Matching the Marquess
Matching the Marquess
by Darcy Burke
GENRE: Historical Romance (Regency)
Benjamin Nash, Marquess of Creslow, must marry, for he is the last of the family line. Desirous of a business arrangement instead of a love match, he hires a matchmaker, but on the way to the May Day festival where he will meet her, as well as his matches, he encounters an alluring lady who may suit him perfectly...
After her husband's death left her a pauper, Rebecca Sweet relied on family for help and in return guided two of them to successful marriages. Engaged with her first real client, she plans to present him a gaggle of young ladies eager to wed. But when she realizes the marquess is the same dashing gentleman she met on the way to the festival, the task becomes far more complicated. Attraction simmers between them, however Nash wants a loveless marriage and Rebecca would only wed again for love. She must find him a bride before she loses her heart forever.
“How does a flirtation such as this typically culminate? I’m afraid I’ve no experience outside my marriage and that was woefully devoid of any such romance.”
His brow puckered as he leaned even closer. “That is positively criminal. There are many ways this could end, and that is entirely up to you. I would suggest it start with a kiss. If you’re amenable.”
She feared she might expire if he didn’t close the scant distance between them and kiss her. “I think it actually started the moment you touched my hand on the book.”
His brow cocked up, and it seemed to lift the edge of his mouth along with it. “You may be right. I confess, when I saw you standing near the bookcase in your dressing gown, your stunning red curls escaping their plait, I felt immediately drawn to you. That you are as engaging as you are beautiful has made it impossible for me to leave, though I know I should. I am not typically this forward, whatever the gossips may say.”
“I haven’t heard a thing about you.” Nothing beyond him being cousin to her hostess anyway. She licked her lower lip, almost desperate to taste him. She’d never experienced a desire such as this.
His eyes slitted and his nostrils flared. “Now you’ve done it.”
“You’ve shown me your tongue, and now I simply must kiss you. Final chance to tell me to go away.”
That was the last thing she wanted. “Kiss me.”
“A woman who knows what she wants. How utterly captivating.”
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author Darcy Burke loves history, her family, and cats (not in that in that order). She’s published over fifty captivating, compelling historical and contemporary romance novels and novellas. It all started with The Magic Swan when she was 11 years old, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him—with exceedingly poor illustrations. She still has plenty of ideas and writes (it seems) constantly in between hanging with her family, playing games, listening to the Dave Matthews Band, bingeing period TV shows, and chilling with her seven rescue cats. Join her Reader Club at https://www.darcyburke.com/join.
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