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H&H Reads: A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex (Part 3 of 6)

Part 3 of Elizabeth Essex's A Breath of Scandal is available on Heroes and Heartbreakers to members. Please log in or register to read Chapters 9-12

A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth EssexToday, we're excited to bring back our H&H Reads program, with the book that introduced us to the Jellicoe clan—A Breath of Scandal!

Every Wednesday and Sunday from now until April 20, we'll be posting A Breath of Scandal in six easy-to-read (if not so easy to wait for!) parts. Right before each new part goes up, we'll be taking down the previous one, so make sure you don't miss a single piece of the book. Whether you're a long-time fan of Lora Leigh, or brand-new to the world where dead men don't talk, we hope you'll read along and then discuss each section of the book with us!

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Don't think you can wait? Catch up on the whole story now. (See the links at the bottom of this post for more info on where you can get your copy of A Breath of Scandal.) Then, come back to share your thoughts!

A BREATH OF SCANDAL BY ELIZABETH ESSEX
Forced by her family into an engagement with a man she can never abide, Antigone Preston knows only a scandal will save her from a loveless marriage. But knocking a man down to the ballroom floor with her fists brings dangerous consequences. She may have ruined her reputation, but now she’s endangered her heart…

The son of an earl and a career navy man, Captain William Jellicoe has no interest in the frivolities of London—and even less in the institution of marriage. But there’s something steering him toward Antigone. He has never met anyone as brazen and unconventional as…himself. But will he risk it all for a woman who still has the breath of scandal hot on her lips?

Chapter 9

It was the laugh. They had just been involved in a brawl that might continue into the wee small hours, and she just laughed. Tipped her head back, and laughed to the dark gray heavens, and he knew at that very moment that he must kiss her. He couldn’t live another day without knowing the taste of that laugh upon her lips.

He swooped in to kiss her without warning, or preliminaries, but when he moved his lips against hers, pressing into her, she opened to him. And just that easily, he fell into a softness so profound and so sweet, he felt he could float away on it.

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