Mia Marlowefrom Mia Marlowe…

Well, maybe she doesn’t need a rake, but that sort of fellow does make life more interesting.

One Night with a Rake

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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?

Waking Up with a Rake

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Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for Book 1 in the Royal Rakes series, Waking up with a Rake!
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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…


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33 thoughts on “Every Girl Needs A Rake in Her Life

  1. Mia; Can’t wait to read this book. I love a bad boy no matter what time period he’s from. I have been tempted to bend my own rules but I never have done it. I just really like having rules and staying inside of them.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Bad boys in fiction are fun, but in real life, they can be more trouble than they’re worth. My great-grandfather might have been considered a “bad boy.” He had a pretty rough upbringing and was on his own from the age of 12. His biggest vice was a gambling addiction and once he even lost the family home in a poker game while my great-grandmother was pregnant with my grandma. She left him after that. Now I don’t know how he convinced her to come back to him, but when I knew them, she had THREE houses! They fussed with each other for over 50 years.

  2. Laurie G says:

    Growing up I lived in a small city and everybody knew everybody. I could never get away with even a small infraction without it getting back to my parents. So now I’m paranoid of doing anything dishonest or anything I consider bad behavior. I could not follow the “end justifies the means” principle.

    Congrats on your latest release. I like Connie Mason too!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Laurie. I like Connie too. She’s an amazing lady!

  3. Sheryl says:

    I love a story about a rake, I love a good bad boy. I have often been tempted to bend the rules, but in the end I didn’t. I was brought up to believe certain things, and I felt like I would be letting my parents down if I did something that went againist what I was told.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I know what you mean. I too have a strong sense of “ought-ness.”

  4. CrystalGB says:

    I love rakes. They are exciting heroes to read about. Your series sounds awesome.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Crystal. Of course, part of the charm of rakes is the reformation of them!

  5. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Mia, the book sounds wonderful! I grew up on Georgette Heyer, so the very word “rake” makes me smile!

    And just to prove how powerful childhood influences are, my third-grade teacher, Sister Alice, is the reason I could never subscribe to the “end justifies the means” philosophy. She had mastered the art of looking both terrifying and tragic at the same time. If you did something wrong, she’d lower her brows and ask, “Was that KIND?” Instantly, you wanted to fall through a hole in the ground. 🙁

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Oooo! Sister Alice certainly knew how to go for the conscience’s jugular!

  6. bn100 says:

    No, I haven’t. It makes for a good story to read.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Part of the charm of reading is that we can try on other people’s lives without fear of the consequences.

  7. Looking forward to reading One Night With a Rake, Mia! I have to say, when I was younger I did probably bend a few rules – but only for the greater good!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’m afraid I can’t claim it was always for the greater good!

  8. Can’t wait to read ONWAR (hey, cool acronym, even!), Mia! I’m trying to think of a time when I broke the rules for the greater good, and blanking. Which isn’t to say that I always follow the rules, just that I’m good at selective amnesia 😎

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      If you like ONWAR, you’ll love the acronym for the next book in this series–Between a Rake and A Hard Place. BARAAHP! It sounds like a wet burp, doesn’t it?

  9. Shana Shana says:

    I’m laughing because I get that same rake question with my most recent book. Congrats on the release. I love the cover!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Shana. Sourcebooks really does a wonderful job capturing our heroes on the covers, don’t they?

  10. catslady says:

    Other then telling little white lies I can’t think of a time that I did but possibly there would be the occasion that it would be for the best but not really sure lol. But reading about it is another thing. It’s like the bad boy – love to read about them but in real life, not so much.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I agree, Catslady. I don’t need the real life drama of a bad boy.

  11. eap says:

    The consquences stop me…

  12. Connie Fischer says:

    The more I read about rakes, the more I find they are usually men who are putting up a bit of a tough front subconsciously wanting to be seen through by a intelligent and strong woman with whom he can bond one on one.

    I enjoyed the synopsis and am looking forward to reading “Waking Up With a Rake” and the entire series.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  13. Quilt Lady says:

    Sounds like a wonderful read. I am not one to go around bending the rules to much. If I do I will be the one paying highly for it.

  14. Karin Anderson says:

    I haven’t been tested in that way, so I don’t know what I would do. I know in books/movies/etc I am the one shouting at characters that they’re doing the wrong thing, though. 😀 I would say it would depend on the situation.

  15. alexisa says:

    Love a good synopsis and love your books. Look forward to reading this one. 😛 :mrgreen:

  16. Marcy Shuler says:

    I’m a rule follower. Boring but consistent. LOL

  17. Sharlene Wegner says:

    I guess I have always been a boring, good girl, but I love to read about rakes!

  18. Xoun J. says:

    I have had to bend my morals for the greater good once or twice before. Maybe even more? But usually its about family. When I want to defend myself against a family member so badly but I know it will create a rift, I hold back. Being correct but losing a family bond, is not worth it. In the end, the best thing to do bite my tongue, and move forward.

  19. Mia, for the most part, I’m one of those boring, play-by-the-rules types. Having a child made me even more so that way. However, in my books my heroines don’t always stay on the straight and narrow. 😉

  20. Rhonda says:

    I play by the rules too although I am usually the who voices my disagreement so they know I’m doing what’s expected but that I also think it’s wrong!
    Had a tragic loss in our small town yesterday – mother and father to three children were tragically killed in an auto accident. My heartaches today….please pray for our community referred to as the 684 as that is our telephone exchange (town so small it only had one exchange (xxx-684-xxxx).

  21. Anita H. says:

    Hi Mia, congrats on your new book. It sounds like a good read! As for bending my morals, I’ve been tempted but could never follow through with the ends justifying the means. It’s just too hard to break the rules since it has been ingrained in me to always follow the rules.

  22. Ada says:

    Your series sounds fabulous, can’t wait to read it! I’m too much of a by-the-book kind of gal to bend the rules, even for the greater good. Thanks for the giveaway and a preview of your new book 😀

  23. Rhonda says:

    I want to wake up with a rake! 😮

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