Only Seduction Will Do releases on June 5, 2018. Only 51 days until Release Day!
Welcome to my next set of snippets for Only Seduction Will Do, which will be out in early June.
Jack and Alethea have entered into an arranged marriage, and while Alethea is infatuated with Jack, he is not in love with her. He agreed to marry her to save her from ruin, but has agreed to a marriage in name only. At this point, they are on their wedding trip to Knowlton’s Keep, an ancient castle belonging to Alethea’s cousin’s family. The butler has just brought Alethea the day’s post.
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“Do you know where Lord Manning is?”
Alethea cocked her head, asking “Whatever is he doing there?”
“Fencing, my lady.”
A shiver of dread shot down her spine as she rose from her comfortable chair, the book in her lap, Robinson Crusoe, thudding to the floor. Ignoring the volume that had surprisingly captivated her for well over an hour, Alethea grasped the letter and marched out of the library, intent on finding her husband.
When she rounded the corner into the echoing great room, she stopped dead and gazed at Jack, his back to her as he wielded his sword viciously at the thin air in front of him. Time ceased to move as she drank in the sight of her husband, clad only in a shirt and breeches, lunging toward an imaginary opponent. Every part of him, back to buttocks, rippled with effort each time he extended his arm and lunged in the mock battle; his leg muscles, on display in just stockings, bunched and strained at the effort as he lunged and retreated. The raw animal strength of him almost took her breath away.
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“Won’t you come to bed, my lord?”
In a vulnerable moment, Alethea Forsythe allows herself to be seduced by a married peer. Now she is with child—and without recourse. Her reputation will soon be in tatters and she will be forced to wed a stranger—unless she takes matters into her own hands.
When Jack Fitzwilliam, the Earl of Manning, is summoned from the House of Pleasure on a matter of importance, he hardly expects to receive a marriage proposal. He’s long been aware of Alethea’s infatuation with him, but at twenty-three, taking on an expectant bride is not in his plans. Yet the desperation in the lady’s lovely eyes overrides his misgivings.
Alethea would not have believed it possible for a man to be too chivalrous. But though her new husband is perfectly amicable in public, he insists they maintain separate quarters. Desperate to possess his heart and prove herself a wife in every way, she boldly reaches out to Jack. And as their unexpected connection between silken sheets is tested by jealousy and misfortune, Jack must decide where honor ends…and true passion begins . . .
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