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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Feature and Giveaway: Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress by Theresa Romain

One good proposition deserves another…

Heiress Augusta Meredith can’t help herself—she stirs up gossip wherever she goes. A stranger to Bath society, she pretends to be a charming young widow, until sardonic, darkly handsome Joss Everett arrives from London and uncovers her charade.

Augusta persuades Joss to keep her secret in exchange for a secret of his own. Weaving their way through the treacherous pitfalls of a polite world only too eager to expose and condemn them, they begin to see that being true to themselves is not so bad…as long as they’re true to each other…

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She tilted her head, setting the loose curl free again. “Are you doing what you wish?”

Doing what he wished? No, of course he wasn’t.

Right now he wished he could make her smile as she had when giving away her gloves. He wished he could dispense with his conscience and plead for her to take him as a lover. He wished he could pluck the pins from her sunset hair and send it tumbling over her naked skin, wished he could stop kissing her only to make her cry out in pleasure.

But always, in the face of a wish, came prosaic reality. A scarred wooden table, a plate of mutton and potatoes, a wedge of cheese. An adequate fire and a roof over one’s head. Such a reality was perfectly acceptable, even if it didn’t hold the luster of a gemlike fantasy.

“I try to wish,” he said in a calm voice, “for what I know I might attain. For respectable employment for a reasonable wage. For a reasonable employer.”

This brought a faint smile to her features, but the expression fell away in another instant. “That seems a very small dream.”

“What on earth do you mean by that? It’s a very suitable dream.”

“But it’s not really a dream, is it? It’s what you have now, just shuffled about a bit.”

Again, he folded his arms. She lifted her hands, placating. “As you say, it’s perfectly suitable. And if you insist that it’s exactly what you want, then I suppose it is a dream, after all.”

Of course it wasn’t a dream. It was good sense. It was practicality. “I don’t know what else I ought to wish for. This is my life. I am a man of business for a nobleman.” Remembering Chatfield’s words, he added, “I am not in bodily danger, nor in mortal peril. It could be far worse.”

“It could be. But if you want it to be better...”

“Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to buy happiness.”

“No one is fortunate enough for that.” She turned over her fork and scratched the tines into the surface of the table. “That’s not what I meant. I know happiness can’t be bought, or I would have bought it.”

Historical romance author 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.

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  1. moving! sounds crazy but I am so ready for a change!

  2. I'm most looking forward to decorating my new house this year, and taking vacations. Not sure where to though:)

  3. reading more books and any other prospects that might come up.

  4. I have nothing but questions about this book as I read the short blurb and excerpt: Why does Augusta pretend to be a widow? How does she stir up gossip? And what is Joss's secret that he exchanges with Augusta for her secret? I know about "polite society" during the Regency era, but I still can't figure out what the gossip and secrets are about. I guess I'm just gonna have to read the book! :-) Thanks for the post.

    1. And what I'm most looking forward to in this new year is reading this latest story by Theresa!

    2. Yay! Hope you enjoy it, Janice. :)

  5. Thanks for hosting today, Danielle!

  6. I have the same questions as Janice does. I guess I'll have to read it to find out! I look forward to more great reading this year.

    1. Sandra, building a TBR pile is one of my favorite activities. Thanks and hope you get the chance to read Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress!

  7. I'm looking forward to more time spent reading, gardening and (hopefully) house hunting! Thanks as always for the giveaway!

  8. I am looking forward to losing more weight, staying healthy, reading more, and finding new authors.

  9. I'm going on a Disney Cruise with my BFFs in October so I'm definitely looking forward to that! :)

  10. We have a trip planned to visit the Southwest (after I attend my first RT Conference). I enjoy trips with my husband and the area is one we haven't explored completely yet.