Lord, Winthrop (Winn) Burton will die on his own terms. A family curse says he will die by the time he turns thirty years old. He will not leave a young wife and a child behind like his father did to him.
When childhood friend Miss Zoe Chase returns to stay with his sister and find a husband, Winn’s plans are thrown into chaos. Not only is the once gangly, awkward girl he remembers, is now everything that tempts him, the accidents that once plagued his life are happening to her.
He must keep her safe, but how can he do that when ravaging her is all he can consider? Or perhaps the curse isn’t a curse after all.
Will Winn die, or will he fall?
Targeted Age Group:: 18 and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had a scene pop in my head of a man floating down the road in a home made hot air balloon, and a woman watching him, unable to get out of the way, the man jumps from the balloon and rescues the woman by breaking her fall. From there I had to figure out why he was in the balloon, and what happened to them once they recovered.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My hero Winn is fashioned after the personality of an easy going, devil may care type, who under that persona is responsible and trying to keep those he loves safe from what he thinks is a curse put on the men of his family.
My heroine, Zoe Chase, came into being when I wrote another book Marked for Love about a diplomat's daughter. I wondered how other diplomats would react to what happened to my heroine in that book, and Zoe was born as a young woman sent back to England to find a husband and she must do it before her father arrives from Italy.
So captivated she was, watching it approach that she didn't pay any heed to the carriage driver leading the horses down the road, or the fact that the obvious man was motioning for her to move until it was too late. He would run her over, was her last thought, but at the last moment, the man in question, jumped from the barrel, kicking it as he did so and sending it flying to Zoe's left just missing her. The man was not so lucky. He landed on his feet, but the momentum of his flight propelled him forward. He managed to get an arm around her twisting, so when they hit the ground, he was on the bottom, and she splayed across his body, with only the wind knocked out of her.
His body was hot and dampened with sweat, but it cushioned her like a plush pillow. Lifting her head, she was staring into eyes that used to belong to a much younger boy. Laughing eyes that sparkled when he smiled. Winthrop, the Earl of Burton. Then she realized he was not just smiling, he was laughing. She began to struggle to get out of such an inappropriate position in the middle of the main road. She could hear her aunt fussing and heading her way.
"My Lord, you need to let me up." She demanded when she attempted to move, but he held her fast with his arm. "My Lord, please." She continued.
"You know, I was wondering how hard the landing would be, but I think given the possibilities, this was the best outcome. Don't you agree?" He asked, shaking his head, still smiling from ear to ear.
"I think, Lord Burton, that you will let me go before I box your ears for being so impertinent. If I do not get the chance, my aunt will undoubtedly, make sure she does so." She spat, but he still didn't move. Her manners dictated she remain formal, but she needed to bring him back to the situation. " Unless you will propose marriage here, I suggest you let me up before we have company."
At the realization of the fact he was holding a lady and the fact it was most inappropriate, he cleared his throat. His eyes dulled no longer sparkling. "Of course, how rude of me. I am so sorry, I guess I just let the moment take my senses." He apologized, allowing her to roll off him. Winn bounded up, plucking her from the ground, setting her on her feet as if she weighed no more than a feather. Her face burned as her aunt, the driver, and an unknown gentleman on horseback come to meet them at once.
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