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Lauren Smith
The Rakehell's Seduction
Lauren Smith, author
HE’S MADE A DANGEROUS WAGER Ambrose Worthing is no gentleman. He’s a proud cold-hearted rake who’s determined to stay a bachelor forever. He enjoys bedding a different woman every night without the risk of falling in love. When he hears about a wager over the seduction and ruination of the daughter of his father’s best friend, he knows he must intervene. Committing himself to the bet, he agrees to seduce Lady Alexandra Rockford—for her own good. He never expected the lady in question to be a beautiful, fiery creature who has passions of her own that call to his guarded heart. SHE’S VOWED NEVER TO FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Alexandra Rockford has sworn off men, her heart still broken from the false promises of a childhood sweetheart who left her to marry an heiress. When she stumbles into Ambrose outside of a country ball, she knows the rake his trouble. His smile, his touch, his forbidden kiss are all too tempting but being with him would ruin her. Determined to enjoy herself without falling in love, Alex can’t help but let her defenses down with the too charming rake. But when she discovers Ambrose is seducing her to win a bet, it will take everything Ambrose has to prove to her that he is worthy to love her.
Smith (A Gentleman Never Surrenders) transforms the ultimate rake into the ultimate Prince Charming in this strong Regency tale. After a broken engagement, Lady Alexandra Westfall decides never to marry and instead seeks independence. Unbeknownst to her, there’s a bet on to see who can seduce and ruin her first; the man who can prove he’s done it will receive 5,000 pounds. Although Ambrose Worthing has earned his rakish reputation and has no intention of changing his ways, his family’s connection to Alex prompts him to protect her from the competition—by entering it. Upon meeting Alex, however, Ambrose finds her genuinely attractive; as they become friends, his charms prove to be too much for her. When an opponent in the wager shows up, Ambrose must walk a fine line between protecting Alex and keeping the nature of the wager a secret from her for fear of alienating her. Smith does an outstanding job of showing the passion and sensuality between the characters, while delivering a number of surprising plot twists. Fans of Regency romances will enjoy this. (BookLife)