This week I have an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Lord Westbrook's Muse which is a sort-of sequel to Lady Westbrook's Discovery. It's set four years after the end of the first book and Margaret's grumpy son Robert is grumpier than ever. What he needs is the love of a good woman (and the opportunity to spank her) but he doesn't know that yet.
He has just met Cass at his mother's garden party but her insistence that he participate in some very silly Victorian parlour games has led to him storming off in a huff. Later she comes across him as he walking in the grounds of his manor and apologises for her involvement in the earlier incident.
"You have apologised and I have accepted your apology. There’s seems little point in discussing it any more. I don’t know what you expect we can do to draw a line under it further.”
“You could punish me,” Cass said quietly.
Robert did his utmost not to respond in any way. For the next 30 seconds, every ounce of his energy was dedicated to keeping his face neutral and his breathing natural. While inside, her provocative words had lit a fire within him that he felt barely able to control.
Punish her? Had she intended it the way that it had sounded?
|Cass is a supporter of the Victorian Rational Dress Movement and wears aesthetic dress|
which makes her look a bit like the heroine from a pre-Raphaelite painting.
Hence John William Waterhouse's painting of Ophelia, here.
Also, it's really pretty.
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