By Judith Ivory
A Dutiful HeartAs befitting her identify, stunning publish Channing-Downes was once the correct, obedient spouse of an getting older marquess -- until eventually her husband's dying left her penniless and alone...with one final marital legal responsibility to meet. Entrusted with supplying a small black field to its rightful proprietor, she calls upon Graham Wessit, the infamous Earl of Netham, existence has been eternally marred by way of rumor and scandal. yet Graham desires not anything to do with a bequest from the guy he holds liable for his smash -- or with thebewitching emissary who brings it. within the face of breathtaking erotic secret -- within the throes of an infected ardour unbeckoned yet very unlikely to disclaim -- a rogue's hardened middle might be undone through love...and a staidbeauty in straits may well study the beautiful, sensuous freedom of hand over.
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He himself was afraid to face up to facts. For a moment, the very thought of listening to William unnerved him. His cousin was certainly not very astute. But perhaps even an idiot could happen upon a little truth. There were so damned many clever people here tonight who seemed to agree with his blasted cousin. Perhaps they were all right. He was nothing more than an overpretty, shallow man inclined to take advantage of women, a rafﬁsh stereotype. He certainly knew how to play that role well enough to win applause for it.
Yes, that must be it. And Henry only added to this. It seemed incredible to him that so . . so what? . so sultry a woman could be— Graham stopped, one white satin butterﬂy dangling at his neck, his hand holding the other in place. Could a woman he could barely see be sultry across forty feet of grass, as she spoke to a lawyer on the walk at an Inn of Court? He picked up the end of the tie and pulled it through. Yes, she could. And that was the really mysterious part. How had bookish, prudish old Henry come up with a sultry bride?
Submit Channing-Downes let down the veils of her bonnet. Meager as they were, they were the only protection to which she currently had access. Thunder clapped. Then she spied across Middle Temple Lane a carriage, a double salvation, offering both cover and transportation. Submit grabbed up two handfuls of black skirts and broke from a trot into a dead run. She got to the vehicle just as the clouds opened up. As the ﬁrst large drops splattered her shoulders, she hesitated. The carriage was empty, which was good; but it was driverless, which was not.