Here’s a snippet from my Regency romance, Lady Elinor’s Escape, in the hero’s point of view for this week’s Book Hooks! a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers.
There were too many women in Stephen Chaplin’s life. He had just gotten rid of one, and the last thing he needed was another.
He set his mug of coffee on the breakfast table and closed his eyes. Not again.
Though he tried to ignore the agitated female who had just burst through the doorway to the Horse and Cart Inn as if the hounds of hell were after her, he could not help overhearing her conversation. She was in trouble. He’d wager his last shilling on it.
Lady Elinor Ashworth always longed for adventure, but when she runs away from her abusive aunt, she finds more than she bargained for. Elinor fears her aunt who is irrational and dangerous, threatening Elinor and anyone she associates with. When she encounters an inquisitive gentleman, she accepts his help, but fearing for his safety, hides her identity by pretending to be a seamstress. She resists his every attempt to draw her out, all the while fighting her attraction to him.
There are too many women in barrister Stephen Chaplin’s life, but he has never been able to turn his back on a damsel in distress. The younger son of a baronet is a ‘rescuer’ of troubled females, an unusual vocation fueled guilt over his failure to save the woman he loved from her brutal husband. He cannot help falling in love with his secretive seamstress, but to his dismay, the truth of her background reveals Stephen as the ineligible party.
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