It's going to take a beast to tame this beauty…
The Enigma Earl. The Lord Phantom. That's what the gossip pages call Lord Greenwich, a mysterious nobleman who doesn't show his face in London Society. With a reputation like that, it's no wonder that Lydia Montgomery is horrified to be dragged from bed and packed off to live with him to save her mother from penury.
While Lydia has received all of the training a lady should endure, she's decidedly un-ladylike. She despises her corset and isn't interested in marriage; in fact, she would prefer to remain unmarried so that she can spend her time improving her art. But if she wants a chance at happiness, she'll have to set aside her fear of Lord Greenwich and discover the man hiding behind the beast.
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Gina Conkle, a history nerd to the core, loves castles and museums. Her motto: “the older and moldier, the better.” When not enjoying relics, she lives in the present, dabbling in organic gardening. Gina married her favorite alpha male, Brian. The two live with their boys in San Diego, CA.
Jillian: Lydia, since we know Lord Greenwich is a somewhat of a recluse, can you tell GLIAS readers how the moniker Lord Phantom came about...or the Enigma Earl?
Lydia: He’s covered from head to heel in leather...cloak, boots, and gloves. Long known as brilliant, the earl rarely goes about Town. When he does, his lordship wears a black tricorn pulled low and his collar flipped high. You might glimpse a sliver of topaz eyes and the top of a blade straight nose.
People whisper about his black carriage dashing about Town, the curtains drawn. You know it’s him because of the crest on the door. Some think he’s diseased. Others think he’s mad.
Jillian: Lord Greenwich, let’s play first impressions. What were yours of Lydia?
Lord Greenwich: Pretty, green-eyed brunette with corset issues...namely she didn’t wear one when we first met. Given that she was abruptly awakened at midnight, that can be overlooked. Not that I’m complaining…Lydia can be saucy for someone who needs to be in my good graces.
Jillian: And Lydia, what did you think about Lord Greenwich?
Lydia: At first I thought he was a highwayman, a well-educated one that is with his cultured voice. He was a tad arrogant, but surprisingly gentlemanly.
Jillian: Lord Greenwich, I can’t imagine it’s easy to romance a young woman who would rather remain unmarried. How exactly did the wooing get done?
Lord Greenwich: Now you’ve digging at my Achilles heel. But, I figured out a few things with Lydia.
- A man must be ready to converse with a woman at all times and not have an explicit problem to solve or facts to debate. I think it’s called idle chatter. With Lydia, conversation was scintillating.
- Court her with art, taking an interest in her talent.
- Treat her as an equal because her mind is as fine as the rest of her.
- Rescuing her mother helped.
Jillian: Lydia, did you steal that first kiss, or did he?
Lydia: He did.
Jillian: Lord Greenwhich, I have to ask: Did Lydia discover the man behind the beast?
Lord Greenwich: Yes. There was a lack of undergarments involved in the journey, but no one’s complaining.
Jillian: Thank you both for the interview. Your story is indeed, a fairy tale come true.
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