I'm just back from vacation in New Zealand (heard of it? Country in the Pacific Ocean, somewhere south of Australia? Where they filmed Lord of the Rings?) and let me tell you, there's not much the Kiwis don't know about living dangerously. From the perilous climb of Mt. Cook to the original bungy jump, the entire country seems obsessed with extreme sports.
About every tourist spot has some wild ride on offer, and the thrill of the adrenalin rush is amazingly seductive, even for a dorky homebody writer-type like me. While watching a twenty-something maniac throw herself off a bridge, gliding down a deep crevasse to touch the fast-moving river below, I felt an unaccountable urge to try the bungy jump myself. I didn't, because I figure a mother of two small children can't take risks like that, but oh, I was tempted. However, the jetboating, gondolier and luge rides made up for the lack of neck-breaking thrills.
Max, my hero in THE DANGEROUS DUKE, lives a very dangerous life but not by choice and definitely not for any thrills. He can't wait to leave the secret service but he has one more case to solve before he takes up the reins of the estate he's recently inherited. At the Home Office, they call him "The Fixer". They bring him in when a case is too sensitive to handle through official channels.
This time, there's a troublesome widow threatening to write a tell-all memoir of all she's discovered about members of parliament during her late husband's political career unless her brother is released from jail. A troublesome, very beautiful widow, who Max would dearly like to know better under different circumstances. But when he steals the book he thinks is Lady Kate's memoir, it turns out to be a sizzling diary of a fantasy affair. The ruthless duke exploits his insider knowledge about Kate's sensual desires, but matters don't quite run to plan, and our hero finds the most dangerous thing of all is falling in love...
There's something delicious about danger, isn't there? Even if it's only living vicariously through our favourite fictional thrill-seekers. Who's your favourite dangerous man--in novels, TV, movies? What's the most dangerous thing you've ever done? Christine will give away a signed copy of THE DANGEROUS DUKE to one lucky commentor!
The Dangerous Duke
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She seeks justice. He, revenge. And they'll never guess what they'll find.
A Daring Diary
Trapped in a loveless marriage, Lady Kate Fairchild found refuge in her diary, scene of her fantasy affair. And now, even though her husband's death has set her free, no suitor can thrill Kate quite like her phantom lover – until a duke with a murky past sears her with his gaze...
A Dangerous Duke
Maxwell Brooke, Duke of Lyle, is hunting the arsonists who killed his family – and Kate's brother knows where they hide. But when jailing him proves futile, Max kidnaps Kate, demanding as ransom her brother's cooperation. Still, Max never counted on Kate's rapier wit and heated kisses – and soon, desire wars with duty, even as real danger stalks his captive lady...
A Delicious Deceit
When Kate threatens to publish a tell-all diary if her brother remains imprisoned, Max hopes to protect her from the powerful men she intends to expose. Stealing the diary, he spirits her off to a country estate. But the diary is nothing like he expected – and when Max discovers Kate's sensual secrets, he can't resist exploiting them in every way...