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A Secret Affair by Valerie Bowman (Giveaway!)

Valerie Bowman author photo hi resGreetings, duchesses and friends, today I’m at it again as my latest e-novella, A Secret Affair, is now on sale for only $1.99! It’s book 2.5 of my Secret Brides series and it’s pure fun if I do say so myself.

What am I ‘at’ exactly? Well, I j’adore a romp and this story is particularly rompy. It involves a Regency-era bachelor auction and a case of mistaken, ahem, sexual orientation.

Let’s just say that for a time, the heroine, Frances, thinks the hero, Charlie, is a bit…light in the instep. When she finds out the truth (but Charlie still thinks she thinks it) of course she does what any good Regency romance novel heroine would do and has a bit of fun with it.

Keep reading to see what happens (wink).

 

Excerpt from A Secret Affair

Frances and Annie had carefully orchestrated their retirement from the dining room tonight. Claiming exhaustion, both women had gone straight up to bed. Charlie well knew they were leaving for Ashbourne Manor soon. He’d been attempting to get Frances alone all day, and she’d successfully eluded him. She’d been half afraid he’d just out with it in the middle of the drawing room full of mixed company and

ASecretAffaircov_hi resdeclare himself partial to women right then and there. Thankfully she’d managed to avoid him, and now she’d left him little choice but to come up to her room and confront her.

A knock sounded at the door.

Right on time.

“Come in,” she called and the door swung wide.

Charlie stalked toward her, thrilling her a little. Indecent to have this man in her bedchamber? Absolutely.

Welcome? Oh, yes.

“Charlie, I—”

“Wait. You must listen to me.”

The look of determination in his dark eyes made Frances doubt her course for a moment, but she quickly rallied her confidence. “No. You must listen to me first,” she said with as much conviction as she could muster.

Charlie snapped his mouth shut. He was obviously impatient to speak, but she’d insisted, and he was a gentleman.

“First, be a dear and help me with this.” She turned her back to him and presented the buttons of her gown.

“Wait. What?” His voice shook a bit.

“Unbutton me, please?” She was thankful she was turned away from him so he couldn’t see the look of pure glee that was surely pinned to her face, although she was also a bit disappointed that she couldn’t see the shocked expression on his.

“I can’t—”

Frances gave a showy sigh and tapped her foot impatiently. “I won’t argue that it’s not exactly proper for you to be in my bedchamb

er, Charlie, but you’ve come here, and I can’t very well call Mary to help me while you’re here, and my stays are pinching me something awful tonight.”

Charlie’s voice faltered. “But I—”

She still didn’t turn to face him but secretly smiled to herself. “Besides,” she added for good measure, “let’s not pretend. We both know this is hardly tempting to you, is it, Charlie?”

She could nearly hear his brain working. He was thinking, all right. Thinking about his options. He could either tell her immediately what he’d come here to say, in which case undressing her was out of the question, or he could play along with her little game and perhaps get an eyeful. A gentleman would tell the truth immediately. But an aroused, tempted gentleman? What would he do? She smiled to herself. She was about to find out.

Her answer came when Charlie’s warm, deft fingers began unbuttoning the back of her gown.

Buy A Secret Affair! Available now from St. Martin’s Press.

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