by: Amanda Mariel
Series: Ladies and Scoundrels
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: June 18, 2015
Publisher: Three Worlds Press
When faced with losing his inheritance, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sara. She’s as respectable as they come, just what his father ordered. But the lady shan’t be easily won.
She’s determined to marry for love or not at all, and she’ll do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she can’t achieve on her own. What’s a lady to do?
When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sara proposes an arrangement. Only the price may be more than either bargained for. Lady Sara could lose more than her social standing and Julian could lose his heart.
“You have it all wrong. Let us discuss this further.” His pulse hammered. When he decided on her as his future duchess, it had been for no other reason than her impeccable reputation and her beauty, but he developed a genuine interest in her during their first meeting.
She rounded on him. “’There is nothing to discuss. You admitted you were only pursuing me so you may inherit your father’s duchy.” She scowled. “I couldn’t give a fig about your troubles.” She jerked her arm. “Unhand me this instant.”
Julian released her but kept his gaze pinned to hers. “You are wrong, Lady Sarah. My interest is genuine. I find you to be a captivating lady and believe you would make a splendid wife.”
She swept her arm in a wide arch slicing the air in front of her. “A splendid wife, indeed. Say nothing of love, compatibility, mutual respect. I should be honored to make you a splendid wife.”
Julian repositioned his feet. The acid in her tone sent his heart into a flurry of panic. “That came out wrong. I do respect you and believe we are compatible. I admire your strong will, your intelligence, your beauty.” He reached to touch her cheek, unable to help himself. “I am certain we would make a sensational match.”
Lady Sarah spun away from him and marched to her mount, tossing her retort over her shoulder. “I do not respect you, nor do I believe we are compatible.” She allowed a footman to help her onto her beast. “You shall return me home, then cease your pursuit of me.”
Julian swung onto his mount. “I will return you to your family…but make no further promises.”
He would not give up on the spirited beauty regardless of what she said.
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Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel's favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper's Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits them every chance she gets.
Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.
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