Into Temptation [NOOK Book]

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Lady Sophia Aberley swore she would never let Julian Rexley in her home or in her sight again. Though years have passed, she has not yet forgotten the humiliation of scandal—having been banished to the country for ‘shameful’ actions. But she cannot abandon a friend in need, even if that friend is Julian’s sister, and now she is back in London . . .

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Lady Sophia Aberley swore she would never let Julian Rexley in her home or in her sight again. Though years have passed, she has not yet forgotten the humiliation of scandal—having been banished to the country for ‘shameful’ actions. But she cannot abandon a friend in need, even if that friend is Julian’s sister, and now she is back in London . . .

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  • ISBN-13: 9780061737282
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 581,542
  • File size: 488 KB

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My husband says I have the best job in the world. The only thing that could top being paid to do what I love is if Avon Books decided that all their authors had to be hand-fed chocolate by Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, or John Cusack. But my husband probably wouldn't think so much of my job then, so instead I'll let him feed me chocolate and go on being forever thankful that I have the best job—and husband—in the world.

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Into Temptation

Chapter One

He was the kind of man who believed himself
to be always in the right --
and everyone else in the wrong.

An Unfortunate Attachment by A Repentant Lady

Essex
  April 1819

What the devil do you mean, she is not here?" Sir William Lewis blinked at the annoyance in his companion's tone. "I thought you knew."

Julian Rexley, Earl Wolfram, rose from a patterned armchair that had long ago molded itself to a much larger backside and frowned at his host.

The trip to Essex had taken longer than usual due to the poor quality of the roads, and Julian had been stuck inside his carriage with nothing to look at but rain and mud. Being forced to wait upon the weak-minded baronet in this small, hot parlor did not help. To find out it was all for naught only added to his black mood.

"My dear sir, I would not be here had I known there was no reason to come." But he hadn't known. Letitia hadn't informed him of her change of plans. Why?

Sir William Lewis's already florid cheeks flushed darker. "This is a very embarrassing situation, Wolfram. Very embarrassing, indeed."

"Sir William " Julian said, his jaw tensing. He was so warm that the skin beneath his collar itched with sweat, and there was a sharp pounding in his head. "Where is my sister?"

The baronet sat slouched in his chair, his waistcoat straining at its buttons, and gazed at Julian with an expression of good-natured bewilderment.

"I do not know."

A faint thrumming began somewhere behind Julian's eyes. He scowled. It made thethrumming worse.

He sought to regain his composure, even as thoughts of the dangers his sister might encounter bombarded his mind and quickened his heart. Letitia was the kind of person who didn't have to look for trouble. It usually found her with little difficulty.

"You do not know? I might ask, my dear sir, why you would let a woman leave your protection unescorted without first ascertaining her destination." His tone was deceptively light. Inside he was very near panic. No one had known where Miranda had gone either, and by the time Julian had found her, she was dead. To assume the same would happen with Letitia was madness, but he couldn't stop the horrible thought from flashing through his mind.

Sir William reddened even more. "Forgive me, Lord Wolfram, but it did not seem so wholly strange as you suggest. Lady Letitia is hardly a chit fresh from the schoolroom, and she made it very clear from the time of her arrival that she would be leaving us on the fourth because of a prior obligation. She spoke of it so casually that I detected no artifice in her tone, nor did it occur to me that she might not have your approval."

He was right of course. Why would he suspect Letitia of deceit? Sir William did not know his sister as Julian did. Kind and good-hearted, Letitia was also willful and spoilt -- a fact for which Julian was to blame.

But that wasn't important now. What was important was determining just where his sly sibling had gone, and why she had considered it enough of a secret not to tell him. No doubt part of her reason had been the wish to avoid going to town for the season. Letitia was well aware that it was his wish that she would find a husband this year, just as Julian was very much aware that his younger sister did not want his assistance in that matter.

"Sir William."

The baronet eyed him warily, as one might watch a growling dog. "My lord?"

Julian forced a slight smile. "I wonder if perhaps your daughter might know my sister's whereabouts."

"By George, I wager she does," Sir William replied, brightening. "Thick as the corns on a whore's heel those two are."

With that charming analogy in his head, Julian waited for the other man to fetch his child. Sir William simply sat there flushed and dazed. Wryly, Julian wondered if the baronet's stupidity had landed him many beatings in school.

"Might I speak to her?" he asked when it became apparent that the thought wasn't going to cross the vast desert of Sir William's mind.

"Of course!" The baronet cried, leaping to his feet with as much grace as his size and gout would allow. "I shall fetch her myself."

Either a smile or a grimace curved Julian's lips -- he wasn't certain which. "I am most obliged, thank you."

Sir William waved his words aside with a broad grin and shuffled from the room in search of the fruit of his loins.

Where the devil had Letitia run off to? And how could she put him through this worry? Sir William was right, Letitia was no green girl. She was a woman of four and twenty and she was old enough to know that such behavior was childish and inconsiderate. She must have known the news would alarm him. Perhaps that had been her intention. She was angry with him for trying to find her a husband and this was her way of showing her displeasure.

The brat didn't know displeasure, but she would when Julian found her. Running away was no way to deal with problems, neither was hiding. Now he had to take time out of his busy schedule to go and find his churlish sibling. He was not impressed.

Christ, he hoped nothing had happened to her.

He couldn't bear it if anything happened to Letitia. She was all he had left. He'd lost his parents at eighteen, his other sister, Miranda, less than a decade later. Only his friend Brave, who had loved Miranda, knew how he had suffered at her death. They would have to lock him up if he lost Letitia too ...


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  The foregoing is excerpted from Into Temptation by Kathryn Smith. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced without written permission from HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

Into Temptation. Copyright © by Kathryn Smith. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2002

    delightful 200 proof Regency

    In 1819 Earl Julian Rexley learns his sister Letitia is at the home of Lady Sophia Morelle, a woman he hates. Seven years ago he believed that she lured him into her bed to compromise him into marriage because she wanted his money. He refused to wed her and the scandal was disastrous. Sophia married someone else a month later, but has since been widowed. Not long after that he wrote a poem to Sophia that launched his career as a leading poet. Sophia knows Julian still hates her like she once did him, but she now only feels he betrayed her. Julian arrives insisting that Letitia leave with him, but she refuses. Letitia insists she will only go with him to London if Sophia comes too. Julian invites Sophia, but she declines until her odious brother-in-law forces himself on her. As Julian realizes she was frightened of Charles and was not his lover as he previously thought, he wonders what else he misinterpreted seven years ago in light of her living in near poverty. His musings lead to his concluding that he still loves her. Sophia never stopped loving him. Though a by the book Regency tale, the story line is fun to follow due to the lead characters, who are the epitome of a love hate relationship. The secondary characters, especially Charles and Letitia, help propel the plot forward by their impact on the relationship between the main duo. Fans of a delightful 200 proof Regency will want to read Kathryn Smith¿s latest tale. Harriet Klausner

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