Please welcome Wendy Watson, who is here with her new historical romance–and a yummy romantic hero–from Entangled Publishing’s Scandalous line!
The hero of my recent release, Once Upon a Wallflower, has a bad reputation. He’s reclusive, spending most of his time in a tower perched atop the Cornish cliffs; he’s big, dark, and brooding; and—worst of all—he’s rumored to have killed three young women. Despite all that, I fell for Nicholas Ellerby the moment I wrote him into existence. Here are my top five reasons for loving this gothic hottie:
(1) He sees the world through an artist’s eye. Where the rest of the world judges my heroine, Mira Fitzhenry, by holding her up against a fashionable ideal, Nicholas sees her as a unique creature. He appreciates her succulent curves and Chinese poppy hair.
(2) He’s fiercely protective of Mira. The Ellerby household is fraught with snarky comments, sly jabs, and the occasional attempted murder. While Mira can cope with most of that on her own, Nicholas isn’t about to let her face any of those dangers alone.
(3) He’s got a sense of humor. Beneath that gothic exterior, Nicholas has a sense of humor that runs from sardonic to teasing. In fact, he takes great pleasure in making Mira laugh and blush in turn.
(4) He’s yummy. Yes, he’s menacing, and he’s got that pesky limp. But he’s got midnight hair and moonlight eyes and an artist’s clever hands. As the saying goes, I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers.
(5) He’s a bad boy, and who doesn’t love a bad boy? That rough-around-the-edges guy who just needs the right woman’s love to unleash all the light in his soul? Yeah, that guy. I pretty much always love that guy.
A Perennial Wallflower…
When Mira Fitzhenry’s guardian arranges her engagement to one of the most scandalous lords to ever grace the peerage, all of society is abuzz. After all, the man has left a trio of dead young women in his wake, including his first fiancée. But Mira doesn’t see a killer in Nicholas’s moonlight eyes, and she resolves to find the real murderer before the wedding.
A Gothic Villain…
Expecting to scare the chit away within five minutes of meeting him, scarred and brooding Nicholas, the Viscount Ashfield, is intrigued by Mira’s tenacious resolve to prove his innocence. She’s not put off by his imposing appearance, but his family’s dark secrets mean he cannot let her get close.
As the wedding approaches, Nicholas and Mira grow ever closer, yet so does the danger.Will the truth bring Nicholas and Mira together or tear their love apart?
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Wendy Lyn Watson writes mysteries of all types: contemporary, historical, and cozy. Whatever the time or the tone, her mysteries always feature a dose of humor and a dollop of romance. Her first cozy series, the Mysteries a la Mode, feature the owner of an ice cream parlor in a small Texas town.
Once Upon a Wallflower, due to be released in August of 2013, is a Regency-set romantic mystery. While Wendy does not commit (or solve) mysteries in real life, she can kill a pint of ice cream in nothing flat. She also enjoys 80s music, Asian horror films, quilting, and vegetarian cooking.
While she was born in Ohio and has called half a dozen states home, she currently lives in a college town in North Texas along with her husband and their three cats (Iphy, Squeak-a-Doodle, and Todd Baryshnikov).
She loves to hear from readers, so find her on Facebook at @wendylynwatsonauthor.