Brazen Bargain (Spies and Love #2)
Samhain Publishing / January 26, 2016 / $14.99 print, $4.24
Love soothes the deepest of scars. Spies and Lovers, Book 2
Minerva Bellingham is at her wits' end. Her younger brother, Simon, will have them penniless and on the streets if his extravagant gambling habit isn't curtailed. An enormous debt to Lord Rafe Drummond is the final indignity. Signing over her dowry is their only choice. Until Lord Drummond suggests something much more scandalous. She can keep her dowry—in exchange for the Bellinghams working three months as a housemaid and stable boy.
Scarred from his service to the Crown, Rafe recognizes the young Simon Bellingham has the makings of a good duke. Minerva is a different story. Her pure, delicate beauty only underscores Rafe's tarnished, bleak soul. Yet he delights in cracking Minerva's icy reserve to reveal a fiery, stubborn woman. And Minerva discovers the gruff master of Wintermarsh has the heart of a poet. But before they can find a future safe in each other's arms, a menace from Simon's licentious past slithers back into their lives, forcing Rafe to plan the most important rescue mission of his life. Warning: Contains a paragon of the beau monde who gets the hang of polishing silver, and a master of the house who'd like her to make his bed-preferably with him in it. Also passion unleashed with the mere touch of a finger. Readers are encouraged to swoon.
In Laura Trentham's Brazen Bargain on a rare night-out-on-the-town, Lord Rafe Drummond spots a familiar face—young Simon Bellingham, brother to his own sister’s good friend, Minerva, in the company of Viscount Hampton, a man gaining an unpleasant notoriety throughout London’s gaming halls. Initially deciding watching the two men may prove an entertaining diversion, Rafe joins their game, but becomes concerned at how badly Simon plays. Thinking it better the young man loses to him rather than to Hampton, Rafe plays to win. After the game, with Simon’s cash and a voucher, Rafe drops the young duke off at home, with instructions to appear before him the next day.