Title: A Bride for the Season by Jennifer Delamere
Love’s Grace Series Book Three
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length: 416 pages
A Hidden Beauty
Lucinda Cardington doesn’t care that she is close to being “on the shelf.” She has more serious pursuits in mind and is perfectly content to leave dreams of romance to silly young ladies like her sister. Yet when her sister places herself in a compromising situation with London’s most scandalous bachelor, the entire family’s reputation comes perilously close to ruin. Suddenly Lucinda is in the limelight . . . and in need of a husband.
James Simpson’s rakish ways have finally caught up with him. Snared in a scandal that for once is not his doing, he is forced to do the honorable thing and offer marriage to the lady. But her father won’t agree to a dowry unless James can also find a suitable husband for the lady’s elder sister-quiet, reserved Lucinda Cardington. As James gets to know the vibrant, charming, and passionate woman behind Lucinda’s shy exterior, he comes to the distressing realization that he doesn’t want her in anyone’s arms but his own . . .
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“You can do this, Lucinda. You have nothing to fear from a man on the dance floor. The vast majority of us don’t even bite.”
“You are trying to joke your way out of this. Although I heartily approve of the tactic, I shall not allow you to do it.”
He launched into his favorite waltz. After a brief hesitation, Lucinda joined in.
“Enjoy the music, Lucinda. Feel it, in your bones.” He reached again for her hand, feeling a burst of pleasure as it slipped easily into his.
They were moving now, tracing a small circle in the center of the room. She kept her eyes fixed on his. Her lips parted slightly, her front teeth briefly tugging at her bottom lip in an artless gesture that was undeniably appealing.
Lucinda appeared completely transported by the dance. Her mouth opened to a smile and a small sigh escaped her. And that’s when a thought crossed his mind that was more dangerous than any yet: Lucinda is beautiful. Not just pleasant, or passingly pretty. From her soul to her soft brown hair, inside and out, she was the most beautiful woman he had ever known . . .
The youngest child of a Navy pilot and a journalist, Jennifer acquired a love of adventure and an excitement for learning that continues to this day. She’s lived in three countries and traveled throughout theU.S. An avid reader of classics and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books. She resides with her husband in North Carolina–where, when not writing or dreaming up romantic adventures for her characters, she can be found fantasizing about her next ski trip or European vacation.
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