Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office one day and invites her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades…What more could a scandal writer want than a secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake?
Daniel has secrets and if The Hawk’s Eye gets wind of them, a man’s life could be at stake. And what better way to distract a gossip than by feeding her the scandal she desperately craves? But Daniel never expected the sharp mind and biting wit of the beautiful writer, and their desire for each other threatens even his best laid plans.
But when Eleanor learns the truth of his deception, Daniel will do anything to prove a romance between a commoner and an earl could really last forever.
Successful playwright Maggie Delamere has no interest in the flirtations of noblemen like Cameron, Viscount Marwood. She once paid dearly for a moment of weakness . . . and vows to rebuff the wildly persistent—and irritatingly handsome—scoundrel at every turn. But when pressure to deliver a new play hampers her creativity, an invitation to use his country estate as a writer’s retreat is too tempting to resist...
For years, Cam has admired Maggie’s brilliant work, and he can’t pass up the opportunity to discover if the beautiful, mysterious playwright is as passionate and clever as the words that flow from her quill. He’s never offered a lady his bed without being in it, but if it means loosening Maggie’s pen—and her inhibitions—he’ll do exactly that.
But soon Cam’s plans for seduction become a fight for Maggie’s heart. He’s more than the scandalous, carefree rake society believes him to be . . . and she’s the only woman who has ever noticed.
In book two of this series, we focus on Maggie, a female playwright who has a serious case of writer's block. The Imperial theater has been Maggie's sanctuary since she first started writing and unfortunately, things are no going well. Since the successful debut of The Shattered Heart, the most popular burletta Maggie has ever written, Maggie has been pressured to write the sequel; something I'm sure most authors can attest to. Cameron, Viscount Marwood, is a fan of Maggie's burlettas and fanboys over the prospect of the sequel. Maggie has tried everything to get her creative juices flowing, but alas, nothing's working. To add more pressure, the board of directors for the Imperial give Maggie a deadline for the sequel. Either Maggie delivers the script in a couple of weeks or she's out of a job. As her biggest fan, Cameron is willing to do whatever it takes to help Maggie write the sequel and it just happens that getting under her skirts is a bonus. Maggie is a slight cynic due to life's punches and she's aware of how Cameron operates, but it doesn't stop her from falling for him and he for her. IMO, I think this was a strong sequel. You'll see familiar characters from the previous book, realistic scenarios and HEA. :)