<i>A Desperate Fortune</i>: Exclusive Excerpt A Desperate Fortune: Exclusive Excerpt Susanna Kearsley "Had I a husband whom I loved, that love alone would lead me to deny him, lest my actions bring him also into danger." <i>Force of Attraction</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Force of Attraction: Exclusive Excerpt D.D. Ayres "Her pulse ticked up with equal amounts of excitement and anxiety." H&H Quickies #8: Lavinia Kent Presents... H&H Quickies #8: Lavinia Kent Presents... Lavinia Kent "And then the woman was naked, the robe falling in a puddle of silk behind her..." <i>Under the Lights</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Under the Lights: Exclusive Excerpt Shannon Stacey "That fruity scent of hers was the smell of forbidden fruit."
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Mar 28 2015 3:00pm

First Look: D.D. Ayres’s Force of Attraction (March 31, 2015)

Force of Attraction by D. D. Ayres

D. D. Ayres
Force of Attraction
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

The only thing more powerful than fear is desire…

A seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner—a protective canine named Hugo—Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants…until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge.

Force of Attraction

Agent Scott Lucca may be a pro when it comes to undercover assignments, but this job is daunting even for him. Posing as a happy couple on the dog competition circuit means he and Cole need to get a lot closer than they've been in years. Playing a live-in couple should seem like a walk in the park compared to tracking a brutal criminal, but suddenly nothing could be more dangerous than the passionate fire they've rekindled...

In Force of Attraction, the third book in D.D. Ayres's K-9 rescue series, you will discover all the right reasons to believe in love at first sight, and then all the wrong ones too. Luckily for Scott and Nicole, they get a second chance to get it right.

[Nicole and Scott had a bomb dropped on them...]

Mar 28 2015 12:05pm

A Desperate Fortune: Exclusive Excerpt

Susanna Kearsley

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

A Long Journey

For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has lain unread. Now, amateur code breaker Sara Thomas has been sent to Paris to crack the cipher.

Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing—for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

As Mary’s gripping tale is revealed, Sara is faced with challenges that will require letting go of everything she thought she knew—about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women will be united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the coincidences of fate.

Get a sneak peek at Susanna Kearsley's A Desperate Fortune (available April 7, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Mary held the little bowl-like teacup balanced neatly on her fingertips, the way the other woman did, and drank with care, deciding that unlike her aunt she rather liked the taste of sweetened tea. She cleared her throat. “Are you from Scotland, Mistress Jamieson?”

“I am.”

“I’ve never been to Scotland.”

“Have you lived in France your whole life, then?”

“I have.”

The other woman looked at Mary as though trying to imagine what that would be like, to spend one’s whole life in one place.

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Mar 28 2015 10:00am

First Look: Kele Moon’s The Slayer (March 31, 2015)

The Slayer by Kele MoonKele Moon
The Slayer
Loose Id LLC / March 31, 2015

To Chuito the apartment was a self-imposed prison for a lifetime of sins. To Alaine, the girl next door, it was salvation from her overbearing, religious father.

He was a devil.

She was an angel.

Two people who should’ve never met, let alone become friends, but it’s not until they give into the dangerous passion that’s been simmering under the surface for five years that things go to hell.

On the outside, Chuito ‘The Slayer’ Garcia is on top of the world. He’s successful. He’s wealthy. He's a champion MMA fighter surrounded by friends who support him, but they don’t know what he was before he came to Garnet.

A gangster.

A thief.

An addict.

A murderer.

Now his past is churning up demons he can’t ignore. Chuito knows he needs to go back to Miami to end it, but there's something holding him back, a single temptation he can't resist before leaving.


She’s the one drug he can’t give up…even if it destroys them both.​

​I don't even know where to start with Kele Moon's The Slayer. Just... damn. This book is intense. I read it in one day, and I resented each and every thing that took my time away from it. (Like, deeply resented. There may have been yelling. Possibly.) That's how good The Slayer is. In fact, I happened to read The Viper over a weekend, and it was so good I immediately ran to Moon's webpage and saw The Slayer was coming out and I went all I must have this book now. And it worked, so I'm sharing with you. This is a really good book. There's so much going on yet the story doesn't get bogged down. Incredible.

[He's just that good. And that dangerous.]

Mar 27 2015 4:34pm

Scandal 4x17 Heart-to-Heart: ’Til Death Do Us Part

Michael in Scandal Season 4, episode 17Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 17, “Put a Ring on It” (Spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Michael/Cyrus, Olivia/Fitz (Olitz)

Captain's Log for Cyrus and Michael in Scandal 4x17Washington D.C. is the city that never sleeps when it comes to political sex scandals, and for Cy, Olivia, and Abby to all get a call at 4 a.m. just can’t be a good thing. It was, in fact, a terrible thing because Cy’s aimless fiance Michael the Sex Worker just got rip roaring drunk and made out with a stranger at one of the most notorious gay bars in D.C. Liv and company are in full fixer mode. The quickest fix? Get Cy and Michael married quick, call the bar indiscretion a wild bachelor party, and change the conversation. Great, no problem, except Cy is having an existential crisis about getting married again, especially to Michael, whom he has vilified to the point of infamy.

Olivia goes to Mellie and pitches the idea of a White House wedding to her. It would be a chance for Mellie to separate herself from the President as she acts in her own interest, and make her more appealing to Democrats who are in support of gay marriage. Michael seemed like a deer caught in headlights when he found out that his parents were invited to the wedding. He made a personal plea to Cyrus to reconsider inviting them, but Cy brushed him off. The wedding was a perfect plan until Sally Langston, who is a talking head with over three million viewers, has caught a scent on Cy’s sham of a marriage and is planning to pay serious money to anyone who can prove it. Liv asks Michael point-blank if there is anything they need to know, and he tells them he is “clean.” Oh, Michael, you idiot.

[Yet the show—and a wedding—must go on...]

Mar 27 2015 3:32pm

Romance News Roundup: H&H at BookCon & Julia Kent Deal!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Shopping for a Billionaire by Julia KentHeroes and Heartbreakers will be hosting a one-hour reader panel at BookCon in New York City the weekend of May 30, 2015! More details to come in the next few weeks, but if you'll be attending, we hope to see you there! (If not there, maybe Dallas for the Romantic Times national convention or NYC for the Romance Writers of America national convention? It's gonna be a wild summer!)

—Deal Alert: Julia Kent's Shopping for a Billionaire, Parts 1-5, is currently $.99 as an e-bundle from e-tailers such as iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.*

*Remember we don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Mar 27 2015 2:45pm

Swoonies 2015: Your Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year Is...Outlander’s Jamie/Claire!

Swoonworthiest Couple 2015 banner for Jamie and Claire

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Jamie and Claire of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander are Swoonworthiest Couple of the YearAfter six grueling rounds of battles against many beloved pairings, your tough-as-nails victorious couple has emerged from the championship round, where they snagged a whopping 3,400+ votes from the community.

And so today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Swoonies...

Outlander's Jamie and Claire Fraser, from Diana Gabaldon, are your 2015 Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Now it's time to celebrate their epic love with some pretty images from a certain show that live-action versions of Jamie and Claire may appear in... Plus, we'd love to hear in the comments what about them you, personally, find swoonworthiest so that we can all sigh and squee right along with you. Pictures and gifs for illustrations very much encouraged, natch.

All hail our King and Queen of the Swoonies! Until next year...!!!

[Jamie and Claire are too busy being in love to pay us any mind, but let's party anyway!...]

Mar 27 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Cynthia Eden’s Broken (March 31, 2015)

Broken by Cynthia EdenCynthia Eden
Broken (LOST Series #1)
HarperCollins / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he's rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.

When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.

As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it's clear he hasn't forgotten her.

I feel a real affinity with the heroine in Cynthia Eden’s new romantic suspense, Broken. Eve Gray is mysterious and beautiful, vulnerable yet strong … and most importantly, in the wake of escaping a brutal attempt on her life by a serial killer, she is NOT broken.

Broken has set the stage for what promises to be one kickass series. Straight out of the chute this book made my heart race.

[Will there be twists in this series?...]

Mar 27 2015 12:25pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of March 2015

Radiance by Grace DravenMala Bhattacharjee

My best read of March is Grace Draven's January release, Radiance. I kept seeing it recommended all over the romance Twitter and blogosphere and was a little wary of all the high praise — I tend to be underwhelmed when I finally get around to reading something everybody else loves — but picked it up with an open mind. I was more than rewarded! Draven's first Wraith Kings tale is a delightful fantasy romance where the couple actually *likes* each other. *Gasp*. Brishen is of the Kai, a humanoid race that's somewhat avian and reptilian while his arranged bride, Ildiko, is of the human Gauri. Their journey to love is filled with gentle humor and kindness, grounding a fantastical plot in real, root-worthy emotion. 


Crushed by Lauren Layne

One of the funniest and quirky heroines I've read in a long time. The story is about an ugly duckling, Chloe, who is being used by the “beefcake” Michael, in order to get closer to meet the father he never knew existed. Because Chloe's sister, Kristin, is dating Michael's half-brother, Devon, whom Chloe has been in love with since...forever. And at first Michael thinks he'll use Kristin, but it's Chloe that begins to infiltrate his hardened exterior.

[+more reading suggestions from H&H's very own!...]

Mar 27 2015 9:30am

First Look: Jennifer Ryan’s When It’s Right (March 31, 2015)

 When It's Right by Jennifer RyanJennifer Ryan
When It’s Right (Montana Men Series #2)
HarperCollins / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men

Wide open sky, rolling green hills... Gillian Tucker could get used to life in the country—one far from the violence she left behind in San Francisco. Warily accepting an invitation to the Montana ranch that belongs to her grandfather, a man she's never met, Gillian hopes this is the haven she seeks. A sexy, overbearing cowboy who shines a light on her well-hidden dreams is not at all part of her plans.

Blake Bowden's reckless past is far behind him, and as a newly named co-owner of Three Peaks Ranch, he's not taking any chances. Until a beautiful, haunted woman arrives, igniting a desire he shouldn't feel. His partner's granddaughter is strictly off limits. But the longer Gillian's there, the stronger the pull grows between them. And when a new danger surfaces, Blake will do anything to keep her safe…even if it means risking everything for her heart.

As the popular country song by Big & Rich says, “save a horse, ride a cowboy.” In the sexy romance When It’s Right by Jennifer Ryan, lucky city girl Gillian gets to ride a cowboy (and a couple of horses, for that matter).

If romance novels have taught me anything, it’s that cowboys are always brooding and horny. Maybe it’s because it’s difficult for a farm boy to find a good woman out in the middle of nowhere (at least going by Farmer Chris Soules’ season of The Bachelor).

[But will this cowboy find a good woman?...]

Mar 27 2015 8:15am

Who’s the Handiest Hero/Heroine?

Man at Work by Elaine Fox

The weekend approaches, and while we prepare to take a few days off from our day-jobs, the call of home improvement beckons—especially with the nice weather just around the corner! 

What hero or heroine do you want at your side to help you get your chores done this weekend? Who do you think would be the most helpful? Who would be the most fun?

Mar 26 2015 5:34pm

Romance News Roundup: RWA Announces 2015 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali DevToday is a big one in the romance novel world—the Romance Writers of America* has announced its finalists for the 2015 RITA and Golden Heart awards. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

*Romance Writers of America is a nonprofit trade association for romance writers. Each year, RWA awards the RITA, for published fiction, and the Golden Heart, in unpublished fiction, to authors writing in a variety of genres.

The 2015 RITA and Golden Heart awards ceremony will be held in New York City on July 25 at the RWA national conference. Check back that night for a complete list of the winners!

(Want to learn more about the authors/books nominated? As you browse the list of finalists, click on links for past H&H coverage.)

2015 RITA Finalists

Best First Book

A Bollywood Affair
by Sonali Dev
Kensington Publishing
Martin Biro, editor

Mind Sweeper
by AE Jones
Faith Freewoman, editor

Purely Professional
by Elia Winters
Harlequin, Carina Press
Kerri Buckley, editor

The Smuggler Wore Silk
by Alyssa Alexander
Penguin Group USA, Berkley
Julie Mianecki, editor

[See the rest of the RITA and Golden Heart finalists...]

Mar 26 2015 4:00pm

March Madness, The Secrets Game: New Adult Romance Best Bets for March 2015

The Deal by Elle KennedyThis month brought some very interesting reading material. These characters are plagued with secrets and what a tangled web you weave, when you practice to deceive. From orchestrated encounters, using someone as a front—to gain what you want, to being so painfully honest you almost wish you kept it a secret, these reads will capture your attention.

The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy is the best book I’ve read all year. Quirky, witty banter and swoonworthy scenes make this an amazing read. Garret is the BMOC, captain of the hockey team; he’s struggling with one class when his paths cross with Hannah. They settle on a deal to help each other and along the way they find a lot in common.

Confess by Colleen Hoover uses real confessions and artwork throughout the story, it makes for a compelling emotional read. The heroine, Auburn puts her heart on the line for Owen but he may be hiding a secret that could destroy them both.

[These and more best bets within!...]

Mar 26 2015 3:15pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Total Surrender (March 31, 2015)

Total Surrender by Rebecca ZanettiRebecca Zanetti
Total Surrender
Forever / March 31, 2015 / $8.00 print, $2.99 digital

A fight he must win . . .

Piper Oliver knows she can't trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won't be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she's done. Something isn't adding up, though, and she won't rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it's buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.

A passion she can't resist . . .

Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who's working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won't let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for—and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?

Did you ever see the Kurt Russell movie, Soldier? I’m a longtime fan of Russell, harkening back to his Snake Plissken days. I think that’s why I love Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series about a trio of hot soldier brothers with enhanced abilities. Here are three men who have never known softness or love or compassion from the laboratory where they’ve been reared or the commander who’s overseen their lives. Yet they have created their own family, forged by blood and sweat and tears…and have allowed their nature to trump the nurture they never received.

The boys don’t know who their mother is: “Who cares? We paid for eggs from extraordinary genetic pools, and those women never wanted the ensuing children.”

[Which brings us to Jory Dean and Total Surrender...]

Mar 26 2015 2:03pm

Arrow 3x17 Olicity Heart-to-Heart: Wedding Favors

Oliver, Laurel, and Felicity in Arrow Season 3, episode 17Show/Episode: Arrow 3x17, “Suicidal Tendencies”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

Captain's Log for Oliver and Felicity in Arrow 3x17Note: There are spoilers ahead for all aired episodes of Arrow, including (especially) last night's Season 3, Episode 17, “Suicidal Tendencies.”

We begin with Oliver arriving at Dig’s wedding and he’s late. He insists there are 15 minutes until the wedding. But apparently pictures were an hour earlier. Oops. Felicity shows up with Ray and the eye-sex between Felicity and Oliver commences while Dig quietly threatens to hide the body if Ray ever hurts Felicity. The good vibes are interrupted by the news that Dig’s officiant was just deployed and Ray, who is a minister apparently, graciously steps in. So he’s a minister now too? What can’t this guy do? 

During the ceremony, Oliver can’t help but sneak little peeks at Felicity, causing my little heart to flutter. After the wedding, we have the reception.  Felicity caught the bouquet and Laurel congratulates her on the catch. Then she walks off, leaving Oliver and Felicity to talk. She asks if its okay if she’s there with Ray and he tells her that as long as she’s happy, that’s what he wants. He tells her she deserves a good guy and a normal life. What remains unsaid is that Oliver is a good guy and he deserves that life too. WITH HER. They watch John and Lyla dancing and it’s so clear that they would love to be in their place that it makes your chest ache.

[Let's admit it: We secretly love the angst...]

Mar 26 2015 1:30pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Megan Erickson and Katee Robert!

Today we're thrilled to reveal covers for Megan Erickson and Katee RobertFirst up is Erickson's Dirty Thoughts, which takes us away from her Bowler University series, and gives us a group of men who are very...hands on! Then, it's a modern day marriage-of-convenience in Katee Robert's The Marriage Contract!

[Learn more about the books and see the full covers...]

Mar 26 2015 12:40pm

First Look: Eloisa James’s Four Nights with the Duke (March 31, 2015)

Four Nights with the Duke by Eloisa JamesEloisa James
Four Nights with the Duke
HarperCollins / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Eloisa James returns with another fabulous romance in her New York Times bestselling Desperate Duchesses series!

As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia's audacious proposal, but there's one thing he won't give his inconvenient wife: himself.

Instead, he offers Mia a devil's bargain . . . he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.

Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can't afford to lose.

Eloisa James is known for her ability to create enchanting heroines who are both sophisticated and naive, intrepid and tentative. Her heroes are arrogant and confident but most of the time clueless about love. You also know when you open a book by James that you’ll be getting a wonderful farcical story that will entertain and charm you—like Four Nights with the Duke does.

[Charmed, I'm sure...]

Mar 26 2015 12:00pm

Force of Attraction: Exclusive Excerpt

D.D. Ayres

 Force of Attraction by D. D. Ayres

The only thing more powerful than fear is desire…

A seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner—a protective canine named Hugo—Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants…until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge.


Agent Scott Lucca may be a pro when it comes to undercover assignments, but this job is daunting even for him. Posing as a happy couple on the dog competition circuit means he and Cole need to get a lot closer than they've been in years. Playing a live-in couple should seem like a walk in the park compared to tracking a brutal criminal, but suddenly nothing could be more dangerous than the passionate fire they've rekindled...

Get a sneak peek at D. D. Ayres's Force of Attraction (available March 31, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1.


“Here you go. One good bite deserves another.”

K-9 Officer Nicole “Cole” Jamieson placed the doggy bowl on her kitchen floor.

Her partner, Hugo, greedily gulped down the first of his two daily meals then checked her out with a hopeful stare from soulful black eyes.

Cole shook her head. “No more for now.”

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Mar 26 2015 9:30am

Love Is In the Air: Not-Your-Usual-Historicals Best Bets for March 2015

March is that time of year when we’re all desperate for daffodils and Easter candy, but would happily settle for someone to dig us out of the snow bank where we’ve been imprisoned for months on end.  After the longest, coldest winter that never seems to want to end, what better way to get ready for spring than with a new crop of unusual historicals!  And this spring really has sprung with some Regency era romances featuring twists, a gritty Victorian that set my heart racing, and a plethora of titles launching brand new series.


His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter

Gareth Fitzallen is celebrated for four things: his handsome face, his notable charm, his aristocratic connections, and an ability to give the kind of pleasure that has women begging for more. Normally he bestows his talents on experienced, worldly women. But when he heads to Langdon’s End to restore a property he inherited—and to investigate a massive art theft—he lays plans to seduce a most unlikely lady.

Eva Russell lives a spinster’s life of precarious finances and limited dreams while clinging to her family’s old gentry status. She supports herself by copying paintings while she plots to marry her lovely sister to a well-established man. Everyone warns her of Gareth’s reputation, and advises her to lock her sister away. Only it is not her sister Gareth desires. One look, and she knows he is trouble. One kiss, however, proves she is no match for this master of seduction.

A Regency-era romance with a twist, Booklist says, “Hunter’s PhD in art history stands her in good stead in this fascinating, danger-tinged novel, the first in a new trilogy.”

[What else awaits this month?...]

Mar 26 2015 8:02am

Throwback Thursday: What Were Your First Impressions of Pretty Woman?

Pretty Woman turned 25 this week, and with such a momentous birthday, comes reflection! What were your first impressions of the movie? Did you watch it when it first came out, or years later when statements like “You're sitting on my fax,” seem dated? 

Mar 25 2015 12:00pm
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H&H Quickies #8: Lavinia Kent Presents “The Angel Discovers a Rake”

Lavinia Kent

Today we are over the moon to bring you an exclusive Quickie scene from Lavinia Kent, whose latest Bound and Determined novel, Bound by Bliss, came out in February.

Earlier this month, we asked you to offer suggestions (“prompts”) as inspiration for a short original scene, and you blew us away with a ton of great prompts.

Newsletter subscribers got the first sneak peek, but the full scene is now available all site visitors!

Here are the prompts she chose from (with thanks to everyone who left a suggestion, because there were so many fantastic options):

  • An Orchestra Pit (an anonymous user)
  • A Rake (JessicaMoro)
  • A Pug (Kareni)
  • Never in a Million Years (Celvia)

Without further ado, here is Lavinia Kent's H&H Quickie, “The Angel Discovers a Rake.”

How long was her brother going to be?  It was highly improper that she was here at all. Felix had promised to only be gone a few moments and now it must at least twenty minutes. Oh, she should never have agreed to this.

Tapping her toe anxiously, Lady Angela Ripon soothed the small dog in her arms. Puggles was clearly sensing her agitation, his small tail held still as he looked up at her with large worried eyes, his sharp nails digging into the silk of her sleeve.

[Read the full scene now...]