Royal Pains Cover Reveal for September 16 posting
Innocence lost. Paradise found.
sexual tastes are a shade or two darker than most, but marries him
anyway—partly because she has no other prospects and partly because, try
as she might, she can’t seem to stop fantasizing about her dashing rake
of a guardian.
Robert Armstrong, the duke, is a Roman Catholic whose extreme
devotions as a child warped his desires as a man. He’s also a slave to
the times in which he lives–and to his king. Everything he is,
everything he holds dear, depends on staying in Charles II’s good
graces. Unfortunately, Maggie isn’t the bride the king selected for him.
Now, to make amends, the duke must either whore his wife or be reduced
to a penniless and unprotected commoner at a time when Catholics are
persona non grata in Great Britain.
The tawdry tale of the Duke and Duchess of Dunwoody continues…
presumptive to the throne, is bedeviled by her husband’s limited
definition of fidelity. After observing him in a ménage à trois at the
court of King Charles II, she is determined to bring him around to her
way of thinking—
by any means necessary.
Robert doesn’t mind being punished for his transgressions. Rather,
he enjoys being whipped, especially by his beloved bride. Unfortunately,
her heart might not belong to him alone. His younger brother, who he’d
sent abroad to clear the way for himself, is coming home sooner than
expected, and Maggie’s feelings for Hugh may not be as dead as her
husband had hoped.
Both duke and duchess soon learn, to their peril, Hugh Armstrong is
not the honorable man they’d been led to believe. Insanely jealous of
his brother’s situation, Hugh will stop at nothing to strip Robert of
all he holds dear—including his life.
But the real danger for Robert and Maggie is not the villainous
Marquess, but the growing friction betwixt Catholics and Protestants in
Restoration Era Great Britain.
Can their love survive the trials that await them?
Beware the devil in disguise…
1685 and Maggie’s father has just been crowned King of Great Britain,
but that doesn’t mean trouble is over for the Duke and Duchess of
Dunwoody. Rather than cool the flames of hatred between Papists and
Protestants, the coronation of a Catholic monarch has only added
accelerant to the already raging blaze. Two-faced devils lurk in every
corner of the royal court, as do diseases with the power to kill and
maim. When Robert falls prey to the smallpox virus, it looks as though
Maggie will lose the two people most precious to her–her beloved
husband and their only child–the son she bore three months before after
five years of heartbreaking miscarriages and stillbirths. The one
person in London who can help save her son demands a steep price in
exchange her services. Will Maggie trade Robert’s hard-won fidelity to
save her only child…or offer the apothecary an even more scandalous