The first of two pictures I did for Lauren Smith's Her Wicked Longing, her latest book in the League of Rogues series. Gillian Beaumont, a lady's maid, while at the modiste's, catches a glimpse of the earl of Pembroke while en dishabille. He mistakes her for her mistress, not realizing she's actually the maid. Shenanigans ensue!
With smoulder like that I'm not surprised Milords thoughts inclined more to the erotic than the domestic ... though one hopes that all this confusion was cleared up before the young lady lost her Character (or at the very least that no ravishment ensued!).
He's actually very honorable in the story! There's tons of UST (Unstated Sexual Tension) before the Adventure starts. I'll be very interested in seeing what happens to the couple (the book is actually two prequel novellas packaged together, with novels to follow).
I should hope he is - lusting after the Staff, who must risk either their employment or their Good Reputation (or more probably BOTH) is the surest sign of a caddish houseguest, at least when one beholds some aristocrat of the Old World!
He's Manfully trying to Restrain himself, and he doesn't actually Do anything... perhaps he should get a gold star for effort?
ooh, love her books!