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Monday, March 16, 2015

Excerpt: The Elusive Lord Everhart by Vivienne Lorret / @TastyBookTours @VivLorret


Title: The Rakes of Fallow Hall, Book 1: The Elusive Lord Everhart
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Genre: Historical, Romance

Gabriel Ludlow, Viscount Everhart will never marry, and thus is sure to win the bachelor’s wager against his friends. Assuming, of course, that his deepest secret—a certain letter containing a marriage proposal made in a moment of passion—doesn’t surface. After all, without Calliope Croft to tempt him, there’s no danger in losing. Or in falling in love.

Calliope wants revenge. Five years ago, an anonymous love letter stole her heart and ultimately broke it. Now, Casanova has struck again, and Calliope vows to unmask the scoundrel, stopping him from breaking any more hearts. Yet, time and again, Gabriel distracts her from her task, until she can no longer deny that something about him calls to her...

Gabriel was a fool to deny the depth of his feelings for Calliope, but the threat that kept him from her five years ago remains. Now, he must choose between two paths: break her heart all over again or finally succumb to loving her...at the risk of losing everything.

“A bite of bread, please, cousin,” Pamela said, her voice weak and frail. “I prefer it without the crust. Just a small piece, barely large enough to fit on my tongue. And if you could butter both sides, I’m certain I would be content.”

Calliope reminded herself that she’d volunteered to keep her cousin company while the others were dining. She’d had no desire to sit across from Brightwell. 

So far, all she’d managed to accomplish in the past hour was to serve broth that was “a trifle too hot” at first, and when she blew on it, became “a trifle too cold.” The bread pieces near the center of the loaf were too moist and the outer part too dry. The wine was too sweet. The cheese too salty. The tart too crumbly.

“Of course.” Calliope clenched her teeth in a smile. “For what is bread without butter?” 

Queen Pamela sat propped up against a mound of pillows draped in rose silk, the same color of ribbon woven through her pale tresses. All around her was designed for her comfort—a wine-colored velvet coverlet, matching brocade bed curtains tied to each corner post, sumptuous furs draped over her feet, mulled wine in a pewter goblet on a Pembroke table, a softly crackling fire in the hearth, and a portrait of fluffy white lambs frolicking on a hillside above the mantel. 
Avon Impulse © 2015 Vivienne Lorret

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USA Today bestselling author VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order ... but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is proud to be an Avon Impulse author of works including: “Tempting Mr. Weatherstone”, The Wallflower Wedding Series, and the Rakes of Fallow Hall series.

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