The Untouchable Earl
by Amy Sandas
Series: Fallen Ladies, #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Brooding heroes. I’ve always been drawn to them over all other hero types. They stay in my mind long after they attain their happy ending, perhaps because that HEA tends to be so hard-won. They tend to carry around scars that won’t heal and painful memories that won’t fade, closing themselves off from others, fearing judgement or further hurt. I love their complexity, their secrets, the deep inner darkness they don’t bother to hide, and the tenderness they don’t want you to find.
Who are my favorite brooding heroes?
Mr. Rochester from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre – Enclosed within the dark halls of Thornfield and surrounded by misty moors, Edward Rochester gives us the quintessential brooding hero. In possession of a “dark, irate, and piercing” gaze and an often times course, insulting manner, Rochester sees beyond Jane Eyre’s outward austerity to the passionate potential she keeps hidden within. He morosely admits to his many faults and numerous regrets, but the darkness of his past and present cannot keep him from yearning for freshness and purity. Some readers might consider his deceitfulness unforgivable, but no one could deny that Rochester is a man with a tortured past who falls desperately in love with a woman he should not claim.
Avenell Slade, the hero in my latest title, The Untouchable Earl, is also a wonderful brooder. Keeping people beyond arms reach is vital to his survival in a society that would scorn him for the physical affliction he acquired from a childhood illness. No one can know his secret, and that means no one can get too close. It is a wretched existence made only more devastating when he meets Lily Chadwick, a woman whose closeness he desires beyond all else.
Lily Chadwick has spent her life playing by society’s rules. But when an unscrupulous moneylender snatches her off the street and puts her up for auction at a pleasure house, she finds herself in the possession of a man who makes her breathless with terror and impossible yearning…
“Are you afraid?”
“Yes,” she replied in a soft voice. “But I love the way you frighten me.”
Though the reclusive Earl of Harte claimed Lily with the highest bid, he hides a painful secret—one that has kept him from knowing the pleasure of a lover’s touch. Even the barest brush of skin brings him physical pain, and he’s spent his life keeping the world at arms’ length. But there’s something about Lily that maddens him, bewitches him, compels him…and drives him toward the one woman brave and kind enough to seek to heal his troubled heart.
Amy Sandas' love of romance began one summer when she stumbled across one of her mother's Barbara Cartland books. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children in Wisconsin.