My Lady's Pleasure by Julia Justiss
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New to the passion galloping in her veins, Lady Valeria Arnold was shocked by the wanton impulses that drew her to Teagan Fitzwilliams. The stunning rake was nothing more than a wastrel with the devil's own luck at cards--surely not the kind of man that a woman could trust her heart to.

Orphaned as a young boy, Teagan Fitzwilliams despised the role that Society had forced upon him. Yet until his stolen moments with the Lady Valeria, no woman had ever made him feel his own worth. Nor set him on a desperate course to change his life forever--and claim this woman of uncommon grace his own for a lifetime.

 

About Julia Justiss

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Julia Justiss grew up breathing the scent of sea air near the colonial town of Annapolis, Maryland, a fact responsible for two of her lifelong passions: sailors and history! In high school she worked as a junior guide for Historic Annapolis, conducting visitors on walking tours through the colonial city and to the town's other great attraction, the U.S. Naval Academy. That fond association with the navy led her to eventually marry a Naval Academy grad--and they now have a son at Annapolis.But long before embarking on romantic adventures, she read about them, transporting herself vicariously to the pyramids of ancient Egypt, World War II submarine patrols in the South Pacific, the mansions of the Old South and the ballrooms of Regency England.She also began writing in grade school. From jotting down story ideas for Nancy Drew mysteries in her third-grade spiral, she moved on to writing poetry in high school and college, then worked as a business journalist.After her marriage to a naval lieutenant, she wrote the newsletter for the American Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, and traveled extensively in Europe. In Tunis, she also completed her first Regency novel, which fortunately never made it farther than the inside of her desk drawer.But she learned from that work and kept reading between children and moving twelve times in ten years. When her husband left the navy to return to his Texas homeland, she began her second novel, discovered Romance Writers of America and built an English Georgian house in the piney woods of East Texas, where, when she closes her eyes, she can almost imagine she inhabits the world of Pride and Prejudice.That second novel, which she finished while working a day job as a high school French teacher, won RWA's Golden Heart Award for Regency in July 1996. Then in May 1998, her long-cherished dream of becoming a published writer came true when Margaret Marbury bought the revised manuscript for the Harlequin Historical line.Her works, all set in the Regency period and generally including at least one military character, include: The Wedding Gamble (May 1999); A Scandalous Proposal (October 2000); the novella "An Honest Bargain" in the anthology The Officer's Bride (April 2001); The Proper Wife (July 2001); My Lady's Trust (January 2002); My Lady's Pleasure (June 2002); My Lady's Honor (October 2002); Seductive Stranger, in the two-in-one volume Forbidden Stranger (July 2003); Wicked Wager (November 2003); the novella "The Three Gifts," in the anthology Christmas Keepsakes (October 2005); and The Courtesan (December 2005).She still teaches French and lives in that Georgian house with her husband, three children and two lazy dogs. Readers can reach her via her web site, or by writing to 179 County Rd. 4112, Daingerfield, TX 75638.
 
Published May 6, 2009 by Harlequin Historical. 304 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this engrossing but sometimes patchily plotted Regency-era romance from Justiss (My Lady's Trust), a sheep-farming widow and a world-weary gamester dodge s

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Lady Valeria Arnold, hurt by her husband's calling out another woman's name upon his deathbed, and Teagan Fitzwilliams, hardened by years of scorn from his aristocratic family, find their lives overturned upon a chance meeting in Valeria's barn, where Valeria allows Teagan to seduce her.

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