between two old flames…
in the day and prowls the ballroom at night. Searching for the perfect bride to
usher him into the aristocracy, he abandoned the idea of love a long time
ago–the last time he saw the delicious May Sedgwick. But when he’s roped into
a bet, where the prize is the means to fund his greatest ambition and the
stakes are a marriage he’s already planning for, Rex is willing to go all in.
There’s just one problem-he’s competing against the only woman he’s ever loved
and he’s sure she’ll ruin all his plans.
of the season…if she cared. May is more interested in the art studio than the
marriage market and her craving to pursue her passion far outweighs her desire
for a titled English husband. Winning this bet will finally allow her to pursue
her true artistic desires. Rex Leighton losing is just a side benefit, as are
his breathtaking kisses that she just can’t seem to resist.
Choose Your Rake Wisely
No matter how handsome a rogue might be, or how numerous his charms, I always remind myself that Happily Ever After lasts for a very long time. Scoundrels may seem easily won and as if they’re prepared to woo the first women who cross their paths. However, you can bet that such gentlemen—if one can call scoundrels “gentlemen”—are actually quite discerning.
Thus, ladies, we must be discerning too.
If you must marry a rake, take the time to discover the man beyond the trappings of his scandalous reputation. Every rogue seems appealing at a party where he’s throwing out witticisms, flirting mercilessly, or, depending on his temperament, brooding in the corner. Gaslight gilds his hair and skin, his eyes glitter in the candlelight, and you might just consider swooning (not that you ever would!) when you see his fine physique moving gracefully across a ballroom.
Get your rake out from under the gaslight and into hot water, so to speak. Observe how he handles dilemmas and the unexpected challenges that arise in life. Better yet, study how he interacts with his family. These are the moments when a rake might let his practiced charm slip, when you can glimpse the leanings of his heart. A lady should value those moments when she experiences the man behind a rogue’s charismatic facade. That’s how a lady learns which rake to choose.
every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes
sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who
struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former
teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being
able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.