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In keeping with my Christmas in July promo this month, I’m switching to The Widow’s Christmas Surprise for the next couple of weeks. This novel is book 5 of my Widows’ Club series.
The death of her husband has thrown Lady Maria Kersey’s future into doubt—and her heart into the arms of a man she cannot have. But Christmas with the Widows’ Club will bring choices—and surprises–that may change all her holidays to come . . .
Maria just gave birth to her first child, a beautiful daughter—but the event is shrouded in sorrow. A month earlier, Maria’s husband, Lord Kersey, was killed in a duel under compromising circumstances. Worse, Maria’s failure to provide a male heir has stripped her of any hope of an inheritance. Scorned by the ton, one of her few allies is her late husband’s steward, Hugh Granger. Hugh is everything her husband was not—warm, charming—and penniless. . . .
Hugh has fallen desperately in love with Maria, but has little to offer but comfort. As their attraction becomes impossible to resist, Maria flees to London to spend Christmas with her dearest friends, a group of widows who lost their own husbands in the Battle of Waterloo. Little does she know the holidays will reveal a twist of fate she never expected—proving that the greatest Christmas gift is the magic of true love . . .
I’m starting the snippets about a third of he way through the novel. Maria has been widowed a second time and is virtually penniless and living off the kindness of her dead husband’s distant relations. Maria is trying to make a good impression on the family, especially on their elder son–who will eventually inherit her late husband’s title. But when the family invites her to a greenery gathering party, things get a little out of hand… Enjoy!
Face hot as fire, both from mortification at his attentions and the heat he was generating in her nether regions, Maria tried to slip her hand out of his grasp. She must protest or else he would think she welcomed his advances. And despite her traitorous body’s reactions, she did not want this man’s addresses. “My lord, this is most unseemly. Do you not remember I am still in mourning for a husband not yet a year in his grave?”
He raised his head from where his lips had grazed her palm, his eyes coal black, his breath coming in hard pants. “So if you were no longer in mourning, you would not object, cousin? Perhaps we can find a way to have your bereavement cut short.” He snaked his arm around her waist and pushed her against his hard body. “So you may pay your respects to the living instead.”
And a little more for good measure…
Panic shot through her and she struggled in earnest against him, twisting to and fro. Her right hand he had immobilized, but her other was free. She slapped him on the back, though it was like hitting a wall, impervious to the blow. “Lord Wetherby, let me go!”
Ignoring her, he loosened her wounded hand and grabbed her around the waist. “I have been trying to catch you for weeks, sweet cousin. Why ever would I let you go now?”
“Stop this, my lord.” She pushed against him, but it was like trying to move a large boulder. The man was hard as granite. “Let me go!”
“Shhh, they’ll hear you.”
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.
The Widow’s Christmas Surprise is available on Amazon for .99. I’m not sure when the price will change, so grab your copy ASAP!
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