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by Wendy LaCapra
SUMMARY: Lady Sophia Baneham rules private gaming salons with an iron fist and a twinkle in her eye. A seductive rake places more than her virtue at risk by offering her a wager she cannot refuse and the dark secrets of her past threaten to destroy everything she's built. Lord Randolph has never before failed a mission, but his mentor's daughter is more than he is willing to gamble. When danger closes in, Randolph won't just have to protect Sophia from an intended killer. He'll have to protect her from himself...
Earl Baneham’s Rules for Winning
“Reveal nothing of your intent.”
Lady Randolph, née Lady Sophia Baneham, stood silent and still in the Dowager Duchess of Wynchester’s parlor while recalling the first rule printed in her father, the Earl’s, secret and much-coveted book, Earl Baneham’s Rules for Winning. She knew every rule by rote, though she had sworn for the sake of conscience and soul never to learn them by heart.
Tonight, however, she would call forth the darkest part of her being.
The mantel was cool under her palm; cool as the poker in the fire was hot. With her eyes fixed on the flames, she spoke to her friend Thea, the current Duchess of Wynchester.
“Go to bed,” she said. “Lord Randolph will come for me. When he does, I must meet him alone.”
Thea made a sound of distress. “I cannot leave you.” Her skirts rustled as she paced. “You were there for me when I left my husband. You were there for Lavinia when she left hers. We are the Furies and we have remained united through heartache, scandal, and near-ruin.”
“This is different, Thea.” The roots of this fight stretched down deep into deadly Baneham secrets.
“The dowager,” Thea’s cadence slowed with frustration, “shared her home with us so we could remain together.”
Sophia turned, reached out, and cupped the duchess’s cheek as she would have a child’s. Her impending separation from the Furies thrust a dagger into her heart. The Furies had been her solace and her strength, but her reprieve had ended.
Associates of her father’s greatest enemy, Kasai, had been seen on English soil, fulfilling her father’s prediction that the man would not relent until he had devastated the lives of every Baneham. And, if being hunted by her father’s enemies was not bad enough, tonight she had discovered she had tied herself—for better or worse—to a deeply duplicitous man…a spy who’d trained under her blackguard father.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Wendy LaCapra has been reading romance since she sneaked into the adult section at the library and discovered Victoria Holt & Jane Aiken Hodge. From that point on, she dreamed of creating fictional worlds with as much richness, intrigue and passion as she found within those books. Her stories have placed in several contests, including the 2012 Golden Heart®. She lives in NYC with her husband and loves to hear from readers. You can read about her books on her website at wendylacapra.com/ or sign up for her newsletter at bit.ly/GetWendyNews
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