The Unlikely Lady (Playful Brides #3) (Paperback)

By Valerie Bowman

St. Martin's Paperbacks, 9781250042095, 352pp.

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

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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. Convincing her ambitious mama that she's content to stay a spinster is easier said than done, however. It's a good thing Jane is not above a bit of manufactured scandal if it will keep her from the altar, and the argumentative, contrary Lord Garrett Upton…


With the war over, Garrett is determined to enjoy his bachelor's life while he can, even when it means attending a house party in celebration of a friend's wedding—and suffering Jane's notorious disdain. But when a masquerade ball leads to a mistaken kiss, he's surprised to learn that Jane's bookish exterior hides a truly passionate soul. When two such headstrong people are determined to remain unattached, can love lead to a happy ending?

About the Author

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.

Praise For The Unlikely Lady (Playful Brides #3)

“Too delightful to miss!” —New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas on Valerie Bowman's novels

“Splendidly satisfying…[with] emotional depth.” —Booklist (starred review) on Valerie Bowman's novels

“Fabulous, sexy tales!” —USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer on Valerie Bowman's novels

“In this installment, the gloves are off... this book is laugh out loud funny. I loved every second of it. A full length novel, rich story and impeccable comedic timing, I didn't want to leave this delightful little world.” —Smexy Books, Smexy Books

“Impossibly charming, witty and sexy fun.” —Be My Bard

“Valerie Bowman's Playful Bride series is a delightful example of the best in celebrating love between two smart caring individuals who respect each other. THE UNLIKELY BRIDE ...[is] a wonderful retelling of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Recommended for fans of Eileen Dreyer and Mary Robinette Kowal.” —Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore