Taking the Earl

Heiress Games

Book 3
Sara Ramsey
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Thousands of readers have already fallen in love with the Briarleys — a scandalous family whose final descendants must do whatever it takes to secure their legacy. In the explosive conclusion to the Heiress Games series, Lucretia Briarley is on the verge of inheriting Maidenstone Abbey — but an unexpected arrival threatens everything she’s worked so hard to protect.

A thief on his final mission…

Maximus Vale is one of London’s top jewel thieves, and he’s protected his orphaned siblings by breaking every rule in the book. But his youngest brother is in mortal danger, and Max needs one final job — one lucrative enough to help his family leave England forever. He boldly claims to be the lost heir to the Briarley fortune, planning to steal everything he can carry and escape before anyone proves that he’s lying. Love is a distraction he can’t afford….

A debutante with a devastating secret…

Lucretia Briarley is prim, proper, perfect — everything everyone expects her to be. But her flawless reputation hides a sin she committed years ago — one that will destroy her and everyone she loves if it ever comes to light. Lucy will do anything to inherit Maidenstone Abbey and keep her secret safe — even making a risky offer to help Max claim the earldom in exchange for marrying her.

An arrangement that can destroy them in a heartbeat…

An attraction that starts as a game becomes something too powerful to ignore. But falling in love is a mistake neither can make. Their secrets and schemes set them on a collision course — one that their families may not survive. Is the growing love between a daring, clever thief and a prim, determined debutante enough to conquer everything and win the Heiress Games?


OTHER BOOKS IN THE HEIRESS GAMES SERIES:

Duke of Thorns (Heiress #1)
Lord of Deceit (Heiress #2)

PRAISE FOR THE HEIRESS GAMES:

“Ms. Ramsey has woven a story of revenge, passion, deception, destiny, desperation and romance, into an utterly compelling Regency Historical Romance.” - April Renn, My Book Addiction

“Sara Ramsey delivers another story as only she knows how. I have read every single one of Sara's books and I can say I've never been disappointed. Her stories are the kind you can't ever put down once you start reading.” - Evie Knight, In Love With Romance

“Sara Ramsey just gets better with each book. Octavia and Rafael are a revelation.” - Dana Grisham

“Sara Ramsey has woven an intricate and utterly compelling story around deceit, hypocrisy, and revenge unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Octavia and Rafe are amongst the most fascinating and complex characters I have ever seen, and Octavia ranks as one the strongest, fiercest, most intriguing women I have ever seen….Such a rare talent is not seen that often, and I will be awaiting the next book in this series with bated breath, as it promises to be as wonderful as LORD OF DECEIT.” - Monique Daoust, Buried Under Romance

“Ms. Ramsey has the knack for writing snappy, humorous dialogue and there’s much to enjoy in their verbal sparring, which is often funny and poignant – sometimes at the same time – and I enjoyed the insights we were given into the Briarley family dynamic through the ages. They sound like a completely bonkers lot!” - Caz, All About Romance

“The passion fire and chemistry between Gavin and Callie is scorching and the writing flows so perfectly that you forget you a reading a story. This is a truly magnificent piece of art and should be appreciated as such.” - Jessi, Goodreads

“Amazing book! And I sincerely believe Sara Ramsey is one of the best among the regency romances authors. Her stories are never trivial, her heroines unpredictable and unusual for the time, strong, smart and funny and her male protagonists are absolutely magnificent.” - Cinzia, Goodreads

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One title to change his life…

A disgraced son with a dark reputation, William Ferguson Avenel is content to live in exile in Scotland - until his father dies in the scandal of the Season, making him the new Duke of Rothwell and leaving him in charge of his young sisters. With rumors of insanity swirling around their family, the girls desperately need a chaperone. And he thinks he's found the lady for the job... until Rothwell discovers her dangerous secret life.

One chance to break the rules...

Lady Madeleine Vaillant may be the perfect chaperone, but she can't face her blighted future without making one glorious memory for herself. In disguise, on a London stage, she finds all the adoration she never felt from the ton. But when she's nearly recognized, she will do anything to hide her identity - even making a devil’s bargain with Rothwell, who saves her from discovery by claiming her as his mistress. She'll take the pleasure he offers - but Madeleine won't lose her heart in the bargain.

One season to fall in love...

Every stolen kiss could lead to discovery, and Rothwell's old enemies are determined to ruin them both. But as their dangerous passion ignites their hearts and threatens their futures, how can an heiress who dreams of freedom deny the duke who demands her love?
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Series: Muses of Mayfair #1

Other Books:
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (Mayfair #2)
The Marquess Who Loved Me (Mayfair #3)
The Earl Who Played With Fire (Mayfair #4)

Genre: Regency Historical
Setting: London, 1812
Length: 94,000 words (full-length novel, currently free)
Sensuality: Hot
You may like this if you like: women in disguise, actresses, dukes, reformed rakes, female friendships, girls with secret artistic passions, and guys who aren't afraid to say they're in love
She never wanted marriage...

When a friend is forced to consider a marriage of convenience, Lady Amelia Staunton is determined to rescue her. But her plans trap her in an illicit seduction, and Amelia must marry him herself. Malcolm's all-consuming kisses and devilish humor might make up for her lost freedom, but she believes he will force her to abandon the Gothic romances she yearns to write. Since she can't escape him, she must distract him from her secret...

He isn't looking for love...

A powerful autocrat with a well-hidden rebellious streak, Malcolm MacCabe doesn't need another beautiful mistress - he needs an obedient wife. Obedience is not one of Amelia's virtues. But he's too enthralled by her wit and passion to let her go - even if it means risking the political reputation he is building to save his clan.

Their hearts can't survive the scandal...

Despite their intentions, every wicked embrace binds them together. But as their conflicting desires combust into insatiable hunger and unavoidable ruin, they must decide whether to pursue their personal destinies alone - or fight for the love that could destroy them both.

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Series: Muses of Mayfair #2

Other Books:
Heiress Without A Cause (Mayfair #1)
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (Mayfair #2)
The Marquess Who Loved Me (Mayfair #3)

Genre: Regency Historical
Setting: Scotland/London, 1812
Length: 94,000 words (full-length novel)
Sensuality: Hot
You may like this if you like: arranged marriages, compromising situations, secret writers, female friendships, reiving, hot Scottish earls, and sexy kisses in moonlit libraries

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Reviews:

“The Muses of Mayfair series is a rollicking riot of misadventure for four unconventional women… Beautifully written by brilliant new author Sara Ramsey, readers must not miss a single book in this lively series.” - SingleTitles.com

“Sara Ramsey makes Scotsmen Prefer Blondes throb with life. The sparkling humor, sensual, sizzling love scenes (my gracious, do they rev up the heart rate!), dialogue that keeps the reader on full alert, the undercurrent of suspense, compelling descriptions of people and places, plus characters so strong they almost jump off the pages with energy and determination keeps one turning pages.” - Camellia, Long and Short Reviews

“I am declaring myself an irrevocable fan of Sara Ramsey. Heiress Without A Cause was good, but Scotsmen Prefer Blondes is even better. The interaction between the characters...was AWESOME. The sensual tension had me on my toes.” - Evie Knight, In Love With Romance

“A delicious tale, SCOTSMEN PREFER BLONDES, the second novel in talented author Sara Ramsey’s MUSES OF MAYFAIR series, is a witty, passionate battle of wills. This enticing historical romance will captivate readers from the very beginning...Combining passion, suspense, secrets, clever repartee, humor, betrayal, romance and love, Ms. Ramsey has penned a winner.” - Dottie, Romance Junkies

“Scotsmen Prefer Blondes is an enjoyable read because of the ease that Sara Ramsey poses the simple yet complexly interlaced story conflicts. Romance scenes are titillating and steamy hot...Very nicely done, Ms. Ramsey!” - Viviane Crystal, Crystal Book Reviews

“Scotsmen Prefer Blondes is an excellent read. It's has humor, scandal, and fire. The characters are endearing and you want them to succeed in life and love. This is becoming one of my favorite series. I can't wait for the next book!” - Marcie, To Read or Not to Read

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Sara Ramsey
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Apr 11, 2017
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320
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9781938312120
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English
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The Briarleys are one of the oldest families in England -- but after centuries of sin and scandal, they are on the verge of extinction. Now, at the most talked-about house party of the summer, the surviving Briarley heiresses will create a new set of scandals while attempting to win back their birthright -- if love doesn’t conquer all their schemes.

A devil who won’t be denied…

Too powerful to care for such petty things as morals, the Duke of Thorington lives as he pleases. And it pleases him to be known as a cruel, heartless blackguard — one no sane woman would dare to marry. But when his fortunes suddenly crumble, he must find a way to save his family from ruin. To succeed, Thorington must secure an heiress for his younger brother. There’s only one problem…

A lady who can’t be contained…

Bold, daring Callista Briarley has survived riots, plagues, and revolutions while building her own privateering enterprise, but the sharks of English society are an entirely new challenge. It will all be worth it if she wins Maidenstone Abbey — a house her ancestors spent centuries killing each other for. To succeed, Callie needs a husband — preferably one who can be easily controlled. There’s only one problem…

Two hearts destined to ignite…

During the most infamous house party of the summer, Callie and Thorington have one chance to secure both their futures. But falling in love with each other was never part of the plan — and Callie’s need for freedom is directly at odds with Thorington’s brand of control. When her past puts them both in danger, will their unexpected love be enough to conquer all?




Series: Heiress Games #1

Previous books by Sara Ramsey:

Heiress Without A Cause (Muses of Mayfair #1)
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (Mayfair #2)
The Marquess Who Loved Me (Mayfair #3)
The Earl Who Played With Fire (Mayfair #4)

Thousands of readers have already fallen in love with the Briarleys — a family known for centuries of sin and scandal, now on the verge of extinction. In LORD OF DECEIT, Octavia Briarley continues the family tradition of revenge while fighting to reclaim her birthright — but in the Heiress Games, love doesn’t always follow the rules…


Rule #1: Never give your heart to a rake…

Octavia Briarley took society by storm during her debut season — until one disastrous night changed everything, and she was forced to become London’s most notorious courtesan. She’s already paid the price for trusting too easily, and she won’t make the same mistake again. But when she finally gets a chance to take revenge against the cousin who betrayed her, Octavia needs a willing partner for her schemes — someone charming, aristocratic, and devilish. The kind of man she might have married, in a different life. And the kind of man she absolutely can’t risk giving her heart to….

Rule #2: Never fall in love with the target…

Lord Rafael Emmerson-Fairhurst survived as a spy in Spain through charm and subterfuge. In London, he uses those same skills to pursue justice against those who are above the law. His next mission is Lord Somerville — Octavia’s former patron. When Octavia asks Rafe to help sabotage her cousin’s house party, he can’t refuse. If he can destroy Somerville by using her…well, Rafe never claimed to be a saint, and he never promised to protect her. But he never expected Octavia to be quite so delightful — or quite so inexperienced, given her bold demands and reckless smile. And falling in love is a mistake he’s never made before….

Rule #3: Never ignore your destiny…

As Rafe and Octavia set out to ruin the most illustrious house party of the summer, they discover that revenge can’t possibly compete with the pleasure they find in each other’s arms. Can an innocent courtesan and a broken charmer risk losing everything they ever wanted to seize the love they never expected to find?

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Want to catch up on other books by Sara Ramsey? Check the list below to see what you've missed:

Heiress Games:

Duke of Thorns
Lord of Deceit

Muses of Mayfair:

Heiress Without a Cause
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes
The Marquess Who Loved Me
The Earl Who Played With Fire

The Briarleys are one of the oldest families in England -- but after centuries of sin and scandal, they are on the verge of extinction. Now, at the most talked-about house party of the summer, the surviving Briarley heiresses will create a new set of scandals while attempting to win back their birthright -- if love doesn’t conquer all their schemes.

A devil who won’t be denied…

Too powerful to care for such petty things as morals, the Duke of Thorington lives as he pleases. And it pleases him to be known as a cruel, heartless blackguard — one no sane woman would dare to marry. But when his fortunes suddenly crumble, he must find a way to save his family from ruin. To succeed, Thorington must secure an heiress for his younger brother. There’s only one problem…

A lady who can’t be contained…

Bold, daring Callista Briarley has survived riots, plagues, and revolutions while building her own privateering enterprise, but the sharks of English society are an entirely new challenge. It will all be worth it if she wins Maidenstone Abbey — a house her ancestors spent centuries killing each other for. To succeed, Callie needs a husband — preferably one who can be easily controlled. There’s only one problem…

Two hearts destined to ignite…

During the most infamous house party of the summer, Callie and Thorington have one chance to secure both their futures. But falling in love with each other was never part of the plan — and Callie’s need for freedom is directly at odds with Thorington’s brand of control. When her past puts them both in danger, will their unexpected love be enough to conquer all?




Series: Heiress Games #1

Previous books by Sara Ramsey:

Heiress Without A Cause (Muses of Mayfair #1)
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (Mayfair #2)
The Marquess Who Loved Me (Mayfair #3)
The Earl Who Played With Fire (Mayfair #4)

A woman courting ruin…

No one would suspect prim, proper Prudence Etchingham of lusting after her best friend’s brother. Nor would anyone guess that she’s responsible for dozens of the best forgeries in London’s antiquities markets. But if her love for Alex is doomed to fail, she must raise enough money to escape the marriage mart. She just needs one last, daring forgery to set herself up for life…

A man evading disaster…

Alex Staunton, the rich Earl of Salford, lives a charmed existence. No one knows that he’s dangerously attracted to his sister’s best friend. Nor has he revealed that he suffers from an ancient curse — one that has given him everything, but prevents him from marrying the woman of his dreams. But when an enemy from his past takes an unseemly interest in Prudence’s future, Alex must find a way to break the curse…or risk losing her forever.

A love they’re destined for…

Every seductive encounter brings them closer together — but their secret, smoldering desires will inevitably burn them. And when Prudence’s illicit forgery collides with Alex’s desperate search, more than their hearts are at stake. Can they break Alex’s curse and save Prudence from her unwanted suitor? Or will their love become a weapon that will destroy them both?

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Series: Muses of Mayfair #4

Previous Books:
Heiress Without A Cause (Mayfair #1)
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (Mayfair #2)
The Marquess Who Loved Me (Mayfair #3)

Genre: Regency Historical
Setting: London, 1813
Length: 80,000 words (full-length novel)
Sensuality: Hot

A lovestruck lady charms the duke of her dreams during an expedition on the high seas in this sexy, swashbuckling novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans.

Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford, has a mission: sail to the Mediterranean and track down Lady Hestia Cary’s missing father. It is a straightforward task, but for two rather vexing complications. First, the sea holds painful memories; second, for her own safety, Hestia is to accompany him. As Alex battles the demons of his past, he must also resist Hestia’s surprisingly skillful attempts at seduction. After all, Alex has sworn to leave her untouched, and he intends to honor that vow—until he can properly ask the Earl’s blessing.

Ever since His Grace rescued Hestia from the arms of a Turkish pirate six long years ago, her heart has belonged to Alex. So when he agrees to help find her father, Hestia is thrilled. Although Alex tries to hide it, there’s passion in his eyes—and a frisson of desire in the air—whenever they meet. On board ship, miles from home, Alex won’t be able to deny her any longer. But with scoundrels lying in wait, she may not live to tell the tale of her conquest.

Look for the enchanting Disgraced Lords series from Bronwen Evans:
A KISS OF LIES | A PROMISE OF MORE | A TOUCH OF PASSION | A WHISPER OF DESIRE | A TASTE OF SEDUCTION | A NIGHT OF FOREVER

And don’t miss her novels in the Imperfect Lords series:
ADDICTED TO THE DUKE | DRAWN TO THE MARQUESS

Praise for Addicted to the Duke

“Regency romance fans looking for something just a bit different will adore this one from [Bronwen] Evans.”—Library Journal

“I would happily recommend this book and am looking forward to the next installment!”—Flippin’ Pages Book Review Blog
 
“No stranger to adventure, Ms. Evans knows how to thrill readers with her courageous heroes and tempting heroines. This time around she steps up her game and sets the action on the high seas. A wounded warrior battles his inner demons while fighting against the advances of a sexy siren on the quest for answers. As the mystery unfolds the seduction begins. Bronwen Evans doesn’t do dull and Addicted to the Duke explains why.”—I Love Romance 

“Ms. Evans combines high seas adventure with sizzling romance that will keep you turning pages long into the night. Her books just keep getting better and better.”—Ashlyn Macnamara, author of What a Lady Requires

“I was glued to the pages of Alex and Hestia’s story, from the first page to the last.”—My Book Addiction and More
 
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Thousands of readers have already fallen in love with the Briarleys — a family known for centuries of sin and scandal, now on the verge of extinction. In LORD OF DECEIT, Octavia Briarley continues the family tradition of revenge while fighting to reclaim her birthright — but in the Heiress Games, love doesn’t always follow the rules…


Rule #1: Never give your heart to a rake…

Octavia Briarley took society by storm during her debut season — until one disastrous night changed everything, and she was forced to become London’s most notorious courtesan. She’s already paid the price for trusting too easily, and she won’t make the same mistake again. But when she finally gets a chance to take revenge against the cousin who betrayed her, Octavia needs a willing partner for her schemes — someone charming, aristocratic, and devilish. The kind of man she might have married, in a different life. And the kind of man she absolutely can’t risk giving her heart to….

Rule #2: Never fall in love with the target…

Lord Rafael Emmerson-Fairhurst survived as a spy in Spain through charm and subterfuge. In London, he uses those same skills to pursue justice against those who are above the law. His next mission is Lord Somerville — Octavia’s former patron. When Octavia asks Rafe to help sabotage her cousin’s house party, he can’t refuse. If he can destroy Somerville by using her…well, Rafe never claimed to be a saint, and he never promised to protect her. But he never expected Octavia to be quite so delightful — or quite so inexperienced, given her bold demands and reckless smile. And falling in love is a mistake he’s never made before….

Rule #3: Never ignore your destiny…

As Rafe and Octavia set out to ruin the most illustrious house party of the summer, they discover that revenge can’t possibly compete with the pleasure they find in each other’s arms. Can an innocent courtesan and a broken charmer risk losing everything they ever wanted to seize the love they never expected to find?

------

Want to catch up on other books by Sara Ramsey? Check the list below to see what you've missed:

Heiress Games:

Duke of Thorns
Lord of Deceit

Muses of Mayfair:

Heiress Without a Cause
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes
The Marquess Who Loved Me
The Earl Who Played With Fire

She never wanted marriage...

When a friend is forced to consider a marriage of convenience, Lady Amelia Staunton is determined to rescue her. But her plans trap her in an illicit seduction, and Amelia must marry him herself. Malcolm's all-consuming kisses and devilish humor might make up for her lost freedom, but she believes he will force her to abandon the Gothic romances she yearns to write. Since she can't escape him, she must distract him from her secret...

He isn't looking for love...

A powerful autocrat with a well-hidden rebellious streak, Malcolm MacCabe doesn't need another beautiful mistress - he needs an obedient wife. Obedience is not one of Amelia's virtues. But he's too enthralled by her wit and passion to let her go - even if it means risking the political reputation he is building to save his clan.

Their hearts can't survive the scandal...

Despite their intentions, every wicked embrace binds them together. But as their conflicting desires combust into insatiable hunger and unavoidable ruin, they must decide whether to pursue their personal destinies alone - or fight for the love that could destroy them both.

---

Series: Muses of Mayfair #2

Other Books:
Heiress Without A Cause (Mayfair #1)
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (Mayfair #2)
The Marquess Who Loved Me (Mayfair #3)

Genre: Regency Historical
Setting: Scotland/London, 1812
Length: 94,000 words (full-length novel)
Sensuality: Hot
You may like this if you like: arranged marriages, compromising situations, secret writers, female friendships, reiving, hot Scottish earls, and sexy kisses in moonlit libraries

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Reviews:

“The Muses of Mayfair series is a rollicking riot of misadventure for four unconventional women… Beautifully written by brilliant new author Sara Ramsey, readers must not miss a single book in this lively series.” - SingleTitles.com

“Sara Ramsey makes Scotsmen Prefer Blondes throb with life. The sparkling humor, sensual, sizzling love scenes (my gracious, do they rev up the heart rate!), dialogue that keeps the reader on full alert, the undercurrent of suspense, compelling descriptions of people and places, plus characters so strong they almost jump off the pages with energy and determination keeps one turning pages.” - Camellia, Long and Short Reviews

“I am declaring myself an irrevocable fan of Sara Ramsey. Heiress Without A Cause was good, but Scotsmen Prefer Blondes is even better. The interaction between the characters...was AWESOME. The sensual tension had me on my toes.” - Evie Knight, In Love With Romance

“A delicious tale, SCOTSMEN PREFER BLONDES, the second novel in talented author Sara Ramsey’s MUSES OF MAYFAIR series, is a witty, passionate battle of wills. This enticing historical romance will captivate readers from the very beginning...Combining passion, suspense, secrets, clever repartee, humor, betrayal, romance and love, Ms. Ramsey has penned a winner.” - Dottie, Romance Junkies

“Scotsmen Prefer Blondes is an enjoyable read because of the ease that Sara Ramsey poses the simple yet complexly interlaced story conflicts. Romance scenes are titillating and steamy hot...Very nicely done, Ms. Ramsey!” - Viviane Crystal, Crystal Book Reviews

“Scotsmen Prefer Blondes is an excellent read. It's has humor, scandal, and fire. The characters are endearing and you want them to succeed in life and love. This is becoming one of my favorite series. I can't wait for the next book!” - Marcie, To Read or Not to Read

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