Lady Be Bad

Lady Be Bad

by Candice Hern

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Fans of the historical romances of Sabrina Jeffries, Loretta Chase, and Jo Beverly will enjoy this sexy, award-winning romance by New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern.

John Grayston, seventh Viscount Rochdale, has never refused a wager, especially one that involves enticing a beautiful woman into his bed. He�s willing to stake his most prized possession that there�s not a single woman in all England immune to his charms. But when the object of the wager is the prim and proper Grace Marlowe, he has to turn on the full force of his seductive charm.

Grace�s stalwart virtue is put to the test when the infamous rake shows an unexpected interest in her. Outraged, flattered, and reluctantly attracted, she soon finds herself falling under the spell of the man behind the scandalous reputation. Rochdale, in turn, is delighted to discover a fiery passion beneath the widow�s prudish fa�ade. But when hearts and lives become tangled in the gamble, the truth of his seduction could ruin everything.

"Exquisitely sensual, brilliantly plotted, and laced with wicked wit, this latest addition to Hern's "Merry Widows" series sparkles with rare fire as its sheltered heroine comes into her own in the arms of a charming rascal and learns just how rewarding it is to be 'bad'." � Library Journal

"Richly nuanced characters, wickedly subtle wit, and elegantly sensual style." -- BookList

"Perfect! Absolutely, positively, without a doubt, LADY BE BAD is an utterly perfect read!" � Romance Reader at Heart

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014030120
Publisher: Candice Hern
Publication date: 01/25/2012
Series: The Merry Widows
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 207,987
File size: 978 KB

About the Author

Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the period. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to bring her stories and characters to life. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist).
Candice's award-winning website ( is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England.
Visit for more information on all Candice's books, including excerpts and a look "behind the scenes" of each novel.

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Lady Be Bad: The Merry Widows Series 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
ERaye More than 1 year ago
Iloved readin it. I didn't want to put it down!
TinaLTX More than 1 year ago
This book was a very different style that Ms. Hern's other Regency romances, but still highly enjoyable and well-written. I probably should have started with the first book, but it was fine as a stand alone. I will definitely check out the others.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1813 an intoxicated Viscount John Grayston bets his friend Lord Sheane that he can seduce any aristocratic woman in London. He assumes every female wants either the ¿Great Lover¿ or the ¿Notorious Libertine¿ he can play either role. He has three months to make it with the Bishop¿s widow, Grace Marlowe.------------- Grace is a member of the Merry Widows, but could never do what her friends do instead she is a listener to their tales of boudoir conquests (see IN THE THRILL OF THE NIGHT and JUST ONE OF THOSE FLINGS). However, when John maneuvers Grace to be alone with him, she understands biblical Eve much more intimately as she knows temptation is this handsome rake, John assumes the Great Lover is what he needs to be in order to lure her into his bed so he slowly and gently seduces her. To his shock, she seems innocuous to his caresses, but is aroused by his caring of people and his horses, and that he seems genuinely interested in her charity efforts to help the less fortunate. They begin to respect one another, they fall in love, but the wager stands between them especially when Grace raises the ante.----------- The latest Merry Widows Regency romance is a fine tale starring a disreputable libertine and a reputable widow. The support cast, mostly the other widows and other gamblers, add depth although with so much side betting going on, Gambler Anonymous is needed in early nineteenth century London. The change in the lead couple¿s relationship makes for a fun lighthearted historical.----------- Harriet Klausner
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What is it about the saint and the sinner that always draws me in?  The Merry Widows made a pact to take lovers but retain their independence and never remarry. Grace has always listened to their frank discussions but has never participated in their discussions. As the widow of a prominent bishop, Grace was taught that she needed to control her baser urges and deny her sexuality. Enter Viscount Rochdale. Notorious libertine who created scandal by refusing to marry a young ingenue. One night, Lord Rochdale bets his horse, a beloved horse, that he could seduce any woman in London. Predictability ensues.  I did enjoy Grace and John's interactions, the courtship, the interplay. The novel was not without problems though. Grace does all the bending while John does very little. And the ending is too abrupt. Without giving too much away, John accuses Grace of something horrific, quickly realizes his mistake, and then just like that, she forgives him. The end. For that reason, I gave this book 4 stars. 
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