on December 15, 2015
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Determined to help her father with his political career, Jocelyn sets aside dreams of love. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Grant Amesbury, her dreams of true love reawaken. But his secrets put her family in peril.
Grant goes undercover to capture conspirators avowed to murder the prime minister, but his only suspect is the father of a courageous lady who is growing increasingly hard to ignore. He can’t allow Jocelyn to distract him from the case, nor will he taint her with his war-darkened soul. She seems to see past the barriers surrounding his heart, which makes her all the more dangerous to his vow of remaining forever alone.
Jocelyn will do anything to clear her father’s name, even if that means working with Grant. Time is running out. The future of England hangs in the balance...and so does their love.
When the hour of the dinner party arrived, Jocelyn stood at her father’s side and greeted the guests as they gathered in the drawing room before dinner. She made sure everyone had something to drink and was conversing comfortably. Grant Amesbury had yet to arrive. He’d given her no reason to believe he was attracted to her, and he clearly disliked social gatherings; perhaps he’d changed his mind. Disappointment dimmed her enjoyment. But he didn’t seem the kind of man to break his word. She wouldn’t give up on him.
She glanced back at the doorway. He had arrived. With hair as dark as a starless night, a tall figure clad almost entirely in black strode toward them. Something shifted inside her and she took a step back from his presence of power. As he neared, his air of deadliness swept ahead of him like a giant clearing the path. Piercing gray eyes set in his fearsomely handsome face caught and held her gaze as he drew nearer. She chided herself. Grant Amesbury had protected her. Why everything about him seemed so deadly tonight, she couldn’t explain, but she surely had nothing to fear from him. Firmly wearing the role of hostess, she moved to welcome him. He was dressed in beautifully tailored clothing, as fashionable as the clothes he’d worn the night he’d brought home Jonathan. His new haircut and style gave him Town polish.
“Welcome, Mr. Amesbury.” She sank into a curtsy.
He inclined his head. “You look lovely.” The words fell awkwardly from his lips as if he’d rehearsed them.
She doubted he often paid compliments to anyone. “How kind of you to say.”
He paused and focused on her. Something changed in his expression. He studied her in a way that sent heat from her face clear down to her toes. Oh heavens, if these were the kind of looks he was capable of giving, he clearly was dangerous to ladies, but not in the way she’d thought. Her attention zeroed in on his lips, and hers tingled in response. Powerless under his stare, she wrenched her gaze from his and nervously touched her brooch as if to assure herself it remained in place, anything to restore her good sense, which had quite literally failed her for a moment.
Softly, his voice ringing with sincerity and an unaccountably sultry quality, he said, “You are beautiful.” The simple compliment, and his delivery of it, dried her mouth.
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Currently, I am working on the rough draft of Book 5 of the Rogue Hearts series. It is not yet titled, but it is about Margaret, the eldest of this misbegotten bunch. She is accused of murdering her jerk of a husband and then fleeing. One of Grant’s Bow Street friends, Conner Jackson, has hunted her down to bring her to justice. Or so he thinks.
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