Excerpt, Promo & Giveaway: Wallflower Weddings Book 1 & 2 by Vivienne Lorret
Daring Miss Danvers & Winning Miss Wakefield
Wallflower Weddings Books One and Two
By: Vivienne Lorret
Daring Miss Danvers- Releasing May 6th, 2014
It's all fun and games … until someone falls in love.
Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he's properly wed, Rathburn's slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend's wallflower sister. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem … He can't help falling in love with her.
Poised, polished Emma Danvers knows nothing good can come of Rathburn's scheme. Spending the next two months engaged in a mock courtship is not what she'd imagined for her final season. Yet, charmed by his roguish ways and the inexplicable hammering he causes in her heart, she accepts his challenge.
For Emma, keeping the secret seemed easy when it was just a game … But as Rathburn begins to see past her reserved exterior to the passionate woman within, the risk of losing her heart becomes all too real.
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Emma Danvers prided herself on her cool head. She frequently held fast to propriety, even when the world around her turned to complete chaos. This time, however, she was being tested to her limits. Opening the parlor doors, she expected, as anyone would, a parlor. Instead, she found a disaster. Paint-speckled tarps lined the floor. The furniture was piled in the corner. A wine table was perched precariously atop a pair of walnut chairs, stacked with backs angled together on the upholstered sofa. The chaise longue stood, upended and resting against the monstrous heap. Then, as if someone had thought the mound untidy, grayish sheets were strewn over the mess. Now, it resembled a granite monolith in the corner of the room. Yet, in the center, the real horror stood. Every beam of sunlight streaming in through the windows centered on the unmolded block of clay sitting atop a fat wooden pedestal. Celestine Danvers, with her untidy calico hair and bright copper eyes, grinned madly at Emma. “What do you think? It’s simply divine! The light is so much better in here, with the bank of windows along the south wall.” Emma responded the only way she could. Her expression, she was sure, spoke the words she wouldn’t dare say aloud for fear of them coming out with far too great a volume. Mother, what have you done to the parlor? However, as usual, she kept her mouth closed. Then, for sanity’s sake, she took a step backward, out of the room, closing the door as if it had never been opened in the first place. If only. “Oh, Emma,” her mother said on a sigh from the other side. Doubtless, her birth certificate now read “O. Emma Danvers,” given the frequency of the “Oh, Emma’s” expelled and exhausted throughout the house.
Winning Miss Wakefield- Releasing June 10th, 2014
She's got nothing left to lose …
With her fiancé suddenly engaged to another and her reputation in tatters, Merribeth Wakefield needs a bold plan to reclaim her life. She must be brave. Confident. She must … kiss a rake? The suggestion is ludicrous! Yet when Merribeth finds herself alone with the dark and brooding Lord Knightswold, suddenly the plan doesn't seem so farfetched. So she does something she never thought she'd do—she kisses him.
But he has everything to gain …
The Marquess of Knightswold—Bane to most—has no use for the affections of women. Well, none lasting longer than a single night. A plot for revenge weighs heavy on his mind, leaving no room for romance. But then a shy, witty miss borrows a kiss from him in a darkened room, and everything he thought he knew about innocent debutantes vanishes along with her.
When a twist of fate brings Merribeth within Bane's grasp, he'll have to resist her charms—or risk losing everything—for the sake of his heart.
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