The Spare by Carolyn Jewel
(Sexy Regency Historical Romance)

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Synopsis

Olivia Willow is missing a day from her life and now the new Earl of Teirn-Cope suspects she had a hand in his brother's death.

Captain Sebastian Alexander, late of His Majesty's Royal Navy, is The Spare who inherits an earldom and Pennhyll Castle after the death of his older brother. Red-haired Olivia Willow is invited to Pennhyll to even out the numbers. She's missing a day from her life. Is it possible that she had something to do with the murder of Sebastian's brother? Olivia isn't what he assumes and as the truth about what happened to his brother slowly comes to light, Sebastian's life is changed forever.

The Spare was originally published in 2004. It is about 95,000 words (325 pages).

"A conflict, supported by an alpha hero and strong-willed heroine and entangled with a mystery, turns Jewel's tale into a delightful battle-of-wills romance, tinged with suspense. Jewel handles complex plotting with ease and creates a compelling story and characters that captivate." Kathe Robin, Romantic Times

:It was so enjoyable to see that obsession grow and morph Sebastian. When the story begins he is an entirely self-sufficient military man focused on his career and indifferent to women. He needs a wife, yes, but for dynastic purposes only. When Olivia crosses his path, he sees her bright red hair and forthright ways and assumes she is both easy and prey. That she is neither is a realization that creeps up on him." Rachel Potter, Likes Books

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Olivia faced the portrait again, absorbing the austere face. “Cold, those eyes,” she said, thinking how different he seemed from Andrew. “As if he had no heart at all.” A rather harsh opinion to hold of the man she used to imagine would fall helplessly in love with her. Not that she ever believed he would. Valorous sea captains might fall in love with redheaded spinsters, but, alas, noblemen did not.
“Miss Willow,” said Julia Cage. “We find him dreadfully handsome. Even if he were not a hero, all we ladies would think him quite the gallant. If you were still in your youth, I’m sure you’d feel the same.”
“Certainly,” she said.
“You see, Miss Willow?” Fitzalan said. “Not cold. Just stern. Don’t you agree? As an officer must be.”
Olivia spoke softly. “Tell me, Lord Fitzalan, were you well acquainted with the previous earl?”
“He stopped coming to London two or three years ago, but before that we saw each other now and again.”
“Since you have known them both, what is your opinion of him?” From the corner of her eye, she saw Miss Cage watching and listening intently. The subject of Tiern-Cope fascinated everyone.
“Captain Alexander, or, I should say, Lord Tiern-Cope, may not have his brother’s charm, but do not discount him on that score. He is—” Fitzalan tipped his head to one side, searching for the correct word “—formidable.”
Diana gasped. “He’s been disfigured, hasn’t he?”
The room fell silent.
“James?” Diana sat straight. One hand drifted to her bosom, and eyes big as sixpence fixed on her brother, pleading for a denial. “Maimed in the war,” she said. “And ashamed to show his ruined face.”
A collective gasp came from the ladies. Were all their hopes, then, to be pinned not on an earl by all accounts eager to take a wife, but on a viscount who’d so far proved immune to marriage-minded ladies?
Fitzalan’s smile faded. “Surely, ladies, the allure of nobility and wealth will overcome the impact of any infirmities?”
“He is disfigured.” Diana closed her eyes. When she opened them, they glistened with tears. “How badly has he been scarred? Tell me, James. Please, I must know.”
“Nonsense, Miss Royce,” Olivia said. “He was wounded in the chest. On the side, just here.”
Fitzalan said, “Who told you that?”
The pile of coals in the fireplace tumbled down with a hiss and a flare of light. But that wasn’t what made Olivia look away from the viscount. She looked away because the salon door swung open with a faint whoosh of air over the Chinese carpet, and the ear
 

About Carolyn Jewel

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COURTNEY MILANCourtney Milan's debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, she's been a New York Times and a USA Today bestseller, and her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She's been a RITA finalist and an RT Reviewer's Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010.Courtney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing historical romance, she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating... Having given up on being able to do any of those things, she's taken to heart the axiom that those who can't do, teach. When she's not reading (lots), writing (lots), or sleeping (not enough), she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom. CAROLYN JEWELCarolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master's degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has three cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.SHERRY THOMASSherry Thomas burst onto the scene with PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008. Her sophomore book, DELICIOUS, is a Library Journal Best Romance of 2008. Her next two books, NOT QUITE A HUSBAND and HIS AT NIGHT, are back-to-back winners of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award for Best Historical Romance in 2010 and 2011. Lisa Kleypas calls her "the most powerfully original historical romance author working today."Her story is all the more interesting given that English is Sherry's second language--she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger's SWEET SAVAGE LOVE with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession. Carolyn Jewel lives in Santa Rosa, CA. Sherry Thomas arrived on American soil at age thirteen. Within a year, with whatever English she scraped together and her trusty English-Chinese dictionary by her side, she was already plowing through the 600-page behemoth historical romances of the day. The vocabulary she gleaned from those stories of unquenchable ardor propelled her to great success on the SAT and the GRE and came in very handy when she turned to writing romances herself. Sherry has a B.S. in economics from Louisiana State University and a master's degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in central Texas with her husband and two sons. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, playing computer games with her boys, and reading some more. "From the Paperback edition.
 
Published March 25, 2011 by Carolyn Jewel, Author. 305 pages
Genres: History, Romance, War, Literature & Fiction, Erotica. Fiction

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