More from my Regency Christmas story, A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe.
Jenny and the other young people at her aunt’s Christmas house party are out in the woods cutting greenery for decorations. They spy a mistletoe ball high in a tree and begin to play a game of running beneath the mistletoe. The forfeit for being caught ~ a kiss. Jenny wants to outrun Lord Somersby and avoid his kiss. Now that she’s done so, she’d having second thoughts.
Today’s snippet follows immediately after last week’s. It has been altered to adhere to the WWW rules.
“I thought you wanted me to catch you,” the young man said, adjusting his gloves impatiently. Sulking did not become his lordship.
“I thought so as well,” Jenny replied and straightened her pelisse, settling it over her green cashmere gown in an effort to stem the chill air she had begun to feel again.
“Then why did you run away?” He stared frankly into her eyes. “Did I frighten you?”
“No, my lord.” With a shake of her head she began a sedate walk back to the crowd of excited young people still running under the mistletoe, his question troubling her. She hadn’t been frightened, but neither could she pinpoint why she had suddenly decided not to give in to him. She’d stopped with the full intention of accepting his kiss, then she’d seen Alec’s face…
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Is one kiss ever enough?
Jenny Crowley has been duped! At her eighteenth birthday celebration her parents announce that instead of having the London Season she’s dreamed of for years, Jenny has been betrothed from birth to Alexander Isley, son of family friends and heir to a title. A distraught Jenny refuses point-blank to marry Alec, and when her aunt offers to whisk her away to a Christmas house party, complete with many eligible young bachelors, Jenny jumps at the chance to enjoy a variety of entertainments, be courted, and perhaps fall in love.
Alec Isley is between a rock and a hard place. He desires a marriage with Jenny no more than she does, but when his family’s dire financial status is revealed, he follows Jenny to the house party in hopes of convincing her to marry him after all. When he discovers who else is courting her there, Alec is frantic to keep her from making a dreadful mistake. Struggling with new-found feelings for his childhood friend, can Alec convince her of his love in time to save her from being ruined under the mistletoe?
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