Secret Lessons with the Rake
The courtesan's courtship
Pursuing a role in Parliament, Christopher Lattimar needs a virtuous marriage to make society overlook his roguish past. When beautiful and disarming Ellie Parmenter offers to reform and refine him, he's too tempted to say no.
Once a courtesan, Ellie knows a thing or two about polishing a diamond in the rough. She has no designs on Christopher—or any man in search of a wife—but their best-laid plans begin to tumble once lessons in respectability turn to seduction…
Four friends united by power, privilege and the daring pursuit of passion!
THE SCANDAL SISTERS—Rich, well-bred, gorgeous—and destined to be spinsters? Despite their charm and beauty, the Lattimar twins are tainted by the reputation of the notorious mother they so closely resemble. Known as the offspring of a man not their legal father, rumored to possess the same profligate sensuality as their mother, they are…the Scandal Sisters.
Book 1: Prudence’s Story (working title BEGUILED BY THE ROGUE)
Driven from London by her mother’s latest scandal, Prudence Lattimar flees with her aunt to Bath. Gentle Prudence wants only to find a man who will care about her and give her the normal, loving family she has always wanted. Anxious to avoid men who believe her to be like her seductive mother, she intends to encourage only the most proper and conventional of suitors. And who could be more proper and conventional than Lord Halden Fitzroy-Price, the handsome younger son of a duke who is soon to become a clergyman? If only wicked ex-soldier Johnnie Trethwell weren’t so attentive—and so alarmingly able to awaken her repressed desires!
Book 2: Temperance’s Story (Working title SEDUCED BY THE EARL)
Angered by Society’s treatment of her mother and unfounded suspicions about her character, Temperance Lattimar vows to become just as outrageous. Hiding a dark secret, she’s determined never to marry—until her father’s restrictions on her fortune induce her to suggest a marriage of convenience to rakish family friend Andrew Newell. If he’ll allow her to travel the world as she wishes, he can use her money to realize his ambition of entering Parliament. But a tragic accident turns this “mister” into an earl, upsetting the comfortable terms of their “marriage blanche.” Temper knows an earl needs an heir, while Andrew finds himself increasingly tempted to renegotiate their bargain of a marriage in name only--for the hoyden he once knew has become a seductively beguiling woman...
With Prudence's story turned in to her editor (and due out in October 2018,) Julia is now working on the second Scandal Sister story. Temperance's book is due in April and should be out sometime in early 2019.