Lady Be Bad

The Merry Widows

Book 3
Candice Hern
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John Grayston, seventh Viscount Rochdale, has never refused a wager, especially one that involves enticing a beautiful woman into his bed. He's willing to stake his most prized possession that there's not a single woman in all of England immune to his charms. But when the object of the wager is the prim and proper Grace Marlowe, he has to turn on the full force of his seductive charm to woo her.& ;& ;Grace, the widow of a famous bishop, finds her stalwart virtue put to the test when the infamous rake shows an unexpected interest in her. Outraged, flattered, and reluctantly attracted, she soon finds herself falling under the spell of the man behind the scandalous reputation. Rochdale, in turn, is delighted to discover a fiery passion beneath the widow's prudish facade. But when hearts and lives become tangled in the gamble, the truth of his seduction could ruin everything ...& ;& ;
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Readers who enjoy the traditional Regency Romances of Georgette Heyer, Barbara Metzger, and Carla Kelly will enjoy this witty, award-winning Regency romp by New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern. Miss Rosalind Lacey has spent all her 26 years in the country, quietly managing the lives of her widowed father and five younger siblings. When she learns she has contracted the illness that killed her mother, she decides to spend her last few months doing all the things she's never had the time or opportunity to experience. With the help of her worldly and notorious aunt, the simple country miss is transformed into a dashing Town sophisticate who cuts a wide and wild swath through London Society. Since she won't be around to face the consequences of her behavior, Miss Lacey does and says exactly what she pleases, even becoming involved with the infamous rake, Max Davenant. It is an exciting and heady time for the one-time country mouse, until she receives a fateful letter bearing news that turns her glittering new world upside down. The ballrooms and gaiety of the London Season form a backdrop for this sparkling tale of a young woman who hasn't lived enough, and a man who's lived too much."Candice Hern never fails to deliver a well written Regency with quirky, fun characters and a romance that feels genuine to the core." The Romance Reader"A delightfully different, thoroughly entertaining romp through Regency England. Unforgettable. Fast-paced. Completely captivating." Romance Reviews Today"Thoroughly entertaining, the story wraps around you from the beginning and totally pulls you into its heart." Heart Rate Reviews
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Candice Hern
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Published on
Jan 10, 2012
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Pages
307
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ISBN
9780983866589
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Language
English
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Fiction / Romance / General
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Widowed, Lady Eleanor arrives at the castle of the husband she never met, ruthless warlord Nicholas Bayard. As she explores, a huge shadow overtakes her in the darkness of the tower: an intruder who commands her to leave his castle. Eleanor informs him that she is the wife of the late Lord Nicholas. Shocked to realize that the bride he'd thought had died in the Plague is not only alive, but beautiful and bold, Nicholas hides his identity. But Eleanor is a temptation he cannot resist, and when she learns his true identity, she shows him that love is the greatest miracle of all. Widowed, Lady Eleanor arrives at the castle of the husband she never met, ruthless warlord Nicholas Bayard. As she explores, a huge shadow overtakes her in the darkness of the tower: an intruder who commands her to leave his castle. Eleanor informs him that she is the wife of the late Lord Nicholas. Shocked to realize that the bride he'd thought had died in the Plague is not only alive, but beautiful and bold, Nicholas hides his identity. But Eleanor is a temptation he cannot resist, and when she learns his true identity, she shows him that love is the greatest miracle of all.Widowed, Lady Eleanor arrives at the castle of the husband she never met, ruthless warlord Nicholas Bayard. As she explores, a huge shadow overtakes her in the darkness of the tower: an intruder who commands her to leave his castle. Eleanor informs him that she is the wife of the late Lord Nicholas. Shocked to realize that the bride he'd thought had died in the Plague is not only alive, but beautiful and bold, Nicholas hides his identity. But Eleanor is a temptation he cannot resist, and when she learns his true identity, she shows him that love is the greatest miracle of all.
When a man with too many secrets to count finds himself and his child at the mercy of a medic with a tender heart, their tragic pasts will either tear them apart or fan a flame they never believed would spark again.

For widow Mary Inlow, there is little left to mourn for her dead husband. Knowing only his cruelty and mockery for being unable to bear him a child, life without him should be as bright and new as a spring morning. But night always comes. Mary’s dreams are haunted by the screams of a little girl she can never reach. Troubled by nightmares but determined to start life anew, Mary becomes a reliable town medic and crafts beautiful dolls in her spare time.

Living an accomplished and peaceful little life alongside her childhood friends, dubbed the Merry Widows, Mary is determined to take her sweet time entering back into the world as a free woman. She vows to never again cater to the demands of another man. That is until one shows up on her doorstep bloody, exhausted, and carrying his life on his shoulders.

Desperately seeking medical help for his wounded little girl, Rafe McCade barges through Mary’s front door in the worst shape of his life. Ushered into action by a child in need, Mary asks for little information of the frantic father with eyes as tumultuous as a storm, but his tender care of the child speaks volumes. McCade is forever in debt to Mary for rescuing his daughter, but the longer he stays in her home, the more he fears she may just rescue something money cannot replay: a piece of his soul he thought long dead.
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