[Manga Maniac Café] Good morning, Emily and Colin! Thank you for visiting so early in the morning.
[Emily Greenwood] Hello, and thank you very much for having me back at the Café to celebrate the release of MISCHIEF BY MOONLIGHT. And how nice of you to invite my hero, Colin Pearce, the Earl of Ivorwood, for a chat. I warn you, though, if the average man doesn’t like to talk about his feelings, Colin is worse. And he definitely has feelings for my heroine, Miss Josie Cardworthy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Welcome, Colin! Can you describe yourself in five words or less.
[Colin] Reserved, tall, black hair…I don’t really like to talk about myself.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in your life?
[Colin] My days are filled with research and writing—I’m an author of several historical texts—and the duties that are my responsibility as the Earl of Ivorwood.
Very well…since Josie won’t see this, I’ll admit that one of the main reasons I bury myself in work is because I’m terribly attracted to her—and she’s engaged to my best friend, Nick. You see, I was smitten with Josie and had been about to let her know, but before I could, she met Nick, and six weeks later they were engaged.
He’s been away at war for over a year now, but before he left, he asked me to look after her and be a friend to her. It would have been a lot better for me if he hadn’t asked this, because the last thing I need is to spend more time with her. But most days, I’ll get an invitation to visit the Cardworthys—that’s Josie and her family, who are my neighbors. Since I promised Nick, I always go, but I’d be lying if I said that was the real reason I can’t stay away. Being with her is an exquisite torture, though, and it only seems to be getting worse.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Josie?
[Colin] Vivacity, smarts, spontaneity
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s her most appealing quality?
[Colin] I love how outgoing she is. She’s my opposite—lighthearted when I’m serious, engaging when I’d be more likely to observe. She makes me do ridiculous things that usually end up being amusing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What just drives you nuts about her?
[Colin] She can be reckless! If she gets it into her head to climb a tree, up she goes, never mind that its branches are ancient, and she rides like a madwoman. And I don’t even want to get into the love potion she gave me, but it’s fair to say that she started something on a whim that changed everything for both of us.
I know I shouldn’t even be thinking this, but sometimes I wonder if it was that same recklessness that made her agree to my friend Nick’s proposal. They’d only known each other for six weeks, and then he had to leave. In Nick’s case, I can understand getting engaged—he was going to war. But Josie is a young woman who’s seen hardly anything of life—was it sensible to engage herself to a man she hardly knows? It’s despicable of me even to be thinking about this.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?
[Colin] I would have declared myself to Josie sooner, before she met Nick, of course. I was too damned reserved, and it cost me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Colin] Pencil and paper for jotting down ideas for my current work in progress. Josie likes to tease me about my writing, and she comes up with ridiculous fake titles for my books. This would all be easier if she didn’t make me laugh so much.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.
[Colin] Figure out time travel.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
[Colin] Thank you for having me, though I seemed to have talked about my feelings a great deal (shudders). You are a crafty interviewer and your café is charming.
With the night so full of romance…
Colin Pearce, the Earl of Ivorwood, never dreamed he’d desire another man’s fiancée, but when his best friend goes off to war and asks Colin to look after the bewitching Josie Cardworthy, he falls under her sparkling spell.
Who can resist mischief?
Josie can’t wait for the return of her long-absent fiancé. If only her beloved sister might find someone, too…someone like the handsome, reserved Colin. A gypsy’s love potion gives Josie the chance to matchmake, but the wild results reveal her own growing passion for the earl. And though fate offers them a chance, a steely honor may force him to reject what her reckless heart is offering…
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