Lovers by Midnight
Hexed by two witches in 1805, the ghostly Lt. Jonathan Tempest has been celibate for over two hundred years. To break the curse, he must attend the coveted Monster Ball and seduce his reincarnated fiancée by midnight or suffer a grim fate. But these witches don’t play fair, and with a mumbled incantation, his odds of making a connection plummet. He now resembles a human frog. Good thing costumes are encouraged.
Bethany Julian isn’t looking for a happily ever after with a prince. All she wants is a one-night stand at the Monster Ball. Sick of being mistreated by handsome men, she chooses a man who is kind rather than hot. But there’s more to the lieutenant than meets the eye, and she finds herself swept off her feet—and into his arms.
Chased by security and demons and threatened by witches, Tempest and Beth are on the run as the clock ticks. Only time will tell if their physical attraction can break the curse forever...
“Beth is a diminutive of Elizabeth, correct? I did not know your mother, but perhaps you had a great, great however many times removed grandmother named Elizabeth? Born during the late 1700s in England?”
She blinked. “How odd. Yes, that’s true. Her portrait hangs in my room. I’ve always felt close to her.” Frowning she said, “I thought you a human, but perhaps I’m mistaken?”
Her only sign of nerves was the quick snap and flutter of her fan. He bowed. “As you see, I am late of His Majesty’s Navy, serving with Admiral Lord Nelson on the Victory.” He straightened and smiled glad the witches hadn’t cursed him with snaggle teeth or worse. “Elizabeth was my true love, lost to me when I died in battle.”
He considered his next words, wanting something innocuous. “You’re wearing a dress from the same era, so I thought you may enjoy chatting. I know that as we haven’t been formally introduced, we wouldn’t be allowed to speak if this were really 1805. But perhaps you’ll give me a moment? I haven’t attended the ball for some years. However, I assure you I am human.”
At least until dawn.