Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book. In fall 2013, the next story in her SEASON quartet will be published, as will the first in an all-new trilogy.
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Thanks so much to our lovely hostesses for inviting me to join the Sealed with a Kiss series. And to all of you readers, a very happy Valentine’s Day!
Today I’m sharing letters from Louisa and Alex, the hero and heroine of my fall 2012 release, SEASON FOR SURRENDER. The story is set during a scandalous house party, during which bookish Louisa discovers her adventurous side and roguish Alex learns how to be a better man. Together, they also solve a code and unravel a few family puzzles. And whenever they find themselves alone in the library? Steaminess ahoy.
Valentine’s Day falls shortly after Louisa and Alex’s marriage and about five weeks after the events of SEASON FOR SURRENDER. I hope you enjoy these letters from the newly wed pair.
Letter from Alexander, Lord Xavier, to Louisa, Lady Xavier
Left next to the countess’s pillow in the morning
February 14, 1819
At last, my dear 13 21 6 6 9 14, the calendar gives me an excuse to wax romantic. Ordinarily, of course, I am mindful of reputation and must take care not to appear too besotted with you. I rarely hold your hand for more than three hours at a stretch, and I stand up to kiss you hardly more than once per course at dinner. And when we are in the library together, I am generally able to go at least five minutes without dragging you over to the chaise longue for—what did you call it? Anatomical instruction?
Be that as it may, 13 21 6 6 9 14 (I know you will solve this cipher in an instant), you may expect no such restraint from me today. You shall be kissed as though the whole house was festooned with mistletoe.
Do you remember how I bribed you to attend my house party by offering you a look at the library? Of course you remember; you have an eminently organized mind. How thankful I am that you can be enticed by books.
How thankful I am, my darling wife, for you.
You have undone my world, and together we have refashioned it in a much improved form. From the depths of my heart—which for so long, I never understood—I adore you.
I am reluctant to wake you this morning; you look so beautiful in sleep. But as you are even more beautiful when you are awake, and as I have received a shipment of books from London about which you knew nothing (yes! I believe I’ll at last successfully surprise you!), I await you impatiently in the library.
Yes, I am once again trying to entice you with books. But as an additional enticement, might I mention that I am having a very large fire built up to warm the room? You need not concern yourself with dressing warmly. Or at all, if that is your preference. I shall not protest.
Check out Alexander and Louisa's love story in Season For Surrender
HONOR AMONG ROGUES
Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…
MISCHIEF AMONG MISSES
Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…
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