At the Spy’s Pleasure
In the Crown’s Secret Service # 2
By: Tina Gabrielle
Releasing May 26th, 2015
Every gentleman has his secrets…
After years of marriage to a selfish man who preferred gambling to his young bride, Jane, the widowed countess of Stanwell, now seeks what she was long denied-a satisfying lover. Naturally, a lady needs a list of eligible candidates, which doesn’t include the dangerously handsome (if far too arrogant) Gareth Ramsey…until he steals a sinful kiss from Jane’s all-too-willing lips.
Reputed as an arrogant barrister, Gareth’s real occupation is as a spy in the service of His Majesty, and his suspect is on Jane’s list of possible lovers. With her life in danger, there’s no safer place for Jane than with him-and in his bed. But Jane is as distracting as she is infuriating, and keeping her by his side while he pursues his mission might just endanger them both…
Jane struggled to keep up with Gareth’s long stride. Her vision was spinning now. She should protest; she shouldn’t allow him to escort her home.
Gareth Ramsey was dangerous, unpredictable. He was every inch a dominant male, and she could feel the power that coiled within him as he walked beside her. She ought to be wary and afraid.
So why was her stomach tight with anticipation instead of anxiety? Jane’s heart jolted at the realization that his size and strength no longer intimidated her, but made her feel safe.
They left Vauxhall Gardens and made it to the quayside where a boatman awaited. She halted, grasping her skirts and wondering how on earth she would step into the gently swaying boat when she was already unsteady on dry land.
Her quandary was resolved as Gareth easily picked her up, stepped into the boat, and set her down on the wooden seat across from him.
The boatman pushed off from the quayside.
“You’ve had too many drinks of punch, my lady,” Gareth said.
She didn’t argue with him. Instead she met his gaze. “You’re not the hard, emotionless barrister you portray to others.”
“You saved the boy in the park.”
“Simon didn’t. And your concern for me tonight.”
“No.” She shook her head. “You’re kind hearted, soft beneath your gruff exterior.”
He flashed a crooked smile. “Soft? Now that’s an insult.”
She tilted her head to the side. “I don’t mean it as such.”
He placed a finger under her chin and forced her gaze to his. “Don’t turn me into a hero, Jane. I stated my intentions quite clearly. I want to be your lover. I want the privilege of showing you how pleasurable it can be between us, how passionate.”
She nearly gasped out loud at the raw lust in his eyes. A rush of heat washed over her and spread to her limbs. Gathering her courage, she swallowed and held his stare. “What if I told you I want that too?”
Meet the author:
Tina Gabrielle, an award-winning author, is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She's the author of adventurous Regency romances In The Barrister's Bed, In The Barrister's Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books. "A Spy Unmasked" is the first book in her new Regency romance series, "In The Crown's Secret Service," and will be released from Entangled Publishing on November 10, 2014. "At The Spy's Pleasure" will be available in April 2015. Tina's books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical by Romantic Times Book Reviews.
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