Every day, I will be posting a retrospective of my favorite couples, beginning with THE LIAR’S CLUB heroes and heroines! DALTON & CLARA!
THE IMPOSTOR(Book 2)
Who is the impostor?
It isn’t easy moving about Society dressed like a dandy– especially when one is a ruthless spy. But that’s precisely the latest mission for Liar’s Club master Dalton Montmorency. Dalton is posing as Sir Thorogood, the elusive cartoonist whose scathing political caricatures have all of London abuzz. The true identity of Sir Thorogood is a mystery, and Dalton hopes that impersonating him will flush out the real menace before his cartoons do further damage to the government. Now, if Dalton could only find a way to get the irksome, yet oddly appealing widow Clara Simpson off his trail…
When Clara meets Sir Thorogood at a ball, she’s certain he is an impostor–because she’s the true Sir Thorogood. Secretly penning the cartoons under the frothy nom de plume, Clara hopes to save enough money so that she can leave her in-laws and find a new life. Now she is determined to reveal an impostor’s identity–and that means doing some undercover work herself. But pretending to be someone you’re not has a funny way of making a woman do things she wouldn’t ordinarily dream of– even if it drives her straight into the arms of her devilishly handsome adversary!
“Readers will race through this delightful comedy of errors and eagerly anticipate the next installment.”
“With delicious characters and a delectable plot, Bradley delivers another enticing read.”
—Romantic Times magazine
Under the covers:
“The Impostor came from one woman’s obsession with Dalton Montmorency. My editor had a complete crush on him and demanded that his story come next. I actually dedicated the Impostor to her! When it came time to choose his match, the quiet, wry Widow Simpson from The Pretender kept coming to mind. She wasn’t in it for more than a few paragraphs, but she wouldn’t go away. Her name was originally Clara, but I had changed it to Harriet because I thought it would be fun to have all my heroines have awful names like Agatha. When I began The Impostor, I couldn’t make Harriet real. In the eleventh hour, right before The Pretender went to press, I went back through it and changed Harriet back to Clara, thus saving The Impostor from the weird fate of having a “dead” heroine. Once she became Clara again, she was happy to come to life in the story. If you should ever happen to get your hands on an Advance Reading Copy of The Pretender, you’ll find that the Widow Simpson is still Harriet in that version. The poor thing…what was I thinking?”
Portraits of our lovers:
The Widow Simpson has a secret–and it isn’t simply
that she resents living on the charity of her late husband’s
social-climbing sister. Clara Simpson has a mission, to
use her drawing talents to expose the evils of the
upper classes in a popular series of political cartoons,
known to the public as the work of “Sir Thorogood.”
But when the artist becomes a target, Clara isn’t sure
who she can turn to, or who to run from–the
government who resents her agenda, the villains
she has exposed, or the obnoxious, arrogant dandy
who has begun to call himself Sir Thorogood.
Then again, she can’t stop thinking about
the blasted man…
Dalton Montmorency, Lord Etheridge–about as highborn
as one could wish.
Handsome, determined and very nearly reclusive. Some
say he’s cold, even intimidating…and they’re right!
Orphaned young, he came into his title at the age of
twelve and spent the next twenty-odd years becoming
one of the most powerful men in England. His influence
is broad and so are his shoulders.
You wouldn’t think a man like that had anything to prove,