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- Publisher: Samhain Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 306 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 18mm | 390g
- Publication date: 5 February 2013
- ISBN 10: 1609289013
- ISBN 13: 9781609289010
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,421,751
Her heart longs for justice, but her body clamors for sin. Once the darling of high society, Mazie Chetwyn knows firsthand how quickly the rich and powerful turn their backs on the less fortunate. Orphaned, penniless and determined to defy their ruthless whims, she joins forces with a local highwayman who steals from the rich to give to the poor. Then the pawn broker snitches, and Mazie is captured by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. A man who is far too handsome, far too observant...and surely as corrupt as his father once was. Sensible, rule-driven Trent Carthwick, twelfth Earl of Radford, is certain the threat of the gallows will prompt the villagers' beloved Angel of Kindness to reveal the highwayman's identity. But his bewitching captive volunteers nothing-except a sultry, bewildering kiss. And so the games begin. Trent feints, Mazie parries. He threatens, she pretends nonchalance. He cajoles, she rebuffs. Thwarted at every turn, Trent probes deep into her one vulnerability-her past. There he finds the leverage he needs and a searing truth that challenges all he believes about right and wrong. Warning: The delicious, if left-brained, hero might forever change all you think you know about the Robin Hood legend. Contains razor-sharp wordplay, skinny dipping and tortured hearts.
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Leigh LaValle lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. When she is not writing, mommying or reading, she is rarely seen cleaning. More often she is found hiking or, when she is really lucky, on the white powder of the ski slopes. She is also a devoted yoga practitioner and instructor. Reach her at email@example.com or drop by www.leighlavalle.com for more information on what's coming next.
"A powerful debut. With "The Runaway Countess", Leigh LaValle weaves an enthralling tale of passion and deception, laced with charm and wit. Leigh LaValle is a captivating new voice in historical romance. Be sure to nab "The Runaway Countess" for your reading list!"--Tessa Dare, "USA Today" bestselling author ""The Runaway Countess" is an enchanting debut, full of passion, angst, danger, and the promise of true love."--Courtney Milan, "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author "LaValle's debut is exciting and action packed, with a hero and heroine who play well off each other. The mystery of the highwayman is well kept and the climax is nicely done. There are also plenty of interesting characters with stories of their own to be told."--RT Book Reviews on "The Runaway Countess"