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The Scandal In Kissing An Heir
At the Kingsborough Ball
He is the next Marquis of Wolvington… She is a lady with nothing but beauty and wits… Together they share a forbidden kiss.
Lady Rebecca is determined to find a husband on her own terms, rather than marry any of the aging suitors her greedy aunt and uncle foist upon her. Her chance comes at the Kingsborough Ball, where she meets several potential grooms…yet no one compares to the dangerously handsome Daniel Neville.
Daniel Neville, notorious rake and heir to the Marquis of Wolvington, is in need of a bride, but finding a lady who’s willing to accept his past, is an entirely different matter. When he spies a stunning woman across the ballroom, Daniel believes he’s found her…until scandal erupts around them. How can he convince Rebecca to take a chance on him…and on the love that could be theirs forever after?
Introducing Rebecca and Daniel
Author Sophie Barnes
In the second installment of the At The Kingsborough Ball series, Lady Rebecca has spent two years trapped in the tower room of Roselynn Castle, pretending to be mad so she can thwart her aunt and uncle’s attempts to marry her off to a doddering old earl or a lecherous duke. Her creativity and fondness for theatrics shine through right from the beginning as she plots to find a husband on her own terms. She knows what she wants (a respectable match with a man who will stand by her, protect her and be faithful, even though she’s resigned herself to a loveless marriage), but when circumstance leads her in a different direction and straight into the arms of a rake, she’s determined to make it work.
Her optimistic spirit and outgoing demeanor are nothing short of impressive, considering everything she’s been through, but it’s also these characteristics that will prove an asset in her escape from a future she strives to avoid. That said, there are a couple of moments when even her high spirits are momentarily quashed when a positive outcome seems hopeless, and she has many doubts about joining forces with a renowned rake, however charming he may be, but she’s also the sort of person who’s willing to take a risk. What she fears after meeting Daniel however, is that the risk of accepting his offer to help, will not only lead her toward an uncertain future with a man she barely knows, but that she might actually lose her heart to the charming scoundrel – a man she’s not the least bit sure she can trust.
A struggle definitely lies ahead for this woman who was orphaned when her parents perished in a fire many years earlier, but just as she’s done since then, she turns to her watercolors and to Shakespeare whenever she needs to distract herself from the difficulties of her situation.
Daniel Neville, heir to the marquisate of Wolvington is not the sort of man any parent or guardian would wish their daughter to marry. A renowned rake, he gambles excessively, parades his paramours shamelessly around London and hosts scandalous parties that only the most debauched members of the ton would dare attend. When his uncle threatens to cut him off without a penny unless he reforms and gets himself married, he finds it impossible to propose to anyone when no young lady will dare speak with him. But Lady Rebecca is different, for although she’s concerned for her reputation, she’s far more focused on finding a man who’s willing to marry her. Daniel knows he’s not her first choice, but when he becomes her only one, he’s determined to convince her to place her trust in him. At first his reasons are purely selfish. All he’s looking to do is secure his uncle’s financial support, but as he gets to know Rebecca, his goals change and he begins caring more about her wellbeing than about his own.
Gradually, the good-natured and kind, selfless gentleman hiding beneath the rakish veneer is brought to the surface, partly because Rebecca makes him want to be a better man, but also because she helps him realize that the choices he makes are his own – there’s nobody else to blame for the mistakes he’s made, no matter how easily he’s placed responsibility for his reprobate lifestyle on a deceitful mother and weak father. Little by little, Daniel’s heart is breached by the exotic raven-haired beauty who asks for nothing but honesty from him. Even so, it will take drastic measures for Daniel to realize he’s fallen in love with Rebecca, but he will have matured tremendously by then, and will have overcome insurmountable odds for her sake alone.
Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.
She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.
While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.
When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.
Sophie is kindly sponsoring a giveaway for 1 e-book copy of The Scandal In Kissing An Heir & 1 signed copy of The Trouble With Being A Duke (can be substituted with e-book for anyone living outside US)!
Two Sinful Secrets
The Scandalous St. Claires
November 20, 2012
A hundred years has passed since the bitter rivalry between the St. Claires and the Huntingtons began. But in London, the feud goes on . ..
Lady Sophia Huntington isn't what she appears to be. Born into a noble family, the impulsive, wild-hearted beauty has fallen on difficult times. Banished from her home, Sophia dreams of the day she can finally win her father's forgiveness and return to London. Until the sudden appearance of a suitor from the scandalous St. Claire family threatens to reveal her darkest secrets . . .Dominic St. Claire vows to exact revenge upon the Huntingtons, who destroyed his family's fortune generations ago. His perfect target is the lovely but proud Lady Sophia. After using her to discover the Huntingtons' financial secrets, he will cause a great scandal by eloping-and then abandoning his bride. But his plot soon unravels when he finds his own heart ensnared-in a trap not of his own making.
Two Sinful Secrets is a sexy page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Laurel is a skillful and talented storyteller, I couldn’t get enough, turning the pages in a frenzy to see how the plot would develop. Interesting main characters who are great together, and a not so typical story made this book special in my opinion. I won’t give away much about the plot line, but you never know what might happen next.
I wanted more from the secondary characters, but since this is the first book in the series, I look forward to the sequels. You won’t find a huge cliffhanger by the ending, don’t worry, but you’ll want more for the fun of it.
McKee crafted a highly pleasurable reading experience.