As the daughter of a prominent St. Michel head of state, Margeaux Broussard was indeed the girl who'd had everything--except the love of her father. Schoolmate Henri Lejardin was the only one she could count on...for companionship and so much more. At sixteen that "so much more" persuaded her father to send her away. And away she'd stayed, for sixteen years.
Now her father's illness has brought her back. But she's no longer the wild child Henri remembers. Instead she's a beautiful, accomplished woman and, try as he might, he can't resist her. Yet resist he must, because her checkered past might cost him his political future. Except suddenly he can't help envisioning a different future for himself--one with Margeaux by his side....
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October 31, 2010
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Excerpt from Accidental Heiress by Nancy Robards Thompson
"Margeaux, wasn't this guy your boyfriend?"
Boyfriend? Margeaux Broussard chewed a piece of cinnamon gum and leaned against the hotel balcony rail, peering through the viewfinder of her camera, focusing on St. Michel's rocky shoreline. It had been years since she'd had a man in her life--significant or otherwise.
She pressed the shutter release button and the camera snapped a series of rapid shots. The fleeting twilight gilding St. Michel with molten gold was too gorgeous to pass up for the man du jour her friend Caroline Coopersmith was talking about...on television...or somewhere in their hotel room. From Margeaux's perch on the hotel balcony, she had a breathtaking panoramic view of the landscape. The light was perfect, and it would be gone in a moment. She wanted to get these shots.
"If it is, he looks downright dangerous," Caroline continued.
Margeaux turned and glanced through the open balcony doors at her friend, who was sitting on the bed reading the complimentary issue of Folio de St. Michel magazine that had been on the coffee table in their hotel room when they'd checked in earlier that afternoon.
"Let me see," demanded Pepper Meri-weather, as she and A. J. Sherwood-Antonelli crowded onto the bed on either side of Caroline and gaped at the picture.
Margeaux turned back to the vista and snapped a few more shots, but the magical light was already fading. At least she'd claimed the best of it.
A.J. let loose an unladylike catcall, which piqued Margeaux's curiosity enough to make her smile, turn back toward her friends and squint at the bold captions on the magazine cover. The words jumped around on the page, and Margeaux had a hard time focusing her dyslexic gaze. She stepped back into the room, refocused on the words, and redoubled her effort to read the print on the magazine cover.
Ahh, it was the magazine's annual "A List" edition, a roll call of her home town's most eligible movers and shakers. Since this was the first time in sixteen years that she'd been back to St. Michel, it would be interesting to see if she knew anyone on the list. She set her camera on the table and prepared to join the ogling party.
"Oooh, dangerous and delicious," Pepper purred, smacking her lips as if she tasted the mystery man in her Southern-laced words. "I'll bet women fall all over themselves for a bite of those honey buns."
"Who is it?" Margeaux asked.
A.J. thrust the periodical toward Margeaux. "Henri Lejardin. Do you know him?"
The name made Margeaux's breath hitch.
"Henri?" Her stomach clenched. Then the bottom of her belly nearly fell out when, there, in living color with his dark, curly hair and penetrating chocolate eyes, her first love smiled at her from the glossy pages of Folio de St. Michel.
"Is this him?" Caroline asked.
Margeaux nodded. It was Henri, alright. All grown up and looking fine; different, but somehow still the same.