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Can one woman save a
Book Two of BY HONOR BOUND
Queen Anne of 17th-century France has been kidnapped. Can Laurel and the musketeers find and rescue her without telling King Louis XIII? And what happens to the musketeers and France if they fail?
Section One Excerpt
The marquise de Langeac cursed in what could best
be described as a most unladylike fashion as she dabbed the nib of the
quill in the inkwell. Rapidly, she finished penning the letter to Milord
Compton, complaining tactfully—she really had tried to use more
tact this time—about the lack of trust he was placing in her ability
as an agent of the crown.
He quite simply refused to send her on any but the most
mundane of missions, which left her in a most restless state, stuck at
the palace in Paris after numerous little innocuous missions. Hard to
believe she’d only returned to Paris a fortnight earlier. Still,
despite Anne and Constance’s efforts, she was, quite frankly, lousy
at playing the political-courtier game and hated being hunted as a marital
mark, whether it be for her title, her lands, her wealth, or some combination
of the aforementioned attributes.
Granted, she had been fortunate enough to avoid the fate
of being gossiped into a bad reputation, or the undignified solecism of
social ostracism. Polite society had, ironically enough, begun to accept
her as a delightful eccentric. No doubt, that could be attributed in large
part to her great inheritance, extensive estates, title, and her own father’s
widespread influence. And yet, all she was expected to do was marry well.
Zut. The blessed state of marriage. What tomfoolery.
She had little genuine desire to marry, and she had long been resigned
to being a spinster only to find herself thwarted when she became an heiress.
Drat the conventions of society. Those very conventions and unwritten
codes that sent Laurel chomping at the bit to do something more satisfying
than looking pretty and breeding heirs.
Not to mention, she’d be uncommonly lucky if Compton
responded to her letter with any semblance of swiftness.
Still, she supposed she had been very lucky in many respects.
Truly lucky that she could keep up her fencing and could read and write
and had more freedom than any other single woman or most married women.
Come to think of it, more freedom than even most widows.
Then again, she was also very fortunate no one had figured out that it was she who had dressed up as a lad and kissed the duc de Rouen with a touch of abandonment in plain sight of half the King’s Musketeers. Otherwise, she might truly have been condemned or forced to marry Aramis whether she wanted to or not. That had not been one of her wisest decisions. . . .
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