By Stephanie Laurens
Unique book: 2001
What may you do for those who have been kissed via the main good-looking stranger you'd ever visible? And what if that guy used to be a Cynster?
Every girl--even convent-educated ones--dreams of forbidden kisses. So whilst a guy actually falls at Helena's toes as she's jogging during the courtyard one moonlit Christmas Eve, the gorgeous, younger comtesse d'Lisle is aware he's as much as no reliable. He's basically a section dangerous... and clearly stuck in the course of a clandestine rendezvous. Why else may he have risked his neck and jumped out of a window into the snow?
It's incorrect, it's outlandish . . . and it's the main completely romantic gesture she's ever noticeable. So while the great sisters rush up, difficult to understand if she has obvious a guy at the grounds, Helena ignores the years of strict upbringing that insist she display his presence.
To lie will be a sin, yet not anyone could be solid the entire time.
As a gift for her silence, the stranger takes her in his fingers and enticingly, unforgettably kisses her--and then departs, leaving a lingering if unstated promise of all that will be, should still destiny decree that they meet back. even though Helena doesn't comprehend it, her wild Englishman is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives, a nobleman who will turn out to be her destiny.
Seven years later, Helena has been reworked from an attractive schoolgirl to an aristocratic good looks. Her glowing wit has made her wanted by way of London's hostesses; her significant dowry has made profitable her hand the purpose of many a gentleman . . . yet she is deadeningly conscious of how uninteresting such a lot of of those gents are.
Her manipulative father or mother has abruptly allowed her to discover a husband of her personal making a choice on, and he or she has no purpose of marrying any guy who attempts to tame her. There has to be an individual ideal for her . . . anyone who can stay as much as the promise of that long-ago kiss.
Then, at a ball, destiny moves. once more, it's the Christmas season, and around the crowded room Helena stands transfixed . . . for there's the guy whose kiss she hasn't ever forgotten, the fellow of her reminiscence whom no different has ever been capable of supplant. Her wild, mysterious Englishman, Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives.
One glance, and he's decided to reclaim her . . . .
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Extra info for The Promise in a Kiss (Cynster)
Her hopes of marriage may yet be doomed with the man she so clearly admires. I could not help but watch his progress down the street as he left me—oh, how many times will I have that pleasure left? I hastened on to Harriet’s, hoping that by some small chance, the report might have been a false one, only to have it confirmed and find my dear friend in a state betwixt excitement at the prospect of spending several weeks in Brighton and distress at leaving all her friends behind. She had the most wonderful idea to persuade papa to take a house for the summer and, although my mother and I have petitioned him with the details, he is adamant in his renouncement of any such plan.
It is always felicitous to meet with such handsome relations of one’s fellow officers, and indeed, the word handsome does you no credit. I had no idea Chamberlayne had such a beautiful sister. ” “It is too true, kind sir,” answered “Miss Lucy,” “I have, until recently, been much hidden away at home, but now I have come to Meryton I hope I shall be able to enjoy every society . . ” Denny simpered. ” “Lucy” cried, jumping up excitedly. “I could not wish for anything better; you may engage me for all of my dances,” she declared, forcing all observers to snigger behind hands and into handkerchiefs.
No sooner had we stepped through the French doors than the naughty man was begging to steal a kiss and, as I was thus constrained between a jagged wall and a rugged man, I was forced to surrender. Note to myself—will hereafter forbear kissing gentlemen with whiskers—they tickle too much! Mr Wooton is threatening to pay court and at the very least will call tomorrow. His eyes are too close together and he has damp palms, bad teeth, and breath reminiscent of a stableyard privy. No doubt he will bring Mr Blount for my poor sister, Kitty.
The Promise in a Kiss (Cynster) by Stephanie Laurens