Excerpt with Giveaway ~ How To Rescue A Rake by Jayne Fresina

My top five favorite Jane Austen Characters:

5. Mr. Bennet – his wry sense of humor never ceases to amuse and he reminds me very much of my own father.

4. Catherine Moreland – All sweetness and innocence. (Nothing like me!) I imagine she would make a very fun friend. I find her wide-eyed excitement for life and her eagerness to keep everybody happy, very endearing. Funnily enough, I have a friend just like her — Hi, Joanne!

3. Elizabeth Bennet – I think she makes this list because I would like to be her. Who wouldn't?

2. Colonel Brandon – so upright, polite, steady and generous, even in the face of rudeness (deliberate or unintentional). He strikes me as an absolute gentleman. I worry that Marianne Dashwood doesn't completely appreciate him as much as I would. :( LOL

1.  Anne Elliot – patient, loyal, loving and always calm in the face of many trials. There is  nothing not to love about Anne.

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How to Rescue a Rake, the third in Jayne Fresina’s Austen-inspired Book Club Belles series, comes out this January! For all of you Jane Austen fans, this fun new release is based on Persuasion and it’s a book you don’t want to miss. To celebrate her latest release, our heroine is here to give our readers a tip on how to rescue their own rake and to share an excerpt with us.

Tips for Capturing a Rake's Attention: By Diana Makepiece (Or How to Stay Calm and Capture a Rake)

A tongue-in-cheek guide by one old maid, who has lost her bloom, has let her last chance for happiness pass her by and is now, at twenty-seven, half way to death (according to the parson's wife)… and not at all bitter about it, thank you very much.

Be bold when it comes to your desires. Learn to take a risk, once in a while. You will utterly perplex your rake and keep him on his toes, for he should never be allowed to get complacent. And remember that when a lady is in trouble anyway, she might as well make it worth her while.

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rakeSeries: Book Club Belles Society (Book 3)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 5, 2016)
Genre: Historical Romance
ISBN-10: 1402287828
ISBN-13: 978-1402287824
ASIN: B018IRSLNY
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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HOW TO RESCUE A RAKE:

Reject his marriage proposal

Nathaniel Sherringham has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man. Gone is the reckless rake who went out on a limb to propose to Diana Makepiece three years ago. Now Nate's mysterious new wealth has the town's rumor mill spinning. To stir things up (and get Diana's attention), Nate boldly announces his plans to marry "any suitable girl" under the age of 25.

Run away

Diana, now 27 and still single, is acutely aware of Nate's return. When her mother suggests a trip to visit a cousin in Bath, Diana leaps at the chance to escape the heartbreak and regret she can't help but feel in Nate's presence…and avoid his irritating charade to find a bride.

But for Nate, Diana has always been the one. He might just have to follow her to Bath and once again lay his heart on the line to win her attention-and her heart.

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jayneJayne Fresina sprouted up in England, the youngest in a family of four daughters. Entertained by her father's colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters – all with far more exciting lives than hers – she's always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines.

 

 

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Excerpt ~

“I sent you a message the morning I left, Diana,” he said. “I fired it myself through your bedchamber window with a sling.”

“You did what?”

He ran a hand over his face, flattening rain-drenched spears of hair to his brow. “I climbed that damnable oak behind your mother’s cottage. I didn’t want to leave without giving us another chance.”

She tried to think, but her mind wouldn’t cooperate. Don’t believe him, Diana. This is another of his practical jokes, no doubt. Any moment now he will burst his seams with laughter.

Diana sniffed. “What did this supposed note say?”

He frowned.

“And don’t bother making something up, Captain, for I will know you’re fibbing. It comes naturally to you and always did. But I never fell for it, did I?”

The frown broke with exasperation and then reformed with scorn. “Oh, you know me. It was childish nonsense. Just what you would expect. Good thing you never read it.”

“Don’t tell me then,” she grumbled into her handkerchief. “It hardly matters now anyway. The years have passed, and we are both too old for climbing trees.”

“Quite,” he snapped. “Three years is an eternity.”

For me it has been, she longed to say.

Suddenly Nathaniel seized her hand. “We should start again, Miss Diana Makepiece, and put the past behind us.”

“And why, pray, would we do that?”

He lifted her gloved fingers and pressed his lips against her knuckles.

“Captain?” she demanded.

He met her frown with a narrow-eyed, somewhat menacing appraisal. “Your opinion of me might improve.”

“Well, it could hardly get any worse.”

Nathaniel’s hand tightened around hers and tugged her closer. “I am not all bad. We may become friends.”

Skeptical, Diana tried to retrieve her hand, but his grip was too strong. “I wouldn’t hope too hard, Captain.” She admired his spirit; she envied his lively manners and his fearlessness. But to feel more for such a capricious man would be a mistake. “I think you should—” A dark, devious twinkle sizzled in his blue eyes and made her draw an anxious breath. “Do not think of it!”

He blinked, but the wicked sparkle remained. “Do not think of what?”

“That. It is not proper!”

“I’m afraid not. It is, however, necessary.”

“Captain Sherringham, if you dare—”

The words were stolen away as his mouth lowered to hers, claimed her lips. She’d said the wrong thing, of course. In his case, saying “if you dare” was like waving a red rag at a bull.

Diana was almost lifted off her feet, left to hover on her toes as he took his kiss. His tongue touched hers and stroked it gently. A raindrop that fell from his eyelashes to her cheek was warm and soft, tickling her skin as it trickled down the curve like a tear and finally gathered on the ridge of her jaw. Until the tip of his tongue followed it and then licked it away.

She was stunned speechless.

“If you don’t believe me about the note,” he whispered, his lips warm against her ear, “ask Jamie Bridges. It was his sling I used.”

Every inch of his hard body was pressed against her, and in her wet clothes she had little defense. He must feel her heartbeat. She might as well be naked. The wicked thought flashed through her mind as if he had put it there with his kiss.

“Ask him,” he repeated. “Unless you’re afraid.” A flare of white teeth showed as he smiled. Oh, that lethal charm. He would never lose it. “The world might tip upside down if I was proven honest for once.”

Nathaniel’s eyes shone down at her and she was caught up in their brilliance, like a fly trapped in a spider’s web.

“I once fell out of a tree for you,” he whispered, sounding bewildered.

“That would explain these bouts of madness,” she reasoned.

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Jane Auster book. 

  2. Hmm, probably Pride and Prejudice….Emma being a close second.

  3. Pride & Prejudice is my all time favorite of her novels!!

  4. Sally Schmidt says:

    Persuasion is my favorite, although I love them all.

  5. I love Emma!

  6. LMcLendon says:

    Pride & Prejudice is my favorite Jane Austen novel.

  7. I''ll say Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. Thanks for the chance.

    Carol L

    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. candy briggs says:

    thank you

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