Happy New Year’s Eve!
This week I’m sharing my final snippet from my Regency Christmas romance, Hearts Beneath the Mistletoe. After this week I’ll switch to another Regency romance, To Woo A Wicked Widow, to bring in the New Year!
I’m continuing the scene from last wtime where Alec has taken Jenny aside after he witnessed her and Somersby under the mistletoe out in the woods. She tells him her feelings for Lord Somersby are none of his business. But Alec is worried about her and informs her, “If I need to marry you to keep you from making a wretched mistake, I’ll do it.”
(Very creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules.)
She shoved harder against him and demanded, “Who is a ‘wretched mistake,’ Lord Somersby?”
“Yes,” he breathed a sigh and stepped back, regret in every line of his body. “The man’s a cur, Jenny, and no fit husband for you; he’s not at all what he seems.”
“And how do you know that?” she asked, her breath coming in great, painful gulps. How dare he slight Lord Somersby? Alec must be jealous of her regard for him.
“I knew him at Oxford. He was a year ahead of me, but I knew of him”—Alec’s frown darkened his whole face—“and I know that he ruined a man’s life on a damned wager.”
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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Once more, Happy New Year! See you next year!
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