12/19/2014 A Rakish Christmas Blog Hop
What are your Christmas Eve plans? Notable rakes Ross Thornbury (The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr) Alex Knight (Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer), Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley (A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe), Damian Beaumaris, Duke of Cirencester (The Rake’s Bargain by Lucy Ashford), “Lucky” Luke Wainwright (Sinfully Ever After by Jayne Fresina), and Benedict DeBreed (Craving the Rake’s Touch by Bronwyn Scott) tell us what they’re up to this Christmas Eve!
Ross Thornbury (The Rake’s Handbook): In the morning, I oversee the decoration of Blackwell Hall with greenery consisting of ivy, holly, rosemary, and Christmas rose. Then a Yule log is dragged in and lit after being anointed with salt and wine. Later we hold a private dinner for our neighbors and friends. The highlight of our Christmas Eve’s feast is my delight in honoring my friends and family with many, many toasts. Later that evening, you can find me celebrating the season in the proverbial bosom of my family.
About the book The Rake’s Handbook -
The definitive guide to seduction…The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies—who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook—but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart.Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?
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Alex Knight (Twice Tempted): I imagine I’ll be dragged to service. Dinner with my extended family and Fiona’s sister Mae will be noisy and chaotic, full of cheer and spirits, followed by gift-giving. I wanted to give Fiona jewels, emeralds to match her eyes, rubies her hair. And I will. But I’ll also get her that telescope she’s been wanting. Not only so I can see the absolute wonder in her eyes as she unwraps something she has dreamed of her whole life, but so we can lie out on the park behind the estate of a winter eve, tucked beneath blankets and warmed with a toddy as she teaches me about the heavens…and I teach her about passion.
Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley (A Rake by Any Other Name): With Sophie in my arms. I could share all the deliciously naughty and nice things we enjoy doing with and to each other, but this Internet business seems terribly public for such private affairs. You can read A Rake by Any Other Name for that. But in the aftermath of our loving, when we are spent and gasping, and Sophie lies snuggled close to me—two hearts, two breaths in tandem—Sophie and I enjoy a slice of heaven and—dare I say it?—peace on earth.
About the book A Rake by Any Other Name
A Reluctant Lord… A Resistant Lady… A Superfluous Fiancée And a Devastating Family Secret…When Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is abruptly called home to take the reins of the estate, he discovers the extent of the family’s financial straits. The remedy: marry the heiress their families have picked out for him. Unfortunately, he’s already planned to marry someone else.Miss Sophie Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming his purse with feet…and she sabotages all attempts to woo her. But when Lord Hartley discovers the shenanigans in his father’s past, he realizes that deciding between two beautiful women is the least of his problems.
“Absolutely terrific! Adventure and heat and everything I want in a great story.” —Victoria Alexander, #1 New York Times bestseller, on Touch of a Thief
“This sizzling tale of seduction, suspense, and adventure is what readers expect from Marlowe.” —RT Book Reviews on Touch of a Scoundrel
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Damian Beaumaris, Duke of Cirencester (The Rake’s Bargain):
We’ll be in the medieval banqueting hall of Brandon Abbey, watching the ceremonial Yule log being hauled in and set to burn in the great hearth there. Deb’s told me that, as the lady of the house, it’s her job to supervise the decorating of all the chief rooms with festive greenery – holly, ivy and mistletoe – and my sister Laura is particularly keen on the mistletoe. Laura, by the way, thinks she might – just might – have met the man of her dreams, and for once she doesn’t seem to have made a bad choice. But we’ll see. And I must remember, over Christmas, to stop Deb working too hard – because she’s told me she’s expecting our first child. Nothing could be a better Christmas present.
“Lucky” Luke Wainwright (Sinfully Ever After): In the orchard, searching for mistletoe to kiss my Becky under. Where else would a mad old soldier be?
Benedict DeBreed (Craving the Rake’s Touch): “In church! Can you believe it? All of London will be laughing its head off to think I am in church. But I will be sitting in the Earl of Dartmoor’s pew (That’s Ren) with my new family, sharing the hymn book with Sarah, definitely stealing a kiss or two when the vicar isn’t looking or maybe when he is, and lighting candles with the villagers as we sing Silent Night. I know I could never be happier.