by Melanie Milburne, author of Playboy’s Lesson (Harlequin Presents)
After his latest scandal in the London press, Lucca Chatsfield has been exiled to the small principality of Preitalle in the Mediterranean to help plan a royal wedding with starchy Princess Charlotte, the younger sister of the bride.
But this is one punishment this notoriously irascible rake is determined to enjoy!
Lucca had it all planned. He would pop into the palace, meet the party-plan princess and then hotfoot it out of there and leave her to fuss over the flower arrangements and the wedding fripperies while he laid back on a sun-lounger on the nearest beach with a cocktail and a bikini-clad waitress by his side. Or three.
Lottie’s older sister Madeleine has just informed Lottie she is going to have some “help” flown in from the London Chatsfield to assist her in planning the wedding…
Lottie narrowed her gaze as the back of her neck began to prickle. ‘Who are they sending?’
‘One of the twin brothers.’
Hells bells… please let it not be… ‘Which one?’
Lottie blinked. Twice. Three times. ‘Did you say…?’
Madeleine nodded. ‘Yup.’
Lottie gulped. ‘The one whose photograph has been splashed all over the internet? The one in that hotel room wearing nothing but a studded leather – whatever it’s called?’
Playboy’s Lesson is Book Two of The Chatsfield continuity. I know how popular bad boys are with readers and I’ve enjoyed reading and writing them in the past. But I would have to say Lucca Chatsfield was easily the wickedest I’ve ever written. He relishes in the reckless scandals he causes so when he is cast into the meticulously ordered life of Princess Lottie there’s bound to be mischief aplenty!
‘Fine. Talk to me. What did you have in mind?’ He held up a hand. ‘No, let me guess. You’re thinking cucumber sandwiches, Earl Grey tea and scones in the conservatory, right?’
She sucked in her cheeks momentarily, bristling like a pedigree Persian cat in front of an ill-bred dog who was trying to pull off Best in Show. ‘You’re wrong. I was thinking of brunch.’
She frowned in irritation. ‘What’s your brilliant suggestion, then? Something tastefully inappropriate, I suppose?’
His eyes gleamed with something dark and dangerous. ‘Has this draughty old castle got a dungeon?’
I hope you enjoy Playboy’s Lesson and my prequel Engaged at the Chatsfield. Look out for my Chatsfield short story coming soon!
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