I have a guest post from author Virginia Heath introducing one of the characters from her historical romance.
A spy on a mission…
Until he meets this heiress!
Miss Theodora Cranford’s learned to keep her impetuous nature locked away. She won’t be deceived by another man who can’t see past her fortune. She wants an honourable, sensible sort – not a self-assured scoundrel like her new neighbour, Lord Gray. Although she’s sure there’s more to him than meets the eye… But after that first captivating kiss, she’s certainly left wanting more!
If your hero is Regency spy on a secret mission to unmask the criminal mastermind behind a ruthless smuggling gang. If he genuinely had earned the reputation of being quite a disgraceful Jack-the Lad and had a truly scandalous past, losing his entire fortune in the gaming halls within days of his twenty-first birthday. Then such an unlikely hero would need a heroine who was the exact opposite to him to make the sparks really fly between them. Such a man is The Disgraceful Lord Gray.
But today, I thought I’d introduce you to Miss Theodora Cranford, my outspoken, quick-witted red-haired heroine and what better way to set the scene than hear her defend herself against her best friend’s accusation that she is the most suspicious person in the world…
‘I’m an heiress! I have to be suspicious! Every fortune hunter, ne`er-do-well and chancer who ventures into Suffolk automatically seeks me out and plights his troth, keen to get his greedy hands on all that money. I have to be cautious.’
‘Cautious, yes. Not over-cautious and determined to denounce them all as villains from the outset. Lord Selwyn, for instance, didn’t turn out to be a swindler as you suspected.’
‘But he was a fortune hunter.’
‘And Mr Taylor, the young widower, was in fact a widower and not a bigamist either.’
Thea threw her hands up in the air in exasperation. ‘Yet he was in debt up to his eyeballs and hopelessly in love with my fortune too.’
‘Yes, granted, both saw the money before you, but Captain Fairway had his own fortune.’
‘And three illegitimate children by two separate mistresses. I knew he was a philanderer!’
‘There is always something wrong with them—fortune hunter, philanderer, scoundrel…what was the name of the chap you thought was a highwayman?’
‘Chisholm Hunter? I’m still not entirely convinced that he wasn’t. There was something very shifty about that man.’
Harriet glanced heavenwards and briefly closed her eyes before continuing in an uncharacteristically measured tone. ‘Your overly suspicious nature has given you an imagination as vivid as your hair, darling. In the absence of any real reasons to discount them you now have a tendency to make things up.’
Is it any wonder Thea has grave doubts about the handsome new neighbour she stumbles upon whilst he is skinny-dipping in her uncle’s stream? Or fights the instant attraction which fires between them?
Of course, it also doesn’t help that the man Lord Gray has been sent to unmask is Thea’s beloved Uncle Edward and he really needs to make a good first impression on the man to infiltrate his inner circle. The absolute last thing he needs to do is make the man’s niece suspicious…
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When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin Mills & Boon took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep.