by Donna Hatch
Paperback & ebook, 312 pagesAugust 4th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press. Inc.
Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.
Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for the lady.
Though Tristan seems to reform, Leticia doesn’t dare risk heartbreak with a notorious rake. When opposition for the school takes a deadly turn, can Tristan protect her from a madman bent on destroying their dreams and their lives?
Chapter One, Part One
Leticia Wentworth was twenty times a fool. Richard Barrett never cared for her beyond a childhood friendship, and Leticia had been naive to believe he would love her as she loved him. With savage ferocity, Leticia squelched the cry of pain her heart made every time Richard turned a gaze of adoration upon his wife—the kind of look he never gave Leticia, not even when she’d been certain he’d approach her father to ask for her hand in marriage. She’d pinned all her hopes and dreams of love and family on a man she would never have.
Stupid, stupid girl.
Here she stood, watching Richard kiss his wife’s fingertips—the way she’d always imagined he’d do with hers—at a house party much like the one last year when her future had crumbled to dust.
Of course, Richard had never looked at Leticia the way he looked at his wife. He never loved Leticia—not really. That thought lessened the heartache that he’d been snatched from her.
Or so she told herself as she left the party for the quiet serenity of the garden.
She bolted down the gravel pathway and stopped as she came upon a garden fountain—very much like the place where it all started. And where it all ended.
“Weary of the noise inside?” drawled Tristan’s familiar voice.
Leticia didn’t turn around. Instead she sank onto a nearby stone bench and inhaled the sweet, fresh scent of roses. “I need a moment away from all that.” She made a loose wave toward the house.
Tristan’s clothing rustled as he sat with her. “Makes you want to move to the continent, doesn’t it?”
“What does—the house party?” She looked up at Tristan Barrett, his handsome face and midnight hair so like his brother Richard’s. Tristan’s presence filled her with the warmth of childhood friendship.
His grin turned sardonic as his coal-black gaze slid her way. “The lovebirds inside.”
“It’s lovely.” Did her voice sound as devoid of sincerity as she felt?
Tristan let out his breath in a huff of amusement. “Admit it; it’s nauseating.”
Other Books in the Series
by Donna Hatch
by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 388 pagesOctober 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.
Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?
About the Author
Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.
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