BOOK BLURB: Will A Rake’s Wicked Ways
Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham, believes in being a gentleman, whether it’s fishing a soggy stranger out of the Thames or assisting a fetching lady into his bed. If the stranger becomes a friend and the lady a mistress, all the better. He certainly welcomes the opportunity to help Laura Davenport, a dazzling young widow with a rebellious stepson. Her gratitude, he hopes, will take an amorous form. But from the moment he sets foot in her drawing room, he gets far more than he bargained for …
Lead The Lady Astray?
It was a moment of desperation. On the brink of losing her stepson, Laura turned to the notorious Lord Bellingham for help. Suddenly she, a vicar’s daughter, is in the precarious position of resisting his tantalizing advances. How Bell earned his wicked reputation is clear; the surprise is how much more there is to him than the gossip sheets could possibly reveal. Now every moment with this dangerously desirable man puts Laura’s good name at risk-and promises pleasure unlike any she has ever known …
Set up: After many weeks of evading the Earl of Bellingham’s tempting advances, Laura Davenport realizes that she will likely never see him again when the London season ends. She knows that she will always regret it if she doesn’t have one night with him.
Bellingham smiled. “Drink up now.”
“Are you in a rush?’ Laura asked.
“I won’t rush you,” he said. “Much.”
“She laughed and felt a bit anxious again. “I don’t really know how this will proceed.”
“Now, now. You know I’ve never met a rule I didn’t want to break.”
“Are there rules?” she asked.
“Oh, yes. Dozens of them. Rule number one. Do not throw a lady’s skirt over her head.”
She burst out laughing. “You are bad.”
“Rule number two. Ladies first.”
“That goes along with rule number three. Do not race to the finish line.”
“Rule number four. Do not crush her with your weight.”
“Oh, dear, that would be unfortunate,” she said.
“Rule number five. Look her in the eyes.”
She sipped her wine and regarded him over her glass.
“Rule number six. Kiss her senseless on the mouth and on every inch of her skin.
Her breathing grew ragged.
“Rule number seven. Have a gentle touch.”
She was feeling a bit giddy from the wine and his rules.
“Rule number eight. Pay attention to how she responds and ask if she likes it.”
“Very gentlemanly,” she said, and sipped wine again.
“Rule number nine. Tell her she’s beautiful.”
Oh, dear, he really did know how to seduce a lady with words.
“Rule number ten. Let her lead occasionally.
She nodded, even though she wasn’t sure what he meant.
“Rule number eleven, the most important rule of all. Do not snore afterward.”
She laughed again. “You are charming.”
He picked her up and dropped her onto the bed. She scrambled back, and he followed. “Come here, pretty lady.”
She hesitated, and he grabbed her. “My marauding ancestors are applauding.”
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AUTHOR INFO: Triple Rita®-finalist Vick Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble”. A native Texan, she holds degrees in English literature and marketing.