When Dashing Met Danger [NOOK Book]

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From an exciting new voice in romantic fiction comes a fast-paced and emotional historical romance. Shana Galen is sure to dazzle readers with her undeniable talent and unique brand of wit and charm. This is an author to watch!

Alex Scarston, Earl of Selbourne. Rake. Spy. With his efforts for England in the war against the French suspended, family obligations compel him to investigate the disappearance of Viscount Brigham's son. When the viscount's daughter becomes involved as ...

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Overview

From an exciting new voice in romantic fiction comes a fast-paced and emotional historical romance. Shana Galen is sure to dazzle readers with her undeniable talent and unique brand of wit and charm. This is an author to watch!

Alex Scarston, Earl of Selbourne. Rake. Spy. With his efforts for England in the war against the French suspended, family obligations compel him to investigate the disappearance of Viscount Brigham's son. When the viscount's daughter becomes involved as well, Alex finds himself entangled in a venture that risks both heart and soul.

It's not that Lucia Dashing, youngest daughter of Lord Brigham, wants Alex to go away. She just wishes he wasn't always so close—perhaps a few rooms, or streets, or continents between them would bank the heat of her attraction. But when her brother disappears, she's no choice but to engage the earl in a battle risking her brother, her country, and her love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061755873
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 82,177
  • File size: 535 KB

Meet the Author

Shana Galen is a former public school teacher in Houston, Texas. Newly married, Shana lives with her husband and two cats. She writes almost full time, which requires daily trips to the mall because shopping is the only activity that really allows her to think. (That's her story, and she's sticking to it!)

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When Dashing Met Danger


By Shana Galen

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Shana Galen
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060773154

Chapter One

London
Early May 1805

"Stop!" hissed a woman's voice.

"Darling, just one kiss. Come here, you silly goose."

"Not now, Reginald. Behave yourself, please."

Sprawled on a worn stone bench deep in the gardens of Lord and Lady Pool's London town house, Alexander Scarston, the Earl of Selbourne, heaved a sigh. He'd retreated to the extensive gardens hoping to escape the hordes in attendance at one of the premier balls of the Season, and he was in no in mood for young lovers.

"Reginald, I said stop." The woman's voice was more insistent now. Closer as well. Looking for an escape, Alex peered into the shadows cast by the overgrown rhododendron bushes and wild roses. If he could avoid the garishly lit town house, he could be in his carriage and on his way to his club in a quarter hour at most.

He saw no reason to revisit the ball. Judging from his brief foray into the madness earlier, there was little likelihood that he would gain the information Pitt wanted, and every likelihood he would be accosted by some annoying matron who simply had to introduce him to her niece or daughter or second cousin twice removed, whom she knew an eligible earl such as himself would absolutely adore.

"Darling, don't fight me." An undertone of annoyance belied theman's sickly sweet tone.

Selbourne decided to cut his losses, and he rose and melted into the shadows of the massive oaks towering behind him. But he'd waited a moment too long and found himself forgetting to breathe when he saw the woman glide through an opening in the hedge. Alex stared. How had he missed this exquisite creature inside?

In the cloud-filtered moonlight, the thick gold hair piled high on her head glittered. Her features had beenmolded by a true artist: high cheekbones; small, straight nose; full mouth; elegantly curved jaw line. Her neck was long and slender, her skin like fine ivory. A band of brilliant amethysts sparkled at her neck, and below the gems, he noted the swell of rounded breasts sheathed in shimmering white silk. The breeze played with her skirts and hinted at a willowy figure--small waist, shapely hips, and long, supple legs.

She was stunning, more so in her anger.

"If you don't cease this instant, Reginald, I'll--"

Her partner chuckled. "You'll what?" He pushed through the hedge and grasped her elbow for support. With clumsy movements, his mouth fell on hers. She shoved him away but was prevented from escape when her gown caught on the protruding branches of the hedge.

"Stop teasing me." The man's words were slurred, and he almost knocked her over as he backed her toward the bench Alex had just vacated. All trace of charm was gone from his tone. In the shadows, Alex tensed.

The woman twisted, fighting to escape the drunken man's hold. "Reginald, I said st--"

His lips savaged her neck, cutting her off. Alex took two steps forward but paused when the woman cried, "Get off me this instant!" She pushed Reginald back, and he flailed for an instant before grasping the back of her neck. His other hand snaked out and groped her breast. Alex heard her hand crack against the man's cheek.

Reginald's head jerked. "Lucia, stop acting so prudish," he slurred. "No one can see us."

Alex had grasped two handfuls of the bushes concealing him, prepared to intercede, when an alarm rang in his head.

Lucia.

Where had he heard that name before? It wasn't a common name among ladies of the ton, and the Italian pronunciation the man had given it tickled Alex's memory. "Bloody hell," he said under his breath. "Not her." Just his luck to run into Lucia when he was trying to save the bloody country.

"This isn't proper, my lord," Lucia was saying. "And if you weren't so drunk, you'd realize that. Now let me go before I scream."

Reginald chuckled. "You won't scream." He dragged his hand roughly through her hair, loosening it so it fell in heavy, silver-streaked waves to her waist. Lucia flinched.

"You don't want to upset your father. He likes me."

"Well, I don't." Alex's voice was low and menacing as he strode from the murky dark of the foliage into full view of the bastard still gripping Lucia. "Unless you want your teeth knocked to the back of your throat, release the lady and walk away."

Lucia jumped and whipped her head in Alex's direction. He fixed his glare on her partner.

"I don't know who you are"--Reginald pointed a chubby finger at him--"but I'll have you know this lady is my fiancee. Go find your own." He gave Lucia a sloppy smile, and she took advantage of the moment to scoot out of his reach.

Alex smiled. He'd been in a foul mood all evening and would relish plowing his fist into the man's soft, pudgy middle. A good fight was just what he needed right now.

"Your fiancee?" He shot Lucia an incredulous look. "Unfortunately, the lady and I have a more intimate connection. I'm her brother-in-law." Or close enough, he amended.

Lucia's eyes grew into dark moons as she studied him, and when Reginald glanced at her for confirmation, she gave a distracted nod.

"Lord S-S-Selbourne. At last we meet." Reginald staggered back. "Perhaps not on the best of terms, but nevertheless, I'm pl-pl-pleased to make your acquaintance." He stumbled over a graceless bow, eyes wide with alarm.

Alex's gaze returned to Lucia's and held. Her eyes were still wide and unreadable.

"Your name, sir?" Alex's attention never left Lucia.

"Ah--"

"Viscount Dandridge," Lucia supplied, as her fiance seemed to have forgotten. Alex nodded, effectively dismissing the man from his thoughts. He wouldn't waste his time with the whey-faced coward. But Lucia . . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Great read

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a page turner for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    Exciting, Sexy Adventure

    I loved this book! I was hooked on the characters from the first pages, and I didn't want to put it down. In fact, I didn't put it down; I just kept reading it over Memorial Day weekend until I finished! The author has promised more stories about some of the other characters in the book, and I can't wait to read their stories! The story moves at a fast pace, and it's sexy, but not graphic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting Regency romantic suspense

    In 1805 England, at a party Lady Lucia Dashing is manhandled by her drunken fiancé Reginald Dandridge over her objections. Earl Alexander Scarston intercedes and is a bit taken aback by how beautiful she has become. He last saw her five years ago as a young teen at their siblings¿ marriage. Ignoring the bluster of Reginald and Lucia¿s insistence that she is fine, Alex insures her safety using his ¿brotherly¿ connection though he admits to himself he does not have sibling thoughts about her. --- An espionage maestro Alexander is concerned that Lucia¿s twin brother is missing. As he begins to investigate the disappearance, Lucia refuses to stay out of his inquiry. As the spymaster and the debutante work together, they fall in love, but he believes he is too old for her and lives too dangerous a life for a wife; she thinks otherwise. --- WHEN DASHING MET DANGER is an exciting Regency romantic suspense starring two interesting protagonists. The story line is action-packed gripping fans from the moment Alex intercedes and never slows down until the exhilarating climax. Though the lead couple is typical of the sub-genre with the heroine being feisty and independent and her champion being a courageous sacrificing for England hero, readers will appreciate this fine thriller.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    FIRST NOVEL

    IF THIS IS THE FIRST NOVEL FOR MS. GALEN I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT. NEARLY DIDN'T BUY IT BECAUSE OF THE TITLE NOW I UNDERSTAND LUCIA'S NAME IS DASHING. ON A SENSUAL SCALE OF 1-10 IT IS A 5. WHAT STARTED OUT STRONGLY AS A STORY LINE REGARDING LUCIA'S MOTHER JUST ENDED ABRUPTLY. ALSO, LUCIA'S FIANCEE'S MOTHER WAS AN INTERFERRING WITCH-I KNEW LUCIA WOULD GET A SMACK IN THERE SOMEWHERE BUT IT WAS NOT TO BE--PITY. ALL IN ALL A GOOD READ FOR A FIRST TIME NOVEL. CAN SEE A SEQUEL COMING WITH LUCIA'S TWIN BROTHER.

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