By Madeline Hunter
Their marriage was once prepared, yet their wish used to be not...
After years, Grayson Bridlington, The Earl of Hawkeswell, has situated his lacking bride Verity Thompson. Coerced into marrying Hawkeswell by way of her duplicitous cousin, Verity fled London for the nation-state. Now, the couple needs to utilize an prepared marriage-even if it potential surrendering to their shared hope.
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He was glad to hear it, as far as the answer went. Her virginity hardly put the fullness of the matter to rest. There could still be another man involved. It was the most logical explanation, but all of that could wait for another day. “And you, Lord Hawkeswell? ” She astonished him again. Mockery sparked in her eyes at his stunned reaction. “I read all the papers and scandal sheets,” she said. “My proximity to London allowed me to obtain news from all over the country, and keep apprised of the doings of the ton.
Properly meant he watched while his thumb caressed her lips in a manner that made them sensitive and tingling. It meant nipping her lip, creating a jolt to her body much like an arrow of sensation spiraling downward. It meant a stunning closeness that made her too alert and too aware of him. When his lips finally touched hers, her breath caught. She did not step back at once. Being held like this, she was not sure she even could. But the kiss provoked something inside her that caused her to forget momentarily that she wanted to get away.
Hawkeswell saw his umbrage the way Summerhays must, and his anger turned to bitter amusement. “I am a comical figure, am I not? ” “Such matches are made all the time. ” “Let us hope the circumstances change soon. I am in dun territory up to my eyebrows and have sold what I can. ” The talk turned to other things, but part of Hawkeswell’s mind remained fixed on the marital conundrum that had plagued him for two years. Verity had drowned in the Thames, but her body had never been found. How she got there on her wedding day, why she left his estate at all, remained a mystery.
Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter