I’m back this week with another snippet from Heart of a Scoundrel, Book 4 in my Regency novella series Handful of Hearts, because it released this past Tuesday!
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
Richard, Lord Somersby has been told he’s to marry Lady Edith, a young bluestocking he’s never met before in a marriage arranged by his father to gain valuable property. The rakish Richard is not enthusiastic about the arrangement–until his father offers to make the deal a bit sweeter by way of a wager that Richard can hardly resist to earn him a racing stable. His father wagers Richard he cannot break three young ladies’ hearts before his betrothal contracts are signed in about three weeks. With two down and one to go, Richard sets his sights on Miss Amanda Sharpe.
This week I’m skipping ahead to where Richard has taken Amanda to a darkened and secluded spot in Vauxhall Gardens, still bent on winning his wager.
(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)
He pulled her into his chest, wrapping his arms around her until every inch of her pressed against his hard body.
Trembling, she tipped her head back to stare into eyes dark as any demon’s.
“Are you afraid, Miss Sharpe?” he asked, his voice rasping in the still air.
“No, my lord,” she said, the strength in her reply surprising her; inside, she shook as badly as an aspen leaf.
“You should be,” he said and tightened his hold on her, sending shivers down her arms. “Many a young woman has been ruined thus at Vauxhall.”
“Do you intend to ruin me, my lord?” Where the challenge in her voice had come from, she had no idea; she hadn’t meant it to sound that way for he was a man who would want to take up such a challenge.
“Yes, by God, I do.” He buried his face in her neck, his mouth pressed eagerly against her bare flesh.
Recent heiress, Miss Amanda Sharp, is out in Society for the first time and enjoying the social whirl, especially when she dances her first dance with the handsome Lord Somersby. She’s aware of his bad reputation with ladies, but she’s confident she can lead him down the aisle to the altar without raising a scandal. Headstrong, and determined to reform Lord Somersby, Amanda finds herself in danger of losing more than a hand of cards to the scandalous lord.
Richard, Lord Somersby, has another wager to win. He must woo and jilt three young ladies in a month’s time in order to win his racing stable before donning the leg shackle of marriage with a duke’s daughter. His third victim is Miss Amanda Sharpe, a refreshingly determined young woman who makes her interest in him well known. It should be child’s play for the villainous Richard to woo her, make her think he’s in love with her, then spurn her. A plan that might work if he can keep his mind on winning rather than on the lady’s entrancing form and fiery spirit.
Heart of a Scoundrel released this past week and is available on Amazon!
Books in The Handful of Hearts series: