Katherine Bone here to share FANtastic news! The Daring a Rogue to Love box set releases today, and I’m thrilled to announce that the first book in my Nelson’s Tea Series, My Lord Rogue—rewritten and to-be-relaunched in January 2018—is included with FABulous stories by USA Today Bestselling authors Amanda Mariel, Christy Carlyle, Christina McKnight, and bestselling authors Dawn Brower and Maggi Andersen. Indulge in six tales of unrepentant rogues and the women who win their hearts. These scoundrels don’t stand a chance, me hearties!
Stories included in Daring a Rogue to Love:
NEVER TEMPT A ROGUE by CHRISTY CARLYLE
An infamous rogue meets his match in a feisty chaperone who has all but given up on love.
Felicity Beckett’s uncle has tasked her with one goal for Lord and Lady Forsythe’s country house party. Keep her innocent cousin away from the notorious rake, Lord Lindsay. Unfortunately, no one warned Felicity how irresistible a rogue can be.
STOLEN BY MY KNAVE by DAWN BROWER
As a child, Lady Elizabeth Kendall glimpsed fantastical images in a mirror of a handsome man. Imagine her surprise when years later she meets a duke who bears a striking resemblance to her imaginary suitor.
MY LORD ROGUE by KATHERINE BONE
A masterful spy in disguise reunites with a noble rogue from her past. Espionage, secrecy, and thwarted assassination attempts. The only thing more dangerous is being in love…
CAPTIVATED BY THE CAPTAIN by AMANDA MARIEL
What happens when an American shipping company heiress crosses paths with a dominering pirate? Can two people whose life paths are at odds find common ground?
SHUNNED NO MORE by CHRISTINA MCKNIGHT
Lady Viola Oberbrook longed for a quiet life in the country, far from London and the society who’d shunned her during her first season. She never expected to come face-to-face with Lord Haversham, the only man who had every right to despise her.
THE EARL AND THE HIGHWAYMAN’S DAUGHTER by MAGGI ANSERSEN
Eugenia Hawthorne, daughter of a deceitful highwayman, saves the life of the Earl of Trentham after he’s deposited at her door suffering from a bullet wound. Outsmarting her father, the earl becomes her guardian and takes Eugenia to live as his ward in his beautiful country estate, Lilac Court. But what does he really want from her?
Hind sight can be a good thing. When I finished my Nelson’s Tea Series in 2016, I knew that there were things I wanted to change in the books, opportunities not taken, chances to enhance continuity and strengthen storylines. So when the rights for the books became available in April of this year, I hopped on the chance to revisit the series and rework the books for a 2018 relaunch, which I hope will include possible spin-offs for the characters in years to come.
Today, readers will get the chance to read Gillian, Baroness Chauncey’s and Lord Simon Danbury’s reunion in My Lord Rogue, A Nelson’s Tea novella, included in Daring a Rogue to Love, and I can’t wait to for everyone to fall in love with Gillian and Simon again.
~ Excerpt ~
Gillian stepped into the tub and slipped beneath the surface, releasing an audible sigh. She submerged her body, cleansing away her sorrow, guilt, and pain. Then she sank down, allowing the water to wash over her face. Beneath the surface, she held her breath, envisioning her garden, her home, and the solitude and sanctuary she and Lucien had experienced there, hanging on to the life they’d once lived. But she couldn’t. Her lungs squeezed. Her pulse began to pound like a death knell, every inch of her screaming for air. It was useless to cling to the past. She could never get back what she’d lost.
Lucien was dead.
She broke through the surface of the water and inhaled a wrenching breath. She smoothed the hair away from her face and settled her head back against the rim of the tub. Relaxing there, she fought to bring her heartbeat back under control and closed her eyes.
The scent of leather and spice infiltrated her senses. Was this still part of her imaginings? Had she finally come so unhinged that she could actually smell Simon when he wasn’t there? It was impossible for him to be. She’d left him in his townhouse with his wife. And yet, Gillian fought an odd sensation that he was there, that she was being watched.
A strange fizzling sound fractured the stillness, and Gillian sprang to attention. She reached for one of her knives, sloshing water over the sides of the tub. The weapon securely in hand, she surveyed the room, stifling the urge to scream. When would this night, and the dangers it brought, ever end?
In the corner of the room, she spied a small flame blaze in the darkness, then disappear. Tobacco filled the room as another glowing ember took shape. Someone was in her room!
“Forgive my intrusion,” a familiar voice said.
It was Simon!
She scrambled for something to cover herself even as an unbidden heat coiled in her belly. “How did you get in here?” she blurted, scarcely recognizing her own voice.
Had he entered while she’d been underwater? Or had he somehow left his wife after discovering she’d been there and come for retribution? Thinking upon it, she supposed the latter was possible since she’d been forced to fight for her life in the alley. She had no earthly idea how much time had passed since she’d last seen him.
He studied her thoughtfully. “I snuck in . . . The same way you entered my wife’s bedchamber.” There was an underlying sadness in his voice she’d only heard once before: the day they’d said goodbye five years earlier. Something was terribly wrong.
“I meant no harm,” she quickly told him. “Goodayle said your wife was ill, and I—”
“Didn’t believe him?” Simon stood up from the chair he was sitting in and slowly limped forward, his six-foot height looking impressive in the candlelight. His brown hair was abnormally mussed, his cravat askew. And he was still the handsomest man she’d ever known. “Edwina told me why you’d come. I thought you should know—and there is no gentle way to tell you this—she died shortly after that.”
She gasped, stricken by sadness for Simon and his wife but also riddled with guilt. Dear God, was Lady Danbury’s death her fault? Tears welled in her eyes. “Oh, Simon! I’m so very sorry. I never meant to cause your wife any harm. I learned of the old medicinal remedies in Kent, ways to help the sick, and I thought . . .”
“You thought what?” he asked.
“I thought I could help. I wanted to help her get well. But I did not comprehend how ill she was. And she . . . she . . .” Gillian couldn’t finish. How could she reveal that Lady Danbury had pleaded for Gillian to vow to always stay by Simon’s side?
Oh, the tension… It’s nothing two spies can’t fix, right?
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