Well, that’s not a question you hear a lot, isn’t it?
Whom Shall I Kiss…An Earl, A Marquess, or a Duke? (Tricking the Scoundrels Book 1) By Laura A. Barnes, is a Historical Romance.
What started as a research project soon became a scandal…
She wanted to prove a theory. He wanted to play a game. Can their schemes lead them towards a kiss of love?
Tired of watching her friends become ruined by the scoundrels of the ton, Sidney Hartridge devises an experiment to reveal their antics. Her plan is to lure three gentlemen to kiss her and see how they would protect her honor. When her research leads her into her own inappropriate scandal, her father agrees to a wedding offer from one of her subjects. As her fiancé blackmails her into a marriage she doesn’t desire, her research becomes exposed. Can Sidney avoid her own scandal with the one she most desires to kiss?
Noah Wildeburg started this season as any other by flirting with the sweet new debutantes. When he rescues a lady off the dance floor, he is unprepared for the emotions she stirs in his soul. As he pursues her, he realizes he must compete for her hand. As he charms her with tokens of affections and stolen kisses, he discovers she plays her own game. Will Noah win Sidney’s love or is she just another scandal to add to his list?
Whom Shall I Kiss… An Earl, A Marquess, or A Duke? is the first book in Laura A. Barnes new historical romance series. If you like lighthearted drama filled courtships set in Regency England, then you’ll love this new foray into the ton.
Excerpt – Scene with the Earl
“So, if we cannot discuss Sheffield’s papers, due to my lack of not finding them. Let us discuss the man himself. What is your opinion of Sheffield’s character?” Sidney inquired.
“Well if that is not a loaded question, I don’t know what is,” laughed Rory.
“You wish for me to give my judgment on the very gentleman who courts you.”
“What is wrong with that? I value your opinion and would like to know what you think of him.”
“If you are inquiring if I think he is husband material for you, the answer to that is, no. But then again, I am bias towards you and any competition towards your hand I would state the same.”
“Yes, Sidney, you are being competed against, if by any indication of your mother’s crowded parlor yesterday. I have decided to throw my hat in as well.”
“You wish to court me?” Sidney asked dumfounded.
Rory stood and walked around the desk, tugging Sidney out of her chair and into his arms. While, it felt natural to hold her in his arms, it did not feel complete. It was a new experience for them and would take time. Their bond of friendship now turned into a courtship. An odd experience for them, but one that felt content. He tipped her chin up to meet his eyes. As he stared into them, he noted her confusion, and something else he couldn’t quite figure out. It was if her mind tried to process information and separate them into compartments. This wasn’t how he wanted this scene to play. He needed to shock her to place himself in the forefront of her mind.
What Rory didn’t realize was that was exactly what Sidney did. Her plans to draw the interest of her three chosen gentlemen fell in the palm of her hands today. This latest development with Rory was more than she expected. He shocked her when he pulled her into his arms, but it felt nice and content. What more could a girl ask for? She was unprepared for what he tried next. After he tipped her head, he lowered his head in an attempt to kiss her. She must stop him, this moved way too fast. Luckily, her father’s footsteps as he walked along the hallway and his request of tea and cookies saved her. Rory swiftly drew his arms away from her and moved over to the shelves, pulling out a book. Sidney rested her hand on her cheek against the warm blush covering her face. At the sound of her father’s footsteps approaching the room drew nearer, she moved to open the window. The fresh air perfumed the study and cooled her in one shot.
About the Author
I am the author of The Romancing the Spies Series. When I am not writing, I am spending time with my family. I love reading books on lazy afternoons, and late into the night. Anytime really. Married 28 years to the love of my life and we have three wonderful children and two sweet grandbabies. Besides writing, I have always wanted to travel. In the last few years we have gotten our passport stamped in England, Scotland, and Ireland. We are hoping to add Italy to the list soon. My debut novel is Rescued By the Captain.
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