Dear Stranger was originally published in 2012 by Totally Bound Publishing.
A case of mistaken identity…
During a masked ball, Sophie Crandle’s mask gives her the courage she needs to follow the man she expects will propose to her into the gardens, where she brazenly asks him for the one thing that will tell her if she can accept him—a kiss. And what a kiss it is! Her elation turns to horror, however, when she realizes she is kissing the wrong man. The man who has awakened her desire is not the man who is courting her, but his brother, the Earl of Dearbourne. A notorious rake, he is more likely to ruin Sophie than provide her with the social acceptance she needs.
A woman he should not pursue…
Richard Hearst, the Earl of Dearbourne, receives the shock of his life when he discovers the beautiful woman falling apart in his arms thinks she is kissing someone else. He is determined to claim her for himself…even if the man she is meant for is his brother.
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About the Author
Suzanna Medeiros was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her love for the written word led her to pursue a degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Education degree, but graduated at a time when no teaching jobs were available. After working at a number of interesting places, including a federal inquiry, a youth probation office, and the Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario, she decided to pursue her first love - writing.
Suzanna is married to her own hero and is the proud mother of twin daughters. She is an avowed romantic who enjoys spending her days writing love stories.
She would like to thank her parents for showing her that "love at first" sight and "happily ever after" really do exist.
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Read an Excerpt
Sophie Crandle knew what she had to do.
Just moments before sheâ€™d watched Henry Hearst cross the ballroom floor and leave through the garden doors. She hesitated only for a moment before following.
Despite the mask he wore, Sophie had recognised him the moment heâ€™d arrived at the masquerade. At well over six feet in height, he was hard to miss. His golden hair shone like a beacon above most of the men present. His black mask covered the upper part of his face, but sheâ€™d spent enough time with him over the Season to know him anywhere.
Hoping no one would notice her absence, she slipped away from her less than watchful aunt and exited the ballroom through a different set of doors. The satin mask she wore lent her the courage she needed to go through with her plan.
Henry had taken her driving in Hyde Park that afternoon, and, while he hadnâ€™t come out directly and said so, heâ€™d made it clear that he intended to ask for her hand at the end of the Season. Aunt Jane would be thrilled. Sheâ€™d chosen him as an appropriate suitor from the many who had been drawn to the inheritance she would receive in a year. Henry Hearst had everything her aunt deemed importantâ€”he came from a respectable family and there was no hint of any kind of scandal or youthful indiscretion attached to him. His brother was the Earl of Dearbourne, and, while there were numerous rumours about the earlâ€™s exploits as a rake of the first order, Henry clearly wasnâ€™t cut from the same cloth.
Sheâ€™d hated the idea of her aunt choosing her future husband, so it had come as a great surprise when sheâ€™d discovered that she actually liked Henry. He was very handsome, but beyond that their personalities seemed to suit one another. There was, however, one thing that gave Sophie pause. One very important piece of information she lacked that made her unsure whether she could accept an offer of marriage from him.
He had yet to kiss her.
While sheâ€™d grown up imagining that her future marriage would be as full of laughter and love as that of her parents, she suffered no illusions about Henry. Theirs would be a practical union. He would provide her with the respectability she needed to be accepted by the Ton, and she would provide him with the wealth he lacked. She simply could not, however, agree to marry a man until she knew they were compatible on at least the most basic physical level. After tonight she would know whether or not she could accept Henryâ€™s impending offer of marriage.
It took her a moment to spot his retreating figure disappearing into the entrance of the formal gardens. She lifted the hem of her dress and hurried after him, almost running right into him when he stopped suddenly. He turned to face her, his surprise evident.
They stood staring at each other for several long moments. Sophie was already out of breath from her mad dash, but there was something in his eyes that threatened to steal the last of it.
â€œI appear to be interrupting your meeting. My apologies.â€
He didnâ€™t recognise her. Somehow that realisation made her feel even bolder. He turned to leave, but she stopped him with a hand on his arm. He looked down at her hand, then back at her. The air seemed to crackle between them and a shiver went through her. Sheâ€™d always thought his blue eyes were a little on the cool side, but now they were anything but cold. On this dark night his eyes appeared to be a deeper shade of blue, and she feared she was in danger of drowning in them.
â€œI came to see you,â€ she said, struggling to steady her breathing.
A slow smile spread across his face. â€œIt appears to be my lucky night, then.â€
He took her hand and pulled her into the maze. They made only a few turns before he stopped.
â€œYou have me at a disadvantage,â€ he said. â€œYou appear to know me, but I am certain we havenâ€™t met. I most definitely would remember you if we had.â€
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you're interested in a break from a long book, you want something short. This is good short story. Around 50 pages. It has great love scenes. Just wish it had a epilogue. If you haven't read a book from this auther this is a good book to check out to see if you would like her writing style. Also a good read if you are lookin for a light quick read.
Sophie wants to kiss her almost fiancé to see if they are compatible in passion. She kisses him at a masquerade and the sparks fly between them. One little problem, she kissed and enjoyed his brother, the Earl. Richard is so in lust with Sophie that he must find a way to get his brother away from her. I enjoy novellas because sometimes I just need to entertain my mind without a 300 page book. Also to see if I like new author. Ms. Medeiros has written great characters, funny situations, great steamy scenes and has made me a new fan. I give this novella 4 fingers up and 7 toes.
Good book. I wish it was longer
Wish I had read the reviews instead of depending on the kb count. 50 pages hardly worth reading.
*Enjoyable but short...needed more character development to make the story feasible...
Short story, enjoyed book
Only 113 pages. It was good and moved very quickly but i dont think it was worth $6 glad i had a gift card