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!
THE PRETENDER(Book 1)
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 Crown. 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!