Christina is a former lawyer who is also a busy mom and in the midst of a long-term house renovation. She holds the distinction of being the first Australian to win the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award. She's also been an RITA finalist twice, with books written as Christine Wells and as Christina Brooke. Heiress in Love, the first book in her Ministry of Marriage series is a finalist for the RITA this year. And, if all that isn't enough, she's also a regular blogger at Romance Bandits! Take it away, Christina!
Hello everyone! I'm delighted to be back dishing with the lovely ladies at the Romance Dish.
So many readers of the first two books in my Ministry of Marriage series, HEIRESS IN LOVE, and MAD ABOUT THE EARL, have been begging for Cecily's story. I'm so happy to announce that Cecily's book, A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER, is out this week. I hope you all have as much fun with this couple as I did!
You see, Cecily has her life very nicely mapped out. A fiancé who not only happens to be a duke, but a very mild-mannered, compliant duke, who can be guaranteed to let her to live her life precisely as she likes. He also has two sons by a previous marriage, so she doesn't have to suffer the marriage bed with a man she doesn't find in the least attractive.
However, what Cecily wants and what Cecily needs are two different things. So luckily, she has me to play God and throw a rock in her all-too-smooth path. When the brilliant, enigmatic, powerful Duke of Ashburn comes into her life, he challenges every one of her preconceived ideas about the kind of husband she needs.
Their first meeting occurs when Cecily breaks into Ashburn's house, searching for an incriminating letter that would ruin her and jeopardize her betrothal. But even when she's caught, Cecily is not abashed. She says:
“… you, my lord duke, suffer from the eternal ennui of the pampered aristocrat. You're intelligent enough to perceive that I am no common housebreaker. I, in fact, am a novelty.”
“You, in fact, are a criminal,” he said.
“But you are curious about me,” she murmured, staring up at him with those big, pansy brown eyes. “Admit it.”
Ashburn's taste must run to the criminal element, for he quickly decides he must have this woman as his duchess. He sets out in hot pursuit of her, disregarding her betrothal entirely.
Despite her best intentions to resist, Ashburn gets under her skin.
Cecily plastered a society smile on her face and spoke between her teeth. “Not only are you mistaken, you are impertinent. This conversation is highly improper.”
“Not half as improper as I'd like it to be,” he said. “But I promised to behave myself in public, didn't I?”
“It's a good thing for you we are in public or I'd punch you in the nose,” she said, smiling relentlessly.
But despite her readiness with a witty riposte, Cecily is totally unsettled by Ashburn. She might be clever about some things but Lady Cecily Westruther is an utter dunce when it comes to love…
So who is your favourite smart heroine from romance and why? Please comment for a chance to win a signed copy of the entire MINISTRY OF MARRIAGE series!
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