Welcome back to WWW.
This week I’m continuing from my brand new novella, Heart of Decadence, Book 5 in my Handful of Hearts series. It will release on or about April 23 in a boxed set called Second Chance Love: A Regency Romance Set along with works from five other fabulous Regency authors.
Miss Amelia Burrowes was the scandal of the ton in her first Season, when her fiancée died and everyone assumed she was ruined. Ten years later, she’s back in London to make an arranged marriage that will hopefully allow her sisters to be received by the ton. But when Nathan, Lord Ainsley appears, the man she’d really had a tendre for all those years ago, the flame between them rekindles and Amelia must convince him that a woman with a past deserves a future.
In this snippet: We follow on immediately from last week’s snippet. While at Lady Hamilton’s ball, Miss Amelia Burrowes has been found in the library by her suitor, Mr. Burke, who thinks because of her ruined reputation, he can take liberties. He has accosted her and does not want to take no for an answer. In the midst of their heated kiss, in walks a stranger. This snippet is from the POV of the stranger.
This snippet may have been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format.
Her head came up and their gazes met; she swallowed hard, and said, “Lord Ainsley?”
“Yes, I wonder you remember me–it has been ten years, hasn’t it?” A shadow from his past rippled over Ainsley’s soul, calling to mind a moonlit garden and a lingering kiss long ago.
“Eleven, my lord; we met at Lady Somerville’s my first Season out.” She’d taken her hands from in front of her face and now twisted them before her.
He remembered that introduction to the most beautiful woman of the Season distinctly, then he frowned. “It is not Lady Carrington? I had heard—”
“No, my lord, I never married him,” she shook her head, her face stark white.
Nathan blinked–she’d never married?
I’ll have more next week!
Here’s the pre-order link for the Second Chance Love boxed set.
And for the month of April, to celebrate the book’s release, I’m putting Heart of Desire, Book 2 of the series, on sale on Amazon for .99 also. Book 2 introduces us to the Hero of Heart of Decadence as his sister and best friend take center stage in a Taming of the Shrew style courtship.
The Handful of Hearts series by Jenna Jaxon