#RomanceWednesday a delightful Regency
With her older sisters both happily married, Caro Sloane
yearns for a romantic
adventure of her own. Unfortunately the muddy, sulfur-
scented waters of Bath seem
the least likely setting for love or excitement. But the
aspiring young poet soon
finds inspiration when she runs into a familiar-and achingly
Visiting Bath with his sickly sister, Alec McClellan is
shocked to be reunited
with Caro Sloane. He hasn't been able to forget the English
beauty since their
brief but exhilarating first meeting. But Bath is not nearly
as serene as it
appears, and soon Alec must protect Caro from a danger that
extinguish the sparks flying between them. Little does he
know that a bit of
danger is exactly what Caro is looking for . . .
“One would almost think you were going out of your way to avoid
speaking to me.”
“We’re speaking now,” he pointed out.
“I would call it verbal sparring.” Caro edged around
impatiently, forcing him to look her in the face. “But now that
I have you alone, I’d rather not keep trading thrusts and
parries. I would rather discuss far more important matters—such
as whether you have learned anything new about the attack on
Pursing his lips, Alec shifted his stance just enough to allow
him to return to his perusal of the lettering on the column.
“Ye gods.” She restrained the urge to take hold of his arm and
give him a hard shake. “What sort of answer is that?”
“The only one I intend to give,” he replied calmly.
“Fine.” Caro watched the breeze ruffle his long hair, causing a
tangle of red-gold strands to curl around his ear and dance
down the freshly shaven line of his jaw. The faint scent of bay
rum tickled at her nostrils.
“Fine,” she repeated, after forcing herself to exhale. “Then
I’ll just have to do a little poking around on my own.”
That got his attention. He looked around abruptly, his gaze
narrowing to a slitted stare. The movement was quick, but not
quick enough to hide the sudden darkening of his eyes.
“That wouldn’t be wise,” he growled. “The only thing I will add
for now is that you should stay well away from Edward Thayer.”
“Because…” He let out an exasperated grunt. “Must you always
plague me with questions?”
“I wouldn’t have to if you would stop treating me like a
Alec’s scowl became more pronounced.
“Haven’t I proved myself trustworthy and capable?”
A small muscle on his jaw twitched. “I am not at liberty to
give you any more details right now. All I can say is that…” As
he drew in a breath, he seemed to change his mind about what to
say. “Thayer is a charming fellow. No doubt his smooth words
are more to your liking.”
Deciding Alec deserved a bit of teasing, Caro pretended not to
notice the roughness edging his voice. “Yes, he’s exceedingly
If his storm-blue stare squeezed any tighter, it would be
sharper than a razor’s edge.
“And scrupulously polite,” she added.
Alec was becoming more flustered. Small sounds were beginning
to rumble in his throat, like the growling of a bear. “I do not
have Thayer’s gift of making myself agreeable. He has a honeyed
tongue, which seems to appeal to all the ladies.”
“Honey is, after all, a great deal more palatable than
vinegar,” Caro pointed out.
He now looked utterly nonplussed.
Caro let him stew for a moment longer before huffing an
exasperated sigh. “Oh, for heaven’s sake, give me some credit
for having a brain, Lord Strathcona! Of course I don’t find
Thayer appealing. When honey drips that freely, it ought to
catch naught but flies.”
The growls ceased.
Caro waited for him to speak.
Ever so slowly, Alec shifted his feet, stirring tiny puffs of
pale dust beneath his boots.
The flicker of dark leather caused a momentary spasm of doubt
as she recalled her chilling encounter in the churchyard.
Alec as evil? She couldn’t explain how, but she knew with a
certainty that resonated right down to her very heartbeat that
it couldn’t be true.
“Are you saying you would trust my word over his?”
“Yes, you big lummox! I don’t know why I should, but I prefer
your snaps and growls.”
A dappling of sunlight seemed to catch on the curl of his
lashes, gilding them to a gleaming gold.
“You are forthright, you are honorable in your own maddening
way,” she went on. Oh, no man ought to have such beautiful
She found herself staring, and at that moment, all rational
thought seemed to dance away in the breeze. His face was
utterly intriguing—a mix of chiseled planes and well-defined
features that hinted at hidden secrets.
“And… well, you are quite the most interesting man I have ever
met.” Her legs suddenly seemed a little unsteady, so Caro
reached out and caught hold of his lapels.
Looking up, she found his mouth was only inches from hers.
“Oh, bosh—I shall probably regret this…” Standing on tiptoes,
Caro kissed him. Not a mere feathering of flesh against flesh,
but a hard, hungry embrace that she let go on for far, far
longer than any proper young lady should dare.
“There, I have no doubt shocked you.”
The tip of his tongue traced along the swell of his lower lip.
“I imagine you think me a wanton hellion, and I suppose I am.
It must be my eccentric upbringing. I don’t care very much for
Caro knew she was babbling but she couldn’t seem to stop. “You
may consign me to the Devil. But at least I shall dance a merry
jig on my way to perdition.”
Was that finally a hint of smile?
She finally dared pause to take a breath. A long, shuddering
breath. Now was the time to flee, before she made an even
bigger fool of herself.
But Alec suddenly shifted again, blocking her way.
“I, too, shall probably regret this,” he said as he slowly
circled his arms around her and pulled her close.
She opened her mouth. To protest?
Before she could make any sense of what she had set in motion,
their lips met again, setting off a fierce jolt of fire.
14 comments posted.
Re: Passionately Yours
Looking forward to reading Caro's story.
(Valerie LaMont 11:06am yesterday)
(Sharon Berger 12:06pm yesterday)
Promises laughter? And fun? And misunderstanding? And suspense? But
all resolved in the end by the two reunited people in love!
(Kantu Malhotra 12:31pm yesterday)
I have not had the pleasure of reading your books yet... making note of this book and series... thanks for sharing!
(Colleen Conklin 1:58pm yesterday)
The books sounds like a good summer read. I haven't had the
pleasure of reading any of your work yet, but I hope to
(Deb Philippon 2:23pm yesterday)
looking forward to reading Passionately yours. looks like a great book.
(Donna Sweatman 4:40pm yesterday)
I haven't had the opportunity of reading your books yet, but do plan on doing so, even if it means checking them out from the library!
This series is right up my alley, as I am a big Regency era fan.
Thanks for the contest!
(Lynn Rettig 4:41pm yesterday)
haven't read any of the Hellion of High street series so I don't have a favorite character yet.
(Angela Parrish 5:18pm yesterday)
I am looking forward to reading Caro's story. She is a heroine after my
(Lettetia Elsasser 5:46pm yesterday)
I am excited to read Caro and Alec's story! I'm sure it is going to be a page
(Sonal Shah 6:00pm yesterday)
It is not easy to pick a favorite. I love all the heros
and hellions. I have not had the pleasure of reading your
books but I will say this: When asked for my fav it will
usually be all of them.LOL!!
(Tina Ullrich 7:24pm yesterday)
I have never read any of your books, I am so sorry but I
hope to be able to read one of your books by winning your
contest! :) GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
(Kelly Baker 9:33pm yesterday)
I think that I will have to read all three of the books in the series.
(Dale Kirk 10:35pm yesterday)
So far I only have Olivia's story, so I have to pick her. ;)
(Marcy Shuler 1:06am today)
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