Patriot Bride by Carolyn Faulkner
Hannah Cooper fled her home in England to escape the aristocratic marriage her father had arranged for her. Now in the Colonies, posing as a widowed seamstress, she’s poor but content with her modest and independent life. But when war comes to the Colonies and with it, the dreaded quartering act, all households are ordered to feed and shelter British troops.
When Hannah finds Colonel Wolfgang Preston at her cottage’s modest gate, her first thought is, of course, to refuse him. He is an officer and could commandeer much more lavish quarters; she’s a single woman with a one room cottage. But he won’t take no for an answer, and it soon becomes obvious why. Wolfgang Preston is the Duke of Northumberland and is the very man her father had arranged that she married. He’s found her and he can’t decide what he’s going to do with his lovely bride first: put her over his knee or into his bed.
As Hannah’s life takes a drastic turn, all she can think about is getting away again, but will Wolf’s control over her mind and body take over her heart as well?
My Pirate Wife by Sterling Scott
Abandoned by her family, Evelyn Douglas is working as a cook in a brothel when her long lost Uncle Henry finds her and convinces her to accompany him with promises of high seas and adventure. Together, they set out for Jamaica and the New World. At first, all is well, and Evelyn takes to seafaring like a natural; even learning to navigate. But then they encounter pirates.
Evelyn is taken hostage, and the pirate captain John Howell strikes a deal with her uncle. Henry Douglas has six months in which to return to England, collect the ransom money, and return to the Bahamas to rescue his niece. In the meantime, Evelyn will serve her new master, John Howell, in more ways than one. With nothing but her wits to protect her, she struggles to stay alive until Henry can save her.
Evelyn knew that nothing would ever be the same when she and her uncle set sail from England, bound for the New World. She knew that adventures awaited them on the voyage to Jamaica. However, being kidnapped, ransomed, and sold into slavery were not the sort of excitement she had anticipated. Nor does she expect to realize that, when she does find an opportunity to escape her captor, her newfound feelings for him ensure she doesn’t really want to leave…