Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 4/05/20 Heart of Desire ~ The Most Scandalous of Dances

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

So sorry I couldn’t join you last week but I was in the process of fetching my daughter home from Jackson, Mississippi–a four day trip that wore me slam out! But I’ve recovered and ready for snippets this week. 🙂

Because I didn’t  get to share my final snippet from Betrothal last week, I’ve put it here for you to enjoy before going on to this week’s new offering:


Strangely soft, yet very sweet, his touch sent a searing bolt straight to her stomach, setting it afire. After moments that seemed an eternity, his mouth slackened on hers as though he would release her. Then he flicked the tip of his tongue across the hard-pressed seam of her mouth, testing for another invitation.

With a gasp she jumped back, drawing a chuckle from Geoffrey, who had the grace to glance around to make sure they had not been observed. “Be not discomfited, sweet. We are safe in our conversation.”

“’Twas not in our conversation that I feared harm, my lord.” Lord, ’twas difficult to sound outraged when she could still feel his lips on hers.

Today I’m switching gears and sharing snippets from Heart of Desire, Book 2 of my Handful of Hearts Regency novella series.



Follow your heart to find your desire

Miss Katherine Locke is irked to start her third Season dancing with the disagreeable Lord Haversham, her brother’s friend and her own arch enemy. After three years out, however, she’s finally interested in the dashing Lord Finley—only to find out her cousin has set her cap for him too. To make the man jealous, Kate feigns interest in Lord Haversham, only to be shocked to find the handsome lord apparently falling for her. With time running out, should she accept his suit and risk falling in love despite herself?

Marcus, Lord Haversham, is in a tight pinch. His estates are failing and, worse, he’s just lost three thousand pounds to his best friend, Lord Ainsley. Ainsley’s solution: have Marcus marry his shrewish sister, and he’ll cancel his gambling debt plus give him ten thousand more pounds for her dowry. With nowhere to turn, Marcus agrees, praying he can keep word of the wager from Miss Locke long enough to charm her into marrying him. But can he avoid falling in love himself?


Some portions of this snippet may be changed from the book’s regular format to allow for WWW’s 10 line requirement.


Packed to the gills, Lady Hamilton’s ballroom glittered with candlelight, fine silks and satins, and every type of precious jewel known to the world. The music had a lively air, the first dance being a waltz, and Miss Katherine Locke would’ve thought herself fortunate to be out again in Society after a long, cold, dull winter in Somerset save that her partner, Lord Haversham, was the rudest man in London. Well, his lordship was about to discover that Kate Locke was not one to suffer fools lightly.

“So you refuse to allow your sister to waltz, yet you are quite willing to stand up with me and dance this, according to you, most scandalous of dances.” Kate smiled into the odious wretch’s face before saying, “My lord, I should say that smacks of hypocrisy.”

“Indeed,” Lord Haversham turned them skillfully at the end of the floor, “I would say it showed a want of character in your brother for allowing you to dance it with me. The waltz should be danced by married couples and no one else.” He pulled her close against him, so their bodies almost touched.

She gasped at her proximity to the rogue–how dare he make a spectacle of them on this crowded dance floor?

“You see?” he whispered, peering into her face, his gaze intent upon her mouth.

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And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

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Handful of Hearts series by Jenna Jaxon

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16 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 4/05/20 Heart of Desire ~ The Most Scandalous of Dances

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Methinks her protests are a tad weaker than they should be.

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  2. I couldn’t help but chuckle. His clumsiness, and her outrage. The premise of this story is wonderful! I bought it. Looking forward to this read!

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  3. Diane Burton says:

    Both snippets are great. I think Kate is quite capable of handling the waltz. He doesn’t know what’s going to hit him. LOL Stay safe, Jenna.

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  4. Carrie-Anne says:

    It can be easy, from a modern standpoint, to forget just how strictly regulated everything was back then, including dancing. I wonder what people in the Regency era would’ve thought of the sensuous tango in the early 20th century, if they were so scandalized by an unmarried couple waltzing.

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  5. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Sounds like proving this point may land her in a bit of trouble.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. A complicated plot, which is always delicious in a Regency romance! I loved the snippet. I don’t think she expected her comments to receive the response he gave her! Makes me wonder what she’ll do next…

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  7. daryldevore says:

    Yes, the waltz was the most scandalous dance. I taught dance history and I loved explaining that to my students. Their faces had total disbelief on them.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      And the waltz they did in the Regency isn’t half as provocative as the later VIctorian one where you actually touched the woman’s waist. One reason this one was scandalous was because you didn’t change partners throughout the whole dance, thus inviting more intimacy than other dances. I can see why your students couldn’t believe it. 🙂 Thanks for the tweet, Daryl!


  8. nancygideon says:

    What a scandalous way to prove her point! Love it! Thanks for sharing last week’s much missed post, as well!

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    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Nancy! Yes, these two have quite a feud going on and each will do just about anything to devil the other. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the snippets of Betrothal!


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