DUKE MOST WANTED(Book 3)
In the game of love
Sophie Blake's grandfather willed his fortune to the first of his granddaughters so marry a duke. Since her cousin, Deirdre, will seal the deal any day now, the quiet bookish Sophie can sit back and enjoy her time with the only man she truly adores: Graham. No matter that the part-charmer, part-scoundrel has absolutely no designs on her! Sophie is content to engage Graham in lively conversation, beat him at cards . . . and probe at the darkness hiding behind his rakish smile.
You've got to play by heart. . .
Then Graham unexpectedly gains a title, an estate in near ruins and a mountain of debt. If there is any chance of survival he must find a rich wife--quickly. As his hunt for a bride begins, Sophie realizes that she isn't even in the running. Suddenly no longer content to be a wallflower, Sophie gets a stunning makeover and becomes the belle of the ball. But this beauty has secrets of her own. Will she be Graham's salvation, or seal his fate?
"What can Bradley come up with after The Liars Club and the Royal Four? The answer is a humorous romp of marriage mayhem that’s a love and laughter treat, tinged with heated sensuality and tenderness. This winning combination ensures Bradley’s Heiress Brides series will climb the bestseller charts."
—Romantic Times Bookreviews
Under the covers:
When I was young, I found the most fascinating part of the story of "Sleeping Beauty" to be the tangle of thorns that grew up around the castle of the sleeping princess and the fates of all the princes who died there, trying to fight their way past it. I always felt as though they deserved the princess more than the guy who just happened to ride up the day the hundred years had passed and the thorns fell away.
When a man earns a woman's trust and love through trial and self-sacrifice--and a great set of buns!--it is always more satisfying to me. In DESPERATELY SEEKING A DUKE, Rafe Marbrook has to earn what he most desires. He must put away his rakish ways and grow to be the man that Phoebe most needs, a man who will protect the tender heart she offers, not trample it or lock it away unused.
I found Phoebe to be one of the most intricate characters I've ever written. Imagine the very real conflict a woman would feel even now between choosing a respectable man--a good and handsome man--who would give her all the security she would ever need and is known to honor his commitments--not to mention that her father thinks he invented sliced bread!--or choosing a man with a very bad reputation, no visible means of support, a real problem with commitment yet makes your knees weak to watch him walk across a room!
Be honest--wouldn't you have to think about that one for a while? Phoebe literally must choose between love and life itself--for if she chooses the rake, she will most definitely lose the life she knows.
Phoebe emerged from the most romantic side of me--from the girl inside who cries when Heathcliff shouts Cathy's name into the wind, when Darcy walks away from Elizabeth after being refused, and when no one can reach the princess sleeping inside the thorns.