By Shana Galen
Expensive Friend,You have been correct: desperation is a deadly frame of mind. It was once desperation that drove me to London to salvage my family's attractiveness and funds within the first position. And it truly is desperation—and possibly a bit desire—that has gotten me into the placement i locate myself in now.You see, i have develop into ensnared within the research of a traitor by means of Lord Dewhurst—the such a lot unbearable, sinfully good-looking guy i have ever met. i do know it truly is surprising, yet that allows you to capture this undercover agent and transparent my identify, i have no selection yet to play the agent's bride. Now i am determined back to prevent his seductive phrases and searing appears. I pray that i will withstand him, yet i will be able to make no delivers. Oh, my pricey good friend, i do know he and that i are in basic terms pretending to be wed, however the blush he can ship all of the technique to my petticoats feels some distance too real!Yours truly,Charlotte
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Freddie frowned. Had the chit just insulted him? He narrowed his eyes, and she watched him warily from her seat. The contrast of her white 44 SHANA GALEN face and ﬂame-colored hair beside the dark counterpane and somber black gown made her look small and harmless. Freddie decided he’d misunderstood her. “Miss Burton, as I understand it, you are from Charles Town and you—” “Charleston,” she interrupted. ” “I told you. ” Freddie raised a brow. Hadn’t he said that? Her version sounded like his except she ran Charles Town all together.
Pettigru knows my cousin’s identity now. ” “It seems too easy,” Charlotte said. Dewhurst gave a short laugh. ” He turned his full gaze on her, his green eyes hard and catlike in the dimness. “No one who knows me would ever believe I would marry a woman like you. You’re plain, uncouth, and completely without style. ” “The United States,” she corrected, venom rising in her blood. ” 36 SHANA GALEN He leaned back, silent for a long moment. ” She frowned. The answer seemed obvious. ” “Then you understand what it means to love your country.
He opened the curtains a bit. “Ah, good. The sun is up. ” She crossed her arms and looked at Addy for conﬁrmation, but Addy was staring openmouthed out the window. Charlotte frowned, then shivered. Now that she was out of the hustle and bustle, she was even more conscious of the damp cold seeping into her bones and pulled her mantle tightly around her. It was late June, and when she’d left Charleston in May, the weather had been balmy. Here it was cold and dreary, the sun Dewhurst had touted invisible behind the sooty clouds.
Pride and Petticoats by Shana Galen