Scoundrel for Hire by Adrienne deWolfe — Excerpt and Giveaway

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11_20 scoundrel Cover_SCOUNDREL FOR HIRERaphael Jones is a Kentucky-born scoundrel, who has never played by the rules. When Colorado mining heiress, Silver Nichols, hires him to stop her precious daddy from marrying a golddigger, Rafe sets out to seduce Silver and win her fortune.

But beneath Silver’s cool veneer, Rafe encounters a sweet vulnerability and an aching secret that threatens to send his whole world up in smoke.

Now the wily scoundrel must choose: walk away or wager the one thing he can’t afford to lose—his heart.

Enjoy the excerpt:

From somewhere beyond the inky blackness of the French doors, a clock chimed 2 a.m. The utter stillness of the house made it possible to detect faint sounds in the bedrooms above him. Rafe heard the groan of a mattress, then the snick of an opening door. He cracked open an eye.


He knew it had to be her. Max had sneaked off to Celestia’s hotel room around midnight.

For a moment, Rafe listened, wondering with a perverse sense of irony if Silver had chosen to come to his bed on the one night that he’d vacated it. His mind’s eye could see her tiptoeing down the hall, her hair glinting softly in the glow of a taper, that slinky dressing gown sliding over her naked skin like a jade waterfall.

He was seriously considering bolting back up the stairs, two at a time, when he heard the furtive creak of the first step. Then the second. His pulse quickened in understanding. Silver was coming downstairs. But why?

His brow furrowed. He liked to think she was searching for him, but the chances of that were slim. Perhaps she was searching for Max. Since Max had timed his rendezvous well after his daughter had retired, Silver was probably unaware of her father’s escape.

Rafe strained his ears, but it was the faint whiff of lavender, not the rustling of satin, that heralded her arrival at the parlor doors. She glided past him, her hair spilling over her modest décolletage like a perfumed veil, the white muslin of her night wrapper billowing like angel wings in her wake. He thought how incongruous his carnal urges were in the face of this apparition of purity.

More silent than the shadows that camouflaged him, he watched her intently, a predator hungry for the feast that paced just an arm’s length away. He had imagined many methods of seduction; he had plotted many scenarios in which to woo her. His fondest fantasy had always been unconditional surrender, in which she’d come to him, aching, unable to resist her own need for pleasure. Was this the signal he’d been waiting for? Was this the night he would finally taste her?

About the Author: 11_20 scoundrel Adrienne deWolfeAdrienne deWolfe is a #1 Bestselling Author and a recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year. She consistently delights readers with sexy, action-packed, western-style romances, including her Wild Texas Nights series and her Velvet Lies series. In addition, she is the author of the bestselling non-fiction ebook series, The Secrets to Getting Your Romance Novel Published.

Fascinated by all things mystical, Adrienne writes a weekly blog about dragons, magic, and the paranormal at to help her research her upcoming YA Epic Fantasy series. She also writes a weekly blog with fiction writing tips and advice about the business of writing at She enjoys mentoring aspiring authors and offers professional story critiques and book coaching services.

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  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. So grateful that I found you through Goddess Fish! I love your website: it provides such an awesome service to authors! Thank you for all you do. And especially, for hosting my SCOUNDREL FOR HIRE Scavenger Hunt and Book Tour! I look forward to chatting more with you and your readers.

  3. Hey adrienne 🙂 Hope your week is going well.. How busy does your schedule get when you’re managing promotional stuff like tours and scavenger hunts???

    • Tours get pretty heavy toward the middle / end — especially when you’re on deadline to do something else for your publisher (like I am!) But I love being able to communicate with my readers, so I make time to answer great questions like yours. Hugs!

  4. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

  5. Thanks for the great excerpt and the chance to win!
    Scoundrel For Hire sounds amazing!!
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  6. Loved the excerpt, thanks for sharing!


  7. Adrienne…I went and looked at your blog. VERY interesting. I’m going to go back and read more.
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