Snowflakes and Wallflowers
Christmas Wallflowers Book 2
by Lauren Smith
Historical Romance: Victorian
January 9, 2023
Available in: Paperback, e-Book
Becoming the Earl of Castleton wasn't something Arthur Brynnwood was expecting. Yes, his great-uncle was old, but Arthur had always imagined him living forever. But after he learned of his great-uncle's passing he went from being just another gentleman to one of the highly sought after prizes by matchmaking mamas of theton. Suddenly the responsibility of running such a vast estate was thrust on Arthur's shoulders. The estate accounts were a mess and it was clear his uncle's steward had been embezzling from his uncle for years. When he arrives at the castle and sees the gross mismanagement of the properties he loses his temper and orders the new steward to let people know their rent were rising--either pay or move.
To his surprise a lovely young woman name Matilda comes to him the next day, pleading prettily for leniency for herself and her ailing aunt who had been living in a cottage free for years. Too used to the wiles of women, Arthur remains unmoved by her words and tells her coldly there will be no reconsideration of his orders. He is the new Earl of Castleton and he will be obeyed. The next thing he knows, he's choking on a snowball thrown at his face and Matilda is marching away, back straight and head held proudly high. Once again, his temper explodes. He grabs her and wrestles the shrieking, kicking woman to a bedchamber and locks her in until he decides what to do with her.
He find himself intrigued and reluctantly impressed by her show of spirit. She's not the usual, simpering, coy type of women who all but worship at his feet in London. And her beauty . . . he feels an unexpected lust when he imagines her long, russet hair and eyes the color of good whiskey. Deciding it's been too long since he's had a mistress, he knows exactly how to solve the problem of Matilda: he'll allow her free use of the cottage she lives in for the rest of her life in exchange for being his mistress this Christmas season...
Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night for Grand Central Publishing, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She's won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader's Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller's Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren, visit her at www.laurensmithbooks.com or Twitter