Enter the sensual world of Nicole Jordan's breathtaking Regency romances.He is her most wicked fantasy . . . and no proper suitor for a lady. Since the night Trey Deverill's stunning kiss melted her senses, Antonia Maitland has harbored a fascination for the infamous adventurer. But Deverill is nothing Antonia needs in a husband, and when he abducts her-for her own protection-and then shockingly proposes marriage, a battle of wills ensues that proves dangerously irresistible.
Romance readers who believe "heavy on sensuality" equals "light on character" would do well to pick up the latest Regency by Jordan (Lord of Seduction), who deftly discloses her hero and heroine's depths even as they de-clothe each other. Again featuring the adventures of the Guardians of the Sword, a secret society pledged to protect the weak and fight tyranny, Jordan spotlights Trey Deverill, a handsome, virile, pirate-battling ship captain who returns to London to safeguard beautiful heiress Antonia Maitland. Antonia's father died mysteriously, and Deverill suspects her well-born fianc is involved. When Antonia rejects Deverill's warnings and her fianc sets Deverill up for murder, the captain has no choice but to abduct Antonia to secure her safety. In the process, Deverill discovers an unexpected danger: losing his heart to the spirited girl. Seduction, masked balls, houses of ill-repute and the stirrings of first love swirl into an intoxicating mix. Once more Jordan proves that she well deserves her reputation for delivering both steamy scenes and an emotional punch. Agent, Karen Solem at Spenser Hill Associates. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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July 25, 2005
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Excerpt from Wicked Fantasy by Nicole Jordan
She didn ' t look much like a damsel in distress, Deverill decided, watching Antonia Maitland across the crowded ballroom. Nothing like a young lady who needed his protection, her life endangered by a murderer. The potential victim of the very man she was privately engaged to wed.
Instead, she seemed in her element at the glittering ball, gowned in an exquisite confection ' pearl gray gauze shot with silver ' that must have cost a fortune. Of course, as one of England ' s greatest heiresses, Miss Antonia Maitland could well afford to patronize the most fashionable modistes.
Yet the gown, while splendid, deserved only partial credit for her enchanting looks. Antonia positively glowed in the light of myriad candles burning in the crystal chandeliers overhead.
Deverill ' s eyes narrowed at the unexpected lust that shot though him. Physically she little resembled the gangly, self-conscious girl he had met four years ago. She was as tall as he remembered, but her figure had ripened to slender, womanly curves, and she carried herself now with an elegance, a graceful self-assurance, that had only been hinted at then.
He would never forget their first meeting ' her endearing embarrassment at catching him in the nude ' and then later that evening, her bold, completely unexpected request for a kiss.
At the time he ' d thought Antonia utterly unique. Despite the advantages of wealth and luxury, she had fretted at the strictures society placed on young ladies, wishing she ' d been born male so that she could control her father ' s shipping empire and sail the world in search of adventure.
Her ambition was the only masculine thing about her, Deverill reflected, riveted by her brilliant smile. Certainly her appearance was purely feminine. Her coppery mane was darker now, a glorious deep auburn. That and her creamy white skin gave her a vibrancy that roused all his primal male instincts.
She was a beauty, no doubt about it. And reportedly her hand was sought by numerous gentlemen, despite her late father ' s low birth and breeding.