If you follow Ex Libris Diana Quincy's name is not unfamiliar to you. Ever since I read Seducing Charlotte by Diana Quincy, which was one of my top favourite read of 2013 (if you haven't read it yet take a look at my review and pick up your copy, I LOVED it!, I've been a big fan of her Accidental Peers series. Well I am happy to report that Book #3 Compromising Willa got released and Diana is celebrating it not just with any simple blog tour, but a scavenger hunt! :-D I'm Stop #5 in your quest, so just read the excerpt below and put the word in red into the Rafflecopter. Easy as that ;-) Oh and pick up a copy of Compromising Willa, I LOVED it!! :-)
Compromising Willa by Diana Quincy
Book #3 in the Accidental Peers series
Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she'll be ruined. Again.
No one is more shocked by Willa's lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.
Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?
He frowned over the bridge of a nose so straight and symmetrical even Michelangelo would have marveled over it. “Come, Willa, ‘tis me, Augustus. What is with such coldness for an admirer who desires nothing more than the precious gift of a lady’s smile?”
A kernel of anger stirred inside her. She might appear to be the same naïve girl on the outside, but Willa viewed life through different eyes now, knowing it could change in an instant. She’d learned firsthand, after the disaster with Augustus and then her father’s death. The young girl who had challenged Augustus to race their horses through the countryside, her untamed hair flying—jesting with him on the rare occasion that she actually beat him—had vanished. Those summers, and the world of innocent possibility that came with them, seemed like a lifetime ago. “There was a time you asked for far more than a mere smile.”
“Let’s not dwell on the past,” he said. “Not when we have the brightest of futures to look forward to.”
“Of course, with the depth of feeling that you and I can only find in each other.”
Her throat constricted. “The time for any sort of romantic foolishness has passed.” She turned away and rested her gloved hands on the cold stone balustrade, the chill stealing up her arms and rippling through her insides. “Surely, you recognize the realities of the world. You certainly assured that I did.”
“Balderdash.” He moved beside her, close enough for his perfume to fill her nostrils with the smell of rosemary, almonds, and old memories that were best forgotten. “I have come to take you to wife. Nothing stands between us now.”
Her heart took a slight leap. Perhaps she’d been wrong about him. Maybe his regard for her would prove strong enough after all. “The earl has agreed to this?” she ventured, feeling the tiniest sprig of hope. “Or have you decided to proceed without your father’s consent?”
He laughed, but it was a mirthless sound. “It is what the Earl of Bellingham desires above all else.”
“I don’t understand.” The old earl had always been firmly opposed to any match between them. He’d been in search of a larger dowry, but Augustus had convinced her they could overcome his objections. Foolishly—disastrously—she’d believed him. “How could this be?”
“My father is dead. Not three days in the ground, and I have come for you because I couldn’t bear to wait one moment longer for us to be together.” He resumed his smiling demeanor, yet no warmth emanated from him. “Once an appropriate mourning period is past, we shall become betrothed, just as we should have in earnest four years ago.”
It took her a moment to comprehend his words. His father dead. After all these years, nothing stood between them. She paused, waiting for a warm surge of joy now that they could finally be together. But there was…nothing. The only warmth she felt came from the anger kindling in her chest.
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