by Annie West, author of Rebel’s Bargain
If you had to pick your most public scandalous moment, what would it be?Hmm. Maybe the evening I dragged Poppy away from a high profile charity dinner under the noses of half London’s VIPs and all its press before she could touch her main course. She tells me I should have remembered I was supposed to give a speech later. I tell her she should have worn a dress made of more than black lace.
Was there an even more scandalous event that didn’t make it into the press?My wife made me promise not to tell. She blushes whenever I mention it.
What is your biggest secret?
I don’t have any these days. Poppy knows them all. Well…except perhaps that I’m wondering how she’d feel about a baby some time soon.
What do you love most about Poppy?
The fact that she loves me for who I am and doesn’t try to change me. Well, she does make me front up to the occasional family event these days but I’m learning to enjoy those, with her at my side.
What were your first thoughts when you saw Poppy?
I knew she was going to be mine, no matter what it took.
If your house was on fire and you could only save one thing, what would it be?
My wife, Poppy, obviously.
What is the naughtiest thing you did at school?
Me? Naughty? I prefer to call myself adventurous. I did get into trouble once for climbing the clock tower to fly our house flag on sports day, then abseil down. I think the Head was secretly on my side although I was disciplined for it.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Sometimes even now my eyes get tired and I ask Poppy to help me by reading out reports on some of our charity enterprises. Perhaps sometimes I use it as an excuse to hear her voice and keep her close when I prefer to stay home, just the two of us.
What is your worst habit?
Shutting myself off. I’m learning now, with Poppy’s help, to open up to others and trust them a little more with the real me.
What is your favourite film?
My talented wife and some of her friends are currently making a documentary about a few of our charity ventures. I know the results will be remarkable. And maybe when it’s finished I’ll have her to myself a bit more!
What present would you put beneath the Christmas tree for Poppy?
I was thinking she might appreciate a hunky, if scarred husband, gift-wrapped of course! But this year it’s going to be an invitation to a romantic week, just the two of us, staying in the very private chateau tower where we fell in love all over again. I’ve even got the crimson ball gown she wore last time, which I so enjoyed seeing her take off. I’m looking forward to reliving some of the highlights of our reunion!
How will you spend your first anniversary as a couple?
I promised to take Poppy ballooning again. This time, instead of a wintry expedition in France, I’m planning a hot air balloon adventure in the tropics. I know she has a soft spot for turquoise waters and soft, white sand, while I have a weakness for Poppy in a bikini.
About Rebel’s Bargain:
Five years ago, Poppy Graham married Orsino Chatsfield beneath a confetti of paparazzi flashbulbs. But in her darkest hour, he let her down. Their split was bitter, and Poppy has strived for her independence and acceptance ever since. But now her arrogant husband is back…
Injured in a climbing accident, there’s only one person Orsino can turn to…his wife! They have unfinished business, and he’ll face it before he walks away forever. But the blazing passion between them reignites in an instant, leaving Orsino to wonder whether it will kill or cure!
Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!