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Title: Book of Love
Author: Erin Satie Genre: Historical Romance
She’s trying to make ends meet. He’s out for a bit of fun.
Cordelia Kelly is busy, focused, worried about the future of her fledgling bookbinding business. When a handsome man stops her on the street to pester her with questions, she gives him the consideration he deserves: none.
That handsome man happens to be the Duke of Stroud, and he finds Cordelia’s hostility hilarious. He gives chase, if only for the pleasure of provoking her again.
He thinks life is a game. She doesn’t play around.
Within days of meeting Cordelia, Stroud sets a marching band on a matchmaking mama, defaces a local monument, and ropes Cordelia into a round of his favorite game.
In that same time, Cordelia stitches together the complete works of Mary Wollstonecraft, enthusiastically devotes herself to a petition demanding expanded legal rights for married women, and beats Stroud at his own game.
She defies all expectations. So does he.
Most people dismiss Stroud as a fool–himself included. When Cordelia sees past his lighthearted facade, he’s terrified and also… in love?
Stroud barges into Cordelia’s life, offering her all the material and sensual temptations she’s learned to do without. She usually has willpower to spare, but turning him down takes all of it, and then some. He’s oddly irresistible.
Or maybe they’re perfect for one another.
He fastened her lips closed with his own, silky and firm. The tip of his nose nudged her cheek, cold from being outdoors. When she didn’t react, he leaned in. Pressed a dozen small kisses into the seam of her lips, each one gentle as a butterfly sipping nectar from a flower.
She felt like someone had flicked a feather duster around the inside of her ribcage. Jumpy and breathless and overwhelmed from the lightest of touches. Stroud brushed his lips along her cheek, puffed his breath warm against her ear. He nipped at her earlobe and the strange, ticklish panic built and built.
“Coco…” Stroud thumbed her chin, a furrow appearing between his brows. “You really didn’t expect that, did you?”
“What?” Cordelia sounded strange to her own ears. Scared. Was she scared? She didn’t think so, but she couldn’t tell exactly. “How?”
A strange, sad expression flitted across his face. “Do you like it?”
“Yes.” The word came first and the certainty second. Yes, she had liked it. So much affection distilled into a touch, washing over her. She hadn’t understood that if words could expand a thought until it made clear sense, then touch could do the opposite, condense it all down into a moment of fugitive, bafflingly powerful sensation.
About the author:
Erin Satie is the author of the dark and elegant No Better Angels series, historical romances set in the early Victorian period. She’s currently hard at work on her upcoming series, Sweetness & Light, which should be just as elegant but not quite so dark.
Erin is a California native who’s lived on the coasts and in the heartland, in tiny city apartments and on a working farm. She studied art history in both college and graduate school—research is always her favorite part of starting a new book.
Her favorite part of finishing a book, whether reading or writing, is the happily ever after.