Fresh Fiction is pleased to present this special excerpt from USA Today
bestselling author Christi Caldwell's latest historical romance, FOR LOVE OF THE
He settled his large hand over hers.
â€śI suggest unless you merely want to trade death by drowning for death by the
wheels of a carriage, that you release the handle, madam.â€ť
His flat, emotionless tone conveyed boredom. Why, he might as well have been
commenting on the weather or offering her tea.
Katherine snatched her hand back, feeling burned by his touch. â€śYou are a
m-monster,â€ť she repeated.
He tugged free his wet gloves and beat them against one another. Drops of water
sprayed the carriage walls. â€śYour charge grows unoriginal and tedious, madam.â€ť
And in that moment it occurred to Katherine just how ungrateful she must seem.
The towering stranger might be a foul-tempered fiend, but heâ€™d saved her. Her
lips twisted. Whether heâ€™d wanted to or not.
â€śForgive me, Iâ€™ve not yet thanked you.â€ť She took a breath. â€śSo thank you. For
saving me. From drowning,â€ť she finished lamely.
His shoulder lifted in a slight shrug. â€śIâ€™d hardly ruin the amusements of the
day by watching you drown beneath the surface of the Thames.â€ť
She expected she should feel outraged, shocked, appalled by those callously
delivered wordsâ€¦and yet, something in his tone gave her pause. It was as though
he sought to elicit an outraged response from her. Instead of outrage, Katherine
was filled with her first stirrings of intrigue, wondering what had happened to
turn his black heart so vile.
Katherine did not rise to his clear attempt at bating her. â€śMy name is Lady
Katherine Adamson.â€ť Pause. â€śI imagine I should know the name of my rescuer.â€ť
He said nothing for a while, and Katherine suspected he had no intention of
answering her. She sighed and reached for the curtained window.
â€śJasper Waincourt, 8th Duke of Bainbridge.â€ť
Her eyes widened. â€śYou are a duke,â€ť she blurted.
He arched a single, frosty black brow at her. â€śYouâ€™d be wise not to make designs
upon my title, madam. Iâ€™d not wed you if you were the last creature in the kingdom.â€ť
She blinked. Oh, the dastard. Katherine jabbed a finger at him. â€śAnd you, well I
wouldnâ€™t wed you if you were the last creature in the world, and the King
decreed it to spare my life.â€ť
His lips twitched. But then the firm line was back in place, so that she
suspected sheâ€™d imagined the slight expression of mirth. â€śIt is good we are of
like opinions, then, madam. We are here,â€ť he said.
She angled her head. And then the carriage rocked to a halt.
The sudden, unexpectedness of the stop, propelled Katherine forward, and she
landed in an ignominious heap atop the dukeâ€™s chest.
It was as though sheâ€™d slammed into a stone wall. All the breath left her. She
looked up at him through her lidsâ€¦
About FOR LOVE OF THE DUKE
After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried
himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When heâ€™s
coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair,
his life is irrevocably changed by a fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson.
With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine
Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her fatherâ€™s
passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend
on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasperâ€¦
In a desperate bid to avoid a match arranged by her family, Katherine makes the
Duke of Bainbridge a shocking propositionâ€”one that he accepts.
Only, as Katherine begins to love Jasper, she finds the arrangement agreed upon
is not enough. And Jasper is left to decide if protecting his heart is more
important than fighting for Katherineâ€™s love.
About Christi Caldwell
USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's
Whitney, My Love for luring her into the world of historical romance.
While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut,
Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She
believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather
enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after!
Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time
writing, chasing around her feisty six-year old son and caring for her twin
princesses in training!
Christi loves to hear from readers. To learn more about what she is working on,
you can find her on Facebook at Christi Caldwell Author, Twitter
@ChristiCaldwell, or visit her website.
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