Rainbow Snippets: The Thrill of the Chase

As we’re still in January, I thought I’d post a snippet of last January’s story The Thrill of the Chase, set in Regency Cheltenham. This opposites attract story about shy country mouse Adrian Lethbridge and experienced rake Captain Guy Ransome was such fun to write.

I’m delighted to say that this story was selected for JMS Books’ 2022 Top Ten Gay Romance Anthology and is included in this weekend’s 40% ebook sale at JMS Books, together with all my titles.

Authors who take part in Rainbow Snippets each weekend are encouraged to post a few lines from one of their stories on their blog and then link back to the group post on Facebook. I always enjoy joining in with Rainbow Snippets, especially to read and comment on everyone else’s choice of snippet.

In this snippet from The Thrill of the Chase, having run away from Guy’s crude advances the night before, the next morning Adrian is faced with an unnerving confrontation.

“Your behavior last night was unacceptable,” the captain continued, his words a lash of the whip. “Running away from me in a fit of pretend outrage was ridiculous and uncalled for, something one would only expect from an elderly spinster faced with an improper suggestion. No man likes a prick tease. You showed an obvious interest in me, so what in hell did you expect me to do?”

Adrian did not possess the fabled quick anger of a redhead, but oddly enough, rather than cowing him further, the arrogance of Captain Ransome’s words stung him into indignation. 

“Then you shouldn’t make assumptions,” he said, lifting his chin, forcing himself to meet the captain’s stony stare. “It is you who has pursued me, both in the Long Room and last night, rather than the other way around. Just because you found complaisant company with that waiter doesn’t mean everyone is the same. One stolen kiss does not amount to an easy conquest.”

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6 thoughts on “Rainbow Snippets: The Thrill of the Chase

      1. That’s what’s extra lovely about it. It’s so natural. That clash never felt contrived. I could understand each of their perspectives based on how they’d each behaved up to that point.

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