From the second draft of Throw His Heart Over, an equestrian upstairs-downstairs sequel to Mr Warren’s Profession.
“What a marvellous day for riding!”
The sound of Lindsey’s voice—so sudden and so clear—startled Aubrey out of his engineering reverie. He glanced up to find Lindsey had not only awoken, but risen from his bed, donned a robe, and crossed to the window to peer out at this unusually cloudless day.
More resplendent than the weather, to Aubrey at least, was the view of Lindsey himself. The silk robe hung off one shoulder, allowing a tantalising glimpse of his sweeping collarbone, his lean yet muscular chest, and his trim waist, with one jutting hipbone just visible before the robe’s belt tucked everything else out of sight. The morning sunshine glowed through his golden curls, his blue eyes sparkled like the sea, and his winning smile beamed right back at the sky.
“Don’t you think so?”
Aubrey, startled yet again out of a different yet no less compelling reverie, struggled to answer Lindsey’s question. “I wouldn’t know.”
Lindsey spun to regard him with a quizzical expression.
“I don’t ride,” Aubrey reminded him.
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