By Mary Balogh
On a greatest August afternoon Susanna Osbourne is brought to the main good-looking guy she has ever noticeable . . . and immediately feels the icy relax of popularity. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, is totally charming—and doubtless unaware that they have got met ahead of. together with his figuring out smile and seductive gaze, Peter acts the rake; yet he stirs anything in Susanna she hasn't ever felt earlier than, a craving that either frightens and dazzles her. immediately she is aware: this brash nobleman poses a probability to her middle . . . and to the secrets and techniques she guards so desperately.
From the instant they meet, Peter is attracted to Susanna’s independence, dazzled via her sharp wit—he easily should have her. however the extra he pursues, the extra Susanna withdraws . . . till a sensual online game of thrust-and-parry culminates in an excellent afternoon of ardour. Now extra made up our minds than ever to maintain her via his aspect, Peter starts to suspect tragic background nonetheless haunts Susanna. And as he strikes in the direction of the reality, Peter is sure of 1 factor: he'll defy the mysteries of her prior for a destiny with this beautiful creature—all Susanna needs to do is belief him with the main valuable mystery of all. . . .
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And on your other than that. you think that me a shallow guy, then. ” The phrases had now not been phrased as a question, yet he was once looking forward to a solution. good, she was once unlikely to disclaim it basically simply because sturdy manners steered that she ought. He had requested. “Yes, my lord,” she acknowledged, staring at alongside the line and puzzling over whilst omit Honeydew’s cottage could become visible. “I do. ” “I suppose,” he acknowledged, “you wouldn't think me if I informed you I occasionally entertain a significant proposal or and i am no longer totally shallow? ” She hesitated. “It will be presumptuous of me to name you a liar,” she acknowledged. “Why? ” He had dipped his head even in the direction of hers in order that for a second prior to he lower back his awareness to the line she may well think his breath on her cheek. “Because i don't understand you,” she stated. “Ah,” he acknowledged. “What could you are saying, pass over Osbourne, if I instructed you that regardless of my admission of a second in the past, I nonetheless imagine you attractive past trust but in addition harsh on your judgments and with out emotions, incapable of deep affection or love? ” She bristled. “I could say that you just comprehend not anything approximately me or my life,” she acknowledged, attempting in useless to maneuver farther to her facet of the seat. “Precisely,” he stated, a observe of delight in his voice. “We have no idea one another in any respect, will we? How have you learnt that i'm no longer worthy realizing? How do i do know that you're? ” She gripped the rail beside her extra tightly. “But surely,” she stated, “we don't have any desire to be aware of one another besides. And so the solutions for your questions don't topic. ” “But they do to me,” he acknowledged. “I definitely desire to comprehend who pass over Susanna Osbourne is. I greatly want it, specifically after getting to know the dazzling proven fact that she would like to race to Brighton in a curricle. That i wouldn't have guessed approximately you in one thousand years. ” “I may not—” she started. “Too late,” he acknowledged. “You have already admitted it in such a lot of phrases. i've got a robust suspicion that you just could be attention-grabbing to grasp. and that i suppose the necessity to be identified, to justify my life to somebody who believes me to be valueless. ” “That isn't really what I acknowledged! ” she cried. “I could by no means say one of these factor to somebody. yet do you're feeling this kind of desire with all of the women you meet? Do you're feeling the necessity to be aware of and make your self identified to the Misses Calvert and omit Krebbs and leave out Raycroft? ” “Good Lord, no,” he acknowledged, and laughed. “Why me, then? ” she requested, turning her head to frown at him. “Only simply because i don't reply to your flatteries as different ladies do? ” “That is conceivable, I suppose,” he admitted. “But i am hoping there's one other. there's a gravity approximately you if you are now not giggling on the threat and excitement of driving in a curricle. i believe that—horror of horrors—it stems from more advantageous intelligence. Are you an clever lady, omit Osbourne? ” “How am I to respond to that? ” she requested him in additional exasperation. “It is among the issues i have to become aware of approximately you,” he acknowledged. “The Countess of Edgecombe has invited you the following out of friendship, now not obligation—or so i've been resulted in think. The countess is a lady of intelligence.