GENRE: Adult Historical Romance
Chapter 1 – NEW YORK, 1906 — LIAM
“Nanny Deirdre, Nanny Deirdre,” the five-year old boy called, “watch me run up the hill.”
“Careful, Master Charles,” Deirdre said.
“Oh, let him be,” a man’s voice whispered in her ear.
Deirdre jumped up from her seat on the bench and spun around, her hand clutching her chest. Liam stood behind her.
“Do you think that little bump on the ground could cause him harm, Deirdre?”
“Liam? Is it really you? Oh, Liam, it’s so good to see you again.”
“Come here and give me a hug, love.”
“Liam O’Mara! Have you no manners at all anymore? A hug? In broad daylight? Really, Liam.” Eyes downcast, she smoothed the front of her apron and fixed her cap as her cheeks turned bright red.
His booming laugh attracted the attention of the other nannies who were out in Central Park on this warm sunny day. After days of cold rainy weather, everyone was relieved to finally bring their charges outdoors where they could release some of their pent-up energy. When she looked up, she saw the same mischievous smile she had known all her life. Even Liam’s slightly bent nose, a result of his many prize fights, couldn’t detract from his handsome face, chestnut hair, and twinkling green eyes. His laugh, good looks, six-foot one stature, and barrel chest kept the other nannies focused on him.
Regaining her composure, Deirdre asked, “Are you back in New York for good, now? Or is this another quick stop between boxing exhibitions?”