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gentleman, but his feelings for Constance Bridgewater are anything but
Bridgewater, might be the perfect lady, but her feelings for the Earl of
Chester are anything but ladylike.
was delightful, Constance.”
in her cousin Sarah’s countenance. Her eyes were almost wild.
Sarah persisted. “Do you deny that you enjoyed dancing with them?”
keeping her pique from her own features. “Why ever would I deny that? I enjoyed
myself immensely and fancied each gentleman who took my hand in his. There, are
back. “You’re always satisfied.”
let out a sigh. “I’m not.”
had heard her incorrectly. “What do you mean, Diane?”
settle on a gentleman, I’m afraid. I want to marry and settle down, like our
other friends have.”
so wanted that as well, but it wouldn’t do to appear as desperate as these two.
It wasn’t in keeping with her image of the cool and perfect young society miss.
This morning she was immensely chafed by that mantel.
have been snatched from the marriage market.” Sarah sighed, then suddenly
brightened. “There are still several left for the taking, Diane. Don’t give up
my cap,” Diane said. “I have a few men in mind, but I just can’t decide.”
truly didn’t. Burning interest in the social swirl of the season was expected,
considering?” she asked Diane.
said, her eyes bright as she warmed to her topic. “Take Lord Kanewood’s
particular group of gentlemen to demonstrate my sad state.”
despite herself. “Why those particular men?”
are such diverse gentlemen, in looks and temperament.”
Sarah. And quite happily.”
Go on, Diane.”
and very handsome. Yet he was caught.”
dreamy now. “Dark and brooding and so . . .” She sighed.
gentleman happily married.”
now. “He’s still available. And so charming and attentive toward me.”
pouted. “A girl can’t count on his charm to land on her alone.”
eyes in my dreams,” Diane said.
there wasn’t a more charming man of their acquaintance than Lord Roberts, not
that she’d seen his particular eyes in her dreams. No. It was one particular
pair of warm, brown eyes that made her body ache, in and out of her dreams. Not
to mention his thick, blond hair. It looked so soft . . . she shook herself
back to her boring, wakeful existence.
country, Diane,” she said. “And will no doubt remain there for some time.”
taken ill,” Sarah said. “Pity that, though it might lead to an elevation in his
station from viscount to earl.”
you wish such sadness on Lord Roberts?”
said. “I just wish he was in town this season. He’s one of the few unattached
gentlemen who draws my attention.”
handsome face with a title and fortune,” Diane said. “I daresay I would take
Lord Roberts with neither.”
“Be that as it may, he’s well and gone from London and we’ll have to set our
caps for different gentlemen if we have any hope of marrying before this new
which unsettled Constance more than their chatter had. It was inevitable, the
new course their conversation would take. She braced herself for the
realization to strike the two of them.
available and quite attractive,” Diane said.
lap and she fought to keep them still. “Which gentleman?” she asked, as if she
is always Lord Chester.”
very man Constance couldn’t get out of her mind. “L-Lord Chester?”
cried. “He’s quite handsome and most pleasant. Though I can’t quite sketch a
true picture of his character.”
he was always so perfect in every social situation. Saying the right thing,
dressed the right way, acting in the right manner. Aside from those blessed
moments he’d held her in his arms at Leed Manor, that is.
That is certain,” Sarah said. “During that business with the earl’s brother, at
Stealing funds and attempted murder?”
rumored that Lord Chester has worked with the government, but no one can say in
what capacity. He’s well-respected and his opinions count in Parliament. He’s
affable and most pleasant, I’ll allow. Well-connected and wealthy, and welcome
wherever he goes.”
interest sparking in the girl’s mind. She wouldn’t let it smolder into flames
of desire, however. Lord Chester wasn’t for Diane, or even Sarah for that
matter. He was for her.
intent in those deep brown eyes of his as he stole glances at her from across
the ballroom. She alone had encountered the tenseness of his firmly muscled
body as he held her sedately during the dance. She alone had felt the impact of
his intriguing smile, curved with heat instead of politeness as he’d nearly
the Earl of Chester than the well-connected perfect gentleman. Far more.
another lady steal him from her.
DeGioia has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and has
spent years giving voice to the characters in her head. She’s known Mickey
Mouse from the “inside,” has been a copyeditor for her town’s newspaper, and a
bookseller. She writes Historical and Contemporary Romances, along with Young
and New Adult Fantasy stories. She divides her time between Central Florida and
New England. You can contact her at JoMarie@JoMarieDeGioia.com.