The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes
Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn’t have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time.
Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she’s known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien’s arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien’s charms when love is at stake?
It was not what she had expected him to say and the surprise caught her off guard – so much so that she failed to watch her step, the tip of her slipper catching the hem of her gown and tripping her. For one faltering second, she felt the loss of control as her balance waivered. They were half way up the stairs so a plunge would hardly be painless, but just as she feared she would surely topple backward, a strong arm reached around her waist and held her steady. Katherine’s breath caught with relief as she tilted her head back and looked up at Lucien. “Thank you,” she said. His dark brown eyes stared back at her with an intensity she found most unsettling. It was then that she realized how close he was holding her and how rapid her heart was beating against her chest. She took a breath, aware that she might be responding to him in a most inappropriate way, but then she caught herself and pushed the notion aside. Silly girl. Of course her pulse would be racing after what had just happened. To think that it had anything to do with Lucien would be ridiculous. Clearly Louise had muddled her head with all her talk of Lucien returning with the intention of courting her. And yet, when he distanced himself from her, she felt bereft. It had felt good to be held by someone, no matter how brief it had been. “Let’s get you inside,” he said as they continued up the stairs, their arms linked so he could assist her. “I believe a refreshment will do you good.”
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Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.
When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.
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