A Reluctant Lord. A Resistant Lady. A Superfluous Fiancée.
And a Devastating Family Secret…
When Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is abruptly called home to take the reins of the estate, he discovers the extent of the family’s financial straits. The remedy: marry the heiress their families have picked out for him. Unfortunately, he’s already planned to marry someone else.
Miss Sophie Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming his purse with feet…and she sabotages all attempts to woo her. But when Lord Hartley discovers the shenanigans in his father’s past, he realizes that deciding between two beautiful women is the least of his problems.
Mia Marlowe is a rising star whose Touch of a Rogue was named one of Publishers Weekly‘s Top Ten Best Romances for Spring 2012. Mia learned about storytelling while singing professional opera. She knows what it’s like to sing a high “C” in a corset, so she empathizes with the trials of her historical heroines. Mia resides in Boston, Massachusetts. For more visit www.miamarlowe.com.
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He Might Be a Rake if…
Miss Sophie Goodnight would say all it takes is a man with a pulse.
She’s my heroine in A Rake by Any Other Name. Her opinion is a tad jaundiced and I hesitate to reveal why she feels that way as it might constitute a spoiler. But when she arrives at Somerfield Park, Sophie feels men are pretty interchangeable. They all use women for one thing or other and Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, the son and heir of Lord Somerset, is expected to marry her so the estate can use her as a purse with feet!
Some people say that a rake is a man who delights in ruining young women and leaving them. That may well be the worst sort of rake, but Sophie also has recognizes other rakish qualities that jingle her warning bells. Here’s her list:
- If a gentleman has spent time away from the familiar, he might be a rake. She’s unimpressed with Richard when they first meet. It could be because he’s lately returned from a tour of the Continent with his dissolute friend. That sort of thing invites a young man to have lapses in his morals and habits.
- If a gentleman is handsome beyond the lot of mortals, he might be a rake. In this instance, Sophie doesn’t blame the man entirely. Women are quick to throw themselves at men who are easy on the eyes. One can hardly blame the man for catching them. And unfortunately, Richard Barrett is very attractive. Even Sophie’s mother, was fanning herself when she first laid eyes on him. Sophie is determined not to succumb to his striking appearance. Handsome is as handsome does.
- If a gentleman engages in relationships with more than one lady at a time, he might be a rake. From the first, Richard confessed that he believes himself half in love with Lady Antonia. He was very near to proposing to her in Paris, and has invited her and her family to come to Somerfield Park as his guests. But that didn’t stop Richard from kissing Sophie in the gallery. (And Sophie, it must be admitted, kissed him right back!)
- If a gentleman accepts money from a lady, he might be a rake. Richard’s family’s plans for him to wed Sophie so he can use her enormous dowry to keep the faltering estate afloat. Her father is pushing the match because he wants a titled grandson. Sophie is waiting for Richard to ask her what she Until then, he might be a rake.
Maybe you’ll want to make your own judgment about Richard. Try the excerpt from A Rake By Any Other Name here http://www.miamarlowe.com/a-rake-by-any-other-name/excerpt-a-rake-by-any-other-name/ and let me know what you think!
Thank you Mia for joining us today!