Release day: The Ice Duchess
Today is the official release of The Ice Duchess by Amy Rose Bennett (book 2, Scandalous Regency Widows) (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:
Georgiana Dudley, the ‘Ice Duchess’, has just emerged from mourning after a nine-year marriage of convenience to the Duke of Darby, her twin brother’s lover. Deeply hurt by a scoundrel a decade ago, Georgie swore she would never turn her head for any man, let alone another rakehell. But then she encounters the wickedly handsome and all too charming Rafe Landsbury, the Earl of Markham and against her better judgment, her interest is reluctantly aroused. An affair may be impossible to resist but dare she trust Lord Markham with her most intimate secrets … and her heart?
Society believes Rafe to be a diplomat but for many years he has been working on the Continent as a spy for the Crown. Leaving the shadowy world of espionage behind, he returns to London with the intention of finding a wife. When he is paired with the frosty yet fascinating Duchess of Darby at the piquet table during a ton ball, he is intrigued. Do-or-die man that he is, he’s certainly not going to let her cool demeanor dissuade him from pursuing her.
When Rafe’s dark past returns to endanger Georgie, he is determined to protect her at all costs, even if that means hiding who he once was. With the stakes so high, both Georgie and Rafe must decide if love is a risk worth taking…
Amy dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
The Ice Duchess is the second novel in my Scandalous Regency Widows series. It’s a steamy Regency romance featuring the frosty but also feisty Georgiana Dudley, the widowed Duchess of Darby, and the very smooth, James Bond type hero, Rafe Landsbury, the Earl of Markham, a recently retired spy for the Crown. Readers who have read the first book in the series, Lady Beauchamp’s Proposal, may recall Lord Markham is the friend of Lord Rothsburgh. Like Lady Beauchamp’s Proposal, there are some dark themes that are explored within The Ice Duchess; both Georgie and Rafe must deal with issues from their complicated pasts and face down not one, but two villains on the way to their well-earned happily-ever-after. That being said there are also plenty of lighter banter-filled moments as well as love-making scenes at the hotter end of the spectrum. I loved writing Rafe—who doesn’t love a man of action?—and Georgie is probably the most spirited and complex heroine I’ve written to date. I really hope readers love Georgie and Rafe too!