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Theresa Romain—SEASON FOR SCANDAL, excerpt 1
“Jane.” His clenched fist relaxed. “I didn’t realize you meant to call today.”
“I didn’t.” Was his heart pounding as quickly as hers? “Today we both find ourselves in an unexpected place.” With a sweep of her arm, she indicated the storage area.
“You didn’t expect to visit?” His other hand released the wadded canvas, letting it fall over the picture that had made him look so wistful.
“I thought I ought to come today.”
“Yes.” He looked down at the painting. “I did, too.”
So focused was he on the painting, she couldn’t bring herself to pepper him with questions. Except for one. “May I see it?”
“It’s hardly worth looking at.” But he pulled at the edge of the canvas drape again, drawing it back from the painted surface. Jane stood at his side.
The portrait was large, more than five feet in height. A family was arrayed in oils amidst a garden cluttered with Roman columns and stonework. The standing figure of a man at the center of the image was almost at her eye level. Though his hair was powdered and pulled back in a queue, his straight nose and brilliant-blue eyes proclaimed his relationship to the man at Jane’s side.
“He has your eyes,” she murmured. “Is this your father?”
“Yes. And my mother and sisters.” Edmund’s voice was clipped.
Jane ventured a glance at him; his jaw was set, lips pulled tight. And when she looked back at the portrait, she saw the essential difference: that mouth, that chin. His father’s was slack, even with the flattering brush of the portraitist to give it strength. The woman’s features held all the decision her husband’s lacked. Her chin was lifted, a firm jaw that added to her austere beauty. Like the man’s, her hair was powdered in the fashion of the previous generation. Her seated figure was swathed in rich reds, with jewels about her wrists, throat, fingers. Perched on one knee, almost painted in as an afterthought, was a very young child with fair hair, wearing the full-cut gown and ringlets of an infant. Two other children were tucked into the edges of the portrait. A girl with fair hair, about five years of age, and a boy on the left. He was only partially shown, his shoulder and one arm out of the picture. His other hand reached up for his father’s shoulder; his face appeared at the level of the weak-chinned man’s upper arm. The boy’s expression was stern, as though he’d been ordered be a little man.
“This was the last portrait done of my family,” Edmund said quietly. “In truth, it was the only one done. My parents realized that they’d never managed to get us painted, so the year before my father’s death, the three of us children were daubed into the wedding portrait of my parents.”
“Why not commission a new one?” Jane wondered. “You look like such handsome children, but there’s hardly room for you in this painting.”
“There was hardly room for us anywhere.”
Season For Scandal
by Theresa Romain
Genre: Historical romance
Heat Level: Sensual: love scenes with euphemisms
Publisher: Kensington Zebra
Publishing Date: October 1, 2013
Series: Holiday Pleasures, book 3
Format: Digital and print (mass market)
Jane Tindall has never had money of her own or exceptional beauty. Her gifts are more subtle: a mind like an abacus, a talent for play-acting—and a daring taste for gambling. But all the daring in the world can’t help with the cards fixed against her. And when Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick, unwittingly spoils her chance to win a fortune, her reputation is ruined too. Or so she thinks, until he suggests a surprising mode of escape: a hasty marriage. To him. On the surface, their wedding would seem to satisfy all the demands of proper society, but as the Yuletide approaches, secrets and scandals turn this proper marriage into a very improper affair.
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Meet Author Theresa Romain:
Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book. This September, she’ll begin a new historical romance trilogy with IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE. In October, her third holiday historical romance—SEASON FOR SCANDAL—will be released.
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