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A sneak peek from my current WIP, the third book in the Howerty series.

“Are you planning to seduce me?”

He almost choked on his drink. Turning around he gave Nick a questioning look. “I beg your pardon?”

She raised a dainty shoulder in a shrug. “I’ve heard that bachelors usually try to seduce young ladies when they bring them into their bedchambers.”

Smiling wryly, he set his glass down and raised a sardonic eyebrow. “Well, these are not what I would call normal circumstances.”

“So you’re not planning to seduce me, then?”

“No.”

“Under normal circumstances, would you have?”

He gave her a suspicious look. “Did you want me to?”

Nick grinned widely. “No, I’m just curious.”

Running a hand through his hair, he sighed. “No, most definitely not.”

“Why not?” she asked, her lower lip pouting now. “Don’t you find me attractive?”

If he’d still had his drink, he was certain he would have choked for real at that moment. “You’re very attractive,” he said slowly. “But I don’t seduce innocent, young women.”

“Oh, I see.” She gave him a long look and then grinned mischievously. “So I have nothing to worry about then.”

“No, you’re quite safe.”