A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Whatever a Woman is Not: Bow Street Beaus (Book 1), by Sawyer North
Hello mild readers! I enjoy to welcome author Sawyer North to Austenprose today in celebration of his most current historic love book, Whatever a Lady is Not. Set in Regency-era England it is the very first book in the Bow Street Beaus series and includes and strong, independent heroine and a similarly endowed hero who are thrown together under unusual situations and at odds with each other.
This is the second historical love from Sawyer North after Fair Weather Enemies released this previous February. He appears to delight in creating characters who like to spar with each other. Please delight in the unique excerpt picked for us by the author. The cover is to die for.
Lucy Locket, the long-lost granddaughter of a duchess, has never been a part of Society. One day, she was living a secluded life as the detainee of a criminal, and the next day she was an heiress in a world she did not even remotely understand.
All Henry Beaumont desires is to show himself to Society and step beyond his half-brother’s shadow. So, when the duchess asks him for a personal favor involving her recently found granddaughter– with a substantial thank-you reward at the end– he jumps at the opportunity.
Like oil and water, Lucy and Henry spar in an epic fight of wills– and even rapiers. Lucy’s past and her surprising, undeniable feelings for Henry may doom their undertaking if he states his love for her … because without a title, he can never ever be hers.
nails, and most certainly introducing any appendage into one’s nostrils at any time. And if you must cough, you must do so in near silence. To cough loudly marks you as …”.
” Lowborn, I know. When in the company of others, I might not engage in any human physical function or emotion, other than what may be expected of a boiled turnip.”.
The duchess put a hand to her mouth and chuckled gently. Henry appeared to neglect the duchess’s amusement. Not doing so is to supply implied approval of said indecency.
” If it goes without stating, then why must you say it? However, I digress. I am more curious to know what makes up indecency.”.
He rolled his eyes to the ceiling. “If you should understand, any talk of bodily functions, childbirth, amorous congress, month-to-month cycles …”.
” You stated ‘amorous congress’,” she disrupted. “What does that suggest?”.
Lucy understood effectively what it suggested however wanted to see him squirm. He squirmed.
” It indicates, er, ah, when a man and a female participate in, will we say, ah, physical congress of an intimate nature.”.
” Such as holding hands?”.
” No. More than holding hands.”.
Lucy brought her palms to her cheeks in mock surprise. “Such as kissing?”.
” No. More than kissing.”.
Cascading visions unfolded in her mind as Henry’s eyes bored a course through her soul. Of what it might be like for a male of his remarkable appearances and passionate strength to take her hand, to touch her face, to kiss her lips, and perhaps to … She shook her head as her drifting imagination dropped anchor once more. She clenched her fingers together with remarkable synthetic alarm.
” Do you speak, sir, of strumming? Giving the woman a green gown …”.
The duchess hardly included a combination of astonished gasps and swallowed laughter. “Where did you discover such vulgar terms?”.
She smiled innocently, though a little rattled by the unforeseen visions. “If you remember, sir, all the men I know are burglars, rascals, and cheats. Other than maybe for you, but I am still discussing that point.”.
He breathed in a deep breath. “Regardless, you need to not duplicate such words. That is exactly the indecency of which I speak.”.
” Then why are you not fainting, swooning, or displaying basic hysteria at this really circumstances?”.
He flinched as if he had simply been stabbed through the throat. “Since men do not react to such indecency.”.
” However females must respond or be considered vulgar?”.
Specifically as I have heard that it is common practice amongst nobles to carry out extramarital liaisons. Is that practice not repulsive?”.
Henry frowned, apparently captured in her trap. “You need to never ever speak of the affairs of others, especially those of guys.”.
” And concerning ladies? What of their affairs?”.
He nervously changed his cravat. “A female conducting an affair should take fantastic care not to get captured doing so or she will be avoided by Society.”.
” And what of the man in the affair? Should not he be avoided also?”.
Henry cleared his throat, looking extremely uncomfortable with the conversation. “Really, such affairs are somewhat expected of noblemen as a demonstration of virility.”.
She stared at him and blinked her eyes twice. “I see.”.
He moved in his chair. “Do not take a look at me that way. It is the expected method of things, and we should all pretend that such intermediaries do not occur.”.
Lucy nodded as she closed the web on the floundering male. Is that your way of thinking?”.
I discover that ‘way’ more than repulsive. The female I wed will mean the world to me, and I would rather pass away than supply her any reason to think she is not enough for me.”.
His enthusiastic tirade took Lucy aback. An ache grew within her– a desire to be the object of such dedication. Of his devotion.
Chapter 8, pages 95– 98.
” Henry and Lucy were ideal in every method, and the small talk and chemistry in between them was among the very best I have actually seen in a romance recently … Absolutely a favourite of mine!”– Sophie, Goodreads.
” This is the second book I have actually read by Mr. North and this one did not dissatisfy … The story moved along at an excellent pace and I was delighted with the way the challenges in their path to true love was fixed.”– Debra Martin, Goodreads.
” North produces a fantastic plot in the very first book in his brand-new Bow Street Beau’s series.”– Lindsay Gray, author of Fireworks and Gotcha.
Do you have a list of books you want you ‘d never read so you could read them once again for the very first time? After a couple of unpublishable manuscripts, I lastly found the rhythm and found a publisher ready to take a chance on an unknown male love writer. My partner is very pleased about this, as we are lastly checking out the same books.