Thanks so much for having me today and for participating in my blog tour. I’m so excited about this new release. Today I want to share the first five from the first five – meaning the first five sentences from the first five chapters of Undercover With the Earl. Hope you enjoy!
It is a truth universally known that a girl entering her twenty-first year must be in want of a husband. But it was not a truth that Evelyn Marrington took to heart. She had no desire to marry now or any other time. Instead, she wanted to hole herself up in a sweet little cottage and write adventurous novels until her hair greyed and no one cared if she was a spinster. Due to her family’s financial straights and their middling social standing, Evie’s chances of doing just that seemed rather good.
“Ellis, what are you doing here in Epping? You rarely visit and you certainly have never brought guests,” Evelyn asked once they began their dance.
“Can a man not come out to see his favorite cousins?” he asked.
“I suppose, but you don’t. Or you have not until tonight.”
He chuckled. “You are a suspicious sort.” Then he gave a slight shrug. “Though I suppose in this situation your suspensions are not unwarranted. I came to speak with you.”
She stood from the swing and glared at her cousin. “What does he have to do with our agreement?” She looked up at the stranger towering over her. His blonde hair, pulled back in a queue and his blue eyes—so blue they very nearly made her forget to breathe—seared into her. Then it all fell into place. “This isn’t about some secret assignment, is it?”
“Stand and walk to the other side of the room,” he said.
“I beg your pardon?”
“I must evaluate how you walk.”
She gaped at him. “How I walk?”
“Do try and keep up, Miss Marrington. People will be watching.”
“Is there something wrong with how I walk?”
“Your walk is …” No. In truth, she walked with an unconscious grace and agility he found charming. There was nothing studied about her movements, nothing calculated. She managed to be both completely natural and totally bewitching, which was entirely beside the point. “Your walk is unstudied.”
They’d worked together at his townhome for two days before heading to Buckingham Palace. Potterfield had escorted them in only minutes before and currently had disappeared into the tunnels beneath the palace to meet with the head council of the Brotherhood, which left Bennett and Evelyn alone in the Queen’s private quarters.
Only time would tell whether or not Evelyn was ready, but Bennett felt certain she was, as ready as any woman could be under the circumstances, perhaps more so. She’d surprised him with her capableness and attitude. She was a hard worker and he could appreciate that.
As you can tell from these samples this book is about the heroine charading as the Queen, kinda like a Victorian Dave – y’all remember that movie with Kevin Kline? So what are your favorite books or movies where one character is pretending to be someone else?
Undercover with the Earl
by Robyn Dehart
Release date: 8/10/15
The handsome Earl of Summersby may just be the most eligible bachelor in London, but has no interest in a wife. As a member of the Brotherhood, Bennett Haile is far more vested in his undercover duties for the crown and protecting the Queen from would-be assassins. For now he has the perfect tool with which to lure out the villains—a young woman with an uncanny likeness to the queen.
The spirited Evelyn Marington is about to live out every country girl’s dream—becoming royalty overnight. Under the tutelage of the arrogant Earl of Summersby, she’ll have to fool the entire court that she is, in fact, the queen. But as danger threatens from every side, Bennett realizes that his lovely little protegé isn’t just placing her life in his hands… She’s stealing his heart.