A long silence preceded Alexandra's response. She ceased to draw and dropped her eyes, as if trying to formulate an answer. Slowly, she raised her intense gaze to his expectant one. “I am not given to superficial prattle, Captain, therefore I will be honest with you. While you and I are not inclined to divulge to one another the lives we left behind, you cannot make me believe that you were other than a heartless rake who preyed without conscience upon unsuspecting young women. You are too handsome by half and your easy compliments tell me that you are used to having your way with the gullible of my fair sex. You shall not find this with me. I welcome your friendship, but I will not be pandered to like some prize to be maneuvered and exploited. If you will be my friend, please speak to me as such without regard for my gender.”
My second Regency is mainly in the hero’s point-of-view. Lord Rupert is the rakish son of the Marquess of Lansdowne. His covert escapades to ferret out a ring of aristocratic criminals requires that he disappear into the British countryside for a short time under a false identity. Here he meets Alexandra Dancy, a country miss whose family hides its aristocratic origins because they must guard a dark secret. How can the two overcome the prejudices and hidden identities that divide them? Sorry, you will just have to wait and read it to learn the answer.