A BRAZEN BARGAIN
Spies and Lovers, Book 2
Love soothes the deepest of scars.
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.
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What's A BRAZEN BARGAIN about? A lady with a mind for business, and a body for sin...wait that's Working Girl... Close though:) A lady who likes to be in charge forced to work as a housemaid. A lady who loves the logic of sums facing a very illogical attraction to man she doesn't even like. Except, they end up liking each other very much indeed. I suppose its a twist on the old Beauty and the Beast trope, but I didn't view that way when I wrote it. In edits though, it hit me I named the cook, Mrs. Potts. So, perhaps subliminally I was totally on board:)
I had an extensive playlist for this book...