This week I’m delving into a manuscript that’s been on my computer for at least five years. I’m dusting it off and getting a partial ready for a contest. The Ruined Lady is an erotic historical, written long before I was published. But it needs work so you’ll have to forgive the boo boos.
The Set Up: Carlisle Roth is a duke’s daughter who was ruined on the eve of Waterloo and has a child out of wedlock. Some years later, through a series of unusual circumstances, she’s reluctantly accepted back into society. Nick Sterling, Duke of Ravencourt, has known and loved Carlisle since they were children. In order for Nick to have her for his own, he and his friends must unravel the mystery of her ravishment and disappearance. However, the secrets they uncover could rend the fabric of his renewed relationship with Carlisle just as easily as they could strengthen it.
Nick felt his blood pound as he looked at her. She was startlingly beautiful in the grey mist, her face alive with happiness. He wondered what she would do if he pulled her off the stallion and kissed her.
Something must have shown on his face because she gave a short laugh and said, “Yes, that would feel good too, but it’s not proper.”
“Since when have you been a proper miss?”
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