In Bed with a Rogue By Samantha Grace
September 2, 2014
He’s the Talk of the Town
The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family’s reputation no matter what it takes.
She’s the Toast of the Ton
Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he’s quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she’s got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes…
What Makes A Rogue?
Hi, everyone! I’m Samantha Grace, historical romance author of the series Rival Rogues. I’m excited to be here at Joyfully Reviewed chatting about rogues with all of you today, because seriously, is there any better topic than irresistible rogues? I think not!
A long time ago, it was more insult than compliment to be called a rogue, but the meaning has changed over the years. I imagine historical romance authors are partly responsible, because we do love our rogues. To me, a rogue is a charming, sexy, intelligently devious, and definitely ungovernable Regency gentleman who knows how to get the girl.
That description certainly fits Sebastian, Baron Thorne, my favorite rogue so far. Since age sixteen, he has known he is different from his peers. Ladies began propositioning him on a regular basis, and ten years of female adoration hasn’t exactly made him humble. When the widowed Lady Helena Prestwick comes to London, she should be an easy conquest, yet Helena is anything but uncomplicated. She has a secret that would ruin her standing in Society, and Sebastian has discovered it. Helena has quite the dilemma: risk having everyone learn about her shameful past or climb IN BED WITH A ROGUE.
Of course, the phrase “to be in bed” with someone has a double meaning. It can also mean forming a business partnership for mutual benefit, which is exactly what Helena and Sebastian do. They make a deal where she will use her pristine reputation to help his sister reenter Society, and Sebastian will use his skill as a rogue to search the high-end brothels for someone Helena cares for very much. And if they happen to literally climb into bed during the process, I don’t think either will be complaining.
Here’s a sneak peek into the night they reach a bargain:
The lady bristled as Sebastian led her into the waltz. It was the middle of the dance and he wouldn’t have long to hold her, but he would savor every moment.
Her eyes narrowed at him. “Why are we dancing? I already invited you back to my home.”
“And if we leave now, tongues will begin wagging. You have a reputation to protect, do you not, Lady Prestwick?”
A crimson blush spread across her face, and her lashes fluttered as she looked everywhere but at him. Tonight she wore a sheer robe trimmed in embroidered black ribbon over an ivory silk gown. Her attire was uncharacteristically demure for a widow, as if she shied away from drawing attention to herself.
Sebastian couldn’t take his eyes off her.
“I believe you can see the logic in remaining at the ball, madam. Enjoy the festivities. Dance with other gentlemen.” His voice thinned. He cleared his throat and pretended it meant nothing. “Later, you will depart for home and soon after I will leave as well, but only when I’m certain no one will link our names.”
Her gaze snapped up. “It sounds as if you have had your fair share of secret liaisons, my lord.”
He couldn’t hold back a grin. “What exactly did your invitation entail? I thought we were just going to talk.”
She turned a deeper shade of red and pressed her lips tightly together.
He didn’t push her to answer but drew her closer on the spin. Her sweet scent filled his head with memories of her soft breasts crushed against him when they had collided outside St. Saviour’s Church. She had smiled at him that day, dimples winking up at him. Her plump mouth ripe for tasting.
If she offered more than conversation tonight, he might forget about wanting answers, but only temporarily. The mystery of what she had been doing in Whitechapel was eating at him. If it were nothing more than a charity mission, there would be no reason for her servant to leave her alone.
The music faded; the waltz finished too soon. They still held each other, neither of them moving even as the other couples began filing from the dance floor. She glanced up with wide eyes. Her pink tongue darted across her lips. God, he wanted this woman. But a vulnerability about her held him in check.
He released her and led her into the promenade. At the end of the line, he lifted her hand to his lips. Eyes that reminded him of the blue-green waters off the Spanish coast regarded him warily. The same optimism that had overtaken him as he’d stood on the sands as a younger man and viewed the vast sea filled him again in that moment. It was irrational. Unexpected. Marvelous.
“Thank you for the pleasure of your company, my lady, but I must bid you farewell. For now.”
A slight frown turned down the corners of her mouth.
As he sauntered away, he could feel her eyes on him and he smiled.
Tomorrow is the official release date for IN BED WITH A ROGUE, and I’m very excited about the virtual release party aka “Samantha Grace’s Soirée” scheduled from 9 am (EDT) – 10 pm (EDT). We have a great line-up of Regency authors participating and lots of prizes to be won. Everyone is invited, so we hope to see you. I thought it might be fun to ask some of the guest authors what they think makes a rogue irresistible, and here’s what some of them had to say:
To be irresistible, a rogue needs just the right amount of flirtatiousness, a good dose of humor, and the subtle hint that he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
~Aileen Fish, author of Her Second Hand Duke
“What makes a rogue irresistible?” That big, mushy heart beneath all that naughtiness.
~Jane Charles, author of A Reluctant Rake
“The best kind of rogue is usually also confident and charming and most importantly, good-at-heart. I think that’s what ultimately makes him irresistible.”
~ Valerie Bowman, author of The Unexpected Duchess
A rogue is irresistible when he knows how to make a woman love him. A man with a sense of humor always works on me.
~ Christy English, author of Much Ado About Jack
My heroines can’t resist a rogue with a sense of humor. There’s something undeniably sexy about a man who can make a woman laugh.
~ Shana Galen, author of Love and Let Spy
So, what do you think? Do you find rogues irresistible, too?
To connect with Samantha…
Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney’s Robin Hood. She didn’t care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn’t want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher’s Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.
Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest.