By Stefanie Sloane
"Filled with espionage and intrigue, Stefanie Sloane's witty and horny debut is a Regency old the 1st novel in a back-to-back Regency Rogues trilogy that includes seductive spies and the women they need to guard. Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, is a rake with little regard for society a very unlikely suitor for woman Lucinda gray. yet his most recent task for the younger Corinthians, an elite secret agent association, includes keeping her from a kidnapping plot. to do that, the infamous Iron Willo needs to use his devilish appeal to seduce Lucinda and persuade her he's important of her recognition. William by no means deliberate to turn into enthralled through the beautiful woman gray or to lose his personal center within the discount. attractive and fiercely clever, Lucinda has controlled to gracefully evade even the main chronic suitors. until eventually the Duke of Clairemont, that's. She's tempted through his sinfully sensuous mouth and piercing eyes, and reveals it challenging to withstand the champion thoroughbred he deals her in alternate for the honour of relationship her. Can she continue him at arm's size whilst his contact begs her to permit him lots nearer? Excerpt 9780345517395|excerpt Sloane: THE satan IN cover 1 London April 1811 girl Lucinda gray had no longer accurately made up our minds what she might do if the overly keen Matthew Redding, Lord Cuthbert, in comparison her eyes to the Aegean Sea. Or the main fantastic of sapphires. It had all been acknowledged sooner than and Lucinda admitted with a stab of remorse in even more artistic methods than bad Lord Cuthbert might ever dare dream. I shall faint, I believe,o she stated succinctly, straightening the Alen on lace fichu smartly tucked into her jonquille dress. Lord Cuthbert stopped ogling Lucinda's bosom unexpectedly, a glance of misunderstanding clouding his around face. i encourage your pardon'o Lucinda discovered her earnest suitor basically felt he'd reached the purpose in his seduction the place she must have been dizzy with anticipation and too stuck up within the second to talk. Lord Cuthbert, I do apologize,o she provided, making the most of the instant to discreetly reclaim her hand from his damp gloved take hold of. She slid to the tip of the sofa, placing toes of gold damask cushion among them. Pray continue.o Lucinda felt pressured to work out this factor via, regardless of the temptation to feign what may absolutely be a fabulous fainting spell. Lord Cuthbert's fumbling try out at romance was once, she discovered, no longer not like occurring upon a carriage coincidence; be it hindrance or distasteful fascination, one easily couldn't glance away. Nor faint away, she said with a pissed off sigh. over the past few weeks, Lucinda had obtained way more event with this type of factor than she can have ever imagined or needed to suffer. The unending parade of suitors who had came upon themselves on her doorstep this season have been uninspiring, to claim the least. This was once all her expensive pal Amelia's fault, in fact, Lucinda mirrored as Lord Cuthbert droned on. If Amelia hadn't married the Earl of Northrop final 12 months and if the couple had no longer displayed a love so vast and immense that these looking at puzzled in the event that they may rather well be misplaced ceaselessly . . . good, Lucinda wouldn't be during this main issue. A fellow ape chief for the final numerous seasons, Amelia had, till the altogether unforeseen visual appeal of the earl, been a staunch supporter of a woman's correct to peace. And quiet. And sanity. In different phrases, a woman's correct to not marry. If merely Lord Northrop had no longer worn Amelia down,o Lucinda muttered less than her breath, inflicting no longer even the slightest pause from the windbag prior to her. Lord Cuthbert was once thoroughly absorbed in his rehearsed speech, which left her loose to come back to her contemplation of the occasions that had resulted in his presence in her parlor. Discreetly counting the winged cherubs that inhabited the plaster ceiling in strength, Lucinda begrudgingly admitted that Lord Northrup had now not accurately worn Amelia down. now not precisely. That was once to assert, certainly not. On the
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Her publisher was ecstatic—his delight measured in increased fortune for her and less agreeably in persistent demands that she write faster. Her stories ran counter to the accepted male narrative of domination bolstered by various fantastic devices with which to restrain female characters. Not that she was averse to an occasional bondage scene. After all, their bookstore had always sold books by Anonymous that were kept behind a screen in a back room. The risqué books and magazines bound in innocuous bindings had generated excellent sales.
Mr. Edding’s Facts and Fantasy was a typical example of the cheap serial fiction that boomed after the abolition of the Newspaper Stamp Tax in 1855. But what increased the volume of her readership so remarkably was the additional female audience. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been so surprising. It was, after all, an era of sweeping social changes, many of them specifically directed toward women’s rights. There was increasing ferment for women’s suffrage, and reforms in marriage, divorce, and inheritance laws had over the past fifty years broadened the scope of female self-determination.
St. Vincent to bed in the course of his persuasion campaign. Was she a screamer? He smiled. He rather thought she might be. Chapter 5 AT THE SAME time Groveland was contemplating making love to his adversary, the object of his musing was seated across from her friend, Sofia Eastleigh, and explaining in a voice of contained fury, “You can’t imagine the high-handed, barefaced gall of the man! His Grace, the esteemed duke of every profligacy on the face of the earth, said to me with shameless arrogance, ‘Your property stands in the way of my project,’ as if I should instantly capitulate because my bookstore happens to be in his way and his wish is my command!
The Devil in Disguise (Regency Rogues, Book 1) by Stefanie Sloane