News Flash: Announcing a sublime – and scandalously wonderful – new series from New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Sarah MacLean!
The author aroused immediate interest when she announced this high-concept affair: “I'm thrilled to announce my next project -- the Scandal & Scoundrel series, which I pitched to my editor as ‘Old School TMZ,’" says MacLean. “It’s modern celebrity gossip with a pre-Victorian twist. Basically, this is my way of convincing my husband that all those glossy magazines in our house are ‘work necessities.’
The first novel in the series, THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN (Avon Books; ISBN 9780062379412; eISBN 9780062379399; on-sale 12/29/15) is a riff on a certain elevator incident made famous at a Met gala several years ago. But in MacLean’s imagination, the scurrilous turns absolutely sensational, as a ballroom imbroglio sets off a very heated carriage journey along the Great North Road. It’s a long way from London to Scotland…you would be quite amazed at how much drama can ensue between a seemingly ill-matched duo on such a wild ride!
Lady Sophie’s Society Splash
When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.
Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!
Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.
War? Or More?
He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .
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For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread — its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal's cipher. But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged by complications from all sides: the journal's reclusive owner, her charming Parisian neighbor, and Mary, whose journal doesn't hold the secrets Sara expects.
It turns out that Mary Dundas wasn’t keeping a record of everyday life, but a first-hand account of her part in a dangerous intrigue. In the first wintry months of 1732, with a scandal gaining steam in London, driving many into bankruptcy and ruin, the man accused of being at its center is concealed among the Jacobites in Paris, with Mary posing as his sister to aid his disguise.
When their location is betrayed, they’re forced to put a desperate plan in action, heading south along the road to Rome, protected by the enigmatic Highlander Hugh MacPherson.
As Mary's tale grows more and more dire, Sara, too, must carefully choose which turning to take... to find the road that will lead her safely home.
Our Thoughts On:
Susanna Kearsley entrances readers with one of her latest releases of A Desperate Fortune. Taking a modernday codebreaker and entwining her with a Jacobite Rebellion once more, Kearlsey brings us the story of Sara Thomas, a woman hired to break the code hidden in an old journal that could hold historical secrets.
Sara is soon wrapped up in the history of the diary’s author, Mary Dundas, and all throughout her stories are surprises that Sara uncovers. From journal to historical adventure Mary’s tale with capture reads. Sara is a great character who helps us unravel Mary’s story more, and as we get impressions for both Mary and Sara throughout the book, it makes it even harder to put down.
Unfolding with each page, another tale is brought to life of the Jacobite struggle during the 1700’s. With rich historical setting and fabulous writing it almost feels that we are on Mary’s journey across Europe. Sara’s journey within Paris to places that Mary had encountered was a great addition to the story to capture readers into the moments in the book.
Susanna Kearsley has again written another amazing set of stories in history surrounding the Jacobite Rebellion in Europe, and woven with accounts of characters in present day that will capture readers into her heroine's plights across the centuries. With historical detail and compelling writing, readers almost feel like we are in the moment happening on the pages.
Today we are a stop in a Tour of Romance from Avon Books about the release of Lorraine Heath's new Series The Hellions of Havisham!
In the first in a dazzling new series, New York Timesbestselling author Lorraine Heath introduces the Hellions of Havisham—three charismatic rogues destined to lose their hearts...
After six unsuccessful Seasons, Miss Minerva Dodger chooses spinsterhood over fortune-hungry suitors. But thanks to the Nightingale Club, she can at least enjoy one night of pleasure. At that notorious establishment, ladies don masks before choosing a lover. The sinfully handsome Duke of Ashebury is more than willing to satisfy the secretive lady's desires—and draws Minerva into an exquisite, increasingly intimate affair.
A man of remarkable talents, Ashe soon deduces that his bedmate is the unconventional Miss Dodger. Intrigued by her wit and daring, he sets out to woo her in earnest. Yet Minerva refuses to trust him. How to court a woman he has already thoroughly seduced? And how to prove that the passion unleashed in darkness is only the beginning of a lifetime's pleasure?
Minerva Dodger is just about on the shelf, and with no experience with men aside from formal occasions, Minerva yearns to know what she is missing in life.
Ashe is a broody Duke who catches sight of a mysterious lady, Lady V, and he cannot get her off his mind. Lady V entrances Ashe, and as their verbal foreplay continues will Ashe find out who Lady V is before it is too late?
Minerva realizes that she can have any man she wants at the exclusive Nightingale club, and as she enters into the hidden realm of men in disguise. gasp! Will Minerva get a taste of the flesh she desires, or will she be a spinster forever?
Lorraine Heath has brought us two characters that are catching up with each other, and soon discovering each other. All our heroine Minerva wants is to be seen, and since no one is seeing Minerva, she'll take over a mysterious persona, Lady V and discover the night. With hot verbal exchanges and closed doors Ashe and Minerva are beginning to realize what they see in each other, and finding out how they can become something more. Will Ashe see Minerva for who she really is, or will he not be able to see beyond Lady V?
With a fabulous story line that carries our characters through their tale, readers may find this read hard to put down. We just want Minerva to overcome her inhibitions and take Ashe already! Geeze, and while Ashe doubts and questions who Lady V can possibly be, he is so captivated with her that he may not be able to live without her.
For a beginning of a series, Lorraine Heath is off to a great start!