by Christy English
One way my characters show their strength is by feats of arms. Mary Elizabeth spends a lot of time throwing knives, and teaching her friends to throw knives. Though Mary Elizabeth never seems to find herself in a situation in which she needs to defend herself, she is completely prepared to take an enemy down. As you can imagine, this sort of behavior is not looked on with a smile by the ladies of London, though the gentlemen find themselves intrigued. When she draws a sword on Lord Grathton in the middle of Hyde Park during the Promenade Hour, Mary Elizabeth sets off a scandal that follows her for the rest of her time in London, and beyond. As we know, scandal makes for conflict, and conflict is one of the things that adds spice to a romance.
Mary Elizabeth will not find her match until the third novel in the series, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR HIGHLANDER, comes out in Dec 2016. So for now we will leave the fascinating wildness of Miss Waters to turn to the equally wild, yet seemingly prim Mrs. Prudence.
Mrs. Prudence leads a double life. While posing as a widow of a fictional gentleman named Rev. Whittaker, she is really Lady Prudence Farthington who is hiding her identity from the ton because her family is in ruins. The fact that she is strong enough to take on a false identity and try to re-build her life is impressive enough, but then Mrs. Prudence goes toe-to-toe with Robbie Waters and really shows what she is made of.
She takes the position of companion to Robert’s devil-may-care sister, Mary Elizabeth, but instead of being a good influence on Miss Waters, she discovers her own long-forgotten wild streak. She finds joy once more in the freedom of riding astride a horse dressed in breeches, and she finds the nerve to once more take up a sword, first to fence with Robert Waters on a dare, and later to fight off pirates who want to do her harm. She is a woman of her word in spite of her constant need for secrecy, and as she gets to know Mary Elizabeth and Robert better, she comes to trust them with her secrets.
Prudence admits her failings when she is wrong, and she does her best to come clean, and to make things right, both for the Waters and for her own ruined family. She does not let the censure of Society stop her from doing what must be done, and when she falls in love with Robert Waters against her will, she embraces it, and does not shrink from love either. Prudence Whittaker, born Prudence Farthington, knows that no matter what else life might bring her, good and bad, true love is rare. And when she finds it with Robert Waters, she does not shrink from it. Because Prudence is not only strong, she’s smart. And smart women know that true love is worth fighting for.
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Reasons to quit London:
1. It’s not the Highlands.
2. It will never be the Highlands.
3. It’s full of the bloody English.
When his wild spitfire of a sister makes a scene by drawing a claymore in Hyde Park, Highlander Robert Waters knows something must be done. To forestall the inevitable scandal, he hires widowed Prudence Whittaker to teach his sister how to be a lady—never expecting to find unbridled passion beneath the clever Englishwoman’s prim exterior.
Mrs. Whittaker is a fraud. Born Lady Prudence Farthington, daughter of the ruined earl of Lynwood, she’s never even been married. In order to make her way in the world, she has to rely on her wits and a web of lies...lies a sexy Highlander is all too close to unraveling.
He swears he will possess her; she vows he will do nothing of the sort. Yet as passions heat, Prudence comes to realize the illicit pleasure that can be had in going toe-to-toe with a Scot.
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