The League of Second Sons...
Do you ever wonder how all those "spares" get on after they've been made redundant when their elder brother produces an heir? I most certainly do. In fact, I've always been intrigued by people who take charge, go out on a limb, and make lemonade when the universe keeps handing them lemons. So it comes as little surprise that my series--The League of Second Sons—is about younger sons of the nobility, the untraditional women they fall in love with, and what it takes for two people who aren't going to inherit everything to make a life for themselves.
The League of Second Sons is a club for younger sons who've banded together to help one another seize whatever life offers them and make the most of it. These are the men who actually run England. They're elected to the House of Commons, they run their family estates, they're the traditional family sacrifice to the military (the Duke of Wellington and Lord Nelson were both younger sons). They work—in a gentlemanly manner—for what they've got and what they want. They're hungry, in a way that an eldest son, destined for fortune and title, never can be.
The Charter of The League of Second Sons
We are MPs and Diplomats, Sailors and Curates, Barristers and Explorers, Adventurers and Soldiers. Our Fathers and Brothers may rule the World, but We run it. For this Service to God, Country and Family, We will have Our Due.
Formed this day, 17 May 1755. All Members to Swear to Aid their Fellows in their Endeavors, Accompany them on their Quests, and Promote their Causes where they be Just.
Addendum, 14 April 1756. Any rotter who outlives his elder brother to become heir apparent
Addendum, 15 Sept 1768. All younger brothers to be admitted without prejudice in favor of the second.
Lady Eleanor Blakely is only too aware that her reputation dangles by a very slender thread. One false step, one mistake, and her claims to respectability could disappear in whirlwind of scandal. Unfortunately, she’s found herself in the midst of a delicious series of wagers with a consummate charmer , and she can’t seem to stop herself from saying yes to his wild propositions.
Viscount Wroxton isn’t exactly sure what twist of fate has kept his friend Blakely’s sister on the shelf, nor why he’s never noticed her before, but when the inveterate little gamester suddenly catches his attention, she’s entirely is too fascinating to ignore. The fact that she has five enormous—and protective—brothers is hardly worth thinking about . . . she’s thrown down the gauntlet, and he has no intention of losing, though the price may well end up being his heart.