The Blackmailed Beauty
Claire Stuart is looking forward to her first season in London when she slips next door to the churchyard to spend a few quiet moments alone. There, an unwanted encounter with the local viscount turns into an assault. Claire fights back and escapes with her virtue intact only to be blackmailed by his sister, Lady Regina, who witnessed the attack. Claire now faces ruin if she does not meet the terms of the blackmail - convince the Earl of Roydon to marry her, even though a long-standing arrangement has matched him with Lady Regina. Noel Mallory, the Duke of Lamborton, meets Claire and is immediately enamored by her. He becomes frustrated, however, when she alternately seems to welcome his attentions and spurn them. Worse, she seems to be seeking the attentions of his best friend, the Earl of Roydon. Noel sets out to win Claire's love and discover the reason behind her confusing behavior.
- Paperback | 228 pages
- 133.35 x 203.2 x 14.73mm | 326.58g
- 16 Oct 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Ilene Withers
Ilene Withers grew up in Nebraska cowboy country. She fell in love with romance novels at the age of 18 while recovering from a motorcycle accident. Upon learning of ancestors from the British Isles, it didn't take more than a few more years to lose herself in the Regency world. She has lived throughout the Great Plains region and has settled in Loveland, Colorado, where she lives with her musician husband and her Maine Coon cat. Ilene rediscovered her childhood love of writing when she earned a college degree in English writing as a non-traditional student. She shares a fascination of the paranormal with an adult daughter, who is seeking her doctorate in History. Ilene has many more historical stories to tell.