By Cathy Maxwell
Girl Julia Markham used to be the toast of London Society -- until eventually an ill-advised tried elopement resulted in betrayal and left her sturdy identify in tatters. Now ruined, penniless, and determined, she has agreed to wed the magnetic and doubtless harmful Brader Wolf. A speeding, phenomenally winning self-made businessman, Brader desires this union to aid achieve him access into the drawing rooms of the aristocracy, not anything extra. Julia, even if, is a lady of infrequent ardour and bold, irresistibly attracted to this enigmatic, infuriating guy, and no mere marriage of mutual comfort will do. yet how a long way will the lively attractiveness need to visit fulfill a middle that may accept not less than the affection of a life-time?
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Julia, a tall woman by society’s standards, felt dwarfed by his presence towering over her. She stood silent and proud, studying the negligent way he tied his cravat. She’d spent too long on the marriage mart not to know when a man was judging the appearance and worth of a woman. She knew her cheeks were tinged with rosy indignation. Hopefully, it heightened her color and made her more attractive. The futures of the Beals, and others for whom she had come to care deeply, depended upon this man’s agreeing to her demands.
Years ago Julia had practiced the waltz with giggling girlfriends, but this did not prepare her for the reality of being in the circle of a man’s arms, his body and long legs brushing against hers. Brader was an excellent dancer, with a grace and finesse surprising in so large a man. By the time they started their second pass in the dance pattern, Julia had relaxed enough to allow Brader to dip and twirl her to the majestic, lilting melody as though they’d been dancing an age together. In her soul, she knew she and Brader made a spectacular couple.
You’re alone. ” Julia took a deep breath and answered, “No,” daring him to question her further. She didn’t add that since the night of the ball, her parents had not spoken to her. Neither her parents nor her brothers had expressed an interest in the date or time of her wedding. Even the servants tiptoed around the Markhams, aware that the tension would ease once Julia left the house. ” He looked past her shoulder, and Julia turned to see three women, one petite and heavily veiled. She could have bit off her tongue at her next words.