Daring Miss Danvers & Winning Miss Wakefield
Wallflower Weddings Books One and Two
By: Vivienne Lorret
Daring Miss Danvers - Releasing May 6th, 2014
It's all fun and games … until someone falls in love.
Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he's properly wed, Rathburn's slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend's wallflower sister. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem … He can't help falling in love with her.
Poised, polished Emma Danvers knows nothing good can come of Rathburn's scheme. Spending the next two months engaged in a mock courtship is not what she'd imagined for her final season. Yet, charmed by his roguish ways and the inexplicable hammering he causes in her heart, she accepts his challenge.
For Emma, keeping the secret seemed easy when it was just a game … But as Rathburn begins to see past her reserved exterior to the passionate woman within, the risk of losing her heart becomes all too real.
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Concerned, Rathburn searched Emma’s face. In her expression, he made no notice of exhaustion. Her chocolate eyes were bright as ever with no marring red lines. Her cheeks bloomed with a healthy glow. And yet, there was something guarded in the way she didn’t hold his gaze and worried the corner of her mouth. “Of course. They have benches on the patio, would you care for a breath of night air?” Apparently believing he didn’t plan to ask her about whatever she was hiding, she breathed a sigh of relief. “That sounds lovely.” They made their way past three other couples who shared the same idea of enjoying the cool midnight air. The sweet scent of evening dew drifted on the breeze. On the large stone patio, fragrant juniper topiary trees in large clay pots stood beside curved benches to allow for privacy without impropriety. Yet, even then, he couldn’t stop himself from choosing the bench farthest from the door, farthest from the reach of moonlight reflecting off the fountain pond. Emma had never been guarded with him before. Or at least, when she’d tried, he’d been able to see through it. Not knowing why she was now, bothered him more than he wanted to let on. Then in an instant, epiphany dawned. Most likely, she was cross with him over the partners he’d chosen for her. “Did you enjoy dancing this evening?” “Not until the last, but I think you know that,” she said with a castigating look as she settled her skirts around her. “After all, you ensured my partners were the dullest in attendance. I imagine, Lord Amberdeen would have been as well if not for his sudden absence.” “Yes,” he growled low in his throat. That had been the plan, until Bane’s unexpected arrival. “Peculiar. Even more so considering Lord Amberdeen is a particular enemy of Lady Sterling’s. It wouldn’t surprise me if she made sure Amberdeen was indisposed simply to allow Bane to sweep in, forcing me to make a spectacle of myself.” And he nearly had, right there in full view of his grandmother. The heated wave of jealously had been unexpected. For an instant, he’d pictured his fist connecting with Bane’s jaw with enough force to knock him to the ground. And then, his imagination had produced him standing over Bane’s prone body and boldly declaring that Emma was his. He’d never had such an urge before. “Lady Eve and Knightswold are two bosom companions, after all,” he murmured absently, but soon felt a fresh wave of jealousy assail him. “Which reminds me,” he said with another growl, “I nearly murdered two men this evening for ogling yours.” She blinked. “My . . . companions?” “If that’s what you call them.” He lowered his gaze, letting it slide over the exposed swells of her flesh in a way to make it very clear to which he was referring. She blushed and opened her mouth to speak—to change the subject, no doubt—but no sound came forth. Which left him with the perfect opportunity to admire her mouth. The memory of their kiss tormented him day and night. Here, on their partially secluded bench, he could easily imagine leaning in a fraction more, feeling her breath against his lips, teasing her flesh apart, tasting the flavor on her tongue—
Emma turned away, her shallow, rapid breaths betraying her thoughts.
Winning Miss Wakefield - Releasing June 10th, 2014
She's got nothing left to lose …
With her fiancé suddenly engaged to another and her reputation in tatters, Merribeth Wakefield needs a bold plan to reclaim her life. She must be brave. Confident. She must … kiss a rake? The suggestion is ludicrous! Yet when Merribeth finds herself alone with the dark and brooding Lord Knightswold, suddenly the plan doesn't seem so farfetched. So she does something she never thought she'd do—she kisses him.
But he has everything to gain …
The Marquess of Knightswold—Bane to most—has no use for the affections of women. Well, none lasting longer than a single night. A plot for revenge weighs heavy on his mind, leaving no room for romance. But then a shy, witty miss borrows a kiss from him in a darkened room, and everything he thought he knew about innocent debutantes vanishes along with her.
When a twist of fate brings Merribeth within Bane's grasp, he'll have to resist her charms—or risk losing everything—for the sake of his heart.
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