• Black Heart (Curse Workers #3) Winter Born (Dark-Hunter #0)

    What? George cried. You can’t—

    He stood stiffly at the side of the room, wishing that he hadn’t arrived so early. It had seemed a good idea at the time, but now he had no idea what he’d been thinking. Honoria wasn’t anywhere to be found. He should have realized she wouldn’t be; she and her cousins were surely warming up their instruments elsewhere in the house. And the servants were all giving him queer looks, as if to say, What are you doing here?He lifted his chin and regarded the room in much the same way he did at most formal events. He probably looked bored, he certainly looked proud, and neither one was strictly true.

    Cheating at Solitaire (Cheating at Solitaire #1)

    He suspected that none of the other guests were going to arrive for at least thirty minutes, and he was wondering if he might wait in the drawing room, which would surely be empty. That was when he caught a flash of something pink, and he realized it was Lady Winstead, dashing about the room with uncharacteristic frenzy. She spied him, and then rushed over. Oh, thank heavens you’re here, she said.He took in the frantic expression on her face. Is something wrong?Sarah has taken ill.

    The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy #1)

    I’m sorry to hear that, he said politely. Will she be all right?I have no idea, Lady Winstead replied somewhat sharply, considering that she was talking about the health of her niece. I haven’t seen her. All I know is, she’s not here.

    He tried to tamp down the giddy feeling in his chest. Then you’ll have to cancel the musicale?

    Why does everyone keep asking that? Oh, never mind. Of course we cannot cancel. The Pleinsworth governess apparently can play, and she is taking Sarah’s part.Indeed, Lord Ramsgate said, missing the sarcasm entirely. Her father may have been the Duke of Farringdon, but she was one of six daughters, and her dowry was not large.

    Larger than the other duke’s daughter, I assume? Hugh drawled.No. But the Farringdons descend from the Barons de Veuveclos, the first of whom, as you know—

    Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)

    Oh, he knew. Lord, but he knew.—fought alongside William the Conqueror.

    Hugh had been forced to memorize the family trees at the age of six. Luckily, he had a talent for such things. Freddie had not been nearly so lucky. His hands had been swollen for weeks from the caning.The other dukedom, the marquess finished with disdain, was of a relatively new creation.

    Hugh could only shake his head. You really do take snobbism to new levels.His father ignored him. As I was saying, I believe you underestimate yourself. You may be a cripple, but you have your charms.

    Hugh practically choked. My charms?A euphemism for your last name.

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