This post will be my last from my Regency Christmas story, A Kiss Beneath the Mistletoe. Beginning next week, I’ll be posting snippets from my new medieval Christmas story, Seduction at the Christmas Court. But for now, lets take a final look at Jenny and Alec’s Christmas.
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’s having second thoughts.
Today’s snippet switches to Alec’s POV and a little more info as he talks to Lady Celinda Graham. This excerpt has been altered to adhere to the WWW rules and begins with Lady Celinda speaking.
“She seems rather taken with Lord Somersby.”
“Yes, I’d noticed.”
Lady Celinda laughed and took his arm, leading them toward the back of the group of runners, further away from the infuriating sight of Jenny and Somersby. “You don’t approve, I take it?” she asked, cocking her head, but said nothing more.
“As I said, Miss Crowley is an old friend of the family and I would hate to see her hurt, or even worse, ruined by Somersby,” Alec said bitterly, grinding his teeth, for he’d put nothing past the blackguard.
“You have a rather low opinion of his lordship. An opinion not generally held here, at least, not that I’ve heard,” she said as she raised her delicate eyebrows. “You have met before, perhaps?”
“Somersby can be charming, but he can also be ruthless and cruel if he has cause to be.”
“Indeed,” Lady Celinda said as she glanced over her shoulder, then shifted closer to him, asking, “What did he do to you, Mr. Isley?”
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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?
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.