Lady Theodosia Postlewaite, known as Theo to her family and friends, has always had the worst luck. On the night her betrothal was to be announced, she was unwittingly caught in a compromising situation. With her engagement ended and her reputation in tatters, her incensed father demands she flee the gossip by accompanying her dour, grumpy aunt on a sightseeing trip to Egypt. Theo reluctantly agrees, and she's determined to spend the months abroad proving she possesses the highest moral character. Most especially, she vows to never so much as speak to a handsome man ever again.
Soloman Grey has lived in Egypt for the past decade. His own scandal chased him out of London, and he's built a new life for himself as an adventurer and explorer. Because of the gossip that ruined him, he doesn't trust anyone, and he constantly vows that heâ€™ll never so much as glance at a pretty woman ever again.
But when Soloman meets Theo, he's dragged into her world in a dozen ways he never intended. She's beautiful, funny, and lonely, and he can't resist. Yet, he's the bastard son of an earl, so he could never be worthy of her. When her relatives would do anything to keep them apart, dare he risk all to have her for his very own?
a Rafflecopter giveawayAn excerpt from Chapter 2…“You’re coming in, aren’t you?”“Yes, I suppose I will.”“My Aunt Edna will like to thank you for bringing us home.”He didn’t imagine her aunt would think any such thing. If he was lucky, she wouldn’t recognize his name. Miss Postlewaite hadn’t, but her aunt might.For that very reason, he rarely involved himself with the British tourists who wandered through Cairo, and over the prior decade, he’d met boatloads of them. Their world was a small one, and he could spot a Brit at a hundred paces. But his self-imposed exile suited him, so he couldn’t figure out why he would deliberately put himself in a situation where he would stir new gossip or be insulted to his face.Yet apparently, he wasn’t finished with Miss Postlewaite. From the moment he’d seen Akbar marching off with her, he’d been fascinated. The silly woman was a menace who was in need of constant protecting. No doubt she assumed the event was ended by his kicking Akbar several times, but once he’d had chatted with her aunt, he’d return to the bazaar, would find Akbar and deliver a louder message.More and more often, his temper was spiking, and he couldn’t seem to rein it in. Miss Postlewaite’s appearance in his paltry universe had given him cause to vent a bit of ire at a reprobate who thoroughly deserved it.She asked, “Could you speak to someone in a position of authority about the porters abandoning us at the bazaar? I’m not sure who to tell or how to say it.”“Don’t worry, I’ll definitely tell someone for you.”“Was it common for them to do that? We’ve only just arrived, so I’m not certain what’s customary and what’s not.”“Yes, it’s common. Typically, women are too sheltered. They don’t have the experience or sense to avoid hazardous circumstances, so in a place like this, it’s easy for a criminal to take advantage.”“What a charming compliment,” she sarcastically replied. “I love being told I have no sense.”“While you’re here, you have to be more cautious.”“I plan to be.”She flashed a smile that he felt clear down to the tips of his toes.
CHERYL HOLT is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon "Top 100" bestselling author who has published over forty novels.
She's also a lawyer and mom, and at age forty, with two babies at home, she started a new career as a commercial fiction writer. She'd hoped to be a suspense novelist, but couldn't sell any of her manuscripts, so she ended up taking a detour into romance where she was stunned to discover that she has a knack for writing some of the world's greatest love stories.
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