New Year’s Resolutions by Grace Burrowes
My name is Monroe (not Monstro), and I am the central character of the novella “A Kiss for Luck,” or of any literary work so much as mentioning my humble self. The author, an obscure human female whose name escapes me, failed to give me the heroic role in every scene I deserve. I am handsome, quiet, brave, fierce, and look very good on any bed I happen to grace.
So what if I’m a cat?
I’m also wonderfully tolerant of my pet human, a boy by the name of Sam. Sam is worried about his mom, and well he should be. Julianna limps, and my great-great-saber-toothed-grandparents would have made a snack out of her. She moves slowly, because she’s afraid of falling and hurting her back again.
I know something, though, because I am a cat, and I watch everything all the time, especially my humans. Julianna has fallen, as humans are wont to do, in love. I used to fall in love too, particularly in warmer weather. Oh, how I could sing! How I could snarl, growl and hiss when inspired by passion.
I am an expert on passion, and Julianna could use a little passion. Fortunately, I’ve found just fellow to provide it. His name is Finn Wilmot, and he talks funny. Sam says he’s from whales, but I’m quite familiar with whales (my ancestors could have eaten them too), and Finn doesn’t strike me as having anything to do with cetaceans. (Cats looooove big words.)
Anyhoo, Finn is the protective sort, Julianna is the passionate sort, and I have made it my New Year’s resolution to ensure they engage in some snarling, growling and hissing… I owe it to Sam, and to myself. My other New Year’s resolution is to get rid of that blasted dog, Baby, who’s on loan from Finn’s friend, Gideon.
Baby is a disgrace. She sleeps with Sam on My Side of the Bed, leaving dog stink all over, and dog hair, too. I was so offended by her canine inconsideration that I sought refuge in Julianna’s bed, but alas, Finn beat me to it.
That’s a start, but until I hear the hissing, growling and snarling, I will not rest. I owe it to Sam, and to my role as hero of every story, to bring Julianna and Finn together—and to get rid of that dog.
A Kiss For Luck
by Grace Burrowes
Release Date: 12/2/14
Game designer Sadie Delacourt has moved to the peaceful, bucolic town of Damson Valley for a fresh start where she can keep an eye on a recently divorced sister and her small nephew. Sadie plans to focus on her business and her family, until handsome neighbor Gideon Granville turns his focus on Sadie. When Sadie learns where Gideon has been aiming his snooping skills, she’s ready to delete him from her plans entirely—though Gideon is all that stands between her and the trouble she thought she’d left behind her.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.
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