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This week I’m continuing with A Countess of Convenience, book 1 of my new series, Captivating Countesses, which released at the end of March!
Following a tragic accident, an unconscious Judith Harper is returned to her childhood home to die. Miraculously, she awakens but to a horribly changed world in which she finds her husband dead and her world upended.
Judith must regain her strength, not only to reclaim her life but also to right a terrible wrong–a feat which may require her to marry again, and quickly. But not only is Judith not ready for another husband, a marriage before her year of mourning is up will ruin her in London society.
Still, if she hopes to have her life back, she may have to risk the scandal and make a marriage of convenience…but to whom?
John, Lord Haxby has loved Judith since childhood, and because of that he stood aside while she married another eight years ago. Now she is free of her odious husband, he hopes he can persuade her that he is the only man who can make her truly happy. However, he discovers Judith is more than interested in Lord Farringdon, the man who saved her life. Can he stand aside once more and watch the love of his life make a grave mistake, or will he step up and show the woman he loves he is not a convenient solution to her problem, but the perfect one?
I’ve continued on from last week’s snippet. Judith and John are traveling to London, using two of the housemaids as chaperones for Judith. Earlier in this scene, Judith asked John a very leading question, but they left it without an answer. Now, after she’s gone to bed, Judith is feeling guilty that she teased John. So she’s gone out to his room, in just her night gown, to talk to him. As she’s knocking, someone comes into the corridor. John whisks her into his room. Judith confesses she teased him because she had dreamed of kissing him. This snippet continues immediately from last week’s. We are in John’s POV.
This will be my last excerpt from A Countess of Convenience. Next week I’ll go on to my soon to be released novel Almost a Countess, book 2 of Captivating Countesses.
“Oh, no, John,” she grasped his hand, the light contact inciting a riot in his senses, “it was lovely, truly.”
“And you wanted it to happen in real life, so you thought to tease me into it?” The ever-devious Judith.
She continued to stare at her lap, her cheeks still pink. “It wasn’t fair to say something like that to you. I didn’t think about it until I’d already said it. It was only later that I realized I might have…given you the wrong idea.”
“And what idea would that have been, my dear?”
Judith finally met his eyes. “That…that I wanted you…intimately.”
And a little more for good measure…
“And you do not.” John held his breath.
“I…” Her mouth trembled. “I…don’t know. After dreaming of the kiss, I wondered what it would really be like.”
There was the opening if he dared take it. “Would you like to find out?”
Eyes so wide they became huge rings of white with deep blue centers, she whispered, “Yes.”
A Countess of Convenience is still available for the pre-release price of $2.99 on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, and Applebooks.
A Return to Life is available on Amazon for FREE and on Smashwords , B & N, Apple, and Kobo for free as well. This is the first chapter of A Countess of Convenience.
But don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
Captivating Countesses series
by Jenna Jaxon