The Vicar's Frozen Heart By Karyn Gerrard
Book #2 The Hornsby Brothers
approx 55,000 words
Heat Level: Sensual
Heat Level: Sensual
Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
Release Date: March 1, 2016
His heart begins to heal…
He gave her shelter from the storm, nursed her back to health, just as any good man might do for a damsel in distress. But Tremain Colson is more than just a small town vicar performing a gallant duty. He’s an ex-soldier whose spirit has been ravaged by war, a nobleman hiding his aristocratic heritage. Yet despite his secrets, he cannot help but feel drawn to the fallen beauty and soon asks her to stay and care for the orphan in his charge…
And hers is lost…
Disgrace sent Eliza Winston out into the world, a governess in ruin. But once she finds herself in Tremain’s home—and in his bed—she realizes her handsome rescuer is the one in need of healing. No sooner does Eliza thaw the vicar’s heart than she realizes her own is in danger. For Tremain is not only the man she dreams of marrying, but a blueblood whose noble birth makes him an impossible match…
EXCERPT: Tremain sat by the bed, holding the icepack to her nose. The noticeable swelling did dissipate somewhat. What should he do next? Remove the wet clothes? For she would catch a chill if he didn’t. A strange mixture of anticipation and dread spread through him. Perhaps he over-thought it. It’s not as if he possessed anything as base as human feelings or desires. He could approach this in a cold and calculated manner as he did everything else in his life.
Her skin was chilled to the touch and despite his best effort to remain detached, his cock responded to the lovely vision before him. He cursed inwardly at his lack of control, decided to ignore his growing erection, and complete the task at hand. With great effort on his part, he stripped her down to her shift and thought he’d better leave it at that.
Once he covered her with two thick woolen blankets, he slumped back into the chair and exhaled. As he surmised, her figure was lush and her curves soft, just the way he liked it. Used to like it. He wondered what in hell he was going to do with her? The storm could continue for another day yet. In fact, in the nearby village of Hawksgreen, one of the local farmers predicted this storm by the direction of his weathervane and his trusty Farmer’s Almanac. Considering the man had not been wrong yet, Tremain stocked up with extra food. Good thing he did since he had an unexpected—and for the most part—unwanted guest.
Tremain frowned. He did not want company. Actually, he looked forward to the solitude for however long the storm would last. To be free from duty and service for forty-eight hours was a pleasant prospect. He slanted his glance at the clock, close to six No more sleep for him as he was wide awake. Reaching for the flask of brandy on the table, he opened it and took a deep drink, letting the comforting, slow burn curl its way down his throat.
And how would he, of all people, explain the presence of a woman in his residence? Especially an auburn-haired lady with a siren’s body and no doubt green-as-grass seductive eyes. The situation should prove to be interesting if nothing else. No two ways about it. When the weather broke, she could not linger regardless of her injuries.
Tremain watched her. And would continue to until she awoke. As soon as the storm dissipated he would see her on her way, and then he could return to his self-imposed, semi-isolated chosen life.
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