Bon Bon

Bon Bon is Lady Penelope Chadwicke’s elderly white lapdog and as such he’s been in Scandalous Desires, Lord of Darkness, and Duke of Midnight. Lady Penelope generally thinks of poor Bon Bon as a fashion accessory, but in Duke of Midnight, he undergoes something of a renaissance. Here’s an excerpt:

Maximus frowned and set off for the woods.

The sun was already up as he crossed the wide south lawn, and the sudden darkness of the canopy when he entered the woods made him blind for a moment. He closed his eyes, and when he opened them again she appeared before him like some ancient goddess, calm and otherworldly, standing under the tall trees as if she owned them, his dogs at her side.

Percy broke the moment first, naturally, rushing from Miss Greaves to him, muddy and excited. A small, formerly white dog, darted out from behind her skirts, barking madly as it chased after Percy.

“You’re late today, Your Grace,” Miss Greaves said, almost as if she’d been waiting for him.

Foolish notion. “I talked long into the night with Lord Oddershaw,” he said. “Is that Lady Penelope’s dog?” He looked down at the dog sniffing around his ankles. He didn’t remember ever seeing the animal so muddy—or so active.