By Stephanie Laurens
Unique e-book: 2001
What might you do if you happen to have been kissed by way of the main good-looking stranger you'd ever noticeable? 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 ft as she's strolling in the course of the courtyard one moonlit Christmas Eve, the beautiful, younger comtesse d'Lisle is aware he's as much as no solid. He's in actual fact a section dangerous... and clearly stuck in the midst of a clandestine rendezvous. Why else could he have risked his neck and jumped out of a window into the snow?
It's flawed, it's outlandish . . . and it's the main totally romantic gesture she's ever noticeable. So while the great sisters rush up, hard to understand if she has visible a guy at the grounds, Helena ignores the years of strict upbringing that insist she show his presence.
To lie will be a sin, yet nobody may be strong 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 may be, may still destiny decree that they meet back. even if Helena doesn't understand 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 means 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 mother or father has abruptly allowed her to discover a husband of her personal deciding on, and he or she has no goal of marrying any guy who attempts to tame her. There has to be somebody ideal for her . . . somebody 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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The Promise in a Kiss (Cynster) by Stephanie Laurens