The Rogue to Ruin
by Vivienne Lorret
Misadventures in Matchmaking Series
Publisher – Avon Books
About the Book
The Bourne Matrimonial Agency has one rule: Never fall in love with a client, which shouldn’t be a problem when one’s faking an engagement to the rogue across the street . . .
Ainsley Bourne needs the family business to succeed. But one obstacle stands in her way—Reed Sterling, the huge, handsome, former prize fighter and owner of the gaming hell across the street. His scandalous customers scare off all her marriage-minded patrons and since the devilish brute has no intention of relocating, she sets out to ruin his unsavory establishment. Yet when a vile suitor from her past reappears, Ainsley hastily claims an attachment to the first man who comes to mind . . . Mr. Sterling, to be exact.
Reed doesn’t know who is more surprised by Miss Bourne’s declaration. She clearly hates him, and he’d never admit their arguments simmer with unrequited attraction. Something about the pleading look in her eyes calls to Reed, and against his better judgment, he quickly plays the part of the besotted fiancé.
Pretending to be in love requires a convincing charade. But with each tantalizing touch and every scandalous kiss, Ainsley starts to wonder if Reed was ever really the enemy at all.
“I hardly need your advice,” Ainsley scolded him in return, every word pushing her flesh against his. Almost as if . . . as if she had just kissed him.
But this wasn’t kissing, she assured herself. This was merely a new form of arguing.
Anticipating his next contradiction, she angled her head for closer contact and Reed growled in response.
The low, primal sound sent an unexpected thrill rushing through her.
“It would be a waste of breath to attempt to tell you anything,” he said, fitting his other hand over the curve of her cheek to cradle her face. “Even if I wanted to say that your lips are soft and plump and more luscious than wine-poached pears, I wouldn’t.”
Then he tilted her head back to cement his argument, opening her mouth with his own. He nibbled gently into her flesh, tasting the seam of her lips without hurry. The slow, thorough exploration caused her eyes to drift closed.
Her senses centered on the firm, enticing pressure of his mouth, the delicious rasp of his tongue. A wanton mewl tore from her throat, hungry and needy and urgent.
The unguarded sound brought her to an uncomfortable admission . . .
She might be kissing the enemy.
And enjoy this mini-interview with the author:
Tell us something unusual about yourself that few people know.
Because of my childhood passion for theatrics, I ruined every Slinky my sister owned (the cold metal ones as well as the fat plastic ones).
Each time she’d left one unattended, I’d had an irresistible urge to sling it over my shoulder like a boa (irrevocably tangling it) while singing the Enjoli perfume commercial: “I can bring home the bacon… fry it up in a pan… and never let you forget you’re a man. ‘Cause I’m a woman… Enjoli.”
To this day, I can’t look at a Slinky without smiling.
How do you reward yourself for completing a manuscript?
Sometimes, I buy myself flowers. But most of the time, I treat myself to a venti chai tea latte and watch one of my favorite movies.
After completing THE ROGUE TO RUIN, I watched Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Love that movie!
What was the inspiration for this book?
The entire series was inspired by an accidental discovery.
While doing research for another book, I stumbled upon a brief mention of an actual matchmaking agency that opened in London, 1825.
The “New Matrimonial Plan” article spoke of a business that had a subscription-based service where clients filled out applications (and some would use pennames for anonymity), providing information about their class, income, and religious beliefs. Then they were introduced to prospective spouses.
With Ainsley’s story, I thought it would be fun to play on the idea of having her family’s business not entirely welcome in the neighborhood. From there, the enemies-to-lovers tale with the rogue across the way started to take shape.
What do you like most about your heroine?
I like her inner strength. Even as a child, she was strong enough to shrug off life’s disappointments and get things done. Not only did she take care of her younger sisters when her mother was sick, but she managed an entire household.
Later on, she was strong enough to leave an abusive relationship and to rebuild her life. Not only that, but she had the courage to face her fears and to find love.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently writing a fun new series called The Mating Habits of Scoundrels.
The first book features a fan favorite hero, Asher Holt, who initially appeared in the novella Just Another Viscount in Love.
He’s a rake in desperate need of a fortune, and he isn’t above kidnapping an heiress to get one. But nothing goes to plan. From the beginning, the scheme is an utter disaster and he ends up going on an adventure that just might lead him to the love of his life.
LORD HOLT TAKES A BRIDE will be available in March, 2020.
Tour Wide Giveaway!
To celebrate the release of THE ROGUE TO RUIN by Vivienne Lorret, we’re giving away one paperback copy of Ten Kisses to Scandal!
GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback copy of Ten Kisses to Scandal by Vivienne Lorret. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance. Giveaway ends 8/31/2019 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copy out to the winner directly. CLICK HERE TO ENTER!
About Vivienne Lorret
USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of works including: The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Season’s Original Series, and the Misadventures in Matchmaking series. For more information on her books, sign up for her newsletter at http://www.vivlorret.net.