Monday, 21 December 2015

Guest post by Bronwen Evans + Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome back to Ex Libris Bronwen Evans  who's here celebrating the release of A Whisper of Desire, book #4 in her Disgraced Lords series. So join us as she's dancing the night away with the handsome heroes of the series and enter at the end of the post for the chance to win a fantastic gift basket!

Dancing with a Rogue on Christmas Eve with Bronwen Evans

Dear Readers,

This Christmas I’ve made it my goal to dance with all the rogues I can, starting with my six Libertine Scholars from my Disgraced Lord’s series.

The men are determined to enjoy Christmas this year because they have caught the villain of the series (revealed in book #5 A Taste of Seduction Aug 2016), but it’s kind of reserved as Arend Aubury is still missing (book #6 A Night of Forever Jan 2017).

I really wanted to dance with Arend. Of course he’s handsome, they all are, but in addition he’s dark, mysterious (he still has not revealed everything about himself and I’m supposed to be writing his story), but most of all I want to chase away the clouds of sadness in his eyes.

So, if I can’t dance with Arend, I will choose to dance with Christian, my badly scared hero from book #1 A Kiss of Lies. He’s happily married so I will have to keep my hands to myself (worse luck).

I know you don’t want to read about my dance, and perhaps I want to keep it as a special moment for me alone, so I’ll share a dance between Beatrice and Sebastian from A Promise of More (book #2 in the Disgraced Lords series). Beatrice emotionally blackmailed Sebastian, the ton’s leading rogue, into marriage, he was happy to oblige, wanting a wife who did not stir his senses, but little did he know…

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This evening, in his finery, Sebastian was every woman’s fantasy. And Beatrice knew every woman here would be envying her, for his soft blue—grey eyes seemed to deliberately entice, a temptation sent to make women want to sin.

The introduction for the first waltz cut through the hypnotic moment. His eyes held hers and he read the invitation there. His fingers closed about her hand and he lifted it fleetingly to his lips. Then he elegantly bowed, his eyes never leaving hers. “My dance, I believe? I’d like to dance with my beautiful wife.”

She gave him a dazzling smile, gratitude beaming from within her face. At that precise moment he truly was the most wonderful man in her world, her knight in shining armor. She owed Sebastian everything. She inclined her head, and let him draw her to the floor.

Her body responded as soon as he gathered her close and steered her into the swirling throng. Her chest felt tight, and her skin came alive. She became a young giddy schoolgirl, taut with anticipation, expectations. No longer the staid old spinster of twenty-five. She remembered his naked body lying next to her from earlier this afternoon and her gaze dropped to his groin.

“If you keep looking at me like that I’m going to embarrass myself on the dance floor and we won’t be able to leave it.”

She gave a delighted smile and raised her eyes back to his face. His face seemed harder, more chiseled, more austere. His body seemed more powerful and there was something in his eyes as they rested on hers. It was warmth. There was warmth glowing from his eyes. Since the argument over Henry, they had wordlessly agreed to start again, starting a new life, one that she looked forward to.

“I shall look forward to staring at you later this evening when we get home.”

Typical man. He was trying to stop the smile hinting at the edges of his lips. “I look forward to that immensely. Perhaps you’ll even do more than stare?”


About Bron:

USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with her dogs Brandy and Duke.

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A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans

Sensual heat melts the ice in the new Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, as a marriage of convenience leads to delightful pleasure—and mortal danger.

Lady Marisa Hawkstone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational, he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.

Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.

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