The Newlywed Game with Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm and his bride Lady Thea
What did your spouse wear on your first meeting?
Thea: A frown, then a scowl, then an expression involving his eyebrows that conveys skepticism, impatience, banked frustration, and perhaps a bit of dyspepsia.
Noah: Lest anybody have the wrong impression, I was also wearing riding attire, if I recall correctly.
Her Grace was attired in weary dignity, not a stitch of humor or hope upon her person. I do recall a watch pinned to her bodice, which she checked frequently, even as I attempted to offer her a proposal or marriage.
Thea: I wore a day dress, and I only checked the watch once, mostly because I could not fathom why anybody would leave me alone with a man of Anselm's conceit--I mean consequence.
What is your spouse’s most-repeated word or phrase?
Noah: Her Grace can speak volumes simply by referring to me as "Anselm." She has an array of "Really, Anselm?'s" or, "Anselm, must you's?" Or even just, "Anselm's." In two syllables, I can be chastised, chided, teased, doubted, warned, and lectured. My duchess is amazing.
Thea: Really, Anselm.
His Grace is prone to refer extravagantly to "my duchess," or he addresses me as "Duchess," or "Dearest duchess." And then the ducal eyebrow soars aloft, and I've been taken to task, rebuked, or flirted with. Anselm, do not attempt to gainsay me.
Noah: Never would I undertake such folly, my dearest Duchess.
When was the first time you kissed each other?
Thea: We didn't kiss each other. His Grace kissed me, at my request, because when proposing to a woman a man ought to kiss her, and Anselm had overlooked this fundamental gesture of affection. I now believe he was rattled, but at the time, his oversight had me rather worried.
Noah: I was not rather rattled. I was a complete ninnyhammer in so far over my head it's a wonder Her Grace didn't laugh me to scorn--though it was a lovely little kiss, if I do say so myself.
At my request, Her Grace bestowed upon me one tender, nearly chaste--Madam, it's considered bad form to strike one's husband--well, Her Grace kissed me only the once prior to the service, and we're quite married. That ought to make the situation clear enough.
Thea: An excellent response, Your Grace, and brevity is the soul of marital accord.
The Duke’s Disaster
Author: Grace Burrowes
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical Romance
Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, exercises the pragmatism for which he's infamous when his preferred choice of bride cries off, and her companion, Lady Thea Collins, becomes his next choice for his duchess. Lady Thea's mature, sensible and even rather attractive-what could possibly go wrong?
As a lady fallen on hard times, Thea doesn't expect tender sentiments from His Grace, but she does wish Noah had courted her trust, lest her past turn their hastily arranged marriage into a life of shared regrets. Is His Grace courting a convenient wife, or a beautiful disaster?
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.
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