More Tea, Your Grace? EMILY, CLEARLY IN HER ELEMENT PLAYING ‘MOTHER’ LIFTS THE DELICATE CHINA POT TOWARD THE DUKE OF MONCRIEFF, BARELY ACKNOWLEDGING HIS GRIMACE.
LISA READUSTS HER ELBOW-LENGTH GLOVES AND PLUCKS AT HER CORSET WITH A GRUNT. Perhaps His Grace would like to dispense with the tea and move on to something a little stronger.
THEIR GUESTS, THE ESTEEMED DUKE AND DUCCESS, BREATHE AUDIBLE SIGHS OF RELIEF. Please.
LADY KAITLIN, A DELICATE SPRITE WITH A MOP OF CARROTY CURLS AND A MINXISH GRIN, LEANS FORWARD AND ASKS, IN A DELIGHTFUL BROGUE, You wouldn’t happen to have any good Scots whiskey, would you? Edward is partial to whiskey.
As a matter of fact, I do. LISA REACHES UNDER HER CHAIR AND RETRIEVES HER DECANTER OF EMERGENCY-BACK-UP SCOTS WHISKEY AND POURS A DRAM (OR TWO) IN EACH TEACUP. KAITLIN TOSSES HERS BACK.
Whoa! EMILY’S EYES WIDEN. Slow down, Your Grace.
EDWARD’S CHUCKLE RUMBLES THROUGH THE SALON, CATCHING EVERY ORT OF FEMALE ATTENTION. HERETOFORE, HE SAT SILENTLY WITH A DOTING LOOK ON HIS FACE AS KAITLIN CHATTED WITH THEIR HOSTS. You don’t need to worry about Kaitlin. She can drink a sailor under the table.
KAITLIN WINKS. And I have. Imagine poor Edward’s consternation when he thought to get me drunk and seduce me…
I planned no such thing.
HE IS GORED WITH A GIMLET GAZE.
Yeah… So… How did you two meet? EMILY ASKS, TENTITIVLY SIPPING HER DRINK.
Oh, he debauched me.
WHISKEY SPEWS. BOTH EMILY AND EDWARD GAPE AT HER.
I did nothing of the sort, HE MUTTERS.
Didn’t you? One day I am the perfectly respectable companion of an upstanding young miss and the next, I am drawing naughty pictures for Lord Hedon’s wicked books.
Yeah… LISA EDGES CLOSER. I’ve been meaning to ask about that. You are the infamous Lord Hedon? Who wrote The Instruction? A SHUDDER.
HIS EYES NARROW ON HER, QUITE IN THE MANNER A RAPTOR SIGHTS ITS PREY. Have you read it?
I, ah… SHE FANS HERSELF. I might have glanced at it. In passing.
THE DUKE SITS BACK, A SELF-SATISFIED SMILE ON HIS HANDSOME FACE.
I read it. KAITLIN PATS HER HUSBAND’S KNEE. It was quite…instructive. And debauching.
Is that a word? A MURMUR FROM EMILY.
And yet, you went on to provide illustrations for the Duke’s future works? LISA TAKES ANOTHER SIP OF HER DRINK…PURELY TO HIDE HER SMILE, YOU UNDERSTAND.
In point of fact, EDWARD INTERJECTS, she did not know it was I.
A SNORT FROM KAITLIN. I knew immediately it was him. SHE SHOOTS EDWARD A SMUG SMILE. The first moment of my interview with the dread Lord Hedon. SHE LEANS TOWARD LISA AND WHISPERS, THOUGH NOT VERY SOFTLY, MORE OF A HISS, REALLY, He was wearing a mask. Over his eyes. As though this tiny scrap of material would conceal his identity. Can you imagine that?
LISA AND EMILY SURVEY HIS GRACE, IMAGINING, IN FACT, JUST THAT.
HE SHIFTS IN HIS CHAIR. When she accepted the position, I was at once delighted and annoyed.
LISA TIPS HER HEAD TO THE SIDE. Why were you annoyed? You needed an illustrator, and she was quite skilled.
EDWARD FROWNS. She was quite skilled and quite…trainable. The perfect illustrator. Except…
BOTH EMILY AND LISA LEAN FORWARD. Except?
EDWARD BLOWS OUT A BREATH AND RAKES HIS FINGERS THROUGH HIS HAIR. She fancied Lord Hedon.
Who was you… EMILY FEELS OBLIGATED TO POINT OUT.
But she didn’t know he was me! She let him kiss her. Touch her…have his way with her. THIS LAST BIT IN SOMETHING OF A SNARL.
In point of fact, he tied me to a chair…and had his way with me. SURELY EDWARD’S GLOWER AT HIS BRIDE WAS UNNECESSARY. But that is all beside the point, Edward.
Is there a point?
Yes. There is. The point being, you are the only man for me, my darling.
THIS DECLARATION SEEMS TO SOOTHE THE SAVAGE BEAST. HE PULLS KAITLIN INTO A FIERCE HUG.
Except, of course, for the McCloud.
THIS ILLICITS A GROWL FROM THE DARK DUKE.
And who, pray tell is the McCloud? EMILY ASKS.
KAITLIN OFFERS A CHEERY GRIN AND LIFTS HER GLASS TO ALL AND SUNDRY. Why, my betrothed, of course.
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Noble Passions, Book Three
Edward Wyeth, the Dark Duke of Moncrieff’s life has been turned on its end. His well-ordered home has been invaded. By destitute relatives. From Scotland. How on earth can he write Lord Hedon’s salacious novels with hellions battling in the garden and starting fires in the library? But with the onslaught has come a delicious diversion. His cousin’s companion, the surprisingly intriguing Kaitlin MacAllister. He is determined to seduce her. Using her desperate need for funds and her talents as an artist, he convinces her to draw naughty pictures for his naughtier books…and he draws her into his decadent web.
But Kaitlin has a secret. She’s fled Scotland—and a very determined betrothed. When Edward’s cousin is kidnapped and held in her stead, Kaitlin is honor bound to return to her homeland and rescue her—much to Edward’s chagrin.
Because suddenly he can’t bear the thought of Kaitlin marrying another man. He can’t bear the thought of losing her at all.
A Romantica® Regency historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
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