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Ella Quinn | The Temptation of Lady Serena

The Temptation of Lady Serena
Ella Quinn




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Marriage Game #3

January 2014
On Sale: January 1, 2014
Featuring: Serena Weir; Robert
322 pages
ISBN: 1601832206
EAN: 9781601832207
Kindle: B00EF51J0Q
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Also by Ella Quinn:
The Most Eligible Viscount in London, April 2021
The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh, December 2020
The Most Eligible Lord in London, April 2020
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The Marquis She's Been Waiting For, September 2019


One of the reasons I love the Regency era is that it's so easy to create conflict between the hero and heroine, as well as the secondary characters. If you've read my first two books, you'll know that I believe a love story revolves around more than just the hero and heroine. In our far flung society where almost anything goes, it's easy to forget how much ones family controlled what a lady or gentleman did.

The same is true in my latest novel, THE TEMPTATION OF LADY SERENA. When Lady Serena is pretty much booted out of the only home she's known because her new sister-in-law doesn't want her there, Serena's choices are limited. She has money, and today she'd be able to move into her own house or apartment, but, even though she's twenty-six, during the Regency she was too young to set up her own household. Fortunately her uncle The Marquis of Eth, a secondary character in The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, as well as his wife and Phoebe are there to help Serena navigate the shoals of a London Season.

Ah, but enter, well known rake, Robert, Viscount Beaumont, whose grandmother is insisting he marry. He sets his sights on Serena. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, Robert simply can't behave and tries to take a shortcut to winning Serena's hand by compromising her. Unlike today where young couples make-out in public, being caught kissing was a big deal back then. For an unmarried lady and gentleman it was a sure one way ticket to marriage. What Robert doesn't count on is upsetting not only her family, but his own. Rather than offering her up to him, they whisk her away until he can win her honestly.

The following morning, long before the fashionable made their visits, Ester was surprised to greet the Dowager Lady Beaumont and Freddy in her morning room. Ester welcomed them warmly and with a great deal of curiosity.

"Lady Beaumont, Freddy, to what do I owe this pleasure? I have not seen either of you for an age."

"Ester, you owe our visit to my scapegrace nephew," Freddy replied. "We had the dubious pleasure of receiving him yesterday afternoon, when he informed us he was to wed your niece, Lady Serena." Freddy frowned. "It was not the news, which was welcome, but the fashion in which it was delivered that raised our suspicions that all may not be right."

The look in Freddy's face told Ester they hoped to be wrong about Beaumont's actions.

Ester was sorry to disappoint them. "The betrothal is not as we would have wished it."

"Drat the boy!" Lady Beaumont's face turned red and she pounded her cane on the floor. "Why can't he behave like a normal man, fall in love, admit it and marry? I don't know what ails him to act like a rascal. Don't you tell me you are going to let him get away with this . . . this infamy?"

Ester laughed. "No, we will not. We are, the whole family and then some, leaving for France to-morrow. In our haste, we may have overlooked informing a certain person."

Lady Beaumont chuckled. "I always knew you for a smart chit."

"I have to give credit to my niece, Evesham."

"Well, that doesn't surprise me either. Gets her brains from her mother's side, I'm sure. So tell me the worst. What did Robert do?"

Lady Beaumont's frown deepened as Ester told her Serena's story.

"What an idiot. He's mad in love with the girl! Why, he practically flew out of my carriage when he saw her with another man driving in the Park. That I should live to see a grandchild of mine act without the least delicacy of mind!"

Freddy's face took on an appearance of unholy delight. "Mama, would you like to visit France?"

Lady Beaumont scowled. "At my age? What a ridiculous . . ." Then her eyes twinkled with mischief. "Freddy, I've always said you had my brains. It's just the thing to stop any gossip. All of us ladies traveling to Paris to buy Lady Serena's bride clothes. It's perfect. Robert will be furious. I'll see that young jackanapes admit he loves Lady Serena and be happy about it, if it is the last thing I do. Freddy, make the plans."


Ella Quinn's bachelors in The Marriage Game series are charming and cunning when it comes to the ways of love-until the right woman captures their unsuspecting hearts...

Custom-made gowns...nights at the theater...and a host of eligible bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena's brother demands she finally have a Season in London, she's thrust into a glamorous world she's only dreamed of...

Robert, Viscount Beaumont, remembers all too well what it feels like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He's only felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he is to falling under Serena's seductive spell...

Comment to win an e-book copy of THE TEMPTATION OF LADY SERENA.




47 comments posted.

Re: Ella Quinn | The Temptation of Lady Serena

Sounds like a great book! Can't wait to read it!
(Marcia Berbeza 2:09am January 3, 2014)

Sounds like a really fun read. Most Regency romances I have read tend to be all about couples being forced to wed and then realizing they love each other. How nice to find a story that doesn't follow the norm.
(Denise Boyd 5:56am January 3, 2014)

love the cover. the book sounds really good i love the
Regency era also
(Denise Smith 8:40am January 3, 2014)

I love historical romances...Hope I win this one...LOVE your books!!!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:34am January 3, 2014)

Interesting! I'd love to win a copy of the book. Thanks for giving us a chance.
(Anna Speed 11:16am January 3, 2014)

Oh I truly enjoy Historicals... thanks for sharing a bit of yours with us!
(Colleen Conklin 12:02pm January 3, 2014)

I'd love to read!
(Angela Daffern 12:14pm January 3, 2014)

Sounds like a great book!
(Denise Austin 12:21pm January 3, 2014)

The passage got me, now I have to read it!
(Wendy Jensen 2:08pm January 3, 2014)

Great passage. I can't wait to read it.
(Amy Kincade 2:28pm January 3, 2014)

This sounds real good thanks for the blog today. I can't wait to read it
(Penney Wilfort 3:49pm January 3, 2014)

Great Excerpt!
(May Pau 3:56pm January 3, 2014)

Hope some of the characters from the Marriage Game will be in
this one... But it does sound like a good read..
(Tina Ullrich 5:05pm January 3, 2014)

Thank you so much, Marcia!!
(Ella Quinn 6:01pm January 3, 2014)

Hi Denise, I don't think Robert would agree with you, but Serena would.
(Ella Quinn 6:02pm January 3, 2014)

Thanks so much, Denise Smith!
(Ella Quinn 6:02pm January 3, 2014)

Hi Bonnie, that makes my day!! Thank you so very much!
(Ella Quinn 6:03pm January 3, 2014)

Good luck, Anna and thanks for stopping by!
(Ella Quinn 6:03pm January 3, 2014)

You are very welcome, Colleen. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
(Ella Quinn 6:04pm January 3, 2014)

Thank you, Angela.
(Ella Quinn 6:05pm January 3, 2014)

Denise Austin, thank so much!
(Ella Quinn 6:05pm January 3, 2014)

Yey!! Thank you Wendy!
(Ella Quinn 6:06pm January 3, 2014)

I'm so glad you liked it Amy!
(Ella Quinn 6:07pm January 3, 2014)

Penny, I'm glad you came by!
(Ella Quinn 6:08pm January 3, 2014)

Thanks, May!
(Ella Quinn 6:09pm January 3, 2014)

Tina they are. Phoebe, Marcus, Anna and Rutherford are all there.
(Ella Quinn 6:09pm January 3, 2014)

This sounds like a really fun read. It looks like Robert will have to work hard for his HEA.
(Janie McGaugh 8:08pm January 3, 2014)

Love the cover!! The book sounds fantastic...
(Sandie White 8:09pm January 3, 2014)

Wow, Congrats on your new book: THE TEMPTATION OF LADY
SERENA. I love the book cover too! Your new book sounds like
a fascinating romance book to win and read this New Year
2014. Thank You very much. Cecilia CECE
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 8:30pm January 3, 2014)

Sounds great!
(MaryAnne Banks 8:50pm January 3, 2014)

I do enjoy historical fiction and most are romances, so this
sounds great to me! Thank you for this chance to win a great
(Ann Martinisi 8:53pm January 3, 2014)

Hi Janie, he got put through his paces, that's for sure!
(Ella Quinn 9:25am January 4, 2014)

Thank you so much, Sandie. I'm glad you like it!
(Ella Quinn 9:26am January 4, 2014)

Hi Cecilia, thank you so very much!! They did a great job on the cover!!
(Ella Quinn 9:26am January 4, 2014)

Good luck, Ann! Thanks for stopping by!
(Ella Quinn 9:27am January 4, 2014)

I can't wait to read this :)
(Andrea Cooper 10:26am January 4, 2014)

Thank you, Andrea!!
(Ella Quinn 12:02pm January 4, 2014)

Once again, I am completely captivated by the excerpt. I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Happy New Year!
(Kimberley Coover 1:36pm January 4, 2014)

It is amazing when one thinks about how far public displays
of affection (PDA's) have come since even I was a teenager
in the late 80's and early 90's. I remember my aunt sharing
stories of her first dates with her boyfriend who later
became her husband. Their dates were spent in the family
room with either her parents or his parents. And that was in
the late 50's and they were juniors in high school :)
(Lori Harvey 4:09pm January 4, 2014)

Loved the excerpt. Can't wait to read the book.
(Carol Woodruff 6:31pm January 4, 2014)

Historical romances are my favorite; sounds like a good read!!!!
(Barbara Studer 6:56pm January 4, 2014)

Hi, Ella! The Temptation of Lady Serena sounds like a must read. Thanks for the giveaway!
(Cathy Phillips 7:49pm January 4, 2014)

I love the book cover and the story. It looks like Serena has a godfather and a fairy godmother in her corner.
(Kai Wong 7:58pm January 4, 2014)

OMG Ella! I adored this scene! I love that both families are
making him work for Serena!!

Times certainly have changed! I like having more freedom
than our Regency sisters. I can't imagine letting my brother
decide my fate!!
(Glenda Martillotti 11:05pm January 4, 2014)

Ella, I also love the Regency Era. "The Temptation of Lady Serena" will be on my "to read" list. Thanks!
(Sharon Extine 12:56pm January 5, 2014)

A must read for me.
(Mary Preston 9:44pm January 5, 2014)

What an interesting book! Beautiful cover. Love Regency romance and have added this book to my TBR list.
(Bonnie H 8:31pm January 25, 2014)

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