by: Eva Devon
Series: Never a Wallflower
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Release Date: February 9, 2021
Publisher: Entangled ~ Amara
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The marriage game is afoot in this clever blend of My Fair Lady meets Pride and Prejudice with a twist!
Edward Stanhope, the icy Duke of Thornfield, likes his life in a certain order. Give him a strong drink, a good book, and his dog for company, and he’s content. But when he goes to his library and finds a woman sitting in his chair, petting his dog, what starts as a request for her to leave quickly turns to a fiery battle of wits, leading to a steamy kiss that could ruin them both if they were caught.
So of course, damn it all, that’s when Edward’s aunt walks in, and thereafter announces Miss Georgiana Bly is the future Duchess of Thornfield.
Georgiana was content to be a spinster, spending her days reading and working to keep her family out of debt. But now her days are spent locked away with a growly duke, learning how to be the perfect duchess, and her nights spent fighting the undeniable attraction to a man who was never meant for her.
As their wedding day approaches, the attraction between them burns hot and fierce, but is it enough to melt the duke’s chilly facade?
It is a Pride and Prejudice meets My Fair Lady story! From the very beginning it’s a battle of wits and wills between these two. They want exactly the opposite things. . . but they both love each other’s kisses.
Tell me about Georgiana Bly and Edward Stanhope.
Georgiana Bly is clinging to gentility and has never had a season, so when she’s suddenly thrust into the position of duchess, she’s not happy about it. But she’s determined to make a success of it! In steps, Edward Stanhope, Duke of Thornfield, gives her lessons. Kisses happen. He is a gruff and grumpy Duke, but he really has the softest heart. You learn along the way exactly why he seems so cold and distant.
What do you love about them individually and together?
I love Georgiana’s optimism and tenacity. I love Edward’s determination and kindness.
These two? Even if they get truly furious at each other? They both lift each other up. I love that.
Can you share with me the opening lines of the first chapter?
Edward Andrew Richard Stanhope, sixteenth Duke of Thornfield, always did the right thing, even if doing so wasn’t easy.
What was your favorite part of this book to write?
I REALLY loved writing their meeting scene. They just burst into my imagination, banter ready to roll, and desire burning. It was a blast.
Tell me about one of your favorite scenes from the book, and why is it a favorite?
I absolutely love the scene where Edward and Georgiana play a game at a garden party. They tease each other mercilessly, but he lets his imperious guard down and shows all the company how superior she is in many ways.
Can you tell me a fun fact or two about The Spinster and the Rake?
Edward is on the Autism Spectrum. I really wanted to see representation in historical romance, and I adore him for his ability to navigate society.
I literally came up with the end of the book in the same moment I created their meeting. I knew it had to start about Edward’s breeches and end about Edward’s breeches! They get to have a fabulous inside joke!
Eva, thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for me.
It was such a pleasure! Thank you for having me!
You’re very welcome.
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