Blog Blitz for Hot Winter Nights: A Racy Regency Christmas Collection
For 8 days I’m introducing each book in this collection.
Today highlights The Duke and I by Heather Boyd
Review and Excerpt
The Duke and I by Heather Boyd
The Duke of Stapleton abhors Christmas nonsense, but could a kiss exchanged under mistletoe with his daughter’s shy companion alter his opinion of the season?
“That kiss went far beyond flirtatious, Your Grace.”
During a weeklong Christmas party, The Duke is often finding himself avoiding the mistletoe. At this time, he becomes very curious about his daughter’s companion, the devoted Gillian. A planted mistletoe leads to their first kiss. The two widows succumb to the loneliness and lust and they begin a secret affair. It soon turns into passion and love. Well written story that I was intrigue with from page one.
EXCERPT: The Duke and I
Stapleton merely smiled. “And after dinner, what topic was discussed most amongst the ladies?” “The coming season.” She watched his face carefully now. “Gowns, entertainments, dressmakers—bachelors in want of a wife.” As she’d anticipated, the Duke of Stapleton physically withdrew. As much as he might express his enthusiasm over his daughter’s coming out in public, in private with Gillian, she’d noticed he was less than enthusiastic about the idea. Neither father nor daughter seemed ready for the specter of looming separation a marriage would bring. “I suppose Mrs. Warner led that discussion.” “She did, but Mrs. Hawthorne held her ground on the subject of necklines during a first season.” “Necklines?” Gillian waved her hand before her chest. “How much cleavage a young woman should show to avoid appearing fast in her first season.” “Is that the usual sort of conversation you must endure every night?” He winced. “It is times like this I despair of being a man.” “Why is that?” “As a man, I enjoy a lower neckline. But as a father, I feel quite the opposite.” Gillian chuckled. “I am certain most fathers grapple with that dilemma.” “What is your advice, Mrs. Thorpe?” “For necklines? That you leave those decisions to her current dressmaker. The woman has excellent taste.” “No doubt you are right, as you have been in so many things.” His smile returned. “Well, if there is nothing else, I should not keep you.” He stood, and held out his hand to assist her up, something he’d never done before. When Gillian slipped her palm over his, he gripped her hand gently. She could leave, and he would not mind that she’d denied him. Or she could stay and discover if he did everything as well as he kissed. She stood and kept hold of his hand, but her heart thudded loudly in her ears. Nicolas paused, and then dipped his head. Their lips brushed, a fleeting touch, but it was enough to light a fire inside her. Gillian slid her hands up his forearms until he embraced her. “Ah, Gillian,” he whispered between kisses. “You honor me.” Gillian wound her arms about his neck and gave herself up to Nicolas’ passion. His grip was strong around her body, his hands slow in exploring her curves. She could not get close enough, and when his lips left hers, and his breath came hot against her throat, she moaned. “Shh,” he whispered. But his kisses grew bolder, the flick of his tongue teasing into her mouth more insistent, until Gillian could barely hold two thoughts together. His hands cupped her breasts, and she gasped as he removed her shawl. He lowered her into a chair gently and knelt before her on the rug. Then he buried his face between her breasts. “Necklines,” he whispered, then laughed as he grasped her gown at the shoulders and tugged gently to lower hers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Determined to escape the Aussie sun on a scorching camping holiday, Heather picked up a pen and notebook from a corner store and started writing her very first novel—Chills. Eight years later, she is the author of over thirty romances and publisher of several anthologies too. Addicted to all things tech (never again will Heather write a novel longhand) and fascinated by English society of the early 1800’s, Heather spends her days getting her characters in and out of trouble and into bed together (if they make it that far). She lives on the edge of beautiful Lake Macquarie, Australia with her trio of mischievous rogues (husband and two sons) along with one rescued cat whose only interest in her career is that it provides him with food on demand. You can find details of Heather’s work at http://www.heather-boyd.com
Hot Winter Nights – boxset
A Racy Regency Christmas Collection
Brook Ridge Press (October 3, 2017)
This fabulous collection features eight sexy new tales of Regency era Christmastide romance by beloved authors Tammy Andresen, Amy Rose Bennett, Heather Boyd, Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Nina Mason, Christina McKnight, and Lauren Smith. Here’s a list of the never-before-published novellas in HOT WINTER NIGHTS:
Taming a Christmas Wallflower by Tammy Andresen It started as a bet. Will Maddox simply needed to kiss the Duke’s daughter, a bluestocking and a wallflower. But the more time he spends with Lady Amelia Chase, the more he realizes he wants so much more.
An Improper Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett Attempting to mend a broken heart by indulging in an affair with a rakehell would not be the wisest course of action for a young lady of the ton. But when Miss Lily Godwin has a chance encounter with the mischievous Lord Nash at a Yuletide house party, she is sorely tempted to throw all dictates of decorum out the window. After all, it’s Christmas.
The Duke and I by Heather Boyd The Duke of Stapleton abhors Christmas nonsense, but could a kiss exchanged under mistletoe with his daughter’s shy companion alter his opinion of the season?
Secluded with My Hellion by Dawn Brower In the midst of the blizzard, Gavin Barrington, the Earl of Havenwood, and Lady Odessa Lynwood must overcome the earl’s worst fears and figure out if their love can conquer the challenges they must face.
Her Perfect Rogue by Amanda Mariel When Julia Honeyfield is sent away to a brothel, she runs away…only to find herself in the Duke of Selkirk’s arms. Dare she trust him to protect her?
The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Nina Mason Rollo Gillingham has only twelve nights to win back Penelope Pembroke, the woman he left with his promise to return ten years before. Come Christmas Day, which will she choose–the man she loves or the man her parents want her to marry?
Bedded Under a Christmastide Moon by Christina McKnight Brigham Clarke,Viscount Whitmore, has endlessly championed those less fortunate than himself by introducing social reform bills in London…all while his wife, Melloria, remains alone in Hertfordshire. When Brigham arrives for the Christmastide holiday, Melloria has only one thing on her mind–the seduction of her husband!
The Rogue’s Seduction by Lauren Smith London’s favorite lady seeks the help and protection of London’s most wicked devil to escape one marriage, only to fall into another.