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Rachel Hill | 487 comments This scene to me is hilarious, the heroine is looking for a research partner of sorts and this is their first meeting.

“You are overthinking it, Lady Heroine. Lord Simpleton may not be the sharpest of wits, but I have no doubt he’ll find his way in the marriage bed.”
Her brows snapped together. “I do have a doubt.”
“You shouldn’t.”
“I don’t think you understand,” she said. “It is critical that I know what to expect. That I am prepared for it. Well. Don’t you see? This is all wrapped up in the single most important task I shall have as wife.”
“Which is?”
“Procreation.” The word— scientific and unemotional— should not have called to him. It should not have
conjured long limbs, and soft flesh, and wide, bespectacled eyes. But it did. He shifted uncomfortably as she went on.
“I quite like children, so I’m sure that bit will be fine. But you see, I require the understanding in question. And, since you are purported to be such an expert on the topic, I could not imagine anyone better to assist me in my research.”
“The topic of children?”
She sighed her frustration. “The topic of breeding.”
He should like to teach her everything he knew about breeding.
“Mr. Hero?”
He cleared his throat. “You don’t know me.”
She blinked.
Apparently the thought had not occurred to her. “Well. I know of you. That is enough. You shall make an excellent research associate.”
“Research in what?”
“I have done a great deal of reading on the subject, but I would like to better understand it. So that I might happily enter into marriage without any concerns. To be honest, the brute-beast bit is rather unnerving.”
“I imagine it is,” he said dryly.
And still, she talked, as though he weren’t there.
“I also understand that for women who are . . . untried . . . sometimes the act in question is not entirely . . . pleasant. In that particular case, the research will help, I should think. In fact, I hypothesize that if I have the benefit of your vast experience, both Simpleton and I will have a more enjoyable time of it. We’ll have to do it several
times before it takes, I’m guessing, so anything you can do to shed light on the activity . . .”
For some reason, it was growing difficult for Hero to hear her.
To hear his own thoughts. Surely she hadn’t just said . . .
“They’re coupled pendula.”
He followed the direction of her gaze, to the swaying metal orbs, set in motion in the same direction, now moving in opposition to each other. No matter how precisely they were set along the same path, one of the large weights would ultimately reverse its position. Always.
“They are.”
“One impacts the movement of the other,” she said, simply.
“That is the theory, yes.”
She nodded, watching the silver orbs swing toward each other, and away. Once. Twice. She looked up at him, all seriousness. “If I am to take a vow, I should like to understand all the bits and pieces of it. Carnal lust is no doubt something I should understand. And do you know why marriage might appeal to men as brute beasts?”
A vision flashed, crooked fingertips on flesh, blue eyes blinking up at him, wide with pleasure.
Yes. He absolutely knew.
She nodded once, taking him at his word.
“It obviously has something to do with coitus.” Dear God.
She explained. “There’s a bull in Coldharbor, where my father’s estate is. I am not as green as
you think.”
“If you think that a bull in a pasture is anything like a human male, you are absolutely as green as I think.”
“You see? That is precisely why I require your assistance.”
Shit. He’d walked right into her trap. He forced himself not to move. To resist her pull.
“I understand you’re very good at it,” she continued, unaware of the havoc she was quietly wreaking.
Or, perhaps entirely aware. He could no longer tell. Could no longer trust himself.
“Is that true?”
“No,” he said, instantly. Perhaps it would make her leave.
“I know enough about men to know that they wouldn’t admit a lack of faculty in this area, Mr. Hero. Surely you don’t expect me to believe that.” She laughed, the sound bright and fresh and out of place in this dark room. “As an obvious man of science . . . I should think you would be willing to assist me in my research.”
“Your research in the mating habits of bulls?”
Her smile turned amused. “My research in carnal lust and appetites.”
There was only one option. Terrifying her into leaving. Insulting her into it. “You’re asking me to fuck you?”
Her eyes went wide.
“Do you know, I’ve never heard that word spoken aloud.”
And, like that, with her simple, straightforward pronouncement, he felt like vermin. He opened his mouth to apologize.

She beat him to it, speaking as though he were a child. As though they were discussing something utterly ordinary. “I see I wasn’t clear. I don’t want you to perform the act, so to speak. I would simply like you to help me to better understand it.”
“Understand it.”
“Precisely. Per the vows and the children and the rest.” She paused, then added, “A lecture of sorts. In animal husbandry. Of sorts.”
“Find someone else. Of another sort.”
Her gaze narrowed at his mocking tone. “There is no one else.”
“Have you looked?”
“Who do you think would explain the process to me? Certainly not my mother.”
“And what of your sisters? Have you asked them?”
“First, I’m not certain that Tweedle 1 or Tweedle 2 have much interest in or experience with the act itself. And Sixpence . . . She turns absurd when asked about anything to do with her husband. On about love and whatnot.” She rolled her eyes. “There’s no place for love in research.”
His brows rose. “No?”
She looked appalled. “Certainly not. You, however, are a man of science with legendary experience. I’m sure there are plenty of things you are able to clarify. For example, I’m very curious about the male member.”
He choked. Then coughed. When he regained his ability to speak, he said, “I’m sure you are.”

“I’ve seen drawings of course— in anatomical texts— but perhaps you could help with some of the specifics? For example—”
“No.” He cut her off before she elaborated with one of her straightforward, scientific questions.
“I am happy to pay you,” she announced. “For your services.”
A harsh, strangled sound cut through the room. It came from him. “Pay me.”
She nodded. “Would, say, twenty-five pounds do?”
Her brows knit together. “Of course, a person of your— prowess— is worth more. I apologize for the offense. Fifty? I’m afraid I can’t go much higher. It’s quite a bit of money.”
She believed that it was the amount of money that made the offer offensive? She didn’t understand that he was half a tic from doing it for free. From paying her for the chance to show her everything for which she asked.
In all his life, there had never been anything Hero had wanted to do more than throw this strange woman down on his desk and give her precisely that for which she was asking. Desire was irrelevant. Or perhaps it was the only thing that was relevant. Either way, he could not assist Lady Heroine. She was the most dangerous female he’d ever met.

message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Don't know but like the sound of it.

message 3: by Stacey (new)

Stacey (staceyissassy) | 1278 comments I'm pretty sure I know this one and I loved it. That was a great scene. Thanks for sharing :-) ♥

message 4: by Poison Ivy (new)

Poison Ivy (poisonivy2020) | 14 comments read it..lovely book in the series
although not my favourite

message 5: by Charlene (new)

Charlene (charlenethestickler) | 320 comments I remember this scene [hysterical], but I surely cannot recall the author or title.

Rachel, I am smiling at your characterization, Lord Simpleton, in this excerpt. Thanks.

message 6: by Dls (new)

Dls | 2094 comments Mod
Absolutely no idea!

message 7: by Irisheyes (new)

Irisheyes | 896 comments Don't think I've read it but it sounds good.

message 8: by Daniellegn (new)

Daniellegn | 237 comments I believe I've read this, and if I'm right, I enjoyed the entire series.

message 9: by Susan (new)

Susan (susaninaz) | 1018 comments Oooh, finally it's a book I've read! This was such a cute scene. I adore the nicknames you've given all the secondary characters.

message 10: by Dls (new)

Dls | 2094 comments Mod
Ok time to reveal!

message 11: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Hill | 487 comments Hello All! Sorry I took my kids to the park (: the name of the book is One Good Earl Deserves A Lover by Sarah MacLean. It's the 2nd book in the series.

message 12: by Stacey (new)

Stacey (staceyissassy) | 1278 comments Rachel wrote: "Hello All! Sorry I took my kids to the park (: the name of the book is One Good Earl Deserves A Lover by Sarah MacLean. It's the 2nd book in the series."

I loved this series and all the characters involved. Thanks for sharing :-) ♥

message 13: by Susan (new)

Susan (susaninaz) | 1018 comments Great excerpt. I loved the nicknames for Tweedle1 and Tweedle2... so indicative of their personalities!

message 14: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Hill | 487 comments I wasn't as big of a fan of the next book. But I liked this one A Lot and the connected series that preceded this one.

message 15: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Hill | 487 comments I wasn't as big of a fan of the next book. But I liked this one A Lot and the connected series that preceded this one.

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