By Gayle Callen
Might she be the brazen girl who posed for the scandalous portrait? woman Elizabeth Cabot is not any longer the reckless lady she as soon as used to be. Now the darling of the ton, she is set to place her prior in the back of her. yet who might have imagined that one conceited act may perhaps throw her complete international into chaos . . . and strength her towards a loveless marriage? In desperation, she ways her early life buddy, Peter Derby, with a bold plan. Peter nonetheless recollects the wild and lively lady who had stolen his middle. yet may well the rumors be real: is she the version for the scandalous portray placing in London's such a lot particular gentlemen's membership? If Peter consents to pose as her fianc?, Elizabeth has promised to bare the complete fact. yet Peter has his personal rules approximately this sham "engagement" to the beautiful attractiveness who is regularly been simply out of his reach—and he is prepared to incite another scandal to make her middle really his.
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That’s not important. ” She took a deep breath, looking about at the guests, who tried to watch them without really watching. ” He cocked his head. Her face flushed. ” “So I heard,” she murmured. ” Would this humiliating evening never end? “Nothing specific, of course. ” he asked dryly. ” She looked away. ” A change of subject, but she allowed it. ” He covered her hand where it rested on his arm. ” She stiffened. ” Situations had been thrust upon her—she wasn’t P a g e | 58 that reckless, thoughtless young girl anymore.
Even more proof that, regardless of their teasing or their partnership in deception, they were not meant for more. P a g e | 59 “So you will ride beside me tomorrow and look giddy with happiness,” he said. She nodded, telling herself that Thomas would soon be a thing of the past. She just had to be patient. “And then you shall come to call upon my mother,” she said firmly. “So soon? ” His eyes had become suspicious, watchful, and she knew she’d revealed too much haste. “You’re right,” she said.
Elizabeth winced. “My cousins aren’t in residence, and my mother—I must protect her from the truth of how I’m being treated. She would believe it’s all her fault, because I’m of her Spanish blood. Having never felt respected, if she believes the same has happened to me . . ” “But you’ve never shown even one bit of romantic feeling for Mr. Derby. ” “He’s going to . . ” Lucy covered her mouth on a gasp. ” She thought of the way he’d cupped her face, the strange sensation of warmth and pleasure.