Today I’m sharing a snippet from my Regency story MARRIAGE MINDED LORD. It’s the first book in my Darrington family series. It released last Tuesday and is up at all outlets for your reading pleasure.
Set-up: Felix is still in the kitchens with Clarice, and they’ve gotten to talking.
Interest lit his arresting eyes. “Why not claim that titled bloodline instead of one where you’ve ended a bastard?”
“The English, as a rule, are not overly impressed by anything French at the moment, unless it’s fashion or food, then they manage to turn a blind eye at the atrocities committed against their countrymen at the hands of mine.”
One corner of his mouth tilted upward. “In this you are correct; however, please reconsider your ancestry. The granddaughter of a comte is nothing to sneeze at.”
Here’s the blurb:
When an outrageous meeting leads to inappropriate desire, will family honor and duty destroy a chance for true love?
Felix Alan Darrington, Earl of Swandon has been summoned to London by his mother. Though he has obligations to Parliament, his meddling parent has reminded him it’s time to do his duty, marry and provide her with grandchildren. But Felix refuses to wed under dictate. He’ll choose the woman and the time, and if he’s lucky he’ll marry for love.
Clarice Delacroix is a lady’s companion. Though she’s an illegitimate daughter of a duke, her mother was a French opera singer which puts Clarice firmly between worlds. Possessed of a quick temper and a penchant for making pastries, she longs for adventure, romance and acceptance, but she refuses to be anyone’s mistress. Her mother’s life is not for her.
As Felix schemes to spend more time with Clarice and find out why the Frenchwoman intrigues him, the titled lady who wishes to be his countess conspires to keep them apart. Felix quickly finds that balancing relationships between family and love is not as easy as first thought, or as black and white. Someone in his circle isn’t telling the truth, and the repercussions could prove deadly to Clarice’s future.
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