Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: THE RAKEHELL'S SEDUCTION by Lauren Smith @LSmithAuthor @Barclay_PR

Both Ambrose and Alexandra want nothing to do with falling in love, but will a “gentleman’s bet” cause the stakes to be higher than either bargained for? Find out in RAKEHELL’S SEDUCTION, book 2 in Lauren Smith’s Seduction series.



Ambrose Worthing is no gentleman. He’s a proud cold-hearted rake who’s determined to stay a bachelor forever. He enjoys bedding a different woman every night without the risk of falling in love. When he hears about a wager over the seduction and ruination of the daughter of his father’s best friend, he knows he must intervene. Committing himself to the bet, he agrees to seduce Lady Alexandra Rockford—for her own good. He never expected the lady in question to be a beautiful, fiery creature who has passions of her own that call to his guarded heart.


Alexandra Rockford has sworn off men, her heart still broken from the false promises of a childhood sweetheart who left her to marry an heiress. When she stumbles into Ambrose outside of a country ball, she knows the rake is trouble. His smile, his touch, his forbidden kiss are all too tempting but being with him would ruin her. Determined to enjoy herself without falling in love, Alex can’t help but let her defenses down with the too charming rake. But when she discovers Ambrose is seducing her to win a bet, it will take everything Ambrose has to prove to her that he is worthy to love her.

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Guest Post:
The Betting Book of Whites aka How Gentleman Were Wicked- Lauren Smith

In Regency England gentleman often went to clubs where they believed they could escape the rigors of their home lives and find solace among their peers. They also got up to no good when they went to these clubs. Rumors were spread, gambling was made, and they placed wagers in what were called “betting books.” The title explains exactly what the book’s purpose is. A gentleman would go to the book and write down what he wanted to wager. Then other man could respond to the bets and try to win them. Some of those entries were on sports, but more often on political developments, especially during the chaotic years of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. A good many were social bets, such as whether a friend would marry this year, or whom.
In my story, The Rakehell’s Seduction, I included a wager made in a betting book at whites where a mean spirited man placed a wager that if any man ruined the heroine Alexandra publically, that man would get five thousand pounds. This is by no means a real bet, but there have been some exceedingly strange bets that were actually placed in the betting book of White’s Gentleman’s club. One of which involved a man betting £3,000 as to which of two raindrops would first reach the bottom of a pane of a bow window at the club. Can you imagine betting that much on raindrops? The amount today would be closer to ten thousand pounds! It’s reminds me a lot of the wild and crazy betting that can happen in Las Vegas Nevada.
Since women weren’t allowed in these clubs (and still aren’t even today), it was considered rude to even mention women in conversation to other men in the club. But they were mentioned in the betting books from time to time, such as when a certain woman would get married etc. So when I wrote my story, I thought I’d would make it as scandalous as possible and have the bet center on a woman’s ruination.
If you could bet on something wild and crazy, what would you wager in a betting book?

About Lauren Smith:

Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. 

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