He enters her home without warning or invitation a stranger of shadowy motives and commanding sensuality. Within hours, Alexia Welbourne is penniless, without any hope of marriage. Until Hayden Rothwell takes her to bed. When one impulsive act of passion forces Alexia to marry the very man who has ruined her, Hayden s seduction of Alexia is nearly complete. What Alexia doesn t know is that her irresistible new husband is driven by a secret purpose and a debt of honor he will risk everything to repay. Alexia is the wild card. Reluctant to give up their nightly pleasures, Hayden must find a way to keep Alexia by his side...only to be utterly, thoroughly seduced by a woman who is now playing by her own rules."
A hot historical
Forced to make her way in a hostile world is the clear-sighted heroine of Madeline Hunter's The Rules of Seduction. Alexia Welbourne, a penniless young woman, is coerced into taking a position as a companion to the family of her enemy, Hayden Rothwell. Which is just where Hayden, a sexy scoundrel who has secrets he cannot reveal, wants the strangely alluring female. Fortunately, Alexia is a very smart creature and knows just how to get what she wants. Or does she? Hunter offers a fine romance with an eye toward examining the challenges of women who must make their way in world where men aresupposedlyin control.
Barbara Samuel won a 2006 RITA award for her novel Lady Luck's Map of Vegas.