The Love of a Rake

The Brothers of the Aristocracy

Book 1
Linda Rae Sande
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Everyone has plans … until something—or someone—comes along to change them.

At the age of thirty-five, Randall Roderick, Marquess of Reading, decides it's time to trade in his life as the ‘Rake of Reading’ for the life of a married man. Trouble is, his reputation precedes him, and he's not particularly attracted to the milkwater misses who make up the eligible ladies of the ton.

His counterpart, Charles Goodwin, Earl of Wakefield, is only twenty-five and enjoys his life as a rake far too much to consider marriage. A visiting prostitute may change his mind on the matter, though, if only because he wants to do the right thing.

When the Earl of Norwick's skittish cousin, Constance, meets Randall in the park, she's intrigued by the gentleman she thinks is merely a well-to-do cit with a fascination for horse racing, but she's only in London to find out what's become of her inheritance. She's determined to return to her home and horses in Sussex to live the life of an independent woman.

Her counterpart, Eleanor Merriweather, is in London for her come-out with a dream to marry her perfect knight, but having been duped by a brothel's madame upon her arrival, she suddenly finds herself completely and thoroughly ruined.


When the lives of these four are suddenly upended by their chance meetings, the events of two nights and two days will prove that it takes a bit of horse sense to get on the right track in The Love of a Rake.
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About the author

A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time.

A fan of action-adventure movies, she can frequently be found at the local cinema. Although she no longer has any tropical fish, she does follow the San Jose Sharks. She makes her home in Cody, Wyoming. For more information about her books, go to her website: www.lindaraesande.com.
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Linda Rae Sande
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Published on
Oct 30, 2015
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Pages
310
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ISBN
9780996443302
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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Book 2
When two brothers trade places, what can go wrong?

After eight years in the British Navy, Will Slater returns to London to resume his life as the son of a marquess. He’s determined to discover what’s become of Lady Barbara. An earl’s daughter, she pledged her love on their last night together and now seems to have disappeared from Society.

Will’s bastard brother, Stephen, served with him on his last ship and is ready to attend every ball and soirée necessary to earn acceptance in the ton. As the Marquess of Devonville’s son and a dead ringer for his brother, he finds it easier than he should to navigate the choppy waters of aristocratic Society. And why wouldn’t he? All the young ladies think he’s his brother, especially after Will requests that they trade places and then leaves London to search for Barbara!

Banished from her father’s home seven years ago, Barbara lives in a ramshackle cottage in Oxfordshire. With little to eat, no prospects, and nothing in the way of income unless she takes up prostitution, her life has become bleak. Although there is one bright spot left in her life, that, too, will dim unless something—or someone—comes to save the day. The last person she expects to do just that is Will Slater. Having written him off when he didn’t write to her during his years at sea, Barbara claims she no longer loves him. How can she when he abandoned her?

As Stephen dazzles the debutantes with his easy manners, good humor and demonstrations of delectable kissing—all in his brother’s name—how will he explain himself when one of those young ladies turns out to be one he wants? Trading places has everyone feeling as if they’re just a bit lost at sea in “The Caress of a Commander”.

Book 2
They say time heals all wounds ... but what of those left by love?Having barely survived the fire that killed his family, Joshua Wainwright reluctantly begins his reign as the new Duke of Chichester. He is still recovering from his burns when he returns to Wisborough Oaks, the family seat in Sussex where the fire occurred. With reconstruction underway and a backlog of estate business to complete, the very last thing Joshua can handle is the sudden appearance of Lady Charlotte, the daughter of the Earl of Ellsworth.

Once betrothed to Joshua’s older brother, Charlotte has spent her entire life training to be the Duchess of Chichester. Now that the man she was supposed to marry is dead, Charlotte is determined to marry Joshua, for despite the horrific scars that require him to wear a mask over one side of his face, she has secretly loved him since her coming-out. Never mind that her father has arranged a betrothal to the Earl of Gisborn!

The duke has no idea it was Charlotte who arranged for his medical care and transport to London after the fire. Given his scars and the gossip mongers in London who refer to him as “His Grace with half a face”, he’s determined to spare Charlotte from having to marry him, even if she feels duty-bound to do so. But Charlotte, hiding a hideous scar of her own, will do whatever it takes, including seduction, to secure a marriage to the man she loves.

Will Joshua’s apparent indifference send her into the arms of the earl who has come to claim her? Or will Charlotte choose a different path? Love proves it can heal even the deepest wounds in "The Grace of a Duke".
Book 3
Book 2
As the captivating Hunt Club series from RITA award finalist Pamela Labud continues, a notorious earl and a brokenhearted young lady are running from love . . . until their foolproof scheme backfires in the most decadent way.
 
Though he’s fiercely loyal to his friends, Michael Carver has managed to avoid romantic entanglements by cultivating a reputation as a rake and a gambler. Believing himself incapable of intimacy, the Earl of Blandon avoids anything more than lighthearted flirtations or trysts with married women—which leaves more than enough time to slip out into the wilderness for a little fishing. All is well until Michael agrees, as a favor, to keep his best friend’s stubborn yet alluring sister-in-law company.
 
After one failed engagement, Beatrice Hawkins would rather become a spinster than risk her heart again. Her family, however, is relentless when it comes to finding her a suitable match. So when the roguish earl suggests they join forces to feign courtship and throw everyone off their scent, Beatrice only hopes the ton will take the bait. But at the hunting lodge where Michael takes her to escape prying eyes, Beatrice finds herself lured in by the unexpected charms of a man who has so much love to give—even if he doesn’t know it yet.

Praise for A Most Delicate Pursuit
 
“Pamela Labud has done it again! A Most Delicate Pursuit is as much fun as the first book in her well-written and romantic Hunt Club series. I so enjoyed Michael and Beatrice’s story, and I can’t wait to read the third!”—USA Today bestselling author Carole Mortimer
 
“Pamela Labud weaves a captivating tale of headstrong lovers thrown together to escape danger. Adventurous twists and turns kept me riveted, and the sensual romance between Michael and Beatrice left me breathless.”—USA Today bestselling author Christy Carlyle

“A rollicking romantic adventure, A Most Delicate Pursuit is such a memorable read!”—Diana Quincy, author of Spy Fall

“A thrilling read that will satisfy the historical romance reader and those who like some action drama to their reading.”—Sportochick’s Musings
 
“Would I recommend it? Yes, if you are a true Regency or historical romance fan then you’ll get an exciting, suspenseful story.”—Keeper Bookshelf
 
“This is the second book in this series that I have read and it is just as good as the first one.”—Book Reviews by duelilias
 
“I'm rating A Most Delicate Pursuit by Pamela Labud a five out of five stars. Another thoroughly enjoyable Regency romance from one of my newest favorite authors!”—Reviews by a Thrifty Mom
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Linda Rae Sande
There’s nothing quite like going home for the holidays ... but first, you have to get there.

The Year with No Summer is drawing to a close, bleeding into a harsh winter that promises snow, ice and continued hardship. London, so rich with life and bustle, is quiet beneath the ice, buried in a cold few can ever truly recall happening before. Many of the ton are taking their leave for the Christmas holiday, abandoning the soggy streets of London for even chillier country roads. Milton Grandby, Earl of Torrington, believes that now is the perfect time to introduce his new bride, Adele, to his ancestral hunting lodge and seat of his Earldom in Northumberland. A private getaway nestled in glistening snow can lead to all sorts of enjoyment… and hopefully, an heir. 


With excitement in the air and Christmas fast approaching, the newlyweds make plans to travel north. While no family will be invited to the Torrington lodge, the Earl will bring his valet, Alonyius Banks, and Adele will be accompanied by Alice Simpkins, her rather grumpy lady’s maid.  


Yet when The Lord and His Lady arrive at Torrington Park sans their needed companions, things take a decided turn and quickly become intimately awkward. While Milton is more than happy to play lady’s maid to his bride, the close confines and frigid air bring secrets to the front—and mistrust to the surface. As the duo learns more about each other’s pasts, they discover struggles and misunderstandings abound. Can they look beyond their flaws and allow the spirit of the season and the gift of giving to thaw the sudden ice between them?  Or will their first holiday away doom their new-found devotion? The budding romance of their servants may provide the answer in The Christmas of a Countess.

Linda Rae Sande
A viscount's son struggles to meet a deadline to marry in TUESDAY NIGHTS. THE WIDOWED COUNTESS features twin brothers—one is a ghost—who love the same woman. An earl's daughter accepts a dare to teach the groom in the stables on how to be a gentleman, not knowing he's an earl's son in MY FAIR GROOM.


Time proves to be a problem for a viscount's son who has promised to marry by a certain birthday in TUESDAY NIGHTS. The girl he has loved for years would be a perfect wife except she's been hired by his sister to be a governess! Meanwhile, his best friend wants desperately to marry his childhood sweetheart but is thwarted by Society's expectations. Will love prevail?


When an earl dies unexpectedly, his twin brother inherits the earldom and THE WIDOWED COUNTESS. Now if only his brother's ghost will leave them alone. Seems there's a possible murder to solve as well as some skeletons in the closet that need to be buried. Meanwhile, her best friend finds married life to a randy earl a challenge both in and out of the bedchamber.

A double-dog-dare has an earl's daughter accepting the challenge to teach the groom in the stables on how to be a gentleman. He agrees to the plan. How hard can it be when he's really an earl's son? Meanwhile, his best friend struggles with finding the perfect woman to make his countess. When his attempt to marry the daughter of an aristocrat fails in spectacular fashion, he decides instead to pursue the commoner with whom he once spent an evening at a coaching inn. He'll end up with far more than a reluctant bride in MY FAIR GROOM. 

Linda Rae Sande
Two RONÉ Award nominees begin and end this boxed set of Regency romances. In THE KISS OF A VISCOUNT, George-Bennett Jones finds himself in love with Lady Elizabeth. His competition for her hand is the blond, blue-eyed Gabriel Wellingham. An earl, he's determined to gain the hand of the daughter of his most powerful political opposite, David Carlington, Marquess of Morganfield. George has been tutored by his mistress, though, and employs the lessons he has learned in an attempt to gain the upper hand in his quest for Elizabeth's hand. Lady Charlotte has to take matters into her own hands when she travels to Wisborough Oaks to marry Joshua Wainwright in THE GRACE OF A DUKE. The newly-minted Duke of Chichester is still recovering from burns and has no intention of subjecting a woman to what most in the ton refer to as "His Grace with half a face". When it appears someone is trying to kill him, Joshua sends his estate manager to London to find out who would benefit from his death. The appearance of another suitor for Charlotte's hand, an earl she has known since childhood, has the duke realizing he may have missed his opportunity to marry the perfect duchess. 

In THE SEDUCTION OF AN EARL, Lady Hannah agrees to marry Henry Forster, Earl of Gisborn, despite knowing he has a son with his childhood sweetheart—and still loves her. Hannah has her dog, though, and merely wants a child of her own to love. An inventor and farmer, Henry is pinning the future of his earldom on a prognostication claiming the upcoming growing season will be too cold and rainy to grow crops. Determined to modernize, and to save a maid from a rake, Henry discovers Hannah and Harold MacDuff are rather resourceful and intelligent. It will take man's best friend to teach Henry a thing or two about women.
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