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Bargaining with a Rake

Book 1, A Whisper of Scandal

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Every scandal starts with a rake.
For eleven years, Gillian Rutherford has dreamed of escaping her family’s dark secret and living a normal life. Now, faced with an unwelcome marriage that will chain her to London and the secret slowly killing her, she’s desperate to save herself and the sister she adores. Salvation comes in the form of an American shipping tycoon, and all she must do is seduce him into marrying her. But Gillian’s scheme hits a snag when she makes a bargain with a notorious rake Alexander Trevelle, Lord Lionhurst. He’ll help her win the hand of his American friend, if she’ll assist him with exacting revenge against her unwanted fiancé. But the price of the pact may just be their hearts.

The A Whisper of Scandal Series includes:
Bargaining with a Rake
Conspiring with a Rogue
Dancing with a Devil
After Forever
The Dangerous Duke of Dinnisfree

Customer Reviews

Heart pounding romance

I loved this book. I highly recommend it. Johnstone is a master romance writer. Can’t wait to read book 2 in the series


FANTASTIC, Another great by Julie Johnstone! Julie has never let me down in her books and Bargaining With A Rake is no exception. This is her 1st book in A Whisper Of Scandal series. The storyline is amazing and very creative, you bond with the characters and the descriptions are so clear you can see them in your mind. Once you start reading this book, you won’t be able to put it down. There are dark secrets, blackmail, pure evil, a love of family, friendship, caring, death, revenge, betrothed, hate, judgement, loneliness, unexpected kindness, pride, scoundrels, villains, abuse, sisterly love, protection and so much more. I highly recommend this book, it is great from the 1st page to the last. This love story begins In London 1817 with Gillian Rutherford and Drake Sutherland an American or is it with Alexander Trevelle Lord Lionhurst? You will just have to read to find out.

***This book was gifted to me and I am voluntarily reviewing.

A Winner!

I loved the interaction between Alex and Gillian. You just knew from the beginning that Drake and her were not going to work out. The first clue was it took forever for her to get introduced to him. This story has another side plot of blackmail twisted through it and adds to the excitement of the climax.

Bargaining with a Rake
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Jan 31, 2018
  • Publisher: Darbyshire Publishing LLC
  • Seller: Darbyshire Publishing LLC
  • Print Length: 292 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, A Whisper of Scandal
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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