Blurb:Ambrosia Tisdale is the very picture of propriety and the epitome of what a respectable young lady should be. Haunted by a memory and compelled by her family, she pursues perfection to a fault.
The Earl of Bristol, Duncan Maddox, has returned to London after years of familial imposed exile. As the second son, he has led a life filled with frivolity, leisure, and a healthy dose of debauchery. Now his older brother has died, leaving the family’s flailing legacy in Duncan’s unwilling arms.
At the behest of his uncle, Duncan is advised to do the one thing that could provide instant fortune and respectability – he must marry. But there is only one prospect who meets the unique requirements to solve all the Earl’s problems – the lovely Miss Ambrosia Tisdale. But securing the prudent daughter of a Viscount’s hand proves to be more challenging than this scandal ridden second son of an Earl has bargained for.
With scandal, extortion, treachery, and even love itself threatening to keep him from his goal, will Duncan succeed in compromising Miss Tisdale?
She had stumbled upon the library. A fire in the hearth threw a faint glow over leather lined volumes that filled floor to ceiling book shelves. Lavishly upholstered plush arm chairs sat upon Aubusson rugs scattered throughout the room. A settee was positioned across from a giant stone faced fireplace where a shirtless man sat warming his hands.
Certainly, her eyes were playing tricks on her.
Then the shirtless man turned his head, his eyes meeting hers.
It wasn’t a hallucination-he was real. She hadn’t been expecting to find a partially dressed man, and he obviously wasn’t expecting to be found. It was but a moment before the man’s expression began to soften and a wicked smile slowly crept across his lips.
A smile that stole the breath right from out of her.
Every gently bred fiber in her body screamed to turn around and run straight out the door. Hundreds of years of proper English rearing had produced a base instinct to flee when in the presence of an unknown male (especially one with so little clothing). But then he stood up, cautiously, the way one does as if not to startle a deer. Standing, he was clad in nothing but buckskin breeches, the dim light from the flames playing over the sculpted muscles and sinew of his shoulders and chest.
Breeding be damned, her feet simply refused to budge.
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it – almost Chicago. Jessica originally attended college in hopes of achieving an English degree and writing the next great American novel. Ten years later she was working as a registered nurse and reading historical romance when she decided to give writing another go-round.
Jessica writes likes she speaks, which has a tendency to be fast paced and humorous. Jessica is heavily inspired by sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy to transport the reader into a story they miss long after the last page is read. She invites you to visit her at jessicajefferson.com and read her random romance musings.
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1. What song would you choose for Karaoke?
I choose, every time, “Love Shack”. It’s a crowd pleaser and best done in a duo.
2. Which Star Trek or Star Wars character are you most like?
I wish I could say Jean Luc Picard, but I’m so Captain Kirk it’s not funny.
3. Who would you most like to be stranding on a desert island with? Least? Why?
Most – my husband. He’s an entertaining guy and always has a calm, logical head. Least – my husband. Because after a while, he’s not all that entertaining and after a while his logic gets annoying.
4. First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.
What book hasn’t? I read all the classics since I was an English major, and there were a few that stood out. Bronte, Wharton. But I remember my first “Oh my goodness, I have to read this again!” was Paradise by Judith McNaught. And then there’s anything by Kathleen Woodiwiss. It wasn’t till Joanna Lindsey that I thought, wow – I could do this. I love this, I should do this.
5. If you could only eat one food the rest of your life, what would it be?
Only one? This is embarrassing – but at my work there is a bistro. It’s a hospital, so the food is relatively healthy. But, amongst the healthy, there are these cookies, these unbelievable cookies. I love the white chocolate macadamian nut cookies that are the size of my palm and are to die for. Elkhart General Hospital’s Bistro – unbelievable cookies.
6. If you were a shifter, what animal would you like to be?
My dog. He’s an English bull dog and is fed the finest in gluten free dog food, lays around in an air-conditioned home and rarely has to move. Ahhh, the life.
7. Favorite season? Why?
Fall. I get to wear chunky sweaters and there is no threat of having to squeeze into a bathing suit.
8. Best movie ever made?
Gone with the Wind. I’ve loved it since I was a little kid. But who doesn’t? I actually went to a party with some pharmacist friends of mine and we watched it during a blizzard with a couple bottles of wine. We still quote random statements from the movie.