Jilted and heart-broken, Miss Rachel Steele leaves home to begin a new life as governess, mind-made-up never again to succumb to a man's charm. Then William Seaton, old friend of her employer, disturbs her peace: meddling in matters outside his concern. 'Good riddance to bad rubbish,' she says when he finally leaves. Soon thereafter, disaster strikes and Rachel accompanies her charge to the estate of her guardian, the Duke of Warwick: who from his letters sounds like a man well in his dotage. Rachel marches in to his study to persuade the doddering old coot to keep her on as governess. Words fail her when she finds that he is not at all old...definitely not doddering, -but none other than the irritating, William Seaton!
William Seaton's life is precisely as he would have it: mistresses all prettily lined up in a row, a cozy chair at Whites molded comfortably to fit his frame - fine port and cheroots a nod away...just perfect! He is anything but charmed to renew Miss Steele's acquaintance, she is a nuisance he does not want or need, -in fact, he'd prefer to hear nothing except farewell from her tightly-pressed lips. Knowing the annoying bluestocking will likely disrupt his well-ordered life, he agrees to retain her for the sake of his ward.
Hence begins a sizzling romantic campaign of Napoleonic proportions which draws the unwelcome attention of a villain from William's past. Will Rachel and William realize their love for one another before he seeks revenge?
Includes excerpts from two novels in Scarlett Rains' captivating Sisters of the Heart series!
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About the Author
I adore 18th century English history and imagine I'm transported back to that period when I'm writing. I make every attempt to represent the period authentically when I write of it and don't pull punches. As a result, you may find some of my content unusual, but I believe strongly in representing likely characters of the period realistically.
HOW DO I CREATE MY CHARACTERS?
Character inspirations come to me after reading of a particular event, during the period, that interests me. I often awaken from a sound sleep with a poem or segment of a story telling itself to me quite clearly. I jump up (scare my hubby half to death) and run to my desk to write it all out. At other times, mostly when I'm gardening or just allowing my mind to wander, a character will reveal itself to me with such clarity that I feel as if they are real. When I write of them it's more a sharing of their thoughts then a telling, if you understand my meaning.
I'll close with this tidbit...a segment from my dream the other night.
Don't be afraid to dream: fear is a rabid beast with gaping mouth, blood-drenched teeth and a voracious appetite for dreams.
Dream on, dear reader!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Just finished it and can't wait for the next in the series. It's so different! I loved the first one and this book kind of picks up on things I suspected in the first one. I've been a romance reader all my life and sometimes stories get a little stale. These are so fresh.
Rachel Steele decides she’ll never fall for another man after being jilted by her childhood boyfriend. There again, it’s not clear another man will ever look at her, since her betrayal is soon the talk of the town. So Rachel hides away in work, becoming a governess, espousing women’s causes, and... well, and falling for the guardian of a girl left in her care. Meanwhile, the handsome William Seaton eases physical and mental stress with the ministrations of various fallen women, while falling for Rachel. Historical details meld nicely with the sensibilities of a lady of the time, as certain parts of a male horse’s anatomy might perhaps be covered, and a child flees the dreaded application of leeches to a black eye. Meanwhile bluestocking women speak up for themselves and the poor, and the workhouse is a very real threat. The social importance of Poor Law Reform is counterbalanced with the hilarious antics of wayward pets as children grow swiftly to teens, and love reveals itself behind rejection. The Seduction of a Bluestocking is a pleasing tale, complete in itself, but with an undercurrent of greater threat still awaiting resolution by the end. (After all, it's book two in a series, but it stands alone quite well.) Love is a game of chess, but checkers might follow I guess. Smooth, fast-flowing and fun, marred by occasional typos, but sweetened with genuine humor, this enjoyable historical romance has just enough history to really intrigue. Disclosure: I won a copy, and finally got around to reading and enjoying it.
Not every day an author come along able to tell a story this well and from the heart. This is one of those must read books. Wonderful