by Donna Hatch
Paperback & ebook, 312 pagesAugust 4th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press. Inc.
Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.
Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for the lady.
Though Tristan seems to reform, Leticia doesn’t dare risk heartbreak with a notorious rake. When opposition for the school takes a deadly turn, can Tristan protect her from a madman bent on destroying their dreams and their lives?
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Chapter One, Part Three
He made a tsking sound. “Since when won’t you discuss your thoughts with me?”
Long-suppressed anger roiled up inside her. “Since you ruined a duke’s daughter and forced my intended to wed her to save you from a duel!”
Tristan stared as if she’d slapped him, blinked, then hunched over and rested his elbows on his knees.
She turned away, her anger fading at the obvious sign that she’d hurt him. “Pray, forgive me. I didn’t mean that.”
“Of course you meant it. All of it.” He pushed out a breath. “I’ve known it all along. You’ve barely said a word to me since then. I deserve your hatred.”
“I could never hate you, Tristan.”
“Then you’re kinder than I deserve. I made an enormous mistake on so many levels. I should have dueled her brother and spared all of you the heartache.”
“No!” she almost shouted. Catching herself, she softened her voice. “No, you most certainly should not have dueled. You might have been injured or killed, or done the same to her brother.” She affected a tone her mother would have used. “Perhaps what you ought to be telling yourself is that you should never have lured an innocent out to a secluded garden.”
“How could I have known some of London’s biggest gossips would have a sudden need to go for a walk?” He trailed off. “You’re right. I shouldn’t have been alone with her.”
No, he most certainly should not have coaxed a gently bred lady out for a moonlit kiss. No young lady should be unchaperoned in the company of a known libertine such as Tristan.
She halted that line of thought. No need to agonize over the past. Tristan had the wisdom to learn from his mistakes, she hoped. As her life-long friend slumped, clearly so full of regret, she had to say something. “It all worked out for the best.”
Other Books in the Series
by Donna Hatch
by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 388 pagesOctober 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.
Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?
About the Author
Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.
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