on March 7th 2017
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Two favorite, related novellas from the Half Moon House series, now available together! An Unexpected Encounter
Tall, practical girls might not be worth much in man's world, but Miss Lisbeth Moreton knows she's worth more than the squire's prized heifer.
To change her fate, she's run off to a date with destiny at the British Museum. Her would-be swain never shows, but an unexpected encounter with Lord Cotwell and his lonely ward might lead to altogether new prospects . . . and perhaps to love.
A Waltz in the Park
James Vickers once believed honor and family duty to be his life's work. Now he knows better--and he's appointed himself as silent witness to his father's sins. His greatest goal is to act as the continuously pricking thorn in his lordship's side--and scandal is his greatest weapon. He has no use for an innocent young miss.
Propriety is Miss Adelaide Stockton's most important asset. She must be all that is prim and proper if she's to live down her parent's misdeeds and have any hope of catching a husband. She must avoid scoundrels like Vickers at all costs.
Yet fate has thrown them together--and given each a key to the other's ambition. A bargain is struck...but together they find that gaining what one desires most is far more difficult than a waltz in the park.
“There’s something I wanted you to know.”
The heat inside him was turning sultry again. She sat so close and the fresh, sweet scent of her drifted over him. The ice had vanished from her eyes. They’d gone wide and soft and he had the stray thought that he might fall into such inviting, dangerous waters.
“You speak of my talents, but I see that you possess a few of your own. You speak of reading the nuances of a room, but I believe you are a far better judge of people. You have a remarkably clear eye. You see a person for who he really is.”
He frowned. It was true. He did quickly see past most people’s worldly trappings. He put together what he knew with attitudes and actions, small and large, and he often gained a good picture of their strengths and weaknesses, their fears and hopes. It gave him a great advantage in cards, in the betting books—and in the manipulations and maneuverings he undertook against his father. But nobody had ever caught him at it. Hestia had never mentioned it. “How did you—”
“You did it to me. No one else in Society, during this entire Season, really looked at me. Child of scandal or The Celestial, they see what they want to see. No one else has a clue about the girl with the saucy tongue and the penchant for causing trouble and telling stories to get out of it.”
The discomfort swung back and mixed with desire. She was too perceptive. He felt entirely too exposed. They were trapped together in this small space, so close. She smelled delicious and she looked even better, with her color high and her mouth pursed in earnestness. The light streaks in her hair matched the silver flecks in her eyes.
But she wasn’t finished. “I wanted to tell you—”
He couldn’t take any more. He reached across and ran a finger along the curl that draped her neck.
She fell silent.
His hand drifted up, cupped her jaw.
Her breathing ratcheted higher.
He leaned forward and kissed her.
He’d done it to stop her, to save himself embarrassment and further unmasking. He’d done it to regain control—of himself and of their careening relationship.
Which made this kiss a colossal failure.
His vast experience failed him—for this, this was utterly new.
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Encounters With a Rogue features two stories with heroes who are seen as a bit scandalous–not quite ‘good ton’ although each in a different way. Bad boys and outsiders can make such great heroes, though? Do you have a favorite bad boy from books, TV or movies? Share and a randomly selected commenter will win a digital copy of The Earl’s Hired Bride.