In the Brides of Redemption trilogy, international phenomenon and USA Today bestselling author, Gayle Callen tells the stories of three guilt-ridden soldiers determined to right mistakes made during war that left three women helpless in the wake of tragic loss. Her passion-filled second novel SURRENDER TO THE EARL (Avon Books; on-sale May 28, 2013; ISBN: 9780062076076; $7.99) takes atonement to a seductive, sultry new level.
SURRENDER TO THE EARL brings Robert Henslow, Earl of Knightsbridge, to the Collins estate. Robert’s own jaded past lead him to join the army but now he’s returned. He’s intent on expressing his condolences to Mrs. Audrey Blake for the loss of her late husband, Marvin Blake,—a former fellow soldier—a death he feels responsible for.
Audrey Blake’s life changed when an awful battle with scarlet fever claimed her eyesight at the mere age of seven. Forced into seclusion by her family’s embarrassment, Audrey found herself a prisoner in her own home. Hoping to free himself of his guilt, Robert offers his assistance. Audrey sees this as the only chance she’ll have to escape and desperately asks Robert to help her break away from her confinement.
Enraged by her family’s treatment, Robert resolves that there is only one honorable option—marriage. This isn’t the plan Audrey had hoped for, nor was it the type of marriage Robert wanted. It was meant to be a counterfeit union that would solely benefit Audrey’s desire for freedom. Yet, it’s Robert who realizes he too has a strong desire of his own, a desire to win her heart and make her his lady.
Duty brought Robert to Audrey’s doorstep. But what makes him propose marriage: guilt, compassion, or something far more urgent and unexpected? Will Robert be able to convince the alluring Audrey how much they both have to gain by making it real, and persuade her to submit to the most blissful passion? Or will his efforts and love be rejected?
About Gayle Callen: After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, she found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. She has written more than eighteen historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award. Gayle lives in Central New York with her three children, her dogs Apollo and Uma, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero.
Filled with steamy excitement and spicy ardor, SURRENDER TO THE EARL is a seductive Victorian romance sure to cast a spell on Gayle Callen fans and new readers alike.