on May 8th 2018
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Nearly twenty, Anna Beasley despairs of every finding a husband. Eligible bachelors seem to avoid the stuttering, blushing debutante in favor of her bolder, more adventurous friends. Much to the delight of her father, who’s determined to marry her off to his godson, Lord Carmichael, despite Anna’s refusal. Her lifelong nemesis, Carmichael has kissed half the young women in London.
Surely Carmichael’s friend, Lord Sorenson, newly arrived in Town, is cut from the same cloth. Anna decides to stay away from him…despite his wicked smile that makes her quiver.
Gilbert Bowen, Earl of Sorenson, had planned to live out his days as a country vicar. But when his old friend Carmichael sends a desperate plea for help, he can’t say no. There’s a murderer among the ton—and every death leads back to Carmichael. Catching a killer during the social season is difficult enough…and then Anna catches his eye. The shy beauty is a distraction he can ill afford but scarcely resist.
When the pair are caught in a compromising position, Sorenson needs little convincing to claim her, especially if it keeps Anna out of harm’s way. But with as many twists and turns as there are suspects, this case may find no one safe—especially when the killer is closer to home than they ever dreamed.
“May I offer condolences on your father’s passing and your elevation to the title?”
“Thank you, Mr. Beasley,” Lord Sorenson murmured in a voice that sounded a bit younger and more vibrant than she’d expected.
Anna stilled. She had not known the Sorenson title had passed to a son. Apparently, there were some things Lady Scott had not told her.
But Carmichael’s friends were, in general, an unruly and forward lot, most with a known disinterest in pursuing matrimony but would gladly chase any lady in skirts. The apple wouldn’t fall far from the tree.
Despite knowing her interest would be fruitless, she turned her head slightly to glimpse the newcomer discreetly.
Almost out of her line of sight, Carmichael’s friend appeared to be costumed in tight-fitting tan leather breeches, a jerkin of sea green and, to her shock, he wore a bow and quiver of arrows strapped to his back just as she had worn earlier.
He moved slightly, and she could suddenly see Lord Sorenson very clearly. He was young, perhaps younger than Carmichael even, and handsome in a severe way. Carmichael’s friend was not just handsome—he was downright devastating.
His hair, worn long enough to brush the collar of his crisp white shirt, was the color of an angry sunset, his eyes an unusually bright shade of green exactly matched to the shade of her own costume. He laughed suddenly, revealing even white teeth and a wickedly inviting smile that must charm every woman he met.
Anna nearly swooned herself when he pursed his lips the next moment.
She turned back to her plate quickly, suddenly far too warm for even a fan to do her any good. She reached for it anyway and beat air at her face.
“Anna, my dear girl. Forgive me. Where is my mind tonight?” Father caught her hand and hauled her up on shaking legs. “Lord Sorenson, might I present to you my only daughter, Anna.”
Anna lifted her eyes slowly and quaked anew under the force of the earl’s wicked gaze.
“A pleasure to make your acquaintance, Miss Beasley,” Lord Sorenson said after a slight pause.
His deep voice sent a burst of pleasure racing all over her skin. He had a dark voice, the tone of which made her shiver.
The blush that never seemed to go away around handsome men heated anew, and she lowered her eyes quickly. This was a man she ought not to encourage if she wanted to keep her virtue intact. “My lord,” she managed to say before becoming utterly tongue-tied.
Carmichael poked her shoulder. “Lord Sorenson is quite new to Town, Anna, and hasn’t a clue of the fun he’s been missing all these years,” he stated. “Can you believe him once a dull vicar?”
Anna glanced at Lord Sorenson swiftly. He could not be a vicar. Not with those looks or that voice.
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