By Ava Stone
A Regency old Novel - publication 4 of the Scandalous Series...
After years of abuse by the hands of her mom, Cordelia Avery understands the single means out is marriage to the fitting guy. a guy who will permit her all of the freedom she has ever craved. and she or he has the suitable guy picked out. The scandalous Marquess of Haversham is probably not ideal to an individual else, yet taking the man’s black popularity into account, Cordie believes she’ll take pleasure in all of the freedom she’s continuously wanted for in his disreputable palms. If simply she may perhaps get her middle to head besides the plan and to forestall jumping every time Lord Adonis…er…the Earl of Clayworth is close by. however the very right earl is such a lot usually the inaccurate kind for her reasons.
Brendan Reese, the Earl of Clayworth, has no goal of ever marrying back. He’s nonetheless attempting to freshen up the mess his first spouse left him, even years after her loss of life. To the entire global, Clayworth is the epitome of the fitting English gentleman, and he so needs that snapshot used to be the reality. however the fact, because it usually will be, is gruesome. in spite of everything, an ideal English gentleman may by no means have a traitor for a mom. And except Clayworth can locate the facts his past due spouse concealed, he may perhaps face the gallows himself. yet an opportunity come upon with the reckless Cordelia Avery offers him the simplest lead he’s had in years to ultimately placing his family’s previous to relaxation. regrettably, targeting whatever except leave out Avery turns out a virtually very unlikely activity.
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You don‘t have to pretend with me, you know. ‖ She was one of the few who did. But Brendan didn‘t want to have this conversation, so he shook his head. ―Get my salon back the way it was, Caro. ‖ ―Be reasonable,‖ she pleaded. ―Livvie is beside herself with worry for Cordelia—something she doesn‘t need at the moment. And—‖ ―I am not going to marry or even court some foolish girl simply to put your cousin‘s troubled mind at ease,‖ he interrupted, narrowing his eyes on her. Then he started for the door.
Desire. She‘d seen that look on Captain Seaton‘s face before she broke their engagement, but it had never left her as breathless as she felt in this instant. The earl touched her fallen curl and wrapped it around his pinkie, staring at it as if her hair held the answers to the world‘s greatest questions. Then his eyes flashed to hers. ‖ he asked softly, his hand gently caressing her cheek. Cordie stood paralyzed, staring up at him in amazement. Her name had never sounded so sensual as it did on his lips.
He could go home, to his duties that awaited, to his nephew, Thomas, who needed his guidance, as well as to figuring out what to do with his sister, Rosamund. Miss Avery‘s pretty brow was furrowed and Brendan winced. Why should her emotions matter to him one way or the other? If she was having this affect on him after only one day, what sort of state would he be in after weeks of her acquaintance? Months? How long would it take to find those damned letters? Then he smiled, remembering a comment from their afternoon ride.