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Isabelle North needs a hero, and if an arrogant mercenary is all she can find…he'll just have to do. She must get back to England before her past catches up with her, even if that means booking passage on a vessel captained by a man she cannot abide.
Phillip Ashford, notorious smuggler and captain of the privateer Intrepid, knows Miss North is trouble. She's stubborn, for starters, and it's painfully clear she's conning him—she looks more like a schoolmarm than the rich man's mistress she claims to be. But beneath her prim exterior is a sharp wit and courageous spirit that draws him in despite himself.
They both know they should keep their distance. But passion flares as they defend themselves on the high seas—until Phillip begins asking questions Isabelle would rather not answer. After all, how much can she really share with a man she'll never trust?
Meet Phillip's brothers in An Inconvenient Kiss and An Inconvenient Wife!
The only thing worse than watching the woman he loves marry someone else would be marrying her himself…
Ethan Ashford, Earl of Griffin, swears on what little honor he has left that fetching Lady Kyra Deverill home from Scotland for her wedding is his familial duty and nothing more. With her father gone, he's responsible for her well-being—an unlikely assignment for a renowned playboy, under the best of circumstances. Yet Grif finds the assignment all but impossible, and not just because Kyra escapes him at every turn. In truth, he's lusted after her for most of his life.
Fleeing England after her father's death is by far the most reckless thing Kyra has ever dared. It's either hide in the Highlands or marry the repulsive Earl of Brumley, and she refuses to spend her life married to a troll. But from the enthusiastic way Grif chases—and then kisses—her, it's clear he no longer thinks of himself as simply her guardian.
Even if Grif wanted to marry Kyra—which he doesn't—it's quite out of the question. He is standing on the brink of financial ruin, after all. And Kyra has never trusted Grif with anything. The rest of her life doesn't seem to be the place to start.
Georgiana Phillips always conducted herself according to the rules of polite society. So catching Simon Ashford in a compromising position should have been shocking. Instead it was…arousing. And kissing him herself was absolutely delicious—until it led to her ruination.
That perfect, scandalous kiss has haunted Simon for six years. He doesn't regret it, though he's tried desperately to restore Georgie's reputation. When he's ordered to look after her in the wilds of India, it's an opportunity to finish what he started. But he's no match for Georgie's adventurous spirit—she seems set on getting herself killed, diving in after hungry crocodiles and braving monsoons to hunt for lost treasure.
Georgie wouldn't trade her exciting new life for anything in the world, including marriage. And yet Simon seems determined to rein her in, rewarding her brief moments of propriety with kisses far more exotic than any tribal ceremony or archaeological expedition. How can he convince her that she's so much more than a beautiful obligation?