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Fated Hearts by Alina K. Field is a New Year, New Books Fete pick #Regency #regencyromance #historicalromance #romance #giveaway



Title: Fated Hearts

 

Author: Alina K. Field

 

Genre: Regency Romance

 

Book Blurb:

 

A Scottish Baron returning from two decades at war meets the daughter he denied was his, and the wife he divorced, only to learn that everything he’d believed to be true was a lie. What he can’t deny is that she’s the only woman he’s ever loved. They’re not the young lovers they once were, but when passion flares, it burns more hotly than ever it did in their youth.

 

They soon discover it wasn’t fate that drove them apart, but a jealous enemy, who played on his youthful arrogance and her vulnerability. Now that old enemy has resurfaced, more treacherous than ever. When his lady falls into a trap, can he reach her in time to rescue this love that never died?

 

Excerpt:

 

A crush was what they called these suffocating occasions, and the term was apt.

 

Major Finnley Macbeth, Scottish baron and late of his majesty’s Highland Brigade, shifted his weight from the leg that still ached like the devil, and scanned the room for his quarry, an undersecretary in the Home Office who he’d met at the army’s winter quarters in Frenada.

 

From his spot near a damask covered wall, he measured each breath, trying to calm his rising unease. The heavy scent of perfume mixed with fine beeswax and hothouse florals unsettled more than his stomach. The shimmering silks and waving plumes threatened to stir the disquieting visions plaguing him lately.

 

Fire, explosions, rain, the screams of men and horse.

 

He squeezed his hands into fists. These were not the hellish memories of the recent past, dammit, but rattling visions of some battle yet to come.

 

Or not. Foretelling the future was for Travelers and crones, wasn’t it? Not battle-hardened men like himself.

 

He inhaled slowly, holding the breath for a count, and then eased the air out. Best keep his purpose in mind—he was here to track down Sir Thomas Abernathy, lately arrived in London, and rumored to be attending this rout.

 

His gaze swept the room, seeking the distinctive bald pate. In spite of his own forty-three years, his eyesight was still keen enough to make out a sniper or spot the dust of a fleeing stag. Keen enough as well to relish the deep décolletages and clinging, delicate, almost transparent skirts on display this night, a vision far more cheering than the one the Sight was showing him.

 

A more modestly clad woman stood alone halfway across the ballroom, her back turned to him, surveying the room as he was doing.

 

A memory stabbed him, laced with an old shame. He’d once known a lass with hair like this, so abundant, so near to black. The lady tonight had crowned all the loveliness with dark feathers, like a glorious cormorant. His hand itched to pull out those feathers and rake his hands through the tumble of hair, as he’d once done…

 

He caught a steadying breath. It couldn’t be her. He’d simply been without a woman too long.

 

And these visions plaguing him of he knew not what? That foolishness grew from naught but fatigue, the wages of war, and the steady company of too much death. Napoleon had been defeated. He must put the memories of battle and that more distant passion aside. The lovely lady with feathers atop her head was only a stranger wondering where her man had got to.

 

Yet he couldn’t turn away. As he watched, she pivoted one way, and then the other, allowing a glimpse of dangling earbobs and a firm chin.

 

Drawn to her, he stepped out on his bad leg just as she turned.

 

Pain shot through his hip. The room threatened to fall away but he held onto the pain, let it shore him up whilst he swore a silent curse.

 

It was her.

 

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It’s a brand-new year, full of possibilities. Did you make any resolutions/goals for 2024? If so, please share one.

 

I resolved to take more time to sew this year, a hobby I’ve had since I was a teenager. I’m not very good at it, but I realized finally this year that it’s because I’m too much of a perfectionist. I decided I just have to enjoy the process.

 

Why is your featured book a must-read in 2024?

 

This book is part of a series that reimagines tragic characters in literature, setting them in the Regency and giving them a happy ending. The characters are based quite loosely on the characters in Macbeth. It’s an emotional story and yes, it has a happy ending.

 

Giveaway –

 

One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon gift card

 

 

Open internationally.

 

Runs January 1 – 31, 2024

 

Drawing will be held on February 1, 2024.

 


Author Biography:

 

Award winning and USA Today bestselling author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature but prefers the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California, where she shares a midcentury home with her spunky, blond rescued terrier and a friendly chihuahua. She is the author of several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring. Though hard at work on her next series of romantic adventures, she loves to hear from readers!

 

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Jan 09

Thank you, Alina, for sharing your book in our New Year, New Books Fete! I love this story so much. It's still one of my all-time favorites.

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