The Reluctant Governess is a bohemian artist who shuns the rules of society. He’s naughty and proud of it, much to heroine Eliza Lawrence’s disapproval. His friend Sir Thomas Benedict Featherstone in The Unsuitable Secretary is an art impresario, supporting creative people all over London. People think he’s naughty, but in fact he’s a virgin, and anxious to relieve himself of the designation. His new secretary Harriet Benson is about to reorganize his files. :-)
Here’s Thomas, ruminating about his lack of experience in this exclusive excerpt:
The fire crackled in his study, and Thomas stared into it as if it would tell him the future. He didn’t know where everything had all gone wrong. Once he was expelled from school, he supposed. He and his friends had drifted apart while he was educated privately. When they caught up, he discovered he was very far behind them in all the ways that were so important to young gentlemen.
There hadn’t been much opportunity to importune university town tavern wenches while he was stuck studying under the gimlet eye of his father and a series of dreadful, dried-up tutors in Featherstone House.
One thing had led to another which basically led to nowhere, so he’d fibbed about his sexual experience at first. Made up stories about saucy parlor maids and wicked widows. He’d always had a good imagination. Once he’d inherited his father’s baronetcy and fortune six years ago and launched himself as a patron of the arts, actresses and dancers and models were only too happy to accept his largesse without removing so much as a stocking. He’d whiled away many pleasant private hours discussing the problems of the middle and lower classes with its most beautiful representatives, and Thomas had developed a reputation rather quickly for being sweet and generous and uncomplicated.
Sweet! He spat into his father’s brass spittoon. As if that were at all helpful at this juncture in his life. How could he confess to his cronies that at the age of twenty-seven he had never removed a woman’s stocking or anything else?
Of course, he’d seen plenty of women in the altogether—thin, not thin, blondes, brunettes, some who were both depending where you looked. To them, he was like an indulgent cousin sitting in a corner. They changed out of their costumes as if he didn’t have eyes, chattering away about their days. Sometimes they took pity on him and removed some of his clothes. What they did with their talented mouths and hands beggared description, but brought him no closer to losing his virginity in the customary way.
The girls simply thought he preferred what they did to the other. At this point, it was too late to say otherwise.
Both books have a touch of danger and lots of humor, like the two previous books in the series, In the Arms of the Heiress and In the Heart of the Highlander. I’ll give away any paperback book/download from my backlist to one commenter below. Open internationally.
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Book #4 in the Ladies Unlaced series
Harriet Benson takes her work at the Evensong Agency seriously, but lately, between convalescing from an illness and tending to her father and two young brothers, she’s had to shorten her hours. So when a promising position opens up for part time work, she immediately accepts, despite the fact that her new boss is scandalously indecent—and dangerously appealing.
Though his reputation paints him as a scoundrel, Sir Thomas Featherstone is more proper than anyone would guess. But Harriet’s wit and luscious curves are driving him to distraction. She’s the perfect woman to fill his office requirements, and other desperate needs he’s been ignoring…
Harriet has always held firm to the rule that a secretary must never fall in love with her employer. Only Thomas is determined to win her affections—and he’s willing to risk any cost to make her his…
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