By Laura Lee Guhrke
A Royal Pain...
The illegitimate daughter of a prince and a infamous courtesan, Lucia has been limited to colleges and convents for many of her existence. yet that hasn't stopped her from inflicting one scandal after one other. Exasperated, her royal father comes to a decision that his beautiful hellion of a daughter needs to be married instantly. And Sir Ian Moore, Britain's so much right diplomat, is definitely the right guy to settle on her a groom.
Diplomacy, now not matchmaker, is Ian's area of expertise, yet he vows to get Lucia married off once attainable in order that he could go back to his genuine tasks. but, regardless of an abundance of very keen, helpful applicants, none is a fit for Lucia's spirit and fireplace. And the extra time Ian spends with the infuriating good looks, the extra reluctant he's to marry her off. may or not it's that he has already came across Lucia the ideal husband...and it really is Ian himself?
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Lucia knew she had maneuvered him right into a nook it slow in the past, and his play considering that then had now not extricated him. just one extra circulation to make sooner than she had him hopelessly trapped. She began to succeed in out her hand, then hesitated and drew again. the idea crossed her brain that it was once no longer too past due to lose on goal. it may possibly aid her reason. nevertheless, letting a guy win at video games had by no means been an beautiful tactic to her. along with, his curt, peremptory demeanour and the futility of all her efforts to make him see cause irritated her past bearing. She made her stream. “Check. ” He leaned ahead instantaneously and made a circulation of his personal. “Checkmate. ” Her lips parted in astonishment. She studied the chessmen that remained at the board and learned that he had, certainly, checkmated her, and she or he had by no means visible it coming. Lucia’s brain flashed again over the last few hours, and purely now may possibly she understand the method in the back of his probably predictable play and the genius of his occasional haphazard strikes. once more, he had laid a seize for her, and he or she had fallen into it. an excellent seize, she needed to admit. In hindsight, it was once crystal transparent. Why had she now not noticeable it ? “No one defeats me at chess,” she murmured, nonetheless not able to fairly think it. “No one. ” “Don’t frown so fiercely. I first discovered to play chess whilst i used to be a boy of 8. I’ve been taking part in this video game longer than you've been alive. ” She didn't locate that comforting, and he should have sensed it. “You are a superb player,” he instructed her, “and you've the mind's eye to defeat an individual, even avid gamers of larger ability than your self. yet, if i would be so daring as to enterprise suggestion, don't develop into overconfident and take your victory without any consideration too quickly. ” “You distracted me in the middle of the sport through mentioning that damnable record of yours. ” He smiled, shaking his head. “Excuses, excuses. ” “It is the reality. ” yet there has been one other fact, and she or he used to be reasonable adequate to confess it. “Still, i've got purely myself guilty. My brain turned preoccupied with attempting to beguile you into seeing issues my manner, and that i stopped targeting the chess. ” “So you probably did. ” Lucia slumped in her chair, discouraged throughout. Resting her elbow at the desk and her cheek in her hand, she stared on the board and watched his arms as he begun placing chessmen again of their areas. “And it didn't even work,” she extra dismally, her female delight stung. “My charms are wasted on you. ” His arms stilled. “I wouldn't say that. ” The surprising depth in his voice startled her, and she or he regarded as much as locate him staring at her. within the lamplight, his face was once as tender and unreadable as ever, but there has been anything in these grey eyes, anything extra of sizzling molten silver than of cool, polished metal, and she or he stuck her breath. “You are human after all,” she whispered in amazement. “Flesh and blood, like several different guy. ” He resumed sorting chess items. “And simply as weak, it kind of feels, to the charms of a pretty lady. ” Her spirits brightened at these phrases. She leaned ahead in her chair, fast to use the instant.