Can't get enough of those dashing Regency rakes? Don't miss these three romantic adventures set in Regency London!
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December 31, 2006
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Excerpt from Rapturous Rakes Bundle by Nicola Cornick
'Unhand her this instant!'
The woman's shrill voice carried easily in the evening air, reaching Cyprian Sloane's ears as he strolled down one of the paths through Hyde Park. He stopped in his tracks and groaned. Why had he not caught a hack on Bond Street instead of yielding to the temptation of a fine spring evening's walk?
'Release her.' Cultured and emphatic, the voice reminded Sloane of a scolding governess. Whoever she was, she was a fool for being in the park at this late hour.
'Go to the devil!' a man responded fiercely.
Sloane blew out a breath and pressed his fingers to his temple. No choice but to investigate. Gripping his silver-tipped walking stick, he automatically adopted the cat-like stealth of his former clandestine life.
He edged over to the bushes that hid the speakers from view, using the leaves and branches to obscure his own presence, on the slim chance he could walk on and not become involved. He peered through a gap in the leaves.
A man in an ill-fitting brown coat held the arm of a young, pretty blonde-haired woman who wore the bright red dress of a doxy. Her other arm was clutched by another young woman, the owner of the governess's voice. She was taller than the doxy, pleasantly slender, and respectably attired in a plain lavender dress. That her bonnet hung by its ribbons on her back and her brown hair had come partly loose of its pins attested to the intensity of her struggle with this ruffian. The man and the 'governess' played tug-of-war with the woman in the red dress, while another female--this one could be nothing but a maid, still in her apron and cap--bawled a few feet away.