I’ve just released my fifth book in the Fiery Tales series, THE DUKE’S MATCH GIRL. Many have retold popular fairy tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and The Ugly Duckling—myself included!
But I wanted to do something different.
I wanted to take a well-known—holiday—fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Match Girl and give it a grown up feel. Make it romantic (and of course, steamy. It is call the Fiery Tales series for a reason. ;))
And give it a happy ending!
Second chance love stories are among my favorites story themes. And Leo, Duke of Mont-Marly, and Suzanne Matchet definitely deserve a second chance at first love!
The Duke's Match Girl by Lila DiPasqua
From bestselling author Lila DiPasqua comes a scorching new historical romance novella in the acclaimed Fiery Tales series! An emotional, erotically charged retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl.
As childhood friends, Leopold d’Ermart and Suzanne Matchet were inseparable. One unforgettable Christmas Eve, their relationship changed from the best of friends…to lovers. But the heir of the Duke of Mont-Marly isn’t supposed to fall in love with the daughter of his family’s physician. Or vice versa.
Is this a second chance at first love?
Years later, Suzanne is dreading her first Christmas without her father. The heartbreak Leo caused when he left seven years ago is a distant memory. And she prefers to keep it that way. The last thing Suzanne expects is for tall, dark, and sinfully seductive Leo d’Ermart to show up at her door and announce he wants her back in his life. And in his bed. Worse, the now celebrated libertine is even more devastating to a woman’s senses than ever before…
Or are they playing with fire?
The only woman Leo, Duke of Mont-Marly, has ever yearned for is the adorably unconventional, intelligent beauty who got away. He discovers Suzanne creating and selling matchsticks, elixirs for the ill…and is still so damned alluring. Leo is determined to show her the depth of his desire, win back Suzanne’s heart. And give her a Christmas beyond her wildest imagination…
ExcerptA sudden clattering of horses’ hooves against cobblestones grabbed her attention. The sound rose quickly, getting louder with its rapid approach, obliterating the din of the townspeople moving about on foot and in carts outside.This was a team of horses.A large one.A team of horses that had just come to an abrupt stop directly on the other side of her shop’s door.Suzanne tensed, unable to shake the sudden dread that crested over her. Deep in the pit of her belly, she was gripped by a strong, unshakeable feeling that she knew exactly who had just arrived. Large teams of horses were not an everyday occurrence in Maillard.No. Impossible… She’d unequivocally rebuffed Leo.It couldn’t be him. Could it?Lucille bolted for the window before Suzanne could stop her. “There’s a carriage with six horses here!” she all but squealed. “That’s a DUC!”Rosalie wasted no time darting to her sibling’s side. She let out her own shriek of excitement. “There are definitely six horses. It is a duc! Oh, my… I believe he’s coming this way!”The door suddenly opened.Suzanne’s stomach dropped.Three large men—including Gilles—entered her shop, one by one bowing to her briefly. Just as the third stepped to one side, a gust of winter wind stole into the room.Suzanne barely felt the chill. She was far too stunned by the presence of the tall, familiar form now filling her doorway. And the breathtaking changes in him that had taken place these last seven years. Gracious God…A second breeze wafted in, ruffling the hem of Leo’s long black cloak. Caressing his dark hair.Against her will, she took in the breadth of his shoulders, which were wider, even more powerful, his handsome face that was more mature.And more devastating.Everything about him had seemingly intensified, from the hardness of his chiseled body to the hue of those spellbinding light green eyes. He had a presence and air of authority like never before.Before her stood an incredibly gorgeous male who completely dominated the room. One who’s caused you more pain than anyone else ever has in your life.And he was more attractive than ever.
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