An exclusive excerpt of the Prologue and Chapters 1 & 2 from Christina Brooke's The Wickedest Lord Alive (July 1, 2014) is available on Heroes and Heartbreakers to members. Please log in or register to read the full excerpt...
CAN AN INDECENT PROPOSAL
Eight years ago, a tall handsome stranger entered Lizzie Allbrightâ??s bedchamber and consummated a marriage of the utmost necessity. The Marquis of SteyneÂ agreed to wed and bed Lord Buteâ??s admittedly lovely daughter to pay off his motherâ??s gambling debts. But once the deed was done, Steyneâ??s lawfully-wedded wife vanished into the London nightâ?¦
LEAD TO EVERLASTING LOVE?
Years later, Steyne has nearly forgotten about his runaway bride. But when he suddenly finds himself in need of an heir, he has no choice but to track her down. Living happily in a small village under an assumed name, Lizzie is surprised to see her husbandâ??and to feel such a strong attraction to him. But she is downright shocked when he asks her to bear him a son. How can they possibly repeat the heated encounter of their ill-fated wedding night without falling hopelessly in love?
The young man who strode into her bedchamber that night was as darkly beautiful as sin itself, tall and elegantly proportioned, with an arrogant cast of countenance inherited from his patrician forebears. His hair held the obsidian luster of a pantherâ??s coat, worn a trifle longer than was the current fashion. His eyes, set beneath sleek, flyaway brows, were so deep and brilliant a blue as to appear unnatural in the chancy light.
Barely suppressed fury tautened his large frame. A flicker of panic passed through her. This situation was not of her making. He must know that. Would he punish her for it anyway?
From what sheâ??d heard and seen of this young nobleman, she suspected that if she showed fear, he would despise her. She didnâ??t want to begin that way.
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