I think I’ll do two final Sundays of The Ruined Lady before I move on to something else. Next week while I’m wrapping up at RT, I’ll give you a little love between Carlisle and Nick. This week I’ll give you a taste of Anthony and the hero of the third book in the trilogy, a spy with an opium addiction. Valentine is Leonora’s best friend and the man the third duke’s daughter is in love with. Francesca’s problem is that she has a stammer. (Remember, Carlisle isn’t a virgin and Leonora has a limp.) Val doesn’t think he deserves Fran so he jilts her horribly on their wedding day by letting her find him with a whore. Actually, he never touched the whore because he was plagued at the time by a war injury that wouldn’t have let him do anything with her even had he wanted to.
In this scene, Anthony has come to ask Val to infiltrate the Marquess of Whitborough’s estate to get a look at Carlisle’s illegitimate daughter.
“What is it you want me find out?” Val asked. “Or should I guess?” A smug smile was curling his lips.
“Oh, by all means guess,” Anthony chuckled and poured himself another glass of wine.
“You want me to get a look at the child, Emily.”
“Very good,” Anthony said and sipped at his wine. “Infiltrating Whitborough Marsh is a job that is perfect for your talents. I don’t know of anyone else who could do this.”
The hottie is not apropo of anything but his pose reminds me of Valentine’s despair. For more Six Sentence Sunday offerings by awesome authors and writers, click HERE.
I’m off to RT this week so I’ll be posting next week’s SSS from there. Have a good one!