Merry Christmas, everyone!
Because it’s so close to Christmas, I’m switching to my newly released (last Sunday, which is why I wasn’t here) novella A Match Made at Christmas. It’s one of two Christmas stories I wrote this Christmas, but I think it’s perhaps a little more romantic. 🙂 At least this snippet is! LOL
Lady Sophia Constantine has made a dreadful mistake. She’s finished her third Season and has refused every offer, hoping for a love match. However, she forgot that she promised if she was still unmarried at the end of her third Season, she’d allow her grandmother to choose a husband for her.
Now Sophia has four days at a Christmas house party to discover who her betrothed is or find and fall in love with another gentleman.
In this snippet Sophia and Lord Ashurst are out in the New Forest gathering greenery and looking for mistletoe along with others of the party when they encounter a boar. Lord Ashurst dispatches it, and afterward Sophia wants to try out the mistletoe ball they’d found before the boar appeared.
(Creative punctuation utilized to conform to WWW rules and snippet may therefore be slightly different from published version.)
With gentle hands, he cradled her head, tilted it so their mouths joined perfectly, as if they were indeed one person. Head spinning, he eased his lips open and ran his tongue lightly along the seam of her lips—would she know what he subtly asked?
Apparently so, for she immediately opened her mouth, as though she couldn’t wait to welcome him into her. When he slid his tongue in, she sighed, her whole body relaxing its weight against him. What glory it would be to have her thus, but naked and in his bed.
The fight with the boar had intensified his already aroused state. So everything that Sophia had done to him afterward pushed him closer to an edge he would’ve loved to leap over—but would she be willing? They could find a secluded spot away from prying eyes where he could lay her down on the soft carpet of leaves…
They jumped apart as her father’s bellow shook the very trees around them.
A promise is a promise…
Unable to find a husband to her liking in three years, Lady Sophia Constantine is appalled to discover she’s promised to allow her grandmother to choose the gentleman. Balking every step of the way, Sophia is compelled to attend a family Christmas party where the man she’s expected to marry will be revealed. But when Grandmamma is delayed in London, Sophia decides to take matters into her own hands to find a husband of her choosing.
Leonardo, Lord Ashurst, has returned to England after five years of mourning. Ready to begin the search for a new wife, he accepts an invitation to a neighbor’s Christmas party and is introduced to Lady Sophia, for whom he experiences an immediate attraction. With the lady’s betrothal on the brink of being announced, can Leo win her heart by posing as her betrothed or will his deception ruin any chance they have of a happily ever after?
A Match Made at Christmas is now available on Amazon!
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!
Christmas Books by Jenna Jaxon