He thought for about two seconds, then said, "Make him choose between the competing demands of honor. Choose between his country and his family, between two of his siblings, between loyalty to the family business and loyalty to the community he grew up in... make him choose."
This is a brilliant answer, because it begs the situation where every option laid before a character (hero or heroine) has a downside to start with. Then the romance gets humming, and the costs can increase such that a tiger lurks behind every door... and that tiger can go after the lady before it gobbles up the hero.
Fun times in HEA-ville!
David: Lord of Honor, which released yesterday as the ninth book in my Lonely Lords series, presents the hero with just such an impossible choice. A physician by training, David, Viscount Fairly, has lurked in several books as the secondary character who knows how to get things done. He's a world traveler, a commercial genius, a man who's already outgrown roguish vices when he finds himself inheriting a brothel.
What's a hero to do? If he sells the place, the women employed there will likely not fare as well as they
Along comes Letty Banks, a vicar's daughter who made one bad choice that spiraled into ruin, though she's a perfect candidate to manage David's house of ill repute. She's willing to take the post because it preserves her from having to tolerate the attentions of another protector, but for her too, the entire business is distasteful and wrong.
Neither one of them wants the association they have with each other, and that forms the basis for a reluctant, inconvenient, altogether irresistible attraction. By the end of the book, their love for each other
has restored to each of them both honor and self-respect, earning them one of the most well deserved Happily
Ever Afters I've written.
I hope you enjoy David: Lord of Honor, and that it leaves you looking around for another Grace Burrowes romance, because I also released a novella this week. Jonathan and Amy is my first governess story, but it won't be my last. These characters were instrumental in ensuring Evie and Deene found their happy ending in Lady Eve's Indiscretion, and they've waited patiently for their turn to shine. Jonathan is gruff, shy, and determined to win his lady, while Amy is smitten, tongue-tied and spoken for...Or is she?
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The read an excerpt from Jonathan and Amy, or to order a copy, click here.
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