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Elizabeth Bennet is relieved when the difficult Mr. Darcy leaves the area after the Netherfield Ball. But she soon runs afoul of Lord Henry, a Viscount who thinks to force her into marrying him by slandering her name and ruining her reputation. An outcast in Meryton, and even within her own family, Elizabeth has nobody to turn to and nowhere to go.
Darcy successfully resisted Elizabeth’s charms during his visit to Hertfordshire, but when he learns of her imminent ruin, he decides he must propose to save her from disaster. However, Elizabeth is reluctant to tarnish Darcy’s name by association…and the viscount still wants her…
The viscount pulled himself up to his full height, a few inches shorter than Darcy, and held out his hand to Elizabeth. “Elizabeth, come away. There are things we must discuss.”
“I have said everything that needs saying,” Elizabeth responded coolly.
The sound of her Christian name on the man’s lips made Darcy bristle. “You may speak in my presence,” he said.
Lord Henry made an irritated gesture. “She is my betrothed, Darcy. There are things we must discuss.”
Perhaps the viscount believed Elizabeth would not contradict him before witnesses. If so, he did not have a firm grasp on her character.
“I pray you, sir, remind me again when we became betrothed? I recall refusing your offer, and I am quite sure I have not told you otherwise.” Elizabeth’s eyes flashed as she spoke. “Do you remember our conversation differently?”
The sarcasm was not lost on Lord Henry. His face flushed even redder, and his lips were set in a thin line.
“I have found,” Darcy drawled, “that women usually know if they are betrothed.”
The viscount scowled at Elizabeth. “I do not believe you have a choice, my dear.”
“It is not the practice in England to force women into marriage,” Darcy said. “If Miss Bennet does not wish to be betrothed to you, she will not be.”
Lord Henry gave Darcy a disdainful look and then glared at Elizabeth. “You have no other options—after what has passed between us.”
Darcy’s insides curdled at these words. What had Elizabeth suffered? But he kept his face carefully blank.
Elizabeth frowned at the man, her hands balled into fists at her sides. “Nothing passed between us save some rather awkward compliments on my beauty and a very unappealing kiss.”
The viscount grimaced. “Nobody believes that was all! Your own family scoffed at the idea.”
It is interesting, Darcy thought, that when he is almost alone with Elizabeth, he does not bother to deny her assertion. Darcy folded his arms over his chest; perhaps that would prevent him from striking the other man. “I believe her,” he said forcefully.
Elizabeth’s head swung toward Darcy, her lips slightly apart.
Darcy continued, “In my experience, Miss Elizabeth has always been honest to a fault.” Elizabeth’s jaw dropped as he spoke; did she not expect him to come to her defense? “Further, I have too high an opinion of her judgment to believe she would willingly consort with you.”
The viscount was momentarily struck dumb at the insult. Another man might have challenged Darcy to a duel for such a slight, but Lord Henry was a coward. After a minute he regained control, straightening his shoulders with a sneer. “Now I see how it is, Darcy. You want her for yourself. I damaged the goods, and now you hope to purchase them at a reduced price.”
The callousness in the other man’s words made Darcy’s entire body tighten with anger. Surely Lord Henry did not believe that. Surely he did not regard Elizabeth as something to be bought and sold like a bolt of cloth in a milliner’s shop! Outrage stopped his throat.
“Well, I won’t have it!” Lord Henry declared. “I put forth the effort, and she is now mine for the taking.”
Darcy finally found his voice. “I do not have the aspirations to which you allude, sir.” His words were excruciatingly polite, but his tone was acid. He advanced on the other man, hoping to intimidate him into departing. “You have insulted me and this lady in every possible way. I suggest you mount your horse and leave before I am forced to take action!” Using his superior height to advantage, he loomed over the viscount, who backed away a few paces.
Lord Henry grasped his horse’s reins with a trembling hand, pointing a threatening finger at Darcy. “This is not over, Darcy! She is not yours to have. She is mine.”
Darcy was astonished at the sound of Elizabeth’s laughter. “And here I believed I belong to myself.” She tapped a thoughtful finger to her lips. “How in the world could I have been so mistaken?”
Well, folks, what do you think of that excerpt? Darcy's rush to help is 'so Darcy'! Elizabeth's reaction is true to her character as well. Lord Henry, I don't think I'm going to like him at all! What about the rest of you? Have any of you read it yet? I hope to read it soon! I have definitely had my interest piqued!
Now it's giveaway time! Ms. Kincaid is offering a paperback or eBook of Darcy' Honor, winner's choice and it's international! Readers, the giveaway will end at 11:59 PM on the 30th of April. Leave a comment to be entered and please make sure I can reach you should you be the winner. Good luck to all and Happy Monday!
Ms. Kincaid, thank for the giveaway and for being my guest today. I have been following your blog stops and have enjoyed reading your posts and excerpts. Best wishes with this new release.
Oh my! I love this excerpt. Lord Henry? What a cad! Good for Darcy, I hope Elizabeth appreciates his support. I am really looking forward to reading this book so would love to win. Thank you so much for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
Hi Glynis, Yes, he is a cad! Good luck with the giveaway.Delete
Ah yes, Darcy being Darcy and coming to Elizabeth's rescue. But I sense that there will be some more turbulence between Henry and Darcy ...ReplyDelete
“And here I believed I belong to myself.” Did any woman of the time truly believe this?
Many thanks for the excerpt and the giveaway offer.
Hi, I think Elizabeth did believe that she belonged to herself, but I think she was unusual for her time. Good luck with the giveaway!Delete
This story sounds like fun reading!ReplyDelete
I'm looking forward to it��
Ms Kincaid never disappoints!
Hi Billi, Thank you for being a faithful reader and good luck!Delete
Shut the front door!!! This book sounds amazing and I can't wait. Thank you for giving us a chance.ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you liked it! Good luck with the giveaway.Delete
Love the excerpt! Lord Henry sounds like a real wimp but what happened? I am amazed that Elizabeth can laugh as a woman is in a real predicament if her reputation is in question. What will Darcy do? Thank you for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
Hi Eva, I agree that most women might not laugh in such a situation, but Elizabeth is unique! Good luck with the giveaway.Delete
Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing it and for the giveaway. jadseah4 (at) yahooReplyDelete
I'm so glad you liked it and good luck!Delete
I'm surprised that Lord Henry didn't stamp his foot while saying "Well, I won’t have it!” He sounds like he would have done something like that. But, perhaps he did, and Victoria decided to just include the salient parts.ReplyDelete
Hi Ginna, Lord Henry is definitely used to having his way. Good luck with the giveaway!Delete
Hmmmm, wonder why a viscount would be so determined to marry someone who is neither rich nor aristocratic. Looking forward to finding out!ReplyDelete
Hi Miriam, Good observation! Lord Henry actually has ulterior motives. Good luck with the giveaway.Delete
This sounds great! I love the cover. Thank you for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
I am not liking lord Henry at all
I love this cover! I can't wait until I have a copy of this book! Thanks for the post!ReplyDelete
I think this captures Mr.Darcy perfectly. Though I am not sure he would be able to contain himself completely in the presence of such a vile man.ReplyDelete
My favourite quote from this excerpt is:ReplyDelete
“I have found,” Darcy drawled, “that women usually know if they are betrothed.”
It's one of the many little pieces of humour sprinkled throughout Victoria's latest book. The tone of this one is somewhat more serious than her last two but the humour is still there, as I've said. I'm sure anyone who hasn't already read it is in for a treat.
As I've had that pleasure already, I'm not leaving my details for the giveaway.
Yay! Another chance to win, thanks! I'm still not reading excerpts, I just can't handle them. If I read an interesting piece, I want to know how it ends, and preferably today! But a handsome Darcy to the rescue is always good.ReplyDelete
Great excerpt! I'm really looking forward to reading this book. Congratulations on your new book, Victoria, and thanks for the giveaway!!ReplyDelete
I love Elizabeth's wit and how Darcy steps up in her defense. I hope Lord Henry gets what's coming to him... can't wait to read your newest release !ReplyDelete
The cover is beautiful, the story is fascinating. Sounds like Lord Henry needs to be taught a lesson that he will not forget. I am hoping he gets his just desserts at the hands of Darcy or his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam.ReplyDelete
My goodness!!! What a truly awful thing to say of a lady he wishes to marry! That he has spoiled the goods and Darcy merely wants to purchase them at a cheaper price!ReplyDelete
I don't know how Darcy kept his cool!!
Am delighted with Lizzy's response and the fact that Darcy is going to save the day.......
he is going to save the day,isn't he??!!!!
Thanks to all concerned for the opportunity up win this book!!!
Best of luck with this one,Victoria!
Sounds like a good book. I have one of her books.ReplyDelete
What an intriguing excerpt!!!ReplyDelete
Can't wait to find out the circumstances surrounding his thinly veiled contempt for those who were homeschooled.
Cannot fathom why he is so outrageously angry and stubbornly refusing to listen to Bingley. He is certainly demonstrating his superiority to us lesser mortals!!
Must admit to secretly looking forward to being privy to their next meeting! It won't be pretty!!
Loved this post,the photos and the excerpt, one that was just enough to whet our appetite and pique our curiosity!!!
Many thanks to all concerned for the giveaway!!