by Heather Hiestand
Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one--let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair--and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job. . .
Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party--but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts--for many holidays to come. . .
"Before I realized it, the unusually strong and well-developed characters of The Kidnapped Bride had sneaked up on me and captured my full attention. This is one of the best shorter books I have ever read." --Delle Jacobs, author of Lady Wicked
"A delightful, sexy glimpse into Victorian life and loving with two wonderfully non-traditional lovers." --Jessa Slade, author of Dark Prince's Desire on His Wicked Smile
His palm touched her and time sped up again. She inhaled sharply, and he saw the smallest hint of a pink tongue dart out to touch her plush bottom lip. Losing all sense of reason, he put one hand on the door, above her head, and tilted his face toward hers, angling for a kiss that would probably ruin what was left of his mind.
Behind him, a door slammed against the wall. “Eh, guv, there’s no chamber pot in my room. Where am I supposed to piss?”
Lewis dropped his hands instantly. “Eddy,” he said in a none-too-steady voice. “Go back to your room.”
“Can’t, mate, ’ave to piss. Why aren’t you asleep already? Is there a pot behind the screen?” The boy stumped forward.
Lady Allen-Hill gasped and pulled her wrapper around her, hiding her laces. Lewis turned protectively, trying to block her from the boy’s view.
For a moment, they all stood in a tableau. Then Lewis remembered the locked door. He reached behind him and turned the key. The lady stepped forward and he opened the door, positioning her into the opening.
“Go,” he said. “It wasn’t meant to be.”
“Can’t he sleep somewhere else?” Her eyes were a little unfocused, as if she couldn’t quite understand what was happening.
Lust had done that to her. She was normally rather sharp. “Go to sleep, Lady Allen-Hill. In your room.”
He shut the door, then sagged against it.
Eddy’s face broke into a wide grin. “I interrupted a tryst. Aren’t you a lucky one.”
Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period, and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.
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