Release Day!!!

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I can’t wait for everyone to read this story! It’s an exciting day. If you haven’t downloaded a copy yet go do it now! Keep reading for a brand new excerpt. Callista and Zane were so fun to write.

 Spellbound by My Charmer

Release Day: February 14, 2017

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Blurb

Zane Rossington, the Marquess of Seabrook is disillusioned and bored. He doesn’t believe in love and lives his life the way he pleases. All of it changes when he finds a mysterious woman roaming around his conservatory at his annual Regency themed charity masquerade ball.

Lady Callista Lyon, the Countess of Marin had one desire–revenge. In the act of finally achieving her goal she is swept over a terrace and somehow finds herself in the conservatory at Seabrook Manor. Uncertain if she succeeded in her revenge, but determined to finally move on, she does her best to adapt to her new life.

In the midst of chaos and uncertainty, can Zane and Callista discover something in each other they both believed lost to them?

Excerpt

“I’m not sure about this,” Callista said. “It’s…”

“Come out and show me,” Zane demanded. He sat back and waited. If she didn’t come out soon he’d have to go into the dressing room and drag her out. She had no idea what he would dare to do. He wasn’t afraid of taking control of the situation. What could be so bad about what she’d decided to try on first?

“Callista?”

“Yes,” she replied hesitantly.

“Please show me.”

After several seconds went by, she stepped out. He sucked in a breath and sat frozen for several agonizing moments. His heart beat rapidly in his chest. She was the loveliest woman he’d ever laid eyes on and the dress she’d tried on emphasized it in exquisite detail. There wasn’t a chance in hell he’d let her wear it anywhere outside of the store. He’d believed the burgundy dress would be form fitting, but he was wrong. This dress was the tightest thing he’d ever seen. How the hell had she managed to put it on? What was it made of? Lycra?

“See I told you that you wouldn’t like it,” she exclaimed as she pulled on the fabric. “It’s strange, and I don’t like how tight it is. It makes breathing rather difficult.”

Zane was growing rather uncomfortable as he watched her yank on the dress. It had to go. In fact, he’d help her remove it. It was the gentlemanly thing to do. Clearly, she was having trouble with it. He rose to his feet and strode to her side. “I believe you’re right, my dear. The dress isn’t you.”

“No?”

“Absolutely, not,” he agreed and led her back to the dressing room. He guided her back inside and followed behind her making sure the door shut behind them.

“I don’t think you’re supposed to be in here,” she said nervously.

“You could be right,” he agreed. “But who else will help you out of that monstrosity.”

She lifted her chin and met his gaze. “I believe that woman would have assisted me if I’d needed it.”

Zane stared down at her. She was delectable. He had to kiss her and see if she tasted as good as she looked. He leaned down and pressed his lips to hers. Her mouth fell open on a gasp allowing Zane to take advantage. His tongue touched hers and he lost all reason. She wound her arm around his neck giving him the opportunity to pull her tight against him. The material of the dress bunched up under his hands. He wanted to rip it off of her. It didn’t matter what it cost as long as the offending garment was disposed of. This wasn’t the place to press his suit. Zane stepped back and glanced down at her. Her lips were plump from his attention. It took all of his willpower to step away from her when everything inside of him screamed to kiss her again.

“Turn around,” he said huskily.

She tilted her head and said, “Why?”

“This dress has to go. Surely it has some kind of fastening to remove it.”

“No,” she replied. “Actually, it doesn’t. All you have to do is pull it over your head. Would you like me to demonstrate?”

Callista’s hands skimmed the edge of the dress. She licked her lips and held his gaze with her own. Zane swore and clenched his fists. The woman had to be teasing him. His dick hardened to a painful state and she thought to toy with him? She wasn’t an innocent and was well versed in how to entice a man. Zane wasn’t an untried lad who could be messed with. She’d understand that soon enough.

“By all means,” he said. “Show me how it’s done.”

He didn’t expect her to follow through, but she did. The dress was slowly lifted until tiny panties and a flat stomach kept his gaze riveted. Surely she’d stop—nope, she kept going and yanked the offending garment over her head. She let it hit the floor with a thud. Her breasts were hugged by pale pink lace that barely kept them contained. Zane itched to touch them.

“You want me,” she said.

God, yes. “What was your first clue?”

 

Don’t forget to preorder Regency Ever After to read book 6 in the Linked Across Time series. You don’t want to miss Jack and Elizabeth’s story!

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Valentine’s Day Hope and Giveaways

 

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Welcome to the Valentine’s Day Facebook Hop,

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With tons of prizes from over 90 authors and bloggers, including Amazon gift cards, it’s a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Don’t miss out! Visit one, or all to participate. Easy entries.

Meet some new authors! Discover some awesome blogs.

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Spellbound by My Charmer: Linked Across Time 5

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The story that wasn’t planned… That is what Spellbound by My Charmer was for me. Book 5 was always supposed to be Stolen by My Knave (Jack and Elizabeth’s story). Then in Seduction of My Rake, Zane appeared as one of Bradford’s best friends. He was snarky and charming, and most assuredly happy to remain single. In Surrendering to My Spy a lot of questions were answered about Edward’s death and the fiancee he’d left behind. Callista had a lot recover from and way too much sadness mixed with anger. Who better to bring together than two cynical people who lost their belief in love and happily-ever-afters?

Those still waiting for Jack’s story don’t worry. It’s been written and moved up to be book 6. You won’t have long to wait for it. It’s going to be part of the Regency Ever After boxset that releases on March 7, 2017.

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Release Day: February 14, 2017

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Blurb

Zane Rossington, the Marquess of Seabrook is disillusioned and bored. He doesn’t believe in love and lives his life the way he pleases. All of it changes when he finds a mysterious woman roaming around his conservatory at his annual Regency themed charity masquerade ball.

Lady Callista Lyon, the Countess of Marin had one desire–revenge. In the act of finally achieving her goal she is swept over a terrace and somehow finds herself in the conservatory at Seabrook Manor. Uncertain if she succeeded in her revenge, but determined to finally move on, she does her best to adapt to her new life.

In the midst of chaos and uncertainty, can Zane and Callista discover something in each other they both believed lost to them?

Excerpt

He pushed open a door and headed toward the conservatory. There he could find the measure of peace he’d been hoping to gain. It wasn’t lost on him that during last year’s fundraiser he’d done much the same thing. The difference was he’d found Regina there. It had amused him to flirt with her and make Bradford jealous—their relationship too new, and trust rare at the time. Somehow, they managed to work it all out and married in a rush soon after.

The orange blossoms permeated the air. The smell comforted him. Relaxation filled him and for the first time that evening he felt at ease. This was his favorite part of his estate. It was comforting to be amongst the foliage and look into the night sky through the glass ceiling. The best of everything was found in the conservatory. Every type of plant he could logistically obtain he did—from tropical plants to the simple English rose. There was comfort, fresh air, and a bit of protection from the elements. He could sit in there for hours and not realize it. Unfortunately, he wasn’t afforded the opportunity to indulge in that pastime much.

He moved around the room, not paying attention to anything in particular. The quiet encircled him and created the calm he needed. Zane closed his eyes and took a deep breath.

When he opened them, he was shocked silent. A woman stumbled toward him. Her ice blue gown was torn on one side and her matching mask dangled from her right wrist. What must have been an elegant coiffure was now a mess of tangled mahogany curls. She lifted her head and met his gaze. Zane was stunned by her pale green eyes. Her beauty was unmistakable, but he wasn’t an ass. The woman was clearly hurt and in need of aide. She limped as she struggled to walk and held her one shoulder stiffly—it was stained red from what appeared to be a small gash. It must not have been too deep… The bleeding seemed to have stopped.

“Pardon me,” she started to say. Her body swayed and Zane reached out and caught her. “I’m not usually so gauche as to fall at a man’s feet.”

Zane’s lips tilted upward. “Madame, I doubt you’d have to stoop to such measures.” She was breathtaking. She stepped out of his arms and he wanted to pull her back. The need to protect her was strong.

She smiled, but it didn’t reach her eyes. There was something there that broke his heart. So much sadness reflected out of them. “My lord, I assure you I do not.”

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Holiday Audiobook Giveaway

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HOLIDAY AUDIOBOOK GIVEAWAY

TEN Best Selling Authors have come together to celebrate the holidays by giving away audiobooks! Join Eliza Knight, Callie Hutton, Elizabeth Rose, Julie Johnstone, Tanya Anne Crosby, Lauren Smith, Amanda Mariel, Dawn Brower, and Amy Jarecki and participate in this wonderful giveaway!

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Giveaway runs December 18-22.

  1. The grand prize is a 1 year audible subscription
  2. Second Prize: 10 Audiobooks! 1 from each author participating ( The Time Traveler’s Christmas, The Highlander’s Charm, Highland Storm, A Run for Love, Tempted by a Rogue, Onyx, Enchanted by the Earl, Wicked Highland Wishes, and A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss)

How to Enter:

  • Go to the Rafflecopter
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  • Answer the corresponding question in the rafflecopter for each author’s book

Giveaway ends on December 22. Winners will be picked after the giveaway officially ends.

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Surrendering to My Spy

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Surrendering to My Spy: Linked Across Time Book 4

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A rogue, a marquess and a spy… Each an integral part of Dominic Rossington’s life and he does them all rather well. Love throws him off balance and he’ll do everything in his power to protect the one who holds his heart, Lady Rosanna. Danger lurks on the horizon and he’ll have to put it all on the line to save her. 

Lady Rosanna Kendall’s heart was broken when the one man she always loved told her he’d never marry, and even if he did she’d be his last choice. Shortly afterward her eldest brother died in a freak accident sending her into mourning. During that time she picked up the tattered remains of her heart and hardened it.

Lord Dominic Rossington, the Marquess of Seabrook worked diligently as a spy for the war office. He led a dangerous life that had no place for a wife or family. He couldn’t in good conscience encourage Lady Rosanna—even if she was his greatest desire.

Years later Dominic sees a way to free himself of his obligations to the crown and finally claim the one woman he’s always wanted. All he has to do is complete one last mission and convince her she’s the only one for him.

Will they both survive Dominic’s dangerous lifestyle long enough to claim their happy-ever-after?

Excerpt

“You really are a dimwit, aren’t you?”

Dom turned toward the sound of Rosanna’s voice. His lips twitched into a small smile. “I’ve always thought I was quite brilliant.”

“You would,” she said with an upturned nose. “What made you believe interrogating James about Alys now was the right thing to do?”

He shrugged and stood. Rosanna was near and within his reach. He itched to pull her into his arms once again, but realized it wasn’t the time to press his point. She had to let go of her anger, and it’d been clear since he came to Weston she wasn’t ready to do that. He could give her time to let it out. If she needed to be a harpy whenever she was in his company to do that, so be it. He’d been a veritable ass after all.

“It distracted him, didn’t it?” She made a noise he had never heard before in his life. Was she…choking? “Are you all right?”

“I don’t know if I should slap you or agree with you.”

“Oh, agree, most definitely.” The corners of his mouth quirked up. “I abhor bruises, especially on my face.”

Rosanna shook her head. She didn’t fool him for a minute though. He could see her fighting not to smile “I doubt a bruise to your face would prevent a woman from falling for you, my lord. No doubt your wicked charm would have them all too willing to soothe your hurts.”

He wasn’t sure how he felt about her assessment—even if it had been accurate in the past. It wasn’t his fault ladies fell for his face. It was sheer luck he came from equally gorgeous stock. His ancestors had chosen their spouses well. He’d have been a fool not to take advantage of what providence had bestowed upon him, but to hear her say the words… Rosanna made it sound as if he was the worst kind of person for it. He studied her and said with much reluctance, “You wouldn’t help ease my pain?”

She snorted with unlady like grace. “No, my lord, I’d be the one delivering the blow that leaves you filled with twinges of pain.”

When would she dispense with my lording him? He wanted to hear his name on her lips once more. “Dom,” he replied. “Say it.”

“No,” she said.

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Juliette’s Age in A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss

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Juliette is NOT 25

So release day for A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss has come and gone… I feel the need to explain that one thing after reading some reviews.

I’m not sure about the math used to determine her age. She was 9 years old in the prologue. She states that it has almost been 15 years since they’d last shared a Christmastide together… Which equals 24.

I’m glad so many people are enjoying the book. But that age thing seems to be leading to some misconceptions about her ability to marry and having reached a majority. In this book that isn’t even an issue. Her choice to marry had nothing to do with reaching her majority. The choice to go to Gretna Green was the most prudent considering the time. I will explain a little more later. First let me explain when a woman reached majority in Regency. (Juliette while 24 not 25 still was in her majority but as I stated earlier it doesn’t matter)

During the Regency period the age of consent for females was 21, not 25. There are some authors that included that age in there books for whatever reason, but it’s not quite accurate. There is such  a thing as a guardianship and that differs from the majority. Which may be what some readers are confusing. The father or guardian sets up a trust for their female relation and that is where the guardianship comes in, and in a lot of cases this idea of the age of 25 being important. For example, marrying with the guardian’s approval so they can inherit her money or property. If the woman married without her guardian’s permission she would forfeit her inheritance or trust. In most places that age was still 21 unless stated otherwise in the trust documents. So in that sense an author can use liberties with the age for their story.

So Juliette was well past the age of consent and her dowry or trust was never discussed. It was a short novel, but it can be assumed she had one. Her father had control over it either way. But even in this case her dowry was not important. Her reasons for marrying Grayson had nothing to do with her inheritance, dowry, or a trust. She was trying to escape marriage to a man she didn’t feel would treat her right.

So as to why they went to Gretna Green and Grayson didn’t obtain a special license… 1: It would have been over way to quick and what kind of story would that have been? :. It was late at night when Juliette arrived at the duke’s townhouse. There wasn’t exactly time to rush over to the Archbishop and apply for one. 3: In all reality eloping to Gretna Green was more likely than a special licence (regardless of the duke’s fortune.) because they were actually rare. They are a nice tool in historical romance and many authors use it (I have myself) but it wasn’t plausible in this particular story. Juliette wanted to make sure she would never be forced to marry Lord Payne. If they stayed in London their chances of being caught went up every moment they remained. By leaving immediately they put presumed distance between Juliette’s family and her.

So I hope that clears up any questions you might have about Juliette and Grayson’s motivations. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

 

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Release Day!

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Blurb

Have you ever dreamed of a Christmas wedding?

Spinsterhood has never looked so good, but unfortunately even that won’t save Lady Juliette Brooks. Her father’s arranged a betrothal for her to a brute of a man. She has one choice left—force the Duke of Kissinger to honor a long ago promise to save her.

Grayson Abbot, the Duke of Kissinger, does not want to marry Lady Juliette. He doesn’t want to marry anyone. But he did make her a promise, and he doesn’t go back on his word… So he reluctantly agrees to run away with her.

They set off on an adventure during the Christmastide season. As they race to Scotland they experience delays, cold weather, and a friendship they’d almost forgotten about. Will Juliette finally find out what it’s like to be kissed, and in return, win the duke’s heart?

Excerpt

Grayson sighed. She wasn’t going to be denied anything apparently. It was too late to save her from herself. Very well, he’d deal with her and then send her on her way. He turned and sucked in a breath momentarily stunned. A silhouette of pure beauty greeted him. Her midnight tresses were wound up and bound neatly into an elegant chignon. His fingers itched to unwind it and see it flow over her luscious curves. All of this and he’d still not seen her face. When she finally turned to meet his gaze he lost all ability to breathe. Those sea-green eyes kept him riveted in place. He should stand and greet her but his body refused to function. She was the last person he expected or wanted to enter his home.

“What no words?” She raised an eyebrow. “And I thought you were noted as the witty duke amongst the ton. I must say I’m rather disappointed.”

Grayson drank in the sight of her. He wanted to remember her as she stood before him for the rest of his days. She was glorious, proud, and fearless. “Didn’t your father teach you better than to enter the lion’s den?” He lifted a brow mockingly. “You could very well get eaten alive.”

Her lips tilted at the corner. “I rather like my chances.” She moved further into the room. “After all I tamed a lion before.”

“There’s a difference between a young cub, and a full grown male, Jules,” he explained. “One is more docile and willing to cuddle. The adult wants to be petted—in other ways.” He stood up and gazed directly into her eyes. “A bite can be pleasurable or….” Grayson crossed over to her side and leaned down, whispering in her ear, “painful depending on your preference.”

Juliette took a deep breath but remained where she stood. He’d give her that much. She’d always been a stubborn girl, and apparently she’d not grown out of that trait. If she didn’t take a step back soon he’d be forced to make a choice. Either he pulled her into his arms and kissed her the way he craved or he put distance between them respecting her innocence. It was a hard decision and warred deep inside him, but he did what was best for her. Turned out that some things were ingrained. Protecting her had always been his first instinct.

“If you’re done trying to intimidate me I have something I wish to discuss with you.”

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Author Bio

Dawn Brower works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. While she loves all genres she focuses most of her writing on historical and contemporary romance.

There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet.

For more information or to contact Dawn Brower go to her website: http://www.authordawnbrower.com

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Linked Across Time

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I would like to take a moment to discuss this series. I’ve had this brainchild in my head for a while and started writing it last year in preparation for the Once Upon a Regency boxset. Book 2 actually released before book 1 because of that. Here is a list of the series in order that are already written and either available or on preorder. All are available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited (except the one on preorder it will be in KU after it releases)

  1. Saved by My Blackguard (Paul and Evelyn)
  2. Searching for My Rogue (James and Alys)
  3. Seduction of My Rake (Regina and Bradford)
  4. Surrendering to My Spy (Dominic and Rosanna) *on preorder

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Some might have questions about some of the characters. Especially after reading Seduction of My Rake. A new character is introduced and is the love of that particular person’s life–and she’s missing. Before I address that particular issue I want to make a few things clear.

  • This series is not in chronological order. They are more fluid. The premise is time travel it wouldn’t work if they went chronologically. So in a nutshell they jump all over the place.
  • Not every story will have actual time travel in them. They ARE all connected or linked in some way. Actually only 2 of them don’t show time travel, but they help further along the story-line of other characters.
  • There is an overall arc to the series trying to figure out how the time travel is possible. A lot of those answers are sprinkled in throughout the series, but won’t necessarily become evident right away. The final book will be enlightening.
  • All the characters WILL have their stories told in their POV.

Now some readers want to know what’s next. Surrendering to My Spy is on preorder. It releases in December. It will answer some questions that left unanswered in Searching for My Rogue. Alys and James play pivotal parts as well. There are three more books planned in the series. Here are the titles of the subsequent books and their projected release dates.

  • 5. Spellbound by My Charmer (Zane and Callista) *tentative release day 2/14/17*
  • 6. Stolen by My Knave (Elizabeth and Jack)  *coming in 2017*
  • 7. Separated from My Love (Trenton and Genevieve) *coming in 2017*

Callista is a new character that you meet in Surrendering to My Spy. She has had a lot of loss and is hell bent on revenge. Zane needs a strong woman to keep him in line, and Callista isn’t exactly sure she wants the job. Elizabeth is the daughter of James and Alys and if you read Saved by My Blackguard you will remember the pirate captain well. In this book you’ll finally have his story and discover what happened to him. Now Trent and Eve–they will wrap everything up and you *might* get a glimpse into everyone’s live at some point in their book. You’ll have to keep reading to find out. I promise you there is a method to my madness and I hope you will like how it all finishes.

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Unveiled Hearts

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I can’t wait for the second Heart’s Intent book to release. Matt and Claire have a lot to go through and it’s a battle from page one. It was a challenge to write someone in Matt’s predicament and I hope I was able to do him justice.

Each book in this series in some small way, more than any book I’ve written, has a piece of me in it. For that reason they are special to me, and I hope they will be enjoyed. Take a look at the blurb and excerpt. Tell me what you think, and if you want please click on a retailer to preorder.

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Will Matt and Claire learn to have faith in each other long enough to discover an unbreakable love?

Mathew Price’s vision remains elusive after being blinded in a car accident, and it’s turned his entire life upside down. Depending on others for help frustrates him and is a blow to his pride. He pushes everyone away, especially the one woman he has always cared about. Now that he is handicapped, Matt doesn’t think he has a right to tell her how he feels.

Claire Jackson has secretly loved Matt for awhile. When he was injured, her heart hurt for him. She helps him, even when he does everything he can to push her aside, until one day something horrible occurs that could destroy them forever. As danger lurks on the horizon, can they trust each other and finally accept they belong together?

Excerpt

His gaze fell back to the window. “Have you ever stared out a window at night and appreciated the darkness?”

She couldn’t say she had. “What is going on?” He’d wanted to discuss something. Surely it had nothing to do with the night sky. “Is something bothering you?”

“A lot is, actually.” He remained still, with his back to her. “Life is a lot like a storm.”

“How do you mean.” Claire was concerned. Why was he acting so odd?

“There are ups, downs, excitement, calm spots.” He gestured toward the window. “Take this one. It came out of nowhere and surprised us. That’s the shockers life throws at us. We never know when something is going to happen that will change everything.”
“That’s true.” She’d not thought of it like that.

“There are the short drizzles, the high winds, and then there are the ones that have a calm in the center, making you think you have a moment to get your bearings. At least until it starts raging again.” He turned toward her. “Either way, it is all unpredictable. We don’t know what each day is going to bring or what havoc might throw us for a loop.” He stalked toward her. “You’re my biggest storm.”

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Connected by a Kiss

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I have the please of writing the 3rd book in the Connected by a Kiss series. The title of my book is: A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss.

Here are the books in order:

A Kiss at Christmastide

by Christina McKnight

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How to Kiss a Rogue

by Amanda Mariel

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A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss

by (me) Dawn Brower

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Have you ever dreamed of a Christmas wedding?

Spinsterhood has never looked so good, but unfortunately even that won’t save Lady Juliette Brooks. Her father’s arranged a betrothal for her to a brute of a man. She has one choice left—force the Duke of Kissinger to honor a long ago promise to save her.

Grayson Abbot, the Duke of Kissinger, does not want to marry Lady Juliette. He doesn’t want to marry anyone. But he did make her a promise, and he doesn’t go back on his word… So he reluctantly agrees to run away with her.

They set off on an adventure during the Christmastide season. As they race to Scotland they experience delays, cold weather, and a friendship they’d almost forgotten about. Will Juliette finally find out what it’s like to be kissed, and in return, win the duke’s heart?

Excerpt

Grayson sighed. She wasn’t going to be denied anything apparently. It was too late to save her from herself. Very well, he’d deal with her and then send her on her way. He turned and sucked in a breath momentarily stunned. A silhouette of pure beauty greeted him. Her midnight tresses were wound up and bound neatly into an elegant chignon. His fingers itched to unwind it and see it flow over her luscious curves. All of this and he’d still not seen her face. When she finally turned to meet his gaze he lost all ability to breathe. Those sea-green eyes kept him riveted in place. He should stand and greet her but his body refused to function. She was the last person he expected or wanted to enter his home.

“What no words?” She raised an eyebrow. “And I thought you were noted as the witty duke amongst the ton. I must say I’m rather disappointed.”

Grayson drank in the sight of her. He wanted to remember her as she stood before him for the rest of his days. She was glorious, proud, and fearless. “Didn’t your father teach you better than to enter the lion’s den?” He lifted a brow mockingly. “You could very well get eaten alive.”

Her lips tilted at the corner. “I rather like my chances.” She moved further into the room. “After all I tamed a lion before.”

“There’s a difference between a young cub, and a full grown male, Jules,” he explained. “One is more docile and willing to cuddle. The adult wants to be petted—in other ways.” He stood up and gazed directly into her eyes. “A bite can be pleasurable or….” Grayson crossed over to her side and leaned down, whispering in her ear, “painful depending on your preference.”

Juliette took a deep breath but remained where she stood. He’d give her that much. She’d always been a stubborn girl, and apparently she’d not grown out of that trait. If she didn’t take a step back soon he’d be forced to make a choice. Either he pulled her into his arms and kissed her the way he craved or he put distance between them respecting her innocence. It was a hard decision and warred deep inside him, but he did what was best for her. Turned out that some things were ingrained. Protecting her had always been his first instinct.

“If you’re done trying to intimidate me I have something I wish to discuss with you.