Today's sneak peek is from the Regency historical romance More Than Charming by JoMarie DeGioia. Book 4 in the Dashing Nobles series. Get it now at 50% off (Lachesis Publishing 9th Anniversary Sale)
What it's about:
Bradford, Viscount Roberts, will never be a fool for love—falling in
love only has disastrous results. James should know, since he almost
lost his best friend Geoffrey Kane when he fell for Kane’s bride
Rebecca. Looking back now, he can see clearly that it was just an
infatuation but he vows he will never lose control of his emotions ever
again. He’s quite satisfied charming all the ladies of London and
sleeping with buxom barmaids.
Lady Catherine Talbot has always
dreamed of having a loving marriage just like the one her dear brother
Paul and his beautiful wife Michelle have, but she wonders if her chance
at happiness may have passed her by. After all, she was jilted by her
fiancé Lord Waltham, who left her and ran off with an heiress. A year
has passed since that disaster. Catherine is older and wiser now, but a
part of her still dreams.
When James sees Catherine at a society
ball he is stunned by her beauty. Paul’s sweet little sister has become a
breathtakingly beautiful woman. And Catherine is just as taken with the
most charming bachelor in London.
But can a charming rogue and an
innocent lady find their own loving truth in the face of jealousy and
scandal-mongers threatening to tear them apart? And will it be too late
when their very future is threatened by unspeakable danger?
heard only half of what Elizabeth said to him, for over her shoulder he
spied the most beautiful young woman he’d ever seen. Her glossy brown
curls were upswept, several tendrils left free to fall about her
shoulders and frame her face. She was dressed in a gown of deep blue,
the color complementing her striking eyes. The cut of the gown
accentuated her lovely figure; her full breasts and slender waist drew
his appreciative glance. My God. Surely this beautiful creature couldn’t
be Catherine Talbot!
James watched her approach, noting that she
carried herself regally, her hips swaying gently. She no longer flitted
about the room like her sister. He’d always thought her pretty, but the
past year had matured her looks. She’d lost her girlish countenance, but
it was replaced with breathtaking beauty. If Waltham’s betrayal had
this effect on her, perhaps he should thank the man before he throttled
He glanced at Elizabeth, then back at Catherine. They were no longer twins.
Catherine came to a stop in front of him, a small smile on her face. “Lord Roberts,” she said softly, curtsying.
James blinked. Even her voice held a sultry note he’d never heard in it before.
He bowed to her. “Lady Catherine,” he said, using her formal address for the first time.
She cocked her head to the side and smiled widely, the effect startling him. The dimple in her cheek only added to her appeal.
James recovered himself and took her gloved hand in his. “You look very much the lady this evening, Catherine.”
She stared up at him for a moment, and when her pupils dilated, he felt it like a caress.
“Oh, Catherine,” Elizabeth gushed. “There you are.”
turned her head and smiled at her sister, and James released her hand
with regret. Geoffrey and Becca soon joined them, and talk became quite
animated. James returned his friends’ comments absently, his eyes
continually settling on Catherine. What was the matter with him? She was
his friend’s little sister, and he’d never thought of her in any other
way. But she was a woman now. As desirable as any he’d ever known.
As they all took themselves into the supper room, he vowed to put her, and his troubling reaction to her, out of his mind.
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