Welcome back for another Sweet Saturday Sample. This week, instead of the WIP Ice Queen I’ve decided to give you a sample from my regency WIP, A Christmas Surprise. Here we get to meet the heroine Lady Aleece, daughter to the Duke and Duchess of Carlisle.
Lady Aleece curtsied to her dance partner. Rising, she settled her gloved hand on his proffered arm. Preferring to grimace, from when he’d trod on her toes, she never the less graced him with a weak smile. She was secretly glad the waltz wasn’t allowed yet at Almacks. If it had been she silently knew she’d be a cripple for life after dancing with the dunderhead.
“My I have the pleasure of the next country dance, my dear,” Jason, third son to the Earl of Carno asked returning Aleece to her friends.
Incensed at his familiarity to which she’d not given her permission, she spun around on him almost causing him to trip. Something that wouldn’t have surprised her considering how poor a dance partner he had been.
“I have not nor will I ever give you permission to address my personage in such a causal fashion. As for another dance, I don’t know if or when my toes will ever recover feeling from the many times you trod on them.” Lady Aleece, daughter of the Duke of Carlisle, announced loudly enough that those near quivered in fear. Once near her group she turned back and stepped into the protective circle of friends.
Once in safely ensconced she glanced over her shoulder on hearing the sputtering attempt of an apology. With a scowl she sent him packing back to, she could only wish, whatever rock he’d slipped from.
As Aleece started to turn back to respond to a question her eyes caught sight of a vision of pure delicious wickedness. In an instant she felt her heart start to pound in her chest as her mouth went dryer than the cakes served.
Redirecting her attention to one of her closest friends and confidents she quietly asked, “Susan, who on earth is that wickedly, devilishly handsome man over there? The one talking with your brother.” Aleece cocked her head, oh so subtly at the man she was talking about.