A Most Scandalous Engagement by Gayle Callen

By Gayle Callen

Might she be the brazen girl who posed for the scandalous portrait? girl Elizabeth Cabot isn't any longer the reckless woman she as soon as was once. Now the darling of the ton, she is set to place her earlier at the back of her. yet who may have imagined that one conceited act may possibly throw her complete international into chaos . . . and strength her towards a loveless marriage? In desperation, she methods her formative years buddy, Peter Derby, with a bold plan. Peter nonetheless recalls the wild and lively woman who had stolen his center. yet might the rumors be precise: is she the version for the scandalous portray placing in London's such a lot particular gentlemen's membership? If Peter has the same opinion to pose as her fianc?, Elizabeth has promised to bare the total fact. yet Peter has his personal principles approximately this sham "engagement" to the beautiful good looks who is consistently been simply out of his reach—and he is prepared to incite yet one more scandal to make her middle really his.

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Lucy gaped at her. ” “It isn’t. It’s frightening. And I so want your brother to notice me. ” P a g e | 52 “Tell me,” Lucy said, taking her hands. Cold and trembling, Elizabeth welcomed her friend’s warm comfort. ” Lucy’s mouth dropped open. “I know, I know. But it will protect me from these men, don’t you see? My brother isn’t here to do so. And I’m hoping thatyourbrother will realize what he’s let go, after hinting that he wanted me as his wife not so long ago. ” For some insane reason, she had thought she could attract William’s notice tonight, somehow convince him in one evening that they belonged together, that he should marry her now.

Elizabeth held her breath. Had something happened between them she didn’t know about? ” Elizabeth had a brief memory of Susanna crying—over Peter? Perhaps there was more to the story. And then she remembered the ball celebrating Matthew’s return home last autumn—she’d seen Peter and Susanna leaving the dance floor together. At the time she’d thought nothing of it, but now her curiosity was heightened. Had he tried to make Susanna . . one of his women? How could she think of Peter as such a rogue?

I once lied to yours, he thought, then submerged his uneasiness. That was the past. ” she continued. ” And it was only partly the truth. There was no one else he’d ever seriously considered. Since Elizabeth had grown up, she was the one always lingering in his thoughts. ” Though he smiled, her expression didn’t ease. ” Nodding, she looked away. Only in mourning had he seen such unhappiness shadow her face. He felt sympathetic, and had to try reasoning with her one last time. “But Elizabeth, I’m not sure you have thought this through.

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