On Bended Knee - Book 6 of the Wicked Worthingtons

Celeste Bradley – Regency Goddess

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On Bended Knee - Book 6 of the Wicked Worthingtons
From New York Times bestselling author Celeste Bradley comes Book 6 of The Wicked Worthingtons Series.

At last! The story of healing the war-torn heart of Lysander Worthington!

Lysander Worthington has existed in a dark place since he came back from the war. His heart seems like a locked chamber, hidden even from his beloved family. Life seems like a constant battlefield. When Lysander encounters an enraged farm animal in a remote Yorkshire village, his battle instincts take over!

Isolated doctor’s widow, Gemma Oakes, has a habit of taking in the bent and the broken. When a handsome stranger rides into her village and proceeds to destroy their festival, Gemma believes she can help this beautiful, damaged man cleanse his heart of war.

Lysander’s darkness appeals to Gemma’s nurturing spirit, while his beautiful body mesmerizes her senses. Lysander has kept his secret for so many years, but Gemma’s inner strength and open heart tempt him to speak at last. Among the beloved, misfit inhabitants (not all human!) of Yew Manor, can Lysander and Gemma trust enough to understand broken hearts can mend, and shattered souls love again?

Praise for the Wicked Worthingtons!

“A charming and very romantic story with lots of laughs along the way. The ending puts a perfect cap on the story. I look forward to reading more books in this series to see what happens to some of my favorite supporting characters.” — Fresh Fiction

“Ah, l’amour. I adored this story and the wonderful hero and heroine, who shed all their inhibitions and fears in order to go on the most powerful journey they ever embarked on … falling in love.” — Smexy Books

“An exciting and sweet historical love story. It has everything that I look for in a good fairy-tale retelling while also tying back to Bradley’s earlier books. I am really excited to see more of this series, particularly because of the out-of-control but still entertaining Worthington family.” — Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

“A laugh-out-loud-funny novel from Celeste Bradley, the third in the Wicked Worthingtons series. Lighthearted but with a few profound moments, it is filled with deception, misunderstanding, exaggeration, cross-dressing, and mistaken identity.” — Harlequin Junkie

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Under the covers…

If you’ve perused the earlier books in the Wicked Worthingtons series, you’ll recall that Lysander Worthington is a shadow of a man, a dark presence in the cheerful Worthington household. The war has set him apart from his loving family and he doesn’t know how to reach out to them. To write this book, I had to balance the usual lighthearted Worthington humor and hijinks with an earnest look at traumatic damage.

As a storyteller, I hope I’ve both delivered an entertaining and romantic (and sexy!) story and also have done justice to the difficult and tragic effects of PTSD. I learned so much while looking into this devastating disorder. This is a thing that can happen to any of us, at any time in our lives, not just a distant ordeal that happens to soldiers in far away lands. Blessed healing to any heart and mind suffering in such a dark place.

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Read Breathless now – the 2nd Courtesans novel! Visit Amazon.com

Breathless - a Courtesans NovelThe stunning sequel to Unbound! In Breathless, bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan will sweep you away—across continents and centuries, combining the best of all worlds in one unforgettable romantic saga.

She was “the Swan.” London’s premiere courtesan. Men want to be with her. Women loathe her success and yet admire her beauty, her riches, her independence. But when the jealous wife of her lover moves to have the Swan banished from her home on the high seas, she winds up crashed against Spain’s rocky coast with no shoes, no clothes—and no name. Taken in by a tortured, sensuous man known as The Artist, the Swan comes to know the woman she wants to be—her artist’s siren.

When Art Professor Brenna Anderson is in danger of losing her post at Harvard, the rule-following, prim professor is at a loss of how to salvage the shreds of her life. But when a new painting in the mysterious Siren collection is discovered in a dusty old house in France, Brenna does the unthinkable—hops on a plane to uncover the identity of the beautiful, enigmatic woman who is the subject of the paintings.

There’s just one hitch—the frustrating, irritating, bold and beautiful art hunter Fitch Wilder is also looking for the Siren. He’s been a thorn in Brenna’s professional side for years, but when their individual quests lead them to team up despite being enemies, a whole new sumptuous world of art and culture opens up for the two of them. And with it, they enter a realm of passion and love…

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“This deeply satisfying, genre-crossing story is certain to seduce fans of Regency and contemporary romance and women’s fiction.” — Publishers Weekly (★ starred review!)

“It’s not often contemporary romance merges with history so flawlessly. We don’t simply fall in love once — but twice. Two breathtaking plots fuse at the seams to create a focused, elaborate story.” — RTBookReviews (Top Pick!)

“Love, sex, history, and art are all found in this epic tale. A journey of survival, loss, and new beginnings. I loved it.” — Urban Book Reviews (★★★★★!)

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Awards for Breathless
Starred Review  Publishers Weekly Starred Review
RT Book Reviews - Top Pick  RT Book Reviews Editor’s Top Pick

Under the covers…

After the success of Unbound, Susan Donovan and I knew we had to tell the rest of the story. It wasn’t truly intentional to parallel the Swan and Brenna as we did with the Blackbird and Piper, yet as the first story progressed we realized that there were more questions than answers. Inspired by the beauty of New Mexico, we decided to set a portion of our story on the stunning coast of Catalonia, Spain.

Our travels to that location made the story come full circle in our minds. The beauty of modern Barcelona. The history of Catalonian castles and villages of ancient stone. Two worlds once again combined to free our imaginations to create something we felt was truly magical. To me, the Swan is a woman of strength and perseverance, wit and wile, wrapped around a core of undeniable hope that in a hard world there will always be hope, and deep, breathless love.

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Unbound – Love in the Past and Present Visit Amazon.com

Unbound - Novel with Susan Donovan
What if you discovered the secret instruction manual for seduction – right before the man of your dreams walks through the door?

Unbound is the exhilarating prequel to Breathless!

Regency London’s most celebrated courtesan, The Blackbird, was a woman before her time—uninhibited, financially independent, and free to live by her own rules. Schooled in the sensual arts by the one man she loved the most, she recorded every wicked detail in her diaries…When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths The Blackbird’s steamy memoirs, she’s aroused and challenged by what she finds. Could the courtesan’s diaries be used as a modern girl’s guide to finding love and empowerment? One curious curator—and one very lucky man—are about to find out…

(Unbound was previously published as A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man.)

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“a bold, daring and incredibly sexy romance. Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan have outdone themselves!” — Christina Dodd, New York Times bestselling author

“Ophelia broke barriers making her a force to be reckoned with. She is definitely going down as one of my favorite heroines.”Under The Covers Blog

“[In] this thought-provoking novel…[t]he growth of both women is well written and each of their powerful, scandalous, outrageous journeys comes to a satisfying conclusion.” — RT Book Reviews (top pick)

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Awards for Unbound (A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man)
Book Award Nominee  RT Award Nominee – Innovative Historical Romance Nominee
RT Book Reviews - Top Pick  RT Book Reviews Editor’s Top Pick

Under the covers…

In the front of Unbound, there is a quote from poet and activist Muriel Rukeyser.

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.”

This novel takes place both in the past and the present. Don’t worry, we made sure you won’t get lost! 🙂

Writing Unbound was about splitting open the world for me. It isn’t meant to be simple erotica. It isn’t meant to be just a sexuality manifesto. It isn’t really a romance novel, even though it is one of the most romantic things I have ever written. My half of the novel is the diary of Ophelia (the Blackbird), a Regency courtesan, which was about telling a fundamental truth about the secret life of women. I am not a cardboard cutout. I am not a moveable piece in someone else’s game. I do not owe the world “nice” or “pretty” or “good.”

None of us do.

Ophelia is brave, uncompromising, snarky and full of joy. I love her. She is the woman I want to be when I grow up.

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