Do I write romantic suspense or am I here under false pretenses? Probably the latter but I never could resist a good party. It’s difficult to put a label on the sorts of books I write - well, that's my excuse. A Scandalous Proposition, released on Monday by Carina Press, is a regency romance; that much isn’t in question. But it’s so much more than that. There’s murder, deceit, blackmail, broken promises, traitors - and we've not even touched on the romance yet. So what does that make it? Take a peek at this excerpt and you'll see what I mean.
Florentina has gone to a masquerade hosted by a known cad in order to try and extract information from him but gets a lot more than she bargained for.
Lord King crushed her mouth harshly beneath his own. Florentina bit his lip and kicked wildly at his shin. He cursed and slapped her face, grinning as he did so.
“Ah, so you enjoy playing games. Well, my dear, you’ve chosen the right partner if it’s a fight you’re spoiling for.”
His arms were holding her so tightly that any effort she made to escape only crushed her body closer to his. One hand drifted toward her bottom but he was still easily able to pin her against him with just one arm. But she now had enough room to be able to move her right arm, inching it toward the hat pin she’d hidden inside the lining of her domino. Quite without warning he ripped the bodice of her gown. She screamed, curled her fingers ’round the pin and sank it into his thigh. He grunted, more in surprise than pain, and fell to one knee.
With nowhere to run except toward the bed, and no one to hear her screams, it quickly became apparent that he would soon recover and overpower her. But she wouldn’t go down without a fight and reached for the champagne bottle, ready to use it as a weapon.
But at that moment the door flew open and a dominoed man stood in the aperture, filling the space with the width of his shoulders, scowling directly at her.
Enjoy the remaining bit of Romance Suspense week everyone and thanks for stopping by.