on March 13th 2017
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Six bestselling authors bring you Hearts of Courage, stories about heroes and heroines who overcome tragedy to find love.
100% of the proceeds from this set will be donated to benefit warriors wounded in military action!
The Perfect Lady Worthe by Rose Gordon
The last thing Jane Cavanaugh would ever expect is to be married—she is an invalid, after all—but that doesn’t mean she can’t help with her sister’s husband hunt! (Even if it is with a wee bit of reluctance. The last thing Gareth, Lord Worthe would ever want to do is to fall in love with his closest friend’s younger sister. But fate just might have something else in store for these two…
Out of the Darkness by Elizabeth Johns
Lt John Holdsworth, an injured veteran from Waterloo, is now steward for a large estate in Scotland. Catriona Craig is the adopted daughter of Lord Craig, whose only interests lie in growing herbs and healing people. Can two unlikely friends find healing together? Can he overcome the shadows of his past and accept her love?
Scandalized by a Scoundrel (All's Fair in Love Book 2) by Erin Knightley
Amelia has plenty of reasons to distrust strangers, and the broad-shouldered, devilishly handsome viscount deserves no exception. But when the former army officer challenges her to lay down her weapon and learn to fight in a new way, she finds herself capitulating. They’re as incompatible as water and gunpowder, so why is she suddenly looking forward to the thought of being . . . Scandalized by a Scoundrel?
Captivated by the Captain (Fabled Love Book 2) by Amanda Mariel
What happens when an American heiress to a shipping company crosses paths with a pirate? Can two people whose life paths are at odds find common ground?
For The Love Of A Widow by Christina McKnight
After years following her husband as he fought against Napoleon’s troops, Lady Lettie Hughes returns to London a widow to take her place as the daughter of an Earl. Can she fight through the nightmares that plague her to find love with the man she jilted six years before?
A Match Made In Duty by Meara Platt
When the Earl of Exmoor agrees to marry Sophie as a favor to her dying brother, he never expects that this match made in duty will be the cure for his broken and battle-scarred heart.
We are very excited to bring you a five day event featuring stories from six wonderful authors.
Rose Gordon, Elizabeth Johns, Erin Knightly, Amanda Mariel, Christina McKnight and Meara Platt.
Each day we will highlight one or two of the stories.
Join us today as we visit with Christina McKnight.
Their kiss was everything Daniel had thought it would be, though it should not be happening now, in her bedchambers, with only a small candle for propriety, and a gown already unfastened. His hands itched to pull the dress from her body. Bloody hell, he’d wanted this since seeing her standing alone in The George. Their time in the grove had almost undone him. Blast it all, he’d wanted this moment since he was old enough to understand what the stirring in his trousers meant, or that the emptiness in his chest was when Lettie was not near.
She could not deny how well they fit against one another. Even now, he could hear their hearts beating as one.
Lettie’s resistance subsided quickly and her arms locked around him, pulling him closer as their mouths danced. It was not a parry and thrust. It was not two people moving toward opposite goals. It was a complete union, both physical and emotional.
He had no designs on her wealth, her lands, nor did he have any thoughts to possess her—without the proper band nestled on her hand. He wanted all of her—mind, body, and soul.
They were always meant to be in this position: their bodies locked together as tightly as their lips, her arms encircling him as she caressed his back, and his need pressed securely between them. Lettie felt her way across his corded back, his skin flaming in each place she dragged her fingers across.
Daniel allowed his hands to roam where her shift-covered back was exposed by her undone gown. He longed to move his hands down and unfasten the remaining buttons, pushing the gown from her arms to puddle at her feet. He wanted this—needed this—however, something kept his desire under control.
If he let go and she succumbed during their moment of passion, he’d prove himself to be everything he’d begged her to believe he wasn’t.
As if sensing his resolve, Lettie pulled back. Her arms fell away, and she glanced down at them as if she hadn’t known they were exploring his body while her thoughts were on their kiss.
“I am a married woman, your grace,” she breathed heavily, her chest heaving. Her entire body quivered and her hands trembled at her sides. The shoulder of her gown slipped down her arm, revealing her demure white shift.
His eyes followed its descent, and he reached out to tug it back onto her shoulder.
When he moved, she flinched out of reach.
“Your grace, Daniel, I…” She glanced around her bedchambers as if noting for the first time how alone they were. “I cannot. Gregory. He…”
“Shhh,” Daniel soothed, reaching for her once more and righting her gown. “I understand; however, you are not a married woman. You have not been for many months. Though that does not excuse my actions. I did not seek you out with this in mind.”
There was so much more he needed to tell her, but it was too soon.
And she was too raw.
Christina McKnight ~ http://christinamcknight.com/