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The Rogue Report

Barbara Dawson Smith

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Dear Reader,

I have a secret. Several, in fact…

Most people know me only as the headmistress of a charity school. Having a son but no husband has made me a social outcast­, which is no great inconvenience since I despise Society­ especially those "gentlemen" who seduce naïve young women. My contempt for such knaves leads us to Secret the First: I am the anonymous author of The Rogue Report, a newsletter that exposes these scoundrels and their exploits.

My busy life leaves no time for romance, or so one might think. This brings us to Secret the Second: I have lately carried on a flirtation with the school's new mathematics professor. Mr. William Jackman is altogether too charming and mysterious for anyone's good ­particularly mine. Though I'm tempted to indulge my desires, I cannot help but wonder if my darling "Jack" hides secrets too.

You see, not everyone appreciates The Rogue Report, and at least one of its subjects is out for revenge. Is Jack bent on protecting me, or is he really the villain who seeks my ruin? Is it possible that I've fallen in love with the most notorious rogue of them all?

­Lady Julia Corwyn

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A scapegrace will not hesitate to tell falsehoods when it suits his purposes. One such man is Lord N.C., who continually lies to his creditors by promising payment on his bills . . .
 
--The Rogue Report
 
Chapter One 
Two weeks later
 
As the gray-bearded old man shuffled out of her office, Lady Julia Corwyn still hadn't made a decision.
 
She felt hot and sticky and out of sorts. Late afternoon sunlight slanted across the pristine mahogany desk with its tidy stack of papers. If only the solution to her dilemma could be so neat, Julia thoug
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  • Barbara Dawson Smith

  • Barbara Dawson Smith is a New York Times bestselling author. Writing as Olivia Drake, she is the author of Seducing the Heiress, Never Trust a Rogue, and Scandal of the Year. She has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 1981, and her novels have won the Golden Heart Award, Best Historical Romantic Suspense and Best Regency Historical from Romantic Times, and the prestigious RITA award. She lives in Houston, Texas.
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