I’m switching gears again this week to another Christmas novella that’s releasing on November 1 in the Regency boxed set A Lord for Christmas along with Collette Cameron, Ella Quinn, and Lauren Smith. My contribution to the set is the novella A Match Made at Christmas which is my snippet below.
Lady Sophia Constantine has made a dreadful mistake. She’s finished her third Season and has refused every offer, hoping for a love match. However, she forgot that she promised if she was still unmarried at the end of her third Season, she’d allow her grandmother to choose a husband for her.
Now Sophia has four days at a Christmas house party to discover who her betrothed is or find and fall in love with another gentleman.
In this snippet Sophia meets Lord Ashurst for the first time.
(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)
With a broad smile, Lord Ashurst took her in completely, his penetrating gaze roaming from the top of her jewel-studded hair to the bottoms of her tiny pink, flowered slippers. For a moment all she could see were his green eyes gleaming like gems, holding her spellbound, then she became aware of his smile, by far the most sensual thing she’d ever seen. His lips curled up only on one end; the other stayed straight and firm even as he stared directly into her.
“May I be bold, my lady, and be the first to claim a dance after dinner? I find it prudent to always ask well in advance.”
“How do you know there will be dancing, my lord?” Sophia asked as she cast her demure gaze to the floor, her toes curling of their own accord in her little pink slippers. “Even I do not know what my grandmother has planned.”
“Then I live in the hopes of dancing with you later this evening, Lady Sophia,” he stared once more into her eyes and lowered his voice, “or another time and place.”
A promise is a promise…
Unable to find a husband to her liking in three years, Lady Sophia Constantine is appalled to discover she’s promised to allow her grandmother to choose the gentleman. Balking every step of the way, Sophia is compelled to attend a family Christmas party where the man she’s expected to marry will be revealed. But when Grandmamma is delayed in London, Sophia decides to take matters into her own hands to find a husband of her choosing.
Leonardo, Lord Ashurst, has returned to England after five years of mourning. Ready to begin the search for a new wife, he accepts an invitation to a neighbor’s Christmas party and is introduced to Lady Sophia, for whom he experiences an immediate attraction. With the lady’s betrothal on the brink of being announced, can Leo win her heart by posing as her betrothed or will his deception ruin any chance they have of a happily ever after?
A Lord for Christmas will release on November 1, 2018 and is now available on Amazon for pre-order!
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
Christmas Books by Jenna Jaxon