Title: Less Than a Lady
Author: Eva Devon
Genre: Historical, Historical Romance
Length: 292 pages
Release Date: December 28, 2015
Imprint: Select Historical
To win a lord, you can’t be a lady…
Darcy Blake, Earl of Chase, is a solider, rogue, and a loyal King’s man. Commanded to spy on the luscious actress Amelia Fox, Darcy must pretend to be her student for a court theatrical. He is certain he can school her in the art of seduction while discovering if she is a traitor. But to his shock, he finds Mrs. Fox teaching him an entirely different kind of lesson.
As London’s most popular actress, Amelia is famous at court, and she doesn’t have a husband to tell her what do. Unfortunately, the king has ordered her to train the rakehell, Lord Chase to act for the court. Before long, the Earl is driving her wild with desire and awakening her heart to love. As an actress, society dictates she can never be more than Lord Chase’s mistress, and Amelia has vowed never to be less than a lady.
When Darcy learns the witty actress is indeed linked to a traitor, he’ll have to decide if love or loyalty will rule the day.
She quickly broke their gaze, tucked the necklace into a pocket, then fiddled with the pistol in her other hand. Frowning, she eyed the small barrel. “You know, I don’t believe it’s even primed.”
“Let’s not find out.” Darcy crossed to her quickly and slipped it from her grasp. Their gloved fingers barely caressed, but she tensed at their contact. Well, well, she was as entranced by him as he her.
Tucking the pistol into his breeches, he looked down at her.
Once again she smiled, her eyes crinkling with confusion. “You, sir, are staring.” She lifted her hands and patted her face and hair. “Am I mussed?”
Mussed? Her hair was a bit tousled and her cheeks glowed. “You were not frightened at all?” he asked, surprised by his own curiosity.
She blinked. “I’d have to have been a fool, and I should like to think I am not, to not have felt some alarm.” She shrugged, her breasts pressing tightly together. “But one must expect such things this late in the park.”
“Very brave and practical of you,” he said softly. Darcy was having trouble not letting his eyes wander to her breasts and so he focused on her mouth… Which seemed to be as equally dangerous, because now he was considering how it might feel beneath his.
“Are unharmed and we shall tend to them but first.”
“Do you wish repayment?”
He didn’t reply immediately and the silence between them grew, slowly, crackling with awareness. She looked up at him, her own glance flicking to his lips.
He smiled hungrily at her. “I have an idea. Perhaps a kiss?”
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, Eva Devon, was raised on literary fiction, but quite accidentally and thankfully, she was introduced to romance one Christmas by Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory novella, The Present. A romance addict was born.
She devoured every single Lindsey novel within a few months and moved on to contemporary and paranormal with gusto. Now, she loves to write her own roguish dukes, alpha males and the heroines who tame them. She loves to hear from her readers.