By Judith Ivory
A Dutiful HeartAs befitting her identify, stunning put up Channing-Downes used to be the correct, obedient spouse of an getting older marquess -- till her husband's dying left her penniless and alone...with one final marital legal responsibility to meet. Entrusted with offering a small black field to its rightful proprietor, she calls upon Graham Wessit, the infamous Earl of Netham, existence has been ceaselessly marred by means of rumor and scandal. yet Graham wishes not anything to do with a bequest from the fellow he holds liable for his destroy -- 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 should be undone by means of love...and a staidbeauty in straits may possibly research the beautiful, sensuous freedom of give up.
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I was thinking of all the other ones. Let’s see. ” It took several seconds to realize that William was not answering but indulging in a smug, punishing little silence meant to put a young woman—who never listened to him properly anyway, the silence said—in her place. “An amateur thespian in his university days,” he said at length. ” He chuckled. “I do like it, though: You reach for every shilling and stature Father ever possessed, then, when it looks as though there may be a battle, you speak of blithely sidling up to the man he hated most in the world— don’t believe for one minute, my dear, that Father intended you ever ally yourself with Graham Wessit.
The beat of rain dominated brieﬂy. Outside, there was a distant series of thunderclaps. ” “Are you pregnant? You should know by now—” She laughed. “I would be more delicate—” William was mildly put off course by the laughter. He collected himself and continued. “But then, you are not a stranger to the particulars of breeding, your family having made a science of cows. ” he asked. ” She didn’t answer his rude question. ” Through a circuitous route of petitions and politics, William might gain himself a courtesy title or perhaps, by the longest stretch of the imagination, one of Henry’s lesser honors.
He collected himself and continued. “But then, you are not a stranger to the particulars of breeding, your family having made a science of cows. ” he asked. ” She didn’t answer his rude question. ” Through a circuitous route of petitions and politics, William might gain himself a courtesy title or perhaps, by the longest stretch of the imagination, one of Henry’s lesser honors. The marquess had an earldom or two, a viscountcy all trivialized by the marquessate. All this was of course contingent upon there being no legitimate issue.
Black Silk by Judith Ivory