Marry the Man Today

Marry the Man Today

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by Linda Needham
     
 

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The final chapter in the delectable Gentleman Rogues trilogy by a consistent USA Today bestselling author.

A Lady's Vow.

The very last thing beautiful young Elizabeth Dunaway plan to do is marry! Determined to liberate the women of Britain, Elizabeth opens a private Ladies Club, scandalizing every male in Victorian London.

A Hero's

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The final chapter in the delectable Gentleman Rogues trilogy by a consistent USA Today bestselling author.

A Lady's Vow.

The very last thing beautiful young Elizabeth Dunaway plan to do is marry! Determined to liberate the women of Britain, Elizabeth opens a private Ladies Club, scandalizing every male in Victorian London.

A Hero's Promise.

Of course, Ross Carrington, the Earl of Blakestone isn't at all like most other men. As a brilliant military strategist and gentleman spy, he's at the top of his game. But when an investigation leads him to the magnificently obstinate Miss Duniway, Ross sets out to tame her rebellious spirit, but soon finds that he's met his match.

The Battle of the Sexes.

When Elizabeth's campaign for women's rights goes too far and takes her to prison, she's stunned when the powerfully handsome Blakestone comes to her rescue with a marriage of convenience. But there's nothing at all convenient about waking up to the arrogant earl, wrapped in his embrace.As her dashing and attentive husband begins to romance her, she soon discovers that marrying Ross just might have been the most liberating thing she could ever have done.

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ISBN-13:
9780060514143
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/24/2005
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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Marry the Man Today

Chapter One

Tend to his every part in the bath, dear reader,
fondle his manly shapes, linger where he seems
to most enjoy your touch.

Elizabeth Dunaway, Unbridled Embraces; or Fifty Proven Techniques for an Intimate Marriage, 1852

The Admiralty
Whitehall, London, England
July 1853

"From now on, Blakestone, you'll just have to watch her like a bloody hawk."

"Of course, Lord Aberdeen." Ross Carrington, the first Earl of Blakestone, was finding it difficult to conceal a snort at the prime minister's unnecessary warning. "However, if I watch her any more closely, I'm liable to cause an international incident. We can't risk that."

And Ross had deflected too many of those lately for his luck to hold much longer.

"Fine, Blakestone, but just don't let her get the upper hand in the situation."

"I won't, Aberdeen," Ross said, "no matter how outrageous her royal demands." He turned pointedly from the tall windows that overlooked the wide expanse of Whitehall and its bustling midday traffic to look at Drew Wexford, a lifelong friend who surely understood the royal mind like none other.

The man had married one two years ago.

Drew leaned back in his chair and laughed in that maddeningly contented, happily married way that had overtaken him. "She's not the least bit shy about asking for the impossible -- "

"Exactly what I'm afraid of, Wexford," Lord Clarendon said, dropping into a chair. He picked up a troop report and fanned his wilted face. "We can't bend to her."

"Nor is she at all shy about putting us inone untenable position after another." The First Lord of the Admiralty launched himself out of his chair.

Aberdeen threw up his hands. "Never stopping to consider the cost of her conceit to anyone around her."

"Completely irresponsible," sputtered Lord Weldon.

"Molly coddled at every turn!" Clarendon shook his fist toward the ceiling.

"Gentlemen, please!" Ross said through his clenching jaw. "Anyone would believe that we were gossiping about a beautiful woman instead of thrashing over the wiles of Mother Russia and her scheming tsar, Nicholas."

"Now, there's a pity we're not, Blakestone." Lord Aberdeen grunted, scratching at his steely gray temple. "At least with a beautiful woman we could dazzle her speechless with a bauble or two. That bastard Nicholas wants the whole of the Ottoman Empire all to himself."

"Careful, Aberdeen," Jared Hawkesly said with a slow grin from the sprawling comfort of his chair. "If you value your life and your fortune, you'll never let my Kate hear you be so flip about a woman."

"Or my Caro," Drew added. "I learned the hard way that an angry ex-princess can be just as deadly as one with a glittering crown and an empire of her own."

"You'd best take heed, Aberdeen," Ross said, feeling singularly distracted by a curious noise drifting through the window. A clattering rumble from the direction of Trafalgar Square, though he couldn't quite place the exact nature of the sound.

"No need for your kind warnings, gentlemen," Aberdeen said, "I've partnered both ladies in whist and now refuse to play against them."

Deadlier than the male, Ross was going to say. But he now found himself intrigued by the rising sounds in the street. He pulled aside the sheering drapes and, feeling like a lunatic, leaned partially out the window.

What the devil?

A cluster of people had formed up into a parade of some sort at the upper end of Whitehall. Now they were beginning to walk south toward the Admiralty.

Four abreast, six lines, a limp banner lagging between two of the marchers. And a half-dozen signs being jabbed into the air. None of the words readable yet.

Utterly amazing!

Because the mob consisted entirely of women.

"I just don't know what's wrong with these young ladies of today," Lord Weldon said in a voice as rattling as the tremors in his hands. "Seem to have grown minds of their own. No respect for an old man's opinion."

"All the fault of permissive fathers, I say." The Lord Admiral clacked the bowl of his pipe against the fireplace grate. "Give a young woman an inch and she takes the whole of the street and half the curb."

Indeed, all of Whitehall. Ross nearly laughed out loud as the carefully lettered signage came into sharp focus from the street below.

Women's Rights!
Liberty! Equality! Sorority!

And in the vanguard, one sign was being thrust repeatedly into the air like a galvanizing call to arms, the most preposterous sentiment of the lot:

Votes for Women!

Marry the Man Today. Copyright � by Linda Needham. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Meet the Author

Linda Needham credits her bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts, support from her fellow writers, and her hero-husband for her publishing achievements. Winning the RWA's Golden Heart as an unpublished author and joining Avon Books two months later are among the highlights of her Fabulous Forties. Seven books, two stageplays, three musical revues and the USA Today and Waldenbooks bestseller lists later, Linda has entered her Fantastic Fifties with brazenness, exaltation, and an RWA Top Ten Favorite Book of the Year award!

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Marry the Man Today 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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ELIZABETH IS NOT A SUFFRAGETTE. SHE INSIST SHE IS A SUFFRAGIST.ENCOMPASSING ANYONE NOT ENJOYING WHAT MEN AND ESPECIALLY UPPER CLASS MALES TAKE FOR GRANTED. UNLIKE OTHER ROMANCE BOOKS WHERE THE MALE IS THE LUSTFUL ONE-ELIZABETH TEACHES WOMAN HOW TO SEDUCE THEIR HUSBANDS--AMONG OTHER THINGS BETTER NOT KNOWN TO THE LIKES OF SCOTLAND YARD AND PARLIMENT. IT BRINGS INTO REALITY THE LAWS WOMEN LIVED UNDER IN THAT TIME PERIOD.SOME BOOKS MINIMALLY SKIRT THE ISSUE--THIS BOOK DELVES INTO THE PRACTICE.I WONDER WHAT ELIZABETH-WHO FOUGHT SO HARD FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS-WOULD SAY IF SHE KNEW 150 YEARS LATER THERE WERE SOME COUNTRIES STILL NOT ALLOWING WOMEN TO VOTE. ON A SENSUAL SCALE OF 1-10 IT IS A 6 ONE TIME ONLY. BUT IF LUSTFUL THOUGHTS RUNNING THROUGH BOTH ROSS AND ELIZABETH'S MINDS WERE COUNTED--IT WOULD SURELY AVERAGE OUT TO AN 8.DIDN'T GET A FIVE AS MOST OF NEEDHAM'S BOOKS DESERVE SINCE THE ROMANTIC MOOD WAS CONSTANTLY BROKEN BY CHILDISH PATTER BETWEEN LOVERS.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1853 suffragette supporter Elizabeth Dunaway plans an incident to insure she will be arrested as a way of protesting the lack of women¿s rights. However, her scheme goes awry when Earl Ross Carrington rescues her. Even more shocking Elizabeth is forced to marry her ¿hero¿ for proprietary sake. Though a bride attracted to her spouse, Elizabeth continues her support of women¿s rights working as a conductor on the underground train that helps abused females to flee an untenable situation. At the same time, Ross keeps a vigil on developments in Russia and Austria that could impact England. When their two ventures suddenly merge, they realize they love one another, but first England is in jeopardy. --- MARRY THE MAN TODAY is a strong Victorian romantic suspense that grips the audience from the moment that Ross rescues Elizabeth and never slows down until the final altercation. The story line is action-packed starring two courageous champions although their respective causes differ. Fans obtain an intriguing look at the frustrations of the early suffragettes struggling against a tide of ¿family values¿ that assumes a woman needs a man for food, shelter and safety/protection. Though the merging of the two subplots seems strained, readers will appreciate this fine historical tale.--- Harriet Klausner