Karen Hawkins ( Kim Bennet) - Карън Хоукинс е отраснала в щата Тенеси. Доктор по политически науки, тя прекарва известно време в преподаване на политически науки в малък колеж в Грузия. Продава първата си книга през 1998 година. Сега тя публикува две книги на година. Хоукинс е и движещата сила зад двете антологии за лейди Уистълдаун, развивайки идеята, търсейки издател и организирайки взаимосвързаните части от книгите. Тя също има красив син и дъщеря, която я вдъхновява да пише.
1. The Abduction of Julia (2000)
To Marry by Midnight What can a respectable Regency miss do when kidnapped by a nobleman intent on marriage? Why, marry him, of course. Julia Frant has secretly loved Alec MacLean, the wild Viscount Hunterston from afar. So when he accidentally snatches her instead of her lovely, scheming cousin for an elopement to Gretna Green, Julia leaps at the chance to make her passionate dreams come true. Alec's in no position to quibble: if he doesn't marry by midnight and live scandal-free for a year, he loses his inheritance. At least marriage with do-gooder Julia will guarantee his fortune. But as his plain brown wren transforms herself into an elegant swan, Alec suddenly can't stay away from his last-minute wife---and when he kisses her, the inheritance is the last thing on his mind. Unfortunately, scandal can occur from the best of intentions...and Julia is never short of good intentions!
2. A Belated Bride (2001)
SHE'D NEVER MARRY HIM! The last man Arabella Hadley ever wishes to see again is Lucien Deveraux, the handsome, dissolute Duke of Wexford--who broke her innocent heart years ago and disappeared to London. So when she finds an unconscious man on her deserted country road and sees that it's Lucien, she's tempted to leave him there. But even more appalling than his presence is the brazen kiss he plants on her shocked lips and her response! So it would be totally insane to take him home to recover--wouldn't it? EXCEPT FOR ONE SMALL THING... Lucien dares not reveal why he's returned to his country estate--or why he abandoned the strong-willed beauty years ago. Especially since Arabella clearly has secrets of her own. But when her scheming, marriage-minded aunts successfully compromise them, the two are forced to become man and wife. Which makes it ever harder for both to battle the passion that never disappeared...
3. The Seduction of Sara (2001)
She Needed a Husband When the Earl of Bridgeton, England's most notorious rake, strides into the ballroom, Lady Sara Carrington immediately plans to lure him onto the terrace. The willful beauty's brothers want to marry her off to some stodgy old man to curb her wildness, so she's determined to find her own husband -- one who won't care what she does. Nick is not only indecently handsome and irresistibly charming; he'll also be absolutely perfect. He Wanted a Mistress Never has Nick received a more tantalizing proposal -- but because of his past, he's sworn never to marry. Instead, he agrees to give the innocent chit instruction in the art of seduction to help her plan succeed. But when "demonstration" kisses become burningly real, and Sara turns the tables by applying her lessons to him, the infamous rake is in danger of falling in love...with the miss he'd only meant to bed!
1. An Affair to Remember (2002)
"The men of the St. John family are outrageously handsome and possess far too much wealth. It is enough to make one ill." Saddled with five unruly orphans, the Earl of Greyley, Anthony Elliot, is at his wits' end. Unfortunately, the only person willing to deal with the adorable little terrors is Anna Thraxton, governess extraordinaire--and the one woman Anthony can't abide. She's too outspoken, too opinionated, and far too beautiful for his peace of mind. A woman should be meek and mild-words that perfectly describe his prospective bride, not the flame-haired temptress who haunts his dreams. Anna knew this job would be trouble the moment she set foot in the door--but it's Anthony who's the problem, not the children! He's too arrogant, too sure of himself, and far, far too wonderfully big and masculine. The young girl he's courting will never be able to handle him, so someone clearly needs to teach Anthony a few things about women. But when lectures turn to kisses, igniting a passion they can't ignore, how will they resolve the battle between honor and their hearts?
2. Confessions of a Scoundrel (2003)
Legend says that whomever possesses the St. John talisman ring will find their one true love. Now that the ring rests in the pocket of renowned scoundrel Brandon St. John, the dashing rake must decide whether it is a blessing ... or a curse. Never has the irresistible rogue, Brandon St. John, pursued a woman with more fervor -- but his ardent suit of Lady Verena Westforth has a different purpose. The delectable blond lovely is indeed enticing, but Brandon suspects her of hiding a valuable missive that he has sworn to recover. With a sensuous kiss and a passionate caress he intends to lower Verena's guard ... and then discover where she's hidden "the goods." Without the missive, Verena stands to lose the one thing dearest to her heart. And now an extraordinary man has entered her life ... at the worst possible time! Vulnerable though she may be, Verena vows she will not be just another of Brandon's "conquests," even as she aches to melt in his arms. But is he a needed friend or a foe in alluring disguise ... and will she be able to prove to him that love is their true destiny?
3. How to Treat a Lady (2003)
I don't believe in love, that paltry, piddling emotion. Indeed, if love is ever going to find me, someone will first have to convince me it exists.
--Chase St. John to his brother Devon, while riding through Hyde Park
Does she dare?To save her family from ruin, Harriet Ward in-vented a fiance--a wealthy sea captain. But now the bank wants proof of the man's existence. Just as Harriet despairs, fate drops a mysterious stranger into her arms, who she believes has no idea of his own identity . . . Does Harriet dare mislead the disturbingly handsome stranger? And if she does, what will be the cost? Will he win? Chase St. John knows exactly who he is. While quitting London, Chase was waylaid by foot-pads and left for dead. Awakening in the care of Miss Harriet Ward, Chase is astonished when the tempting maid brazenly announces that he is her betrothed. Chase, ever a rogue, decides to play the part of adoring lover. But the price is rich, indeed, when it might mean losing his own heart.
4. And the Bride Wore Plaid (2004)
"My brother, Devon, left for Scotland in an effort to escape a foretold marriage. I only hope he has a very, very fast horse. He'll need one." Sara Montrose, the Countess of Bridgeton, to her friend, Sophia Hampton, Viscountess Easterly, while playing billiards at Chiswick Manor. Once upon a time, a beautiful woman locked away her heart from all who might try to enter ... Katherine Macdonald once tasted the bitter poison of a broken heart. To protect herself, Kat put her feelings into a deep slumber. Now she lives in a cottage in a mystical wood where, assisted by seven hulking Scotsmen, she makes stained glass of magical beauty, happy in her isolation until ... One day, a charming prince with black hair and deep blue eyes came riding into the mist-shrouded forest ... Devon St. John has found himself in possession of the St. John talisman ring that curses the holder by clasping a wedding band on his finger when he least expects it. Devon vows that he will never give up his beloved freedom -- even when an impulsive kiss from a beautiful Scotswoman with red gold hair casts a tantalizing spell ... And so, the tale begins ...
5. Lady In Red (2005)
Sometimes ... Men can be such fools. Wealthy and powerful Marcus St. John, the Marquis of Treymount, must recover a lost family heirloom. All he has to do is convince the irritatingly beautiful Miss Honoria Baker-Sneed to relinquish his treasure for a reasonable sum. How difficult could that be? Sometimes ... Women can be so emotional. Honoria is astounded when Marcus shows up on her doorstep and arrogantly demands she surrender a ring that is rightfully hers. Irritated at such high-handed methods, she refuses. And sometimes ... Love can be a complete surprise. Heated arguments end in a scorching kiss that embroils them in a horrid scandal. Marcus finds he must wed the brazen beauty, only to realize that somehow, Honoria has stolen her way into his heart. Can he convince Honoria that he is worthy of her regard? Or will he lose the only woman he has ever loved?
Just Ask Reeves
1. Her Master and Commander (2006)
Just ask Reeves! Dying without legitimate issue, the late Earl of Rochester sent his butler extraordinaire, Reeves, to find his wild, illegitimate children and "civilize" them. Reeves must seek out the first of the earl's arrogant sons, Captain Tristan Llevanth, a one-time pirate, and teach him to be a gentleman. A will of steel... Tristan Llevanth gave up his free-wheeling life as a pirate to fight at Admiral Nelson's side. Wounded, Tristan will never again sail the seas he loves. Life has no more challenges. Or so he thinks, until Reeves brings a certain outspoken lady into the captain's uncultured househol... An iron-clad spirit... Reeves believes Tristan needs a spark to relight the fires of his soul. And who better than lovely Prudence Thistlewaite, the bane of the captain's existence? Prudence wants nothing to do with her wickedly handsome, ill-tempered neighbor. Still, she cannot refuse the outlandish sum Reeves offers to smooth Tristan's rough edges. Can Prudence tame the rakish captain? Or will Tristan gain what he most wishes, to become...
2. Her Officer and Gentleman (2006)
No ordinary highwayman... A mere whisper of the name "Gentleman James" sends chills throughout the ton (and thrills the ladies who have heard rumors of his amorous exploits). But the dashing brigand never dreamed that the passing of the father he never knew would leave him with a title, a fortune...and a mission. No predictable lady... Considered unmarriageable at twenty-five, Lady Elizabeth has the perfect life, happily snuggled among her beloved books while caring for her curmudgeonly grandfather. Or so she thinks until she meets Christian Llevanth, the dark and mysterious Viscount Westerville, and discovers the delicious ache of desire. Elizabeth finds herself longing for more -- more romance, more excitement, and definitely more passion. But when does "more" become "too much"?
1. How to Abduct a Highland Lord (2007) Как да отвлечеш шотландски лорд (фен превод)
Това едва ли е сватбата, за която Фиона МакЛийн някога бе мечтала. Без семейство и близки, без гости! Само с насила довлечения до олтара младоженец! Но ако бракът й с Джак Кинкейд — красивият негодник, когото се бе заклела никога вече да не види — ще сложи край на кървавата война между техните кланове — така да бъде. Със сигурност можеше да сподели леглото му, без да изгуби сърцето си…Известен навсякъде в Шотландия и в цял Лондон като необуздан нехранимайко, Джак бе свикнал да се пробужда в какви ли не ситуации, но женен…? Преди години, двамата с Фиона се бяха насладили на младежката си страст един към друг. Сега тази огнена и чувствена жена отново е негова. И въпреки, че бракът им е фиктивен, Джак бе твърдо решен да получи Фиона завинаги — не само тялото, но и душата й...
2. To Scotland, With Love (2007) Шотландска стихия (фен превод)
В тази забавна война между половете, един твърдоглав шотландски лорд, преследван от необикновено семейно проклятие, се изправя срещу вироглава наследница, която има решение за всеки проблем… освен за неволите на собственото си непостоянно сърце. Когато лорд Грегор МакЛийн научава, че приятелката му от детинство, Вениша Оливие, е отвлечена от някакъв зестрогонец, той хуква след нея към Шотландия. За пореден път нежното сърце на Вениша я е оплело в куп неприятности и само от него зависи да я върне, преди да се разрази скандал и младата жена да се окаже със съсипана репутация. Като най-разумно разсъждаващия човек в семейството си, Вениша е убедена, че ще се справи бързо и с този проблем. Затова, когато вбесеният Грегор ги настига и започва високомерно да налага мнението си, между тях започват да прехвърчат искри. Неочаквана снежна буря ги задържа в крайпътна странноприемница и внезапно Грегор осъзнава, че чувствата му към Вениша са много по-дълбоки, отколкото е предполагал и зародилата се помежду им страст е на път да ги изпепели. Не му остава друго, освен да се опита да убеди Вениша, че я иска за съпруга, но не поради нелепите обстоятелства, а защото е влюбен в нея.
3. To Catch a Highlander (2008) Да изгубиш сърцето си (фен превод)
В тази гореща романтчна история едно мило шотландско момиче ще заложи всичко, за да запази дома си, който обича неимоверно ... но вместо това ще загуби сърцето си. Когато баща й проиграва семейната къща в полза на лорд Дугъл МакЛийн, София МакФърлейн е твърдо решена да си я върне. Лишена от всичко друго, тя е принудена да заложи единственото, което има – своята девственост. В отчаянието си тя се надява, че нейните хазартни умения ще ограничат всичко до няколко целувки, независимо от горещия темперамент на Дугъл. Дугъл Маклийн знае, че София крие някой и друг номер в ръкава си, но не може да устои на предизвикателството и на умопомрачителната й красота. Затова когато тя предлага игра с такива необичайни залози той приема с удоволствие. Но това ще се окаже игра, в която и двамата ще заложат нещо много по-ценно – своите сърца.
4. Sleepless in Scotland (2009) Безсъници в Шотландия (фен превод)
Когато чувствителната Катриона Хърст се притичва на помощ на близначката си Катлийн в опит да предотврати безумният й план да се омъжи за леърд от клана МакЛийн, тя не подозира, че това ще доведе до собствената й сватба. За начало Кат се озовава в каретата на МакЛийн, където първо добре я наругават, а после я целуват, докато остане без дъх. Тя се отдава с душа и тяло на загадъчния по-млад брат Хю Маклийн, който е заложил капан на безпринципната й сестра и отказва да повярва, че е хванал не когото трябва. Хю е очарован от възхитителния начин, по който Кат отговоря на целувките му, но бързо открива, че тя не е тази, за която я е мислил, а невинна девойка и честта му го задължава да се ожени за нея незабавно. Скоро той осъзнава, че ще му е много по-лесно да задържи Кат в леглото си, отколкото да я предпази от тревогите които го измъчват... дори и от тайните, които твърдо е решил да запази.
5. The Laird Who Loved Me (2009)
Красавецът Александър МакЛийн се наслаждава на опияняващия си флирт с очарователната Кейтлийн Хърст, докато тя не го прави за посмешище пред цялото висше общество. Тогава той замисля план да я съсипе, като осигури присъствието й на много популярен бал. И е повече от вбесен когато прелестният й чар и пъргавият й ум осуетяват намеренията му. След ужасяващият сезон в Лондон Катлийн е изпълнена със съжаление, но и твърдо решена да оправи отношенията си с Александър. Тя е повече от щастлива да го срещне на бала, на който е така неочаквано поканена ... но веднага й става ясно, че арогантният сексапилен планинец не й е простил. Затова Катлийн измисля дързък план и, припомняйки си легендата, предлага необичайно състезание: всеки от тях трябва да изпълни по няколко магически задачи. Ако Катлийн успее, Александър ще трябва да отстъпи и да й прости предишните прегрешения. Ако той се справи тя доброволно ще го последва в леглото му. Но дали Катлийн ще може да го склони да се откаже от плана си за отмъщение без да изгуби сърцето си в замяна.
6. Much ado about the marriage (2010)
Fearless English earl Thomas Wentworth scoffs at failure, trusting in the legendary Wentworth luck to safeguard his spy mission to Scotland. But a single encounter with saucy Scotswoman Fia Maclean turns Thomas's mission topsy-turvy. All-too-innocently entangling him in his enemy's trap, the beautiful Fia gives Thomas no escape but to marry her. But Thomas doesn't know just what he's marrying into. With an ancient amulet in Fia's possession, she wields even more power than her sharp tongue and quick wit. Her cousin, Douglas Maclean stole the magical amulet from the White Witch, Maeve Hurst, and gave it to Fia for safekeeping. But now, with Fia in London with Thomas, the amulet falls into the hands of Queen Elizabeth. Thinking it will be safe in the queen's hands, Fia leaves it be and focuses on bedeviling her newly betrothed!
Talk of the Town
1. Talk of the Town (2008)
Do Blondes Have More Fun? Newly divorced Roxie Treymayne is dying to find out. After years of being the perfect Southern lady, all she ended up with was a cheating husband. So she goes bombshell blond, gets a provocatively placed tattoo, and prepares to live it up as a Bad Girl. But then her mother falls ill...and Roxie is forced to return to Glory, North Carolina. He'd Love to Know. Once the town bad boy, Nick Sheppard is now Glory's highly respected sheriff. When the hot blonde he stops for speeding turns out to be formerly prim Homecoming Queen Roxanne Treymayne, Nick doesn't quite know where to look -- though he'd like a much closer one at the tattoo peeking from her shorts. But It Takes Two to Tango. Roxie and Nick had a steamy fling in high school, but a love affair between a Southern princess and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks was doomed from the start. Now they have a second chance. Can they get it right? Or will they just end up...the talk of the town?
2. Lois Lane Tells All (2010)
New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins returns to Glory, North Carolina, for another delightful story of love and laughter. She thinks she's Lois Lane... Susan Collins always wanted to be a hard-hitting reporter, but there's not much call for her talents in sleepy Glory, North Carolina. Then the Murder Mystery Club--a trio of enterprising octogenarians--decides to open their own CSI lab at the assisted-living center. And when strange accidents begin to happen around town, Susan senses she could be on to the news story of her dreams. He doesn't want to be her Superman... Mark Tremayne has returned to Glory to take over as CFO of The Glory Examiner. His job is to keep the newspaper profitable, which means covering the annual Baptist Church Bake-Off and selling ads for the county fair--not allowing his too-sexy-for-her-own-good reporter to hare off after a wild story that could alienate some of the townspeople. Together ... they're Kryptonite.
Mark's and Susan's viewpoints could be from different planets, but their mutual attraction is in total alignment. Despite their arguments, the indomitable redhead and the hot accountant are a sexual explosion waiting to happen. And when it does, Glory had better watch out.
1. One Night in Scotland (2010)
Branded a thief and held prisoner in a Scottish castle high upon a cliff by the dark and forbidding Earl of Erroll, Mary Hurst must find a way to free herself and gain possession of a mysterious artifact that can help her beloved brother regain his freedom. Fortunately, Mary is no simple, schoolroom miss and the handsome earl is about to discover that spirited women do not take kindly to being imprisoned. Forced to deal with his recalcitrant (and he's certain, devious) guest, Erroll finds himself reluctantly admitting that if he weren't so sure she was a thief, he might be interested in the intrepid Mary. Might be, he reminds himself after he kisses her yet one more time . . . Before Mary's done, the earl will wish he'd never turned the key upon her door . . . and wonder if perhaps she really is a thief, and has stolen his heart!
2. Scandal in Scotland (2011)
A DESPERATE BEAUTY Despite fame and countless admirers, actress Marcail Beauchamp has never forgotten William Hurst, the audacious seafarer she once loved . . . and lost. Now, forced by a mysterious blackmailer who threatens her family, she must steal an ancient onyx box from the one man she's vowed never to see again. A BOLD ADVENTURER To save his brother from a ruthless abductor, William must deliver the artifact as ransom. He's stunned when Marcail, more lovely than ever, suddenly appears on his ship. But when she drugs him and steals the box, his fury knows no bounds. THE TREASURE EVERYONE WANTS William pursues Marcail, but too late: she has already delivered the box. The estranged lovers realize they must work together—both to regain the artifact that could mean life or death to his family and to destroy the mysterious blackmailer's power over her family. Thus begins a high-stakes quest through the reaches of Scotland, a quest that stirs up long-forgotten memories and an unquenchable passion. . . .
3. Seduced in Scotland (2011)
Catherine and the Pirate (2002)
CATHERINE Born to a prominent Boston family, Catherine Markham is a bit of a hellion despite her gentle upbringing. Stifled by the rules imposed by society, Catherine yearns for adventure. When her beloved brother is kidnapped, she decides to deliver the ransom herself -- with the help of a young man few others might turn to. THE PIRATE Derrick St. John lives on the edge. The memory of his dead father tainted by treason, Derrick's life has been spent at sea in both legal and not-so-legal pursuits. Determined to clear his father's name, the last thing this young pirate wants is to embark on a voyage to Savannah in the midst of a war with the British, much less with a young lady who spells trouble at every turn. An emotion stronger than caution takes hold of Derrick, and he finds himself unable to refuse Catherine's pleas for assistance, even though the journey promises peril for them both. And so the headstrong girl and the daring sea captain sail into an exhilarating adventure that fast becomes a journey of the heart.
Much Ado About Marriage (2010)
Sassy, beautiful Fia MacLean wants nothing more than to leave Scotland for London and present her plays to Queen Elizabeth. However, the very night she attempts to run away from Duart Castle and her overprotective cousin, Laird Duncan MacLean, she knocks Thomas Wentworth, an English earl on a spy mission, right off a window ledge, and the two begin a journey toward love. Though some elements will be confusing for new readers, anyone can appreciate the espionage subplot and the delightful banter between spitfire Fia and quick-tongued Thomas. Colorful secondary characters, especially Thomas's bombastic best friend, add humor and charm. An open ending may strike some readers as weak, but others will be moved to seek out Hawkins's MacLean Curse and Hurst Amulet series, to which this is a prequel.
The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown (2003) (with Suzanne Enoch, Julia Quinn and Mia Ryan)
В този сборник КАрен участва с новелата Two Hearts: Lady Whistledown Tells All! Society is abuzz when the Season's most promising debutante is jilted by her intended only to be swept away by the deceitful rogue's dashing older-brother- in New York Times bestseller JULIA QUINN's witty, charming, and heartfelt tale. When the scandalous actions of his beautiful fiancee are recorded in Lady Whistledown's column, a concerned groom-to-be rushes back to London to win his lady's heart once and forever, in SUZANNE ENOCH's enchanting romantic gem. KAREN HAWKINS captivates with an endearing story of a handsome rogue whose lifelong friendship--and his heart--are tested when the lovely lady in question sets her cap for someone else. A dazzling and delightful tale by MIA RYAN has a young woman cast out of her home by an insufferable yet charming marquis--who intends to take possession not only of the house... but its former occupant as well!
Lady Whistledown Strikes Back (2004) (with Suzanne Enoch, Julia Quinn and Mia Ryan)
В този сборник КАрен участва с новелата The Only One for Me: Who Stole Lady Neeley's Bracelet? Was it the fortune hunter, the gambler, the servant, or the rogue? All of London is abuzz with speculation, but it is clear that one of four couples is connected to the crime. Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, May 1816 Julia Quinn enchants: A dashing fortune hunter is captivated by the Season's most desired debutante...and must prove he is out to steal the lady's heart, not her dowry. Suzanne Enoch tantalizes: An innocent miss who has spent her life scrupulously avoiding scandal is suddenly -- and secretly -- courted by London's most notorious rogue. Karen Hawkins seduces: A roving viscount comes home to rekindle the passionate fires of his marriage...only to discover that his beautiful, headstrong bride will not be so easily won. Mia Ryan delights: A lovely, free-spirited servant is dazzled by the romantic attentions of a charming earl...sparking a scandalous affair that could ruin them both. You'll hear it first from Lady Whistledown.
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Wink & a Kiss
One Lucky Lord (2000)
Fearless English earl Thomas Wentworth scoffs at failure, trusting in the legendary Wentworth luck to safeguard his spy mission to Scotland. But a single encounter with saucy Scotswoman Fia MacLean turns Thomas's mission topsy-turvy-and tests his hereditary luck to the limits! The very embodiment of madcap misfortune, Fia topples Thomas from a castle window. Saddles him with a mangy mongrel, a knock-kneed nag, and a rotund rabbit he'd sooner roast for supper. Worse, her honeyed lips and kissable curves set him aflame with foolish wanting. And soon she all-too-innocently entangles him in an enemy trap! His only escape? To wed the capricious chit! Battered, bewildered, on the brink of disaster, brave Thomas quakes. For his newly betrothed has just begun to bedevil him!