GENRE: Historical Romance
About the Book
When an earl who’s given up on love and has settled on an engagement to a darling of society falls for a Crimean War nurse, he must either forsake his love or embroil them all in scandal.
Read an Excerpt
For a moment, she froze in the doorway. The earl stood at the sideboard dishing up his breakfast. He couldn’t have had any more than a few hours sleep, but he looked as though he felt much more rested than she did.
The country gentleman’s garb he wore this morning suited him. With his mahogany hair combed and his jaw clean-shaven, he seemed younger. Was it possible his posture grew even straighter when she entered?
He greeted her and offered a plate. “You’ve plenty of time before you’ll need to leave for the train. I believe your trunk is being packed now?”
The way he spoke, he might have been assuring a guest he regarded fondly. She almost gave a rueful laugh, but accepted the china and turned to the sideboard, very aware of his tall frame beside her.
She forced her attention to the perfectly prepared selections of food. She wasn’t particularly hungry and took a small portion of egg. After adding a slice of fried bread and asking the footman for coffee, she settled at the table. “I saw Captain Merrick before coming down. There was no one packing when I left my room.”
His plate loaded with what appeared to be a bit of everything, Cheriton sat at the end of the table, in juxtaposition to her. He frowned. “You’ve seen Jamie this morning?”
“Yes, I have.” In unison they picked up their coffee and took long sips. Victoria held the warm bowl of the cup with her fingertips, enjoying the spreading warmth.
She’d probably never see Cheriton again, and she preferred to think of him as a devoted, if injudicious, brother. Failing that, remembering him as an attractive aristocrat would be acceptable. Unfortunately, his ardent defense of his brother had caused her to regard him as a man of determination and steadfastness.
She’d acceded to his demand that she leave, digested her outrage and sorrow, and then been left with an estimation of him that she didn’t understand or want. For some unexplained reason, and despite their discord yesterday, he affected her in ways other men did not.
He made all her senses heighten. Her heart and lungs worked harder, her skin heated, and her body yearned to draw close. He radiated confidence and strength and something intangible that unsettled her and made her aware of his masculine and her feminine differences. His face might be too intense for some, but she found it compelling.
About the Author
Sheri Humphreys used to be an Emergency Room nurse, but today applies bandages, splints, and slings to the characters of her Victorian romance novels. She loves to ignore yard work and housework and read—usually a book every one to three days. Having conjured stories in her mind her entire life, she wondered if she were normal. Then she began putting stories to paper and became a two-time Golden Heart® finalist. She lives with a Jack Russell mix rescue, Lucy, in a small town on the central California coast.
A Hero to Hold received a prized Kirkus Star and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016.
Sheri will be awarding a copy of A Hero to Hold and $15 in Boroughs Bucks to 2 randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour.
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This is a one-day, multi-stop Book Blast tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the sites as you’d like for even more chances to win.
1: The Avid Reader
2: Aly’s Miscellany
4: charline’s blog and more…
5: Christine Young
6: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
7: Emily Carrington
8: Harlie’s Books
9: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
10: Independent Authors
11: It’s Raining Books
12: Let me Tell You a Story
13: Long and Short Reviews
14: Loving Happily Ever After
15: Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
16: Mythical Books
17: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
18: Queen of All She Reads
21: Romantic Reviews
22: Straight From the Library
23: T’s Stuff
24: Turning The Pages
25: Two Ends of the Pen
26: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
27: Wake Up Your Wild Side
28: Welcome to My World of Dreams
29: Mixed Book Bag
30: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
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It’s been my pleasure hosting Sheri for this stop on her tour. Please come back again on Friday for another author, book, and giveaway.