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H&H Reads: A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex (Part 4 of 6)

For a limited time Chapters 13-15 of A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex are available on Heroes and Heartbreakers to members. To read all of Part 4, please log in or register at right... A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex

Today, 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 Thirteen

Will had meant to be up early. He had meant to spend the quiet hours of the early morning working, writing the letters necessary to bolster his chances of securing the preferments for being reassigned to a ship. And to casually be available if Preston had decided to accept his brother’s invitation to hunt. Yet, despite his best intentions, he made another unfortunately late start of it. The night had seen him staring at the ceiling wide awake at two o’clock in the morning, and dead asleep through the breakfast hour.

But at least this night, he had had the vision of the deliciously kissable Preston to ponder instead of the ghosts of lost shipmates who habitually haunted his waking dreams.

When Will finally awoke to find the morning half gone, he splashed the sleep from his face, and wandered through the seemingly empty house until he found James hard at work in the estate office.

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