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About JoMarie DeGioia
JoMarie DeGioia is a bestselling author of Historical and Contemporary Romance. She’s known Mickey Mouse from the “inside,” has been a copyeditor for her tiny town’s newspaper, and a bookseller. She is the author of nearly 50 Romances, and writes Young Adult Fantasy/Adventure stories and Paranormal Romance too. She gets lost in DIY projects around the house and works out plot ideas during long runs. She divides her time between Central Florida and New England, and you may contact her at JoMarie@JoMarieDeGioia.com
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Blake is shocked to see Taylor on his doorstep in the dead of night after so many years. He remembers her as a carefree young girl chasing ducks around the family estate. He, on the other hand, was always causing mischief with Taylor’s older brother Robert. When he invited Robert to join his private investigations firm, it was more of a lark than anything else. He never thought his best friend would go missing while on a case, and he certainly never expected to see Robert’s proper sister at his inn, The Hideaway, with a bruised eye and an air of desperation about her.
Blake can’t deny the beauty Taylor has become. But she’s his best friend’s little sister! How can he find Robert, solve this dangerous case, and protect Taylor, all while trying to ignore her captivating allure?
After all, he’s no hero . . . and he’s certainly no gentleman.
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A young woman who keeps her own secrets close
Will the threat of danger draw them closer together?
Or will he let his painful past keep him from seeing his future?
Robert Shelby was beaten, betrayed, and held prisoner for months. Now, a year after his rescue, he loses himself in his work. A gifted private investigator, he takes cases of missing persons and missing goods. He turns a blind eye to smugglers who ply their trade close to his estate in Sussex, leaving the matter to the law. He also seeks to ignore the constable’s inquisitive daughter, despite his attraction to her.
Diana Ashley keeps watch over her brother as he works with the smugglers on the River Arun. She made a promise to her late mother to see to his safety and her father, the constable, cannot know of her brother’s involvement or her concealment of it. She is tired of her duty, and longs to convince her brother to give up the dangerous work. One night Robert finds her on the bluff near his home, but despite his probing questions she won’t reveal the true reason for her nightly vigils.
There is more than smuggling going on in Sussex, and when her brother is accused of a horrible crime she goes to Robert for help clearing his name. Mutual attraction swiftly turns to passion, and she suspects that her heart is in more danger than she herself had ever been while keeping an eye on her brother. Robert is drawn to her sweetness, beauty, and quick mind, but believes she is better off without a scarred man like him.
Can Robert make room in his heart for her?
Or will past pain and betrayal drive him to deny the love they share?
A lady who is as bold as she is beautiful
Runaway attraction…tender affection
And a mystery that could tear them apart
Michael Reed, Viscount Balsam, inherited little but his ancient home in Cornwall when his father passed away a year earlier. He partners with his good friend to train and race horses, intent on remaking his fortune.
Lady Elizabeth, Betsy, Bridgewater is tempted to accept an older gentleman’s proposal, if only to curb what her mother calls her wild streak. When Michael and Betsy meet at the Derby, sparks fly. When they reconnect at Bridgewater Park weeks later, they can’t ignore their attraction or their affection. Despite Betsy’s imminent betrothal and Michael’s troubling finances, neither can imagine life without the other.
Once back at Michael’s Cornwall estate, Betsy begins to look into his family mystery. He doesn’t want her interference, or for her to learn of the unsettling childhood memories that haunt him.
Can Michael accept Betsy’s help to learn the truth?
Or will his reluctance cause an estrangement that can never be mended?
Lady Catherine Talbot has always dreamed of having a loving marriage just like the one her dear brother Paul and his beautiful wife Michelle have, but she wonders if her chance at happiness may have passed her by. After all, she was jilted by her fiancé Lord Waltham, who left her and ran off with an heiress. A year has passed since that disaster. Catherine is older and wiser now, but a part of her still dreams.
When James sees Catherine at a society ball he is stunned by her beauty. Paul’s sweet little sister has become a breathtakingly beautiful woman. And Catherine is just as taken with the most charming bachelor in London.
But can a charming rogue and an innocent lady find their own loving truth in the face of jealousy and scandal-mongers threatening to tear them apart? And will it be too late when their very future is threatened by unspeakable danger?
A lady who pretends to be something she’s not
Secret desires…secret pleasures
And a love to reveal both their hearts
Left destitute and ruined, Marianne Ellsworth has one option left. She has to become a courtesan to keep her family safe. Their future depends on her younger sister marrying a rich man, and the money Marianne makes allows them to circulate in London society. As the great granddaughter of an earl, she knows full well that society will turn on them should her secret be revealed.
Marcus Lacey, the Earl of Lacey, must wed soon to satisfy his father's will. Though considered cold and reserved, he is captivated by the woman purchased for his pleasure. Unable to think of her with another man, he pays for her exclusivity through the Season.
Marianne struggles to maintain her masquerade, avoiding Marcus in company even as she is losing her heart to him. Marcus is falling for his mistress, charmed by her grace and warmth as well as her sensuality. He craves her, heart and soul, but must bow to his obligations by the Season’s end.
Will Marcus cast her aside if he discovers her deception?
Or will he keep her secret along with her heart?
A lady who longs for a family of her own
Undeniable attraction…a big misconception
And a love that’s the greatest treasure of all
Baron Philip Wilton, the heir to the Earl of Bridgewater, enjoys a carefree life without responsibilities. When he stumbles across a gorgeous young woman in need of rescue at a country inn, he can’t help but come to her aid. He demands her passion in return, however. Something the girl refuses him.
Lady Margaret, Maggie, Penworth lost her mother and the only home she’s ever known. Mishaps and poor planning while traveling to her uncle’s estate assures her she knows little of the world outside the small cottage she shared with her mother. A handsome gentleman settles her bill and, though she would never reward him with her body, he steals a kiss she cannot forget.
When Philip finds Maggie at the Earl of Bridgewater’s estate, he believes fate threw them together. He soon realizes she isn’t the light-skirt he believed, but he still wants her with everything in him. She’s the sweetest, most beautiful woman he’s ever known. He’s determined to marry her, but he discovers a truth about her that could change everything.
Can Philip keep a secret that could ultimately break Maggie’s heart?
Or will the truth come out and threaten everything they have together?
A lady determined to make a love match
Brashness and beauty…danger and distrust
And a chance for a love that lasts forever
Daniel Ashworth, the Earl of Ashworth, inherited his title when his beloved brother was killed in a duel several years ago. He’d been played false, and Daniel vows to never give a woman that kind of power over him. He glides through society, taking whatever comes his way and avoiding any emotional entanglements.
Lady Mary Bridgewater is the toast of London, a diamond of the first water. Many gentlemen vie for her hand, but she is determined that only the strongest love will entice her to marry. When Daniel comes to her aid after an ill-advised visit to a public house, she’s surprised by his anger and his apparent immunity to her charms. She, however, cannot stop thinking about him. As for Daniel? He cannot explain his intense reaction to the impulsive beauty whenever he’s in her company.
When his good friend asks for her hand, Daniel realizes he wants her for his own. Mary falls in love with Daniel, but he cannot rid himself of the fear that she will prove as duplicitous as his late brother’s love. Danger stalks him, however. And only Mary’s love can save him.
Can Daniel ultimately give Mary his heart?
Or will he allow distrust to rob them of true happiness?
A country girl committed to nature.
A city guy with his eye on the bottom line.
A battle of wills…a battle for balance
And a love that can tip the scales
Rick Chapman is climbing to the top rung of his father's corporate ladder. Fulfilling Chapman Financial’s contract at Cypress Corners, Florida will finally prove his value to the company. And to his father. But one endangered weed, and the pretty plant girl trying to save it, could really screw up his plans.
Harmony Brooks loves her job as a plant conservationist at Cypress Corners, and the money she earns allows her to make up for a former boyfriend’s betrayal. He not only stole her parents’ money, he stole her heart. And that’s something she won’t ever risk again. But opposites attract, not that she or Rick ever expected to fall in love.
Can Harmony prove to Rick that he’s worth so much more than his father’s approval?
Or is Rick so blind he can’t see that loving Harmony is worth losing what he’s wanted for so long?
Patrick Latham scoffs at that notion. He let go of those dreams five years ago when the woman he loved betrayed him. But when he meets the shop owner’s niece, Victoria Elliot, he wonders if his heart’s desire is indeed inside that very shop. Though Victoria is a “shopgirl” and certainly not a member of the ton, she is the most beguilingly beautiful and spirited young woman Patrick has ever met. He is determined to get to know the auburn-haired, silver-eyed beauty, even if it means buying every damn pair of riding gloves at Elliot’s Fineries!
Victoria went from sheltered vicar’s daughter to shopgirl in the blink of an eye. When she meets Patrick, she is immediately drawn to his darkly handsome looks and his charming appeal. But life for a shopgirl can be unfair, even cruel, and when a great danger lurks just around the corner from Elliot’s Fineries, can she trust Patrick to keep her safe?
Patrick keeps a truth from Victoria—that he’s the son of a powerful earl as well as a baron in his own right. Will his lie put Victoria at greater risk? And if so, how will he able to save her?