Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the
"Reader Match" where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in
love with. It's our great pleasure to present Scarlett Peckham, whose
debut novel, THE DUKE I
TEMPTED, just won the prestigious RWA Golden HeartÂ® Award in historical romance.
Steamy, lush, angsty romances set in the Georgian era. Think fierce heroines,
brooding heroes and erotic secrets.
Debut historical romance novelist specializing in steamy stories about feisty
Alpha Heroines seeks readers looking for women who know what they want â€¦ and
fascinating men all too eager rise to the challenge of giving it to them. Must
be in the market for a romance about a spinster botanist, a marriage of
convenience, and a submissive duke determined to hide his craving to spend his
nights on his kneesâ€¦and guard his broken heart.
What I'm looking for in my ideal reader match:
You look for a bit of edge in your historical romances. When I say femdom,
you say meow
You don't mind a driven heroine who seethes at her limited place in the
world and doesn't feel the need to hide it or play well with others
You enjoy brooding heroes and books that churn with sweet, torturous angst
You seek out complex characters who must learn to trust each other with the
vulnerabilities they hide â€“ even when they think the truth might destroy them
You identify with characters who take a great deal of purpose in their work
â€“ be it running a counting house in the City of London, creating hybrid flowers
in the greenhouse, or building ethereal ballroom gardens in the English
You enjoy sparring, banter, wit, and silver-tongued characters who are as
equally matched in an argument as they are in the bedchamber
And speaking of bedchambers, you like a high dose of heat and perhaps a
light touch of kink
What to expect if we're compatible:
A new Georgian-era series following the secret lives of London's most
exclusive â€“ and illicit â€“ private club
A world inhabited by iconoclastic characters determined to live interesting
lives â€“ think botanists, acrobats, whipping governesses, and evangelistsâ€¦all
with adventurous tastes
Love stories built on emotional complexityâ€¦with many jagged turns and bursts
of luminous affection along the road leading to hard-won happy endings
He's controlled. Meticulous. Immaculate. No one would expect the proper
Duke of Westmead to be a member of London's most illicit secret club. Least of
all: his future wife.
Having overcome financial ruin and redeemed his family name to become the most
legendary investor in London, the Duke of Westmead needs to secure his holdings
by producing an heir. Which means he must find a wife who won't discover his
secret craving to spend his nights on his knees â€“ or make demands on his long
Poppy Cavendish is not that type of woman. An ambitious self-taught botanist
designing the garden ballroom in which Westmead plans to woo a bride, Poppy has
struggled against convention all her life to secure her hard-won independence.
She wants the capital to expand her exotic nursery business â€“ not a husband.
But there is something so compelling about Westmead, with his starchy bearing
and impossibly kind eyes -- that when an accidental scandal makes marriage to
the duke the only means to save her nursery, Poppy worries she wants more than
the title he is offering. The arrangement is meant to be just business. A
greenhouse for an heir. But Poppy yearns to unravel her husband's secrets â€“ and
to tempt the duke to risk his heart.
[NYLA, On Sale: July 31, 2018, e-Book, ISBN:
2940162120322 / eISBN: 9781641970327]
Scarlett Peckham fell in love with romance novels as a child, sneaking
paperbacks from the stash in her grandmother's closet. By the time she came of
age she had exhausted her library's supply and begun to dream of writing one of
Scarlett studied English at Columbia University and built a
career in communications, but in her free hours always returned to her earliest
obsession: those delicious, big-hearted books you devour in the dark and can
never bear to put down. Her steamy historical romances about alpha heroines have
been finalists for the Golden HeartÂ® Award four times. Her debut book, THE DUKE
I TEMPTED, will be out July 31, 2018.
Scarlett splits her time between
London and Los Angeles. When not reading or writing romance she enjoys
pretending to know about wine, discussing The Real Housewives, and cooking
enormous pots of soup.