HUMP DAY HUNK with Vanda Vadas
Thank you AusRomToday, and readers, for your interest in learning about the hero in my historical debut novel, THE PIRATE LORD.
Without further ado, I’m more than pleased to introduce you to Miles Zachary Fenton. Miles ‘had been groomed to inherit the title of Duke of Arlington and all the responsibilities that came with it. To know and understand all matters of running the estate, of caring for and overseeing the wellbeing of those who tenanted and worked the lands.’
Alas, life does not always go according to plan. Miles is conspired against and is forced to flee his home and country. Instead of fulfilling his duties as a Duke, he adopts the life and identity of a pirate.
His nickname “Captain Heartless” is not so much indicative of a callous or brutal man, but rather someone who spurns the notion of ever falling in love with a woman. More important issues rule his heart: a deep-seated hate and a vengeance driving his very existence.
In this, their first encounter, Miles meets his match in Lady Eloise Blakely.
A man stood at the foot of the terrace steps. Their eyes met. It was not so much his presence that disturbed her, but rather his attire, illuminated well enough by the sconces placed intermittently up the balustrade.
Knee-high boots, breeches and shirt melded into one stark splash of black. Ebony hair, neatly tied in a queue, fell past his collar. A wide, black satin mask concealed the upper portion of his features, leaving only the tip of his nose, mouth and jaw exposed. He glanced surreptitiously to his left, towards the gardens, then back at her, past her shoulder, and re-settled his gaze on her face.
She called down to him. ‘Who are you? State your name and business!’
He ignored her demand and began a purposeful ascent, stopping three steps below her. His eyes, hypnotic coal pools, filled her with a sense of foreboding. In spite of her adamant words, she thought herself mad to single-handedly confront the masked stranger.
She stood her ground. ‘Who are you? This is a private celebration and you’re trespassing.’
‘My business is not your concern.’
Indeed it is! Lady Eloise is not so easily dismissed, much less be spoken to as though she were one of his crewman, his to command and obey.
Miles had hoped to single out and confront the bane of his past. Instead, the fiery temptress is intent on adding to his grief. But if we’re to have his true opinion of her? In his own words, ‘Sail the stars, she’s a piece!’
The Pirate Lord
Can love for his beautiful, aristocratic captive rescue Miles from his lust for revenge?
A family tragedy steeped in deceit and betrayal saw Lady Eloise Blakely vow never to fall victim to a man’s charms, let alone invite him into her bed. Until fate swept her aboard a pirate’s ship and into its captain’s embrace.
Yet when he reveals a dark secret, her lover becomes her enemy…
Ten years ago, Miles Zachary Fenton was framed for murder. For so long he has fought to clear his name and reclaim his dukedom. Now, when both appear to be just within reach, he is forced to abduct a meddling beauty, one who wreaks havoc with his emotions and complicates his plans…