali's surrender of his country and his throne may not be enough to win forgiveness from his lion. It will take much more than sizzling sex to convince Ring to give Ali a second chance. It might require a touch of magic.
As a half-breed who would never belong to his tribe, he sold himself for food, shelter and survival. As the Savage Lord who would never belong to the ton, he sold himself for social acceptance. As a man with nothing left to lose, he's learned that survival doesn't mean as much as self-respect and he'll never sell himself again. Keeping that vow might cost him his heart, his soul and his future. Colt grew up under the not so tender care of the stepfather who named him "Sky Who Walks" as a permanent reminder of his blue eyes that proclaim he can never be a real warrior. Disowned by his stepfather for disobedience after he tries to rescue his mother, Sky survives by trading the use of his body to widowed squaws for food and shelter. When the Earl who had abandoned his mother claims his son, Colton Simon Haversham trades the use of his body to society ladies to gain acceptance to the ton. Disowned by his biological father for refusing to step into a marital trap, Colt Star makes his way to California, vowing never to tread English soil again. Tormented by nightmares, Colt makes another vow --that the price of his passage to manhood is one he will never pay again. The English Earl wants a second chance from the son who doesn't believe in them and crafts a scheme to force Colt into a situation where he needs one himself. The Earl arranges for Colt and his partners to buy a claim, a cabin and a commercial lot in Hangtown, a California gold mining camp. Then he sells the remaining interest in the venture to Lady Viv, an English ice princess whose independent soul craves a future that does not require her to sell herself into a loveless marriage. The father knows his son, and Colt's savage fire melts her ice, but his hatred of cages crafted in the name of love, and his scorn for all things English send the lady fleeing for home. Can Colt's Gypsy partner and an English Duke gifted with a sixth sense force him to face his love for the lady he scorned? Will Colt tread the soil and reconcile with the father he foreswore? If he does, will it cast him back into his darkest nightmares?
Named in the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2014! Ullmann’s characters are complex and paradoxical: neither fully guilty nor fully innocent Siri Brodal, a chef and restaurant owner, is married to Jon Dreyer, a famous novelist plagued by writer’s block. Siri and Jon have two daughters, and together they spend their summers on the coast of Norway, in a mansion belonging to Jenny Brodal, Siri’s stylish and unforgiving mother. Siri and Jon’s marriage is loving but difficult, and troubled by painful secrets. They have a strained relationship with their elder daughter, Alma, who struggles to find her place in the family constellation. When Milla is hired as a nanny to allow Siri to work her long hours at the restaurant and Jon to supposedly meet the deadline on his book, life in the idyllic summer community takes a dire turn. One rainy July night, Milla disappears without a trace. After her remains are discovered and a suspect is identified, everyone who had any connection with her feels implicated in her tragedy and haunted by what they could have done to prevent it. The Cold Song is a story about telling stories and about how life is continually invented and reinvented.
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This book is an anthology with a difference. It presents a distinctive variety of Anglo-Norman works, beginning in the twelfth century and ending in the nineteenth, covering a broad range of genres and writers, introduced in a lively and thought-provoking way. Facing-page translations, into accessible and engaging modern English, are provided throughout, bringing these texts to life for a contemporary audience. The collection offers a selection of fascinating passages, and whole texts, many of which are not anthologised or translated anywhere else. It explores little-known byways of Arthurian legend and stories of real-life crime and punishment; women’s voices tell history, write letters, berate pagans; advice is offered on how to win friends and influence people, how to cure people’s ailments and how to keep clear of the law; and stories from the Bible are retold with commentary, together with guidance on prayer and confession. Each text is introduced and elucidated with notes and full references, and the material is divided into three main sections: Story (a variety of narrative forms), Miscellany (including letters, law and medicine, and other non-fiction), and Religious (saints' lives, sermons, Bible commentary, and prayers). Passages in one genre have been chosen so as to reflect themes or stories that appear in another, so that the book can be enjoyed as a collection or used as a resource to dip into for selected texts. This anthology is essential reading for students and scholars of Anglo-Norman and medieval literature and culture. Wide-ranging and fully referenced, it can be used as a springboard for further study or relished in its own right by readers interested to discover Anglo-Norman literature that was written to amuse, instruct, entertain, or admonish medieval audiences.
A bright star of the Italian Renaissance, Girolamo Cardano was an internationally-sought-after astrologer, physician, and natural philosopher, a creator of modern algebra, and the inventor of the universal joint. Condemned by the Inquisition to house arrest in his old age, Cardano wrote The Book of My Life, an unvarnished and often outrageous account of his character and conduct. Whether discussing his sex life or his diet, the plots of academic rivals or meetings with supernatural beings, or his deep sorrow when his beloved son was executed for murder, Cardano displays the same unbounded curiosity that made him a scientific pioneer. At once picaresque adventure and campus comedy, curriculum vitae, and last will, The Book of My Life is an extraordinary Renaissance self-portrait—a book to set beside Montaigne's Essays and Benvenuto Cellini's Autobiography.
How much do economists really know? In most cases, they claim to have profound knowledge but in fact understand little and obscure almost everything. Most people are convinced that economics should be left to the ‘experts’, when they themselves are perfectly capable of understanding it. This book explains that mainstream economics serves the interests of the rich through its logical inconsistency and unabashedly reactionary conclusions. John F. Weeks exposes the myths of mainstream economics and explains in straightforward language why current policies fail to serve the vast majority of people in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Their failure to serve the interests of the many results from their devoted service to the few.
A secret faerie curse says that if a Sedgewick duke weds for love, his bride will die before birthing a child. The Malones ask Boz, the current duke, to teach their sister Lily about sex. Boz loves Lily so the favor he should refuse promises a taste of a forever he can "t have. Surely he can teach her about sex, not take her virginity and still wed his cold, calculating fianc e. Can't he?