I just sold another book to The Wild Rose Press! THE WAGER is my favorite of all the books I've written and is the first book of my Victorian Trilogy that includes THE AMERICAN HEIRESS and THE BLACK ORCHID. Watch my website for cover art and an excerpt. Here is a short blurb...
Captain Dylan Blake has spent the last decade fighting for his country. Desperate for a little peace, he sells his commission and returns to England, hoping to manage one of his father’s country estates. But Dylan’s father, the Earl of Sherbourne, has never had anything but contempt for his younger son and refuses him this simple dream.
As a result, Dylan finds himself angry and adrift in London society, searching for something to fill his empty days. When an old nemesis, Jonathan Taylor, challenges Dylan to a wager, Dylan is willing to play along. The terms of the bet are simple. Dylan must get Lady Natalia Sinclair, the Duke of Clayton’s daughter, to dance with him twice in one evening.
Lady Natalia Sinclair has an enormous dowry and men have thronged to her side ever since her debut. Afraid that her dowry is the only thing that draws them, she’s learned how to protect herself. But Captain Dylan Blake seems different. For years she's followed his heroic military career and he's become the focus of her midnight yearnings. Unfortunately, she soon realizes his smile is false, his interest superficial.
Dylan sees Natalia’s rejection as a challenge and is more determined than ever to win the wager. The stakes increase when he discovers his father has ordered his older brother, Michael, to win Natalia’s hand. Passed over for Michael far too many times, Dylan needs to prove he can be first in someone’s heart.
As the lines between the wager and attraction blur, can Dylan and Natalia find the courage to take the biggest gamble of all - love?