I’d like to tell you a bit about Book 3 in my Daughters of Sin series which follows the intertwined lives of Viscount Partington’s legitimate and illegitimate daughters.
In Book One the lives of the family are thrown into chaos when Lord Partington’s handsome, newly declared heir, Stephen Cranbourne, arrives at the estate to learn the ropes. Stephen is expected to make an offer for Lord Partington’s proud, vain daughter, Araminta, but instead falls madly in love with lonely and neglected Lady Partington, his lordship’s wife.
Their scandalous affair creates havoc within the family. How is a Happy Ever After possible? To find out and win the book, you’re welcome to leave a comment to be in the draw to win an e-copy in your preferred file format.
Below is an excerpt.
Sybil realises that in order to preserve the happiness of her younger, plainer daughter, Hetty, she must provide an heir to the estate – whatever the cost to herself. It is then she propositions the newly ousted heir, Stephen, to help her.
He showed no trace of embarrassment and seemed only to want to clarify the matter. “So if your hopes for entering into this unusual coupling are realized, have you thought how you might
explain an apparently immaculate conception to your husband?” He seemed amused as well as concerned.
Sybil shook her head and avoided his eye, suddenly wishing she could turn the clock back. How could she have been so bold? Nevertheless, she said truthfully, “I believe Humphry would prefer anything rather than hand the reins to Edgar.” She smiled grimly. “Anything, that is, except do his duty with me.” She’d barely finished before Stephen had both her hands in one of his large ones and the other clasped round her waist. Highly irregular yet the most exciting compromising situation
she’d ever been in.
“I can see you wavering, Lady Partington, so am spurred on to encourage you not to lose heart. I believe it is an excellent idea, and I accept with the greatest delight—on one condition.” He
was smiling and she saw the excited anticipation swirling in the depths of his warm gray eyes.
Her heart thumped even harder as she wondered why she didn’t cast everything to the wind and simply take to her heels like a coward. Instead she whispered, “What is your condition?” as his face filled her vision and she was conscious of his gently curved lips drawing nearer.
“That you regard this…solution…as more than just a conscious act of duty.”
A tremor ran through her as she closed her eyes, relishing the light caress of his hand over her hair. Her body tingled with expectation…so that she could fully pledge her commitment when he added, brushing her lips with his fingertips, “And that you respond to me accordingly.”
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