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This week I’m continuing with snippets from Pride of Lyon’s, my upcoming release. Hope you like this newest novella for The Lyon’s Den shared world from Katheryn Le Veque and Dragonblade Publishing.
Enter the world of the most notorious gambling den in London, where matches are made… unusually. Welcome to the world of THE LYON’S DEN: The Black Widow of Whitehall Connected World, where the underground of Regency London thrives… and loves.
What’s a young lady to do when a powerful lord tries to abscond with her and make her his mistress?
When you’re Miss Honoria Quinn, you leap from his carriage and run like the wind to find some place to hide. Trouble is, Honoria mistakenly chooses The Lyon’s Den, a disreputable gambling house as her sanctuary, a move that ends up with her having to make another choice at the hands of the Den’s match-making proprietor Mrs. Dove-Lyons: wed a complete stranger or become the lord’s mistress.
No good deed goes unpunished…
Thomas, Lord Braeton agrees to attend a wager at The Lyon’s Den only to keep his brother-in-law out of trouble. What he doesn’t count on is becoming embroiled in one of Mrs. Dove-Lyons’s schemes to marry him off. But when he tries to come to the aid of another peer, Thomas finds the only honorable thing he can do to save Miss Quinn’s reputation is put aside his hopes for a love match for himself and instead offer to marry her.
As Thomas and Honoria set out on a wary journey to matrimony, can they learn to live together and hope love will grow between them? Or are they doomed to a loveless marriage of convenience from which one or both will want to escape?
I’m continuing this snippet immediately after the last snippet. Honoria has run through the streets of London with Lord Danford in pursuit on foot and has hopefully found a sanctuary. Enjoy!
“Do you have an appointment?” The first woman cocked her head and gave Honoria a thorough look from her disheveled head to her muddy half-boots.
“No, I’m sorry I do not, but I need help desperately.” She glanced down the stairs, dreading to see Lord Danford racing up them. “There’s a gentleman pursuing me who I must escape from–if I do not, I’ll be ruined.” Honoria looked from one impassive face to the other. “Please, I beg of you, help me.”
“Do you know Mrs. Dove-Lyon?”
Honoria nodded, even though she’d never heard the name before.
“Can you pay for her services?”
And a little more for good measure…
On the tip of her tongue to ask what those services were, Honoria decided she didn’t really care. If they kept her safe from his lordship, what did it matter? And no, she couldn’t pay—all her hard-earned money was back in her room at Danford House. But these women didn’t have to know that. Honoria had never lied in her life, but needs must when the devil drives. “Yes, yes I can pay.”
Another glanced exchanged between these guards, then the dark haired one nodded and opened the door. “This way, miss.”
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.
Pride of Lyon’s is available for pre-order on Amazon for .99. The book will release on June 29, so grab your copy ASAP!