Wicked Rivals


A cunning Scottish lady bests an English baron of legendary control in a game of business and seduction…



Lauren Smith is back with the latest in her sexy #historicalromance series, League of Rogues, with WICKED RIVALS!

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Merciless and powerful, Ashton Lennox is a wealthy man because he puts business before everything else, especially love. As a member of the infamous League of Rogues, he’s no stranger to scandal. His bedroom conquests are as legendary as his fortune. As he searches for a way to bring down an old enemy bent on destroying the lives of his friends, the last thing he needs is a Scottish widow getting in his way.

The daughter of a Scottish lord with a dark and treacherous past, Rosalind Melbourne has spent years distancing from her past. After escaping her tyrannical father and marrying an aging English lord, she has become a powerful widow with a business empire at her command. Her business dealings are everything to her, leaving her no time for love. Especially not with her business rival Ashton, a man with a scandalous reputation as striking as his blue eyes.


Ashton is fascinated by the strong-willed, intelligent and sensual lady who, up until now, had outsmarted him at every turn. Rosalind wishes she could deny she is falling for the brooding, handsome baron. How can she possibly trust him when doing so could cost her what she values most—her freedom? When Ashton discovers Rosalind might hold the key to saving the League of Rogues, he knows he will do anything to woo his wicked lass. As their pasts return to haunt them and dark forces rise to keep them from exposing a deadly spymaster, their game of love turns to a game of survival…


Warning: This book includes a brooding baron who’s wild in bed, a crafty Scottish lass who never knows when to quit, a wicked game of strip chess, and a merry band of rogues whose first instinct is to run they hear wedding bells ring.



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– Wicked Rivals- Lauren Smith


Character Interview: Ashton.

What kind of business is he in?

Ashton is a Baron which still makes him a titled Lord in the British Aristocracy but at the lowest end of the “elite” spectrum. Therefore he feels he has a lot to prove when it comes to power and influence since he isn’t a duke or an earl. Ashton’s father ran their family into massive debt when Ashton was attending Cambridge University as a young man and when the father died, Ashton had to become the man of the family and support them. He got into shipping companies because he loves the freedom of the seas and the ability to trade across several countries and continents. But he also has investments and companies in silver and copper mines and other businesses. He’s a man of diversified interests.

What attracted him to Rosalind?

He was drawn to her from the first moment he met her when she came to his house. He had been expected her husband (who he didn’t know had died a year before) because he was planning to buy out her and her husband’s company. When this beautiful Scottish widow shows up and barters her company for information from him, he realizes she’s not just another woman obsessed with pretty dresses and dancing. She’s a business woman in a man’s world. He immediately admired her and as their battle of wills continued over several books in the series, it finally burned too hot for him or Rosalind to ignore. He loves her wit, her stubbornness, her soft-heart that she hides from the world and her inability to survive against all odds.

Is she his type? or does he have one?

Ashton had considered his type to be a polite, demure, biddable woman, but yet Rosalind, who is none of those things, attracts him, he realizes he needs an equal partner, not a biddable wife who won’t be able to compete with him in a complex world.

How does he really feel about love and marriage since meeting Rosalind?

For the last three books in the series he’s watched his friends get married and fall in love and he’s been secretly jealous, wanting that joy in his own life. But he is such a practical man that he can’t ever see himself getting lucky enough like they did to find a woman to marry him that would complete him in the way he has seen his friends when they have met their perfect future wives. Yet when Rosalind shows up at his house in the middle of a storm late at night, to argue with him about how he’d stolen her businesses out from under her, he’s completely fascinated with her and he gets it into his head that he wants to marry her. He claims that it’s an easy decision, marry the woman so her property becomes his and she can’t cause him any grief in his business as a competitor, but secretly it’s so much more than that. She’s his perfect woman, because she’s just like him and it makes him a better man to see his own values and passions in the woman he loves and vice versa.



About Lauren Smith:


Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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