Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Darcy writes hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance.
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His Wicked Heart
Her eyes were full of storms now. “You were angry when I made an assumption about the kind of man you are, so don’t do it to me. You’ve no idea what sort of woman I am.” She gave her arm a shake, and he let her go.
He moved forward, and she pivoted back until she came into contact with the wall between the paintings. “I know you’re an actress,” he said smoothly, “capable of weaving all manner of deception.”
Her lips curved up in a humorless smile. “Misassumption number one. I’m not really an actress. I was only on the stage for a fortnight.”
“And why is it you haven’t shared that with Louisa if you’ve nothing to hide? I grant she’d be disappointed, but mostly because you withheld the truth. You should consider telling her. Like me, Louisa prizes honesty.”
She arched a brow. “Perhaps I will.”
He admired her just then, even if he didn’t believe her. “An excellent notion. I’m sure your reasons for working at the Haymarket are sound. How did that come to pass anyway?”
She stood taller and thrust her chin at him. “I came from Devon several months ago and took a position at the theatre as a seamstress. I only filled in onstage for an actress who left temporarily to care for a sick relative. It was then I had the misfortune of encountering—and being bedeviled—by you.”
Bedeviled? He’d show her bedeviled. He closed the gap between them until they nearly touched. “And when is it exactly that you came from Devon?”
She tipped her head back, but didn’t shrink from him. An auburn curl loosened and grazed her ivory cheek. “March.”
He took in the graceful sweep of her neck, partially covered from his hungry gaze by the starched collar of her shirt beneath the deep sage green of her riding habit. His lust threatened to destroy any semblance of propriety, which, alone as they were in the gallery, was nonexistent. “So you really are from Devon.”
“Yes.” Her voice deepened, stirring his desire further.
Her breathing hitched as his fingers skimmed the outer shell, and he felt a surge of triumph. “A coaching accident.”
“You said you didn’t own any horses.”
The flash of disquiet in her eyes confirmed the lie. She drew back, and his body regretted that his mind had pursued this course instead of kissing her senseless. “They’d borrowed someone else’s carriage.” A plausible excuse, but he still didn’t believe her.
So disappointing—both her dishonesty and his unquenched lust. “Ah, and therein lies the tragedy.”
She turned, quickly, before she showed him any emotion.
Excerpt from HIS WICKED HEART ©2013 by Darcy Burke. All rights reserved.
Series: Secrets and Scandals Volume 1 (Books 1-3)
Length: 849 pages
Publisher: Intrepid Reads (November 23, 2013)
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