by Susanna Craig
Miles, Viscount Deveraux, sometimes known as “that devil Deveraux”, is the leading man of The Lady Knows Best and he’s here to steal your hearts!
Q: Describe yourself in five words.
A: Other people might say things like “rakish” and “devilish”—and they’d be right! I’ll add “handsome” and “charming”…but also “lonely.” There’s a side to me no one but my best friend Alistair has ever seen.
Q: What’s your biggest regret?
A: Vowing to get married by the end of the month, and then making a bet on it when my friends were skeptical that I’d succeed.
Q: What is your most-used emoji?
Q: If someone were to play you in a movie, who would you want it to be?
A: I was born in 1784, so I’m not sure what a “movie” is. But I hear that Ryan Reynolds guy is good looking, fun loving, and has big brown eyes, so I suppose he’ll do.
Q: What’s your life’s motto?
A: Life’s a party when you’re the life of the party!
Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
A: That presumes I believe in love at all. Certainly, the first time I saw that know-it-all wallflower Daphne Burke, what I felt for her wasn’t love! But she is prettier than I’d been led to believe. And clever. And well-suited to get me out of the bind I find myself in, thanks to a certain busy body advice columnist at that ladies’ magazine, Goode’s Guide to Misconduct.
In her print debut, award-winning author Susanna Craig launches a new Regency historical romance series, based around the daring ladies’ magazine-and the witty, clever, often rebellious heroines behind it, including the fiery Irish advice columnist. When a nobleman blames her advice for provoking his fiancé for publicly breaking of their engagement, he proposes that she marry him instead. This modern twist on the genre will appeal to fans of Sabrina Jeffries, Sarah MacLean, and Julia Quinn and those who love fast-paced, innovative historical romance featuring strong women!
Serving as the advice columnist, ‘Miss Busy B.’, for an often-subversive ladies’ magazine is the perfect outlet for Daphne Burke’s outspoken nature. But when she advises a young lady of the ton, to break off her engagement to a notorious rake, the consequences take Daphne beyond the page and into her real life.
Miles, Viscount Deveraux, sometimes known as “that devil Deveraux” needs a respectable bride by the end of the Season, and he’s bet a fortune that he can get one. Now, his fiancée has not only changed her mind—but done it publicly, in a letter to London’s most infamous magazine. With the stakes high and time short, it seems reasonable to him that the columnist responsible should come to his rescue and marry him instead.
Fortunately for Miles, Daphne is eager to escape the pressures of the London marriage mart. She agrees to a courtship. But at the end of two weeks, she intends to turn him down in a big, splashy, scandal that will ruin her reputation and set her free. There’s just one shocking wrinkle: Who knew being ruined by a rake could be so much fun?