One Enchanted Christmas
Hi and thanks for inviting the Winter Wishes authors to visit Buried Under Romance. I’m the architect of the Anthology and so excited that release week is finally here. I found the very best authors I knew and invited them to contribute a story to make this a wonderful Christmas. You’ve been reading excerpts from their wonderful work all week and I hope you continue to enjoy the sneak peeks to come.
Today I’m sharing an excerpt from my own story, One Enchanted Christmas. The hero of my story is Lord Clement, a bachelor who you might have already met in my last release, Lord of Sin.
“Surely you don’t need to be introduced to my sister after all these years?” Hector teased with a hearty laugh that made Meg cringe.
She lifted her chin and looked Lord Clement in the eye, eager to get the greeting over and done with. “My lord.”
Lord Clement’s lips parted in obvious surprise. “Lady Margaret?”
“Meg,” she said, nodding to him. “No one has called me by my full name since our mother passed.”
Lord Clement shook his head suddenly. “Forgive me, but I would never have recognized you.”
“I thought the same of you,” she murmured, and then fidgeted under his startlingly direct gaze. The handsome devil had surprised her with his improved appearance but he was still a man to be wary of. He had kept her brother away from home for so much of the last few years.
Lord Clement drew closer, his smile growing wider as he came. “It is a surprise to see you but a happy one. Welcome to The Vynes, my lady.”
She was about to dip into a curtsy but he reached for her hand instead. She placed her gloved hand in his larger one and looked up into the darkest, bluest eyes she’d ever seen and trembled. They reminded her of the sea, of her home shores, and she gulped in shock as he bowed over her hand in a courtly fashion. “Thank you, my lord.”
He released her hand slowly, a look of puzzlement creeping into his expression as he drew back. His eyes narrowed on her face. “I say, are you warm enough?”
Meg was becoming entirely too warm with all the attention in the room fixed on her.
Margaret Stockwick is still mourning the loss of her beloved parents when her brother whisks her away from the family estate. Unbeknownst to Meg, Hector has no plans to allow her to return. Instead, he’ll see her ensconced in London after the Christmas season to be married off as quickly as possible, thereby relieving himself of any further responsibility for her welfare. Meg is devastated; not only by her brother’s betrayal, but at the prospect of spending the holidays with his best friend, the roguish Lord Clement.
Otis spends nearly all his days at his family’s estate, the better to protect his mother and siblings. But his greatest wish is to remove them from beneath the thumb of his scheming father. Then Lord Vyne presents a wager—marry in three months, and Otis can win a bit of freedom for his family. It’s a gamble Otis intends to win. But not with the chit his father’s chosen, an arrangement based on financial gain. No. Otis is determined to marry for love and mutual respect…and it isn’t long before he finds the lovely Meg inspiring both.
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Heather Boyd is the bestselling author of over 40 steamy Regency historical romances, including the Distinguished Rogues Series. She is happily married to her childhood sweetheart, mother of two rogues, and is owned by a rescued cat. Heather loves a good chinwag so say hello on social media anytime.
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