from Mia Marlowe…
Well, maybe she doesn’t need a rake, but that sort of fellow does make life more interesting.
Welcome to the third stop on my One Night with a Rake Tour! If you’re a contemporary reader, I hear you asking, “What the heck is a rake, other than a garden tool?” In Regency parlance, “rake” is short for “rakehell.” It refers to a man who makes a habit of immoral behavior, is a serial womanizer and often incurs lavish amounts of debt.
In other words, this sort of rake is a tool!
But what if the rake had reason to turn his back on Polite Society and seek oblivion in less wholesome pursuits? That’s what I try to find out in One Night with a Rake. Lord Nathaniel Colton lost everything he valued about when his fiancee died of scarlet fever. He thinks his heart is dead and buried with Anne and he doesn’t dare care about anyone else. He can’t bear to lose anyone ever again. Since that time, his polished Hessians have rested beneath the beds of countless widows and wayward wives. But however far he sank into libertine ways, Nate made it a point not to debauch any virgins.
Until he’s blackmailed into it in order to protect his father and unmarried sister.
To make matters worse, the young lady Nathaniel is supposed to ruin is Anne’s sister.
Needless to say, our hero is conflicted about what he has to do. And seducing Lady Georgette won’t be an easy task. She’s a fire-breathing crusader bent on helping “soiled doves” out of their lives of prostitution. To touch her heart (or any of the rest of her!), Nate will have to convince her that he cares about someone other than himself.
No one is more surprised than Nate when he actually does.
Throughout the book, Nate wrestles with the idea that the end justifies the means. What do you think? Have you ever been tempted to bend your own moral code for the sake of a greater good? What did you do?
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The Fate of England’s Monarchy Is In The Hands of Three Notorious Rakes.
To prevent three royal dukes from marrying their way onto the throne, heroic, selfless agents for the crown will be dispatched…to seduce the dukes’ intended brides.
After he’s falsely blamed for a botched assignment during war, former cavalry officer Rhys Warrington turns his back on “honor.” He spends his nights in brothels doing his best to live down to the expectations of his disapproving family. But one last mission could restore the reputation he’s so thoroughly sullied. All he has to do is seduce and ruin Miss Olivia Symon and his military record will be cleared. For a man with Rhys’s reputation, ravishing the delectably innocent miss should be easy. But Olivia’s honesty and bold curiosity stir more than Rhys’s desire. Suddenly the heart he thought he left on the battlefield is about to surrender…