[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Andrew! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Andrew Clifton] Good afternoon. I am Lord Amberstall, gentleman of the ton, horse breeder, and…out of words? Surely not. Well, I wouldn’t want to bend the rules of this fine establishment. It seems a nice place, although I believe the horse portrayed on that “button” just there should be seen to—she appears quite ill. As for describing myself I suppose I’ve done an adequate job of it. Lady Katie Moore called me, “Fastidious with old-maid tendencies,” only yesterday. I recall her words quite clearly, but you shouldn’t listen to a lady who wears breaches to tea with a duchess when discussing such a subject. She most likely thinks the same of the grooms in the stables who choose to wash before their dinner.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in your life?
[Andrew Clifton] Recently, my life has taken quite the turn from what I would call typical. You see, my horse was injured on the road south from Scotland. And now, I’m stranded here at Ormesby Place and in the company of the most unusual lady, Lady Katie Moore. My days of late have been spent cooling my heels as I wait for Shadow’s Light to heal enough for the journey home. I’ve busied myself with some much needed repairs on the estate while I wait. But, soon I must be on my way home where danger lurks—or so my mother claims.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Katie?
[Andrew Clifton] Maddening, intriguing…beautiful. I shouldn’t speak of her in such plain terms though. It isn’t proper.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s her most appealing quality?
[Andrew Clifton] I know for a fact, her finest quality is not her artistic ability with pottery, nor her ability to play the bagpipes. She wears her hair in a wild braid, has the mouth of a sailor, and yet…Those are the very things that make her lovely. To her, a dungeon would be an ideal picnic location because it’s simply misunderstood. And, although I have no desire to dine in a dungeon, find the sentiment behind it quite refreshing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What just drives you nuts about her?
[Andrew Clifton] Katie has the worst manners I have ever encountered. You know she only owns one fork. The daughter of an earl, can you imagine? During our dinners together in her cottage, we do manage though. *grins and falls silent*
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?
[Andrew Clifton] Inviting Devon Grey, the Mad Duke of Thornwood to my home two years ago and then having dinner with him two nights ago—both were dreadful occasions. Although, if I’m to be honest, the dinner was made bearable by Katie, even if she did find herself in a situation that required the entire dinner party to bounce between courses. Never mind that last part, it’s quite a long story.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Andrew Clifton] From this day forward, I will take more time when selecting my wardrobe for a journey. I arrived on this estate with only Shadow’s Light and the contents of my saddle bag. With my current borrowed ensemble resembling that of a pirate, I believe I have learned my lesson well. In the future, I shall pack more clothing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less?
[Andrew Clifton] I’ve been trying terribly not to think of life beyond my stay here. I know not what awaits me at home, or what I will strive for once there. I’ve spent my life working day and night toward a singular fate and now…I wonder if I’ve outgrown that fate like a pair of ill-fitting boots, binding my toes as I walk on through life. Therefore, in five small words, I’d like to choose happiness.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
[Andrew Clifton] The pleasure is mine. *bows* I’ve had a very pleasant time here on Manga Maniac Café. I do hope we see one another again soon. Enjoy…what is the name of this book? Here it is, HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS. Lose a Lord? I’m not lost only stranded in the North Yorkshire moors, which is entirely Katie’s fault. Did Katie name this work? I shall go speak to her at once. Good day to you all.
“I want to know you, to understand anything at all about you, because you are the most maddening lady I have ever encountered.”
He’s the perfect gentleman…
After years hidden away from the mockery of the Ton, proud Andrew Clifton, Lord Amberstall, is finally ready to face Society again. But when his horse is injured on the road to London, Andrew finds himself literally thrown at the feet of the beautiful, infuriating, and undeniably eccentric Katie Moore.
…she’s anything but a lady.
Katie always preferred the stables to society, so when she was badly injured in a riding accident, she was more than happy to retreat to the countryside and give up the marriage mart for good. She never expected an infuriatingly proper lord to come tumbling into her life-and she certainly never expected to find herself wondering what it would be like to rejoin the world at his side. They couldn’t be more different, and soon Andrew and Katie find themselves at odds about everything but the growing passion between them…and a keen awareness of a threat that may end their unconventional romance before it has even begun.
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