Deception in Emeralds

(Book Four: Ransomed Jewels Series)

by award-winning and best-selling author Laura Landon.

Publication date: March 14th, 2017

Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery and Suspense


BARNABY LINSCOTT, under orders from the Crown, must apprehend or kill one of England’s most elusive villains. The means to accomplish his mission are anything but clear, but his mind is resolved. The man has already murdered three government agents, and Barnaby vows he will not be the fourth, though he has little to lose. That is, until he meets the partner assigned to carry out his deadly mission.

LADY MILLICENT CHANDLER has lost everything. Her beautiful Cliffside Manor has been burned, her parents, her brother Thomas, and her sister Polly all murdered. When her trusted servants bring her their suspicions that her handsome neighbor is directly involved, she knows exactly what she’ll do. She will accept his proposal of marriage. And take her revenge.




He deepened his kisses even more, taking from her all she was willing to offer. He drew her to him until they were pressed close enough against each other that she could feel the rapid rise and fall of his chest. His movements matched her own.

The heat from his body pleasured her flesh. Never before had she experienced anything like this. Never before had she felt such currents of desire.

He kissed her once more, then lifted his mouth from hers.

Millicent was thankful he didn’t release her, but kept his arms around her to hold her close. She doubted her legs could have stood without his support.

Several minutes passed before either of them spoke. Barnaby finally broke the silence. “I owe you an apology, my lady. I had no right to kiss you.”

“You owe me nothing,” Millicent said, finally gaining the strength to step away from him. “You didn’t force yourself upon me. I allowed you to kiss me, and I don’t regret it. In fact, I found it most . . . pleasant.” A coy smile lit her face.

She lifted her gaze and focused on his broad smile.

“Pleasant, you say? Then I don’t regret it, either,” he said.


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Laura Landon enjoyed ten years as a high school teacher and nine years making sundaes and malts in her very own ice cream shop, but once she penned her first novel, she closed up shop to spend every free minute writing. Now she enjoys creating her very own heroes and heroines, and making sure they find their happily ever after.

A vital member of her rural community, Laura directed the town’s Quasquicentennial, organized funding for an exercise center for the town, and serves on the hospital board.

Laura lives in the Midwest, surrounded by her family and friends. She has written nearly two dozen Victorian historicals, thirteen of which have been published by Prairie Muse Publishing and are selling worldwide in English, one in Japanese, and several in German. Two are Scottish historicals.

In October 2012, Laura experienced an amazing day when Amazon’s Montlake Romance published not one but three of her newest novels. Two of these have been optioned for publication in Russia and Turkey. Several are also available in German. By 2015 Montlake had published six of Laura’s Victorian historicals.

Always beautifully set and with a mysterious twist or bit of suspense, Laura’s books average over a million and a half pages a month read by her loyal readers.