Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Playful Brides

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…

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The Right Kind of Rogue
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The Right Kind of Rogue

Playful Brides (Volume 8)
Valerie Bowman
St. Martin's Press

Can two star-crossed lovers come together—until death do they part?

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore...

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Never Trust a Pirate
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Never Trust a Pirate

Playful Brides (Volume 7)
Valerie Bowman
St. Martin's Press

The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and...

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The Untamed Earl
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The Untamed Earl

Playful Brides (Volume 5)
Valerie Bowman
St. Martin's Press

AN INDECENT PROPOSAL

Lady Alexandra Hobbs, the daughter of the Duke of Huntley, has intended to marry Lord Owen Monroe since she first glimpsed him from the window of her bedchamber,...

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The Irresistible Rogue
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The Irresistible Rogue

Playful Brides (Volume 4)
Valerie Bowman
St. Martin's Press

A PROPOSAL FROM A SCOUNDREL
Daphne Swift has not laid eyes on her devilishly charming husband, Captain Rafferty Cavendish, in quite some time. As a matter of fact, she wants the rogue...

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The Unlikely Lady
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The Unlikely Lady

Playful Brides (Volume 3)
Valerie Bowman
St. Martin's Press

FOR THE BACHELOR AND THE BLUESTOCKING…

Certain that no man wants a bluestocking for a wife, Miss Jane Lowndes is careful to wield her books and her spectacles as weapons against matrimony....

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The Accidental Countess
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The Accidental Countess

Playful Brides (Volume 2)
Valerie Bowman
St. Martin's Press

CAN A SCANDALOUS CHARADE
For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty...

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The Unexpected Duchess
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The Unexpected Duchess

Playful Brides (Volume 1)
Valerie Bowman
St. Martin's Press

IN THIS BATTLE OF WITS

Lady Lucy Upton's tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant...

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About the author

Valerie Bowman

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.

Mary A. Behre