My Fatal Attraction to Nefarious Spies

AlwaysAtemptress Pat here, opening the door to invite in Honorary Word Wench, Eileen Dreyer to talk about her new book, Always a Temptress, the third in her Drake's Rakes series–romantic historicals with lots of adventures.

 From Eileen:

It should come as a surprise to no one who's ever read me that I love suspense. Don't get me wrong. I love romance. I love to play puppet-master to two people who don't realize how perfect they are for each other. But for a long time, that just hasn't been enough. The last romance I wrote, I spent all my time terrified that my audience would grow tired of people Just Talking. (well, not just talking). So I brought in a man with a bomb strapped to his waist. That's when I knew that I might as well just surrender.
    Admittedly it's easier to write suspense in contemporaries. After all, there might have been serial killers before, but they were mostly conquering tyrants. No technology or ticking wristwatches. Tough to mount a reign of terror with a gun that could only fire once every three minutes. But people were always people, and power was always power.  Shakespeare would have had little to write about if there had never been a lust for it.
    The good news for me, as I move into historical romance, is that one of my very favorite historical periods is the Regency era. It was a time of upheaval, with war, unrest, and the beginnings of great social change to mark it. It was a time, therefore, when power shifted. People jockeyed for more, fought to protect what they had. They saw danger everywhere, and were happy to go to any lengths to quell it.
    Do you hear my evil chuckle? Who wouldn't want to take advantage of that? If you were a person at the top, who had once owned all the power, what would you do to hold onto it? If you were an honorable man who believed that power corrupted, how would you stop its misuse?   NeverAGentleman_200px

    Why, if you're in my books, you belong to a group of well-born gentlemen who have ranged themselves against the men who plot insurrection. Yes, I know it's been done before, and well. It's still a trope I love. Kind of like the closest you can get to a team of Navy SEALS in the nineteenth century. Handsome, successful, dangerous, sexy. What more could you want? And because each of my heroes, Drake's Rakes, is involved in a pitched battle with aristocrats who are attempting to overthrow the throne, I can put everybody in danger as my couples fall in love.
    Always a Temptress, my third book in the series, pits one of those honorable gentleman, Sir Harry Lidge, against his old love, Lady Kate Seaton, who could well be one of those nefarious spies. An old soldier, Harry only has his title by dint of battlefield courage. Kate is a duke's daughter and widow of a duke. But the two meet almost as equals and fight it out toe-to-toe, even as they battle the….wait for it….yes! Nefarious spies.
    I tell you, an author couldn't be happier. Well, this one couldn't. As a reader, how do you feel? Do you prefer bullets with your teacups, or would you prefer the evildoers to stick to other books? I'd love to know. And I'd love to hear from you.

 

Eileen would like to give away a signed copy of ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS along with trading cards to one lucky person who posts a comment on the blog. Secondly, Eileen would like to announce that between now and October 15th, 2011, anyone who like's her new Drake's Rakes Facebook page and posts a comment and/or follows her on twitter and posts a comment, will be entered in a drawing for a lovely silver filigree bracelet from India.

220 thoughts on “My Fatal Attraction to Nefarious Spies”

  1. I have to admit, you’re a new to me author Eileen but these books sound interesting.
    I don’t mind a bit of suspense with my romance if it’s written well. I love Joanna Bourne’s spymaster books for instance.
    Ah, I foresee additions to the TBR mountain. *g*

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  2. I have to admit, you’re a new to me author Eileen but these books sound interesting.
    I don’t mind a bit of suspense with my romance if it’s written well. I love Joanna Bourne’s spymaster books for instance.
    Ah, I foresee additions to the TBR mountain. *g*

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  3. I have to admit, you’re a new to me author Eileen but these books sound interesting.
    I don’t mind a bit of suspense with my romance if it’s written well. I love Joanna Bourne’s spymaster books for instance.
    Ah, I foresee additions to the TBR mountain. *g*

    Reply
  4. I have to admit, you’re a new to me author Eileen but these books sound interesting.
    I don’t mind a bit of suspense with my romance if it’s written well. I love Joanna Bourne’s spymaster books for instance.
    Ah, I foresee additions to the TBR mountain. *g*

    Reply
  5. I have to admit, you’re a new to me author Eileen but these books sound interesting.
    I don’t mind a bit of suspense with my romance if it’s written well. I love Joanna Bourne’s spymaster books for instance.
    Ah, I foresee additions to the TBR mountain. *g*

    Reply
  6. Eileen, congrats on your latest release!
    As a reader, I always loved a layer of suspense. That love transferred to my own writing. My April release revolves around an international group of spies battling Napoleon. πŸ™‚
    Now I must go find Book 1 of your series!

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  7. Eileen, congrats on your latest release!
    As a reader, I always loved a layer of suspense. That love transferred to my own writing. My April release revolves around an international group of spies battling Napoleon. πŸ™‚
    Now I must go find Book 1 of your series!

    Reply
  8. Eileen, congrats on your latest release!
    As a reader, I always loved a layer of suspense. That love transferred to my own writing. My April release revolves around an international group of spies battling Napoleon. πŸ™‚
    Now I must go find Book 1 of your series!

    Reply
  9. Eileen, congrats on your latest release!
    As a reader, I always loved a layer of suspense. That love transferred to my own writing. My April release revolves around an international group of spies battling Napoleon. πŸ™‚
    Now I must go find Book 1 of your series!

    Reply
  10. Eileen, congrats on your latest release!
    As a reader, I always loved a layer of suspense. That love transferred to my own writing. My April release revolves around an international group of spies battling Napoleon. πŸ™‚
    Now I must go find Book 1 of your series!

    Reply
  11. I love your books. Each one keeps me watching for the next one. It’s a delight to explore the world you create in your books. Thank you for your time and for the giveaway today.
    macladie25 at yahoo dot com

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  12. I love your books. Each one keeps me watching for the next one. It’s a delight to explore the world you create in your books. Thank you for your time and for the giveaway today.
    macladie25 at yahoo dot com

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  13. I love your books. Each one keeps me watching for the next one. It’s a delight to explore the world you create in your books. Thank you for your time and for the giveaway today.
    macladie25 at yahoo dot com

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  14. I love your books. Each one keeps me watching for the next one. It’s a delight to explore the world you create in your books. Thank you for your time and for the giveaway today.
    macladie25 at yahoo dot com

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  15. I love your books. Each one keeps me watching for the next one. It’s a delight to explore the world you create in your books. Thank you for your time and for the giveaway today.
    macladie25 at yahoo dot com

    Reply
  16. I enjoy all historicals.. some days you want something with more humor, somedays more drama.. as long as it is interestng, the characters, are likable and not annoying..I will read it!!

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  17. I enjoy all historicals.. some days you want something with more humor, somedays more drama.. as long as it is interestng, the characters, are likable and not annoying..I will read it!!

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  18. I enjoy all historicals.. some days you want something with more humor, somedays more drama.. as long as it is interestng, the characters, are likable and not annoying..I will read it!!

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  19. I enjoy all historicals.. some days you want something with more humor, somedays more drama.. as long as it is interestng, the characters, are likable and not annoying..I will read it!!

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  20. I enjoy all historicals.. some days you want something with more humor, somedays more drama.. as long as it is interestng, the characters, are likable and not annoying..I will read it!!

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  21. I like a good villain in my historical novels. Notice I said good! πŸ˜‰ Done correctly, it can really enhance the story, otherwise , it can make a historical too over the top.
    I like the idea of “Navy SEALS” in the victorian era- an interesting concept. I’d love to try this series. Good luck with your newest release, Eileen!

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  22. I like a good villain in my historical novels. Notice I said good! πŸ˜‰ Done correctly, it can really enhance the story, otherwise , it can make a historical too over the top.
    I like the idea of “Navy SEALS” in the victorian era- an interesting concept. I’d love to try this series. Good luck with your newest release, Eileen!

    Reply
  23. I like a good villain in my historical novels. Notice I said good! πŸ˜‰ Done correctly, it can really enhance the story, otherwise , it can make a historical too over the top.
    I like the idea of “Navy SEALS” in the victorian era- an interesting concept. I’d love to try this series. Good luck with your newest release, Eileen!

    Reply
  24. I like a good villain in my historical novels. Notice I said good! πŸ˜‰ Done correctly, it can really enhance the story, otherwise , it can make a historical too over the top.
    I like the idea of “Navy SEALS” in the victorian era- an interesting concept. I’d love to try this series. Good luck with your newest release, Eileen!

    Reply
  25. I like a good villain in my historical novels. Notice I said good! πŸ˜‰ Done correctly, it can really enhance the story, otherwise , it can make a historical too over the top.
    I like the idea of “Navy SEALS” in the victorian era- an interesting concept. I’d love to try this series. Good luck with your newest release, Eileen!

    Reply
  26. Eileen, I love historical romances and Eileen is top 10 of my favs. Love her writing. I have to say that I love the villians and the layer the suspense that comes with them. I love that there is that male hero that will come and protect everyone. I love that strong, alpha male that feels that he needs to protect everyone. I love a story that has a great villian and tries to hurt someone that is important to the hero or will be.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

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  27. Eileen, I love historical romances and Eileen is top 10 of my favs. Love her writing. I have to say that I love the villians and the layer the suspense that comes with them. I love that there is that male hero that will come and protect everyone. I love that strong, alpha male that feels that he needs to protect everyone. I love a story that has a great villian and tries to hurt someone that is important to the hero or will be.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

    Reply
  28. Eileen, I love historical romances and Eileen is top 10 of my favs. Love her writing. I have to say that I love the villians and the layer the suspense that comes with them. I love that there is that male hero that will come and protect everyone. I love that strong, alpha male that feels that he needs to protect everyone. I love a story that has a great villian and tries to hurt someone that is important to the hero or will be.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

    Reply
  29. Eileen, I love historical romances and Eileen is top 10 of my favs. Love her writing. I have to say that I love the villians and the layer the suspense that comes with them. I love that there is that male hero that will come and protect everyone. I love that strong, alpha male that feels that he needs to protect everyone. I love a story that has a great villian and tries to hurt someone that is important to the hero or will be.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

    Reply
  30. Eileen, I love historical romances and Eileen is top 10 of my favs. Love her writing. I have to say that I love the villians and the layer the suspense that comes with them. I love that there is that male hero that will come and protect everyone. I love that strong, alpha male that feels that he needs to protect everyone. I love a story that has a great villian and tries to hurt someone that is important to the hero or will be.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

    Reply
  31. I’ve only recently begun reading Eileen’s work, starting with the first in the Drak’es Rakes series and I was so impressed with the depth of the characters and historical setting. I absolutely loved both in the series and am eagerly anticipating book #3. That said I think it is usually tough for a good mystery or suspense to be weaved into a historical romance well and not have it detract from the storyline of two people falling in love. When it is done well though I am all for it and I have to say that Eileen Dreyer does it well! It’s part of why I love the series so much, you never know what around the corner for hero and heroine!

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  32. I’ve only recently begun reading Eileen’s work, starting with the first in the Drak’es Rakes series and I was so impressed with the depth of the characters and historical setting. I absolutely loved both in the series and am eagerly anticipating book #3. That said I think it is usually tough for a good mystery or suspense to be weaved into a historical romance well and not have it detract from the storyline of two people falling in love. When it is done well though I am all for it and I have to say that Eileen Dreyer does it well! It’s part of why I love the series so much, you never know what around the corner for hero and heroine!

    Reply
  33. I’ve only recently begun reading Eileen’s work, starting with the first in the Drak’es Rakes series and I was so impressed with the depth of the characters and historical setting. I absolutely loved both in the series and am eagerly anticipating book #3. That said I think it is usually tough for a good mystery or suspense to be weaved into a historical romance well and not have it detract from the storyline of two people falling in love. When it is done well though I am all for it and I have to say that Eileen Dreyer does it well! It’s part of why I love the series so much, you never know what around the corner for hero and heroine!

    Reply
  34. I’ve only recently begun reading Eileen’s work, starting with the first in the Drak’es Rakes series and I was so impressed with the depth of the characters and historical setting. I absolutely loved both in the series and am eagerly anticipating book #3. That said I think it is usually tough for a good mystery or suspense to be weaved into a historical romance well and not have it detract from the storyline of two people falling in love. When it is done well though I am all for it and I have to say that Eileen Dreyer does it well! It’s part of why I love the series so much, you never know what around the corner for hero and heroine!

    Reply
  35. I’ve only recently begun reading Eileen’s work, starting with the first in the Drak’es Rakes series and I was so impressed with the depth of the characters and historical setting. I absolutely loved both in the series and am eagerly anticipating book #3. That said I think it is usually tough for a good mystery or suspense to be weaved into a historical romance well and not have it detract from the storyline of two people falling in love. When it is done well though I am all for it and I have to say that Eileen Dreyer does it well! It’s part of why I love the series so much, you never know what around the corner for hero and heroine!

    Reply
  36. Eileen, I just purchased Always a Temptress, and can’t wait to read it. You are one of the authors I have on my Must Read list.

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  37. Eileen, I just purchased Always a Temptress, and can’t wait to read it. You are one of the authors I have on my Must Read list.

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  38. Eileen, I just purchased Always a Temptress, and can’t wait to read it. You are one of the authors I have on my Must Read list.

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  39. Eileen, I just purchased Always a Temptress, and can’t wait to read it. You are one of the authors I have on my Must Read list.

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  40. Eileen, I just purchased Always a Temptress, and can’t wait to read it. You are one of the authors I have on my Must Read list.

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  41. Honestly, in 2008, I had read so many historical romances with spies that made my head hurt that I had sworn never to read another when I read Joanna Bourne’s The Spymaster’s Lady for an EJ/JQ book club and loved it. I was then reminded that the right writer can make me love almost any trope. I’ve read all the Drake’s Rake books, Eileen, and you are definitely a “right writer.” Of course, I already knew that from reading your mysteries, fantasies, and Kathleen Korbel romances.
    I’ve read and reviewed Always a Temptress. I loved it! Harry is a wonderful hero, and Kate is one of my favorite romance heroines ever. I’m with Eloisa: I’m eager to know what’s next.

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  42. Honestly, in 2008, I had read so many historical romances with spies that made my head hurt that I had sworn never to read another when I read Joanna Bourne’s The Spymaster’s Lady for an EJ/JQ book club and loved it. I was then reminded that the right writer can make me love almost any trope. I’ve read all the Drake’s Rake books, Eileen, and you are definitely a “right writer.” Of course, I already knew that from reading your mysteries, fantasies, and Kathleen Korbel romances.
    I’ve read and reviewed Always a Temptress. I loved it! Harry is a wonderful hero, and Kate is one of my favorite romance heroines ever. I’m with Eloisa: I’m eager to know what’s next.

    Reply
  43. Honestly, in 2008, I had read so many historical romances with spies that made my head hurt that I had sworn never to read another when I read Joanna Bourne’s The Spymaster’s Lady for an EJ/JQ book club and loved it. I was then reminded that the right writer can make me love almost any trope. I’ve read all the Drake’s Rake books, Eileen, and you are definitely a “right writer.” Of course, I already knew that from reading your mysteries, fantasies, and Kathleen Korbel romances.
    I’ve read and reviewed Always a Temptress. I loved it! Harry is a wonderful hero, and Kate is one of my favorite romance heroines ever. I’m with Eloisa: I’m eager to know what’s next.

    Reply
  44. Honestly, in 2008, I had read so many historical romances with spies that made my head hurt that I had sworn never to read another when I read Joanna Bourne’s The Spymaster’s Lady for an EJ/JQ book club and loved it. I was then reminded that the right writer can make me love almost any trope. I’ve read all the Drake’s Rake books, Eileen, and you are definitely a “right writer.” Of course, I already knew that from reading your mysteries, fantasies, and Kathleen Korbel romances.
    I’ve read and reviewed Always a Temptress. I loved it! Harry is a wonderful hero, and Kate is one of my favorite romance heroines ever. I’m with Eloisa: I’m eager to know what’s next.

    Reply
  45. Honestly, in 2008, I had read so many historical romances with spies that made my head hurt that I had sworn never to read another when I read Joanna Bourne’s The Spymaster’s Lady for an EJ/JQ book club and loved it. I was then reminded that the right writer can make me love almost any trope. I’ve read all the Drake’s Rake books, Eileen, and you are definitely a “right writer.” Of course, I already knew that from reading your mysteries, fantasies, and Kathleen Korbel romances.
    I’ve read and reviewed Always a Temptress. I loved it! Harry is a wonderful hero, and Kate is one of my favorite romance heroines ever. I’m with Eloisa: I’m eager to know what’s next.

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  46. I might have overdosed somewhat on Regency spies but it only takes one — one good story — to get me back in the hunt. IF the collection of men are believable (maybe a school or military connection), then I’m happy to stick with them. I’m not much for bullets: I prefer public exposure and forcing the villain to go to the Colonies to become Rupert Murdoch hehe. Janet W

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  47. I might have overdosed somewhat on Regency spies but it only takes one — one good story — to get me back in the hunt. IF the collection of men are believable (maybe a school or military connection), then I’m happy to stick with them. I’m not much for bullets: I prefer public exposure and forcing the villain to go to the Colonies to become Rupert Murdoch hehe. Janet W

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  48. I might have overdosed somewhat on Regency spies but it only takes one — one good story — to get me back in the hunt. IF the collection of men are believable (maybe a school or military connection), then I’m happy to stick with them. I’m not much for bullets: I prefer public exposure and forcing the villain to go to the Colonies to become Rupert Murdoch hehe. Janet W

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  49. I might have overdosed somewhat on Regency spies but it only takes one — one good story — to get me back in the hunt. IF the collection of men are believable (maybe a school or military connection), then I’m happy to stick with them. I’m not much for bullets: I prefer public exposure and forcing the villain to go to the Colonies to become Rupert Murdoch hehe. Janet W

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  50. I might have overdosed somewhat on Regency spies but it only takes one — one good story — to get me back in the hunt. IF the collection of men are believable (maybe a school or military connection), then I’m happy to stick with them. I’m not much for bullets: I prefer public exposure and forcing the villain to go to the Colonies to become Rupert Murdoch hehe. Janet W

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  51. I have read all the Drake’s rakes books and adored them!! I’m dying to know who is next, also. You are an auto buy author for me.

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  52. I have read all the Drake’s rakes books and adored them!! I’m dying to know who is next, also. You are an auto buy author for me.

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  53. I have read all the Drake’s rakes books and adored them!! I’m dying to know who is next, also. You are an auto buy author for me.

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  54. I have read all the Drake’s rakes books and adored them!! I’m dying to know who is next, also. You are an auto buy author for me.

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  55. I have read all the Drake’s rakes books and adored them!! I’m dying to know who is next, also. You are an auto buy author for me.

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  56. I mentioned several historical mystery series in Monday’s post on Reading Holidays, so I obviously like a bit of suspense mixed in my romance novels (although straight romance is fine too).
    Did not realize that Always a Temptress is available. I used to go to the Borders near my house almost every week (I could walk there in less than 10 minutes) and would grab things almost the minute they were put on the shelves (I thought I spent a lot of money there, but clearly it was Not Enough). Since I enjoyed the first two books in the series, it’s now been added to the list of books to buy.
    From my reading log about Never a Gentleman: Liked this one a lot. Grace is smart and unafraid to answer back and try to make the best of her life. Has some lovely, understated moments, such as when Diccan’s valet, Biddle, expresses his displeasure thus “I seem to be having quite a bit of trouble with Master’s neckcloths. They insist on becoming scorched.” Grace wasn’t certain if she wanted to smile or frown. He was objecting to Diccan’s behavior in the only way a servant could. . . “Biddle”, she said, so very tired of being pitied. “I would be sorely distressed if I learned that there had been a dimming of your reputation as the finest valet in the British Isles. I would be even more distressed if I thought I bore any responsibility for it.” It’s rare that I actually quote from a book in my log, but this passage (and several others) so beautifully captured the character and the moment that I did not want to rely on memory alone to remind me of why I liked this book so much.

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  57. I mentioned several historical mystery series in Monday’s post on Reading Holidays, so I obviously like a bit of suspense mixed in my romance novels (although straight romance is fine too).
    Did not realize that Always a Temptress is available. I used to go to the Borders near my house almost every week (I could walk there in less than 10 minutes) and would grab things almost the minute they were put on the shelves (I thought I spent a lot of money there, but clearly it was Not Enough). Since I enjoyed the first two books in the series, it’s now been added to the list of books to buy.
    From my reading log about Never a Gentleman: Liked this one a lot. Grace is smart and unafraid to answer back and try to make the best of her life. Has some lovely, understated moments, such as when Diccan’s valet, Biddle, expresses his displeasure thus “I seem to be having quite a bit of trouble with Master’s neckcloths. They insist on becoming scorched.” Grace wasn’t certain if she wanted to smile or frown. He was objecting to Diccan’s behavior in the only way a servant could. . . “Biddle”, she said, so very tired of being pitied. “I would be sorely distressed if I learned that there had been a dimming of your reputation as the finest valet in the British Isles. I would be even more distressed if I thought I bore any responsibility for it.” It’s rare that I actually quote from a book in my log, but this passage (and several others) so beautifully captured the character and the moment that I did not want to rely on memory alone to remind me of why I liked this book so much.

    Reply
  58. I mentioned several historical mystery series in Monday’s post on Reading Holidays, so I obviously like a bit of suspense mixed in my romance novels (although straight romance is fine too).
    Did not realize that Always a Temptress is available. I used to go to the Borders near my house almost every week (I could walk there in less than 10 minutes) and would grab things almost the minute they were put on the shelves (I thought I spent a lot of money there, but clearly it was Not Enough). Since I enjoyed the first two books in the series, it’s now been added to the list of books to buy.
    From my reading log about Never a Gentleman: Liked this one a lot. Grace is smart and unafraid to answer back and try to make the best of her life. Has some lovely, understated moments, such as when Diccan’s valet, Biddle, expresses his displeasure thus “I seem to be having quite a bit of trouble with Master’s neckcloths. They insist on becoming scorched.” Grace wasn’t certain if she wanted to smile or frown. He was objecting to Diccan’s behavior in the only way a servant could. . . “Biddle”, she said, so very tired of being pitied. “I would be sorely distressed if I learned that there had been a dimming of your reputation as the finest valet in the British Isles. I would be even more distressed if I thought I bore any responsibility for it.” It’s rare that I actually quote from a book in my log, but this passage (and several others) so beautifully captured the character and the moment that I did not want to rely on memory alone to remind me of why I liked this book so much.

    Reply
  59. I mentioned several historical mystery series in Monday’s post on Reading Holidays, so I obviously like a bit of suspense mixed in my romance novels (although straight romance is fine too).
    Did not realize that Always a Temptress is available. I used to go to the Borders near my house almost every week (I could walk there in less than 10 minutes) and would grab things almost the minute they were put on the shelves (I thought I spent a lot of money there, but clearly it was Not Enough). Since I enjoyed the first two books in the series, it’s now been added to the list of books to buy.
    From my reading log about Never a Gentleman: Liked this one a lot. Grace is smart and unafraid to answer back and try to make the best of her life. Has some lovely, understated moments, such as when Diccan’s valet, Biddle, expresses his displeasure thus “I seem to be having quite a bit of trouble with Master’s neckcloths. They insist on becoming scorched.” Grace wasn’t certain if she wanted to smile or frown. He was objecting to Diccan’s behavior in the only way a servant could. . . “Biddle”, she said, so very tired of being pitied. “I would be sorely distressed if I learned that there had been a dimming of your reputation as the finest valet in the British Isles. I would be even more distressed if I thought I bore any responsibility for it.” It’s rare that I actually quote from a book in my log, but this passage (and several others) so beautifully captured the character and the moment that I did not want to rely on memory alone to remind me of why I liked this book so much.

    Reply
  60. I mentioned several historical mystery series in Monday’s post on Reading Holidays, so I obviously like a bit of suspense mixed in my romance novels (although straight romance is fine too).
    Did not realize that Always a Temptress is available. I used to go to the Borders near my house almost every week (I could walk there in less than 10 minutes) and would grab things almost the minute they were put on the shelves (I thought I spent a lot of money there, but clearly it was Not Enough). Since I enjoyed the first two books in the series, it’s now been added to the list of books to buy.
    From my reading log about Never a Gentleman: Liked this one a lot. Grace is smart and unafraid to answer back and try to make the best of her life. Has some lovely, understated moments, such as when Diccan’s valet, Biddle, expresses his displeasure thus “I seem to be having quite a bit of trouble with Master’s neckcloths. They insist on becoming scorched.” Grace wasn’t certain if she wanted to smile or frown. He was objecting to Diccan’s behavior in the only way a servant could. . . “Biddle”, she said, so very tired of being pitied. “I would be sorely distressed if I learned that there had been a dimming of your reputation as the finest valet in the British Isles. I would be even more distressed if I thought I bore any responsibility for it.” It’s rare that I actually quote from a book in my log, but this passage (and several others) so beautifully captured the character and the moment that I did not want to rely on memory alone to remind me of why I liked this book so much.

    Reply
  61. I hope you find another bookstore in your area soon, Susan. What a delightful collection of moments from GENTLEMAN!
    I finally learned to just make a shopping list of new releases and order them online, but now my Borders card is useless.
    Thanks for stopping by everyone! Eileen will be by, but the Cardinals are up for a crucial game this evening and she’s probably deciding which red shirt to wear. “G”

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  62. I hope you find another bookstore in your area soon, Susan. What a delightful collection of moments from GENTLEMAN!
    I finally learned to just make a shopping list of new releases and order them online, but now my Borders card is useless.
    Thanks for stopping by everyone! Eileen will be by, but the Cardinals are up for a crucial game this evening and she’s probably deciding which red shirt to wear. “G”

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  63. I hope you find another bookstore in your area soon, Susan. What a delightful collection of moments from GENTLEMAN!
    I finally learned to just make a shopping list of new releases and order them online, but now my Borders card is useless.
    Thanks for stopping by everyone! Eileen will be by, but the Cardinals are up for a crucial game this evening and she’s probably deciding which red shirt to wear. “G”

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  64. I hope you find another bookstore in your area soon, Susan. What a delightful collection of moments from GENTLEMAN!
    I finally learned to just make a shopping list of new releases and order them online, but now my Borders card is useless.
    Thanks for stopping by everyone! Eileen will be by, but the Cardinals are up for a crucial game this evening and she’s probably deciding which red shirt to wear. “G”

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  65. I hope you find another bookstore in your area soon, Susan. What a delightful collection of moments from GENTLEMAN!
    I finally learned to just make a shopping list of new releases and order them online, but now my Borders card is useless.
    Thanks for stopping by everyone! Eileen will be by, but the Cardinals are up for a crucial game this evening and she’s probably deciding which red shirt to wear. “G”

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  66. No, she was up late trying to catch up on work after going to the (&^*%!) game yesterday. Thank you everyone for stopping by. I’m beyond thrilled that Wordwench readers have enjoyed my historicals. You’re deservedly a tough crowd. I’m also delighted you like gentleman spies. I fell in love with them when I first read Patrician Veryan, who did several amazing series in the Post-Jacobite and Regency era. You just never knew what she was going to do to her heroes, and I like that in an author.
    As for what comes next, Grand Central has asked for at least 2 more Rakes, so Ian Ferguson and Alex Knight(with a side order of Chuffy) are getting their books. I’m so excited. I have stories for every one of the Rakes, and I really want to tell them. I’m also writing a short digital-only prequel for Alex’s story that should come out in the spring. Again, thank you! It’s been a pleasure to be here.

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  67. No, she was up late trying to catch up on work after going to the (&^*%!) game yesterday. Thank you everyone for stopping by. I’m beyond thrilled that Wordwench readers have enjoyed my historicals. You’re deservedly a tough crowd. I’m also delighted you like gentleman spies. I fell in love with them when I first read Patrician Veryan, who did several amazing series in the Post-Jacobite and Regency era. You just never knew what she was going to do to her heroes, and I like that in an author.
    As for what comes next, Grand Central has asked for at least 2 more Rakes, so Ian Ferguson and Alex Knight(with a side order of Chuffy) are getting their books. I’m so excited. I have stories for every one of the Rakes, and I really want to tell them. I’m also writing a short digital-only prequel for Alex’s story that should come out in the spring. Again, thank you! It’s been a pleasure to be here.

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  68. No, she was up late trying to catch up on work after going to the (&^*%!) game yesterday. Thank you everyone for stopping by. I’m beyond thrilled that Wordwench readers have enjoyed my historicals. You’re deservedly a tough crowd. I’m also delighted you like gentleman spies. I fell in love with them when I first read Patrician Veryan, who did several amazing series in the Post-Jacobite and Regency era. You just never knew what she was going to do to her heroes, and I like that in an author.
    As for what comes next, Grand Central has asked for at least 2 more Rakes, so Ian Ferguson and Alex Knight(with a side order of Chuffy) are getting their books. I’m so excited. I have stories for every one of the Rakes, and I really want to tell them. I’m also writing a short digital-only prequel for Alex’s story that should come out in the spring. Again, thank you! It’s been a pleasure to be here.

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  69. No, she was up late trying to catch up on work after going to the (&^*%!) game yesterday. Thank you everyone for stopping by. I’m beyond thrilled that Wordwench readers have enjoyed my historicals. You’re deservedly a tough crowd. I’m also delighted you like gentleman spies. I fell in love with them when I first read Patrician Veryan, who did several amazing series in the Post-Jacobite and Regency era. You just never knew what she was going to do to her heroes, and I like that in an author.
    As for what comes next, Grand Central has asked for at least 2 more Rakes, so Ian Ferguson and Alex Knight(with a side order of Chuffy) are getting their books. I’m so excited. I have stories for every one of the Rakes, and I really want to tell them. I’m also writing a short digital-only prequel for Alex’s story that should come out in the spring. Again, thank you! It’s been a pleasure to be here.

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  70. No, she was up late trying to catch up on work after going to the (&^*%!) game yesterday. Thank you everyone for stopping by. I’m beyond thrilled that Wordwench readers have enjoyed my historicals. You’re deservedly a tough crowd. I’m also delighted you like gentleman spies. I fell in love with them when I first read Patrician Veryan, who did several amazing series in the Post-Jacobite and Regency era. You just never knew what she was going to do to her heroes, and I like that in an author.
    As for what comes next, Grand Central has asked for at least 2 more Rakes, so Ian Ferguson and Alex Knight(with a side order of Chuffy) are getting their books. I’m so excited. I have stories for every one of the Rakes, and I really want to tell them. I’m also writing a short digital-only prequel for Alex’s story that should come out in the spring. Again, thank you! It’s been a pleasure to be here.

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  71. It depends on how well the author does it, but I teethed on mysteries, which are my mom’s favorites and only came to romance novels in the last decade. So mystery/thriller/romances (whether spies or detectives or secret werewolves) are the best of all worlds πŸ™‚

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  72. It depends on how well the author does it, but I teethed on mysteries, which are my mom’s favorites and only came to romance novels in the last decade. So mystery/thriller/romances (whether spies or detectives or secret werewolves) are the best of all worlds πŸ™‚

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  73. It depends on how well the author does it, but I teethed on mysteries, which are my mom’s favorites and only came to romance novels in the last decade. So mystery/thriller/romances (whether spies or detectives or secret werewolves) are the best of all worlds πŸ™‚

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  74. It depends on how well the author does it, but I teethed on mysteries, which are my mom’s favorites and only came to romance novels in the last decade. So mystery/thriller/romances (whether spies or detectives or secret werewolves) are the best of all worlds πŸ™‚

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  75. It depends on how well the author does it, but I teethed on mysteries, which are my mom’s favorites and only came to romance novels in the last decade. So mystery/thriller/romances (whether spies or detectives or secret werewolves) are the best of all worlds πŸ™‚

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  76. I love your historicals!
    I love love and mystery all mixed together. Sometimes I get too much love and I need to immerse myself in blood and vice versa. Having both in a story is like having ice cream for dinner. =)

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  77. I love your historicals!
    I love love and mystery all mixed together. Sometimes I get too much love and I need to immerse myself in blood and vice versa. Having both in a story is like having ice cream for dinner. =)

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  78. I love your historicals!
    I love love and mystery all mixed together. Sometimes I get too much love and I need to immerse myself in blood and vice versa. Having both in a story is like having ice cream for dinner. =)

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  79. I love your historicals!
    I love love and mystery all mixed together. Sometimes I get too much love and I need to immerse myself in blood and vice versa. Having both in a story is like having ice cream for dinner. =)

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  80. I love your historicals!
    I love love and mystery all mixed together. Sometimes I get too much love and I need to immerse myself in blood and vice versa. Having both in a story is like having ice cream for dinner. =)

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  81. A group of gentlemen who fight against nefarious spies, count me in. I love the description of Always a Temptress, where the suspected spy is a beautiful woman, who may or may not be one. Sounds yummy to me.

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  82. A group of gentlemen who fight against nefarious spies, count me in. I love the description of Always a Temptress, where the suspected spy is a beautiful woman, who may or may not be one. Sounds yummy to me.

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  83. A group of gentlemen who fight against nefarious spies, count me in. I love the description of Always a Temptress, where the suspected spy is a beautiful woman, who may or may not be one. Sounds yummy to me.

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  84. A group of gentlemen who fight against nefarious spies, count me in. I love the description of Always a Temptress, where the suspected spy is a beautiful woman, who may or may not be one. Sounds yummy to me.

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  85. A group of gentlemen who fight against nefarious spies, count me in. I love the description of Always a Temptress, where the suspected spy is a beautiful woman, who may or may not be one. Sounds yummy to me.

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  86. Eileen, I, too have been reading your books for ages and am thrilled you’ve gone historical. And I do admit I enjoy a little mayhem and adventure in a book. I have this book #3 on order β€”thanks to Janga’s review — I didn’t realize it was out until then. And I have no doubt I’ll love it as much as the first 2.
    Thanks for coming to play on Word Wenches.

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  87. Eileen, I, too have been reading your books for ages and am thrilled you’ve gone historical. And I do admit I enjoy a little mayhem and adventure in a book. I have this book #3 on order β€”thanks to Janga’s review — I didn’t realize it was out until then. And I have no doubt I’ll love it as much as the first 2.
    Thanks for coming to play on Word Wenches.

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  88. Eileen, I, too have been reading your books for ages and am thrilled you’ve gone historical. And I do admit I enjoy a little mayhem and adventure in a book. I have this book #3 on order β€”thanks to Janga’s review — I didn’t realize it was out until then. And I have no doubt I’ll love it as much as the first 2.
    Thanks for coming to play on Word Wenches.

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  89. Eileen, I, too have been reading your books for ages and am thrilled you’ve gone historical. And I do admit I enjoy a little mayhem and adventure in a book. I have this book #3 on order β€”thanks to Janga’s review — I didn’t realize it was out until then. And I have no doubt I’ll love it as much as the first 2.
    Thanks for coming to play on Word Wenches.

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  90. Eileen, I, too have been reading your books for ages and am thrilled you’ve gone historical. And I do admit I enjoy a little mayhem and adventure in a book. I have this book #3 on order β€”thanks to Janga’s review — I didn’t realize it was out until then. And I have no doubt I’ll love it as much as the first 2.
    Thanks for coming to play on Word Wenches.

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  91. Congrats on the release πŸ˜€ I enjoy mixing things up which includes throughing in some spies in my historical reads — they can be sexy, dangerous, charming & did I mention sexy πŸ˜‰

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  92. Congrats on the release πŸ˜€ I enjoy mixing things up which includes throughing in some spies in my historical reads — they can be sexy, dangerous, charming & did I mention sexy πŸ˜‰

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  93. Congrats on the release πŸ˜€ I enjoy mixing things up which includes throughing in some spies in my historical reads — they can be sexy, dangerous, charming & did I mention sexy πŸ˜‰

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  94. Congrats on the release πŸ˜€ I enjoy mixing things up which includes throughing in some spies in my historical reads — they can be sexy, dangerous, charming & did I mention sexy πŸ˜‰

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  95. Congrats on the release πŸ˜€ I enjoy mixing things up which includes throughing in some spies in my historical reads — they can be sexy, dangerous, charming & did I mention sexy πŸ˜‰

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  96. Eileen, I have been mulling this over, this question of suspense and spies and romance. I guess I would have to say it depends on my mood. Sometimes, I want a fairly straightforward romance without duplicity and danger. I was enthralled and frustrated with ‘Never a Gentleman’ because I hated to see Grace suffer so much because of Diccan’s role. But the story was so good, I stuck with you, and the ending was satisfying, to say the least. I almost didn’t want to read you again, because you took me on such a rollercoaster, (and frankly, my life is dramatic enough, although not romantically, I am sorry to say) but next thing I know I am on the web looking for your work… and I loved ‘Barely a Lady’.
    What interested me about both books was the unflinching faith the women had in their men. Even though Grace suffered cruelly with Diccan for a season, she ‘knew’ him enough to know he was not capable of treason, in spite of his treatment of her. Likewise, Olivia believed Jack incapable of treason in spite of finding him in a French uniform and with amnesia, no less, in spite of his treatment of her. I found myself wondering what superhuman abilities these women had to believe so strongly when evidence is presented to the contrary.
    I said all this to say I am looking forward to Harry & Kate’s story, as well as the others.

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  97. Eileen, I have been mulling this over, this question of suspense and spies and romance. I guess I would have to say it depends on my mood. Sometimes, I want a fairly straightforward romance without duplicity and danger. I was enthralled and frustrated with ‘Never a Gentleman’ because I hated to see Grace suffer so much because of Diccan’s role. But the story was so good, I stuck with you, and the ending was satisfying, to say the least. I almost didn’t want to read you again, because you took me on such a rollercoaster, (and frankly, my life is dramatic enough, although not romantically, I am sorry to say) but next thing I know I am on the web looking for your work… and I loved ‘Barely a Lady’.
    What interested me about both books was the unflinching faith the women had in their men. Even though Grace suffered cruelly with Diccan for a season, she ‘knew’ him enough to know he was not capable of treason, in spite of his treatment of her. Likewise, Olivia believed Jack incapable of treason in spite of finding him in a French uniform and with amnesia, no less, in spite of his treatment of her. I found myself wondering what superhuman abilities these women had to believe so strongly when evidence is presented to the contrary.
    I said all this to say I am looking forward to Harry & Kate’s story, as well as the others.

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  98. Eileen, I have been mulling this over, this question of suspense and spies and romance. I guess I would have to say it depends on my mood. Sometimes, I want a fairly straightforward romance without duplicity and danger. I was enthralled and frustrated with ‘Never a Gentleman’ because I hated to see Grace suffer so much because of Diccan’s role. But the story was so good, I stuck with you, and the ending was satisfying, to say the least. I almost didn’t want to read you again, because you took me on such a rollercoaster, (and frankly, my life is dramatic enough, although not romantically, I am sorry to say) but next thing I know I am on the web looking for your work… and I loved ‘Barely a Lady’.
    What interested me about both books was the unflinching faith the women had in their men. Even though Grace suffered cruelly with Diccan for a season, she ‘knew’ him enough to know he was not capable of treason, in spite of his treatment of her. Likewise, Olivia believed Jack incapable of treason in spite of finding him in a French uniform and with amnesia, no less, in spite of his treatment of her. I found myself wondering what superhuman abilities these women had to believe so strongly when evidence is presented to the contrary.
    I said all this to say I am looking forward to Harry & Kate’s story, as well as the others.

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  99. Eileen, I have been mulling this over, this question of suspense and spies and romance. I guess I would have to say it depends on my mood. Sometimes, I want a fairly straightforward romance without duplicity and danger. I was enthralled and frustrated with ‘Never a Gentleman’ because I hated to see Grace suffer so much because of Diccan’s role. But the story was so good, I stuck with you, and the ending was satisfying, to say the least. I almost didn’t want to read you again, because you took me on such a rollercoaster, (and frankly, my life is dramatic enough, although not romantically, I am sorry to say) but next thing I know I am on the web looking for your work… and I loved ‘Barely a Lady’.
    What interested me about both books was the unflinching faith the women had in their men. Even though Grace suffered cruelly with Diccan for a season, she ‘knew’ him enough to know he was not capable of treason, in spite of his treatment of her. Likewise, Olivia believed Jack incapable of treason in spite of finding him in a French uniform and with amnesia, no less, in spite of his treatment of her. I found myself wondering what superhuman abilities these women had to believe so strongly when evidence is presented to the contrary.
    I said all this to say I am looking forward to Harry & Kate’s story, as well as the others.

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  100. Eileen, I have been mulling this over, this question of suspense and spies and romance. I guess I would have to say it depends on my mood. Sometimes, I want a fairly straightforward romance without duplicity and danger. I was enthralled and frustrated with ‘Never a Gentleman’ because I hated to see Grace suffer so much because of Diccan’s role. But the story was so good, I stuck with you, and the ending was satisfying, to say the least. I almost didn’t want to read you again, because you took me on such a rollercoaster, (and frankly, my life is dramatic enough, although not romantically, I am sorry to say) but next thing I know I am on the web looking for your work… and I loved ‘Barely a Lady’.
    What interested me about both books was the unflinching faith the women had in their men. Even though Grace suffered cruelly with Diccan for a season, she ‘knew’ him enough to know he was not capable of treason, in spite of his treatment of her. Likewise, Olivia believed Jack incapable of treason in spite of finding him in a French uniform and with amnesia, no less, in spite of his treatment of her. I found myself wondering what superhuman abilities these women had to believe so strongly when evidence is presented to the contrary.
    I said all this to say I am looking forward to Harry & Kate’s story, as well as the others.

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  101. Eileen –
    I first “found” you when I read Barely a Lady and the wait for Never A Gentleman seemed like it was forever! Since then I’ve been waiting for Always A Temptress to bereleased and from the reviews and interviews I’ve read it been well worth it! The Drake’s Rakees series has been filled with suspense and thrills and most importantly interesting characters and LOVE not only for the characters but love for your writing by your faithful readers as well. I can’t wait to read Kate and Harry’s story with all the twists and turns I know I will find on every page.
    For someone who grew up on Sherlock Holmes mysteries and loved James Bond in 007 your books are a treat not to be resisted!

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  102. Eileen –
    I first “found” you when I read Barely a Lady and the wait for Never A Gentleman seemed like it was forever! Since then I’ve been waiting for Always A Temptress to bereleased and from the reviews and interviews I’ve read it been well worth it! The Drake’s Rakees series has been filled with suspense and thrills and most importantly interesting characters and LOVE not only for the characters but love for your writing by your faithful readers as well. I can’t wait to read Kate and Harry’s story with all the twists and turns I know I will find on every page.
    For someone who grew up on Sherlock Holmes mysteries and loved James Bond in 007 your books are a treat not to be resisted!

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  103. Eileen –
    I first “found” you when I read Barely a Lady and the wait for Never A Gentleman seemed like it was forever! Since then I’ve been waiting for Always A Temptress to bereleased and from the reviews and interviews I’ve read it been well worth it! The Drake’s Rakees series has been filled with suspense and thrills and most importantly interesting characters and LOVE not only for the characters but love for your writing by your faithful readers as well. I can’t wait to read Kate and Harry’s story with all the twists and turns I know I will find on every page.
    For someone who grew up on Sherlock Holmes mysteries and loved James Bond in 007 your books are a treat not to be resisted!

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  104. Eileen –
    I first “found” you when I read Barely a Lady and the wait for Never A Gentleman seemed like it was forever! Since then I’ve been waiting for Always A Temptress to bereleased and from the reviews and interviews I’ve read it been well worth it! The Drake’s Rakees series has been filled with suspense and thrills and most importantly interesting characters and LOVE not only for the characters but love for your writing by your faithful readers as well. I can’t wait to read Kate and Harry’s story with all the twists and turns I know I will find on every page.
    For someone who grew up on Sherlock Holmes mysteries and loved James Bond in 007 your books are a treat not to be resisted!

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  105. Eileen –
    I first “found” you when I read Barely a Lady and the wait for Never A Gentleman seemed like it was forever! Since then I’ve been waiting for Always A Temptress to bereleased and from the reviews and interviews I’ve read it been well worth it! The Drake’s Rakees series has been filled with suspense and thrills and most importantly interesting characters and LOVE not only for the characters but love for your writing by your faithful readers as well. I can’t wait to read Kate and Harry’s story with all the twists and turns I know I will find on every page.
    For someone who grew up on Sherlock Holmes mysteries and loved James Bond in 007 your books are a treat not to be resisted!

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  106. I love suspense and some danger in romances. I find them very engaging and a great way to build tension. It’s a nice balance with romance.

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  107. I love suspense and some danger in romances. I find them very engaging and a great way to build tension. It’s a nice balance with romance.

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  108. I love suspense and some danger in romances. I find them very engaging and a great way to build tension. It’s a nice balance with romance.

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  109. I love suspense and some danger in romances. I find them very engaging and a great way to build tension. It’s a nice balance with romance.

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  110. I love suspense and some danger in romances. I find them very engaging and a great way to build tension. It’s a nice balance with romance.

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  111. I enjoy plots combining suspense with romance if there is a balance of the two. I liked Barely a Lady but felt that Jack was not worthy of her; loved Never a Gentleman because Grace at last was appreciated for herself and Diccon redeemed himself satisfactorily in the end. Looking forward to reading Kate’s story very much.

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  112. I enjoy plots combining suspense with romance if there is a balance of the two. I liked Barely a Lady but felt that Jack was not worthy of her; loved Never a Gentleman because Grace at last was appreciated for herself and Diccon redeemed himself satisfactorily in the end. Looking forward to reading Kate’s story very much.

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  113. I enjoy plots combining suspense with romance if there is a balance of the two. I liked Barely a Lady but felt that Jack was not worthy of her; loved Never a Gentleman because Grace at last was appreciated for herself and Diccon redeemed himself satisfactorily in the end. Looking forward to reading Kate’s story very much.

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  114. I enjoy plots combining suspense with romance if there is a balance of the two. I liked Barely a Lady but felt that Jack was not worthy of her; loved Never a Gentleman because Grace at last was appreciated for herself and Diccon redeemed himself satisfactorily in the end. Looking forward to reading Kate’s story very much.

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  115. I enjoy plots combining suspense with romance if there is a balance of the two. I liked Barely a Lady but felt that Jack was not worthy of her; loved Never a Gentleman because Grace at last was appreciated for herself and Diccon redeemed himself satisfactorily in the end. Looking forward to reading Kate’s story very much.

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  116. I haven’t read any of Eileen’s books yet, but I love stories with Navy Seals (as long as there is romance too). So her books look like ones I would really enjoy – I’ll take some bullets with my teacups any day!

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  117. I haven’t read any of Eileen’s books yet, but I love stories with Navy Seals (as long as there is romance too). So her books look like ones I would really enjoy – I’ll take some bullets with my teacups any day!

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  118. I haven’t read any of Eileen’s books yet, but I love stories with Navy Seals (as long as there is romance too). So her books look like ones I would really enjoy – I’ll take some bullets with my teacups any day!

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  119. I haven’t read any of Eileen’s books yet, but I love stories with Navy Seals (as long as there is romance too). So her books look like ones I would really enjoy – I’ll take some bullets with my teacups any day!

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  120. I haven’t read any of Eileen’s books yet, but I love stories with Navy Seals (as long as there is romance too). So her books look like ones I would really enjoy – I’ll take some bullets with my teacups any day!

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  121. Minna–I love that:bullets with teacups. Exactly!
    Olivia–I understand perfectly. There are certain movies I can only watch when I’m in a certain mood. Since it’s true that writers write what they want to read, I guess I needed some angst. I mean, I like likeable characters, but sometimes I really want a big old character arc and lots of redemption. I was hoping that Jack redeemed himself well enough for everybody else, because he did for me. As for Diccan, I know some people thought he was a real dick at the beginning of the book. Well, yes he was. Wouldn’t you be if somebody else completely ruined the dream you’d been counting on? the reason Grace didn’t act the same way was because she’d never been taught to think of herself. But then, Diccan had lots of room for a really good character arc and some real groveling on the way to his redemption.
    I do hope that those of you who haven’t read Kate and Harry’s story think them equals; worthy foes and well-matched lovers.
    and I hope you’ll follow the rest of the Rakes as they fight to protect what they hold dear

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  122. Minna–I love that:bullets with teacups. Exactly!
    Olivia–I understand perfectly. There are certain movies I can only watch when I’m in a certain mood. Since it’s true that writers write what they want to read, I guess I needed some angst. I mean, I like likeable characters, but sometimes I really want a big old character arc and lots of redemption. I was hoping that Jack redeemed himself well enough for everybody else, because he did for me. As for Diccan, I know some people thought he was a real dick at the beginning of the book. Well, yes he was. Wouldn’t you be if somebody else completely ruined the dream you’d been counting on? the reason Grace didn’t act the same way was because she’d never been taught to think of herself. But then, Diccan had lots of room for a really good character arc and some real groveling on the way to his redemption.
    I do hope that those of you who haven’t read Kate and Harry’s story think them equals; worthy foes and well-matched lovers.
    and I hope you’ll follow the rest of the Rakes as they fight to protect what they hold dear

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  123. Minna–I love that:bullets with teacups. Exactly!
    Olivia–I understand perfectly. There are certain movies I can only watch when I’m in a certain mood. Since it’s true that writers write what they want to read, I guess I needed some angst. I mean, I like likeable characters, but sometimes I really want a big old character arc and lots of redemption. I was hoping that Jack redeemed himself well enough for everybody else, because he did for me. As for Diccan, I know some people thought he was a real dick at the beginning of the book. Well, yes he was. Wouldn’t you be if somebody else completely ruined the dream you’d been counting on? the reason Grace didn’t act the same way was because she’d never been taught to think of herself. But then, Diccan had lots of room for a really good character arc and some real groveling on the way to his redemption.
    I do hope that those of you who haven’t read Kate and Harry’s story think them equals; worthy foes and well-matched lovers.
    and I hope you’ll follow the rest of the Rakes as they fight to protect what they hold dear

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  124. Minna–I love that:bullets with teacups. Exactly!
    Olivia–I understand perfectly. There are certain movies I can only watch when I’m in a certain mood. Since it’s true that writers write what they want to read, I guess I needed some angst. I mean, I like likeable characters, but sometimes I really want a big old character arc and lots of redemption. I was hoping that Jack redeemed himself well enough for everybody else, because he did for me. As for Diccan, I know some people thought he was a real dick at the beginning of the book. Well, yes he was. Wouldn’t you be if somebody else completely ruined the dream you’d been counting on? the reason Grace didn’t act the same way was because she’d never been taught to think of herself. But then, Diccan had lots of room for a really good character arc and some real groveling on the way to his redemption.
    I do hope that those of you who haven’t read Kate and Harry’s story think them equals; worthy foes and well-matched lovers.
    and I hope you’ll follow the rest of the Rakes as they fight to protect what they hold dear

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  125. Minna–I love that:bullets with teacups. Exactly!
    Olivia–I understand perfectly. There are certain movies I can only watch when I’m in a certain mood. Since it’s true that writers write what they want to read, I guess I needed some angst. I mean, I like likeable characters, but sometimes I really want a big old character arc and lots of redemption. I was hoping that Jack redeemed himself well enough for everybody else, because he did for me. As for Diccan, I know some people thought he was a real dick at the beginning of the book. Well, yes he was. Wouldn’t you be if somebody else completely ruined the dream you’d been counting on? the reason Grace didn’t act the same way was because she’d never been taught to think of herself. But then, Diccan had lots of room for a really good character arc and some real groveling on the way to his redemption.
    I do hope that those of you who haven’t read Kate and Harry’s story think them equals; worthy foes and well-matched lovers.
    and I hope you’ll follow the rest of the Rakes as they fight to protect what they hold dear

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  126. I love a little suspense and intrigue thrown in with my romance. The danger spices things up for the characters and raises the stakes. If there’s some other kind of outside conflict (like a killer, thief, or other nefarious ne’er-do-well) there is also less room for Big Misunderstandings of the frustrating variety. The conflict isn’t totally about common regency romance themes like reputation or property, and it makes it a little more fun to read and, I think, gives the writer more room to have fun with the writing.

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  127. I love a little suspense and intrigue thrown in with my romance. The danger spices things up for the characters and raises the stakes. If there’s some other kind of outside conflict (like a killer, thief, or other nefarious ne’er-do-well) there is also less room for Big Misunderstandings of the frustrating variety. The conflict isn’t totally about common regency romance themes like reputation or property, and it makes it a little more fun to read and, I think, gives the writer more room to have fun with the writing.

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  128. I love a little suspense and intrigue thrown in with my romance. The danger spices things up for the characters and raises the stakes. If there’s some other kind of outside conflict (like a killer, thief, or other nefarious ne’er-do-well) there is also less room for Big Misunderstandings of the frustrating variety. The conflict isn’t totally about common regency romance themes like reputation or property, and it makes it a little more fun to read and, I think, gives the writer more room to have fun with the writing.

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  129. I love a little suspense and intrigue thrown in with my romance. The danger spices things up for the characters and raises the stakes. If there’s some other kind of outside conflict (like a killer, thief, or other nefarious ne’er-do-well) there is also less room for Big Misunderstandings of the frustrating variety. The conflict isn’t totally about common regency romance themes like reputation or property, and it makes it a little more fun to read and, I think, gives the writer more room to have fun with the writing.

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  130. I love a little suspense and intrigue thrown in with my romance. The danger spices things up for the characters and raises the stakes. If there’s some other kind of outside conflict (like a killer, thief, or other nefarious ne’er-do-well) there is also less room for Big Misunderstandings of the frustrating variety. The conflict isn’t totally about common regency romance themes like reputation or property, and it makes it a little more fun to read and, I think, gives the writer more room to have fun with the writing.

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  131. I like something else in my romances in addition to the love story. Mystery, intrigue, suspense, and especially, adventure. Nothing like shared danger to bring the hero and heroine together.
    When you come right down to it, there are more important things than whether some puffed-up society matron has a high opinion of the hero/heroine. Sometimes, I think romances forget that, and act like society is the beginning and end of the world.

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  132. I like something else in my romances in addition to the love story. Mystery, intrigue, suspense, and especially, adventure. Nothing like shared danger to bring the hero and heroine together.
    When you come right down to it, there are more important things than whether some puffed-up society matron has a high opinion of the hero/heroine. Sometimes, I think romances forget that, and act like society is the beginning and end of the world.

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  133. I like something else in my romances in addition to the love story. Mystery, intrigue, suspense, and especially, adventure. Nothing like shared danger to bring the hero and heroine together.
    When you come right down to it, there are more important things than whether some puffed-up society matron has a high opinion of the hero/heroine. Sometimes, I think romances forget that, and act like society is the beginning and end of the world.

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  134. I like something else in my romances in addition to the love story. Mystery, intrigue, suspense, and especially, adventure. Nothing like shared danger to bring the hero and heroine together.
    When you come right down to it, there are more important things than whether some puffed-up society matron has a high opinion of the hero/heroine. Sometimes, I think romances forget that, and act like society is the beginning and end of the world.

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  135. I like something else in my romances in addition to the love story. Mystery, intrigue, suspense, and especially, adventure. Nothing like shared danger to bring the hero and heroine together.
    When you come right down to it, there are more important things than whether some puffed-up society matron has a high opinion of the hero/heroine. Sometimes, I think romances forget that, and act like society is the beginning and end of the world.

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  136. I really enjoy a good mystery with my historical fiction and some sleuthing is fine. I also don’t mind a little ghost here and there too (think – Catherine Coulter’s Sherbrooke Bride series).

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  137. I really enjoy a good mystery with my historical fiction and some sleuthing is fine. I also don’t mind a little ghost here and there too (think – Catherine Coulter’s Sherbrooke Bride series).

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  138. I really enjoy a good mystery with my historical fiction and some sleuthing is fine. I also don’t mind a little ghost here and there too (think – Catherine Coulter’s Sherbrooke Bride series).

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  139. I really enjoy a good mystery with my historical fiction and some sleuthing is fine. I also don’t mind a little ghost here and there too (think – Catherine Coulter’s Sherbrooke Bride series).

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  140. I really enjoy a good mystery with my historical fiction and some sleuthing is fine. I also don’t mind a little ghost here and there too (think – Catherine Coulter’s Sherbrooke Bride series).

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  141. LilMissMolly–I love a good paranormal too, with the stipulation that the paranormal element doesn’t show up to solve the H/H’s problems for them(oh, no, the ghost of Aunt Ethel has left the locket the hero’s kept of the heroine beneath his shirt for 10 years, so the heroine would find it and know his love has always been true. Blech.

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  142. LilMissMolly–I love a good paranormal too, with the stipulation that the paranormal element doesn’t show up to solve the H/H’s problems for them(oh, no, the ghost of Aunt Ethel has left the locket the hero’s kept of the heroine beneath his shirt for 10 years, so the heroine would find it and know his love has always been true. Blech.

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  143. LilMissMolly–I love a good paranormal too, with the stipulation that the paranormal element doesn’t show up to solve the H/H’s problems for them(oh, no, the ghost of Aunt Ethel has left the locket the hero’s kept of the heroine beneath his shirt for 10 years, so the heroine would find it and know his love has always been true. Blech.

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  144. LilMissMolly–I love a good paranormal too, with the stipulation that the paranormal element doesn’t show up to solve the H/H’s problems for them(oh, no, the ghost of Aunt Ethel has left the locket the hero’s kept of the heroine beneath his shirt for 10 years, so the heroine would find it and know his love has always been true. Blech.

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  145. LilMissMolly–I love a good paranormal too, with the stipulation that the paranormal element doesn’t show up to solve the H/H’s problems for them(oh, no, the ghost of Aunt Ethel has left the locket the hero’s kept of the heroine beneath his shirt for 10 years, so the heroine would find it and know his love has always been true. Blech.

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