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Peek Inside The Rogue’s Conquest

Former prizefighter James MacGregor wants to be a gentleman. A chance encounter with Eleanor Townsend gives him the leverage he needs. She’ll gain him entry to high society and help him with his atrocious manners, and in return, he won’t reveal her secret.

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Wallflower Eleanor Townsend is not like most women. She has no interest in marriage, the ton, or fashion. Instead, her heart lies with science. And when the opportunity to present a paper arises, she takes it, even though it means dressing as a man. But her disguise doesn’t quite work. Someone notices—and the brute intends to blackmail her!

Former prizefighter James MacGregor wants to be a gentleman, like the men he trains in his boxing saloon. His first step is gaining a beautiful, wealthy wife. Eleanor Townsend is not that woman, but a chance encounter gives him the leverage he needs. She’ll gain him entry to high society and help him with his atrocious manners, and in return, he won’t reveal her secret. It’s the perfect arrangement. At least until the sparks between them become more than just their personalities clashing. But there’s too much at stake for James to give in to his growing attraction.

Each book in the Townsends series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Enchanting the Earl
Book #2 The Rogue's Conquest

Praise

“This was wonderfully written. Lily Maxton's soul-stirring description of the characters' struggle for acceptance was affecting. Their wordplays were fantastically witty. It's poignant. It's beautiful. Five stars.” – Luci L. Goodreads

I am really loving Lily Maxton's story telling.  She writes beautifully!” –Sarah D., NetGalley

“It takes a lot of make me emotional when reading a book but the author is so skilled in her writing that she drew me in and I actually could feel the angst and joy. Lily Maxton will definitely be on my TBR list!” –Victoria R., NetGalley

“What a great read I so enjoyed this book it had love some mystery and overall a fab connection between the characters.” –Heidi R., Goodreads

Lily Maxton is the real deal, and this book is thoroughly enjoyable. The different setting of Edinburgh, the development of this great family, and a great twist on a recognizable plot all came together to make me love this book. I will be reading the rest of the series, and I recommend this author to fans of Julia Quinn and Sarah MacLean. 5 stars!” –Erin K. NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640632608
Series: The Townsends, Book 2
Release Date: Sep 25, 2017
Page Count: 226
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: blackmail, mistaken identity, opposites attract

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By Erin September 24, 2017

This is my first book by Lily Maxton, and I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed it. The Townsends series features siblings in Edinburgh that are up and coming in society, a bit on the fringe, but definitely devoted to one another.

The Story-
Eleanor Townsend studies bugs, beetles specifically.... ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review September 24, 2017

'The Rogue's Conquest' by Lily Maxton is Book Two in "The Townsends" Series. This is the story of Eleanor Townsend and James MacGregor. This can be a standalone book.
Eleanor lives with her brother and sister. Eleanor is a happy confirmed spinster who in addition is what I would call a Bluestocki... ...more

By eyes.2c October 03, 2017

Fools rush in, maybe!

Half way through reading Rogue's Conquest I realized I'd been smiling the whole time. How good is that! I was obviously enjoying this light hearted story with an intelligent wallflower heroine, whose interest in beetles surpasses all else and does rather take her into some st... ...more

By Ltlmer2 September 29, 2017

Delightful and sweet

I thoroghly enjoyed Eleanor and James' story! It's a quick/short read, plus I didn't want to put it down. They were so cute and playful together (in a charming way),especially for people who you wouldn't expect that from really---and from a plot line that starts off with a bi... ...more

By L September 24, 2017

The pugilist has coerced the entomologist to take part in his design to woo a lady or he will divulge her secret which will ruin her reputation.

The pugilist is the former prizefighter James MacGregor, the bastard son of a duke, who covets all things aristocratic which was denied to him from birt... ...more

By Candy September 19, 2017

Eleanor Townsend was a spinster and an entomologist. She lives with her brother and sister. She has written a paper on her beetles for the Natural History Society. Unfortunately she is a female and they don't accept papers from females. James MacGregor is a pugilist and he is a Scot. He wants to... ...more

By Amanda October 11, 2017

I love strong scientific women!! I loved that she took her research and destiny into her own hands....until James snakes his way in. I have to admit James annoyed me so much but he grew on me. I loved that although Eleanor was forced into this deal she still told James how it was and helped him e... ...more

By Nicole September 01, 2017

I received this novel from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a quick and enjoyable read. People hide their true selves from others and give an outward appearance that they show to society. Everyone has a mask, but who has the courage to reveal what is behind the mask.
Elea... ...more

By Meesh September 08, 2017

This was a very enjoyable read that is easy to get through in an afternoon. The main characters are Lady Eleanor and Mr James MacGregor. Lady Eleanor is described as a timid wallflower by others in society but that's not quite how we see her, especially when she's around James. She has been secre... ...more

By Sarah September 17, 2017

I really liked James and Eleanor's story. I loved their back and forth banter. I am really loving Lily Maxton's story telling. She writes beautifully. Not a lot off heat in this story but you don't miss it. I am looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.


Safety : some ow drama since... ...more

By wonderfullyweird88 September 08, 2017

I received a copy from the publishers in via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Eleanor is a wallflower who is fascinated by beetles and all manner of unladylike pursuits. James is a former prizefighter who owns a boxing saloon and wants to marry his way up in the world.
Discovering Eleanor... ...more

By Angela September 03, 2017

Everything is not as it seems and sometimes we hide behind a façade to achieve what we want and/or be accepted. I loved James and who would not – he is big and manly and unsophisticated. Eleanor is his female counterpart in that she is also hiding being a façade. Their understanding brings them t... ...more

By Victoria September 21, 2017

The Rogue’s Conquest

***Highly Recommended*** Rating 4/5

Genre: Scottish Historical Romance
Setting: Edinburgh, Scotland. 1813

HERO: James McGregor - Scottish, Pugilist, Unconventional

HEROINE: Eleanor "Cecil" Townsend - Scottish, Wallflower, Intellectual

The sister of an earl, Eleanor Townsend is a w... ...more

By Book Gannet September 27, 2017

I found this a surprisingly sweet read, considering it all starts with a bit of blackmail and a rather mercenary marriage attempt by James. There’s a lot of opposites attract involved and more than a touch of daddy-issues with James, but underneath it all I really enjoyed it.

James is a determined... ...more

By Patricia October 05, 2017

This is Book 2 in the Townsend series I personally have never read Lily Maxton before. So even though it is the second book in the series it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. This is the story of Lady Eleanor Townsend and James McGregor. James is a Prizefighter and a Scott. He wants to be... ...more

By Laura September 29, 2017

I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review..

One could call Eleanor Townsend odd and eccentric as her main passion is, well, beetles. Her love of science has pretty much sworn her to spinsterhood. Added to that, in order to present her work in her field, she mu... ...more

By Pgchuis September 04, 2017

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

Eleanor Townsend, having been forced to use a male pseudonym, Cecil, to publish articles on beetles in the journal of the Natural History Society, disguises herself as "Cecil" to present a paper at a meeting. Unfortunately, James (ow... ...more

By Norah September 13, 2017

I read a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. I have read and enjoyed several of Lily Maxton’s book, so I was quite happy to have the opportunity to read this one. I think this story is my favourite of the ones I have read so far. This book is the second book in the Tow... ...more

By Debra September 13, 2017

The one thing former prizefighter James MacGregor wants and strives toward is to be a gentleman and accepted by the ton. He wants to marry a wealthy young woman of the ton to further that dream. When he blackmails the shy Eleanor Townsend into introducing him to Society, he gets more than he barg... ...more

By Meghan September 07, 2017

Eleanor is a wallflower who loves beetles and all things science. James is a burly ex-prizefighter who owns a saloon and wants to marry his way up in the world. And Eleanor is not the one he wants to marry but he uses her to help him climb his way up...

Now, let me get what I dislike out of the wa... ...more

By Negar September 10, 2017

Women and children were to be seen and not heard.

Cecil is always the inbred cousin's name.

She could pass for a man just by changing her hair and wearing glasses? Now there's a confidence booster.

Why is he trying to hide his accent, if they already live in Scotland?

Georgina is fun, if a little... ...more

By Stevie October 09, 2017

Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a great fan of historical romances with crossdressing heroines (or heroes – but those stories seem to crop up more rarely). Indeed, the blurb’s description of this book’s crossdressing female naturalist was so... ...more

By Anna October 08, 2017

Definitely a buy buy buy book. It has been awhile since a book had me smiling and chuckling out loud. This one did . While the writer is more than gifted, this story has some twists and turns. I really enjoyed her characters and the way she portrayed each of them in her story. It ended to soon as... ...more

By Melissa October 13, 2017

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this book! Lily Maxton is a new author for me and I usually shy away from starting a series with "book 2". I love the setting and Elinor as lead. I could feel her angst, which is g... ...more

By Brittany September 18, 2017

This is book two in the Townsends series. In this one we are given the story of Eleanor one of the Townsend siblings. The story was really entertaining. I enjoyed the characters and how she tames James a rough neck trying to fit into the town mold. I thought it was a in intersting story and I can... ...more

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Lily Maxton

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Lily Maxton

Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer. When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

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