This week, to return to the holiday season, I’m sharing a snippet from my Regency Christmas romance, Hearts Beneath the Mistletoe.
I’m sharing a scene where Alec has taken Jenny aside after he witnessed her and Somersby under the mistletoe out in the woods.
(Very creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules.)
His words took her so aback she stepped backward, bumping into the cool stone wall of the entry hall saying, “Are you jealous?”
How thrilling if he were; not that she wanted such attentions from Alec of all people, still if her budding relationship with the earl had provoked a jealous streak in her longtime acquaintance, she couldn’t deny a certain delight deep in her heart.
“Of course not.”
Her little bubble of satisfaction burst with an almost audible pop. Resisting the urge to stamp her foot, Jenny groaned and rolled her eyes; it might be impolite but Alec was being most annoying, dragging her away from the fun at the tree to ask her questions that were none of his business. She opened her mouth to tell him so, and stopped, glad she hadn’t moved away from the wall.
His eyes flashed and his lips straightened into a thin, harsh line that sent a shiver of fear trickling down her spine before he asked, “Have you set your cap for him?”
The impudence of the question melted her alarm enough to ask, “What business is it of yours if I have?”
“Considering we are betrothed, I think it’s very much my business.”
BLURB for Hearts Beneath the Mistletoe:
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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