Synopses & Reviews
Mary Blayney, the acclaimed author of Courtesan’s Kiss, returns to the Pennistan family with this new historical romance—the delectable story of a free-spirited beauty with no interest in marriage who gets more than she bargained for when a seductive kiss leads to the possibility of love.
Dispatched by their ambitious father to snag a titled husband, Beatrice Brent and her twin sister, Cecilia, attend a house party with an array of eligible gentlemen. Defiantly ignoring her father’s wishes, Beatrice flirts shamelessly with Lord Jessup Pennistan, a gamer with scandal in his past—and the one man her father has warned her against. But when flirting goes too far, Beatrice suddenly finds herself engaged and, worse, estranged from her family. Though convinced that her fiancé’s wicked ways will bring nothing but heartache, Beatrice is powerless against Jess’s masterful seduction and the anticipated delights of the marriage bed.
A gambling man who has lost more than his family is willing to forgive him for, Jess quickly realizes that compromising Beatrice was the best mistake he ever made. But to keep her he must right the wrongs of the past, reclaim his lost fortunes, and place the boldest wager of his life. For now he has everything to win . . . and everything to lose.
“[Blayney is] reminiscent of Regency masters Putney, Balogh and Elizabeth Boyle.”—Romantic Times
About the Author
Mary Blayney lives in southern Maryland within sight of Chesapeake Bay and an hour from Washington, D.C., where she was born and spent a good part of her life. In an area filled with history, her favorite events are millions of years apart. The Battle of St. Leonard Creek—the first step toward the attack on the capital in 1814—took place a few miles from her home. Each year the event is reenacted and a bit of the period she loves so much comes to life. And the fossil-rich Calvert Cliffs rise above a nearby beach. When not distracted by the beach or the history of the area, Mary Blayney spends her time making up the history of the Pennistan family. Her next Pennistan book is in the works even now.