Because it’s releasing this month, Heart of Desire is again “Book of the Month.” It’s Book 2 in my Regency series Handful of Hearts, and here’s another snippet of this sweet Regency.
This snippet continues from the first chapter of Heart of Desire. The time is the beginning of the Season in London, May 5, 1820. Miss Katherine Locke is waltzing with Lord Haversham at Lady Hamilton’s ball. Lord Haversham has demonstrated the scandalous nature of the waltz and is now escorting her off the ballroom floor. Lord Haversham escorted her to her brother, Lord Ainsley and Kate and Haversham have continued to trade barbs. I’ve skipped ahead a few paragraphs and now her brother brings up a disturbing idea. (There have been some punctuation changes to accommodate the rules.) Hope you enjoy!
“You are in your third season, Kate; you could do worse than Haversham, you know.”
“Worse than…” She stared at her brother, expecting devil’s horns to sprout from his dark curly head. “How could anyone be worse than Marcus, Earl of Haversham?”
“You sound as though the man’s a scoundrel or a cad. He’s a good man, Kate, who’d make a good husband.”
“Do you seriously want me to marry him?” She grimaced and swallowed convulsively. “My mouth doesn’t even want to say the words. I wouldn’t marry him if he was…was…there is no instance where I would consent to marry him.”
Follow your heart to find your desire
Miss Katherine Locke is irked to start her 3rd season dancing with the disagreeable Lord Haversham, her brother’s friend and her own arch enemy. After three years out, however, she’s finally interested in the dashing Lord Finley—only to find out her cousin has set her cap for him too. To make the man jealous, Kate feigns interest in Lord Haversham, only to be shocked to find herself falling for the handsome lord against her will.
Marcus, Lord Haversham, is in a tight pinch. His estates are failing and worse, he’s just lost 5,000 pounds to his best friend, Lord Ainsley. Ainsley’s solution: have Marcus marry his shrewish sister and he’ll cancel his gambling debt plus give him 10, 000 more for her dowry. With nowhere to turn, Marcus agrees, praying he can keep word of the wager from Kate until he can woo her and charm her into marrying him.
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
Heart of Desire should release in late July! Yay!
The prequel, A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe, is available at Amazon currently on sale for $.99.