The Bed and the Bachelor

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Everyone knows the Byron brothers are "mad, bad, and dangerous." But the devilishly desirable fourth son, Drake, is too scholarly to misbehave . . . or is he?

Lord Drake Byron has no time inhis busy life to worry about taking a wife.He is more interested in the unbreakablecode he has developed to defeat Napoleon'sforces. Little does he know that theirresistibly lovely new housekeeper he'shired is really a French secret agent.

Sebastianne Dumont...

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Overview

Everyone knows the Byron brothers are "mad, bad, and dangerous." But the devilishly desirable fourth son, Drake, is too scholarly to misbehave . . . or is he?

Lord Drake Byron has no time inhis busy life to worry about taking a wife.He is more interested in the unbreakablecode he has developed to defeat Napoleon'sforces. Little does he know that theirresistibly lovely new housekeeper he'shired is really a French secret agent.

Sebastianne Dumont is not at allwho she seems to be. Forced to spy to saveher family, she embarks on a missionthat takes an even more dangerous turnwhen she falls in love with the surprisingly tempting man she must ultimatelybetray. And if she succeeds in her mission,will she also break Lord Drake's heart,while leaving her own behind?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Warren's intriguing fifth Byrons of Braebourne Regency (after Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed) follows the brilliant fourth Byron son, Drake, whose mathematical codes help British forces keep secrets from Napoleon. Suddenly deserted by his longtime housekeeper, Drake hires Anne Greenway, an appealing and soft-spoken widow. Unbeknownst to Drake, however, Anne is a French mathematician and reluctant spy. In short order, Anne establishes herself in the household and falls for her handsome and thoughtful master, while Drake is mesmerized by Anne's elegance and sensuality. As dreams and reality collide in passion, a French spymaster threatens to harm Anne's family unless she betrays her lover and delivers the code tout de suite. Warren's latest will satisfy fans of suspenseful historical romance with plenty of red-hot lust and chilling danger. (Aug.)
Romantic Times
“Warren delights with the first volume in a new trilogy. Her gift for creating very sexy, poignant romances should endear her to readers – and ensure their reading pleasure all night long.”
Chicago Tribune
“Warren’s latest exceptionally entertaining Regency historical offers readers a delectable combination of lushly elegant writing and lusciously sensual romance.”
Chrissy Dionne
“I adored every scene throughout this story. Witty and a pure delight to the senses. I’ll definitely be adding the entire trilogy to my keeper bookshelf and awaiting Ms. Warren’s next contribution to the literary world.”
New York Times Best-Selling Author - Cathy Maxwell
Tempted by His Kiss is a delightful Beauty and the Beast story. Tracey Anne Warren is brilliant!
Romantic Times BOOKreviews on My Fair Mistress
“Warren delights with the first volume in a new trilogy. Her gift for creating very sexy, poignant romances should endear her to readers – and ensure their reading pleasure all night long.”
New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell
Tempted by His Kiss is a delightful Beauty and the Beast story. Tracey Anne Warren is brilliant!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062033055
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: Byrons of Braebourne Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 306,346
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy Anne Warren grew up in a small central Ohio town. After working for a number of years in finance, she quit her day job to pursue her first love—writing romance novels. Warren lives in Maryland with a trio of exuberant young Siamese rescue cats and windows full of gorgeous orchids and African violets. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and dreaming up the characters for her next book.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Will love always find the real you regardless of how many lies you tell to stay hidden?

    Being devoted to her father and brothers should have helped Sebastianne Dumont but instead Sebastianne must become a deceitful, horrid spy to save her brothers from one man's cruelty and exposing her brother's to the torture of war. Sebastianne becomes Annie Greenway and finds herself in the employ of Lord Drake Byron a kind, eccentric man of science who does not deserve what she must do - seduce him and steal his secrets. The work Drake is doing will help England and it is Annie's job to steal it and put it into the hands of the French to do just the opposite.

    Drake would never suspect the sweet, caring woman working as his housekeeper as anything more than a beautiful distraction. Drake is mesmerized by the sway of her hips, the intoxicating scent of her hair and looks for any chance to be near her never suspecting she wants the same thing from him but for the opposite reason. He knew better than to hire a woman that he wanted to see lying upon the sheets of his bed instead of changing them but this time Drake listened to his heart and he hopes his desire for her will not do him in, but fears it just might because one night will never be enough with Annie. Drake knows math, facts and figures and the way around a chalk board but has no real idea what a relationship might be like and while he has mistresses it is never enough. He sees his brothers in married life and wonders about what woman could make him desert his work and abandon good thought for the brush of her lips against his. This wanting for an all consuming love and female warmth that overrides everything sensible thought is a foreign emotion but one Drake is beginning to think possible with Annie.

    Annie try as she might to not do the awful deed she must moves forward with securing the sacred information at the expense of a lifetime of true happiness for herself. Annie has found herself in love with a man she cannot ever have and should not even consider thinking about romantically yet she continually does.

    While Annie may not be a good spy, she is however a creative one and knows the steps to get a copy of the key made that will give her the treasure. With quiet steps and eager determination she secures her objective while losing everything she desires at the same time. Funny thing though Drake is not so easily duped and never one to just let go and move on, especially when he discovers what Annie has done and retribution must be provided. He is going to move forward and get Annie back regardless of whatever barriers keep her from him even going into the lion's den known as France, the evil empire to an Englishman to get her back into his life and sharing his bed. Luck is not always on his side but this time he will make his own and write the future he wants not one that is supposed to be.

    With every book in the Byron Family series my thought is always "can the next book top this one". Well the answer is always YES and yes and yes again. Tracy Anne Warren knows how to write characters that are as complicated as they are fascinating and Drake and Sebastianne "Annie" are over the top fabulous. The storyline is believable and the draw to do right by family is heart wrenching to read but so fascinating as it unfolds and you feel the love that draw these two together may also be the one that will tear them apart.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Great read!

    Great story...I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series! I hope Warren continues with the remains Byron siblings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Must read for Regency spy romance fans.

    The fifth title in the series on the Bryon family focuses on the family scholar and genius, Drake. Drake's work on codes for the British government has come to the attention of the French and they place a spy in his household to steal the code. As Drake's new housekeeper Anne Greenway intends to stay in the household only a few weeks, but the task turns out to be more difficult than anticipated. The longer she stays at Drake's, the more attracted she is to the intelligent, considerate master of the house. The couple share some passionate nights, but Anne inevitably has to betray Drake and return to her family. When Drake discovers the betrayal he does not hesitant to follow, but will he turn her over to the English or follow his heart? This is a definite read for fans of the Bryon series and Regency spy romances.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    Drake Byron developed codes to help the British conceal secrets from Napoleon's spies. Currently he works on breaking a French code to assist the war effort. In 1813 when his housekeeper abruptly leaves, Drake hires twenty-nine year old Widow Anne Greenway to replace her.

    However, Anne is actually an undercover French mathematician Sebastianne Dumont who has been forced to spy on Drake to protect her family. Rather quickly Anne and Drake are attracted to one another. While pressure mounts on her to betray her employer and her heart in order to save her father and siblings, Anne knows what she must do; when she does act, Drake knows what he must do.

    The latest Byrons of Braebourne historical romance (see Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed) features the most unique of the "bad" brood as "mad" intellect Drake (even his mom fears he will blow himself up one day) stars with his female genius counterpart. The espionage romantic Regency story line is fast-paced, contains a few surprising twists, and is supported by the energetic eccentric notorious Byrons; anyone think the French have a chance against this crowd?

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    a must read .

    i give this book four stars for a wonderful story about this amazing family.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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