Destitute and determined to finally be free of any man’s shackles, Lily Benedict sets out to salvage her honor. With no choice but to commit a crime that will save her from her past, she enters the home of the recluse, Derek Winters, the new Duke of Blackthorne. But entering the "Beast of Blackthorne's" lair proves more threatening than she ever imagined.
With half a face and a mangled leg, Derek—once rugged and charming—only exists within the confines of his home. Shunned by society, Derek is leery of the hauntingly beautiful Lily Benedict. As time passes, she slips past his defenses, reminding him how to live again. But when Lily's sordid past comes back, threatening her life, it's up to Derek to find the strength to become the hero he once was. Can they overcome the darkness of their sins to find a life of love and redemption?
USA TODAY Bestselling author CHRISTI CALDWELL blames Judith McNaught’s “Whitney, My Love!” for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and pick up her laptop to try her hand at romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys torturing them before crafting them a well-deserved happily ever after!
Christi makes her home in southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing her own enchanting historical romances, chasing around her feisty six-year-old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!
|Yale University in 1807|
Public Domain (link)
I am giving away Regency swag to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the givaway,
1. Leave a comment about Christi's home state of Connecticut - what do you know about the Constitution State? One of my college friends lived in New Haven, giving me the opportunity to tour the Yale campus. It awed this Florida girl.
2. Comments are open through Saturday, February 20, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 21.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
Christi offers an excerpt from RESCUED BY A LADY'S LOVE ...
“I don’t give a bloody hell if it is the damn Queen of England for tea and biscuits, do not darken my door.”
She stared unblinking at the door. This was William’s brother? This foul-mouthed, mannerless brute? A more rational, sensible woman would be fearful of the beast who dwelled on the other side. However, she was long past fearing a snarling, petulant duke.
The butler, Harris, looked painfully at her, his expression conveying an absolute uncertainty of how to proceed. He tried once more with his employer. “I-it is about the g—”
“If you say it is about the girl, I’ll have you hung by your ballocks.”
Oh, that was really enough. Lily reached past the servant, and ignoring his shocked gasp, she pressed the handle.
She furrowed her brow. Humph. Well, she’d not anticipated that. Lily tried again.
“Harrison, if you jiggle my damn handle once more, I’ll myself remove your hand from you body.”
A small giggle cut into the end of the duke’s vile speech and Lily whipped her head to the right. A little girl in white skirts stood at the end of the hall. The widening of her cornflower blue eyes indicated shock at being discovered. Then the giggling imp ducked back behind the wall and disappeared.
Lily gave her head a shake. What manner of place was this? Angry, shouting men. Giggling, unattended children...and those same unattended children giggling at the shouting, angry men?
Poor Harri. The man appeared one more outburst from the duke away from casting up his mornings account. Alas, Lily should have learned long ago from her own experience that ordinary people were capable of extraordinary courage.
More books in the series ....
I know nothing about Connecticut really.ReplyDelete
I was born add raised in Connecticut, but I would say, I didn't truly learn about the state until I was a history major at UConn. I took courses on the state and local history which opened my eyes to some great stories that exist here!Delete
I have never been there and don't know anything about it...ReplyDelete
I would say, if you ever plan to visit, autumn is the perfect time of year. The leaves are glorious...and the weather is perfect! : ) We like to pick apples and pumpkins!Delete
I've been to Connecticut, however, all I really remember is Mystic. We loved walking through the village and seeing the historic buildings. We toured the museum and also took a whale watching boat ride.ReplyDelete
We LOVE to take our kids to Mystic! (When it's warm!) In the winter, it's beautiful lit up for the holidays, but my wee ones hate the cold! (go figure!)Delete
I live in Connecticut but am not native. I came here when my husband was hired by the state police.ReplyDelete
Oh, you're a fellow Nutmegger!! : ) Where did you move from?Delete
I really don't know much of anything about the state.ReplyDelete
We have delicious pizza, and fabulous history to explore! My one regret is that it isn't warmer here, longer during the year!Delete
I am among the group who knows nothing of Connecticut. Except that you spell it special. ;)ReplyDelete
When I went to UConn, they talked about that...what do you call someone from Connecticut? Interestingly, it is a Nutmegger! : )Delete
I know very little about Connecticut but plan on visiting the northeast states this summer - I'm looking for suggestions on things to do. :-)ReplyDelete
I know very little about the state.ReplyDelete
Our winters are long...but autumn is beautiful! I grew up here, and moved for a few years, down South. As a historian, I love the history that exists here...all that Revolutionary War goodness!!Delete
I know diddly squat about Connecticut. I would like to visit it someday thoughReplyDelete
Come in the summer!! : ) Or autumn is beautiful with the foliage! My family makes weekend drives to see the leaves turn! It's a family tradition!Delete
That sounds wonderful, Christi. We only have summer, and summer down here in southern Florida. I miss the autumn.Delete
Sad to say I don't know anything either and I've never been.ReplyDelete
We have great pizza!! : ) The home of Pepe's and Sally's!! And rumored to be the home of the first cheeseburger!!Delete
I once went to a wedding in Connecticut. One of those quaint towns. 20 years ago.ReplyDelete
I always think about the Hartford Whalers when Connecticut is mentioned.ReplyDelete
Oh did the blurb for this book grab me! Though I don't think I'll learn anything about Connecticut in the book I am excited to find it and read it!ReplyDelete
We spent a couple nights in CT on our New England trip last year. I enjoyed visiting the Old Stonington Lighthouse and Museum.ReplyDelete
I've never been to Connecticut however I know it is steeped in history.ReplyDelete
I visited Mystic Seaport when I was a kid, hear some things about the state from the NY News, but haven't been there since.ReplyDelete
I don't know much about it unfortunately!ReplyDelete
never been. know really nothing about it.ReplyDelete
My parents enjoy visiting a casino that also has stores in it.ReplyDelete
I have taken the ferry over from LI a couple of times. We went to the Mystic Aquarium when my son was small. I had to take Dramamine! LOL. My daughter & I also went to visit my cousin & her family, who live in Warren, up in the sticks!ReplyDelete