Bargaining with a Rake

A Whisper of Scandal Novel

Book 1
Darbyshire Publishing LLC
153

Every scandal starts with a rake.

For eleven years, Gillian Rutherford has dreamed of escaping her family’s dark secret and living a normal life. Now, faced with an unwelcome marriage that will chain her to London and the secret slowly killing her, she’s desperate to save herself and the sister she adores. Salvation comes in the form of an American shipping tycoon, and all she must do is seduce him into marrying her. But Gillian’s scheme hits a snag when she makes a bargain with a notorious rake Alexander Trevelle, Lord Lionhurst. He’ll help her win the hand of his American friend, if she’ll assist him with exacting revenge against her unwanted fiancé. But the price of the pact may just be their hearts.

A Whisper of Scandal Series Includes:

Bargaining with a Rake

Conspiring with a Rogue

Dancing with a Devil

After Forever

The Dangerous Duke of Dinnisfree

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Publisher
Darbyshire Publishing LLC
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Published on
Nov 6, 2012
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Pages
292
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Tudor
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
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A rogue hires a lady to turn him into a gentleman, but he finds he cannot resist giving her lessons on love and desire.

A year and a half after her husband’s tragic death, all Lady Julianna Barrows wants is to be left alone and forget that most of her heart went with him when he passed. Instead, she finds herself the subject of many a matchmaking scheme and lurid offer to ease her widowhood, as well as save her fading fortune. Desperate to avoid an arranged marriage, she takes on a position as a tutor, only to discover that the man she’s helping unexpectedly stirs her heart and passion.

Nash Wolverton boxed his way out of the London slums and into immense wealth, but he couldn’t care less about Society’s approval. Except he has his by-blow daughter’s future to consider. To ensure her acceptance into Society, he’ll endure anything―including procuring a tutor to transform him into a gentleman so he can secure a suitable, boring wife.

Yet what he wants changes the moment he hires the widow Julianna. She may be a lady, but she’s far from tedious. Bold and compassionate, she is nothing like the women of the ton. Suddenly, she’s elicited a simmering desire in him, and even a longing to love and be loved that he always thought out of his reach. Knowing what he planned to settle for can now never be enough, he vows to win her love. But as the walls she’s built begin to crumble and a second chance for Julianna seems possible, her fears threaten to destroy all and she alone must decide if protecting her heart trumps breaking Nash’s.


The Whisper of Scandal series includes:

Bargaining with a Rake

Conspiring with a Rogue

Dancing with a Devil

After Forever

The Dangerous Duke of Dinnisfree

She’s kidnapped on the morning of her royal wedding—by her groom’s most dangerous enemy.

Treachery leads battle-hardened Highland lord Darach of Glenshiel to abduct an innocent: wealthy Lady Laurien d'Amboise, betrothed to the knave who betrayed Darach and his men. Stealing the delicate beauty from the steps of Chartres Cathedral on her wedding day, he vows to keep her safe—and untouched—for she is a hostage to be bartered for the freedom of his beloved Scotland.

But soon he discovers that his lovely captive has unexpected strength, fire—and plans of her own. From a besieged French castle to the untamed Scottish Highlands, Darach and Laurien are swept up in wild adventure, dangerous secrets... and forbidden love that puts their honor and their lives at risk.

An RWA Golden Heart Award Finalist

“Fast-paced action, a very likeable heroine, and a story that keeps you enthralled from page one.” -Rendezvous

“A compelling, memorable romance. HIS STOLEN BRIDE joins the ranks of the finest medieval captive/captor stories along with those by Elizabeth Stuart and Johanna Lindsey. 4 1/2 stars (highest rating)." -Romantic Times Book Reviews

A full-length novel of 100,000 words
Adult content: steamy love scenes
An earlier edition of this novel was originally published by Avon Books under the title Falcon on the Wind

This extensively revised Author's Preferred Edition includes new scenes never before published. Also includes a link to exclusive, multi-media bonus content: "The Making of His Stolen Bride: The Story Behind the Story."

The Stolen Brides Series: One is kidnapped from her wedding by her groom’s most dangerous enemy... one falls through time and finds herself married to a dark stranger... one may never reach her royal wedding if she can't resist her rugged protector... one is abducted by a mysterious swordsman and swept away to a secret island paradise. Four regal brides are about to discover that falling in love with a warrior is the most dangerous adventure of all.

Each book in the Stolen Brides Series is a stand-alone novel, so you can enjoy them in any order.

A special note for fans of Forever His: His Stolen Bride is a prequel novel that takes place five years before Forever His. In His Stolen Bride, we meet a young knight by the name of Sir Gaston de Varennes for the first time. Enjoy!

The prequel: HIS STOLEN BRIDE (Darach and Laurien)
Book 1: FOREVER HIS (Gaston and Celine)
Book 2: HIS FORBIDDEN TOUCH (Royce and Princess Ciara)
Book 3: HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE (Hauk and Avril)

Buy all 3 books and save: STOLEN BRIDES BOXED SET now available at a special price for a limited time!

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