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A Contest from Julia Justiss

Looking back, looking forward—the turn into the New Year has most of us thinking over the year just past, contemplating how to make the next year better. Greville Anders, the hero of this month’s contest book by Julia Justiss, SOCIETY’S MOST DISREPUTABLE GENTLEMAN, has made some resolutions of his own. Lazy, arrogant and profligate, he was duped by the corrupt estate manager he let run the property he was supposed to be managing for his cousin (Nicholas Stanhope, Marquess of Englemere from THE WEDDING GAMBLE,) then abducted and sold to a press gang. After a sobering experience as a common sailor on the deck plates of a Navy frigate, a wounded Greville returns to England, vowing to turn his life around. Most especially, he is going to cease his philandering ways. If only Amanda Neville, daughter of the gentleman who hosts him as he recovers, weren’t so fetchingly attractive—and so maddeningly dismissive of this “common sailor” her father felt obliged to house. Julia's SOCIETY'S MOST DISREPUTABLE GENTLEMAN is a story that will keep you engaged for hours. Enter now to win your own copy.


Wounded in action courageously fighting pirates, the notorious Greville Anders returns to society with neither the dress nor conduct considered proper for a gentleman.

Even more scandalous is that well- brought-up debutante Amanda Neville finds this rogue irresistibly tempting….

It was her mama's last wish that her beautiful daughter have a glittering London Season, shine on society's stage and marry a lord. But now Amanda's greatest desire is just one more secret rendezvous—with the most disreputable man in town!

Author Note

I discovered the character of Greville Anders when I wrote FROM WAIF TO GENTLEMAN'S WIFE, his sister Joanna's story. In that book, we learn that Greville, a charming rake and only son much indulged by his family, has been fired for mismanaging the small estate given into his care by his cousin, the Marquess of Englemere. By the end of Joanna's book, we know it is Greville's farm manager who abused the tenants, embezzled money, and when Greville finally discovered his crimes, knocked him unconscious and sold him to a press gang. Though Joanna's story was over, I remained fascinated by Greville. What would happen to a landsman and gentleman of leisure when he is suddenly thrust into working as a common sailor?

I knew that the Greville who left England would not be the same man who returned, badly wounded, nine months later. As I began exploring his character, I realized that he would have to have suffered a sea change that turned all his notions of the world and his place in it upside down.

Enter Amanda Neville ' another minor character from WAIF. WAIF hero Ned Greaves, an enthusiastic agriculturalist like Amanda's father, Lord Bronning, met her while visiting her home and for a time, hoped she might make him the perfect wife. However, Amanda has no intention of staying mired in the country; her dream is to become a great political hostess, like her grandmother's friend Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire.

Having already turned down Ned's offer, she's less than pleased when, while she preparing to leave for her London debut, the man whom her father agrees to house as a favor to the Marquess turns out to be a common sailor. She's even less pleased when this quite ineligible person, after changing his sailor's rags for proper gentlemanly attire, is far too attractive.

For his part, both amused and piqued by Amanda's thinly-veiled disdain, Greville decides to beguile his time by tweaking with some idle flirtation this girl who yearns to be part of a London Society he no longer values. Amanda would like to resist Greville'but the more time she spends in his company, the harder it is to remind herself that he is nothing like the sort of rich, powerful, politically-well-connected man she seeks for a husband.

Watching the two of them try to resist each other was great fun. I hope you'll enjoy it as well.




Contest ends: January 31, 2016

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