Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.
When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.
Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn’t have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time.
Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she’s known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien’s arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien’s charms when love is at stake?
“You see! That’s exactly what I mean!” Lucien stared at her blankly. Clearly he didn’t understand her frustration.
“You return unexpectedly, dance with me unexpectedly, kiss me unexpectedly and then promise to do so again, all in the space of four days. The relationship we’ve had with each other for the past twenty three years has been turned completely on its head. I don’t know where I stand with you any more or what I am to think. It’s very distressing.” The waitress returned and placed a plate before each of them.
“Would ye care for anything else, my lord? My lady?” “Not right now,” Lucien said, waving her off. “Thank you.”
Stabbing her chicken, Katherine began cutting it into tiny pieces, conscious that Lucien was watching her with raised eyebrows. “You just don’t want to consider that you actually like me…in that way,” he said as he sliced a piece of his own chicken and stuck it in his mouth.
“The sooner you accept that you do, the easier this will be for you.” Katherine glared at him. He was the very personification of male arrogance at the moment.
“I ought to call the waitress back,” she muttered. “I forgot to order that onion.” Lucien watched her quietly while she ate. “You respond to me, Kate,” he finally murmured. “You cannot deny it.”
Her heart was pounding furiously in her chest. They were in public for heaven’s sake. Their subject of conversation was outrageously inappropriate, yet it was one of the things she’d always valued about their friendship – their mutual openness with each other.
She shook her head, too embarrassed to meet his eyes but determined to be honest. “No, I cannot.” He didn’t say anything further, but he did make a sound that sounded more like a deep growl than anything else. Katherine swallowed and focused on her food. She’d confessed the effect he had on her, and she knew that there would be no stopping him now. He would kiss her again soon and as she hastily finished her meal, she couldn’t help but look forward to it with great anticipation, in spite of her fears. The only thing she had to do now was prevent them both from getting carried away.
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