IN ANTICIPATION OF VALENTINE’S DAY!
Every day, I will be posting a retrospective of my favorite couples, beginning with THE LIAR’S CLUB heroes and heroines!
SIMON & AGATHA!
She had a secret she’d do anything to hide.
Agatha Cunnington, headstrong beauty from the
country, has come to London in search of her missing
brother James. The only clue she has is a cryptic
letter signed “The Griffin.” Agatha decides to disguise
herself as a respectable married woman so that she
can go about the city unnoticed. But for her charade
to work she needs a suitable “husband,” preferably
someone tall, elegant and rakish–
Someone like Simon Rain.
He had a secret he’d do anything to hide.
Simon Rain is a member of the Liar’s Club, a renegade
group of rogues and thieves in the service of the
When someone begins murdering members of the
undercover cabal one by one, Simon is given the
mission to bring in James Cunnington, one of his
comrades who is suspected of betraying his brothers.
Simon goes undercover and infiltrates the home of
“Mrs.” Agatha Applequist–who he believes is James’s
mistress. Before Simon knows what’s happened, he
finds himself irresistibly drawn to Agatha’s soft,
feminine charms–and he is tempted beyond reason
to break the first rule of the Liar’s Club:
Never fall in love.
“Funny and touching…totally entertaining.”
—Julia Quinn, New York Times bestselling author
“An engaging, lusty tale, filled with adventure and
loaded with charm.”
—Gaelen Foley, USA Today bestselling author
Under the covers:
“I love Pygmalion stories. My original intent was to
write a sweet sexy novel, Educating Agatha, about
a woman who must educate a ragged chimneysweep
to pose as her husband. Then Simon began to take
on a mysterious life of his own, becoming something
altogether more sexy and interesting. A charismatic
rule-breaker like that had to come from someplace,
didn’t he? So the Liar’s Club was born.
As the story began to gain flesh and bone, the Liars
became a forceful voice of their own. The secondary
characters that populate The Pretender–Kurt, Pearson,
Button, among others–have generated reader mail
of their very own. Imagine—fan mail for the butler!”
Portraits of our lovers:
When she comes to London, wealthy Miss Agatha
Cunnington wants only to find her missing brother,
James, and to escape from the advances of
Repulsive Reggie, her neighbor’s son back in Appleby.
Fresh from the country, with a healthy appetite for life,
Agatha has her own creative method of making her
way–which is to lie well and willingly as the occasion
calls for it. Unfortunately, her elaborate house of cards
is built on the one thing she doesn’t have–a husband.
Her answer…to make one from the best material she
can find in a hurry–Simon, the handsome chimney-
sweep who has come to rescue her from the horrors
of unsightly sooty buildup. The intensity behind his blue
eyes is disturbing to her cheerful equilibrium, but
she is happy to find that he cleans up extremely well!
Until she finds out what Simon is really after…
Passionate chimneysweep–or calculating intelligence
agent? A man with a secret and a mission and a heart
that is torn between duty and love.
Born of the streets, Simon gained his way into the club
through a boyhood act of heroism. Quick and
occasionally deadly, he quickly advanced to become
the master of the spies.
Under his management, the club grew to its most solvent
and well-staffed point–until one by one his men began
to be critically injured or killed. Now Simon will do
anything to discover why!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!