When the Lonely Lords came under contract for publication, I kept back a trilogy of stories early in the sequence. Thomas, Matthew and Axel are finding their happily ever afters just about the same time as The Heir and The Soldier are taking place. I wanted to leave that chronological window less crowded for a time while the Lonelys and Windhams were in production. Once those series were published in their entireties, I went back and issued the Jaded Gentlemen, which I initially intended as a trilogy. A fourth book, Jack – The Jaded Gentlemen, Book IV – was needed to complete the series, but the first three books have been on the shelves long enough that I think a bundle makes sense. Happy reading!
Trenton, Hadrian, and Worth are my Loneliest Lords for two reasons. First, these guys all have connections to other books, but they didn’t get bundled with those books in a trilogy or family series. Trenton, for example, has a sibling in both Darius’s and Nicholas’s stories. We first meet Hadrian in The Soldier, and Worth’s brother-in-law—Will Dorning—has a story in The True Gentlemen series. Nonetheless, Trenton, Hadrian, and Worth are standalone stories, which makes them rarities among my books.
The second reason they get Loneliest status is because they had to wait until the very end of the Lonely Lords series to be published. When true love is the payoff, being last in line is tough!
I hope you enjoy these tales. All three heroes have assured me that he who is Loneliest at first becomes Happiest by the end of his book.
Four contemporary romance novellas featuring the kilted version of true love…
Kiss and Tell
Jane DeLuca, Esquire, thrives on advocating zealously for her clients in Damson County’s courts, but her solo practice leaves no time for a personal life. She’s opposed in a nasty divorce case by dour, stubborn Scotsman, Dunstan Cromarty. And yet, as the clients’ case grows more complicated, so do Jane’s feelings for Dunstan—and his for her.
Crossing personal lines the middle of a case could cost each of them their license to practice law, and in a small, rural jurisdiction, they’ll oppose each other frequently. Neither can afford to give up their livelihood or their professional integrity, but can they give up each other?
As a favor to his cousin, art history professor Liam Cromarty agrees to show American attorney Louise Cameron the Scottish sights. He doesn’t expect that his guest will challenge and charm him, until all he can see is the possibility of a shared future with Louise.
She’s at a professional crossroad, between the courtroom and the creative career she was robbed of as a younger woman. Liam is the perfect partner for exploring all of the wonders of Scotland, and he also inspires Louise to renew her artistic ambitions. When Liam realizes his actions were responsible for cheating Louise out of her dream years ago, he knows that whether he keeps silent about the past or reveals the truth, he could lose Louise forever.
Love on the Links
American attorney Julie Leonard has come to Scotland on a working vacation, determined to improve her golf game and thus earn a leg up in the judgeship sweepstakes. Niall Cromarty pulled the short straw for the job being Julie’s golf coach, and if that weren’t trouble enough, Niall’s neighbor-turned-nemesis, Declan MacPherson, has finally found the family will that can jeopardize Niall’s plans to expand his golf course. Julie thinks she wants to wear that black robe, but when Niall and Declan ask her to resolve their dispute, she realizes she really wishes she’d been asked to wear Niall’s ring.
My Heartthrob’s in the Highlands
Florist Megan Leonard has come to Scotland for her sister’s wedding, though it’s crunch time for Megan’s business back home, and the loan that will allow her to expand is finally, finally about to close. The best man, Declan MacPherson, is a Scottish farmer who strikes Megan as wed to the land his family has been working for generations, though Declan can be tempted to frolic with her in the greenhouse. As she gets to know Declan better, Megan sees that she’s not the only person with a worthy dream, but if she wants to be with him, she’ll have to give up everything she’s worked for. Will love put down roots in Scotland, or wither in the face of more practical priorities?