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Coming In May 2016 –
His Wicked Wish
MARRIAGE TO A NOBLEMAN? NOT IN HER WILDEST DREAMS. . .
The daughter of a disgraced woman and a common actor, Madelyn Swann has been shunned by the nobility. No proper lady would traipse about on a Covent Garden stage, let alone sell herself at auction to the highest bidder. So why in heaven’s name would Nathan Atwood, Viscount Rowley, make a generous offer for her hand?
Turns out Maddy is exactly the type of woman Nathan wants as his wife. Finally, he can embarrass his snobbish and cruel father, the Earl of Gilmore―and scandalize London society―with his beautiful, unsuitable bride. Then he’ll depart England forever and leave his wife behind. Having secret plans of her own, Maddy is happy to play the role … only to find that enjoying her husband’s seduction requires no acting whatsoever. But as she falls madly in love with Nathan, can she persuade him to stay with her for always?
From Publisher’s Weekly –
Candelabra and horse-drawn carriages stylishly adorn Drake’s fifth Cinderella Sisterhood Regency romance (after Bella and the Beast), a spirited but sometimes predictable romance between two tainted blue bloods with separate revenge agendas. Actress Maddy Swann makes her living on the stage, just like her parents did. Her dream is to own a women’s clothing shop. To get the money, she organizes a private auction to sell her virgin self to the highest bidder as his mistress for one year. Nate Atwood, the rakish Viscount Rowley, offers a bid too good to be true: for marriage, not a mistress. He intends to scandalize his snobbish, tyrannical father. The unconventional business arrangement gets complicated when Maddy and Nate fall deeply in love, and then the shocking secrets of their pedigrees come to light. Readers may struggle to enjoy the tale of two very unhappy individuals in a contrived situation amid a long-winded plot of familial vengeance. Drake concludes with a message of love and forgiveness as an antidote to the leads’ bitterness. Agent: Stephanie Kip Rostan, Levine Greenberg Literary. (May)
Bella and the Beast is up for the Romance Writer’s of America RITA Award in the category of Long Historical. The winner will be announced July 16th in San Diego, CA, at the organization’s national conference.