in the day and prowls the ballroom at night. Searching for the perfect bride to
usher him into the aristocracy, he abandoned the idea of love a long time
ago–the last time he saw the delicious May Sedgwick. But when he’s roped into a bet, where the prize is the means to fund his greatest ambition and the stakes are a marriage he’s already planning for, Rex is willing to go all in. There’s just one problem-he’s competing against the only woman he’s ever loved and he’s sure she’ll ruin all his plans.
“Against your will, then? This rogue desire to see me finally beat out your better judgment?” Sarcasm had never been May’s strong suit. She hadn’t mastered the right tone.
“I fight it every day,” he said in such a raspy whisper that she leaned in to catch it. “The desire to see you.”
Title: FIVE BET’S TO MAKE WHEN MARRYING A RAKE
Like Lady, Like Rake
Etiquette books remind ladies to behave demurely, deny compliments, and exude propriety at every turn. Obviously, such admonitions won’t aid a lady if she’s determined to allow a rake to woo her. Don’t hide your cleverness or restrain your witty tongue and let a rake do all the talking, ladies. Don’t diminish your own talents to build up any man’s ego. Charm as you are charmed. Seduce as you are seduced. Have no fear of overwhelming a rake with precisely how impressive you can be. Any rake worth his salt will find much to admire in a lady of intelligence, wit, and accomplishments.
If he can jest, why can’t you? If he can seek to impress you with his wit or sporting skills, why not display your own? Whoever you are, whatever your interests and inclinations, let your inner beauty shine. You take care to dress your hair or choose the most flattering gowns, don’t you, ladies? Be sure to treat a rake to your inner adornments too. Outer beauty fades. If you’re looking to pursue your happy ending with a rake, he must value your heart and nature just as thoroughly as he is taken with your pretty face and fine eyes.
every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.