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Grace Elliot ~ Hope’s Betrayal

One wild, winter’s night two worlds collide.

Known for his ruthless efficiency, Captain George Huntley is sent to stamp out smuggling on the south coast of England. On a night raid, the Captain captures a lanky lad, but finds his troubles are just beginning when the lad turns out to be a lass, Hope Tyler.

With Hope as bait, the Captain sets a trap to catch the rest of the gang. But in a battle of wills, with his reputation at stake, George Huntley starts to respect feisty, independent Hope. Challenged by her sea-green eyes and stubborn loyalty Huntley now faces a new threat – his growing attraction to a sworn enemy. And a love where either Hope betrays her own kind, or Captain Huntley is court-marshalled, is not an easy destiny to follow.

 

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*****

Injured on a smuggling run, Hope wakes to face the naval officer who captured her. 

 

Hope kept her eyes closed as she became conscious of a man’s heavy tread pacing the room. She waited until he was at the window and opened her eyelids a fraction. With the light behind him she saw an athletic man with wide shoulders, tall enough to have to stoop under the sloping eaves. Her stomach felt hollow with foreboding, for without doubt, this was the same man who’d pursued her over the dunes.

He must have sensed a change in her breathing, for suddenly he turned. He stared, with piercing blue eyes that penetrated her soul. Dressed in a naval uniform, the jacket cuffs ringed with gold braid, the man exuded authority. He continued to stare, his face unreadable; wilful, she decided, and yet uncommonly handsome. She blushed and reached for the covers, pulling them up to her chin.

“So, enough pretending. You are awake at last.” His voice, deep and melodic, brooked no argument.

“Please, sir, where am I?”

“Under house arrest.” He growled, obviously no friend. And yet, she touched her bandaged head, someone had taken care of her.

“You are in pain?” His consideration was surprising.

“Not so much now.”

The answer pleased him. “Good, then you have some explaining to do.”

“Please, sir, who are you?”

The man threw her a sideways glance and started to pace.

“Captain Huntley, RN. And you are?”

She decided against lying, her name alone couldn’t incriminate her family.

“Hope Tyler.”

“Well Miss Tyler, have you the slightest idea how much trouble you’re in?”

“Yes.”

The Captain stared at the ceiling. “A man died because of your felony. A Revenue man. He leaves a wife and three children.”

“I’m so sorry.” She whispered in distress.

“His fellow officers are baying for blood.”

Hope trembled, things were worse than she imagined.

“Someone must hang for his death.”

Her throat closed over.

“Be it you…or the man who pulled the trigger….my men don’t care.” Captain Huntley stepped closer, his presence dominating the room. She couldn’t breathe, he seemed made of granite, his eyes like flints, sparking with anger. “But I’m different.” His expression softened imperceptibly. “I like to think of myself as a fair man.”

Hope nodded, to encourage him.

“Any fool can see you are just a bit-player, a lackey. The men I want are the leaders, those who finance the contraband and organise the landings. Tell me who they are, and I shall intercede on your behalf with the authorities.”

“What if I don’t know their names?”

His wide mouth twitched downward. “Then I cannot help you.”

She would have shaken her head had it not been too painful. “The men you speak of aren’t stupid. They will know I am taken, and know if I betray them. If I do… they will come for my family.”

“Then put them behind bars.”

“It’s too risky. This way, it’s only me.”

He tried to hide it, but he looked surprised. She saw him drinking in the logic of her words and a shadow darkened his face. Clasping his hands behind his back, he turned to stare through the window.

“Tell me,” he said benignly, “what does it feel like to be abandoned? Because that’s what the smugglers did. Sailed away without a backward glance and left you to your fate.”

 

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Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and an author of historical romance by night. Grace is an avid reader and believes intelligent people need to read romance – as an antidote to the modern world. She works in a companion animal practice near London and is housekeeping staff to five demanding felines.

“Hope’s Betrayal” is Grace’s third historical romance novel – to find out more please visit: https://www.amazon.com/author/graceelliot

Blog: “Fall in Love With History” http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com

Twitter: @Grace_Elliot

 

 

HOPPINESS AND MORE!

Hoppy Winner and more contests!

Thanks so much, everyone who stopped by during the Hoppy Easter Blog Hop! It was fun to read all the comments about spring, which means so many different things to people.

Without further ado, here is our WINNER!!!

The random number generator picked Kathyrn’s comment, and she has won a $10 All Romance EBooks gift certificate plus her choice of one download from my backlist. Congratulations, Kathryn!

We have THREE more contests coming up this month!

First is our monthly Newsletter contest – this month, very simple. If you’re a subscriber to our newsletter, and you leave a comment on any post here at our blog during the month of April, you’re entered for another $10 All Romance EBooks gift certificate. Winner will be drawn May 1 – check out the sign-up widget on the left to launch your subscription!

Sapphic PlanetNext is a Blog Tour for the Sapphic Planet anthology, which includes our short story, “Accidental Contact.” The tour runs April 23 through May 4 and the prize is one download of the anthology. To enter, leave a comment on any of the tour stops – the more posts you comment on, the more chances you have to win! You can get links to all the tour stops HERE.

And running from April 1st through May 15th – the Night Owl Romance Spring Fling Webhunt ~ click the logo below for details on all the prizes and participants!

 

PayPal ~ Take Action!

If you want to keep buying and reading your favorite spicy erotic romance and erotica, now is the time to take action. Two weeks ago PayPal required several bookselling sites to remove certain categories of offending material from their websites and several of my favorite authors had books taken down. PayPal claimed pressure from the credit card companies as the reason for their action, but new information over the weekend disproves this claim.

Visa and Forbes have weighed in, confirming that Visa did not require PayPal to institute their restrictions on erotica content, and Change.org has created a petition to PayPal. This fight is nowhere near finished!

Here are the links:

Forbes

Visa’s letter to Banned Writers:

Change.org petition

If you care about your own freedom to purchase and read whatever you like, head over and sign the petition!

 

 
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