A BRAZEN BARGAIN is an enemies to lovers tale with a hint of Beauty and the Beast. Honestly, it was only after I was finished writing that I realized I named the cook Mrs. Potts. My subconscious was working overtime:) If you've read Book 1 in the Spies and Lovers series, then you already have a feel for the contentious relationship between Rafe and Minerva. Along with AN INDECENT INVITATION, this book finaled in the 2014 Golden Heart (as Wild and Wicked Wind). With no further ado, I give you....
A BRAZEN BARGAIN
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.
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