The Passion of a Marquess

The Sisters of the Aristocracy

Book 2
Twisted Teacup Publishing
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hey say you learn from your mistakes ... but what if they're not your own? 
After four Seasons and no prospects, Lady Samantha is resigned to life as a spinster. Her aunt, Caroline Fitzsimmons, Viscountess Chamberlain, insists they set sail to Italy for a tour she hopes might allow her charge to meet and marry a European aristocrat. 
His mines having suffered a multitude of disasters, Ethan Range, Marquess of Plymouth, is determined to secure a recent invention from an Italian count to alleviate the danger of fires. He's none too happy to discover Lady Caroline traveling on the same ship as he is to Rome. He knows her secret and is rather incensed she's been able to hide Samantha's true past from the ton.
While taking a late-night stroll on deck, Samantha is confronted by the scowling marquess. Incensed by his assertion that Caroline is really her mother, Samantha barely has time to slap the man before a sudden storm sends a wave of water onto the ship, washing them both overboard.

Forced to save each other, the two end up as castaways on a deserted island in the Mediterranean. Although they face perils a plenty during the week they're stranded, they have far more to fear from one another than from hunger, weather, and pirates. Can the two overcome their circumstances and realize the mistakes of the past are not their own? Or will their week on the island lead to more turbulence? The heart may be the best life preserver in The Passion of a Marquess

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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. During the winter, she hosts several junior hockey players and follows the San Jose Sharks. She makes her home in Cody, Wyoming. For more information about her books, see her website: www.lindaraesande.com. 

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Twisted Teacup Publishing
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Published on
Jan 5, 2015
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328
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ISBN
9780991507566
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English
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Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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Having read the stories in the gossip sheets suggesting his sister is being courted by no fewer than four aristocrats, Gabriel invites Lily to spend the summer in Staffordshire. He's determined to hear her side of the stories before deciding which man is good enough to be her husband. He wants her to have a life of privilege, after all.

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Praise for The Proposal
 
“This is Mary Balogh at her riveting best. Everyone loves a wounded hero, and Balogh introduces us to an unforgettable one who discovers the healing power of love.”—Debbie Macomber
 
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When the earl doesn’t bed her on their wedding night – he thought it inappropriate to take her virtue in her childhood bed – Hannah is upset and makes her displeasure known while the two are on their way to Oxfordshire. In an effort to appease her, Henry agrees to the proviso that he bed only Hannah until she is with child – then he can resume his relations with Sarah. He is unaware that his true love has set her sights on a different future – one that doesn’t include him.

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The illegitimate sister of the Earl of Trenton, former maid Lily Harkins has spent the past two Seasons attending balls and soirées and learning everything she needs to know to be a proper lady of the ton. She's also garnered a group of suitors—four, in fact—and every one of them has indicated their intention to make her their wife. Trouble is, she can't decide if they're truly fond of her or of her dowry.

William Overby has spent almost his entire life working at Wellingham Imports. Despite his poverty-stricken past in the Seven Dials, his position as a clerk has afforded him all the trappings of the middle class and what he thinks is a satisfying life. That is, until the day he meets Lady Lily. The beautiful blonde, a cousin of his employer, reminds him of a maid he once met at Vauxhall Gardens. A maid he saved from certain ruination. A maid he's been unable to forget since that fateful night. Could Lady Lily be the same girl?

Having read the stories in the gossip sheets suggesting his sister is being courted by no fewer than four aristocrats, Gabriel invites Lily to spend the summer in Staffordshire. He's determined to hear her side of the stories before deciding which man is good enough to be her husband. He wants her to have a life of privilege, after all.

Lily decides a few tall tales told over evening meals should help cast the men in a not-so-flattering light. But what of the young man she met at Wellingham Imports? The clerk who reminds her so much of the honorable man from her past? Can she convince the earl that William is the man for her? A struggle with class and the expectations of her brother may override The Desire of a Lady.

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REGENCY ROMANCE SERIES

The Duke’s Bride, #1

The Earl’s Bride, #2

The Wartime Bride, #3

The Earl’s Secret Bride, #4

The Prince’s Bride, #5

 

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THE SINS & SCANDALS SERIES

While there are those who spend their time in modest pursuits, upholding propriety befitting the lords and ladies of the ton, it would seem that for others scandal is just a sin away…

A Scandalous Passion: In the aftermath of her father's scandalous death, Lady Caelie Laytham has become a pariah, her hopes of making a suitable match beyond repair. With no prospects, she reluctantly sets out for Italy by ship in hopes of a better life. Lady Caelie has no better luck with the rough seas than she did with society and before she knows it, she is on her way back to London in the company of the disreputable Earl of Huntsleigh.

Spencer Kingsley, Earl of Huntsleigh, believes he has outrun his grandfather's demands that he marry by sailing as far from London as possible. Spence has witnessed firsthand the damage wrought by marriage, and the closest he is willing to get to the institution is his regular trysts with the ton's wives and widows. So when he finds himself put ashore with the lovely Lady Caelie and with no proper chaperone, he is certain the desperate innocent will do anything to save her own reputation -- including putting an end to his bachelor days.

But as scandal looms and an old lover's revenge threatens to ruin them both, passion ignites. Can they work together to achieve what each believed they have always wanted? Or will fate intervene and give them what they truly...

The Sins & Scandals Series:
#1 An Invitation to Scandal
#2 A Scandalous Passion
#3 A Sinful Temptation
#4 The Lady's Sinful Secret
#5 Surrender to Scandal
#6 A Sinner No More
#7 The Sweetest Sin (NEW!)
#8 A Most Scandalous Christmas (Dec 2016)
#9 A Hint of Scandal (Spring 2017)
#10 Sins of a Soldier (TBD)

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