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Portrait of a Gentleman (Historical Regency Romance)
     

Portrait of a Gentleman (Historical Regency Romance)

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by Anne Marie Novark
 
A Regency Novella/35,000 words/90pp/

Thankful for the chance to leave London and escape the unwelcome advances of an ardent suitor, Abigail Prescott accepts an invitation to Brydmoor Castle to paint the portrait of the reclusive Viscount Devlin and his small son. A young widow in straightened circumstances, she soon finds herself ensconced in his home and the

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A Regency Novella/35,000 words/90pp/

Thankful for the chance to leave London and escape the unwelcome advances of an ardent suitor, Abigail Prescott accepts an invitation to Brydmoor Castle to paint the portrait of the reclusive Viscount Devlin and his small son. A young widow in straightened circumstances, she soon finds herself ensconced in his home and the object of his unwavering attention.

Nathan Holt vows never to marry again. He's done his duty and has an heir. But when Abigail Prescott comes into his vicinity, the daily presence of her in his home becomes a temptation too hard to resist. Unable to deny himself any longer, he begins his seduction of her in earnest, only to find that once will never be enough.

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Candles flickered in their holders, the shadows dancing on the walls and across the massive stone hearth in the Great Hall. It was late. Abigail had been restless lying in bed and decided to come downstairs. Perhaps she could add some of the finishing touches to the nearly finished portrait of Nathan and William.

"Couldn't sleep?" The deep voice echoed in the vastness of the hall.

Abigail gasped and whirled around in time to see Nathan emerge from the shadows. "You frightened me," she said, her own voice breathless in her ears. Warily, she watched his approach; his firm tread loud in the hush of the night.

He walked straight toward her, his eyes holding hers in a look as old as time itself. Her stomach plummeted and her skin tingled against the silky fabric of her nightgown. Since she'd seen him last, he'd removed his coat and neckcloth and his shirt was unbuttoned at the throat. He'd obviously not gone to bed yet, late as it was.

Standing before her, he took the paintbrush from her limp fingers and set it on the table next to the easel. "I couldn't sleep either," he said, his voice low and rough. "All I could think about was . . . this."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014296564
Publisher:
Anne Marie Novark
Publication date:
03/09/2012
Series:
A Damsels in Breeches Regency Novella , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
429,080
File size:
86 KB

Meet the Author

Anne Marie is a Texas girl, born and raised. Romance is her passion. She loves to read and write about men and women falling in love, overcoming life's obstacles, and living happily ever after. She writes spicy contemporary novels, usually involving a cowboy or two, as well as Regency historicals.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Anne Marie and her husband spend their leisure time working (actually playing) in the yard and renovating their 1956 custom-built house on a one-acre lot in the middle of the city. They have two grown children, three white rabbits, two mischievous cats, and one sweet puppy dog.

Visit Anne Marie at www.annemarienovark.com.

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Portrait of a Gentleman 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
On the whole of it, I did like this book, except for the ending. Way to rushed and I would have love to see at least an epilogue if the author was going to rush the ending. The first 3/4's of the book had good character development, but the author didn't keep the same pace up for the ending, which was disappointing.
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Loved Nathan and Abigail's story. Both lost their spouses and felt they were not ready or want for love again. That is until fate, or Nathan's mother, brought them together. Once Nathan noticed how accepting Abigail was to his deaf son, you could feel the walls Nathan built around his heart crumble....sweet and touching. 272 pages
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denmotherCT More than 1 year ago
Interesting plotline, likeable characters, excellent writing, what more could anyone want? Fits well into the genre without being exagerated or ridiculous, as so many others are.