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A singly lady’s guide to a Romantic Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s day, do you dare to take the advice of a particularly adventurous single lady? Not just any one, either—Miss Susannah Grey, heroine of Seducing the Single Lady, a Regency novella inspired by the songs of Beyoncé. She’s a fashionable flirt with all of London at her fingertips, until her long-lost, presumed dead fiancé returns determined to wed her.  Here are her tips for a scandalously romantic day:

To start…

Dress in your most fabulous frock—you never know whom you might encounter.

When given the opportunity…

Exchange said frock for boy’s clothes—everything from boots and breeches to cravat and coat—for a day of utterly scandalous behavior including riding astride and dining in a tavern.  I shan’t even mention what happens with the tavern maid.

Forget your inhibitions…

Leave all clothes on the floor of that rogue for an afternoon of making love. As one does.

It’s bound to happen…

A girl will probably fall in love when she least expects it, with the last man she expects.

For the rogues…

Make your intentions clear with sentimental and personal gifts (Which is how a child’s tea set can, oddly, be the most romantic gift ever). Also, dear Regency rogues, do say it with flowers, too.

For all the single ladies…

Just say yes when he proposes!


She’s a single lady….
Miss Susannah Grey could have any man she wanted now that she’s beautiful, rich and finally free to encourage suitors after the death of the man to whom she’s been betrothed since birth–and who fled to the continent rather than marry the girl he once described as a “scrappy brat.”


He’s a “reformed” rogue…
Or rather, he’s trying to be. After nearly a decade of debauchery, Damien Rhys Redmayne, Viscount Bedford, has returned from the continent, thus dispelling rumors of his death. He’s determined to be the dignified son his father never had, starting with marriage to the bride he left behind.


They’re crazy in love…
Damien woos Susannah with a day of scandalous adventures–and happily discovers that she is one naughty girl. But when news of his foolish wager hit the gossip columns, all seems lost. Damien’s only hope is to destroy the one thing binding them together and hope his broken-hearted girl believes he’s irreplaceable.


About the Author:

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the author of numerous “dazzlingly sexy and witty” historical romance novels. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own. Visit her on the web at www.mayarodale.com.

I’ll gift a digital copy of Seducing the Single Lady to one random commenter. Oh, the romance!  Question: What’s your idea of a romantic Valentine’s day?

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Carol L

When I was younger my husband and I would rent a room for the day and evening (mom watched the 6 kids) and there we would eat a beautiful meal and stay in bed for the entire night. 🙂
After all, we had to make up for lack of privacy when we went home to our brood. lol
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Just getting to spend time together…both our kids are 2 hours away at school so we take the day off and drive up to have dinner with them!


Thanks for a fun post and Happy Valentines Day!!!!

Being able to be at home, snuggled w/ my dog and reading!!! But I can’t do that until the weekend 🙁

Monica V.

Just a nice quiet dinner out with my husband. Our daughter and son-in-law have moved in while renovating their home. It’s been taking a really long time and we have no privacy plus they both work full-time so I’m the one who usually has to cook and clean. We are getting along fine, but the extra work and lack of privacy is getting tiresome.


My husband and I do not normally exchange Valentine’s Day gifts. However, it is the little things he does that make Valentine’s Day romantic for me…scraping the ice from my windshield without a prompt from me…bringing me another cup of coffee without my asking….giving me the sweetest kiss as he looks into my eyes and tells me he hopes I have a good day…SIGH…

Kate Sparks

It’s in the small things… offering a refill of coffee…do I want cream added.. doing laundry! All the time!!

Janet W

Just spending the day together. Sharing a nice meal. Cuddling on the couch.

As Kate above said, it’s in the small things. I love it when my husband loads the dishwasher, does a load a laundry, etc. – anything that lightens my work load is a blessing.

Sue G.

A romantic day would be doing something that you enjoy doing. If you want to be with someone or just alone, it should be something that you enjoy.

vera mallard

A romantic valentines is going to be a wonderful dinner of home cooked prime rib with my hubby, quite, restful ,sexy, then after DESERT!!!!
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Raeline Peterson

My idea of a romantic valentines would be a dinner and maybe a good movie .

martha lawson

I love, love that cover!! Beautiful! Not real big on Valentine’s Day, so nothing special.


Spending quality, uninterrupted time with the person you love!

Allison W

Some kind of unexpected surprise from the person you hoped it was from


Spending time and being together with the person you love.


Spending time with the one/s you love =)
I had a great one, spent time with my hubby, good food and time together, to bad i had to work the night shift (11PM-07AM)
Happy Valentine´s!

Christy Perry

Thank you for sharing & the book excerpt. My ideal Valentine’s moment is just spending quality time with those that I love. Happy Valentine’s Day and thank you for the chance to win 🙂

Lori Meehan

Great dinner with my husband then home to read a fabulous book.

Kathleen O

A good movie and a box of chocolates.

Maria D.

Well…my idea of a romantic day would be to have a meal out at a nice restaurant, maybe watch a movie and then come home to curl up on the couch with a good book – I would love to find a guy who loves to read too!


I love baking some special treats for my friends and family.
This is a tradition I took over from my Grandmother.
My husband and I deliver all the treats and then have a nice intimate dinner, with wine, music and hopefully dancing.

Meghan Stith

Something thoughtful and with someone special.
Thanks for the giveaway!
mestith at gmail dot com

Ellen Thompson

I think a romantic Valentine’s Day would be doing anything that you enjoy with the person you love the most. Thanks for the great Valentine’s post and giveaway!

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Spending time doing things together. I’d start off the walk with a walk on the beach & end up with a cosy dinner for two followed by a decadent dessert *wink*

Mary Preston

I think that whatever makes you happy is romantic.


Going out to dinner. Me and my hubby just don’t have enough time to do a lot together so that time for us is really special!

I just read A Tale of Two Lovers!!! I am a total Maya fan now!

Thanks for the chance to read another one by you!


Kelly Powell

Just spending the day with my husband!!! Thank you for the giveaway!!!

Barbara Elness

My idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day is eating a great dinner that my special guy cooked for me, spending some quality cuddle time, and probably watching a movie together we can both enjoy.

June M.

My idea of a romantic V-Day would be a quiet dinner for two at home (preferably with a dinner that neither of us had to cook or clean up) and then some snuggling and other fun activities 🙂


I think a romantic dinner that was then followed by some fun and possibly kinky activities.


someone else making a meal


My Valentine’s this year was lovely. We (the hubby and I) spent our morning and afternoon at the food bank volunteering, which we do every Thursday. Then we made dinner together, it was wonderful! We gave each other silly Perfect for us!