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A Whisper of Desire, book #4, Disgraced Lords series
A Whisper of Desire, book #4, Disgraced Lords series

I love releasing new books. I had a new Regency romance out in December, A WHISPER OF DESIRE, book #4 in my USA Today best selling Disgraced Lords series. It’s a best-friend’s brother story, filled with heartache and intrigue.

Here’s the blurb for A Whisper of Desire

Sensual heat melts the ice in the new Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, as a marriage of convenience leads to delightful pleasure—and mortal danger.

Lady Marisa Hawkestone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.

Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.

I’ve had quite a bit of feedback from readers, and one question that keeps popping up is, ‘what’s a Molly House?’

Molly-House was a term used in 18th and 19th century England to define a meeting point for homosexual men. These meeting places were generally taverns, public houses, coffeehouses or even private rooms where men could either socialize or meet possible sexual partners.

At that time homosexual sexual activities were included in the offence categories of buggery and sodomy (terms which were often used interchangeably) and were heavily prosecuted (in the United Kingdom they remained capital offences until 1861. In this context, Molly-Houses came to be the scenario for raids and arrests, and their customers the ideal target for blackmailers.

Nowadays, Molly-Houses can be considered a sort of precursor of some types of contemporary meeting places for the gay community.mollyhouse

My heroine, Marisa, disguises herself as a man to infiltrate a Molly-House to help learn more about the villain targeting the Libertine Scholars. She wants to protect her brother, and of course her husband, Maitland Spencer, the fifth Duke of Lyttleton.

Here’s a taste of A Whisper of Desire:

In one fluid motion, Maitland rose from the bed, all lethal panther, with muscles rippling under his skin. She tried not to look, but her eyes were drawn down and down, but to her disappointment he’d pulled the sheet with him, wrapping it round his hips.

“We don’t know what is outside that door, Marisa. If, as I assume you’ve already deduced, this is the work of our villainess, then it would pay to be careful. Until I know it’s safe, you have to stay here.”

A woman they’d named De Palma was bent on destroying the Libertine Scholars. She’d almost destroyed Marisa’s brother a few months ago, and now it looked as if she was after Maitland.

He moved past her to the door and pressed his ear against it, holding up a finger for her to be quiet. After a moment, he said, “I hear nothing.”

“That’s good, right?”

He shrugged and the sculptured muscles rippled once more. This was not the time to be a silly romantic young girl staring at her first naked torso.
“Hide on the floor near the other side of the bed and don’t come out until I’m back.”

“You’re leaving me?” She grabbed for him, almost dropping her quilt. She gripped his large hand as if she’d die if she let it go. “Don’t leave me here. I want to come with you.”

Maitland pulled her into his arms and stroked her hair as if calming a distressed child. “I promise I’m only going to try and learn where we are being held. I won’t go far. I would never leave you here, I promise.” Then he lifted her face and pressed a tender kiss to her lips.

She didn’t know if it was the kiss or the feel of his skin or the fear of being left here alone, but she threw herself into his arms and kissed him as if he was the last man on earth.

To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, book #1 - NEW Cover January 2015
To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, book #1 – NEW Cover January 2015

I’ve got a fun contest going on that I hope you’ll participate in. You can give your answers on my Facebook Author Page

To help celebrate nearing the end of my Disgraced Lords series, I’m giving away a $10 Gift Card from Amazon.com and an eBook copy of any published eBook in the Disgraced Lords series. Simply comment on the post telling me why you love the series or why you’d like to read it. Contest runs until the 29 February 2016. Open internationally but the Gift Card comes from Amazon.com

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In addition, I’m starting a new monthly Bron’s Book Club Newsletter draw. Each month I’ll draw one lucky newsletter subscriber to win a $10 gift card.

Tell me what’s the coolest thing you’ve done for your partner and be in to win an eBook copy of any of my backlist…(bought from Amazon.com only) Closes Sunday 7th February. Winner drawn Monday 8th February.

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USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans (Bron to her friends) grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theater. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Being able to write her characters’ stories is never work, it’s a dream come true. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer. She writes both historical and contemporary, sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon Readers Crown Best Historical 2012 and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. Her long novella, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, was a Top 5 Finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012 and the RomCon Readers Crown Best Historical 2013. Bron lives in New Zealand with her Cavoodle Brandy. When not ensconced in her study writing her characters’ thrilling journeys to their happy ever after, Bron can be found on the golf course. www.bronwenevans.com

11 Responses

  1. I don’t know about cool, but we cancelled Valentines – forever. No pressure on anyone & for me it’s the everyday little things that count more.

    • Bronwen Evans

      Hi Mary, I do agree about the little things. I’d rather have the little things daily than one gesture on the 14th Feb!

    • Love this! We have cancelled Valentine’s Day too, because I’m the same way. But we did decide to something special for our son every year. After all, he’s our Valentine! 🙂

  2. I gave him three sons–okay,he supplied half the DNA, but I went through the pregnancies. 😉

    Denise

  3. Most recently, I got him tickets to see Billy Joel in concert. It’s gonna be an overnight thing since we have to drive 4 hours to get to the concert venue.

  4. I fulfill his lustful imagination 😮 . But I totally agree with dholcomb 1 and Mary!

  5. Bronwen Evans

    The winner is Melinda! I’ll email you about choosing an eBook from my backlist!