Tessa Dare a part-time librarian, full-time mommy, and swing-shift writer. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a dog.
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Her eyes fluttered open. “Didn’t...didn’t you want to kiss me, too?”
“Then why don’t you? We’re alone. No one ever has to know.”
He snorted at that last. “It’s impossible to keep a secret in this village.”
“No, it’s not. I’ve been keeping all sorts of secrets for years. For example, sometime I think, very hard, about how you’d look without your shirt. You never would have guessed that, would you? No one would.”
He couldn’t help his startled laugh.
“And I gaze at your hair.” She lifted a hand, and her ungloved finger caught a lock of his hair. “It gets long sometimes, all the way to your collar. And then one day, it will be short again. I always wonder who you’ve been to see.”
She was half drunk, more than a little overwrought...but her words tapped a deep well of curiosity. He’d always known there was more to her than the pretty face everyone admired. He’d known her to possess courage and a good heart. But now, he caught glimmers of other qualities. Sensuality. Jealousy. A sly sense of humor.
This was an entirely new Diana Highwood. A real one. And she was with him, right now, in the rain and dark.
“Won’t you kiss me?” she whispered, sidling close. “Just the once?”
“The thing is, Miss Highwood, I’m not interested in kissing you just the once.”
“Oh.” Her face fell.
He propped one finger under her chin, tilting her face back up. “If I were to kiss you, once wouldn’t be enough. I’d want to kiss you many times. In lots of places.”
Excerpt from Beauty and the Blacksmith ©2013 by Tessa Dare. All rights reserved.
Take a trip to Spindle Cove in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare’s gorgeous and sexy Regency romance.Get Your Own Copy: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo
Beautiful and elegant, Miss Diana Highwood is destined to marry a wealthy, well-placed nobleman. At least that’s what her mother has loudly declared to everyone in Spindle Cove.
But Diana’s not excited by dukes and lords. The only man who makes her heart pound is the village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. By birth and fortune, they couldn’t be more wrong for each other ... but during stolen, steamy moments in the smithy, his strong hands feel so right.
Is their love forged strong enough to last, or are they just playing with fire?
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