It’s almost here! Tomorrow is the release day for One Night with a Rake. Today I’ll share a bit of the actual history behind the premise of my Royal Rakes series.
In 1817, the royal succession was thrown into an uproar when Princess Charlotte died with her stillborn son. The Prince Regent would never father another legitimate heir. Not only were he and his wife estranged, she was past bearing. So the three unmarried sons of King George III embarked on the “Hymen Race Terrific.” (I kid you not! That’s what the tabloids of the day called it!) The point was to marry and father a child who would one day wear the crown.
Three royal dukes were in contention. Adolphus Frederick, the Duke of Cambridge (the same title Prince William now holds, BTW!) is the one featured in One Night with a Rake. He was the 10th child of King George and the youngest surviving son. As a spare heir, the Duke of Cambridge pursued a military career, was wounded and captured during the Flanders Campaign in 1793.
When the opportunity to perhaps put his own progeny on the throne, even Cambridge didn’t like his chances. His older brothers would probably succeed him. He spent a great deal of time trying to arrange a bride for William (the Duke of Clarence from Waking Up with a Rake). After he settled matters for William, Cambridge married Augusta, his second cousin in June 1818. They were blessed with three children, but none of them ascended to the throne, because one of his brothers beat him to fatherhood.
So that’s the actual history behind One Night with a Rake. In my fictional world, someone doesn’t want to see the House of Hanover continue on the throne and sends in a rake to interfere with the royal duke’s courting. Hope you’ll enjoy the whirlwind of deception, seduction and revelation of true love that ensues! Look for One Night with a Rake at your favorite booksellers’ or find it at these fine etailers:
This is the first stop on my One Night with a Rake blog tour! I’m still on the cruise around the British Isles with my DH (and yes, we’re having a wonderful time!) but I’ll respond to all comments when I get home. If you leave a comment or question for me, you’ll be entered in Sourcebooks’ drawing for a copy of Waking Up with a Rake (Book 1 in the Royal Rakes series). US/Canada only. I’d like to add a second winner who will receive their choice from my Rock*it Read titles, open to international readers wherever a Kindle ebook is available.
Here’s a question to get you started: Do you like real historical underpinnings in your historical romance or do you prefer less actual intrusion of the real world in your fiction?