He won a wife in a game of cards! Dashing Major Gavin Alexander, recently elevated to sixth Earl of Seabrooke, needs a fortune—fast! His new title came with a mountain of debt, and it is only a matter of time before he's denied entrance to the clubs where he's eking out a living by gaming. When Sir Thomas Chesterton cannot pay his losses at the table and offers his sister—and her inheritance—instead, Gavin jumps at the seemingly perfect solution to his troubles and agrees to wed Miss Chesterton sight unseen. No biddable spinster Frederica Chesterton is appalled to learn what her brother has done without her consent. Determined to undo the bargain, she wrests a promise from Sir Thomas that if she can find proof Lord Seabrook is a rogue, he will release her from the betrothal. Without her brother's knowledge, Frederica infiltrates Lord Seabrooke's household as a frumpy servant to ferret out the man's secrets—and finds more of them than she bargained for! But even as she gathers her evidence against the handsome Earl, she finds herself perilously close to losing her heart. Will revealing her true identity lead to disaster, or to a happy ending neither she nor Lord Seabrooke ever expected? Another sparkling Regency romance from bestselling author Brenda Hiatt.
Brenda Hiatt began writing in 1988, an Army wife at home with two preschool children. She promised herself that if nothing sold before her youngest began school she'd get a "real job," so she was thrilled to sell a Regency romance novel to Harlequin six months ahead of that deadline. Originally from Virginia, Brenda received degrees in Biology and Psychology from the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, before attending graduate school at Texas A&M University. She has since lived in Hawaii, South Carolina, Texas, and now Indiana.
Brenda now writes full time and lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two daughters. To date, she has published six Harlequin Regency Romances, one Harlequin Superromance, two single title historical romances with HarperCollins and six historical romances with Avon Books. Brenda's first single title historical romance, SCANDALOUS VIRTUE, received rave reviews in Publisher's Weekly and other media and was named Best Romance Novel of 1999 by the American Book Readers Association. She prides herself on her thorough historical research, and when she takes a break from the past, Brenda embraces the future by teaching writing classes on the Internet.
An active member of Romance Writers of America since 1990, Brenda participates every year in RWA's Readers for Life Literacy Autographing, which since 1990 has raised over $300,000 for adult literacy. Brenda has also served as President of Novelists, Inc, an international organization of over 600 multi-published novelists.
Brenda's titles include:
THE RUNAWAY HEIRESS -- Avon, June 2005
TAMING TESSA -- Avon, September 2004
WICKEDLY YOURS -- Avon, November 2003
INNOCENT PASSIONS -- Avon, February 2003
A REBELLIOUS BRIDE -- Avon, April 2002
ROGUE'S HONOR -- Avon, July 2001
SHIP OF DREAMS -- HarperCollins, April 2000
SCANDALOUS VIRTUE -- HarperCollins, June 1999
AZALEA -- Harlequin "Regency Diamonds," August 1994
BRIDGE OVER TIME -- Harlequin Superromance, April 1994
A CHRISTMAS BRIDE -- Harlequin Regency, December 1993
DARING DECEPTION -- Harlequin Regency, July 1993
LORD DEARBORN'S DESTINY -- Harlequin Regency, February 1993
THE UGLY DUCKLING -- Harlequin Regency, September 1992
GABRIELLA -- Harlequin Regency, March 1992read more