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He shoved the door open and found that the mysterious player of the music was none other than Rosalinde. And now she sat, head hung over the keys, her shoulders shaking. She obviously had not noticed his entry, his intrusion on her private heartbreak.
He had two options on how to proceed. He could quietly shut the door and never tell her that he’d seen her in such a state—or he could go inside and comfort her.
He was already moving into the room. It was too late to do anything else but whisper, “Rosalinde?”
She jumped at the sound of his voice and staggered to her feet to face him. She swiped at the tears which clung to her cheeks, and refused to meet his eyes.
“G-Gray,” she stammered, her voice thick with tears. “I didn’t hear you there.”
He reached into his pocket and withdrew a handkerchief. He held it out wordlessly. She hesitated, but then took it, her fingers brushing over the monogram his sister had stitched on the cloth some Christmas years ago.
“Thank you,” Rosalinde whispered before she turned away to gather her composure and blow her nose. “I’ll have it washed and return it,” she said as she tucked the handkerchief into her pocket.
“Come for a walk with me,” Gray said, uncertain why those words had burst from his lips. “In the garden.”
Rosalinde wrinkled her brow in confusion. “At dusk, in the cold?”
He nodded. “The night air will do us both some good. As long as you won’t be bothered by the scenery.”
She let out a laugh that was pained. “The garden is brown and dead now. That rather fits my soul at present.”
He moved on her, unable to stop himself. “You are the most alive thing I’ve ever known, Rosalinde.”
She blinked at this compliment and he could see her hesitation. He supposed he’d earned that. After all, he hadn’t been trustworthy, at least not in her eyes. She had to doubt his motives now. Motives he could hardly define they were so twisted in his own mind.
“Please,” he said.
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Page Count: 215 pages
Publisher: The Passionate Pen
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Widow Rosalinde Wilde is on her way to her beloved sister’s wedding when an unexpected storm waylays her at an overcrowded inn. There she meets a tempting stranger who sweeps her into a night of unforgettable passion.
Grayson Danford never expected a night with the irresistible Mrs. Wilde, but she was a welcome distraction from the unpleasant duty of breaking up his brother’s impending nuptials. He’s shocked when he discovers his passionate lover is none other than the sister of his brother’s intended.
Now Rosalinde and Gray will butt heads, even as their simmering desire for each other threatens to boil over. Who will win? And who might lose it all?
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