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"Perhaps, we should come back during the daylight and that way I can see it properly."

"Come let us look at the rooms upstairs," he said as if she hadn't spoken. Placing his hand on the small of her back, he urged her toward the staircase.

Elizabeth looked up at him, her protest poised on the tip of her tongue when she saw the lust in his eyes. But that wasn't what gave her pause; it was the glimmer of satisfaction in making her wary and nervous.

By God, he knew she wasn't about to just let him have his way with her. Certainly not before they married. So what was his game?

"And is that where you hope to seduce me?" Her parents would be appalled had they heard her. She was astonished anything in that vein was able to pass her lips.

Lord Creswell didn't respond until they reached the first door on the third floor.

 No doubt a bed was on the other side of that door.

He turned to her. "If I may be frank, Miss Smith...Elizabeth." He spoke her name, soft and low, and somehow her name on his lips sounded more intimate than a kiss. "I am a man who likes to leave nothing to chance. If I am to court and marry you in such unfashionable haste, I would like some assurance that you and I suit when it comes to the intimacies of the marriage bed."

At his words, lust in its most pure form accosted her. Parts of her went soft while other parts became rigid, pinpoints of pleasure to come.

No. No. No. There would be no pleasure of any sort. Not for her and definitely none for the viscount.

"So you would like us to have marital relations outside the sanctity of marriage?" she asked in a voice she barely recognized.

 "You've been so skittish of late. If I hadn't already kissed you, I think you didn't like to be touched. When I marry, it'll be for life and I have no desire to saddle myself with a wife who cannot perform satisfactory in that area." Lord Creswell turned, his back to her as he faced the chamber door. But on his face, she glimpsed the barest hint of smile.

So that was how he thought to get around marrying her. He thought she'd cry off, refusing to enter his philistine game of sampling the goods.

For several long seconds, Elizabeth said nothing, allowing him to believe she was grappling in indecision. His hand released its grasp on the handle of the door and he straightened as if ready to claim victory.

"Very well, if that's what it will take to ease your mind--ease both our minds--let us proceed. But I must have your assurance that once we've established that we suit, um, in that way, we will immediately announce our betrothal and set a wedding date."

Elizabeth took great satisfaction in watching Lord Creswell's entire form stiffen and his hand still in mid-air. Slowly, he angled his head over his shoulder to regard her, incredulity flashing briefly in the  blue-green depths of his eyes. "You are in agreement?"

Feigning the stalwartness of that of a virgin about to be sacrificed for the good of God and country, Elizabeth gave a tremulous but firm nod.

"And if we do not suit, what then?"

Did his voice sound a mite strained?

"I have a feeling we shall suit very well." She gave him a slow smile. "Shall we proceed, my lord?"

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Beverley writes sexy and emotional new adult, historical and contemporary romances. She has lived on two continents, in three countries, two provinces, and four states. She stopped her nomadic existence and settled in the southeast. All things artistic feed her creative passion, but none more than writing. Readers can visit her at: beverleykendall.com or TheSeasonForRomance.com

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  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
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  • Publisher: Season Publishing LLC (January 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00586XP5S
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Beverley discovered her love of books while growing up in, the then, small city of Barrie, Ontario Canada. With her love of books and romance, she always wished that everyone would find their happily ever after. She currently writes sexy historical, new adult and contemporary romances.

As the mother of one too bright and mischievous young boy, she pulls full-time duty on all fronts. When she's not writing full-time, running The Season review website or mothering, she's probably reading or sleeping and dreaming of a time when she'll have time for her favorite hobbies: knitting, crocheting and sewing.

Beverley has lived on two continents, in three countries, two provinces, and four states. She stopped her nomadic existence and settled in the southeast. All things artistic feed her creative passion, but none more than writing. Readers can visit her at: beverleykendall.com.

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on September 2, 2011
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Who knew a kiss could cause so much trouble?

I am a fan of Beverley Kendall's Elusive Lords books and have been looking forward to the next one. Until the next full length book comes out, she's given us a novella.

Elizabeth Smith meets Derek Creswell in a rather informal way. Although she knew him six years ago, he has no idea who she is and that there is a tie between their families. Elizabeth keeps that link to herself once she realizes he has no idea who she is. As time goes on, she intends to tell him but can't bring herself to do it. The longer she waits, the more it weighs on her.

When Derek finds out the truth he doesn't tell her that he knows who she is. But he does string her along, trying to see if she'll trip up and reveal her true intentions. It's hard for a Lord to believe so much innocence can be wrapped inside one person. Surely she is trying to trap him. Or so he thinks.

I am such a sucker for this type of story. Unrequited love (Elizabeth) given to the gentleman that suspects every lady is out to get him. She's no gold-digger but he definitely thinks she is. I loved that you get both sides of the perspective in this novella. I don't know whose I enjoyed more; Derek or Elizabeth.

My heart did ache for her and I found myself doing a lot of talking to her. "Oh no, don't hide that secret, it's going to be bad when he finds out." Because they always find out!!

When Derek realizes the connection they had in the past is something that hurt his own family, he sets out to ruin her. He is charming and dashing and she begins to wonder if maybe she can give him her heart. But then after her virginity is taken he accuses her of things that she would never dream of doing to him or anyone else. Of course he doesn't believe her.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on July 12, 2011
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I am a big fan or romantic novels and I have to give a 5 starts to this one because it has all the ingredients for a romantic explosion. The novel is very easy to read, it is a fast novel, and the author do not linger in 4 - 5 pages long explanations/description. It goes right to the point and that is what kept me going and devouring pages. I love angst and even when it has a bit of it I trutly enjoyed. The story has basically 2 characters with a few secondary/support characters and the story grows steady with the plot line well defined. I read it 3 times because I realli really liked it and I hope you will like it too.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kara on January 8, 2014
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Within the first couple of sentences I realized that I didn't care for the author's style of writing. It was because of the consistently over-long & complex sentences. As if going for a prize for most words in a sentence. It was cumbersome reading. But since the endorsements were from three authors I enjoy reading (Sophie Jordan, Cathy Maxwell and Sarah MacLean), I figured there was something I wasn't seeing yet. So I kept reading. It didn't get better. (Pet peeve - use of the term a'tall. It made me cringe.)

The characters don't make sense. Both leads are not likeable. Derek is attracted to Elizabeth. But he doesn't approach her because of her family. Then within a couple of minutes he does go to her outside the ball and seduces her into a kiss. It's her first kiss, but she knows to lick at the seam of his lips. Really? And how did she come by this knowledge? I seriously doubt that this is something that debutantes know.

They are overheard and in order to protect her reputation Derek is coerced into a betrothal. He accuses her of trapping him (as her older sister tried with his younger brother). But they proceed to a courtship while he has his solicitor work on a way out of having to marry her. But their outings don't ring true for Regency society. (I haven't done independent research into society and culture of the period, but having read some 75% of my 1000 historical romances, I believe I have a sound grasp of it.) Their first drive is in a closed barouche with no chaperone. Then the third is two couples with no chaperones except each other. The other couple has to leave, but Derek and Elizabeth continue on at the museum in full view of society seeing them scandalously on their own.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B Reader on January 9, 2012
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thoroughly enjoyed this book. but read the preview of Heir of Deception in the back - got totally hooked!! Now come to find out it is nowhere to be had..!!? Ms. Kendall pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease publish it. thanks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Barefoot on January 29, 2014
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I love reading historical romances that have drawn out tension and obstacles to overcome, this novella did none of those things. It might have had a better chance of being more interesting if it had been written out as a full-length book instead. The heroine was silly and just walks into seduction with open eyes, even thoug she is supposedly proper. The hero acts like a jerk for most of the story. Their obstacle is barely an obstacle at all. Her sister tried to ruin his brother years ago. Now, clearly she must be just like her sister. She must be trying to trap him into marriage. That obviously makes no sense though because she knew that it didn't work out for her sister, so why would the same plan work for her? I read this book because some of the reviews made it seem like it had potential, but I am sorry that I even bothered. The plot is slim, the characters are vapid, and I was generally bored for the whole book.
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