Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 4/12/20 Heart of Desire ~ “How Dare You!”

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

May everyone have a blessed Easter or Passover!

Today I’m continuing to share 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?

This snippet follows immediately on from last week’s snippet. Kate and Lord Haversham are dancing a scandalous waltz together and Lord Haversham has leaned uncomfortably close to Kate.

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


All she could see were his dark eyes, as the crisp scent of his sandalwood cologne filled her nose.

“Ainsley should be horsewhipped for allowing it.”

“I’ll see to it he horsewhips you if you don’t let me go,” Kate gave a hopping step and smashed her foot down on top of his.

Lord Haversham lurched forward, actually falling onto her.

For the briefest moment, they stood pressed together in a warm embrace that made Kate tingle all over. Then outrage swept through her, and she pushed him away. “How dare you,” she seethed, trying to pull away from him.

“That was your fault, and you know it. And if you make a scene that results in me having to marry you, I swear I will lock you in the tower at my grandfather’s castle and throw away the key.” Lord Haversham righted himself and smiled at her with clenched teeth.

Heart of Desire

 is available for .99 on Amazon.

In fact, the whole Handful of Hearts series is on sale this month for .99 each!

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

My newest giveaway for those who need something new to read, is a copy of Heart of Delight on this Rafflecopter giveaway site. Simply click here and follow the instructions to enter to win an e-copy of Heart of Delight. The giveaway runs thru next Saturday night. I’ll announce the winner on this blog on Monday, April 20 and set up the next giveaway. Happy Reading!

Handful of Hearts series by Jenna Jaxon

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31 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 4/12/20 Heart of Desire ~ “How Dare You!”

  1. Carrie-Anne says:

    Your characters always have such great repartee!


  2. dixiejackson says:

    “the crisp scent of his sandalwood…” GREAT use of the senses. I love it when authors use them all and so often scent is overlooked. 🙂 Now I’m intrigued and must go fetch this book!


  3. When they get each other’s dander up this much, you know it’s going to be an exciting romance!


  4. Diane Burton says:

    I love his threat! LOL Great scene. You describe it so vividly I can see it.


  5. What a scene! These are two strong-willed people. I look forward to more. Love the imagery of the way he smelled. 🙂


  6. Great snippet, love the description of how he smelt. Sandalwood is a very nice smell!

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  7. Elaine Cantrell says:

    She liked him falling into her even though she didn’t want to. I like this premise.

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  8. Alexis Duran says:

    The courtship is off to a great start!

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  9. Calvin says:

    Happy Easter, What a great share, nice writing!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. bn100 says:

    interesting snippet

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  11. julieevelynjoyce says:

    Always enjoy your dialogue! There’s nothing I love more than a scandalous waltz! 😀 Very nicely written!

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  13. daryldevore says:

    Great excerpt – I can just see him smashing in to her and then her reaction – perfect.

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  14. Ed Hoornaert says:

    With this dance, he’s already pretty darned close to having to marry her.

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  15. And I can just see the old biddies in their lace caps watching from the sidelines of the ballroom! These two better watch out…enjoyed the snippet. Her little moment of revenge, stepping on his foot, backfired a bit.

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  16. Is that the best way to a man’s heart?

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  17. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    These two are quite the pair. Both so strong-willed. Great snippet!

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  18. Love it, love it and more love it. You have a charming way of having your characters get into mischief. Hugs from me to you, my friend.

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