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By Stephanie Laurens

Content material to take care of her cherished father, Lenore Lester, who's thoroughly disinterested in marriage, disguises her attractiveness till the rushing Duke of Eversleigh sees via her shrewdpermanent facade and vows to win her center. Reprint.

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His tone, chilly and tough and completely uncompromising, proven past doubt how he observed their union. His simply curiosity in her revolved approximately even if she may fulfil her position as his wife—giving him the heirs he sought was once one a part of the contract—a half she had but to fulfil. Lenore blinked again the moisture welling in her eyes. She had questioned why he had dallied for thus lengthy rather than returning to his traditional haunts in London. Now she knew. And as soon as she had introduced on that a part of her promise, his curiosity in her may evaporate—his assertion implied as much—how even more truly did she should have it acknowledged? He had married her for his purposes, there has been not anything extra to their marriage than that. Her backbone inflexible with the hassle of maintaining her composure, Lenore was once thankful for the enclosing darkish. Hidden in its shadows, she driven the damage deep, reminding herself of the loved ones, the placement, the library she had received via marrying Jason Montgomery. The carriage was once nearing the boundary of his estates ahead of the purple haze of mood lifted sufficiently for Jason to grasp simply what he had acknowledged. Appalled, via the truth that she might so overset his cause in addition to by means of his obvious insensitivity, he speedily forged approximately for a few ability to fix his fences. yet what may well he say? His fury were invoked by way of shock—but he may infrequently confess to that. the actual fact she may do what she deemed correct despite any chance to herself horrified him. How may he in all probability suppose convinced leaving her if that used to be the way in which she may perhaps behave, even if he was once there to reserve her differently? He had inspiration her liking for non-hazardous objectives might have stored him any angst—obviously no longer so. Lenore hottest enjoying secure, but when that was once impossible, she could do what was once priceless. regrettably, she was once essentially no longer ready to take his ridiculous sensitivity into consideration in so doing. much more regrettably, he felt prohibited from making stated sensitivity simple, conscious he had constrained grounds for feeling so. Worse, she could no doubt see it as an imposition on her rightful freedoms. He had no desire to gift her exemplary efforts to fill the position of the Duchess of Eversleigh by means of putting what she could see as unwarranted constraints on her behaviour. yet he needed to say anything. The silence within the carriage had develop into darker than the evening outdoor. “Lenore…” For the 1st time in his complete occupation, Jason used to be misplaced for phrases. He couldn't clarify what he felt—he didn't comprehend himself. because it transpired, Lenore used to be now not prepared for motives, her fight to not cry fed on an excessive amount of of her brain. She placed a hand to her temple. “I’m afraid i've got a headache. in the event you don't brain, i might quite we didn't speak, Your Grace. ” Stiffly, Jason susceptible his head in attractiveness of her request. Resettling his head opposed to the squabs, he questioned why her headache may still damage him a lot. Lenore controlled to carry her head excessive as Jason passed her down from the carriage sooner than the Abbey. She trod up the stairs, her hand on his sleeve, but if they reached the corridor, she murmured, “My headache, my lord—I think I’ll retire instantly.

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