In keeping with my Christmas in July theme (and the fact it’s a new release) I have switched this month to my new Christmas novella Married by Christmas.
A wager he should have refused…
After two miserable Seasons, Miss Marianne Covington is determined not to have a third and enlists the help of longtime friend William Stanley to assist her. Will wagers he can find her a husband before Christmas. But when none of the suitors suit, he is ready to do something drastic for the woman who’s become more than just a friend.
I’m starting with a scene a little into the story. Marianne has bemoaned the fact that there are no decent gentlemen to marry. Her friend Will has wagered he can find her a husband by Christmas.
In this week’s snippet Marianne and Will are at a winter costume ball. He’s dressed as Ullr, a Norse god, including a beard. He’s just suggested introducing her to another gentleman, but after a comment from Marianne that goes a bit too far, her mother insists she must apologize and dance with William as penance. Today’s snippet follows immediately after last week’s.
We are in still Marianne’s POV.
The snippet has been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format.
“This beard is devilishly itchy,” he said as he rubbed it, and it slipped to the side once more. “It’s stuck on with egg white.”
Giggling, Marianne tugged it back into place, her fingers trailing over his firm jaw. A jolt of heat raced up her arm, making her flush all over. Stunned, she stepped back and looked at her hand, convinced it would be singed.
Will stood staring at her, as if he’d experienced the same rush, for his cheeks turned pink. “Did you feel that?”
She nodded, not taking her gaze off him. “What was it?”
He shook his head, saying, “I don’t rightly know, but I’ll wager it’s something to do with this blasted beard.”
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Christmas Books by Jenna Jaxon