The Rake's Vow

Marriage by Bargain

Book 2
Wedded Bliss Romances, LLC
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Thaddeus (Tad) Darkin, the Duke of Lambeth, used to be a rake. In fact, before Lord Edon was scandalizing the Ton, Tad was the one everyone was talking about. Many gentlemen secretly wished they had his charm with the ladies. All reputable ladies were warned to stay as far from him as possible, which only made him all the more attractive. Then, after a tragic event, he took a vow of celibacy, promising he would never be intimate with another lady again. Over the years, this caused him to be the most sought-after single gentleman in all of London. And even though he doesn't want to marry, his steward left him in financial ruin, so whether he likes it or not, he must take a wife.

After being rejected by the gentleman she was hoping to marry, Miss Loretta Bachman is on a mission to save her reputation. She needs to marry someone who will impress the prestigious ladies in her social circle. So when she catches the leader of the group talking about the very handsome and hard-to-get Duke of Lambeth, she's determined to get him to marry her. All she needs is a little bargaining power, and fortunately for her, she happens to have the money he needs to save his estate.  

When she learns of his vow to remain celibate, she agrees to keep away from his bed. After all, her only reason for marrying him is to secure her social standing in London, not to have a love match. All she asks is that he pretends to be deeply in love with her when they're in public. That way she will succeed in impressing the Ton. But before long, the lines between what is pretend and what is real starts to blur, and it's hard to decide how far to push the limits of their agreement. 

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Ruth Ann Nordin is the author of almost seventy romances ranging from Regencies to historical westerns to contemporary romances.  She currently lives in Montana where she's lucky enough to spend most of her days with her fictional characters who often seem more real to her than those around her. To find out more about her books, go to www.ruthannnordin.com. 

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Wedded Bliss Romances, LLC
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Published on
Mar 18, 2017
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Pages
134
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
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As it just so happens, such a way opens up to him.  Miss Celia Barlow, nicknamed Miss "Shrew" Barlow, has upset her brother for the last time.  Her brother has had enough of her manipulative ways, and he's offering a large dowry to the first gentleman who is willing to take her.  Sebastian, seeing his chance, takes the bait, and the wedding is set.

At once, he's drawn to Celia's fiery spirit.  Yes, the others in London consider her to be a shrew, but that's because they're afraid of a lady who knows what she wants and goes for it.  His new wife is no timid wallflower.  She is full of passion, and, to his pleasure, that passion extends to the bed.  

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And Drake Reed sounds wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, Colleen accepts his online proposal. But before vows are exchanged, she will visit him. Unfortunately, there’s one small snag preventing her from her happy ending. And that snag happens to be someone he used to have a crush on in high school.

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Tristan's Redemption by Catherine Lynn ~ Maggie O’Hara lands a job in New York City with a popular bridal design shop. When she arrives there, she finds it to be very different from her small town in Tennessee. She’s surprised when a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk asks her for money. There’s something different about this man, something intriguing. Is there more to him than meets the eye?

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Will Maggie be able to save Tristan from himself? Will Tristan be able to save Maggie from a more tangible threat? The answers will be revealed in Tristan’s journey to redemption.

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