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Today I’m sharing a snippet from my Regency story, MARRIAGE MINDED LORD, the first book in my new Darrington family series. It’s out now!
Set-up: It’s the day after the disastrous dinner party and subsequent meeting in the kitchens. Felix is having a late breakfast with his mother, Roberta, and his sister, Charlotte. The subject has somehow come around to Clarice.
Charlotte dabbed at her mouth with a linen napkin. “I know of Miss Delacroix. I’ve seen her accompanying Lady Drummond about town on a few occasions.”
“Oh?” Though he tried to infuse a note of boredom into his voice, Felix’s heartbeat raced. He was anxious to know what Charlotte thought of her. How often did Miss Delacroix leave the house, and when she did, was she alone or always in Olivia’s presence? If he walked around Mayfair, would he be able to accidentally run into her?
“She is. Very intelligent.” He picked up his fork, but his hand shook so badly he was forced to set it down again.
Roberta sniffed. “I’ve heard she possesses a quick temper. She’s reported to be a daughter of a dancer or opera singer or some such questionable business, and French no less.” From the tone in his mother’s voice, one would think being French was a fate worse than death. “It’s best you stay away from that piece.”
He bristled at the slight. She was not “a piece.” And how did his mother know more about who Miss Delacroix’s mother might be than he did? Blasted gossip. “While I will say I’m not one to champion a cause backed by the French so soon after my own injuries, those roots should have no bearing on Miss Delacroix’s character.” He grabbed his paper and unfolded it. The urge to announce her pedigree grew strong, but he bit the inside of his lip to keep the words from forming.
“Calm down, my dear.” His mother’s eyebrow went skyward again. “It’s not as if a companion is worthy of your time. You won’t be courting her so the subject is moot.”
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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