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That Pearly Drop

Author(s): Jianne Carlo

What do the hounds of hell, time travel, a murdered girl, a coach ticket to Wye Castle, and a governess’ letter of employment have to do with waking up in 1763, the mate of wolf-shifter, Ian, the Earl of Wye? Emma’s about to find out.
 
Emma knows time travel’s impossible. So, the only other explanation for her going to sleep on Halloween night in 2013 and waking up in Wales in the year 1763 is that she’s insane. There’s a murdered girl, a coach ticket to Wye Castle, and a letter of employment to be governess to the Earl of Wye’s daughter. What’s a gal to do but go with the flow?

Wolf-shifter Ian, Earl of Wye, recognizes Emma as his mate instantly and senses she’s in danger. He knows Emma’s harboring a deep, dark secret. But, no matter what he does, she won’t confide in him. Then he finds Emma wounded and rambling about nine white gorgons who attacked her. The hounds of hell are Ian’s nemeses, and the fact they’ve reappeared in the mortal world after centuries of banishment can only mean one thing…

Excerpt


“Miss Manley.” Colin McBrodie takes my hand and tugs slightly forcing me to walk with him. He tucks my arm into the crook of his elbow, and we stride into the room, which appears to be a parlor.
We halt in front of Ian, who glares at Colin, captures my free hand, and brushes his lips across my knuckles. “Good evening, Miss Manley. I trust you’ve recovered from the harrowing ordeal of earlier?”
All my woman parts are zinging and chorusing halleluiah. I can’t drag my gaze from his luscious mouth. His lips curl at the corners, and I’m bedeviled by the two dimples on his right cheek when he smiles. I hadn’t realized I’d been holding my breath and let out a long sigh when his teeth come into view. They’re perfect and even and sparkling clean. “Thank God. Crest White Strips would be totally wasted on you.”
 
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Murphy’s Time-Travel Law: High society women eat like humming birds in every fricking century.
 
Ian frowns, cocks his head to one side, and squeezes my fingertips. “Crest White Strips? I am afraid I do not know to what you refer.”
Holy hopping hares. I want to curl in on myself. Had I actually said that aloud? This man wreaks havoc with my senses and he addles my mind. “Please ignore that. Fiona and Alice are sleeping.”
As if Fiona and Alice sleeping have anything to do with anything. This is so not like me. I am a linear thinker. I never jump all over the place. How in heck am I supposed to get through this evening when my brain and my mouth keep miss firing?
Ian and Colin exchange an is-she-still-pond-shocked look.
The urge to spout inane drivel in the hopes of fixing my faux pas is overwhelming. I bite my tongue hard, stifle a wince, and stare at the lapel of Ian’s jacket.
“I spoke with Gwen earlier. Cook gave Fiona and Alice extra puddings with their dinner and their spirits miraculously recovered. You have my undying gratitude, Miss Manley, for your heroic rescue of Fiona this afternoon. If my brother Kingsley were here, he would offer you the same sentiments.”
He brushes his lips across my knuckles again.
I catch a whiff of his sandalwood aftershave and another elusive scent, somewhere between musk and spice. Can a body get drunk on a man’s smell?
Unable to resist, I look up and our glances meet.
Can that searing heat he’s singeing me with be my imagination?
Fluttery ripples settle low in my belly. Clenching my thighs together, I am glad of the yards of fabric hiding my drenched thongs.
Tonight his chameleon eyes are ringed with sliver instead of slate. No man’s ever made me wet with one sizzling stare before.
My knees are woozy, and I can’t think worth a monopoly dollar bill. Say something. “I did what anyone would’ve. My lord.”

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ISBN (Electronic): 978-1-62916-013-9
Genre: Time Travel
Date Published: 11/07/2013
Publisher: Taliesin Publishing

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