DEIRDRE & CALDER!
A sleeping beauty tale, where the beauty’s sexuality has been asleep ever since she ruined herself at fifteen after encountering a little pri–dancing tutor!
I love frustrated, agonized Rafe, and I love Phoebe’s unwise, undeniable, unending passion for him!
DESPERATELY SEEKING A DUKE
(Heiress Brides # 1)
Only a Duke will do.The only way for vicar’s daughter Phoebe Millbury to inherit a family fortune is to find herself a duke– just as her late grandfather demanded in his will. But Phoebe, who’s still trying to make good after a romantic scandal, also has her two cousins to contend with. They’re all competing for the same money, maybe even the same men…until Phoebe meets her match in the terribly handsome and charming Rafe Marbrook.
But will it be “I do” — or adieu?When she receives a proposal from the Marquis of Brookhaven, Phoebe is thrilled to learn that Rafe is headed for dukedom…and accepts his offer. There’s only one problem: It’s from Rafe’s older, less captivating brother, Calder. Now Phoebe finds herself on the verge of yet another scandal as she faces a desperate choice: Marry Calder for his money and status–or follow her own heart? Either way can only lead to trouble…
Quotes:“What can Bradley come up with after The Liars Club and the Royal Four? The answer is a humorous romp of marriage mayhem that’s a love and laughter treat, tinged with heated sensuality and tenderness. This winning combination ensures Bradley’s Heiress Brides series will climb the bestseller charts.” —Romantic Times Bookreviews
Under the covers:When I was young, I found the most fascinating part of the story of “Sleeping Beauty” to be the tangle of thorns that grew up around the castle of the sleeping princess and the fates of all the princes who died there, trying to fight their way past it. I always felt as though they deserved the princess more than the guy who just happened to ride up the day the hundred years had passed and the thorns fell away.
When a man earns a woman’s trust and love through trial and self-sacrifice–and a great set of buns!–it is always more satisfying to me. In DESPERATELY SEEKING A DUKE, Rafe Marbrook has to earn what he most desires. He must put away his rakish ways and grow to be the man that Phoebe most needs, a man who will protect the tender heart she offers, not trample it or lock it away unused.
I found Phoebe to be one of the most intricate characters I’ve ever written. Imagine the very real conflict a woman would feel even now between choosing a respectable man–a good and handsome man–who would give her all the security she would ever need and is known to honor his commitments–not to mention that her father thinks he invented sliced bread!–or choosing a man with a very bad reputation, no visible means of support, a real problem with commitment yet makes your knees weak to watch him walk across a room!
Be honest–wouldn’t you have to think about that one for a while? Phoebe literally must choose between love and life itself–for if she chooses the rake, she will most definitely lose the life she knows.
Phoebe emerged from the most romantic side of me–from the girl inside who cries when Heathcliff shouts Cathy’s name into the wind, when Darcy walks away from Elizabeth after being refused, and when no one can reach the princess sleeping inside the thorns.
Portraits of our lovers:
When Stanton first meets Alicia, she is covered in oatmeal. Things go swiftly downhill from there! 😉
SEDUCING THE SPY (Bk 4)
Elite spies, secret defenders of the king, The Royal Four are unsurpassed in courage, honor, and daring. Known to his brothers-in-arms as The Falcon, Lord Wyndham is the most secretive and aloof of the four. But when The Falcon meets the impetuous Lady Alicia, he discovers a soul mate whose hidden fire matches his own….
Lady Alicia Lawrence was cast out of polite society and branded a liar for a youthful mistake. When she overhears details of a conspiracy that could affect her country’s fate, she turns to the one person who might believe her—Stanton Horne, Lord Wyndham. Posing as Wyndham’s mistress in order to root out the enemy, Alicia is drawn into an uneasy partnership…and a wildly seductive liaison.
Lord Wyndham’s uncanny ability to detect lies has made him a valuable member of the Royal Four, but in matters of romance it has proven a distinct liability. Alicia is the only woman whose thoughts he cannot read… and the only one whose sensual touch quenches every secret desire. As the mission grows more dangerous and more personal, and each encounter with Alicia more fiery than the last, this daring spy must face his greatest challenge yet—learn to trust the passion in his heart…
This book was a joy to write–full of drama and sexy intensity and humor!
Seriously, a pet lion? Who gets away with that?
ONE NIGHT WITH A SPY (Bk 3)
They are…The Royal Four. This is the story
of the spy known as The Fox…
For years, Lady Julia Barrowby has acted the part of
an old man’s ornamental bride, never revealing that
What can I say about this couple–except that I knew someday I’d have to write a book about a man who needs help with an ENORMOUS problem! 🙂 Luckily, Olivia is woman enough for the job!
SURRENDER TO A WICKED SPY (Bk 2)
They are known simply as the Royal Four—
but there is nothing simple about the elite
band of spies who serve the Crown in secrecy.
Their missions are dangerous, their love
lives are scandalous…and each man in the
NATHANIEL & WILLA!
These two are by far one of the most popular pair of lovers
I have written. Nathaniel, with the tragic sacrifice of his
honor for the good of the Crown? And Willa–quirky,
brilliant, jinxed, steadfast Willa!–who never ceases to believe
TO WED A SCANDALOUS SPY
Four dangerously elite spies who answer
only to the King will sweep readers into
court intrigue and society scandal, into
ETHAN & JANE!
I loved writing Ethan’s initiation into the Liar’s Club–
and Jane is one of my all-time favorite heroines!
A gambler and a liar?Ethan Damont’s legendary gambling skills have earned him a place at the gaming tables of London’s most exclusive homes. He has used his dubious
place in Society to aid the Liar’s Club. But his latest
This is one of my absolute favorite couples…
I really love it when hate turns to love!
COLLIS & ROSE!
Who is the charmer?Collis Tremayne could make any female swoon; yet no one would guess the hidden desperation that drove him to become the most skilled spy in
service to the Crown. All that stand in his way is…
JAMES & PHILLIPA!
I love a cross-dressing heroine! A story as old as Greek mythology
and replayed by Shakespeare can’t go wrong, in my opinion.
I loved writing “Flip!”
THE SPY (Book 3)
Who is the spy?James Cunnington has a pressing mission at hand: He must find the daughter of a missing code breaker
for the Liar’s Club, a man suspected of turning traitor