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H&H Reads: A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex (Part 2 of 6)

For a limited time Chapters 5-8 from A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex is available on Heroes and Heartbreakers to members. Log in or register to read all of part 2 and come back on Wednesday to read part 3.

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!

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 Five

“Happy to be of service,” Jellicoe answered with a small, ironic salute. “After all, what are appalling acquaintances for?”

Antigone had never had an acquaintance who was a man, let alone a handsome, funny, friendly young man who seemed to have been sent down from heaven just to make her laugh. That first moment he had appeared in the room she had been entirely resentful at his intrusion. True, she had been startled at hearing him enter, but he had proved to be the exception to the evening’s rule—an actual gentleman. Standing there, impossibly tall and lean and sandy blond—ridiculously handsome—with the inborn grace of an aristocrat, his coat and cravat carelessly, unforgivably impeccable, she had feared he would treat her with the same condescension as the other ballroom jackasses.

To her complete astonishment he had not. He had given her a roguish, conspiratorial grin. It was a little lopsided, that grin, as if he were having too much fun to take the time to engage both sides of his mouth.

And from that moment, the idea of being punished for something she hadn’t done—well, she had punched the daylights out of Mr. Stubbs-Haye, but it was his fault—took on a rather liberating slant.

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