Bestselling author Valerie Bowman sets the stage in Regency England for her Playful Brides series, where couples’ misadventures on the way to the altar are witty, romantic romps based on some of the world’s most beloved plays. In The Unexpected Duchess, Lady Lucy Upton may have a tongue too sharp to attract suitors, but when her friend needs help discouraging an unwanted suitor, Lucy is happy to step in and ward off Derek Hunt, the Duke of Claringdon. But Derek refuses to go back on his promise to marry Lucy’s friend. After spending years in battle, Derek wants peace – not war with Lucy Upton. But when their bantering turns into something more, the spoils of this war may be true love…
Playful Brides (Volume 6)
St. Martin's Press
When Christian, Viscount Berkeley, flees for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find before his fire is the lovely runaway Lady Sarah Highgate, who inspires an eminently practical exchange: he’ll safeguard her reputation if she helps turn him into a legend in order to attract a bride…but will he run away with her heart?
Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps! Since her debut in 2012, Valerie's books have received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She's been an RT Reviewers' Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas calls them, "Too delightful to miss!"
Valerie has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in history from Smith College. By day, she is a technical editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love.
Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her family including her two rascally dogs. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV or PBS.