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By Meredith Duran

"*IN GRITTY, WORKING-CLASS LONDON, SHE DOES WHAT SHE needs to to outlive . . . *

When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl’s apartment on a nighttime quest for revenge, she unearths her pistol pointed on the flawed man—one good-looking as sin and bare because the day he was once born. Pity he’s a lunatic. He thinks her a lacking heiress, yet extra to the purpose, he’ll aid her break out the slums and correct a grave injustice. no longer a foul cut price. All she has to do is marry him.


A rake of the 1st order, Simon St. Maur spent his stressed early life burning each bridge he crossed. while he inherits an earldom with out a unmarried penny hooked up to it, he sees an opportunity to begin over—provided he can locate an heiress to fund his efforts. yet his depraved acceptance ability courtship can be difficult—until destiny sends him the main infamous lacking heiress in historical past. All he wishes now could be to make her right into a girl and continue himself from making the one mistake that can spoil every little thing: falling in love. . . .


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Fairly scandalous, doubtless. What topic? little need for her to move dating. I’ll make a passable husband, i think. ” “You intend to marry her immediately, then? ” “Once it sort of feels transparent that the inheritance may be hers, definite. straight away. ” Lips pursing, Daughtry nodded, then became his consciousness to smoothing the sting of his cuff. From a guy frequently no much less inflexible than a five-day corpse, this distracted gesture awarded a very loud assertion of doubt. “Speak your mind,” Simon acknowledged. “As your criminal consultant, i have to ponder all attainable results. ” Daughtry shrugged. “Once she’s said as girl Cornelia, her care will fall to Sir Grimston, and he'll doubtless end up keen to . . . discharge his tasks, because it have been. ” to learn from her, extra accurately. She was once basically twenty-two; Grimston could get pleasure from 3 years of controlling her not-inconsiderable allowance, supplied she remained unwed. “He’ll do his top to take away her,” Simon acknowledged. a depressing imaginative and prescient arose earlier than him: having invested a great deal of cash in facilitating woman Cornelia’s resurrection, he may possibly be triumphant in simple terms to observe Nell be swept from his snatch. Grimston would wish to delay her marriage so long as attainable. inspire her to debut, might be. “And if I marry her right now? ” he requested. “Before, say, she is brought to society? ” “That could reduction our case,” Daughtry stated instantly. “Should it come all the way down to the courts, you could think pass judgement on may locate it more straightforward to recognize the noble start of a countess than a lady of doubtful reputation, chanced on to be dwelling in questionable situations with . . . a gentleman. ” With a guy of your acceptance, he didn't say, yet Simon heard him basically all of the similar. “And but if whatever have been to move awry,” Simon answered, “I might locate myself a bankrupt lord saddled with a penniless guttersnipe for a spouse. hardly ever excellent, is it? ” “Oh, no. ” Daughtry seemed stunned. “Indeed you wouldn't. should still she be discovered to be except girl Cornelia, you'll don't have any selection, i believe, yet to petition for an annulment. ” stuck achieving for his espresso, Simon iced over. “Would or not it's granted? ” “If her fraudulent self-representation was once planned, it can vitiate your consent to the wedding. this can be probably the most responsible grounds for annulment. I can’t imagine yet you will locate the court docket in complete sympathy along with your plight. ” Simon laughed less than his breath. “But that’s . . . completely depraved of you, Daughtry. ” The solicitor provided up a sly smile. a guy didn’t desire a humorousness to be a conceited, gloating bastard. “It will be unfortunate,” he allowed. “Nevertheless, it might be solely in the legislations. ” “The legislation is an ass,” Simon murmured. Who’d written that? Shakespeare. He took an extended drink. extra exact to claim that the legislation used to be an upper-class ass. Who else had any desire of utilizing it to his virtue? “She’ll by no means have an opportunity. ” Daughtry smiled back. “No, she won’t. ” Simon appeared away towards the window. lovely day, the early sunlight shining cheerfully during the sleek leaves. Toying with the rag-and-tatters set wasn’t his ordinary kind.

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